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Peak Organic King Crimson - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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69 Reviews
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Reviews: 69
Hads: 149
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: TheManiacalOne on 12-31-2009

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
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Reviews: 69 | Hads: 149
Photo of silentjay
2.51/5  rDev -35.5%
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. (1,087 characters)

Photo of JMUbrewz
2.86/5  rDev -26.5%
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.) (551 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
3/5  rDev -22.9%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of gdrydenc
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of mpedara429
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of SpasmWaiter
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
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 (952 characters)

Photo of argock
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (1,068 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a hazed crimson (imagine that) color with a tight tan head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is sweet toffee, light hop oil - very resinous and loads of alcohol.

Taste shows alot of the same resinous characteristics from the nose and the malts are firm, staying away from the sweet end of the spectrum. I could use more flavoring hops to help offset the shredding bitterness and all the flavors dont seem to harmonize just right. Not bad, I enjoyed my half a bomber, but not something that will be memorable. (528 characters)

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A deep red almost brown body with about a finger of tan head. It dissipates down to a thin layer of lace. Extremely malty nose with a pungent earthy hop aroma. Brown sugar and some citrus bounce around as well. The taste is toasty and sweet. Some dark, earthy fruit notes balanced with a citrus tang. Steep transition from sugary sweet to citrus/pine bitterness. As the beer warms up the abv become apparent and leaves a subtle burn on the finish. Drank smooth and the beginning but got rougher as I went along. (511 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

King Crimson pours a clear ruby color with a big, frothy off white head on top. The foam disappears slowly leaving behind clumps and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty and bready with some floral notes mixed in. It's sweet with butterscotch blended in.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma, malty and bready with butterscotch. A fair amount of caramel flavor is also present. Towards the end some pine and floral hop bitterness moves in. It finishes bitter with lingering flavors of butterscotch and bread.

A very malty beer that's sweet and fairly easy to drink for 9% abv. The butterscotch is not an off flavor. It's definitely supposed to be there, but seems odd for the style. (784 characters)

Photo of weller1js
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: red golden hue, clear with moderate carbonation

smell: sweet aroma with a hint of a scent similar to a belgian ale

taste: hops consistent yet mellow throughout

drinkability: the consistency from beginning, middle, & end is exceptional, would recommend for someone who likes a hoppy beer but doesn't like the Belgian-style (336 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poor this beer out of a 1 pint 6 ounce bottle into a tall tasting glass

Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue body and a slightly tan head

Smells very rich in American hops

The taste is quite hoppy and of alcohol

Medium mouth feel

In and of itself this isn't a bad beer however I don't really get the red ale designation on the bottle. It doesn't seem to have a very strong malt profile. Not a bad beer though (416 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint glass 11/3

Pours dark brown with red tint at the bottom. Fizzy bubbly white foam. Some lacing. Bready malt nose. Light pine too. Taste opens with a toffee malt backed with a firm strong hop. Hearty. Really long lasting bitter. Toasty flavor. (283 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at the Great Lost Bear, on tap, in a tulip glass. Reviewed from my notes.

The beer is blood red in color with a finger of tan bubbles (they look a little yellow, but I think that is because of the light I am sitting under). It's completely transparent and very pretty. Too bad that the appearance is the best thing about the beer.

There are aromas of yeast and aromatic hops in the smell. It conjures up a feeling of being slightly dusty or earthy, if that makes sense. There is a lot going on in the flavor. There is a hearty, sweet malt presence, but also lots of hops. Not bitter or hoppy like a DIPA though; it's more of a crunchy, natural hop taste (appropriate for an organic brewery), as if there were whole hop blossoms in it. You can detect some alcohol, but nothing too distracting. It's not exactly what I expected for a beverage advertised as a hoppy, imperial red. It has the appropriate characteristics, I just though the hop profile would be different.

It has a heavy body and lots of mouth coating. It feels like there is a bit too much carbonation. It makes for a good sipping beer, mainly because it isn't too easy to drink this one fast. I'm glad I've tried it, but I'll probably wait a while before ordering another (which is more than I can say about a lot of other Peak beers). (1,309 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is reddish / orange and clear. Carbonation is low and the head is tight and made up of a small white bubbles. When the head falls away, it leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very similar to an English IPA, lots of malt and a definite hop presence. Lots of noble hops.

Strong malt backbone gives this beer a lot of body and some forward sweetness. There is a strong citrus hop flavor followed by a good bitter bite at the back. Overall the beer is pretty good but the malt sweetness seems pretty disconnected with the overall body of the beer and the bitterness in the back. This beer could benefit greatly from more carbonation. The sourness of the carbon dioxide could do a lot to connect the two flavors. (770 characters)

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into flared pint glass a nice deep amber with an aggressive two or three fingers of egg shell foam settling into a finger of styrofoam like head.

Sweet caramel malts on the nose and some pine hops.

