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Peak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Simcoe Spring AlePeak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale

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92 Reviews
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Reviews: 92
Hads: 250
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 21.98%
Wants: 3
Gots: 23 | 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:
Beer added by: Reagan1984 on 02-12-2011

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
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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.3/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer pours a hazy, orange-gold with a copious white head. The aroma is citrus and pine. The flavor is predominately grapefruit followed by a dry, very bitter aftertaste. It has a medium but waxy mouthfeel. Peak Organic Simcoe Spring is a bad beer with way too much aftertaste and carbination. Not recommended!

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Photo of RichScherle
2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Whole Foods. Best by August 2011.

Pale amber with a curiously rocky head that doesn't last long.

Smells very soapy... lavender, citrus, some diacetyl. Soap is the dominant character at first. With some vigorous swirling, the hops come out more, exhibiting a nice tropical fruit character, but I can't escape the scent of soap. Judging by other reviews, I get the impression that this brewery has some quality control issues.

Tastes a bit better than it smells, but still not stellar. Grapefruit and pine hop flavors, dried herbs, soap. Lightly buttery and slick, and a bit on the thin side, though perhaps I'm being overly harsh on a 5.4% beer. Still, breweries like Alpine and Ballast Point seem to be capable of brewing heavily hopped, low alcohol beers that don't feel watery. This isn't quite watery, but it is very thin. It's pretty dry from front to back, but the faint diacetyl prevents it from feeling truly crisp.

Overall, I like the concept of this beer more than the execution. With some tweaking it could be quite good.

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Photo of humuloner22
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I mean this is the perfectly average beer really. It has a good malt balance but not overly hoppy, but isn't drinking beer subjective? Someone may love the malt, while others may be put off by the hops. I myself enjoy the balance, would I order again, maybe? I like hoppier beers but this one is better than a lot but not as good as a lot of them either. It is what it its, but hey its organic so that should give it some points anyway.

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Photo of teromous
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is a darker shade of amber with hints of orange. The head is small and white, leaving mild lacing. It's not hazy.

S: It has a very interesting hop smell. There is a mild citrus but it has an overwhelming funk of what smells like savory spices on meat. Odd...I know...but it smells that way.

T: There is a lot of grain flavor in this and it tastes very good. There isn't much hop bitterness at all, and the hop flavor is extremely subdued. The beer tastes good so I'll give it that, but I wouldn't call it an APA.

M: The body of the beer is pretty light and it is light on bitterness as well. It is pretty weak.

O: Overall I wasn't a fan of the beer. It tastes good, but it's not really an APA. I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of silentjay
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

slightly hazy golden copper with a dense almost white head that forces a multi-staged pour, sticks around for a while, but leaves minimal lacing.

some cereal grains and caramel malts with some piney, herbal hops.

a bit buttery with grainy malts and some pine behind that. not great. diacetyl is apparent, while the simcoe hops stay in the background, unfortunately. the malt profile is grainy and pale which overshadows the slight pine/grass flavors of the simcoe hops.

a bit watery with a disappearing carbonation that starts prickly, but fades quickly.

meh. just average... peak organic has been hit or miss, and this one is just in between. its forgettable and despite using Simcoe in the name, is not hop-forward as I was expecting. meh.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
Best Before End A[ugust] 11 notched on the label.

A - Brilliant clarity shows off strong carbonation feeding the plump and well-retained white head. Thick, webby lace clings to the glass. Peak Organic's Simcoe Spring is a bright golden oak in color.

S - Juicy Simcoe hops unload fresh pineapple and mango fruitiness but are interrupted by a dry dirt aroma. Dirty straw and caramel malt follow suit in a beer that started good but moved away from that. Soapy notes appear on the back end.

T - Floral notes reinforce the spring name of this beer while mild fruity aspects to the hop seem lacking. The grainy malt flavor comes through too.

M - Brightly carbonated, the mouthfeel is spritzy with a light body and mild hop dryness to the finish. Low IBUs in this one.

O - I'll be quick to admit the flash of "Simcoe" on the bottle got me to grab one, but that's really about as far as it's involvement in the brew goes. Bland flavor, Simcoe Spring is rather uninteresting to the point that I wouldn't much care for it as a lawnmower brew.

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Photo of silverking
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A- It pours a hazy gold/orange with two fingers of fluffy off-white head. Head retention is incredible, and the lacing is acceptable.

S- Citrusy, grainy, vegetative, with a surprising amount of yeast.

T- Lemon and tangerine up front, followed by a healthy dose of grains. very light bitterness in the finish.

M- Fresh, clean, light bodied. moderate corabonation. very refreshing.

O- It's light, easy drinking, and organic, but It doesn't quite scream pale ale.

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Photo of Amalak
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very malty. It has a grape base. Smooth and medium bodied. There's a hint of honey. Not much of a bite. The simcoe can be a bit too dominant. This is the kind of beer you need to have fresh, because once it turns it will taste just terrible.

It has a dark bronze color, basically opaque. Some bubbles rising up. A one-finger foamy white head with some lacing. A very nice caramel and simcoe scent.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. The color is light golden. There is a nice quarter inch foamy off-white head.

The aroma has some signature ammonia from the simcoe with some nice grassy hops.

The taste starts out with grassy bitter oily hops. The finish is yeasty with lots of bready malt. The aftertaste of bread lingers a bit too long. Instead of a nice crisp finish, it's a bit malty compromising the drinkability.

This is medium bodied with soft to medium carbonation. Not bad, but I wouldn't look for it again (I guess it depends on what else is available).

