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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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Reviews: 59
Hads: 138
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 22.19%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of stonermouse
2.74/5  rDev -24.9%
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 cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of riversider76
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
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 beancounter
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
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 magine
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
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 MrHurmateeowish
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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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Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -17.8%
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 DerekP
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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!

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Photo of Chico1985
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of silentjay
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%
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 erosier
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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 u2carew
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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 dedrinker
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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 bugsizzy
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
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 davednyc
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
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

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Peak Organic Fall Summit Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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