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Peak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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222 Ratings
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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
We love the piney, fruity flavors of Simcoe hops. This is a classic pale ale, single-hopped and dry-hopped with Simcoe. We cold condition this beer and give it a restrained malt profile, so the hops really pop, like flora in spring. Our friends Patrick, Jason and Brad grow these luscious hops and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

66 IBU

(Beer added by: Reagan1984 on 02-12-2011)
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Reviews by IrishKevin:
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

IrishKevin, May 19, 2013
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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first beer from Peak to try.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear rich brass tinged golden with a great billowing head that never really completely settles,a nice frothy mass is left.There is a decent simcoe sharp citric aroma but its just a little light,some caramel/biscuit malt is there as well,a little more oomph and it would be great.Mouthfeel just lacks a little in the back end,its light to medium,a good mix of grapefruit rind and grassy hops mixed with a firm sweetish biscuit malt base on the palate.When it comes to most spring and or summer ales I dont expect much and thats what they deliver,this is quite good and drinkable.

oberon, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of MadScientist
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep amber and decent clarity but there is some haze
giving it a nice glow. The white head is quick to dissipate leaving a thin cap.

A moderately strong hop aroma with that piney, Simcoe hops aroma. I catching a faint off aroma that is in between musty and vegetal. A light herbaceous, grass aroma and a very faint malt aroma.

It has a big, smooth bitternes with piney hops flavors and a decent amount of malt for support. It's a nondescript malt character with only enough sweetness to support the hops bitterness while letting the beer end in a dry finish with the bite.

It has a medium-high body and is highly carbonated without any astringency. There is a little slickness on the palate but no diacetyl.

I generally like Simcoe hops but had to ding the aroma on the off notes. I'll give this beer another try next year when it's a bit fresher.

MadScientist, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

SuomiHobbit, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Kjanisch7
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Kjanisch7, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In a pint glass the beer was a hazy orange color. It had a thick white head that disappeared quickly, leaving a minimal amount of lace.

A piney, herbal aroma, some citrus. Caramel.

Piney taste mostly. Orange, a little grapefruit, a little tropical fruit. Caramel background.

I liked this beer well enough, but thought it was a bit on the pallid side. Overall nice enough.

lordofthewiens, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of bishopdc0
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pils glass.
If you are expecting an IPA it is not, and it says so on the bottle "spring ale" and should rate as such...

A: it is golden with a slight orange color. The head forms nice with about 2 fingers. It subsides but still covers the whole and laces nices as I drink it.

The aroma is nice has a definit malt charater backing with slight biscuit. The sincoe comes in with a slight earthy and pungent hop to finish. Subtle but very nice

The flavor is nice it starts sweet with a pale maltyness, a slight crystal sweetness come in but the earthy grassy hops take over. This is a nice beer, very subtle but would be great on a mower or at the beech.

bishopdc0, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the super and new "One Stop Beer Stop" in Brooklyn...this one pours slightly murky almond amber, under a loose and lazy lite tan head, that leaves all sorts of sheeting and ringed lacing.

Mild nose of earthy/grassy hops and a hint of toast.

Hoppy/bready nicely balanced APA, with a distinct mineral note flexing some muscles. Dry in the finish with more crusty/earthy hops now in control.

A bit thin/watery mouthfeel wise.

Respectable if not amazing moderalty hopped up ale. Worthy and sessionable brew

Billolick, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another fresh example best by August 2011, pours with at least four fingers worth of light off white head and a pale copper slightly hazed body looks pretty impressive. The smell is full of grapefruit/citrus hops off the bat, light biscuit malt sweetness. Flavor has a pretty nice grapefruit/citrus sweetness amongst pale malt slightly biscuit malt flavors colliding with eachother. Mouthfeel is light creamy textured with a medium to light body overall carbonation is moderate nothing too exciting or deviating from the norm here. Drinkability, isn't bad, compared to other Peak Organic beers I"ve had.

WVbeergeek, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Porter Bar goblet.

Pours a crystal clear amber with a geneous bone-colored head that has good retention. Glass is rather fully coated by lacing. Marvelous.

Decent, appropriately hoppy aroma, but not particularly inviting.

T: Simcoe hops impart a nice citrus aspect long with a well-matched bit of spicy/herbal flavor. Both aspects of the Simcoe hops linger on for a good while in the moderately biter aftertaste.

M: surprisingly full (for "Spring Ale") medium body; lively carbonation; semi-dry finish.

