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Peak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

Peak Organic Simcoe Spring AlePeak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale

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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%

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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Photo of humuloner22

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 01:04:52 | More by humuloner22
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.19/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 00:54:03 | More by Amalak
Photo of silverking


3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 15:10:21 | More by silverking
Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into glass gives a moderate sized head that is beige in color. The head looks fizzy at first, but gets more creamy looking as rocky as it settles down. Beer is golden/copper in color. Leaves moderate lacing with good retention. Aroma is mostly floral hops and caramel malt, also having citrusy hops and biscuits.

This one has a great taste for a pale ale. Very hop forward (less malty than the smell would suggest), starts with piney hops, then grapefruit, orange, and a touch of lemon. Just the right amount of light caramel malts. Has a floral, bready, and a touch piney finish. Has medium body with high carbonation and a bit of creaminess. Crisp and clean finish. This is one of the more flavorful APAs that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 20:16:42 | More by JG-90
Photo of atr2605

New York

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 00:43:37 | More by atr2605
Photo of tkelley


3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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.


Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 23:27:40 | More by tkelley
Photo of rhartogsq


3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

To me, this is what a sessionable IPA should be like. A nice solid hop aroma and flavor. Nothing fancy going on, but a nice beer to drink. This is the first beer from Peak Organic I have really enjoyed.
Not much lacing in the glass. Light body and mouth feel, but the flavor is full.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 01:02:33 | More by rhartogsq
Photo of nickapalooza86


4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear goldish amber color, half finger of white head.

Smell is pine, citrus in the way of orange and manderin oranges, no malt to be found in the nose.

taste mirrors the nose almost identicaly, pine, manderin oranges, bittering grapefruit in the end.... The malt is there but you really have to go searching for it.

Mouthfeel is medium light, with crisp carbonation, what you would expect from a APA.

Really good spring ale here... I love pales and this is a good use of Simcoe hops that is for sure, really shows the piney/orange flavor of the hops, do not hesistate to grab a couple.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 01:35:22 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of jlindros


3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 20:54:03 | More by jlindros
Photo of mpedara429


4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours out a very clear dark amber color. A bountiful 3 fingers of almost white head. Nice retention and rings of lacing.

S: Bursting with the smell of dank pine, grapefruit, and tropical fruit. All of which were pretty equally present.

T: A milder version of the smell with a biscuity malt backbone. Some lemony flavor in there too.

M: Medium body that is a little oily with medium carbonation. Crisp and goes down easy.

O: Very good. Better than I had anticipated for one of the "more commercial" craft breweries. It's a real good pale ale in my opinion. It balances out good aroma and taste while keeping a very good hop presence that isn't overbearing for a pale.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 01:19:35 | More by mpedara429
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best Enjoyed Before August 2013

A: Pours a chill-hazed golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that quickly fizzles to a thin cap

S: Fruity hops with a candy-like malt sweetness outline the aroma

T: Follows the nose. Floral and fruity hops are nicely balanced by the slightly bready malts. Lightly sweet and almost tea like

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: A nice, refreshing spring brew. Simple, easy to drink, and organic to boot. Worth it if you want something easy to session

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 05:41:42 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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).

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 20:33:22 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a lightly hazy orange. The body glows. Head settles down to a thin foamy skin. Head leaves sheets and clouds of lacing along the glass.

S-Definitely getting Simcoe. A pleasant albeit soft mixture of citrus and grass. The ripe citrus flesh is tempting. There is plenty of balance from malts that smell of sweet pastry and honey.

T-The flavor is a bit more aggressive. Starts off with tangy citrus and immediately morphs into a rich grassy finish. The hop flavor even twists back to citrus at the very end. The pastry and caramel glaze malt provides ample backing. Quite tasty.

M-Sessionable, crisp and dry. Light to moderate bitterness. Bubbles are lively. This drinks incredibly well.

O/D-I really enjoyed this. The Simcoe isn't overbearing but it does show plenty of complexity. Balanced, enjoyable and fresh. My glass is quickly becoming depleted of liquid.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 00:29:52 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 15:17:52 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear amber in color. Pillowy white head has excellent retention. Lacing sticks to the glass in rough, patchy clumps. A very nice looking beer.

S: Earthy, woody pine, pine needles, mango, peach, mandarin orange, mint leaves. Buttery toffee and caramel scents underneath. A good nose, the hops pop nicely.

T: Buttery, caramel, slight toast. Mango, mandarin orange, apricot, earthy pine and mint. The finish showcases all the aforementioned fruity and earthy hop flavors, and vibrantly so.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy with a mild prickling carbonation. A perfectly acceptable mouthfeel, though a bigger bite from the carbonation would go a long way to provide that extra refreshing crispness.

O: This is one of the better beers in Peak Organic's lineup. A nice English-leaning single hop pale ale. It's bright and refreshing, thanks to some smart hop additions. It works as a spring seasonal, and I can see it hitting the spot on a warmish day in that transitional time between winter and spring. If it's still around, that is. These seasonals get released earlier and earlier with each passing year.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 06:49:51 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of openmind


4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. "

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 18:58:05 | More by openmind
Photo of Willytee3

New York

4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an apricot amber color with foamy white head.
Sticky lacing.
Smells of sweet malts and hoppy bitterness with sticky pine and mango, some grapefruit bitterness. Malty backbone with spring grains. Strong sticky pine finish. Bitter carries flavors through to finish.
Medium body with nice light carbonation.
Tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 06:31:20 | More by Willytee3
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 21:10:39 | More by chinchill
Photo of MadScientist

New York

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 00:05:36 | More by MadScientist
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a bubbly off white head that gets a little sticky. Smells of pine and lightly herbal but mostly pine. There's a bit of caramel in the background. The maltiness is a bit more pronounced in the flavor. There's a solid rich bready caramel malt backbone to play against the pine and resin and herbal flavor coming from the hops. The taste is light crisp and refreshing. Medium body with a hefty dose of carbonation and a bubbly sweet mouthfeel. This is a nice flavorful beer, albeit a little on the simple side. If I had to knock it I would say that there is a hair too much carbonation for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 01:27:25 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of NoLeafClover44


3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours an almost clear amber color with a quickly dying off-white head. Leaves a sticky lacing.

S - Smells like citrus, buttered biscuit, honey, and a trace amount of pine hops.

T - Starts with a sweetness of fruit and bready malt. There are lemon peel, grass, and mild hops on the finish.

M - Good carbonation and a light-medium body.

O - I picked this one up as a part of a mixed six because the name intrigued me. I'm a big fan of beers that use a lot of simcoe hops and was hoping this would be citrusy hoppy goodness. It wasn't bad, but the flavor lacked complexity and pungency. I probably won't get this one again. At least it was cheap.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 03:36:50 | More by NoLeafClover44
Photo of OtherShoe2


4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper brew with an off white head. Good lacing.

Toasted bread and malt, some hoppy hints in the nose.

Nice hop forward APA. Hops are there, but so is this dark bread crust note. Nice maltiness combined with bitter and hop notes. The touch of sweetness is pushed out by bitter. Nice finish and balance in all areas.

Medium body, good carbonation.

I actually liked his one. Really nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 04:43:20 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 00:09:59 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of rapidsequence


4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 01:29:06 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of LiquidSanity


4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 04:18:09 | More by LiquidSanity
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Peak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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