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Peak Organic King Crimson - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
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: 133 | Reviews: 66 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jwps214
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

jwps214, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of BigStein88
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

BigStein88, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of GrindFatherBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

GrindFatherBob, Jan 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

BigRob329, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of rvajohn
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

rvajohn, Dec 18, 2012
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 GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

GarthDanielson, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

metter98, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of EnronCFO
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

EnronCFO, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Ruby colored brew with a two finger cream colored head that lasts for about two minutes and leaves behind some rather nice lacing on the inside of the glass. Smooth medium-thick body, medium carbonation.

Smells of sweet toffee, caramel, just a dab of milk chocolate, and heavy earthy hopping, lesser amounts of onion / garlic, citrus peel, and pine resin.

The flavor is a very nice bittersweet blend of pith, garlic / onion, and sweet malts with an unfortunate rising boozy hotness in the back end. It's unusual to see Simcoe balanced out so well against malts, now if only they did something about hiding that ABV level...

WastingFreetime, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of raythealeman
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

raythealeman, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Jakk
4/5  rDev +5%

Jakk, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

smcolw, Aug 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

guezarka, Aug 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Goldfishman, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of tilopud_rye
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up because I was on the way to listen to a DVD surround album by the band King Crimson. This prooved to be a nice tasty sipping beer. Pours a deep amber-resin with a thin head that sticks around to the end. Smells like classic candies: butterscotch, toffee, caramel, maple syrup. Taste starts with much more hop bitterness and fruits than the nose suggested but the mid to aftertaste brings those candy flavors to balance with the bitter start. I'm glad I came across this and was perfect for the late night music listening occasion.

tilopud_rye, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

oberon, Jun 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

wo87810, May 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

MightiestBeard, May 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

cantfindme, May 25, 2012
Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours out a deep red color with a finger of persistant head. The aroma, like oh so many of Peak's beers, is buttery. The big butterscotch note is the first thing that jumps out to me. There's some citrus hops and sweet caramel malts as well. The taste blends together very well, with the citrus and piney hops being balanced by the butterscotch and caramel notes. There's also a bit of roastiness in here on the finish, that works with the piney hops. Usually I'm not too much a fan of those buttery notes, but it works very well here. The slight booziness also helps to keep things in check. The mouthfeel is full and moderately carbonated, and the drinkability is actually rather good. A solid big format bottle from Peak.

shand, May 20, 2012
Photo of Arborescence
4.73/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Ruby, lovely! Pours an awesome, dense and persisting head, it sits beautifully!

Aroma: Rich caramel malt, oak, sweet toffee. No bitterness, just a delicate mixture of sweet woody aromas; maple syrup. Absolute delight!

Taste: Much more bitter than you'd expect from the aroma, although the malty sweetness is still definitely there. First hint of strong ABV here, but it's well supported. The beer has a feel of an old ale to it, and I think it would age superbly. Warming due to the alcohol.

Taste: Smooth and rich, medium bodied.

Overall: I do feel that this beer could've been even better at around 7.0% ABV, but there isn't much to improve on apart from that, it's delicious! This is probably the highest mark I've given to any beer so far. It's not the best beer I've ever had, but I feel it's almost perfect for its style.

Arborescence, May 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Ted, Apr 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

PEIhop, Apr 26, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

McBraniel, Apr 25, 2012
Peak Organic King Crimson from Peak Organic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.