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
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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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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.

Photo of Ted
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of McBraniel
2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

Photo of WanderingFool
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.

Photo of mactrail
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.

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Burt
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Durge
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.

Photo of alamode
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tylerprince
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of berliner07
4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
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.

Photo of erlenmeyer
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of dwilly
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of tjeppaint
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of silentjay
2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

Photo of bentonquest
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of verdict603
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of cfloyd
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of cfinch2
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of EORS
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Kromes
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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