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Peak Organic Summer Session Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

Peak Organic Summer Session AlePeak Organic Summer Session Ale

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.64%


Brewed by:
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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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Peak Organic Summer Session Ale has a golden-colored body with a finger of white head that rises and recedes quickly and manages to leave some sticky lacing on my glass.

Very grainy aroma with a hint of citrus.

The taste has a ton of grain flavors to it, and even a little bit of what I would describe as toasted wheat. Just a little bit of wheat twang is in there also. The hops aren't powerful, but they do add a bit of bitterness and some citrus flavor. The citrus is probably the best part of the beer, but it isn't powerful enough for me.

Fairly good mouthfeel, with nice heft and a creamy feel.

Summer Session Ale is a solid beer that doesn't quite stand out from the crowd. More hops would have been nice, making this a hopped-up wheat beer. Less hops and a focus on the malted wheat might have been better too.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 22:16:04 | More by Hojaminbag
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mactrail

California

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad lager with a nice smooch of flowery hops. Otherwise it's very light, with not much malt. Tastes wet and watery with an aftertaste of bitter resins. Golden beer appearance in the plastic nonic replica. Fairly clean in the flavors. Not exactly crisp, but the hop flavor stays with you. Better than most of the allegedly organic beers.

On tap at Burger Tap & Shake, Foggy Bottom, Washington, DC. [Transcribed from 06/07/2012 tasting notes.]

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 06:53:37 | More by mactrail
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 19:36:29 | More by Rhettroactive
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a slightly hazed, vibrant, bright, goldenrod coloring with a slim, filmy white coating on the surface. Aromas of toasted grains and a surprising hops presence. Bitter and slightly resiny on the nose, which is a nice change of pace. Flavors are definitely hop-centric, with a green, peppery, bitter influence overshadowing a subtle toasted grain backbone. A little unbalanced on the palate. The aftertaste is light, crisp, and clean, with some citrus influence on the green hops characteristics. Crisp, light, and slightly drying finish. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 00:23:20 | More by GarthDanielson
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 03:25:11 | More by tempest
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jb413

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden orange with a small one-finger white foamy head and clear body. Head had little retention before shrinking down to a ring. Refreshing look. Essentially no lacing.

S - Clean malt, slight citrus, spice.

T - Straightforward light bready malt backbone with some slight lemon and grass. Peppercorn-like spice throughout. Some faint hops on the way out. Decent flavor.

MF - Clean, light-bodied, lively carbonation, semi-dry finish. Highly drinkable of course.

O - A decent session ale. Bready, some citrus and peppercorn. For what it is, it's not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2012 02:26:46 | More by jb413
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" white head. Clear bright straw yellow color body. Smells mildy of citrus. Taste has some citrus peel plus malt and a mild bitter hops finish. Certainly a step up from other summer ales, and quite refreshing, but not overly complex. Definitely above average though, and so far I've liked every single thing I tried from Peak Organic.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 08:51:21 | More by MoreThanWine
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce twist-off bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best Enjoyed Before: N 13.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, yellow-hued body with small-sized, white head.

Smell: Moderately lemony, but, there's also a little hint of tangerine. Grainy, modestly wheat-scented malts. And a single pat of sweet cream butter.

Taste: Soft wheat character, faintly grainy, lightly sweet, with, as always, the buttery diacetyl tones from the Ringwood. Bright, light citrusy lemon taste pops in as does the bitterness, but, what would be a more cutting hop quality, is, I feel, blunted by the buttery hint throughout. Drying, smooth, buttery-lemon finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Skosh of a medium level of carbonation.

Overall: While I found the twelve ounces agreeable, but I wonder where it finds a home at. It's not overly wheaty and the hops are somewhat muted by the diacetyl character (at least in this batch), so, I do wonder "who is this for?" I could see this being replaced sometime down the road.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 01:08:21 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bleh, screw cap... really?!

