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Peak Organic Summer Session Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.88%
Wants: 8
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ericj551 on 06-08-2010

A traditional summer wheat beer marries a West Coast pale ale. Locally grown wheat provides a complex mouthfeel and Amarillo dry hopping gives a citrusy aroma.

61 IBU
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Ratings: 259 | Reviews: 73
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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a dull lemony color with a thin wispy bone white head atop,muted citric hops in the nose along with some toasted grain,pleasant but again muted.Muted hops again in the flavor,present but a little light,somewhat grainy and toasted as well.I like the hoppy wheat ales like Gumballhead,and Hop Sun,and I thought this would be more in their category but it doesnt bring as much hop punch.I wish that style would reamerge.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's an excellent restaurant in Wells, ME called Joshua's with a nice bottled beer list. On a hot summer evening our server recommended this beer. Glad he did.
In a pilsner glass the beer was a gold color with a medium white head. Fair amount of lace.
Fresh, outdoors aroma. Citrus.
Lemon taste first, then wheat, and a hops kick at the end. The flavors combined well together.
A crisp, refreshing beer.
Will have this again.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on a pleasant cool summer night.

Pours a bright yellow with a decent head. Smells a bit soapy & lemony.

Tastes light, lemony & a faint pepper. Nice balance, easy to drink. Upon more sips taste a faint bit of the big D (diacetyl) in the background...due to being brewed @ Shipyard? Lol.

Decent beer I would drink during the summer in small amounts.

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottled dated best by Oct. 2011 served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden color with a 1 finger off-white head that reduces to patchy coverage rather quickly.

Smell: Fruity aroma featuring lemon and peaches. Also some biscuit/toasted grain.

T: More apricot and lemon come out in tasting. Wheat grain taste is subdued, as I prefer, mainly due to the fruitiness and the hops. The hops, with mild bitterness, come to the fore in the finish.

Medium-thin body with good, lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O - A nice dry and lemony pale ale that fits the label of Summer Session Ale"

Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, the guest entry in the mixed pack from this brewer now available way up here in Alberta. I still get my ire up when I encounter a bottle with nothing but the basic gov't and origin info on the label.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of bubbly, foamy, and somewhat creamy dirty white head, which leaves a few low-lying instances of cross-sectioned Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet cereal grain, musty lemon citrus, earthy florals, black tea, and herbal, leafy hops. The taste is more gritty, grainy pale malt, lemon floor polish, a bit of toasted wheat biscuit, softly spicy black pepper, and herbal, musty hops.

The bubbles are a tad frizzy, but at the same time generally ignorable, the body medium-light in weight, and fairly pithy and clammy in its teetering smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, the herbal nature kind of 'winning' by acclimation.

An all right pale wheat ale, I suppose, with lip service being paid to that west coast hop essence, which altogether makes for a whole is better than the sum of the parts sort of deal. Refreshing enough, and worthy of a few more go rounds, I must admit.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bring on the crispy, refreshing brews of summer!!

Hazy-yeller golden colors, 1" head...pretty average, good sticky coverage, good flow of bubbles and plenty of life.

honey, sweet bread maltiness at first, clover honey, white pepper and golden wheat, herbal greens, slight musty, but pretty clean. A bunch of earthy, hearty aroma's.

This one is wicked lively, crispy and very clean feeling. The flavor's are dry wheat, buttery toasted malt, basil, thyme, rye and wheat, sweet corn...good balance. Plenty of dry, crispy earthy flavor's with a bold yeast and hop combo.

This one is easy drinking with some nice complexity and bonus points for being organic. Easily one of the best overall summer session brews I've had.

Photo of wiseguywood
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer Session, very much like an APA very hoppy. Got 3 or them in a beer of the month pack. Will enjoy them. I never have heard of Peak Organic Brewing Company, but I definitely would recommend someone with access to this to try if you enjoy this style.

Photo of emsroth
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App:thick frothy head. Medium amber with perfect clarity

Smell: watermelon and Fruity hops. Hint if strawberries.

