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Peak Organic Fall Summit Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Fall Summit AlePeak Organic Fall Summit Ale

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61 Reviews
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Reviews: 61
Hads: 146
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 22.13%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: obireidkenobi on 09-10-2010

This autumn ale is a showcase of the mighty Summit hop. Our friend Jason grows amazing Summits that combine pine, spice and captivating citrus aromas. A good dose of toasted malts provides warm, rich flavors to contrast the hops on the front palate. Cold fermentation gives a surprisingly crisp finish. We hope you enjoy this unique fall brew.

64 IBU
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Photo of Antg8989
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pours a medium amber. Crystal clear all the way through. Short lasting white head.
Aroma: Very hop forward. In fact, so hop forward I'm almost inclined to think they bottled an IPA by accident.
Taste: Citrusy hops, dry malts. Not a ton of flavor.
Feel: Medium bodied; foams up in the mouth. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Not so sure what is so "fall" about this beer. Average all around.

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Photo of ajilllau
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from the bottle from a sample package. Has a great citrusy, flowery smell and a flowery taste with the same lingering finish. The taste was not what I was expecting with the binge being a fall beer. I would put this beer on draft at my bar.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a tiny fizzy white head. The head fades rather fast to leave a persistent foam on the top of the brew.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a roasted malt smell mixed with a little bit of caramel. Along with these aromas comes some light smells of an herbal and pine smell.

Taste- The taste begins with a somewhat roasty and lightly caramel tinted, but overall drier taste. As the taste moves on, it dries out even more, with much of the caramel fading and being replaced by more roast and a bit of a grainy taste. Toward the middle and the end of the taste profile some decently strong flavor of a herbal and grassy nature come to the tongue. These combined with a little bit of a return of some caramel and some new molasses flavors, to leave one with a still rather dry, but slightly sweetened roasty, and decently hopped (at least for an amber) taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the brew is on the average with a carbonation level that is average as well. Overall the feel was appropriate for the style and the abv. and made for a rather easy drinking brew.

Overall – Nothing too special, but nothing really off about it either. Just and alright brew overall.

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Photo of illpass78
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber with a half inch white head that sticks around a while. Lacing moderate.

Aroma: Smells of floral hops, citrus, caramel, toffee and toast. Pretty nice nose.

Taste: Follows the nose. It's mild but complex. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light for the style. Could possibly use more body, but it's not a big negative.

Overall: Tasty amber ale. It doesn't scream "fall" at me and could probably be an annual. I'd have another.

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Photo of TwinCreator
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a middle-amber with very little head.

S: Immediate earthy, wet autumn leaf smell. Best part of the beer in my opinion. I couldn't get enough

T: Mild immediate sweet taste followed by bitterness followed by the most awful aftertaste of old leaves, dirt. I imagine this is what gives the great smell but this taste comes around and bites you at the end. Very off-putting to me

M: Medium body with a large amount of carbonation

Overall I couldn't get past a 2.50 on this. I actually poured out the rest of the glass after my first few mouthfuls. I just couldn't get past the bitter earthy tobacco dead leaf taste at the end. I drink tons of beers and rarely ever pour them out. If you're into earthy beers - this is the one.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Omnium
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Nice rich amber color with two fingers of bubbly khaki head, nice lacing.
S - Grassy, earthy, toasted grain and nuts, light pine, caramel and biscuit, even a very faint trace of baking chocolate.
T - Very complex and inviting flavor, really nice grassy and earthy fresh hop flavor, nutty, toasted biscuit and bread malt, somewhat floral on the end.
M - Clean and smooth, very refreshing.
O - One of the more interesting beer's I've had lately, lots of nice complexity, definitely a good fall session beer, and I think it might be my favorite thing from Peak Organic.

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Photo of seand
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a medium amount of off-white head. Just some surface film and a ring around the glass retains, but it leaves solid sheets of lacing.

S: Grainy and a bit sweet, with a light grassy hop note.

T: Mildly sweet leading into a somewhat hoppy finish; not overly bitter, but the hops are certainly present.

M: Medium to light body, medium to strong carbonation.

Overall, a perfectly good everyday/session beer, but probably not one I'd seek out again.

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Photo of Mongrel
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a true amber color with a finger of white head that sees some nice retention. .Also some good sticky lace retention. Good carbonation too.

The smell is the best thing about this beer. It brings a good whiff of fresh hops and smells much hoppier than most fall harvest type beers.

