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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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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +8.1%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: The nose has moderate aromas of pine resin hops and notes of grapefruit.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell (although the grapefruit stands out a bit more) and has a moderate amount of bitterness; there are some hints of caramel flavors in the underlying malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite thirst quenching. The hop flavors definitely grab the attention of your palate.

metter98, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice and hopped, grassy with some decent touches of light citrus and pine mixed in. A bisuit like bready middle to it that really came out once it warmed up. The flavor was more of the same, crisp and clean, with a quick hitting citric hop bite in the front that mellowed out with some light grain, and bready malts to balance nicley, all the while staying very light and towards the hoppier side of the style. Crisp and clean with a light feel and a great carbonation profile, this was defintly a very nice offering

mikesgroove, Aug 06, 2011
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 largadeer
3/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

largadeer, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/19/2011 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, light caramelized malts and a little bit of citrus.

T: The taste starts with a strong hops bitterness and then a mild citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 21, 2011
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 nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice sticky lace on the glass.

S - A nice, strong aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops with a note of orange and a little bit of pine hiding in the background.

T - Sweet, honey and bread malt flavors up front. Some biscuit notes come out in the middle with a hint of toffee and some grapefruit hop flavor. The beer finishes with an increased toffee malt character and strong, pithy bitterness that is accompanies by grapefruit and pine hops.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Quite nice, the simcoe character of this beer is readily apparent, especially in the finish. There is plenty of soft, malty character to balance out the hops with just the right level of sweetness in the finish to keep the sharp bitterness from becoming unpalatable. It is a nice touch that they kept the malt relatively light in color and flavor, thereby avoiding any burnt toast or excessive caramel flavors that could obscure the hop character. Very well put together, I would certainly drink this again.

nickfl, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

jlindros, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and Carapils malt scent with a moderate Simcoe hop aroma. It's citrusy, but not overly so. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, bitter hop flavor along with your standard pale malt base. It's crisp and refreshing with excellent hop character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very enjoyable APA. It's bold, yet stays within itself; a damn good session ale.

WesWes, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Rochefort10nh, Apr 14, 2014
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 Georgiabeer
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY and dry hopped at the bar with whole Simcoe hops.

Poured a hazy copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was Goid retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light Simcoe spice and a soft caramel sweetness.

The taste consisted of cereal malts, a dull caramel and a secondary drying hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a residual hop spice.

Overall a tasty well balanced ale. The Simcoe, as potent as it could be, was a bit muted though.

plaid75, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

DrBier, Aug 06, 2014
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 PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a duck rabbit pint glass.

Picked this six pack on a recommendation from a buddy and was quite surprised.

A - Pours a extremely clear, brownish-orange with bubbly head that leaves nice lacing as the head dissipates.

S - A nice balance between pine and caramel aromas.

T - Caramel, biscuity, with a great hop finish!

M - Light in body, nice carbonation, crisp and clean finish

D - A very nice session beer. Worth checking out.

PEIhop, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

rolltide8425, Jul 24, 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 GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, yellow-copper coloring with a frothy, bright white head. Aromas of light, fruity sweetness with a resiny, bitter hops backbone. Flavors are roasty, with a toasted grain backbone, subtle caramel sweetness, and peppery dry hops. Well balanced and mid-bodied, with a good lacing left behind. Bitter, resniy hops aftertaste with a slightly dry, light finish. Tasty brew.

GarthDanielson, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

johnnnniee, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Brad007
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with a thick head into my glass. Nice lacing and good color for the style.

Aroma contains a good hint of grassiness, perhaps from the Simcoe hops used.

Ditto on the taste. Bland, despite the use of Simcoe hops. There's perhaps a bit of malt flavor as well.

Lots of lingering grassiness and even a bit of buttery malt.

Well, it is organic. Can't possibly be fresh though. If you want simcoe hops, I hear that Weyerbacher has brewed one with double the simcoe.

Brad007, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of atrocity
1.75/5  rDev -52.7%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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
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Peak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.