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Peak Organic Summer Session Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | 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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4/5  rDev +11.1%

07-20-2012 21:23:25 | More by jbertsch
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

08-01-2012 19:03:15 | More by Vera
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New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%

06-08-2012 23:11:53 | More by gshackles
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-23-2012 07:48:27 | More by Orange
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-30-2012 21:21:34 | More by CheekyBroad
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

09-01-2012 01:26:50 | More by meehandennis
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-20-2011 06:04:46 | More by dowen44
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North Carolina

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 23:59:03 | More by dbrauneis
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3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 16:07:24 | More by flagmantho
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3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 02:08:33 | More by silentjay
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3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 00:22:36 | More by BeerKangaroo
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3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 23:27:07 | More by gestyr
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Rhode Island

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2010 15:05:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 01:30:03 | More by Andreji
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 00:22:13 | More by riversider76
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New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 01:56:32 | More by BeerNinja007
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South Carolina

3.83/5  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"

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 01:55:55 | More by chinchill
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3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 05:45:29 | More by DrDemento456
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Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy after normal pour, frothy head a finger thick that slowly tapers upon consumption. Bright golden yellow in color

Smells of citrus, more lemon and grapefruit than orange

Taste is very similar to smell, very bright and fruity upon contact with a surprisingly hoppy follow-up that quickly fades to an incredibly smooth finish. Taste does not linger into much of an aftertaste at all

Moderate carbonation with a light body and sticky feel

Overall, I am pleasantly surprised with this because I usually don't go for the IMO bland "summer" beers. I was hoping for something that is easy to drink without sacrificing complex flavor and hoppiness. This one is right on the money. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone in the mood for a session with character

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 00:46:06 | More by youngs11
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light and refreshing pale and wheat malt scent along with a touch of citrus and a subtle yeast fruitiness. The taste is decent. It has a dry pale and wheat malt flavor. It has a mild bitterness and well as a faint citrus character in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a tasty brew with incredible drinkability; a fine summer seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 17:02:26 | More by WesWes
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3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden yellow with great clarity. Effervescent carbonation, two-inch bubbly white head. Good retention.

S: Spritzy lemon. Grassy, floral, and citric hop profile. Biscuity malt and bready wheat. Light, vague fruity esters.

T: Blast of lemon and citric tastes up front. Oily hops are mildly bitter. Pale malt tastes surface after the initial wave of hop tastes, with a twang of bready wheat not far behind. Mild buttery tastes are reminiscent of an English style pale ale. Hop tastes turn herbal and grassy towards the end. Finishes dry with bready and buscuity tastes and grassy hops.

M: Light in body, but full and very creamy in the mouth. Lively carbonation adds refreshing crispness.

O: One of the better summer seasonals I've had this year.

Notes: The mild buttery taste I picked up was a tad distracting, but this is nit-picking. It isn't enough to detract from the overall drinking experience. This beer is very easy to drink and very refreshing. Tasty too. You can't really ask for much more from a summer seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 18:05:23 | More by ryan1788a5
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3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear yellow color with a fingers worth of head that semi-quickly fades down to nothing

S: House yeast, fruitiness, and a good bit of malt start things off. Goes into a light hoppiness that provides some citrus and spice character

T: Starts off with some fruitiness, spice, and wheat. Goes into some maltiness and the hops, which are citrusy and spicy. Finishes very lightly spicy and malty

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A slightly above-average summer pale wheat. Has quite a bit going on despite a nice simplicity. Easy to drink, organic, and not too expensive. Worthy of a try

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 01:00:34 | More by BEERMILER12
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3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a mug at Estelle's.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that for the most part is still there. It is a hazy pale yellow yellow with vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Floral, lemon, bready wheat, and pale malts.

Taste: Nice lemony tart hop characteristics, citrus, pale sweetness, and chewy wheat malts. Some bitterness in 5 he rear too.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, light bodied, tingly bitterness, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid summer brew. I'll revisit this one again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2014 01:10:33 | More by Flounder57
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-05-2014 20:27:29 | More by dcbeers
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-21-2013 20:34:23 | More by heather625
Peak Organic Summer Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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