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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
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A red that I liked, akin in taste to a barleywine.Some fruitiness, apricot tanginess. Rich malting. Reddish colour. Above average looks and mouthfeel. Caramel. Nice hop bitterness. Very drinkable. Very good for the style. Fresh bottle at Premiere Gourmet.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thick head on the surface and lots of bubbles coating the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose along with some notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is stronger and seems a little maltier with some hints of sweetness (initially) and alcohol (towards the finish). The hops also contribute a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some noticeable heat from the alcohol, particularly in the aftertaste.
O: This beer is quite tasty and hides its alcohol well, except for some hints in the taste. I can definitely see how this beer is released in the winter, as it is a strong brew that delivers both bitterness and warming sensations.

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep auburn color with a great looking sticky two finger slightly off white head,great clarity with a great sticky head.Lightly kilned malts with some mild caramel mixed with resiny/fruity hops in the nose,man I love a hopped up big red!Wow what a creamy feel to this beer...it's dangerous.Starts out with some butterscotch and light roast with a slight alcohol burn that turns into overripe citrus and piney hops in a nice finish.Maybe Iam a sucker for the style but man I love this kinda stuff, a great beer.

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Photo of nickfl
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam that rests on top of an amber-brown body with good clarity. The head settles slowly and leaves moderate lace on the glass.

S - Pungent hop aroma, some grapefruit with lots of pine and sweaty simcoe notes. There is some toasty brown malt in the background as well, though it is thoroughly dominated by the hops.

T - Thick, toasty amber malt up front with lots of grapefruit hop flavor. More caramel and toffee comes out in the middle and there is a bit of pine to the hop character here as well. It finishes with a moderately sweet, lingering, candy-like caramel note that is complimented by fruity orange and grapefruit hop flavors and balanced by moderate bitterness and a bit of charred, toasted malt.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish with a bit of lingering alcoholic warmth.

D - Very drinkable, especially for a beer of this strength. I honestly wouldn't have guessed that this beer was as strong as it is; 7-8% maybe, but not 9.5%, there is some warmth in the finish, but otherwise it hides its alcohol very well. The hop aroma is truly excellent, really one of the best smelling red ales I have come across, it even stands up to the likes of Green flash and other west coast reds. The flavor profile is a bit more subdued in the hop department, with a more intense malt character, though it has a lot of grapefruit in the finish to keep you on your toes. Overall, it is a extraordinarily well balanced beer with a lot of flavor and an inappropriately high level of drinkablity for something so strong.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/30/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep crimson color as the name implies, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a nice, strong burst of grassy hops bitterness up front. Then some mild citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is heart and provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, there are better "imperial red ales" out there but this is very solid beer to drink for a while and is the best beer I've had from Peak Organic.

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Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick frothiness for the head; leaves chunky lace on the glass, forming a full blanket on the side. The color is a crimson-amber, leaning closer to brown. Mild haze.

Powerful caramel aroma; it's almost like condensed malt in a homebrew store. Light alcohol in the background. A touch of hop to the nose.

Rich body with a high level of carbonation; in a word, creamy. This malty brew is offset with extensive bitter hops. One of the most flavorful beers I've ever had. Long aftertaste of pepper.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep amber/red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a rich crystal and roasted malt scent along with a very nice hop aroma. It's warm and malty with plenty of citrus hop appeal. The taste is good. It has a rich, malty flavor that's sweet with caramel malts yet bitter as hell with lots of citrus hops. There is a touch of toasted malt character that lends itself to a dry, roasted finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a terrific red ale. It's complex in both the malt and hop makeup.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler filled at the Filling Station, NYC, NY

Darker amber, with a ruddy reddish glow. Lighter mocha head. Stays nicely. Leaves thicker high fields, strands and bits of lacing.

Nutty nose, with some sweet malts, and milk chocolate.

