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Peak Organic Winter Session Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 11
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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dogfishandi

New York

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 19:39:56 | More by dogfishandi
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 12:25:58 | More by papat444
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 21:17:08 | More by BEERMILER12
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.7%

11-25-2013 14:05:31 | More by Rekrule
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BeerBucks

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

11-09-2013 00:11:28 | More by BeerBucks
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khargro2

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

08-03-2013 04:19:40 | More by khargro2
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rtepiak

Poland

3.43/5  rDev -7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 07:20:38 | More by rtepiak
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-14-2011 14:29:25 | More by Lawnboy33
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 03:35:07 | More by Cylinsier
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

06-01-2014 17:41:37 | More by NJBeer265
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babaracas

Florida

2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 03:13:11 | More by babaracas
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

08-13-2013 16:09:05 | More by JTomczak
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 02:09:01 | More by ryan1788a5
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-18-2012 22:37:59 | More by Mikecap
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pisano

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

07-02-2014 15:51:58 | More by pisano
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mjtiernan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

01-11-2013 05:16:56 | More by mjtiernan
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jwps214

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-05-2013 05:20:52 | More by jwps214
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 22:00:34 | More by Bendurgin
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:05:34 | More by u2carew
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 20:03:25 | More by scottbrew4u
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paulish

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

02-06-2014 00:01:47 | More by paulish
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bluntedboywonder

New York

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-08-2012 03:36:12 | More by bluntedboywonder
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

12-16-2012 14:07:12 | More by ChrisL24481
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riversider76

New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a thin head. Not much retention, but very nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted caramel malts and dark fruit. Body is light and crisp with some carbonation. Taste is of dark fruits and malts up front,roasted nutty finish. It's June, but I liked it anyway.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 18:22:08 | More by riversider76
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CloudStrife

New York

3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by June 2013.

A: Pours a clear ruby with a 1.5 finger mostly white head.

S: Can get the wheat background with a spicy hop. Pretty funky aroma going on here almost like a moldy wet old sock.

T: Fairly balanced taste here, good wheat malts and I like the spice from the hop. Certainly sessionable and fitting for the winter.

M: Light bodied with average carbonation. Good clean body, smooth drinking.

Overall not a bad seasonal beer, interesting just wish the aroma wasnt so off. Maybe blending in some more hops would help.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 22:42:04 | More by CloudStrife
Peak Organic Winter Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.