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

12oz bottle purchased as part of a six-pack at Shaw's in North Hampton. Pours a crystal-clear amber-red body with virtually no head. Smells like orange and lemon juice and pulp, nut, coffee, and toffee. Tastes more balanced than the hop-forward aroma would imply. Pithy Citrusy hops share the flavor rather equally with some of the maltier elements including dark chocolate, espresso, and caramel. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty good. Peak Organic's products have been getting better and better. A good showcase for the hops while still keeping the malt profile interesting and competitive with the hops.

Photo of yesyouam
4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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

Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild amber color with a two-finger head into my glass, which quickly recedes.

Aroma is chock full of grassy hops with just a hint of citrus in the nose. Didn't expect so much from the hops in this style.

There's a light hint of citrus upfront followed by buttery sweet malt underneath. Seems more balanced in taste than in aroma.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet, buttery mouth with citrus from the hops as well.

It's delicious and fits within the defined style. I would say that Peak Brewing got this right.

Photo of JimKal
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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 Omnium
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear amber with brilliant ruby edges. Gorgeous spiderweb lacing.

S - Grassy hops on top of a bready caramel malt. The hops are fresh and clean. Gingerbread spice.

T - Follows the nose. Bready Butterscotch malt with spice hints throuought. Prickly grapefruit hops attack the tongue. Muted grapefruit flows through the caramel malt. The finish is dry and citrus and grapefruit.

Really well done. Very clean flavors. Hop forward for the style. Tea tannins come through strong. A solid drinker.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear body the color of lightly stained wood and topped with a sudsy, off-white head. A stray, errant fleck or two of lace on the way down.

Smell: Toasted, whole-grain bread given a thin layering of soft butter with notes of citrus, spice, and an underlying earthiness.

Taste: Let's have ourselves a Peak Fall during Fall's peak, shall we? An initial taste of grainy, toasted bread with a very, very light helping of brown sugar sweetness (very, very light, mind you). Fruity citruses, tangerine and white grapefruit come in with an earthy herbaceous backing, though, in later sips, the fruit tends to drop out leaving only the zesty earthiness behind. Moderate bitterness. Some buttery diacetyl awakens as it warms. Finishes smooth and dry, but also with a slight crispness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down as easily as a falling leaf in early November. No, really. It was pretty good, even with the diacetyl.

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 gcamparone
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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

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 obireidkenobi
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy Simcoe style nose on this one. For an amber looking brew the nose is very notably hoppy.

Taste - If you didn't tell me anything about it, I would think ESB all day long. There is a definite malt profile, with a nice malt profile. Brewed with Summit and Simcoe hops, it's floral with some pepper on this finish.

Drinkability - Really enjoyable fall ale. It's flavorful and bold, but finishes light without a strong, lingering flavor impression on your palate.

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 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 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.

Photo of greybeardloon
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before February 2012

A: Brownish red with a nice, off-white head. Not much lace.

S: Mostly sweet citrus with some grain coming through.

T: Citrus and piney hops up front with sweet grain in the middle. The pine lingers somewhat on the finish. There's a slightly offputting butteriness. This beer is quite balanced, and the hops don't shine like they do in the Simcoe Spring.

M: Medium to light with good carbonation.

O: This is a balanced, highly drinkable beer with nice hop charactaristics. I won't buy it by the case, but I will likely pick up another six pack this Fall.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Cricket Hill Fall Festivus Ale.

A: Clear deep amber with lots of tiny bubbles and a two-finger, off-white, creamy head that diminished to an eighth-inch after a few minutes and then stayed. Okay lacing.

S: Caramel malt and fruit. Citrus hops.

T: Light sweetness and moderate hop bitterness. Caramel malt and floral hop flavor. Some spice. Finish is nicely balanced.

M: Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth and dry.

O: This beer looked descent. The nose was a bit mild, but the taste and mouthfeel were pleasant. Solid amber ale.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very welcoming reddish amber, with a giant off white head that is nice and foamy looking, lacing is blotchy and great looking. Was not expecting it to look this good.

S: Has a good amount of pine and floral hops going on, along with a solid earthiness about it.

T: A great hop presence, floral up front, followed by pine and a lemon pepper spiciness to it. The hops are balanced by a good maltiness that has a certain woody character to it, giving off a faint sweet maple flavor.

M: Rather light, but a good smoothness due to a decent amount of carbonation.

D: It's a solid beer, has some unique characteristics. Worth picking up.

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 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 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.

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Peak Organic Fall Summit Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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