Mostly getting the sweetness and caramel from the malt, but the hops are there, just not overwhelming.

Smooth resiny mouthfeel and then a hit of the alcohol bite with lighter carbonation at the end.

Pretty right price for this one - a very nice drinker, balanced though on the sweeter side. I will say a foil top revealing a screw cap is a little silly! (562 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby with one finger of cream colored foam, fades to a thick cap leaving rings of lace on the glass. Smell: soft pine, toasted bread, loads of caramel. Unexpected sawdust-y oak smell and a very slight astringent/sour note. Taste: juicy pineapple and grapefruit with loads of sugary caramel, fades into toasted and soft pine flavors. Interesting...big flavors, not too boozy; a couple of odd notes. (411 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this from a deuce deuce to a SA Imperil snifter glass.

This pours a murky reddish brown, muddy creek water look, red hues in the right light, about a 2 finger head that rings and slimes its way around the glass, and lots of visible sediment floating around. This looks like its gonna be great. Thick bready fruit-malts on the nose, followed by a spice and floral hops, alcohol plums make their way into the mix as well giving it a more wine like scent. Sugary malts on the tongue with a touch of the spice and the hops. This is very sweet and the hops on the end give it a bitter bang. Medium bodied, bitter and dry on the finish. Overall i can dig this beer, it was pretty decent, may try again for the right price. (724 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip. Poured a translucent mahogany with a half inch, dense, bright white head. Nose is malty, buttery with some sweet citrus at the back. Taste is malty, caramel, sweet citrus, diacetyl and a light bitterness at the back. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a consistent and lively effervescence. A decent brew, but the buttery quality in the nose and the flavor profile detract from the crispness I've come to associate with and enjoy about the style. (462 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got this bottle off the bargain table at Grape and Gourmet. I'm sure age was the reason for the discount. I got it in late summer. The release is from winter. Still a great bargain and a pretty good beer. I'm sure the hop profile I encountered was in no way robust as it might have been when fresh, but the overall experience was good.

Pours a dark orange, somewhat hazy color into a pint glass. Small antique white head with average retention and not much lacing. I noticed a lot of dark sediment in the glass.

Aroma and taste were like a light American Barleywine with a bit of Belgian fruitiness thrown in. The predominant feature is rich caramel malt followed by some fairly robust bitterness. Supposedly Simcoe hops featured, but I'm sure some of the hoppiness had died down in the 10 or so months between being bottled and drank. I couldn't detect any specific type of floral hops. In addition to the caramel malts there is some dark fruit presence as well. I thought it was pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with the caramel malt. Alcohol is very well hidden except a warming presence. I would like to try a fresh one sometime, but I get the feeling I would still like the "aged" version better. Pretty good!!! (1,247 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the reddest beers I've ever seen. No shy coppery color, it's a ruddy ruby amber. Nice head in the tall glass. Rich and powerfully flavored. Hoppy, resiny aroma. A rich and bitter mouthful.

Label says it is dry-hopped with Simcoe, so you get a good profile of that particular hop. The fruity, fragrant flavor really stands out. Pineapple and mango pile on to tame the grapefruit. Still, it's a long and bitter road to the finish.

One of the best examples I've had of a style with no reason to exist, in my humble opinion. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Whole Foods in Encinitas. (587 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Old Speckled Hen pint glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange hue with a thin tan head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving decent amounts of lacing.

S: I was surprised at the hop presence this beer offers right off the bat - earthy pine and citrus rind with some toasted grain and sweet malt in the mix as well.

T: Like the aroma, the flavor yielded a good amount of hop that was noticeable from start to finish. The dominant flavor however was malty, with a hint of fresh roasted coffee, dark chocolate and raisins.

M/D: Medium to full bodied that is a bit syrupy and tough to get through towards the end of my glass, well carbonated for the style and the lingering bitterness from the hop is nice. (818 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

10 ounce helping served up at Summits Wayside Tavern in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clear, garnet-hued body capped with a thin layer of lasting, whipped, off-white foam.

Smell: Particularly candyish nose with a sweet-scented maltiness marked with a whiff of toasted bread crusts brushed with butterscotch and maple syrup. Earthy, grassy, citrusy hops in the nose, as is a wafting booziness.

Taste: Deeply toasted maltiness teamed with a burst of caramel candy sweetness and a meager hint of nuttiness. Dab of buttery diacetyl blended in. Slight maple tones, reminiscent of their Maple Oat Ale. Earthy, modestly grassy hop character along with some fruity, citrusy grapefruit tastes. Moderate bitterness that makes way for a touch of hard fusel alcohol to reach the tongue. Finishes dry and zesty with a lingering mixture of bitterness and alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Notably smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's bitter, it's a bit boozy, but it's got a pleasant smoothness to it that helps it go down without too much trouble. However, the ten ounces in this helping is more than enough for one sitting. (1,163 characters)

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Peak Organic King Crimson from Peak Organic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.