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Peak Organic Fall Summit Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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 beancounter

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

09-23-2011 18:39:29 | More by beancounter
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

09-10-2011 22:14:01 | More by jdhilt
Photo of magine


3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

09-09-2011 01:43:29 | More by magine
Photo of MrHurmateeowish


4.3/5  rDev +19.8%

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.

09-03-2011 20:50:00 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of greybeardloon

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

08-26-2011 18:22:38 | More by greybeardloon
Photo of WanderingFool


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

03-26-2011 23:23:02 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of CuriousMonk


3/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

02-10-2011 21:53:02 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of DerekP


4.05/5  rDev +12.8%

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!

11-13-2010 02:36:13 | More by DerekP
Photo of Chico1985


3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

Thanks to Charlotte for splitting this 6-pack with me.

Pours an odd translucent brown with an off-white head, amber highlights when held to the light. Head retains pretty well with a bit of lacing left.

Nose is surprisingly hoppy, earthy, herbal and grapefruit in particular comes to mind, along with caramel malt. Does start to come off as a little too vegetal as it warms however.

Taste isn't as generously hopped as the smell hints towards but the hoppage follows the nose for the most part, herbal notes especially noticeable along with grapefruit. Malts are mostly caramel/buttery but not overpowering in the least. Hops do seem to lean towards vegetal also towards the end but it's really not a bother. Carbonation somewhat on the high side.

A bit bland but definitely not bad, wouldn't mind having this again.

11-12-2010 22:44:53 | More by Chico1985
Photo of silentjay


2.23/5  rDev -37.9%

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.

11-12-2010 08:53:17 | More by silentjay
Photo of erosier


4/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

11-07-2010 13:52:39 | More by erosier
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.05/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

11-01-2010 22:29:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of glid02


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

11-01-2010 00:15:19 | More by glid02
Photo of u2carew


4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

10-26-2010 00:20:05 | More by u2carew
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

10-22-2010 02:00:12 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of dedrinker


3.15/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

10-22-2010 01:53:50 | More by dedrinker
Photo of bugsizzy


3.05/5  rDev -15%

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.

10-18-2010 00:30:26 | More by bugsizzy
Photo of davednyc

New York

4.28/5  rDev +19.2%

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

10-15-2010 20:48:53 | More by davednyc
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

10-12-2010 14:12:00 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

10-12-2010 00:16:51 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of Bendurgin


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

10-06-2010 02:28:22 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of StaveHooks


4.05/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

10-06-2010 01:35:29 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of Brad007


4.13/5  rDev +15%

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.

09-26-2010 23:20:28 | More by Brad007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +19.8%

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.

09-20-2010 20:40:35 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

09-12-2010 19:00:37 | More by mostpoetsdo
Peak Organic Fall Summit Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.