Peak Organic Winter Session Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company
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3.08/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
11-15-2012 02:09:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.15/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
01-06-2011 05:24:53 | More by Samashley
3.15/5 rDev -14.6%
#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)
01-31-2011 02:33:53 | More by Jadjunk
3.18/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
01-07-2012 14:36:39 | More by lordofthewiens
3.25/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
05-15-2011 21:51:36 | More by bishopdc0
3.35/5 rDev -9.2%
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by June 2013.
A: Pours a clear ruby with a 1.5 finger mostly white head.
S: Can get the wheat background with a spicy hop. Pretty funky aroma going on here almost like a moldy wet old sock.
T: Fairly balanced taste here, good wheat malts and I like the spice from the hop. Certainly sessionable and fitting for the winter.
M: Light bodied with average carbonation. Good clean body, smooth drinking.
Overall not a bad seasonal beer, interesting just wish the aroma wasnt so off. Maybe blending in some more hops would help.
12-30-2012 22:42:04 | More by CloudStrife
3.36/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
03-01-2014 03:04:17 | More by BrewMakeMeFeel
3.4/5 rDev -7.9%
Poured into a tulip from the 12 ounce bottle.
Appearance - a sort o rusty mahogany color, a little hazy. Kind of a "clumpy: head that broke up into little rafts. Pretty good amount of lacing as it was consumed. Bubbles were on the lively side...
The aroma was good - a lot of pineapple up front. The malts - detectable in the nose, some sweetness, a little hoppiness and faintly "earthy". Wheat presence noted.
Taste - nice pineapple notes, the malt is solid, bready, wheaty, toasty flavors. Some bitter bite on the back end, a bit of resin/pine, and I did find it have that earthy quality.
The mouthfeel I did not enjoy. It seemed quite thin and a bit more carbonated than expected.
Overall - unsure. Flavors good, aroma good, balanced, easy drinking. Just watery. I keepw anting to like Peak because I like what they are doing, but they remain a little hit-or-miss for me. This was close to a solid score except for the mouthfeel.
04-23-2014 23:17:26 | More by LeRose
3.4/5 rDev -7.9%
A- Bright amber color with a white moderate head.
S- Citric hops dominate the aromatics.
T- Mostly hop flavors here: Fir bud resin, pineapple. Way back behind the hops bitterness is some maltiness.
M, D- Straightforward, medium-light. Not quite enough substance to inspire drinking.
11-29-2010 13:18:58 | More by WhiteOak
3.43/5 rDev -7%
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of July 2014. Sampling it on May 22, 2014 so I came in under that date.
The pour is mahogany amber with reddish hues and a foamy, lasting beige head. There is a slight murkiness to it. Semi-opaque.
The aroma does not seem to exhibit anything punchy. Everything is about equal in intensity with the toffee malts, sugar sweetness, banana, and earthy hops. But I had to think about it as I whiffed it.
Medium to heavy body.
The taste is bit more exuberant with a firm roasted malt character, bananas, sweetness, and a low to medium bitterness finishing it off. I'm a bit late in drinking this one but it was a harsh winter around here and it only feels like yesterday.
05-22-2014 21:29:04 | More by puboflyons
3.43/5 rDev -7%
Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, gingerbread like and a note of peppermint. In the taste, orange citrus and just a touch minty. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry orange citrus hop like aftertaste. Tastes of orange citrus with the hops, but fresh hop like brings the mint like note.
02-07-2012 15:07:17 | More by OWSLEY069
3.43/5 rDev -7%
a dark end of 10 percent wheat and mostly earthy citrus hops. a tad darker than amber with a nose of pear and raspberry. the beer is simply that with a bitter finish. not something that you can have more than one of in my sense of drinking. one dimensional and simple but there consistent. so it could be a beer to love but is all based on personal
01-14-2011 07:20:38 | More by rtepiak
3.45/5 rDev -6.5%
Pours a three finger thick, off-white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is light grapefruit hops, flavor is same with the grapefruit hops up front, malts are in background. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $2.25 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.
03-04-2011 23:34:38 | More by jdhilt
Peak Organic Winter Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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