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, just a bit of lacing, mostly clear slight hazy golden tan colored beer.

Nose has a cereal grain malt, light sweet syrupy like sweetener with a light lemony aroma, and bit of wheat really gives it a kids cereal like aroma, hint of wit like spices, light fruity aroma, just a hint of grassy hops, little weak straw and dankness.

Taste starts with more cereal grains, sweetness, little syrupy candy like flavor, with light fruity flavors and lemon, with the toasty wheat, again give it a cereal like quality, and a slight step up from Leinenkugel, but that's not saying much. Wheat brings light wit like spices very light, little wet dank hay and grassy hops. Finish gets a bit more bitter with light grassy hops, little dry but more sweet candy cereal flavors.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, not much of a wheat beer at all, more like a macro so called wheat, more like candy cereal grains with a bit of fruit, more Leinenkugel like wheat beer than a real wheat. The hops are decent though which might be the saving grace of this beer. It's light and drinkable for a summer beer though, so definitely sessionable, but probably wouldn't get it again. And after all that, there really aren't any "off" flavors, just not the best overall flavors for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 22:29:13 | More by jlindros
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was piss colored and poured a nice fluffy head. The beer was a little bit hoppy with a citrus hint to it. The beer had a tiny bitter finish but not too bad and had great lacing. I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 21:39:58 | More by Minkybut
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 19:03:53 | More by Etan
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Jared!

Pouring a clear light orange-yellow with a dense, white head that falls off leaving no lacing, this beer looks decent. The nose is decent as well. Moderate hop character, fruity and citrusy with a rather clean, cracker-like malt backbone. Grainy with a moderate dry wheat aroma, there's not too much going on here. The palate opens with some hop flavor, moderately citrus-like. Rather mild in flavor, there's no real bitterness here, and even the hops taste a little muted. Moderate grain flavor is present with a definite wheat presence. Drying on the finish with no real lingering flavors, this feels just a touch watery. Crisply carbonated, this is a refreshing beverage, though not particularly tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 19:58:27 | More by DefenCorps
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is very similar to a pale with hints of citrus but the usual hop bitterness. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 22:38:02 | More by jdhilt
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lace left behind.

Slightly spice aroma with a balance of wheat, bread/yeast, faint earthy hops and citrus fruit. The bread and peppery spice are most prominent but hints of lemon and floral hops emerge as it warms.

Crisp and light bodied with a decent balance of bready yeast, earthy hops, peppery spice and citrus rind. This beer is pretty light and none of the flavors stand out or are particularly strong. A well balanced, quaffable session beer that is good for BBQ and outdoor drinking.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 20:28:56 | More by corby112
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sk8man121

Maine

3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into tumbler. Best by 9/11.

A: Pours a translucent gold with orange highlights. 1-finger white head attracts millions of tiny bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Fair retention.

S: Citrus up front. Apricot, banana and strawberry. Minty hop presence. Smells quite refreshing.

T: Fruit continues to be up front at first, followed by a touch of sweet malts and some wheat. Unfortunately, buttery diacetyl notes from the Ringwood yeast dominate the finish. Ugh.

M: Medium-high carbonation fits the style nicely. This would be hard to get down otherwise.

O: This beer smelled delicious, and after enjoying their Spring offering, I had high hopes. Unfortunantely, the Ringwood absolutely ruins this beer for me, and reappears stronger and stronger after each sip.

Skip it.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 23:02:28 | More by sk8man121
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 02:53:07 | More by SunDevilBeer
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KyleVick4

Florida

2.48/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a clear copper with quickly dissipating head. No lacing.

S: Smells piney and spicey.

T: Tastes coppery with pine and spice up front. Not much to balance the spiceyness

M: Watery and dull fair amount of CO2 which is good for a summer beer

D: Glad I only got one of these, not a terrible beer but definently below my expectations

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 21:03:17 | More by KyleVick4
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Peak Organic Summer Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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