Peak Organic Summer Session Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 8
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Peak Organic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.40% 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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peak Organic Summer Session Ale

A: Hazy golden body beneath a short head of bright white foam. Average head retention and lacing.

S: Hoppy: citrusy and grassy. Mild grainy malt.

T: Quite citrusy and grassy. Surprisingly hoppy. Subtly tart and lemony to the point that I had to question whether there was lemon juice added to it. Lightly malty, and gently wheat-ish. Well-balanced starting with a dollop of sweet malt upfront, becoming more tart across the middle, and finishing dry and grassy with a firm, residual bitterness.

M: Medium-light bodied and crisp with a standard carbonation level.

O: A decent summer ale that actually tastes like "beer". Hoppy and refreshing!

Photo of DAllspaw
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with white head, fairly large bubbles. Nice golden color, looks more like a pilsner.

Smell is fairly strong hops, more than expected, fairly prominent citrus smell.

Taste is crisp, nice bitter touch to finish, fairly crisp like a pilsner. A perfect summer session beer, aptly named. Reminds me a bit of New Belgium Mighty Arrow.

Photo of Brad007
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden yellow color with a one-finger head into my glass. Standard fare for the style.

Aroma has a slight hint of clove and banana but not much else. Inoffensive but just not on the aromatic side.

Taste is crisp with wheat, clove and a slight breadiness upfront. Not a bad combination. There's even a slight grassiness from the hops.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassiness from the hops and clove as well.

I think it's well-done for the style. I'm not too high on releases from this brewery as they have been somewhat lackluster in the past. However, this would not be out of place on a hot day.

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essential clear golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of apricot, citrus and wheat in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite fruity and has flavors of apricots and lemons. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and quite refreshing. It’s a good selection for a hot summer day or as a pairing with a light dish like pasta.

Photo of berley31
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a deep yellow color, and very clear body. Medium-sized, fluffy white head that holds very well.

S: Very nice aroma with floral spiciness, and strong smells of citrus (lemon, especially).

T: Some wheat flavor starts off, followed quickly by a lemony, light spiciness that isn't overpowering in the least. A very slight hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation.

D: One of the best summer beers I've had... refreshing, fruity, wheaty... just awesome.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pale hazy yellow body here with about two fingers of creamy looking white head. Really nice retention here with good looking sticky lace.

Nice slightly citrus hop aroma with toasty grains and pale malts coming through. A touch of bittering from the hops in the nose. Lots of grains here, with a little bit of citrus and a toasty flavor rounding it out. Nice subtle hop bittering finishes this one off.

Really a nice light body here with good lively carbonation. Really a refreshing beer here. It really sums up what I would want out of a lighter summer beer.

Photo of JPowell712
4.14/5  rDev +15%
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!

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bring on the crispy, refreshing brews of summer!!

Hazy-yeller golden colors, 1" head...pretty average, good sticky coverage, good flow of bubbles and plenty of life.

honey, sweet bread maltiness at first, clover honey, white pepper and golden wheat, herbal greens, slight musty, but pretty clean. A bunch of earthy, hearty aroma's.

This one is wicked lively, crispy and very clean feeling. The flavor's are dry wheat, buttery toasted malt, basil, thyme, rye and wheat, sweet corn...good balance. Plenty of dry, crispy earthy flavor's with a bold yeast and hop combo.

This one is easy drinking with some nice complexity and bonus points for being organic. Easily one of the best overall summer session brews I've had.

Photo of wiseguywood
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of ericj551
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peak Organic Summer Session Ale pours an ever so slightly hazy light yellow orange with a thin head. The aroma is citrusy american hops, reminiscent of an IPA, but much milder, with sweet, grainy wheat. Crisp wheat and citrus mingle nicely in the flavor. The grapefruit character is much more subtle in the flavor, and the moderate bitterness doesn't over power the light malted wheat. The finish is fairly clean, with just the slightest linger of resiny, piney bitterness and some grainy wheat.

Whether or not this is a session ale at 5%, it is delicious and light for summertime drinking, and still packed with flavor.

Photo of yesyouam
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peak Organic Summer Session Ale is a very clear, golden ale with a thick, fluffy, white head that has great retention and lacing. It has a very earthy smell with a fresh hop aroma that's bright and citrusy. It smells great. It's medium light bodied, smooth and soft. The finish is quick and dry, leaving the mouth a little slick. It has a nice, tight, dry, bitter flavor with lots of lemon peel and a hint of grass and herbs. The bitterness lingers for a while after the taste. This beer is a very pleasant surprise. It has a lot more flavor than I was expecting and it's very refreshing. I'm a fan.

Photo of mpedara429
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of rinhaak
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of argock
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of Alkali
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of u2carew
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of erosier
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.44/5  rDev +23.3%
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!

Photo of Sgolenbo
4.61/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Dope beer. Favorite summer right now, might be my desert-island beer

Photo of openmind
4.88/5  rDev +35.6%
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?

Photo of berliner07
4.92/5  rDev +36.7%
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.

Photo of H0PHead108
5/5  rDev +38.9%

This years Summer Sessions is my favorite summer beer for 2014.

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Peak Organic Summer Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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