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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 silentjay
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

a muddy brown/amber with a small off-white head that quickly recedes to almost nothing, yet leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

buttery aroma with some green onion, cooked veggies, herbal hops, and some caramel and uncooked bread dough.

herbs follow into the flavor with plenty of buttery diacetyl and some caramelized sugar sweetness. thats pretty much it. not great, way too much diacetyl.

about where it should be in terms of body and carbonation level with some syrupy resin left behind after the swallow and a terrible aftertaste.

ughh. not good. not terrible, but just not good. I'll probably get rid of the rest of this one. herbal and vegetal hops with a lot of butter just doesn't work for me.

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Photo of stonermouse
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours a very clean amber. Little lacing and head.

Aroma is tough to tease out. Slightly spicy malt, but nothing much else of note.

Taste here is the definition of average. The malts continue to be slightly spicy, with a little metallic bite on the finish. Slightly dry, but no notable hop flavors. Very clean and crisp.

The metallic finish sticks to the tongue. It's not entirely unpleasant, it just is.

Overall, a decent brew to have and share casually.

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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 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 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 CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From fall brew tasting notes (2010): Clear, deep amber appearance with a small, beige head and modest lacing. Muted aromas highlighted by citrusy hops followed by some toasted malts. Well carbonated, medium bodied mouthfeel. Decent balance between the hop flavors in the forefront and the lingering maltiness. Long lasting, crisp, dry finish. Will not reach for it again however.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: amber yet creamy looking body with a thin tan head that faded immediately, light trickling lacing

S: piney hops and citrus up front, bready malts in the background

T: mostly balanced through previously mentioned flavors, more bitter as the beer warms

M: medium, fairly sessionable, bitter aftertaste and watery finish

O: average American Amber Ale, nothing spectacular, only come back to this if I have to

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Photo of bugsizzy
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of riversider76
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber orange with a thin tan head.Great retention, and pleanty of laceing.Aroma is of piney hops,citrus, and some bready malts. This beer is medium bodied with lois of carbonation. Taste was a bit flat. Hops up front, but a rather watery finish.Nothing special in my humble opinion.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Attractive clear dark amber color.

Aromas of caramel, nuts and a dusty hoppy note.

Tastes like light caramel malty notes and some hop bitterness. The flavor is not quite as good as the aroma lead me to believe. This is almost like a slightly more hoppy Shiner Bock.

Medium body with some diacetyl and hop bitterness in the finish.

Does not make the cut for my Autumn seasonal lineup.

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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 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 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 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 jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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

Poured into a pint glass, I bought this one a couple weeks ago and I've been putting it off for some reason. So, here goes. The pour is a deep and clear ruby amber color with about two fingers of smooth white head. After the head dissipates a bit it leaves behind sticky lacing. Smell is up front with citrusy and piney hops. Not much else in the aroma for me on this, but it's still really nice. The taste is maltier than the aroma. Caramel malts followed by piney hops leaving a nice bitter finish. The flavor is a little weak though, slightly watery I think. It's good, but seems to be a bit toned down. This one is has a relatively light body and the carbonation is what I would expect. Drinkable as ever, I'm always buying a Peak Organic beers. Certainly sound stuff.

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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 lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12oz single at Beverage Warehouse in Winooski VT for $1.80. Best before April 2011. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

This clear deep copper brew gives an inch of frothy light tan head that gradually settles from 1/2" to a thin layer. A fair amount of carbonation clings to the sides of the glass. Smell is very faint, just a hint of toasted malt, caramel, maybe earthy citrus hop. The taste leads with a sharp bitter grass hop that's soon attenuated by a moderately thick caramel malt body. Finishes dry and crisp with lingering lemongrass hop and faint brown sugar.

Not as impressive as nearly every other brew I've had from Peak Organic.

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Photo of magine
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a hazy dark orange/amber. Has a massive light tan head that stays think and laces the entire glass very well. Really a great looking brew.

Brew smells of light caramel, multiple hops; piney, citrus. Pretty good nose.

Brew is smooth and balanced. Good hops; earthy, oily and pine. Some citrus notes as well, some sweet hop character in here as well. Brew finishes crisp and has a nice easy going balance. There is a nice spicy feel in the middle as well. Has a nice mellow toasted malt in here as well. Pick up some dark malts here too, roasted nuts, coffee and cocoa even. A good solid brew.

Another solid offering from Peak Organic, good solid sessionable stuff here.

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Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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