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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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Reviews: 88
Hads: 224
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 13
Gots: 23 | 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: 224
Photo of cpetrone84
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour is transparent caramel color with a fairly tight white head. Nose is slightly burnt toast, caramel malts, and a faint herbal grassy hop. Flavor follows, a bit thin up front, burnt toast, sweet caramel malt, overly bitter hop presence, herbal and hay like finish.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very fresh bottle found recently at the local store. Described as a toasty dark winter ale with contrasting Citra hops.

A- Cascades into the tulip glass with a dark ruby body that is brown at the deepest parts of the glass. The foamy-creamy off-white crown ends up at over one finger high and has pretty good retention. Thick puffy ring drops a large sheet at the top and a beautiful blanket of webs and sheets all down the glass.

S- Even with a strong pour and some agitation I find it hard to pick up much from the aroma. What I do get is bright citrus hops followed by toasted, toffee and caramel malts.

T- More depth to the malts but still some hop notes as it shifts toward the former. The mashed grains leave flavors of nuts, toasted cereal grains, biscuit and a tiny bit of cocoa. Orange zest, tiny stone fruit and earthy floral hop hints. I'd give the tiniest edge to malts in strength here.

MF- Crisp is mostly what comes to mind here as the carbonation is moderately high and the beer is not all that chewy or creamy. This is acceptable here as the overall texture is puffy and foamy. Finishes lightly bitter. Towards the light side.

Solid flavor profile with a contrast of toasted grains and bright hops but the whole experience feels a bit watered down. It just doesn't hold the strength and depth of flavors it needs to be above average. The flavors seem to disappear from the palate almost immediately.

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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 JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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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 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 JayQue
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first of this style. Pours a good looking clear dark amber color with a cream color head into a pint glass. Head retention is pretty good and there are widebands of light filmy lacing on the glass.

Aroma isn't much, a bit of bready malt. Taste is better, the bready malt is balanced out with a mild grassy hops finish. There is a little wheat bitterness aswell.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit light. Nicely carbonated. Not a bad beer but one that also provides a check in the box for my103 beer style!!!!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light brown with red hues. Decent head fades quickly

S: Nice and malty with some hops in the background. Kind of reminds me of a maltier DFH 60 (in the nose at least)

T: The malts and hops are nicely balanced, with some nice citrus hops reminiscent of pineapple. Wheat is definitely mixed in there, and gives it a nice finish along with some nuttiness

M: Medium body and medium, prickly carbonation

D: This is definitely a sessionable beer, it's not too heavy by any stretch. The abv allows for a sixer to be gone with no problem at all

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium clear brown with a decent white head. Good lacing.

Some fairly good citric hop notes and some nutty toasted grain, or whole-wheat toast.

Slight hop bite, some dark toasted whole grain bread, a bit watery in the flavor, but enough grain to pull through. Some light bitterness and husk. Not bad at all. Decent balance.

Lighter bodied, appropriate carbonation.

Decent with my meal for sure. Easy drinking, not filling or overdone. The watery edge to this is a little off-putting, but overall a pleasant surprise.

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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 Amalak
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The strongest thing about this brew is it's intense, spicey, dry-malt, car-freshner scent. Very nice lacing out of this deep brown beer, good foamy white head. Very bubbly.

The taste is interesting. The scent carries over and it's a strong, malty ale. Spciey to an extent, but dry so there isn't most of a carryover of aftertaste. Unique, but not a good high-quantity beer.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peak Organic, like Diamond Knot, hop forward dark ale, nothing winter about it other than being dark, would drink year round

We did a large christmas and winter beer tasting panel and this was one of the many that we tried. Most of the beers we tried we solid including this one that the panel liked.

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Photo of babaracas
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear red/brown in color. The head is white and comprised of tiny bubbles. It settles a bit but never fully departs. Thin slip of finely bubbled lacing coats the glass.

S: Wheat, bread, caramel, steely metallic smell, toasted crust. Nutty with a very slight undertone of cocoa powder. Faint lemon peel and black tea. Black pepper.

T: Lemony citric hops up front. Slight hints of pine. Pepper and black tea are closely followed by crusty, toasted brown bread. Vague fruitiness teases the tongue for an instant. Caramel comes to the forefront briefly. Butterscotch. Cocoa and some woody and roasty tastes come out in the drying finish.

M: Medium bodied. Full and fluffy, as expected from a wheat ale. Moderate seltzery carbonation scrubs the palate and adds a refreshing quality.

O: I didn't know what to expect out of this one, but it turned out to be pretty solid. Not your average winter seasonal, no cliché nutmeg and cinnamon and winter spices. Just a good beer that can stand on its own two feet.

Notes: I like what they did with the hopping here. The lemony citrus notes perfectly accentuate the other flavors without stealing the show. I do detect some butterscotch here too, as I have in some of Peak's other beers. Product of ringwood yeast? At any rate, I don't find it offensive here.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear nut brown, off-white lacing.

Smells of grapefruit and pine.

Tastes of piney fruity hops and maple malts. Mild roasted elements.

Medium bodied with a mild carbonation.

A highly drinkable hoppy ale, great flavor. Highly sessionable and fresh. Definitely will have this again.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a tulip. Best before June 2014 notched on the label.

Pours a very clear deep bronze/ brown color. Small amount of off white head from the pour, but what's there seems to retain nicely. Decent lacing as well.

Strange aroma, almost smells a bit off. Maybe it's the toasted wheat, it definatly has a toasted aroma. Nutty cardboard?

A much cleaner taste, light toast notes broke up by some dry citrusy hop bitterness. As it warms hints of a dry tropical fruity hop. Finishes with a clean, light bitterness.

Light and drinkable.

Definatly sessionable and a clean beer. That's really all I can say about this beer. As a true beer geek, this is not something I would seek out.

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Photo of shand
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a clear brown color with a fingers of head. The aroma is very nice, it's got a very rich banquet of some strong citrus and floral hops, along with sweet toffee. The taste is also quite good, it's got a little something here for everyone. Piney, citrus hops come through first, followed by some wheat, with the finish providing some nice toffee and coffee flavors. The mouthfeel is well-carbonated and light, but the finish provides just a slight drying effect that, together with the ending roast, is quite satisfying. The drinkability is very good. Overall, this one took me by surprise. It's a fairly unique winter seasonal brew that hits a ton of different flavors without seeming disjointed.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber color and clear with a one finger fluffy white head that settles quick to a layer of bubbles.

S: Molasses, roasted malt, brown bread, toffee, currants, a hint of ginger. Hops are herbal and spicy.

T: Roasted malt is clean with molasses, toffee and currants that dominate the flavor. Bite of bitter coffee, with a herbal and spicy hop character and touch of ginger and cardamom.

M: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation.

D: Balanced beer with an easy going flavor profile. Nice for introduction of winter ales for newcomers to craft beer. Not too assertive and easy going.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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)

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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 Bendurgin
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a dark chestnut color with about an inch of pillowy beige head. Nice retention here with some cobweb lace.

Dark nutty aromas with a little bit of piney citrus hop aroma. Really pleasant on the aroma. Brown sugar and dark toasty malts on the pallet with some nice bitter citrus hops in the finish.

The body is light with good carbonation. Overall this one is solid. Always a treat in the variety pack.

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Photo of u2carew
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
A) Pours with a two finger head. Crystal clear amber colored body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Floral hop notes. Caramel. Hints of spruce.
T) Sweet and grainy. Caramel. Toffee. Subtle spruce. A lingering sweet caramel and tobacco.
M) Creamy. Smooth. Light to medium body.
O) A great beer. I will be having another.

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