Tastes mostly like tobacco and dead leaves. Seriously, the tobacco lingers and is kind of off-putting. Later, as the beer settles, there's a mildly sweet caramel malt presence, all veiled in very thin, herbal, fresh hop profile. Still hoppier than most fall beers, but not nearly as much as the nose would lead you to believe. The whole beer just seems watered down.

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Photo of plaid75
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel and slight grassy hop.

The taste consisted of light toasted malts and a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a serviceable amber.

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Photo of utopiajane
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark copper color the color of deep wood. Had a light off white head of thick foam that fell slowly. Clear and had streaming effervescence.

Nose was very much like an IPA. Had some pine, grapefruit way in back and a succulent hop cone scent. Bread and a sweet malt. The taste was dark toasted malt with dark caramel. it had a pungent leafy vegetal quality that I really did not like. It was bitter but not extremely bitter. It had an oniony quality that took over the beer. Malt took on smoky meat like quality and was overly toasted and dark tasting. It then developed the taste of sour or rancid walnuts. It left a terrible sour aftertaste. Bitter, onion and a bunch of flavors that just didn't go well together. Dark caramel doesn't go with onion.

This was a beer that could not make up it's mind. To go towards the dark qualities or the light . It had potential but each characteristic failed in some way. The mouthfeel was strangely oily and slick. It had a metallic taste underneath all that that was just noticeable. it was not a harvest or fall beer, it was not and IPA it was not a dark beer. It was some kind of conglomeration of elements from each of these and failed to be any one of them.

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Photo of Wutface
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A. Ligh copper color with a decent ivory head and appealing lacing.

S. A slighty fruity malt, with a hint of citrus. Enticing.

T. Disappointing, slight of metallic. A hint of cat piss.

M. Light, dances on the tongue.

O. I was told and expected a solid amber. Everything up to the point of tasting lead me to believe it would be a good, if not wonderful beer. It looked right (a bit light) it smelled great. The mouthfeel was wonderful until I was suddenly put aback by the godawful taste. It was if it had been poured on pennies and barbed wire and left to sit.

It was stored properly at the site I purchased it, so if it had been improperly stored, it was the distributor. (I work at the location where I bought it.)

I will most definitely try it again, as it's kind of like an almost "off" brie I once bought. Everything lead me to believe it was a good wheel, except this slight hint of cat piss. I ate about half of it before deciding it wasn't for me and returned it. (A shame this was my first review on BA, as I use it as a reference as the bros are nearly always spot on.)

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Straight amber, light bubbles on the frame, with an initial head that is maybe 1/4" white right off the body.

Smell: light hops coming strong at first bit dissipates little quickly. Floral scent is there before taking a sip.

Taste: little bitter and and has a piney feel to it that will make IPA lovers appreciate a good brew. To call this an amber is just a compliment, it is very close if not already an IPA.

Mouth: medium to heavy carbonation, floral after taste just resets your palates after the first sip.

Overall: for what it's advertised it can be so much more. But still a very good brew and will buy again if I see. Salud!

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Photo of KTCamm
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours medium dark amber with fluffy persistent white foam. Firm malty hop nose. Notes of pine. Taste is an interesting hop/malt blend. Really laces. Bready and earthy - buttery at times. Feels a tad glommed together.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprised I haven't had this one till today. Rather exceptional amber ale.

A - Pours a golden amber body. The head is fairly sticky with some good lacing.

S - The summit hops really shine on this one. Underlining bready and toasted malts.

T - First thing that comes to mind is how clean and balanced the hops are. They never really get too bitter but they don't blow your mind like a wet hop ale. Bready malts are light but provide for a semi-sweet finish. Surprisingly good.

M - Light to medium on par for the style. Could have sworn the ABV was a tad higher.

Overall peak really isn't the first name on my beer favorites (right now being founders damn their harvest ale is amazing) but it's a damn fine crafted beer that calls for seconds.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear copper color with a beige head that stayed around and left a good sheet of lacing.

S - bready and earthy.

T - caramel sweetness with a light kick of earthy hop bitterness mixed in.

F - medium bodied with a smooth, drinkable feel.

O - a decent amber ale.

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Photo of Willytee3
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a red wine glass

Review right from the glass.

Pours a copper red with thin head that foams nicely around the glass with large bubbles and islands of film across the top.

Smells of toasted malts, carmel and toffee with nice citrusy and pine hop aroma, full on but not complex.

