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Peak Organic Winter Session Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Winter Session AlePeak Organic Winter Session Ale

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88 Reviews
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Reviews: 88
Hads: 227
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 20.16%
Wants: 14
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: obireidkenobi on 11-05-2010

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
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Reviews: 88 | Hads: 227
Photo of JMD
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper ale with frothy off white head that fades slowly. light lacing on the glass.

S: Balanced aroma of citrusy hops, toasted wheat and some carmel sweetness.

T: Bready malt upfront with blasts of tangy wheat. Light carmel sweetness any nutty notes leads to nice hoppy finishes with hints of lemon zest.

M: Light to medium body, crisply carbonated.

D: This beer was a pleasant suprise. I'm not sure if its fully representative of the style, but still an interesting and tasty brew. I will definitely grab this one again.

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Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, mahogany colored winter ale with an impressive eggshell cover and tenacious lacing. The aroma has tart rhubarb yeast and strawberry caramel-vanilla. Very interesting, I like it. The flavor brings more tart lemony malt with a bit of ginger-nutmeg. It's a little aqueous in feel, medium-light bodied with mild but tingly carbonation. I get a little bit of an evergreen hop that makes this an overall enjoyable change up for the winter months!

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Photo of Kinsman
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my mug, Winter Session Ale reveals a dark copper colored body with a frothy and sticky cream colored head.

Aroma was a pleasant and slightly pungent hoppiness, characterized by the citrus notes and paired with a biscuity malt aroma.

First taste matches well with the aroma, with the malt being slightly stronger than it was in the aroma, giving this a more balance profile. Plenty of citrusy and even some pineapple notes as the carton suggests but also plenty of toasted bread and biscuity malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but at 5% abv, this is understandable. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this brew, as I quite enjoy hoppy wheat beers. I enjoy Peak Organic for their simply but solid representations of various styles and beers like this might make me consider them more often.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the Whole Foods in West Hollywood. Pours lookin' a little bit dark orange, decent head formed. Lace was worthy.

Aroma was even better, cascade and chinook hop feel to it, big hop nose up in here. Taste came across as a great idea in the winter, sometimes you just want a refreshing, hoppy, sessionable pale ale. Didn't really pick up much on the wheat aspect of it, definitely not 'dark' wheat or like any dunkels I've ever had. Really came across like a pale ale.

Good mouthfeel of caramel and cascade through and through. Nice on the wallet, Whole Foods found a nice exclusive contract on this one methinks.

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Photo of LittleOtts
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark Amber color, with a quickly dissipating head. Very Clear for how dark the beer is and clean looking.

S- Grapefruit and other Citrus from hops, with a warm cereal backbone.

T- Very clean hoppy start. It's got citra hop notes through out. Not very malty however.

M- Medium bodied. High carbonation gives it that crispness to it.

D- Medium. For a hop lover who's looking for more than a pale but less than an IPA

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is quite strong and rye-ish with a rosiny overtone and just a hint of citrus. It pours a dark coppery amber with a fairly thick buff-tan head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Flavor has a strong rye core with hoppy and citrus tones and a whisper of caramel. Texture is quite smooth and somewhat fizzy, leaving behind a nice, if not too persistent, tingle.

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a thin head. Not much retention, but very nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted caramel malts and dark fruit. Body is light and crisp with some carbonation. Taste is of dark fruits and malts up front,roasted nutty finish. It's June, but I liked it anyway.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Idle Hands in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear dark amber with a half finger tall off-white head. The head reduces to a thin layer of bubbles across the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Nice aroma of caramel, wheat, and an almost rye like spiciness.

T: Wonderful wheat flavors with nice caramel and toffee notes. A small amount of spiciness like one usually gets in a rye and a slight sweetness in the beginning.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Very light and really easy to drink, a very sessionable beer. I really like the spice hint that I get in this beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light brown/deep dark amber color. Clear. Small head, but it sticks around leaving a pleasant blanket of lace.

There's a funky, bark-like smell. Interesting and a bit wild. Smells like there's a lot of rye in this beer.