Tasty and pleasing. Strong and pretty flavorful. Notes of chocolate cake, milk chocolate,dark fruity goodness, more nutty malts. Easy drinking with the 9+% well hidden. Drying hops in the finish. Well done and well worth a try.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep shade of, well crimson, with a huge fluffy beige head that sticks to everything. Fruity and caramel malts mixed with earthy grassy citrus hops just about sum up the aroma on this one. I got an intense blast of citrus when I popped the cap open but that was short lived. Taste is caramel and dark pitted fruit mixed with an earthy spicy bitterness. Long lingering earthy grapefruit finish. Resinous and creamy mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation level. Wow I'm kind of impressed. Nice balanced red ale at a reasonable price compared to its peers. Great luscious creamy mouthfeel. Too bad its a "limited release" Points off for the screw top cap.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, ruby coloring with a solid, frothy, off-white head that clings closely to everything it touches. Aromas of tangy caramel, rich toffee, roasty qualities, and a touch of booze. Very distinct, powerful aroma profiles. Flavors are toffee first and foremost, with that tangy sweetness of caramel not far behind. Earthy tones help to bring the richness down a bit, but this is still a mouthful on the palate, with a strong booze characteristic. Wow. Nutty highlights with a touch of roasting, but both of those are somewhat overpowered, as well. This is a malt bomb. Very layered. Rich aftertaste, both sweet and roasty, and with a solid dose of resiny hops to clean everything up. The hops cleans surprisingly well, as a matter of fact, leaving a very palatable, balanced, slightly bitter finish. Very interesting brew.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From the foil-topped 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on April 16, 2013.

It pours reddish brown with decent clarity and a full, foamy tan head that lingers throughout and leaves lacing clinging to the glass with each sip.

The nose is hopped up with very floral and flowery esters. Then there is also this cherry-fruitiness and inviting sweet malt note.

The body is a tad acidic but generally falls into the medium range.

The taste is much like the aroma with an abundance of floral (not earthy) hops and a difficult to define kind of fruity sweetness. It has a moderately lingering bitter finale bounced off a sweet kick. Well worth the $4.99 I paid for it.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear mahogany with a fairly thick, if not persistent, light tan head. Inviting aroma is malty with a good overtone of apple and cloves and a subtle earthy note. Luscious flavor has a malty core and tones of wood, caramel, fruit (mostly apple), nuts and spice and just a touch of bitterness. Full-bodied smooth texture has a raspy fizz that leaves a nice edgy finish. Long live the king!

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Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep copper-brown color with a thick oatmeal colored fine foam on top and gobs of frothy lacing. The nose detects tons of hoppy malt. Thick malt sweetness, near licorice in its depth with nutty caramel and generous pine hops, and maybe a kiss of citrus. The flavor brings, as one would expect after a sniff or two, lots of malt, evergreen brown sugar and yeasty caramel peanut. Grassy edges give this some character. A solidly medium bodied brew with mellow carbonation and a somewhat heavy feel. Quite a mouthful, a solid Imperial Red.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this right after I tried Eagle Claw Fist, and this compared quite well.
In an imperial pint glass the beer was an amber color with about one inch of tan head. Plenty of lace.
Sweet caramel aroma. Citrus and herbal notes also.
Hoppy taste, mostly grapefruit, that lingered.
Sweet caramel.
Sweet and smooth, nicely balanced.
Would drink this anytime.

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Photo of argock
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle pours a clear copper body with ruby highlights. Tall beige head has excellent retention and throws down some lavish sticky lacing.

Exceptional aroma! Fruity and floral. Orange blossoms, ripe red apples, pink grapefruit, pine resin, pineapple... all drenched in melting waves of caramel. Nice.

Medium full body is thick and creamy, not quite chewy, with a moderate carbonation.

Taste has a dominant citrusy hop profile deftly balanced by the creamy caramel malt base. Pineapple, pink grapefruit, pine resin, and orange blossom notes tease the taste buds all the way through. No alcohol presence, somehow. Clean finish.

Amazing balance and drinkability for such a big beer. This imperial red almost ventures into strong ale territory but still manages to maintain a surprisingly high drinkability. Very well done. One of the best beers I've enjoyed all year.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

I drank this after aging it 7 months so the massive dose of Simcoe is lost. That is fine because I don't like Simcoe unless it's blended with other hops. What I found was a barleywine like quality. It starts boozy until it warms and then the malts, smoke, meat and chocolate come out. There's a bit of fig, dark fruit and maple. It ends with caramel and toffee maltiness with less sweetness. Not a bad rendition of an Imperial Red and the average score seems fair.

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