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Peak Organic Winter Session Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 12
Gots: 6 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: obireidkenobi on 11-05-2010)
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Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

cliff1066, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

kylehay2004, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

AndrewMichael, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of gmcsierra91
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

gmcsierra91, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

chinchill, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of Willytee3
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Willytee3, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of Screper
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Screper, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of williahd
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

williahd, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Lovely85, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Axle
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Axle, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of tmars13
3/5  rDev -18.7%

tmars13, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Shatter
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Shatter, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Cylinsier
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Cylinsier, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of amstokesdb9
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

amstokesdb9, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

oriolesfan4, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of blackduckny
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

blackduckny, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

tdm168, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

plaid75, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of JessicaLeigh
4.5/5  rDev +22%

JessicaLeigh, Feb 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

mbs11, Feb 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

JohnK17, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of JStans12
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark red/brown with a single finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - Nose is pleasant. Dominated by citrus hops with undertones of wheat and toasted malt.

T - Wheat and toasted malt flavors appear first, followed by a caramel malt sweetness and a slight hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Feels light and crisp. Goes down real easy.

O - I was surprised at how much this beer impressed me. It turned me on to the style. I'll be trying any dark wheats that I can get my hands on.

JStans12, Jan 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

AndrewDeci, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

thecheapies, Jan 25, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.8%

GrindFatherBob, Jan 24, 2013
Peak Organic Winter Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.