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Peak Organic Fall Summit Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
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:
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

(Beer added by: obireidkenobi on 09-10-2010)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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 ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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 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 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 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 WesWes
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, pale and crystal malt scent. It has a refreshing hop aroma. It's floral and it balances the aroma quite well. The taste is decent. It has a simplistic pale and crystal malt flavor. It's crisp and bitter with just a hint of caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. It's simplistic, yet really well balanced and quite enjoyable.

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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 jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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 plaid75
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
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 rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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 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 DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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 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 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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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 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.

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Peak Organic Fall Summit Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.