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Peak Organic Summer Session Ale | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Summer Session AlePeak Organic Summer Session Ale
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Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

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

Added by ericj551 on 06-08-2010

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Photo of ichorNet
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time having this in a can (goes with my session tonight; every beer poured from aluminum!), but I remember liking it quite a bit. Peak and I have a love-hate history, but I've certainly leaned towards the "love" side in the past few years, as Fresh Cut and several others have vastly exceeded my expectations. This is what Peak describes as a "traditional summer wheat beer marries a West Coast pale ale" dry-hopped with Amarillo hops.

Pours a pale-ish yellow with a retentive bone-white head. Very hazy body and decent lacing. A pretty good looking wheat-based ale, for sure. As summer beers go, this is definitely in the upper echelon considering the impressive head retention and solid, nearly opaque haziness.

Nose has some clove, spicy ginger, lemon, fresh-cut grass and spicy hops with slight biscuity notes. Pretty understated but very evocative of the whole "summer" thing without going overboard. In this sense, Peak has succeeded handily without any specialized ingredients, and they deserve props for that.

On the tongue I get some subtle lemongrass, herbal and wheat malt notes with a strong undercurrent of piney and earthy hops, likely the result of dry-hopping with Amarillo. Slightly floral, grassy and, yet, with a full malt backbone despite its rather-intense bitterness ratio (61 IBU in a 4.4% ABV beer!), Peak Summer is a very nice option for the IPA fanatic who wants a lighter-bodied beer that nevertheless refuses to conform to the "Summer session IPA" archetype which happens to be common these days.

Feel is definitely spritzy and happens to be in the lighter-bodied end of the spectrum, but this isn't a "light" beer at all. In terms of flavor, this is rather engaging. Carbonation is on the strong side with an almost seltzer-like brightness, but the finish has enough wheat to anchor this firmly in the realm of beer. Very good balance.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can (natural living center, Bangor, ME) marked march 28/2016 into a pint glass. Pours a hazy straw color with minimal head and minimal lacing. The smell is the best part of the brew in my opinion smells of lemon grass, lime, orange peel, and toasted malt. Tastes of pretty much the same except the malt doesnt balance out the hoppiness as much as I would like. Mouthfeel is thin but not watery, great for a summer session. Overall a pretty good beer, I love the local idea and the organic twist. Perfect for a day on the water. 3.75/5

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Photo of dar482
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a lightly hazy gold color.

The aroma hits of lemon peel, hints of diacetyl, wheat, pale malts.

The flavor follows with pale malts, dry crackers, grass, floral, hints of citrus peel, lingering wheat, with a light hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium light with a medium high carbonation.

A gentle sessionable

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Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I have a number of Peak Organic beers, both bottle & CAN, awaiting drinking & review & I have decided to run through as many of them as possible today. How odd that tone77 credits me with providing him with a CAN & yet, I have a bottle!

From the bottle: "Pure ingredients, delicious beer".

Knowing from previous experience that their bottled beers come with screw-top openings, I did not waste time or effort in Pop!ping it open. A twist to the left & I was in business! I could not bring myself to do an aggro pour since it seemed to have good clarity in the bottle. If it was supposed to be cloudy, I will decant any lees at the end of the beer. An in-glass swirl raised a finger of foamy, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, causing the Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus to unexpectedly drop in for a taste. Nose smelt of lemon zest & my late-Pops Wheaties. He ate them for breakfast almost religiously & I will never forget that smell. Mouthfeel was a little thin, but not so thin as to be considered watery. The taste was very lemony, but a wheat/biscuit malt breadiness helped to make it very quaffable. In fact, I had drank off over half of it without even thinking. Finish was semi-dry. It had a lemony quality, but it was held in check to the point that it was not overly bitter or dry. I will be very curious to see how it does from a CAN. In the interim, I have a final pour from this bottle to finish off. There really was not much change in clarity with the exception of a little bit of lees at the end.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. And yes, that can did come from the incredible woodychandler. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of wheat, lemons. Taste is the same, wheat, lemons, light tartness, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing beer.

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Photo of The_Kings_Thirst
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L: Golden to brassy yellow, white head disappearing quickly.

S: Lovely piney, lemony, bready dankness. Almost like fresh pulled onion weeds.

T: Citrus, honey, piney bitterness at the back.

F: Light/thin.

O: Tasty and refreshing ale for the Summer.

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Photo of kwlightner
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Citrus smell and taste with notes of grapefruit. Just the right amount of hops for the style. Not your typical wheat brew. Nice white head with lacing that lingered. Moderate to heavy carbonation. A perfect summer companion.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with moderate haze. 1 finger white head doesn't last long. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is citrusy hops, pleasant but not overpowering. Lemon and a bit of grapefruit.

More citrus in the taste. Lemon, grapefruit, and orange. Some pale malt and caramel. Not getting the wheat beer aspect. Seems like more of true pale ale to me. Still tasty though.

Moderate body and mouth feel with medium+ carbonation. Just the right amount of hoppy bitterness.

A very pleasant but unassuming beer. Not particularly complex but simple and crisp works well.

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Photo of ElmerTLee
1.88/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Peak summer has been one of my favorites for the past couple of years. I was really excited with the move to cans as well.

This year, I have had it several times on tap as well as purchased at the store and it has been terrible. Very onion-y, off aroma, not typical of Amarillo hops. Body is good, cloudy, which is to be expected with the wheat, however the aroma detracts from everything else.
Maybe it's due to some recipe screw up since it is contract brewed.

What a shame. I really liked Peak.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I liked this beer right off the pour. The aromas were of hops and citrus. Th taste was very smooth. It tasted of honey, hops, citrus, and pine. I liked this beer. It was perfect after a hot day outside. They nailed it!

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Photo of illpass78
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of DIM
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: Cloudy pale straw color; poured with a small fizzy head.

s: Nice hop nose, some grapefruit rind and resin. Sweet wheat and sugar cookie malts for balance.

t: Short lived wheaty grains before a fairly flavorful hop finish. A bit of pithy citrus and aspirin bitterness.

m: Fizzy and wet.

o: One of the better hoppy wheats I've tried.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of kflorence
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

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Photo of YieldToNothing
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

very easy to drink beer. i've never felt more of a bubblegum smell in a wheat beer before. this clearly isn't the best wheat beer i've ever tasted, but it certainly does the job.
pours a golden yellow with very little head. perfect level of carbonation, a little bitter note in the aftertaste that you don't get with most wheat beers.
this won't blow anyone's mind, but it's good for a summer afternoon for sure.

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Photo of wiseguywood
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Etan
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a light yellow/straw color, thin fizzy 1 finger head, no lacing.
S - Im very pleased with the aroma, nice lemon zest, pine and some other earthy hops, some wheat, a little clove, some flowery scents too.
T - Good pale ale hop bite up front, a little citrus taste, dried flowers, then fades to a mild wheat flavor.
M - This is what I like least, the aftertaste is a bit soapy and off putting, but otherwise its refreshing.
O - Decent Pale Wheat, good mild hop presence, and not too much on the wheat, balanced. IF PO could get that soapy aftertaste out, this would be something I'd return to.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of Minkybut
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of youngs11
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of mpedara429
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of openmind
4.88/5  rDev +29.8%
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?

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Peak Organic Summer Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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