Peak Organic King Crimson - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 148
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 7.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of tylerprince
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap at DBGB in NYC, Bowery and Houston.

A: Dark ruby/amber with a nice off white head. Quick resolution into copious lacing.

S: Smells like a bag of fresh, buttery popcorn. Quite strong. Butterscotch with some toffee; hops impart a subtle earthy aroma. Pine. Butterscotch and coffee dominate once head fades.

T: Piney hops up front meld into bitterness and caramel with butterscotch. Complex and sweet, but perhaps a bit too much so. Finishes sweet and boozy.

M: Syrupy and low on the carbonation, which works fine for this beer. Sticky head.

O: A nice amber. I haven't had many like this; by far the butteriest beer I've ever tried. (658 characters)

Photo of berliner07
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pretty red color. . This is tasty beer. Aroma is a mix of citrus hops, sweet maltiness and a touch of booze. Flavor up front is a rush of hops. Pine/citrus/grapefruit/sticky. Then maltiness floods the palate. Rich, thick mouthfeel. A little heat on the back to compliment the malt profile. At 9% or so, it's a bit dangerous. (324 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 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 EORS
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On sale for 2.99 at the local liquor store so I figured it was worth a shot. Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish brown with about an inch of pale tan head, which settled down after a few moments. No lacing on the glass, and medium carbonation in the beer.

Smell: Resinous hop aroma with alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Pleasantly surprising as reds aren't always a style I enjoy - very forward with the hop taste with a decent malt body, hints of warming alcohol. The dry hopping, I think, covers up some of the sourness/flatness I find the malt bills of some red ales/ryes.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation lightens up a medium to full body, which would otherwise be bordering on syrupy.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer at the price I got it at, and would say it's worth a try even at the full retail. A big beer that does a good job of staying balanced and tasting like a more full and flavorful version (not just a more alcoholic) version of its style. Will buy some more the next time I'm back. (1,026 characters)

Photo of Kromes
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy reddish brown with a tall thick orange/brown head. The head sat about a half inch above the rim of the glass for a good 3 minutes.

S: A very nice herbal, pine and earthy hop aroma.

T: The hop starts right up front with some pine flavors and then the bitterness kicks in and fades to reveal an oak-like toasted and carmel malt flavor. Alcohol flavor and feel throughout.

M: medium-heavy body. Carbonation is right on. A little oily, but the bitterness leaves the mouth somewhat dry.

O: A nice imperial red ale. Maybe a little hop heavy at first, but I like how there is a nice toasted/caramel malt flavor in the end. (629 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +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! (400 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 yesyouam
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (591 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 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 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 merlin48
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (876 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (514 characters)

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. (255 characters)

Photo of BeerMaverick
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (1,093 characters)

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of Lerxst
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (1,583 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 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 Hibernator
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of u2carew
4.28/5  rDev +10%
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). (593 characters)

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