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Peak Organic Winter Session Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 12
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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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Sailracer


2/5  rDev -45.8%

03-24-2012 14:02:53 | More by Sailracer
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GrindFatherBob

New York

2/5  rDev -45.8%

01-24-2013 13:51:41 | More by GrindFatherBob
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DCav


2.25/5  rDev -39%

12-14-2012 01:46:28 | More by DCav
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exonthebottle

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not very exciting beer style to begin with but this just dull and rusty.

Red amber no head some carbonation

faint spice not much going on

dull light maltiness but not enough for a winter warmer

feel overcarbonated bit rough afterward

boring beer don't waste your time

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 18:21:04 | More by exonthebottle
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casualfan

New York

2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

01-13-2012 22:00:14 | More by casualfan
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dciBA

Maine

2.55/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber almost brown. Some off white head. Smell has a noticible amount of hops with some biscuity malt. Taste has a nice hopiness initially followed by an off putting buttery, diacityl flavor. Finish leaves you with that butteriness clinging to your palate. Not pleasant at all. This was my second peak organic beer and both have been quite disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 01:02:57 | More by dciBA
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I want to like this beer. I love interesting session-strength beers and at 5% with dark wheat a 60+IBUs, this more than qualifies. However, as soon as I poured the beer there was a big, unpleasant tin aroma and flavor masking the actual beer character. I can tell that underneath, there's delicious, juicy citrus hops, butterscotch diacetyl and toasty wheat bread, but I'm totally distracted by this flaw. It begins to fade as the beer warms, but this is unacceptable.

The best before date is May, 2011, so it seems like something went wrong in production and bottling. I like the idea and basis for this beer that I'll try it again. I sincerely hope it gets better.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 03:54:11 | More by tempest
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

06-01-2014 17:41:37 | More by NJBeer265
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chefduff2

New York

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

01-16-2013 04:53:18 | More by chefduff2
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largadeer

California

2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

fresh 12 oz bottle into a tumbler. Darkened amber, though very clear. A vigorous pour left me with two fingers of off-white froth.

The nose has a pleasant citra hop bouquet, lending that distinct tropical fruit character that I love. As it warms up the hops take a back seat to a grainy wheat aroma, a touch of buttery diacetyl and a bit of coffee-like roast.

It's watery on the palate, surprisingly so - I've had beers of 3 to 4 % alcohol that had more body. The flavors are decent; citrusy, tropical hops are fairly prominent, and then there's that tinny, metallic yeast character that I've noticed in other Peak beers. The malt profile is bland, thin, bringing only a mild unmalted wheat flavor. The finish is lightly astringent and bitter.

Not a terrible beer on the whole, nor one I'll go out of my way to try again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 03:19:24 | More by largadeer
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smakawhat

Maryland

2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Overall it's just another reminder why I steer clear of organic beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 21:57:45 | More by smakawhat
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templar316

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice bright amber with an off white head that doesn't hang around. It's got a nice hop nose; piney, citrusy. The taste falls short a quick hop blast falls into a garlicky middle and then fades into cloying wheaty finish. It goes down smooth and would be easy to drink a couple.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 01:29:37 | More by templar316
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babaracas

Florida

2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish clear medium brown with fast fading off-white head that settles to a thin ring and leaves a few wisps of lace on the glass. Smell: buttery (ugh), toasty, unripe plum. That pineapple-heavy hopping would have been nice if it wasn’t overwhelmed with diacetyl. Taste: hopping is lemon and pineapple and somewhat raw; buttered toast, tannin heavy backend. Feel starts out fluffy with active carbonation that tries to hide the overattenuated body, but ultimately fails. I like the idea, but it doesn’t come together. Marked best by June 2012, so must be a recent bottling.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 03:13:11 | More by babaracas
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Jamstone714

Florida

3/5  rDev -18.7%

12-30-2011 17:36:47 | More by Jamstone714
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sweisel80

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.7%

03-24-2012 18:21:59 | More by sweisel80
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brwnchrstpher

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.7%

12-01-2011 22:31:17 | More by brwnchrstpher
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.7%

03-03-2013 17:42:40 | More by tmars13
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.7%

11-25-2013 14:05:31 | More by Rekrule
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: amber colored body with a big frothy head, clingy lacing

S: pine, chocolate underneath but extremely subdued

T: bitter through the pine

M: medium, sticky all around and in the aftertaste and finish

O: uh, just average, probably won't seek it out again

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 19:28:54 | More by BeerKangaroo
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before: March 2011.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark mahogany-hued body with a proud, sustained, off-white head. Splotchy lacing on the way down.

