Peak Organic Winter Session Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company
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2.78/5 rDev -24.7%
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.
01-04-2011 03:19:24 | More by largadeer
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
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
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
12-19-2010 23:51:38 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
"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.
12-10-2010 01:15:07 | More by donkeyrunner
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
3.6/5 rDev -2.4%
Bought a six pack at Table and Vine. The beer has a clear, light amber brown color with patchy lacing on the sides. Great aromas of pine, cloves, citrus, and malts. Light bread flavor with a sweet, malt aftertaste. Really clean finish and crisp mouthfeel. This is a very refreshing beer for me at least.
11-24-2010 05:28:37 | More by fitzy84
4.43/5 rDev +20.1%
This beer is inspired by Peak's Summer Session beer. Winter Session has a lot in common. The flavor profiles are mildly similar.
Pours dark amber, very clear & clarifyed. The smell is most definitely citra hops, with a whiff of dark malts. The flavor follows along with notes of pineapple, citrus. Turns a bit tropical as it warms.
The mouthfeel is soft, most definitely from the wheat. Winter Session is dark without being roasty, flavorful, & easy drinking.
11-05-2010 15:59:51 | More by obireidkenobi
Peak Organic Winter Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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