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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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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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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Ratings: 131 | Reviews: 58
Reviews by davednyc:
Photo of davednyc
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure why, but I usually dont tend towards these Peak Organic brews, even though I'm always impressed.

Slightly better (more) carbonation than I'm seeing these days. Very crisp taste, with quite alot going on with as far as 'secondary' flavors. And yes, on very abstract terms, this is definitely fits an autumn brew.

A refreshing brew that will do very nicely if you feel like sitting back and relaxing with a few

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a clear rich amber with a 1/2 finger off white head atop.Sarp citric hops intertwined with sweet caramel/biscuit malt,the hops reaaly jump wich was a nice surprise.A little thin in the mouth with again the sharp citric hop flavors hitting at the onset,nutty lightly sweet malt holds up well to the hops.Surprised at the hop presence in a good way,I think a unique fall selection.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy before March,2011 on the label.
The beer was copper colored with a thick tan head. Good deal of lace.
Sweet caramel aroma, floral.
Caramel taste, a little bit of piney, grassy hops.
A bit on the dry side.
I enjoyed this beer. I had this not too long after drinking a few St Arnold Amber, and this one fared well.

Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of large amounts of buttery diacetyl backed by moderate amounts of citrus and floral hops and lighter amounts of pale malt aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Slightly dry pale malt flavors with small amounts of toastiness kick things off and are joined almost immediately by slick and buttery diacetyl. Midway through the sip the diacetyl fades just a bit to allow citrus and slightly earthy hop flavors to work their way into things. The hops carry through before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this beer, nor am I of any beers with large amounts of diacetyl (ESB's excepted). I've had a few Peak beers now and I'm realizing that the diacetyl is intentional and likely based on the type of yeast they're using. This beer isn't worth seeking out but if you're one of those diacetyl fans than you'll likely enjoy this one if you see it around.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Seriously sparkling amber color with a very healthy clean-white head that is 2" high to start with slow dissipation, very healthy and clumpy with lots of sticky lace that looks like styrofoam!

This is one of the freshest hop aroma's i've had the honor of reviewing, Citrus hop cones, it smells as if the hops are floating in the beer!! citrusy and earthy fruity aroma, grapefruit and wild strawberries come to mind along with a rich and sweet malt balance and a nice tangy and hearty aroma that goes a long way!! rightous hoppiness!

The flavor is above all well-balanced with major crisp and hearty, earthy dry wheat, crispy malt that never becomes cloying of slick, it's all crispy and snappy taste and feel. The hops blend really well with this brew, The all Summit hops provide a complex and yummy dry-citrus flavor with heavy hearty and earthy notes and a gentle but zippy dry bitterness from the fresh hops.

I love the fact these hops are grown locally from one individual that obviously cares for his hops!! This brew aslo steps outside the norm as far as an "Autumn of fall" style brew which are usually on the malty side or pumpkin spice offerings, kudos to Peak for going in a different direction this fall! Keep this stuff coming y'all.

Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark copper color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is malty with some caramel and some hops. The hops come across citrusy with a touch of mint.

T- The taste is taste like the aroma is sweet malt up front with a nice amount of bitterness in the finish from the hops. This beer is very well balanced.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I enjoyed this beer. It is perfect for the fall season where the temperatures start to drop a little.

Photo of DerekP
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The brew is a dark copper-brown. Silky lacing and a slim, but constant, head. Moderate carbonation level.

Smells of tropical jelly beans (hops). Very sweet and attractive. Butterscotch and faint maple in the tail end.

Tastes close to how it smells. Hop bitterness, hop flavor, and malt sweetness form an excellent balance. Warming. Finishes without a lingering aftertaste. Oriented toward the hops, but not overbearing. On the thinner side, but the hop content extends the body in a misleading, yet agreeable, way. Sort of stretches it like a silky syrup.

Very hoppy, but brown enough to balance out the overreaching nature of hop oriented brews. Notably drinkable, not to mention, organic!