Taste: strong malt bill with wonderful top balance. Equal parts wheat husk and biscuit. Dry, bitter grassy hops that are a bit bland. Otherwise balanced.

A bit full bodied for a summer beer

Reminiscent of Brooklyn summer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peak Organic Summer Session Ale

A: Hazy golden body beneath a short head of bright white foam. Average head retention and lacing.

S: Hoppy: citrusy and grassy. Mild grainy malt.

T: Quite citrusy and grassy. Surprisingly hoppy. Subtly tart and lemony to the point that I had to question whether there was lemon juice added to it. Lightly malty, and gently wheat-ish. Well-balanced starting with a dollop of sweet malt upfront, becoming more tart across the middle, and finishing dry and grassy with a firm, residual bitterness.

M: Medium-light bodied and crisp with a standard carbonation level.

O: A decent summer ale that actually tastes like "beer". Hoppy and refreshing!

Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at EuroMarket. For such a light beer, the Ringwood (creamy, earthy fruit) character is too heavy. There is, however, a pleasant fruity citrus burst that remind me of Citra hops and Narragansett Summer Ale. The hops are complemented by a mild, sweet wheat bread. The body is appropriately light and drinkable for session/summer beer. Worth a try if you enjoy Ringwood beers.

Photo of puboflyons
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a bottle at the April 7, 2012 Keene, NH Beerfest. The pour is pale yellow with a fizzy, short-lived head. The aroma has a moderate malt character but there is also a citrus, or more likely a pineapple character. The wheat is playing second fiddle. The body is light, which is typical for the style. The taste also brings out the same sort of light malt, citrus flavor with an extra tart finish winding things down. I could see having a few of these on a hot, summer day.

Photo of DAllspaw
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with white head, fairly large bubbles. Nice golden color, looks more like a pilsner.

Smell is fairly strong hops, more than expected, fairly prominent citrus smell.

Taste is crisp, nice bitter touch to finish, fairly crisp like a pilsner. A perfect summer session beer, aptly named. Reminds me a bit of New Belgium Mighty Arrow.

Photo of u2carew
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Clear body. Mellow upward carbonation. Bronze in color. Lacing is thin and sticky.
S) Caramel. Subtle floral notes. Pear and apple.
T) Caramel malt. Nutty. Pleasant hop bite in the finish.
M) Smooth. Light body but on the heavier side.
D) A delicious summer beer. I would definitely have another.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to bearsxco for this one! pours a nice golden yellow with a brite white one-finger fluffy head, fading to a minimal ring that leaves minimal lace.

aroma is pleasantly intriguing. pear, peach and hints of grapefruit. subtle malt with a touch of honey. floral with honeysuckle and elderflower.

taste is simple, clean, crisp. decent pale malts with a good bit of clean, crisp hopping. herbal and citrusy. lemon comes on a touch strong - almost acidic, but not bad. clean.

mouth is crisp with ample, fine carbonation that helps carry the flavors. body is light but not too light - just enough to give some volume.

all in all, pretty enjoyable for a summer brew. solid flavors, interesting malt profile, and all around good beer. I'd pick up a sixer if it was local for sure.

Photo of Amalak
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

II had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A. Clear gold and bubbly. Some head and lacing.
S. Has a floral scent. Some hops.
t. Crisp with a nice floral malt taste to it. It has a calm balance. Of a lager.
M. Bubbly and crisp.
D. It is a pure summer beer. Refreshing and lagers, not happy or pure malty. Very good balance.

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essential clear golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of apricot, citrus and wheat in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite fruity and has flavors of apricots and lemons. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and quite refreshing. It’s a good selection for a hot summer day or as a pairing with a light dish like pasta.

