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Peak Organic King Crimson - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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86
very good

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | 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:
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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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 21:46:29 | More by GarthDanielson
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 02:50:20 | More by metter98
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EnronCFO

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

09-05-2012 01:33:00 | More by EnronCFO
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

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...

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 02:00:27 | More by WastingFreetime
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raythealeman

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

09-02-2012 00:44:25 | More by raythealeman
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Jakk

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

08-25-2012 04:08:58 | More by Jakk
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 20:31:54 | More by smcolw
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guezarka

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-06-2012 01:56:35 | More by guezarka
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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-01-2012 00:01:41 | More by Goldfishman
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 05:58:14 | More by tilopud_rye
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 22:53:25 | More by oberon
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wo87810

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-29-2012 18:37:47 | More by wo87810
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MightiestBeard

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

05-28-2012 21:32:29 | More by MightiestBeard
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cantfindme

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

05-25-2012 17:38:26 | More by cantfindme
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shand

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 04:07:56 | More by shand
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Arborescence

Finland

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 22:57:03 | More by Arborescence
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Ted

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-29-2012 18:25:09 | More by Ted
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

04-25-2012 23:13:40 | More by PEIhop
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McBraniel

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

04-25-2012 02:45:30 | More by McBraniel
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 00:51:49 | More by WanderingFool
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mactrail

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 06:42:41 | More by mactrail
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bluntedboywonder

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-14-2012 01:57:20 | More by bluntedboywonder
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Burt

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

04-13-2012 10:20:56 | More by Burt
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Durge

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 02:35:50 | More by Durge
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alamode

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-11-2012 23:43:35 | More by alamode
Peak Organic King Crimson from Peak Organic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.