Smell: Sliced grapefruit and tropical fruits garnished with morningtime mown, sun-dried grasses. Or, maybe, is it the other way around? Unemphatic toasted, faintly roasted maltiness mixed up with savory diacetyl.

Taste: Dry toasty wheat bread crusts brushed with margarine spread and a slight background roastiness and vague pistachio-hinting nuttiness. Insubstantial sweetness throughout. Grassy character from the dry-hopping takes over, though other hop flavors of citric citrus fruits and pineapple also emerge. Moderately bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A winter ale, maybe, but not a winner ale and not overtly wheaty for a wheat-based brew. The unengaging maltiness overlapped with buttery diacetyl and Citra hops just didn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 20:00:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 6/2013.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, and some onion, garlic, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a very earthy flavor on the finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with the onion and garlic aromas and flavors I am not a fan of.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 02:09:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Samashley

New York

3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have mixed emotions about this beer. I tend to enjoy most winter style beers but this one just tastes a little "off" to me. A lot of the organic style beers (this one included) have more of an earthy taste to them in my opinion, although conversely, this beer seems to lack in the spiciness that I desire with a winter ale. It has a nice subtle caramel and roasted flavor, but it just seems kind of plain to me and lacks a complex flavor dynamic. Average carbonation with a decent head when first poured. Not the best winter beer I've had, but not the worst either.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 05:24:53 | More by Samashley
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

#78. Available as the last pack of a variety pack found at a common grocery supermarket.

(Appearance) Beer pours a two finger depth foamy head that recedes gradually. Retention isn't great but the head appearance is decent, very smooth. Lacing is nicer, however with some stringy thin coating left behind in some spots. Color is a nice shade of medium brown with nice deep amber accents. Beer is crystal clear, surprising for it's style. Carbonation is quite abundant and busy. The appearance is nice but the head retention could use some work. 4

(Smell) A nice floral and earthy hop-laden beer with lesser emphasis on the wheat malt, but some evident caramel malt tones are in here plus a nice arrangement of low acid sweet fruits, like grapefruit. Smells very clean. Hop presence is inviting and flavorful, almost like in an IPA but the appearance hints that there could be more malty character in here than the nose gives off. It smells quite nice and flavorful. 4

(Taste) Not as action-packed as the nose gives off. The malty character is more intense with toasted bread-like yeasty tones and a mild but disappointingly dull earthy hop finish. Comes through as very clean. Malt heavy, as the style should be, but differs radically from the nose. Balance is close, but not close enough and I'm left desiring more flavor diversity from the taste of this beer. 3

(Mouthfeel) Medium body. Slightly smooth, slightly crisp. Kind of muddled and confused but the mouthfeel isn't bad. There's nothing overwhelming about the mouthfeel. Decent balance, I suppose. No notable alcohol presence. Average. 3

(Drinkability) Drinking is slow for this brew but it's not bad. The good news is that the character is bold enough to maintain my focus and interest but the malty character is draining over time. It's just not my ideal flavor choice. The appearance and smell were very different from what I experienced. I'd probably be able to consume far more than this one bottle without trouble, but I wouldn't be ecstatic about the experience. It's just an alright beer. 2.5

Verdict: Ok beer on being more malty with bread tastes, but I felt deceived by the taste after high hopes with the smell and appearance of it. If you've tried a beer that is toasty or bready, you'll like this beer. If not, there are probably better choices out there. Either way, get it soon or wait 'til next year. B- (3.35)

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 02:33:53 | More by Jadjunk
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best enjoyed by June 2012.
Mahogany color, small tan head. A small amount of lace.

Caramel malt aroma. Herbal and citrus.

More of a butterscotch taste. Piney hops with a bit of grapefruit. Taste rather tepid.

Pleasant enough, but kind of a "meh" beer. Definitely a sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 14:36:39 | More by lordofthewiens
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared a bottle with my wife.

Poured into my Allagash Tulip

The beer is an amber color with a very frothy head. The head stays thick with medium bubbles and laces well.

The aroma is pleasant, especially for a winter brew, refreshing floral and citrus hops. The hops almost create a spiciness.

The beer starts with a mouth full of carbonation. The carbonation subsides and leaves a stickiness on the tongue. The flavor starts sweet and quickly becomes a mix of tart and almost acid flavor. At the very end I get some roasted flavors mixed with the hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 21:51:36 | More by bishopdc0
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Peak Organic Winter Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.