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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger head with nice lacing on a clear amber with a very slight golden hue body. Aroma of earthy hops, caramel, toasted malts and sweet breads. Flavor is nicely balanced with earthy and bready flavors and sweetness with wheats and rye. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Fairly certain this is the first of this style I have had. Very drinkable and flavorful.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear dark amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down very slowly, leaving lacy patterns of bubbles down the sides of the glass and on the surface as well as a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of dark malts in the nose along with notes of citrus and pineapple from the hops.
T: The taste seems to be a bit maltier compared to the smell and has notes of toasted malts and brown bread with subtle hints of malty sweetness. The notes of citrus flavors from the hops and a slight amount of bitterness are present towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a very high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer goes down smoothly and isn’t that difficult to drink once you get used to the unusual combination of bread and citrus.

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Photo of largadeer
2.82/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear amber/brown with a frothy one finger white head atop,I expected some haze with this being a wheat ale.The citra hops come thru nicely giving some piney and citric notes mixed with molasses,a nice mix.A little thin in the feel it seems to take a little away from some flavor depth.The cita hops play arole on the palate giving off some grapefruit qualities and there is some raw nuttiness as well but again that thinner feel stops the complexities in their tracks.This is close to being good but the malt bill needs to be bumped up a little.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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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 TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/18/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, citrus, bananas, dark malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a bitter burst of grassy hops bitterness. Then some sweetness from flavors of citrus and caramel comes in. Then some bready flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character bring a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer worth drinking for a long time.

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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 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 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 tdm168
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark brownish amber with a thin lacing of off white head that quickly fades away

S - citrusy, peppery, spicy

T - citrus, caramel, some spicy peppery hops, bitter finish; very very faint black cherry notes and faint medicinal aftertaste

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp

This is my first Dark Wheat Ale. I didn't really know what to expect. This was surprisingly hoppy and flavorful. It has surprising depth for a wheat ale. This isn't at all a bad beer. I could definitely drink a lot of these. It's also a nice change of pace from the other heavy or over-spiced winter offerings.

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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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Photo of billab914
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Pumking chalice. It poured a dark copper color with a thin and spotty head to it.

The aroma has a bready and sweet flavor to it with wheat, caramel and a little bit of butterscotch coming through. I get a good dose of citrusy, fruity hops coming through as well. It has a hint of spice with a little banana flavor too.

The taste has some of the sweeter wheat malt throughout the flavor. Caramel and toffee come through as you get to the finish. I get a moderate bitterness in the finish as well, but it still on the sweeter side overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was pretty decent, I liked the sweeter wheat and malty flavors it had. Enjoyable beer overall and a pretty decent winter seasonal as well.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of tempest
2.69/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep red brown, with a mild white head. Solid lace.

S: Legitimate toffee notes, pecan, peanut brittle, with a very slight hint of coffee. Very nutty.

T: Nuttiness and dark chocolate. Notes of caramel popcorn, walnuts are there too. Some grassy hop character at the end lends a good balance. Not sweet at all overall, just a hint of brown sugar in the finish.

M: Light to medium-bodied, crisp and smooth, drying.

D: Kind of a winter beer for CA in a way, the hops start to give a pale ale feel making an interesting mix with the wheat character. Full flavoured, a nice surprise in this rare category.

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Photo of plaid75
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a medium amber hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light earthy caramel, vanilla and a vibrant herbal hop.

The taste featured a grainy caramel and an assertive herbal hop spice that lingered past the finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a dry finish.

Overall a tasty hop forward winter beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 puboflyons
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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