Tastes of pine hops with carmalized malt backbone, a bit of citrus comes through with a mid palate bitter and a hint of onion. A touch of dry soot on the finish with light dry citrus bitter lingering.
Light carbonation makes this drink almost like a cask conditioned ale.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before 4/2013.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, onions, and lots of earthy and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a very earthy and dirt-like flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer based on taste alone with no real stand out flavors.

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Photo of gcamparone
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI

A - Crystal clear amber, big 3" head with medium-low retention. Nice lacing

S- Almost smells like an IPA. Hoppy, citrusy, nutty. Complex and inviting.

T- Sweet caramel malt upfront, nice hoppy, piney aftertaste. Well balanced and tasty

M- Medium feel, medium carbonation.

Overall, a unique and complex fall brew. Nice balance of caramel malt and hops. Must try

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that hardly died down and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are bright aromas of citrusy hops in the nose along with some hints of pine resin. There are some hints of the underlying toasted malts.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is dominated by the hops and has flavors of citrus and notes of pine resin, the latter of which seems to linger through the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a very enjoyable, drinkable and well-balanced beer. The hop aromas and flavors really set this apart from other beers in the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber to garnet red in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium sized slightly thicker patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramelized malts with a nice citrus and spicy hop aroma.

T: The flavors of the citrus and spicy hops with light bitterness come out upfront followed the toasted and caramelized malts. There is a light amount of nuttiness and the finish is lightly sweet.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is an enjoyable beer that is easy to drink - a good beer for the autumn, as the weather cools.

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Photo of Amalak
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. A rusty bronze color, semi-clear, there were tons of tiny bubbles, a nice foamy tan head, with good lacing.

S. Lovely fruity malt scent.

T. A very nice malt flavor, a rye-ish undertone, There's a hint of dark fruit very faint.

M. Smooth with an ever-so slight tingle.

O. It has a very nice oktoberfest feel to it. A bit lacking on flavor, but refreshing.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber color with a fingers worth of head and lots of little particles floating around

S: Definitely get the summit hops, which provide fruity citrus notes as well as a good dose of spiciness. Malts provide a light toastiness

T: Starts off with a good balance of hops and toasty malts, which continues through to the end. Hops are lightly fruity with a light spice/onion kick. Also get the distinct Peak yeast

M: Medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Soft and easy-going

O: A good beer to enjoy while the weather gets colder. Easy to drink and nicely flavorful. If you're looking for something different to throw into your fall lineup, pick this one up

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Photo of JimKal
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This is a great looking beer. Pours a nice dark amber with a good sized white head that dissipates slowly. In fact, the head remained throughout the beer.

S:It has a slightly spicy aroma to me but I'm not very good a picking up aromas - a function of age and allergies.

T: This one grew on me. At first I picked up an aftertaste that was a bit bitter but seems to go well for this seasonal. (edit - I just tried this again - it just seems to get better each time I try it.)

M: Oh, this was nice. It delivered a lot of mouthfeel for not a lot of ABV.

O: This is a great fall seasonal. While it has been a bit warm here in NC in August some heavy rain cooled things down making this a great beer for the deck. The beer became more enjoyable as I adjusted to the taste profile delivered by the hops. Different, but it worked well with this one. I plan to get more before it disappears for the year.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Peak Organic Fall Summit Ale is a very clear amber ale with an off white head that fades to a bubbly splotch and leaves nice lacing on the glass. It smells delicious. It's all hops, spicy and fruity. It's kind of sweet in the nose, with notes of orange, taffy and... I don't really know! It's a solid and bold aroma. One whiff makes my mouth water. It's pretty light bodied and soft. It seems a touch watery, but the finish is dry. It tastes a lot like the aroma, but not sweet and a little more complex. It's resiny and toasty. There's an orange peel flavor that lasts into the finish, where it's joined by juniper to fade slowly after the swallow. This just goes right down. What a great session ale it would make.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of April 2012. Sampled on November 17, 2011. I like how it looks with its handsome medium amber color, thin head, and moderate carbonation. Aroma-wise it is abundant with floral hops. It is so flowery, it reminds me of a garden center. And because of its hop explosion it is difficult to find much else in the aroma. That's not to say it's a bad aroma but it does not seem to fit the style. The body falls into the light-medium range. Like the aroma the taste is extremely hopped up. Am I drinking liquified Chrysanthemum? Or liquified Marigold? That's how flowery it is. A bit too much for my tastes, especially if one wants to define this as an amber or red ale. Oh, it's good 'n hoppy but it doesn't live up to the style in my opinion. I prefer my autumns to be nutty and spicy.

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Peak Organic Fall Summit Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.