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Peak Organic King Crimson - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
King Crimson is an Imperial Red Ale that delivers a royal bounty of luscious, fruity American hops on top of a sturdy, deep red malt backbone. This beer is lavishly dry-hopped with Simcoe, adding a citrusy and piney flavor and aroma to the toasty, sweet malt notes. This special treat is a very limited Winter release, so enjoy it while you can!

90 IBU

(Beer added by: TheManiacalOne on 12-31-2009)
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Ratings: 134 | Reviews: 66 | Display Reviews Only:
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2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

McBraniel, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of silentjay
2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

some of these "limited release" peak organic bombers have been a pleasant surprise, and for just a few bucks, they always tend to be worth a shot. This, imperial amber in the times of Nugget Nectar being released, and a fridge stocked with Maine Beer's Zoe will have some stiff competition to hold up to.

I think crimson is a decent description of the color. a lighter mahogany (purplish/red) with a nicely sized head, tan colored, with decent lacing.

toffee and butterscotch aroma with some pine, bit citrusy, and earthy hops, however its a very sweet aroma. almost candy-like and a bit too much so.

again, toffee and butterscotch out first. hops fall to the back. boozy and sweet, but with a bitterness that follows with no hop flavor, only butterscotch. not great.

don't get any hop resin, only sticky sweetness with a subtle carbonation.

not enjoying this much. Not getting the "lavishly dry-hopped with Simcoe" in aroma. not getting the "royal bounty of luscious, fruity American hops". just caramel, butterscotch and toffee, with a bit of booze. 220z is too much for this one.

silentjay, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of JMUbrewz
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

10 oz pour on tap. It's a nice reddish amber color with a half inch head. The smell is caramel, butter, and toffee. I can't detect any hops, which is very disappointing for an "Imperial Red." The taste is similar to the smell, but even worse. So much caramel and toffee along with the bizarre buttery flavor that dominates the beer. This beer is FAR too malty. The mouthfeel is actually pretty spot on, but I had trouble finishing a 10 oz pour and I doubt I'll revisit a Peak Beer anytime soon (especially if this is their highest rated beer on here.)

JMUbrewz, Jun 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Sspeer1, Feb 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

chefduff2, May 30, 2013
Photo of ktrillionaire
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep amber hue, translucent, tan froth.

S - Sweetly malty with notes of caramel and some woody hops.

T - The beer is strong in flavor, with booze leading the way, and an even dose of malt and lumber-y hops.

M - The feel is big and syrupy.

O - Not bad. It doesn't really do anything for me though.

ktrillionaire, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -21.3%

ejimhof, May 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

erlenmeyer, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -21.3%

malfunxion, Aug 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Camjmorton, Jun 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

davet100, Sep 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

PStriedl, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of gdrydenc
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with about 1finger of light tan head. The beer itself is a light brown, maybe almost amber in color. Not a really pretty beer overall.

S - Smells like an amber. However, the lower rating comes from the fact that this is supposed to be an intense, high alcohol beer, and the smell doesn't reflect this.

T - The taste is pretty similar to the smell. A bit like a typical amber, but pretty weak. Especially for 9% ABV. A bit weak, and it loses points for that.

M - The carbonation is fine on this beer, but the finish is pretty nasty. I don't know why I'm turned off by this beer so much, but it just doesn't sit well with me.

Overall, I would not buy this beer again. It's not very impressive, though it is cheap. I'm bummed, because this is the first beer I've had by this brewery.

gdrydenc, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of mpedara429
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours out a clear, reddish brown color. Two fingers of tan colored head with low retention. Spotty Lacing

S: Sweet honey, with slight hints of pine and citrus.

T: Herbal and floral with a toffee malt backbone.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body that is slightly chewy. The beer seems a bit tannic.

O: It's not too bad. The tannic bitterness is very off-putting, unfortunately. Otherwise, the rest is solid.

mpedara429, Apr 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

jbh26, May 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

MightiestBeard, May 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

jbeervt, May 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

BigRob329, Dec 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

tjeppaint, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with a ton of thick lacing on a clear amber body. Aroma is a very very musty wet sock hop aroma. Flavor is very sour with some pine hops and a syrupy malt flavor. Thick body and moderate carbonation. Overall the mouthfeel turns me off. This is a strong beer that is overly boozy.

kylehay2004, Mar 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Mullen2525, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of argock
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a clear, stemmed, glass goblet. No freshness date. Sampled as a result of the wise buying of my good friend Erinn -- thanks.

A: Burnished red/amber with 1-finger beige, tightly bubbled head with decent retention and a few spots of lacing.

S: A bit grainy but hefty caramel and a strong does of citrus-orange hoppiness. The alcohol is just a sting of the nostrils.

T: Unfortunately, the alcohol dominates this brew pretty severely. The woody character, while mixing pretty well with the biscuit, caramel nature of the malts, still overwhelms most everything else. The bitterness is also above-the-line and doesn't match up well with the strong alcohol component.

M: Reasonably smooth with medium carbonation and full body.

O: Needs some time to come around -- way too alcoholic at this point to the point that the maltiness is not very complex with toffee-caramel with some biscuit tones and hoppiness is straight raw bitterness. I have not had good luck with this style overall -- way too alcoholic with loss of malt subtlety.

argock, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of SpasmWaiter
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer simply because it shares a name with my favorite band. That being said, decent beer overall. Since I have to fill out space, here are the lyrics to a King Crimson song -

Talk, it's only talk
Arguments, agreements, advice, answers,
Articulate announcements
It's only talk

Talk, it's only talk
Babble, burble, banter, bicker bicker bicker
Brouhaha, boulderdash, ballyhoo
It's only talk
Back talk

Talk talk talk, it's only talk
Comments, cliches, commentary, controversy
Chatter, chit-chat, chit-chat, chit-chat,
Conversation, contradiction, criticism
It's only talk
Cheap talk

Talk, talk, it's only talk
Debates, discussions
These are words with a D this time
Dialogue, dualogue, diatribe,
Dissention, declamation
Double talk, double talk

Talk, talk, it's all talk
Too much talk
Small talk
Talk that trash
Expressions, editorials, expugnations, exclamations, enfadulations
It's all talk
Elephant talk, elephant talk, elephant talk

SpasmWaiter, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy brown/red color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Earthy hop nose. Flavor is piney hops almost balanced with sweet malts, lingering bitter aftertaste. Higher ABV is hidden. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

jdhilt, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of alamode
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

alamode, Apr 12, 2012
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Peak Organic King Crimson from Peak Organic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.