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Peak Organic Summer Session Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | 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:
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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Photo of shand
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first from this brewery. Kudos for the can!

A: This is a beautiful beer! Pours golden yellow with hints of copper, not unlike wheat. A surprising amount of frothy white head atop that lasts and lasts. A good amount of lacing on the glass which tends to slide rather than stick. Very active and lively carbonation, perhaps too much.

S: Sweet floral notes with a surprising amount of hops on the aroma and a grainy, earthy backbone. A tad bit of rubber bubblegum. Alcohol is almost undetectable.

T: Follows the smell pretty well. Sweet and cloying up front with floral notes and a bit of spiciness. Thins out towards the middle, quickly becoming bitter with a ton of citrus. Grapefruit rinds dominate the aftertaste. Honestly, quite tasty.

M: light bodied, carbonation is lively but not as overpowering as it seems to be on first look. A bit thin, not much bite, but dangerously drinkable.

O: Took a chance on this one and I couldn't be happier. This is a very solid fridge beer and I look forward to getting it again, this may even top Trout Slayer Ale as my favorite wheat beer. Would pair very nicely with white fish. A nice first impression from Peak Organic, I will have to seek out more of their offerings. Cheers!

Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by January 2013.

Appearance: pale golden hue with a light haze and a strong effervescence. Head poured a thin finger of creamy white foam. Not too bad looking.

Smell: a little bit of creamy wheat smell with a nice fruity aroma of banana, tangerine, and a little lemon; quite tropical, really. I tend to like fruity pale wheat ales; they really fill the bill for something like a summer session beer.

Taste: nice and light malt character; not quite as wheaty as the malt in the aroma, but not bad. The fruitiness comes through in the flavor as well, and the overall effect is quite balanced and pleasing. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: light bodied but with a surprisingly good carbonation and creaminess. I was not expecting this!

Overall: this beer is definitely as-advertised: a great summer session ale. It also happens to suit my palate quite nicely; I'd definitely have this again.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Into a nonic pint glass:

A: yellow colored body with a large white foamy head and had a clear body. The head dissipated to a finger's worth after a minute. It left some spotty yet sporadic lacing around the sides of my nonic. The carbonation was rising slowly and lightly.

S: clean sort of light malt, some citrus was involved and some slight pine

T: bittersweet through the citrus, the pine stayed in the background in the taste. The hops came out slightly in the taste.

M: light, very sessionable, sweet clean aftertaste and finish, balanced carbonation was felt

O: decent sessionable summer ale, for what its worth, I might have this again

Photo of gestyr
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a clear straw color with a very reassuring stream of very small bubbles rising through the glass. The head is thin and goes away quickly.

S: Citrus, wheaty, malty

T: Citrus followed by wheat some malt a bit of spiciness and then a touch of hops.

M: Light bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

O: Very refreshing. A good summer beer. Peak Organic brews some very good beers and this is one. I will look for this one again.

Photo of silentjay
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

clear pale straw color with a big head that disappears as quickly as it appeared, but leaves some lacing.

muted aroma of light bread and wheat bread as well as some fresh hops, some pepper and lemon.

taste starts out a bit peppery with some clove and herbs. almost a rye spiciness to this one. crisp wheat flavor is nice without the need to add fruity sweetness.

light to medium bodied brew has ample carbonation and a dry finish. pretty nice for the style.

drinkability is this beer's strong point. plenty of flavor, but the crisp, dry finish leaves you salivating for the next sip. I am usually not a fan of summer beers, but this one is nice.

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3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a couple bottles of this Peak from my local Whole Foods (union sq) while in NY, to take home for a lazy, spring evening.

The pour was very translucent although quite shiny and glowy, a goldesque appearance in general. seems quite paler than it is. very little head although equally bright. fades quickly and leaves some lacing.

Smell is on a very hoppy, herbal side. Seems fairly adequate for the spring season, kind of piney feel throughout. Quite nice.

Taste was good but not all I expected. In general it is preceded by a slight malty sweetness that gets overridden by a very grassy, metallic hoppiness to it. the mouthfeel sort of gives off an impression of that bitter aftertaste grapefruit juice has, a tad citrusy. And ever so slightly even an alcohol background. Body is quite thin and yet somewhat oily, didn't appeal to me that much given I wanted it to be more refreshing, summery types.

Overall a very sessionable beer, perhaps not the best of the summer but a decent beer to sip on, tasty for all it's worth.

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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden with a thin white head. Just a little bit of retention,with a decent lace. Aroma is of piny hops and citrus. Body is light and carbonated. Taste is piny,grassy hops throughout. Little bit of malt kick in the finish. Not what expected at all,but really good.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a 12-bottle sampler pack, $14.49 at the Lebanon Co-op grocery. Twist-off cap, label notched as best by November 2010. Poured cold into a chilled pint glass.

A: Moderate pour gives 1" of fizzy off-white head with good retention. Brew is a mostly-clear lemon yellow. Leaves decent globs and strings of lace on the glass.

S: Spicy resiny pine, fresh cut grass, a bit of lemon peel. Pretty hop-forward, a nice bouquet. Some florals and candy sugar as well.

T: Taste is a moderate dose of hops, not as hoppy as I anticipated from the smell, and mostly citrus. Also some spiciness, most like rosemary methinks. Finishes with honey comb, apricot, lemon rind, and rosemary.

M/D: Light body, sparkling carbonation, finishes with a dry resiny smack.

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3.84/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
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"

Peak Organic Summer Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.