Photo of scootny
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed terra cotta amber with a light beige head and nice retention. Not a lot of lace but enough to look good. Smell is toasted grains and faint butterscotch. Some bread and a nice crisp citrusy hops. Taste is bready malt and toasted grains with a good caramel malt sweetness. Finish is dry and well hopped. Some grapefruit skin and a bit of hop oiliness leaves a longish touch with a bit of toasted while grain bread. Feel is lightly effervescent and delightful with a medium weight and thickness that gives it a hint more body than the usual amber. A very good beer overall that blossoms well in the glass as it warms and is highly drinkable.

Photo of KTCamm
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Mongrel
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of u2carew
4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a big frothy head that sticks around for awhile. Clear body, amber in color. Active carbonation.
S) Caramel malt. Grapefruit. Absolutely euphoric aroma!
T) Grapefuit with sugar on top... that is the initial impression. That's a good thing - if you like grapefruit. A well balanced malt sweetness and hop bite. Toasty notes. Caramel.
M) The lighter side of a medium bodied brew. Crisp and clean up front, then smooth to the finish.
D) A delicious brew. Peak Organic brews another exceptional beer.

Photo of bugsizzy
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchases 6-pack of bottles at local liquor store.

A: Nice amber tone with thick lacing
S: Distinctive grassiness, but not one that appealed to my taste
T: The taste definitely followed the smell; slightly tart, grassy/grapefruit.

A clean tasting beer, reminded me a little of drinking green tea, which I enjoy, but not something I would look for in a beer.

Photo of Amalak
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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

L: Pours a nice amber brown with a medium sized and medium bodied off-white colored head that laces the glass a bit as it fades.
S: Smells of sweet roasted and caramelized malts, hints of citrus-y hops and some nice spices at the end of it.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, nice caramel flavor, then a nice mix of citrus flavors yielding to more earthy hop flavors.
M: Crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Very drinkable, this was a nice blend of flavors with a moderate abv. Nice take on the style.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of illpass78
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 10/8/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, a good amount of hops, some citrus and other fruits.

T: The taste starts out with a quick burst of grassy hops, then some sweet flavors of caramel, citrus and nuts come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a decent beer to drink for a while, but there are other fall seasonal beers I would pick first.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Flatbread Pizza in Portland, ME.

Very little head, semi clear toasty brown reddish Mahogany color.

Nose darker brown malts, toasty, light musty toasty earthy malts and hint of earthy hops. Light overall.

Taste has some earthy fresh hops, like hops right off the vine, brown malts, earthy rustic toasty malt flavors, light tannins, earthy spicy hops fairly bitter with a bit resinous and slightly astringent on the finish, drier and little sticky.

Mouth is med bodied, dec carb.

Overall nice but not great, good toasty brown malts, earthy hops, it seems to get a bit too bitter but still a nice bite, fairly balanced and tasty.

Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear, deep amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose and flavor is light grapefruit hops, dry finish. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. Best by Mar 2012.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fall Summit pours a clear copper color with a frothy, white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind lots of lines and spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty and bready with some burnt sugar notes and a fair amount of citrus hops mixed in. Very earthy.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very dry, soft on the palate with light carbonation. The flavor begins with caramel malt and grain. Somewhat sweet in the middle. Towards the end light fruity notes like peach and some citrus hops move in. It finishes mildly bitter. Once gone the grainy amber malt notes linger on the palate.

This is a tasty beer that's well balanced, but I thought it was a bit too dry.

Photo of beancounter
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Medium amber with a rich head that mostly dissipates. Lacing on the glass as I drink it. Lots of active small bubble carbonation.

S-Spicy and fruity aromas.

T-Sweet toasted maltiness with light caramel . Some minor grassy flavors in the background

M-Medium body. A fresh clean feeling on the tongue.

O- This beer is very drinkable. The various flavors work well together.

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Peak Organic Fall Summit Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.