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Peak Organic Winter Session Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

Peak Organic Winter Session AlePeak Organic Winter Session Ale

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%

Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Dark Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This winter wheat beer uses dark malting to provide subtle toasty notes. We then single-hop and dry-hop this beer with Citra hops from our friend Brad’s farm. Interesting pineapple notes from the Citra hop provide a stark contrast to the toasty notes in the body. An engaging and sessionable Winter Seasonal.

62 IBU

(Beer added by: obireidkenobi on 11-05-2010)
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Reviews by thecheapies:
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3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a dark cream soda, except the thin head remains.

Toasted wheat, woodiness, light cola, extra toast, strange fruitiness, clove-y spice, and very light maple. Interesting enough to win me over.

Bitter and sweet. Wheat tangy with some roastiness. Earthy/herbal hops, toffee, light mulling spice, and a splinter of soft overripe fruit (pineapple).

Light-medium body with a semi-spicy carbonation. It feels prickly, but I think it works. Thank goodness, there's some noticeable alcohol.

American Dark Wheat, eh? I don't mind this. I'll seek out more. This one here... is good. Good? Yes.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2013 04:18:33 | More by thecheapies
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3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a wheat glass.

Appearance: Pours a clean, clear rusty brown with a one-inch white head that sticks around for a while before fading. Carbonation heavy, lacing heavy.

Aroma: This beer is all wheat and hops. It has a very dense, wheat-malty aroma that gives the impression the taste will be flavorful and toasty. Also some pretty good hop bite in the nose.

Taste: Dark, malted wheat dominates the flavor, while there's also a lot of hop bitterness along with pine and grapefruit. Some toast in there as well. Kind of surprised to see the IBUs clock in at 60+, but they do seem higher than average.

Mouthfeel: This is moderate-bodied but not heavy.

Overall: It's an enjoyable wintery wheat beer. A nice break from the stouts and porters that dominate the winter seasonals. Also a nice nod to the fact that organic beer can also be good beer; if you blinded tasted this with someone, there's no way they would guess it was an organic or health-conscious beer style.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 03:29:39 | More by illpass78
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3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Thin amber brown appearance with very small off-white head.

Smell: Pleasant, sweet malts followed by hops with hints of tropical fruit aromas. Complex and well balanced.

Taste: Sweetness from malts quickly gives way to mildly bitter hops and a hint of yeast. Very slight hint of the tropical fruit aroma more prevalent in the smell.

Feel: Thin, with very low carbonation. Perhaps a tad too thin, as it can feel slightly watery when moving around the mouth.

Overall: A good, but not great, winter session ale. I would get this again, but I don't think I'll actively seek it out in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 03:04:17 | More by BrewMakeMeFeel
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3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I was excited to try this from the reviews, but it wasn't my favorite.

The smell was definitely the best part...a very definitive pineapple aroma.
A floral hoppy taste that finishes on the bitter, dry side. Didn't pick up much wheat at all, even though it is classified as a wheat ale.

Overall for my preference, it's not bad for a few sips, but I wouldn't go for it again. And that's only because I'm not crazy about the hops.

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A: pours a hazy, mahogany color, with lumpy head and lacing. Not much carbonation.
S: A bit of pineapple, and lots catty hops, over a malt backdrop. Interesting. Original. Bold.
T: The reviews are all over the map, but I found this IPA-like dark session ale to be completely satisfying. The hop profile is great as is the long tingly finish. I'd enjoy this any time and could drink another.
MF: This is where it falls down, thin.

I think this beer gets rapped due to being Organic, and also not really being a wheat beer. Needs to be tasted blind. I found it a hoppy, sessionable, approachable, catty, long finish ipa. Would gladly enjoy again.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass. Best before June 2014.

Real nice crystal clear and brass dark copper brown with some cola size rising fast bubbles. Head doesn't form much, only about a tan finger that dissolves to a thin puck and leaves a collar.

Toasty aroma, not much hop action as described going on but I am not expecting it to be. Nice soft caramel and fairly straight forward, there is a hint of some fruit though.

Palate is heavily carbonated, and very metallic and mineraly. First sip I am looking for some of that malt caramel sweetness and instead I get a large blast of carbon dioxide. Large mineral and metallic finish on this beer, my fillings feel like they are on fire. Some warmth and time provides a little more malt depth, but the aftertaste is really not pleasant. Texture on this is really odd and destracting as my tongue feels run over by sawdust.

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Citrus hops and a nutty brown malt smell. Nice hop crisp and the nutty flavor and citrus herbal hop bitterness melding together in the rest of the sip. Very nice. Its slightly sweet but the bitterness from the Citra hop they use really lasts.

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Pours a very clear deep bronze/ brown color. Small amount of off white head from the pour, but what's there seems to retain nicely. Decent lacing as well.

Strange aroma, almost smells a bit off. Maybe it's the toasted wheat, it definatly has a toasted aroma. Nutty cardboard?

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Peak Organic Winter Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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