O: Simcoe is an excellent choice for a single-hop APA or IPA.

chinchill, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of somewhat grainy pale malts with mild amounts of deeper caramel malts. Also present are very small amounts of pine hops and diacetyl.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly dry pale and caramel malts - leaning toward the former - kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are slight amounts of pine and earthy hops. The pine flavors fade out midway through the sip and hints of buttery diacetyl - significantly milder than any other pale I've had from Peak - carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also OK. I finished my glass without any problems however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this beer as the hops weren't nearly as robust as I'd hoped. I was happy to see a cleaner flavor profile in general from Peak though, I'm willing to bet Ringwood wasn't used. This beer isn't worth seeking out but it's not worth totally avoiding either.

glid02, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of 2dashes
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

2dashes, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +8.1%

alamode, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of rmolledo
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright Golden, Slightly hazy with a thin white head. light lacing.

S: Wonderful Simcoe Hop Aroma. Light Caramel Malts.

T: Very hop forward as far as flavor but Not overly bitter. Piney, Tangerine, grapefruit citrus rind. Very fresh tasting. caramel malts.

MF: fairly light and dry. moderately high carbonation. very crisp.

D: As a home brewer, I am a fan of the single hop beers because they showcase the hops and let you know what the hops have to offer. This Beer is all about the hop aroma and character IMO and doesn't focus on the malt side of the spectrum. Yet this ale is not too bitter. I think this is a good refreshing Pale Ale. Can't wait to try their other beers.

rmolledo, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Boitnott
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peak Organic Simcoe Spring was poured into a DFH snifter glass and has a beautiful caramel color with a light cream head that does not stay for long. Decent lacing persists as well. The name captures the experience with a pine, hopped smell that screams Spring. A slight sweetness in the smell brings it together and adds to the overall light smell.

A sweet nose with a hint of Simcoe hops keeps the theme of Spring going. It drinks similar to an Amber which adds to overall complexity. Hops start to develop as it sits in the mouth and really take over in the finish. The malts still stay present, and balance the bitter pine malts. The bitterness persists, and adds to the next sip.

A well balanced and light ale for the Spring brew lovers out there. The 5.40% keeps the alcohol taste out and lends to a want to drink these all night. A light body also adds to this. Overall an excellent start from my first experience with Peak. When I ever I hear organic I usually shy away, but they have proven me wrong.

Boitnott, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a nice off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is dominated by the fresh Simcoe hops with  faint malt notes in the background. Smells nice and fresh. 

T- The taste like the aroma features some malt up front with a good dose of the hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I thought this one was pretty solid. A nice light bodied beer with a good amount of flavor that is a great beer for the warmer months.

cjgator3, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Hopdaemon39
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Hopdaemon39, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of jafari
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

jafari, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of EighthElement
4/5  rDev +8.1%

EighthElement, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

ChrisL24481, May 06, 2013
Photo of tkelley
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Peak Organic glass.

A - Great look on this. Clear and bright copper body. Good head and retention.

N - Not as hoppy as I would expect. Very muted. Toasty notes.

T - Same muted character as the nose. Toasty. Lightly hoppy with a little citrus and pine. Almost like a British IPA but with American hops.

M - really good feel. Effervescent and crisp.

O - a solid drinker. I might not buy too many of these but I would be more than happy to drink a few on the boat or on the backyard.

Cheers!

tkelley, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of wilfonzo
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

wilfonzo, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of RichScherle
2.6/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - rich amber/bronze.

S - light pale ale nose with biscuits and a bit of sharp hop.

T - tasted okay at first. Nice level of upfront malts, followed by a nice bready crackery note and then dry with a mellow but prominent woody simcoe finish. But what ruins the whole deal (and this seems to be common in other peak brews imo) is the metallic notes that creep in on the backend. Its got that aluminum foil taste creeping in which is disasterous imho.

M - good feel and texture - nice level of carb.

D - Low for me simply because its not extraordinary and then the metal taste - doesn't beg to be drank.

RichScherle, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of pine and pine hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, and pine hop. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall I wasn't really impressed by this one. To me it had a very light flavor profile going on here that also wasn't very complex. The pine hops did intensify upon swallowing gradually, but it was a case of too little, too late for my liking. It was just a little too watered down in flavor up-front in my opinion. Unfortunately the aroma was in the same boat as the flavor.

thagr81us, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours on the cloudy side with a decent looking amber-copper color and a good amount of foamy head to the rim of the glass. The aroma is full of pine and floral hops with a clean and crisp citrus note. The taste has a 60-40 hop to malts character with the hops having the edge. Nice and bitter and full of earth and pine. It works.

puboflyons, Apr 30, 2011
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Peak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.