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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Reviews: 73
Hads: 273
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 33 | 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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Reviews: 73 | Hads: 273
Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a dull lemony color with a thin wispy bone white head atop,muted citric hops in the nose along with some toasted grain,pleasant but again muted.Muted hops again in the flavor,present but a little light,somewhat grainy and toasted as well.I like the hoppy wheat ales like Gumballhead,and Hop Sun,and I thought this would be more in their category but it doesnt bring as much hop punch.I wish that style would reamerge. (451 characters)

Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of Andreji
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,030 characters)

Photo of sk8man121
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a slightly dark ambe with a decent stream of bubbles rising from the bottom. Very thin white head that didn't last long, but clung to the sides and slowly slid down. Aroma was slightly sweet, reminded me of vanilla and bubblegum with a small amount of grain in the end. Taste started out slightly hoppy, a small touch of sweet, then ended with a tarty tang. Felt ok in the mouth, fairly mouthy with a small kick, seemed almost over carbonated. Easy to drink, could definitely do several on a hot day. (546 characters)

Photo of emsroth
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App:thick frothy head. Medium amber with perfect clarity

Smell: watermelon and Fruity hops. Hint if strawberries.

Taste: strong malt bill with wonderful top balance. Equal parts wheat husk and biscuit. Dry, bitter grassy hops that are a bit bland. Otherwise balanced.

A bit full bodied for a summer beer

Reminiscent of Brooklyn summer. (339 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of Alkali
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of erosier
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of u2carew
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (830 characters)

Photo of albern
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good lemony summer ale. Don't expect complexity and enjoy this for what it is. It pours a clear palish yellow with a small but durable white head. A bit of lace is in there too. The nose is slightly herbal but you really have to stick your nose in the glass, cup your hands around your face, and breath deeply to get much here. There is a bit of wheatiness in the nose, some slight maltiness too with mostly lemon hints.

The taste is light, refreshing, a true summer ale. The lemony tartness is most noticeable, with some sweetish malts and wheatiness coming through. Things dry up a bit in the finish. There is not much aftertaste for better or worse. The texture is a touch course, but only a touch, due to the wheat, but not mouth prickly. It isn't a smooth beer, but neither is it particularly rough. The herbal lemony flavors are pretty much what defines this beer. There is a slightly drying, leafy hop, pepperiness in the finish and that keeps things a bit interesting too. I'd come back for another. If it means anything, I had this after a very boozy DIPA and this really cleansed the palate. Points added right there. (1,139 characters)

Photo of berley31
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of ericj551
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (624 characters)

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Peak Organic Summer Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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