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: clear golden colored body with a lumpy white head that lasted a good four minutes. There was barely any carbonation seen rising. The lacing is foamy all around the glass.

S: pine and strong hops

T: bitter through the pine and the hops

M: light to medium, clean, sessionable, carbonation felt, pine aftertaste, no finish

O: this is a good brew, if I had this again, probably only on tap

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*On tap at The Mews, infamous for dirty tap lines.*

A: Golden amber, thin white head, tiny cracks of lacing.

S: Muted hops, pine and floral. In the background is caramel malt. Nothing that strong.

T: Major grassy notes, faint floral hops. Very dry with some pine qualities. Not too bitter, good malt presence.

M: Thin to medium body, well carbonated, but incredibly dry.

O/D: It's fairly enjoyable, weak hops and an overly dry taste and mouthfeel knocks this beer down several pegs.

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Photo of Devin3290
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Hose Company No. 6 in pawtucket,

Came out with a little over a 1 finger head that held on for a good amount of time, lacing alll the way to the last sip. Color was a nice amber color. The smell was pretty pungent, and foreshadowed the the taste well, notes of fruit (citrus and some other fruits that i couldn't quite isolate) and a nice malty finish. The mouthfeel was on point, medium to high carbonation and went down delicious. I would definitely have another if i come across it. Overall a solid, well put together beer, and its organic!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm all for organic beer, but first and foremost It's got to taste good. Imo, the reviews of this beer give it a bit of a pass simply since it's organic. I find it a bit too grainy and thin, and the hops simply lack punch. Pours nicely enough with an amber color, and a white head that sticks around and leaves some lacing. The smell as well is promising with nice citrus notes of tangerine and grapefruit, and an underlying element of grain. Unfortunately, the taste falls flat with lots of raw grainy flavors and just a hint of those nice hops. I was hoping for better as I love me some Simcoe hops.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle shared with bobsy, pours a clear, light pale golden color, thin head. Kind of uninspiring looking.

Lovely hopping in the nose, candied grapefruit with a hint of orange rind and tropical fruits. Taste is thin and bland though, low bitterness, little hop presence and too thin malt base. Doesn't hold together. Wouldn't revisit.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is bright flowers, pine and honey. Nice.
The taste has dry bitterness throughout, a touch of sweetness in the middle.
The texture is crisp.
Great aroma and a good flavor.

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Photo of tkelley
3.43/5  rDev -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.


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Photo of jlindros
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ug, minus points for screw top!!! At least it has the date though, best by Aug, 2013.

Pours a nice looking fizzy frothy almost 1 finger head that sticks around for a while, eventually leaving some lacing as it slowly fades, mostly clear tangerine reddish-orange colored beer.

Nose is mixed, it has some great hop aromas although much much lighter than they should be, hint of tropical fruit but barely there, more I get that similar peak organic malt and yeast base profile that seems to come in many of their beers, a biscuity cracker and little caramel malt, light floral slightly fruity yeast addition, the tropical fruit is so light I really have to look for it and take huge sniffs.

Taste starts again with the Peak Organic base, biscuity cracker caramel malts with some sweetness and mild floral fruity yeast additions. Hops at least come out a bit more this time, a nice spicy bitterness followed by a fruity floral hop character, grassy and more noble like than I expected, very little simcoe character, almost as if they forgot to add 75% of the simcoe or they used a two year old batch. It does bring the slightest tropical fruit character but again I really have to look for it. Finish is drier, with plenty of bitterness at least, spicy and grassy kinda bitterness though, wiht a bit of a sticky resin sticking to the mouth from the malts (not hop resins), and a bit more biscuity caramel malt flavor.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, lots of fluffy carbonation maybe too much actually.

Overall fairly lackluster, just a light APA that gets some decent hop flavors, but noble hops very very little Simcoe which is very disappointing, and the malt profile comes through a bit too much with the cracker and caramel to really present what would be a nice Simcoe beer anyways.

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Photo of jSehnert
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours hazy golden with good head. Nice aroma, and upfront taste, but bitterness lingers a bit too long and too astringent for my taste. Beautiful lacing on the glass as you drink. Pine, grapefruit and grass notes.

Would drink again, but not going out of my way for it.

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Photo of atr2605
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a golden, slightly orange color with a white head with decent retention
S-pine, resin, fruity
T-pine hop flavor dominates with citrus in the finish. not much malt presence
M-light-medium bodied
O-A really nice and refreshing brew. Nice session beer for the warmer weather.

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Photo of eporter66
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the Local in Saratoga NY

A - 1/2 inch head with good lacing, a clear yellow/orange color

S - piney with a citrus hint on the nose

T - Starts with a bitter bite, and slowly melts into a hint of lemon and orange flavor while retaining its bitterness to the end. Crisp, with a mild malt background, the hops are the upfront flavor in the beer

M - a light mouthfeel, with good carbonation

D - I enjoyed this one a lot, and if I had time would have had another. Very drinkable, crisp and refreshing, and enough bite to keep a hophead happy. I hope to have another soon to confirm my thoughts on the first try of this beer.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden hazy pour with a fingers worth head which stuck around for about half the glass. A punch of citrus and subtle tropical fruity flavors in the back. Earthy/Pine. A medium/light malt backing with a good amount of caramel malts. Finishes with a good amount of lemon grassy hops. Dry and crisp. A relatively light body with an overwhelming hop not. I feel the malts could have been balanced better with the simcoe.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Peak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.