Photo of mountdew1
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a slightly dark ambe with a decent stream of bubbles rising from the bottom. Very thin white head that didn't last long, but clung to the sides and slowly slid down. Aroma was slightly sweet, reminded me of vanilla and bubblegum with a small amount of grain in the end. Taste started out slightly hoppy, a small touch of sweet, then ended with a tarty tang. Felt ok in the mouth, fairly mouthy with a small kick, seemed almost over carbonated. Easy to drink, could definitely do several on a hot day.

Photo of erosier
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice golden yellow color with a short but medium bodied off-white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, sweet wheat malts, hints of lemony aromas, and a quick earthy and citrus-y hop finish at the end.
T: Tastes of a sweet roasted and wheat malt base underneath a citrus-y (mostly lemony) flavor that gives way to slightly grassy/earthy and citrus-y hops. The citrus and hop flavors were more prevalent that I would have expected given the nose.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, nice moderate abv with refreshing flavors, a really good summer sessionable ale like the name says.

Photo of Etan
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz.

A: Straw yellow with a small white head.

S: Floral hoppiness, light apricot bite, some bready malt.

T: Moderate hop bitterness, grassy, buttery yeast, a bit of citrus.

M: Light-bodied with crisp carbonation.

O: I do not like the yeast profile on this at all. Way too buttery.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A touch hazy yet bright yellow bodied. Head is as expected with some good lacing.

S - Nothing mind blowing just a good wheat profile, lemon zest, and mild hops.

T - Wow that's good. I really like the balanced between the lemon and hops with a great wheat body.

M - Session ale indeed. Too bad I only had one.

Overall I may just get this again. Organic ales kick ass.

Photo of illpass78
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a thin white head and heavy carbonation.

Aroma: Smells of wheat, lemon, citrus, and some minimal hops.

Taste: Taste follows the nose, with lemon leading the way.

Mouthfeel: It's a little thin, but then, it is a summer beer.

Overall: Breweries just love to crank out these wheat beers in the summer. It's a nice entry, though it doesn't separate itself from the pack much, other than the organic tag. I had it with pizza and salad. I would have it with pizza and salad again, probably.

Photo of shand
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

It pours a slightly hazy golden color with two fingers of head. Very high visible carbonation. The aroma has clean malts, wheat, hops and citrus. The taste is good, it's got a nice citrus and wheat presence at first, dying down to some clean malts, toasted grain, a touch of hops, and still continuing citrus presence. The mouthfeel is light and heavily carbonated, and the drinkability is very good. This is just a really good American Wheat. It's very flavorful for it's small profile. Delicious.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/19/12
*From notes

-- Thanks to Mario for passing me a sample of this --

A: Clean sunshine golden. Filtered to the Nth degree, yet it's a real beaut. A decent pour yields a 1.5 finger bone white head. Solid lacing and a good collar follow.

S: Lemon. Freshly cut grass. Other then that it's pretty low key.

T: Mellow is a good way to put it. Lots of lemon scone all over, with a really creamy, buttery edge to it. Maybe a bit of diacetyl? Had I not known this was dry hopped with Amarillo hops, I wouln't have guessed. Their pretty much absent from the flavor profile. As the name states, it's merely a pleasant summer session ale.

M: Plenty of summer bubbles. Almost too much, in fact. The weight is on point, though it all comes together a bit thinner then I'd like.

O: It's certainly not Gumballhead, but it's a tasty little number in it's own right. Not as complex or hoppy as I'd have liked, yet it's something you could bring to a party and not offend anyone. I'd prefer more complexity, but in the end it's still quaffable and easily approachable.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 7/10/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lemon and other citrus fruits, wheat, light malts and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts with a fruity citrus sweetness followed by bready flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character. There's a good hops bitterness for the style that creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it might not be the best beer out there but it's still a solid beer to drink for a while.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some hints of yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy white head that reduces to a medium large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat with light to moderate aromas of citrus/lemon and apricot.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of wheat with some slightly lighter flavors of citrus/lemon and apricot. Very light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing, perfect for a hot day and it tasted great after a walk in the heat.

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Peak Organic Summer Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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