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Peak Organic Summer Session Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Peak Organic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: ericj551 on 06-08-2010)
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VoiceOfTheSoul

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +38.9%

12-11-2011 04:19:14 | More by VoiceOfTheSoul
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berliner07

New Hampshire

4.93/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Probably my favorite summer beer. The aroma is loaded with bright citrus. Hop character up front, then a rush of nice wheat flavor, contrasting the hops really well. Finishes dry and clean. Nice carbonation. I could have many of these on a warm summer day, and appreciate the taste of each one. A gem.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2012 12:31:35 | More by berliner07
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openmind

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have tried a million summer beers. and i truly believe that this is the best.

Pours a luminescent golden yellow. Liquid sunshine! with a fluffy white cloud of head.

The Nose is of bright citrus, bready.

The taste is a wonderful combination of light summer wheat, citrus and herbs. And those wonderful Amarrillo hops combine with the nice carbonation to give you a tongue-tastic-ly refreshing summer ale experience.

It is not complex - What summer beer is?

However its brilliance is that it is very refreshing, while giving a real beer hop smack.

IPA fans should flock to this beer for a great thirst quencher. Needs to be nice and cold.

It's 10:45, should i have one?

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 14:46:59 | More by openmind
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jonmatt4nr

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +25%

09-07-2013 19:27:17 | More by jonmatt4nr
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DouglasChasse

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +25%

09-05-2012 00:28:04 | More by DouglasChasse
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jpd026

New York

4.5/5  rDev +25%

07-27-2014 02:41:16 | More by jpd026
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Leftfield00

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +25%

06-30-2012 20:28:19 | More by Leftfield00
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gwiedman1

New York

4.5/5  rDev +25%

05-05-2013 23:13:24 | More by gwiedman1
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claytong

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +25%

04-09-2012 11:14:22 | More by claytong
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HEADYdb

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +25%

06-02-2012 04:44:29 | More by HEADYdb
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PPSchwa

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +25%

06-27-2014 17:56:18 | More by PPSchwa
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - chill hazed golden color with a white head that thinned out but still left waves of lacing.

S - tropical and citrus fruits with some earthiness in the background.

T - full of tropical fruit and citrus, it's sweet, it's tart and it's all held together with a solid malt backbone.

F - crisp, light and refreshing.

O - one the better examples of the style done organically, cool!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 19:53:40 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 12:54:38 | More by lordofthewiens
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erosier

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 10:48:28 | More by erosier
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 01:37:33 | More by u2carew
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Alkali

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Nice light amber color. Not much head when I poured, maybe 1/2" or so. Pretty clear for what I was expecting from a "wheat" beer. Looks to have a decent amount of carbonation.

S - I can smell citrus and hops right off the bat. The hops seem to have citrusy and floral notes to them.

T - I'm very pleased with the amount of hops in this. Just enough to be not over-bearing for a summer ale. It has a nice citrus finish, almost like lemon.

M - Light body IMO, but the hops tend to linger a bit (which hops do). Very smooth going down. Much less carbonation than I gathered from the appearance.

D - I definitely plan on drinking this beer again this summer in place of my slightly heavier go-to beer, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I've already recommended this beer to a few friends, and it's definitely a bonus in my book that it's organic.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 04:44:45 | More by Alkali
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's currently 85° outside, and I'm cleaning house. My house doesn't have AC, and I'm working up a sweat. It's time to crack open Peak Organic's Summer Session Ale.

This is everything a summer ale should be: light, crisp, and full of flavor. Pouring a very light golden yellow, it's very bright and springy in the mouth. Full of hop flavor, it balances nicely with a malted wheat undertone. There's a nice bitter citrus (primarily lemon) flavor as well that helps to really keep it refreshing.

5 as the overall? Yes. When it's hot out, when I'm working up a sweat, I want a flavorful beer that refreshes me, rejuvenates me, keeps me going, but still tingles my taste buds. This is exactly what Peak Organic's Summer Session Ale, and I encourage you to reach for one this summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 18:36:40 | More by rinhaak
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good starting head that leaves some spotty lace. Drops to a single layer of bubbles. Dark straw/light gold color with a very light haze.

Strong crystal malt sweet nose with an attractive fresh hop plug aroma.

Far more dry than the nose would suggest. There's a bitter swallow and finish from the hop. It's strong but not overwhelming or extreme. The body is rich for the style. Instead of a session beer, this would fit nicely into a pale ale series. I do not detect any wheat.

Overall, a great surprise.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 01:43:52 | More by smcolw
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argock

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly hazy bright yellow with 1/2-finger of stark white big-bubbled foamy head with good retention and globs of lace.

S: Fresh, bright citrusy hops with lemon, pineapple, and orange with some pine thrown in for good measure. The maltiness is not insignificant with wheaty twang in there.

T: The flavor is superb with a solid wheat and pale maltiness but overthrown by huge tropical fruitness of mango and pineapple with big juicy citrus lemon, orange and grapefruit notes. Plenty floral in the hops department as well. A really delicious well-balanced hoppiness which hits a lot of different angles on its way down.

M: Light but a little more than intended and needed so due to overzealous carbonation.

O: This drinks like a lightened version of Little Sumpin' Sumpin' -- big hops flavor with the wheaty tanginess. Tone down the carbonation by 20%, and Peak would have a real winner. As spring/summer beers go, this is a can't miss. I was really impressed with this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 01:16:53 | More by argock
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wilfonzo

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

05-09-2012 21:39:41 | More by wilfonzo
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EnronCFO

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

09-05-2012 01:31:57 | More by EnronCFO
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chim

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

05-22-2012 21:19:32 | More by chim
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

04-25-2012 23:14:34 | More by PEIhop
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mpedara429

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A clear golden color with 2 fingers of creamy pale yellow head.

S: Toffee malt, grapefruit, tropical fruit, and a hint of pine.

T: Very similar to the smell. Pine is a bit dank.

M: Medium light body with medium carbonation. Body was also pretty sticky.

O: Very impressed by this offering. Whenever I see "summer" beers, the word "lame" automatically pops into my head. This beer is a true pale ale and is light enough for the summer. This is the epitome of what I want to drink for the season.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2013 23:30:55 | More by mpedara429
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nickfl

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer pours into my glass with just over one finger of white head on a very clear, golden body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves a nice film of lace on the glass as it recedes.

S - A bright aroma of bready malt, lemon, pepper, and a bit of pine hop character.

T - Bready malt up front with some pepper and lemon. More spicy characteristics in the middle as a bit of vanilla begins to come out. The biscuit malt flavors persist in the finish as the vanilla note swells and increases perception of the bread like characteristics. More of the pepper and lemon notes linger on the palate as the aftertaste slowly fades.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - I'm quite impressed with this one and even a little bit surprised at how nice it is. This beer is much better than average, both as a summer beer and an American wheat ale. The aroma is surprisingly complex as spices and a very nice lemon zest character hit your in the nose along with a hint of pine hops. The flavor profile operates along the same lines with the addition of vanilla and some more potent malt. Really well done and very drinkable, I continue to be impressed with Peak as they are making beers that stand up for themselves regardless of their organic status.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 04:56:30 | More by nickfl
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Peak Organic Summer Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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