Strong toast, bordering on being burnt, is my first impression. The swallow features a solid bittering hop. This is enhanced by the dryness of the beer. A bit thin but the bubbles are also muted, so it works.

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Photo of Kendo
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau pint glass. Body is clear dark amber with a small off-white film of a head on top. Modest lace.

S: Hops are noted right away - citrusy and piney - over modest caramel malt.

T: Caramel malt foundation, with a hint of nuttiness and brown bread. Next up is the hop bitterness: it's minerally with plenty of pine and a bit of citrus. Minerally pine bitterness lingers into the aftertaste.

M: Light to medium in heft, though it drinks as if it's slightly watered down and thin. Carbonation is good.

O: This is one beer that, broken down, is better in parts than when it's all put together. There is a solid malt foundation in both the nose and the flavor, but it doesn't seem to stand up to the hops, which come across as completely separate from the malty base, especially in the aftertaste. Hops are a bit too minerally and slightly metallic.

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Photo of suspect
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Real Ale snifter.

A: Clear brown color with amber hues. Aggressive center pour leads to a 1 finger off white head that fades slowly into a tiny ring. Lacing is spotty but sticky.

S: Hops hit first which is quite a present surprise. Hits almost like a black IPA. Malts and spices come in second but are quite subdued compared to the hoppy overtones.

T: Follows the nose with the hops being a touch more subdued and the malts standing out a bit more. Spices are present but subdued as well.

M: Thin and a touch undercarbonated. Lowlight of the beer.

O: A good winter session beer. Could definitely drink a few of these.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of papat444
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (best before April 2012).

Appearance: Pours a pale amber body with a good sized head that lingers and leaves some lacing.

Smell: First thing i smell is hops which i wasn't expecting but is nice. Leans toward a non bitter grapefruit (if that makes sense) with a hint of sweetness.

Taste: Hops are more restrained with some orange and grapefruit mingling together. Some caramel in there but not much wheat presence.

Mouthfeel: Malt wins this one but the bitterness gives a decent fight. Nice feel.

Overall: Really surprised by this one. Almost drinks like a pale ale as i found the wheat character didn't show through much. But you should still try it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A nice ruby brown with a half inch of head that turns to a light lace ring.

S - Smells moderately hoppy with a nice caramel malt.

T - Kind of good. I expected more of a malt base for a winter beer but since it is a moderately hopped wheat ale. Very hoppy though and a nice malt base to balance. Very bitter for the ABV.

M - Light to medium body.

D - Not really something I would buy again but would be a good offering in a variety case. Solid hop and mild caramel malt. Good beer.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a nice dark copper color with good clarity. There is about a finger of off-white head resting on top. The head has okay retention, and it leaves behind some scattered lace on the glass.

S - The nose is of toasted malts and wheat. There is a really nice citrus hop presence, as well as other aromas of caramel, nuts, toffee, and some fruit.

T - The taste start off with some toasted malt and wheat flavor. There is a nice roastiness to it. There is a nice citrusy hop flavor, as well as some caramel and toffee. Some fruitiness and nuttiness is present as well. The finish leaves some lingering toasted malt and hop bitterness behind in the mouth.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is some initial sweetness and a nice amount of hop bitterness. It has a nice balance to it.

O - This has good drinkability. It is smooth and the flavor is nice. I could drink a few pints of this. Overall, I think it is a nice and interesting beer. This is my first dark wheat ale, but I would like to find some more. I really liked the balance between the toasted malts and the citrus hop flavor. It just worked for me. It is worth trying out.

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Photo of tkelley
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my brand new Peak Organic shaker pint glass (I was told it's a true 16 oz glass, but I havent checked yet).

A -- nice clear dark caramel color with a small white head.

N -- big piny, resiny nose with some orange peel and nice caramelly, toasty background.

T -- again, nice hoppy, piny taste from citra hops. this also adds a good spicy character, but its a hop spice not a spice spice, if that makes sense. I get a toasted marshmallow taste on the back, which makes this a great winter flavor to me. really think the taste stands out on this one.

M -- average mouthfeel, nothing special to report. no problems with it.

