Peak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company
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4.47/5 rDev +20.8%
Best by September 2011--apparently the second batch.
A: Copper, decent head that disappears quickly. Not much lacing.
S: Grapefruity and sweet citrus hops and a hint of bready malt. When very fresh, I got a distinct cat pee smell, but I'm not getting that any more.
T: The hops right away and some piney hops on the finish. In the middle, there's some biscuity malt and fruity hops. The malt, although not the star of the show by any means, is actually solid and could stand on its own.
M: Medium and pretty well carbonated.
O: This beer is pretty simple yet very well put together. It's much more balanced than I expected, and I can't help but think "beautiful" when I drink it. Perhaps not surprisingly, it fades quickly, and it isn't drinking as well now as it was when it first came out. I'm already looking forward to next spring. [I found that this beer really loses a lot when drunk from a shaker.]
04-22-2011 02:07:24 | More by greybeardloon
4.45/5 rDev +20.3%
Big favorite hop - simcoe. I wait for this one all year.
A nice golden sunny pour. Nose of citrus fruit and pine. A great example of simcoe in a hoppy,dry-hopped pale ale.
Head and lacing - not much.
A touch more zing in the carbonation.
A great beer to drink while you are "thinking spring. "
01-22-2013 18:58:05 | More by openmind
4.43/5 rDev +19.7%
I sampled this at a beer store last night and was surprised how much I loved it. Immediately bought a six pack.
Finger plus of white foamy head tops a clear bright amber colored beer. Some orange tones. Strings of carbonation escaping to the surface. Slight lacing.
Aroma is fresh, bright, mostly hops and has a lot if citrus character. Some green or vegetal notes. Not a negative
Great flavor. I was taken back by the amount of great bread like flavor. This mixed well with the fresh juicy hop flavor. Loved it. Pretty well balanced.
Fairly light body and very refreshing. My kind of spring beer.
Looking forward to the other five bottles. Bring on Spring!
02-12-2011 11:30:02 | More by Reagan1984
4.43/5 rDev +19.7%
Ap: Dark amber color. Almost honey like. Tiny bit of head with a little bit of lacing.
Ar: Faint but distinct. I can distinguish the bitterness in the aroma. Mild citrus aroma.
Ta: Tart and bitter with a mild citrus aftertaste. Very earthy hop flavor and mild metallic bite. However, it is actually very delicious.
Mf: Carbonation settles appropriately. Very smooth and crisp. Fulfilling and refreshing.
Ov: It's very interesting but the aftertaste is what engaged me. It wasn't what I expected but fortunately, it was better than expected. Cheers!
03-22-2012 04:18:09 | More by LiquidSanity
4.4/5 rDev +18.9%
Had on tap at a local pub, poured into a pint.
A: clear amber color, nice 1/4" head with great retention, gobs of lacing.
S: slight pine and caramel
T: sweet caramel, buiscuit, over taken by distinctive simcoe hop flavor. Outstanding.
M&d: light to medium bodied , light carbonation. Good drinkability, not drying.
Really quite a revelation!!!
03-25-2011 20:31:35 | More by UDbeernut
4.35/5 rDev +17.6%
12 oz bottle from Ned's. I think it was $2 something.
Appearance: Damn fine looking beer. Clear gold colored. Puffy, finely bubbled head with good retention. Nice lacing too.
Smell: Pine and grapefruit, with a crackery malt backbone. Its a very hoppy smelling APA.
Taste: Really piney hops upfront, transitioning to a slight orangey and malty sweetness, then finishing quite bitter, with grapefruit pith.
Mouthfeel: Very clean, body on the thin side, almost tingly carbonation. Sticky hops afterfeel. This is a refresher.
Overall: Good, flavorful, and quite hoppy and bitter pale ale. Almost like one of these "session IPAs" that are coming out. Likely falls well above the allowable IBUs for a pale ale. I could drink a bunch.
03-24-2012 01:29:06 | More by rapidsequence
4.35/5 rDev +17.6%
The aroma is very well balanced with citrus hops and malt. The appearance is amber gold with an average head. The taste is like the aroma with a wonderful hops bitterness that is not astringent. The palate is smooth but not thick. This is one of those beers that is tasty and also refreshing.
02-28-2011 00:13:37 | More by nick76
4.33/5 rDev +17%
A: Rich golden color, maybe a finger's width head of white head which leaves light lacing.
S: Hops hit up front. Citrus fruits, grapefruit and orange, as well as some peach notes. I'm not getting much beyond the hops, so it hasn't got much in the way of complexity (thus the lower rating), but I love the way the Simcoe hops smell.
T: Surprisingly well balanced when compared to the aroma. The sweet malts provide a nice bridge into the floral/grapefruit/piney hops. Nice bitterness on the finish. The hops flavor lingers for a long time.
M: Medium bodied, quite a bit of carbonation. Ever so slightly sticky in the back of the throat, which I think contributes to the lasting hop flavor on the finish.
D: I am particularly partial towards the beautiful flavor of the simcoe hops, so I find this beer intensely drinkable. Definitely worth checking out.
03-17-2011 00:51:10 | More by DaveBlack
4.25/5 rDev +14.9%
Had this on tap at Franklin Park in Crown Heights.
It pours an amber hued gold with a decent off-white head, quite good looking (or maybe it's just this on-and-off grey day in Crown Heights). The nose is nice, clearly a fair amount of Simcoe went into this thing! Taste confirms this, although there a great bread/biscuit backing, though the hops really shine here. This is a very tasty APA, and a wonderful spring beer. My first Peak and I'm kind of into it.
04-20-2012 16:34:30 | More by ThePortlander
Peak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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