Peak Organic King Crimson - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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86
very good

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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.

Photo of yesyouam
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Peak Organic King Crimson is a cloudy, dull red ale with a big, fluffy, yellowish head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a smooth, grainy malt aroma. It smells like caramel with just a hint of sweetness. Spicy and grassy hops are present. It's pretty full bodied and very smooth. The finish is dry and chewy. It tastes very malty with a good dose of melanoids. There's perhaps a touch of sweetness and a resiny quality. A grassy, herbal bitterness comes in at the finish along with alcohol warmth. This is kind of like a doppelbock, but an ale. It's flavorful and satisfying.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of gabedivision
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of mountdew1
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice dark reddish brown with a small amount of carbonation. Head was 1 finger light brown/dirty white foam that clung reasonably well. Aroma was slightly sweet, with a fair bit of hops of front. Definite reminded me of a brown bread. Hops were the strong flavoring. A bit of bread sweetness followed it, with a very small lactose sweetness at the very end. A bit over acidic in the mouth, but coated very nicely. Overall it was a fairly well balanced and solid beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of BeerMaverick
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 10 oz. glass. *9% abv.*

A - Beautiful amber shade (pretty much the same color as the label) with 1 inch of off-white head. Fantastic retention that carries throughout the session and heavy lacing.

S - Wonderful aromas that are true to the style. Citrusy hop esters and licorice come to mind with a nice syrupy malt finish.

T - Very heavy and flavorful malt backbone with a plethora of fruity hops. The label says "lavishly dry-hopped" in addition to the wet-hopping and it is pretty blatant. Wonderful fruity sweetness balanced by Simcoe dry-hopping bitterness.

M - Pretty full-bodied brew, especially for an amber. The dominant citrusy character from the hops clashes with the strong malty facet...everything is in full force.

O - Overall this is in my top 3 favorite ambers and probably my favorite imperial amber. It is outdone by Nugget Nectar because NN has much less alcohol, yet it pretty much reaches the same level of flavor and hop character that Crimson achieves. You can also drink a 6-pk of NN whereas only one of these bombers would nearly put me over the top.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz, no date, into my Duvel tulip. Very dark coagulated blood color. Two fingers of stiff off-white head. A lot of sweet caramely malt scents on the nose. A little bit of tart citrus. Touch o pine. Nice rich caramely, quasi-chocolate malty flavor with a big bitter punch on the finish. Definitely on the sweet side of the red spectrum. 9% is barely evident. A pretty decent bang for your buck beer.

Photo of Lerxst
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a somewhat hazy dark garnet color with a one inch light beige head that has good retention and leaves rings of lace all the way down.

S-Nose is subdued but pleasant. Pine and citrus hops with bready malt that is slightly sweet. If the nose was more prominent I'd be inclined to take this one up a half point or more.

T-Big citrus hop bite leads with a slightly resinous kick coming in midway, a touch of booze, sweet caramel malt makes its presence known mid palate and hangs through the finish and lingers into the aftertaste to accompany a bitter hop bite once again at the finish. The flavor profile reminds me of a Stone beer (and I say that not in a bad way-I love Stone).

M-Medium body and carbonation, slightly slick and oily mid-palate, but the finish is dry.

O-This is a really enjoyable Amber. A good job from Peak.

Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of babaracas
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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.

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

King Crimson
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a murky brown color with some ruby highlights on the bottom of the glass. A big and fluffy khaki head forms on top.

Whiffs of malts and citrus hops in the nose. Can't wait to take a sip of this brew, it's been sitting in my fridge for a few weeks.

Sweet, caramel sugars with a noticeable toasted malt flavor. Really sugary sweet, almost overly sweet for the style. The hop induced punch on the finish redeems the beer though. Flavors of citrus orange and grapefruit.

I must admit, I'm surprised this beer rings in at 9% ABV. A solid offering from Peak Organic.

Photo of u2carew
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
A) Pours with a two finger tan head. Settles slowly leaving creamy lacing at edge of the glass and on the drink down. Clear body, ruby in color.
S) Pleasant hop notes - grapefruit, orange. Toasty malt aromas with caramel and subtle brown sugar.
T) A malty red that is for sure! Dry, grainy, slightly sour and malty sweet all together - a "juiced" red ale for sure. Great flavor profile and well balanced keeping with style but just going into overdrive.
M) Medium to full body. Slightly dry. Some warmth from the ABV.
O) A great beer. Delicious and very drinkable (slowly that is).

Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

So, I bought this beer because I love King Crimson, the band, and couldn't resist. Simple as that.

Appropriately regal gold foil wrapping uncovers...a screw-off cap. That's just silliness. Getting over that, I screw the top off (oh, I hate writing that), and pour, and get a deeply red liquid in my glass, so the name fits. It's crowned (geddit?) with a thick bed of dirty white foam. Speckles of lace are splattered around the glass.

Aroma has the vibe of an American strong ale, being citrusy hops backed up hard against a firm, cherry-like, slightly burnt, sweetly toasty, candy-like wall of malt. Mighty, mighty good.

The taste follows the smell, with elements of Boston baked beans (the candy), cherry, herbal tea, leafy hops, pine, and a dash of alcohol all doing their thing together. It's all mingled well, not one component jutting out further than the other. Bitter, resiny flavor left hanging out in the finish.

Despite a certain stickiness, this is a little thinner than everything else going on. Looks good, smells strong, tastes full...and feels a little thin. But that's okay, it's not exactly watery, and I like that the carbonation is relatively mellow.

It always comes back to the question: WWFD? (What Would Fripp Do?) Would he like this beer? Would he brew a beer like this? Will Crimson ever put another album out? In any case, this drinks like a decent American strong ale, and at 9% (that's what the bottle says) it might as well be. A very good effort, and even more impressive, it's USDA Organic.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

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.

Photo of jfmorey
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber purchased April 1, 2011 (No Foolin')

A deep reddish brown color and plenty of cream head that left nice lacing. Mouthfeel is good.

Complex and deep malty, slightly sweet taste with piney hops to produce good balance. None of the alcohol taste that I often find in beers above 9%. But drinkable? I will have another on any day it is available. Too bad it is a limited release.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Indeed crimson with head retention. A nice looking glass of beer.
S- Hops and sweet malts
T- Light hops for a hophead with light roasted malt balance.
M - Sharp carbonation despite smooth mouthfeel.
D- quite drinkable...extremely drinkable

I'll have to find another bottle or two of this one.

Photo of Avantyawn
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just got this in a 32 ounce growler pour at whole foods for $5.99. I was surprised it was so cheap at 9.5% ABV. Had to give it a try. Also, I am a huge fan of King Crimson, so the name helped spurn me on. I thought that if you were going to name a beer after one of the greatest rock bands of all time, it had better be a rocking beer... Let's see...

A: Deep crimson red, filtered, see through, nice one inch head. An inviting and pleasant looking beer.

S: Malty, caramel, alcohol, pungent, strong smelling beer. A little malty for my taste, but surprisingly nice smelling even so. There is a bit of biter hoppiness to the scent at the end, but the malts and sweetness are dominant.

T: My first impression was a bit of soapiness, sweet fruits, some dry hoppy bitterness at the end. This rides the line between a amber ale / Wee Heavy / an an Imperial IPA, at heart is a malty treat with some hoppy characteristics to remind you its American and not from the UK / Scotland. This is a very tasty and devilishly drinkable, fresh brew. I can imagine it being tweaked a bit as its a new experimental seasonal brew, but its definitely good and I am glad I bought the growler. I would only love it more if it were a tad hoppier tasting.

M: Very nice and creamy texture to it , while still being thin and filtered to keep it drinkable. This beer is a real treat, you have to be careful at 9.5%, wow...

O: Overall I put it on the high end of 4 but can't quite give it a 4.5. This beer is a real treat, sweet, malty, somewhat hoppy, and very satisfying. Just give me a TAD more of a hop bite to the taste and I'm totally sold! Well done.

Photo of rdilauro
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful reddish pour with a nice creamy frothy head. Putting the glass up to my nose, the first thing I smelled was a powerful yet soft and balanced hop nose. I was expecting a high IBU for this one, but at the first taste, the malt overtook any of the hops that I was expecting. It was very interesting. Enjoyable, I wouldn't put it at the top of my list of super brews, but it was something I will enjoy again.
It was really SO EASY drinking.
I didnt detect any fruit or spices, just some nice barley malt with the right hint of hops

Peak Organic King Crimson from Peak Organic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.