O -- I was pleasantly surprised by this. I had no idea what to expect, and I usually don't think of hoppy wheat ales when I think of winter brews. I could definitely drink these throughout the course of a holiday party or a winter camping trip for several hours. Really good quality.

Cheers (and have a safe winter!)!

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Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a brown color with amber hues and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hops, some spice and malts. Taste is good, some hoppy bitterness up front followed by toasted malts, a touch of wheat. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at at Molly's in Hanover NH. A dark Amber pour with a bit of head that lingers and makes for a decent pattern of lacing. An interesting scent, and I'm not sure what to expect....maltiness? Or Hoppiness? I get both. A unique combo of toasted malt and piney bitterness, with a touch of pineapple fruit. For a session ale, which I often find lacking for flavor, this stood up nicely. I would have liked a bit more carbonation, but overall this was a perfectly decent, and original beer that I would try again.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack at Table and Vine. The beer has a clear, light amber brown color with patchy lacing on the sides. Great aromas of pine, cloves, citrus, and malts. Light bread flavor with a sweet, malt aftertaste. Really clean finish and crisp mouthfeel. This is a very refreshing beer for me at least.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"The throat of winter is upon me and the cold will linger in me." - Opeth

Clear hazelnut color with an egg shell white cap. Quickly fades to a thin skim with ample lacey smatterings. Nice color.

Suprise! Aroma is tangerine and pineapple (citra) with some bread crust background. I wasn't expecting so much hop aroma from a winter wheat. Me likey.

Taste is tangerine hops up front with a friendly nuttyness in back. Not much of a malt character beyond that nutty blip and I feel that the hops are trying to cover up that fact - but hey, it's an American wheat.

Peak impresses in a usually unimpressive style. With the light feel and citrus hops this could do as a spring beer as well.

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Photo of Act25
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle dated best by June 2013. Pours a deep brown color with a tan head that had good retention an left plenty of attractive lacing.
Smells more like a lager than a dark wheat, with more spicy hops than expected. The hops also out weigh the malts in tasting, although there is a solid malt base and enough malts to keep the beer just mildly bitter even in the finish.
Nice mouthfeel, with somewhat crisp carbonation and a medium body.

Enjoyable session beer, but not particularly a "winter" ale.

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Photo of scootny
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I missed most of the seasonals this winter as I was busy hustling and spending my meager finances on the wife and kids. This is a pleasant find at the end of the winter. A clear light brown fluid with a smallish off white head. It recedes after a moment and there is a good amount of lacing on the glass. Smell is buttery with a roasted graininess and a mild hop blend of earth and light citrus. Taste is quite nice with a malty front of lightly sweet bread and maybe a touch of dark roasted wheat with butter. Finish is dry with a firm hop bitterness both earthy and citrus. Nice weight. Enough heft for the winter while not being heavy and with a lovely light, smooth carbonation. I went through my bottle quickly and since this is a session ale that would be appropriate. Nice winter session ale indeed.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent frothy 1.5 finger head that fades at a medium pace, with a bit of lacing, over hazy copper reddish brown color.

Nose brings some interesting earthy hops, a bit herbal that gives it a tannic minerality like herbal earthy hedgerow hop aroma, some copper reddish malts with some dark wheats.

Taste is decent, some dark malts, dark crystal and reddish toasty malts, some dark wheats, a bit of a choc or very dark roasted malt giving it a slight porter like taste, a bit of an interesting fruit too, again with some herbal earthy hedgerow hops giving it a slight minerality taste. Finish brings some lingering herbal hop flavors, a little flat though, with some bitterness lingering and a bit of minerality from teh hops.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is decent, no real booze, fairly easy to go down, a bit of the minerality and bitterness on the finish don't help.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry pale, wheat, crystal malt scent along with a nice bouquet of yeast esters. The taste is decent. It has a bone dry pale, wheat, and crystal malt flavor. It has a light hop character and some excellent yeast notes in the finish. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a very drinkable session ale. It's overly complex, but it does have some interesting yeast character and a touch of hops.

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Peak Organic Winter Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.