Peak Organic Winter Session Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
01-18-2011 23:24:28 | More by WesWes
4.2/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
02-21-2011 00:20:58 | More by Halcyondays
2.68/5 rDev -27.4%
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.
12-29-2010 03:54:11 | More by tempest
3.85/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
03-08-2012 14:41:15 | More by dbrauneis
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
2.8/5 rDev -24.1%
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.
12-31-2013 21:57:45 | More by smakawhat
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
02-09-2013 03:34:26 | More by plaid75
4.24/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
02-10-2013 01:02:43 | More by tdm168
3.93/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
04-04-2011 20:48:06 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.55/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
01-03-2011 00:36:44 | More by billab914
3.7/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
03-18-2013 22:12:39 | More by chinchill
3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
02-19-2011 02:47:13 | More by DrDemento456
3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
04-28-2012 19:22:42 | More by tone77
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
3.88/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
02-02-2011 01:51:43 | More by Cyberkedi
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
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!
12-30-2012 08:32:00 | More by Durge
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
3.18/5 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
4/5 rDev +8.4%
12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.
L - clear amber color with a off-white head that thinned to a light layer leaving some trails of lacing.
S - butterscotch with some citrus in the background.
T - citrus bite upfront with the butterscotch flavor coming in midway before citrus bitterness finishes things off.
F - light/medium bodied with a refreshing feel.
O - a pretty good beer at a reasonable price.
12-22-2011 00:33:57 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Peak Organic Winter Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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