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Peak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 215
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 WanderingFool


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simcoe Spring pours a clear light amber color with a moderate sized, frothy white head on top. As the foam dissolves it leaves behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass. From the bottom, a flurry of small bubbles rise to the surface.

The aroma is pleasant with notes of toast, pine, citrus and tropical fruit.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and frothy. Mild to moderate effervescent carbonation. The flavor is crisp with toasted and biscuit malt balanced with bitter hop notes of pine and grass. Some fruity flavors are present throughout. It finishes dry with lingering fruity and grass flavors when gone.

A very tasty, well balanced, easy drinking beer. Would go great with a burger and fries or on its own when drinking with friends.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 23:25:58 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of caroberts


4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

02-22-2012 02:23:37 | More by caroberts
Photo of Billolick

New York

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

Serving type: growler

02-18-2012 04:35:49 | More by Billolick
Photo of phantomwyse


3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a fantastic caramel copper body with a billowy and dense 2 finger head. Active carbonation. Sticky, sticky lacing.

S: Pine aroma all around. Pine needles. Pine sap. Pine tar. Pine, pine, pine. Moderately fruity, caramel apple, Graham cracker pie crust.

T: Moderate bitterness that borders on tart , pine, mild lemon zest citrus, patented Peak Organic malt profile is hovering in the background – nutty, with a touch of almonds.

M: Medium bodied, crispy, finishing dry.

O: Simcoe hops can have a cult like following. While, I appreciate them, I do not pray at their altar. Many Simcoe brews take on IPA’s and DIPA’s with the hops assaulting you, it’s like Mike Tyson in his prime brewed and bottled. By taking a more even handed approach and crafting and APA with Simcoe, this winds up being a restrained pale ale with a hop emphasis. While I wish it packed a bit more of a punch, it’s still a crisp and refreshing spring beer. Let that snow melt. Wait, New England hasn’t gotten any.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 00:52:14 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of DaveONan

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

02-17-2012 21:07:20 | More by DaveONan
Photo of jt0818


4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

02-16-2012 00:47:09 | More by jt0818
Photo of teromous


3/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 01:53:29 | More by teromous
Photo of Shilt


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-04-2012 20:26:01 | More by Shilt
Photo of druptight


4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

01-26-2012 13:46:46 | More by druptight
Photo of dprophet

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

01-22-2012 00:44:56 | More by dprophet
Photo of nathanjohnson


4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-08-2011 16:34:39 | More by nathanjohnson
Photo of xpdrinker


3/5  rDev -18.9%

11-25-2011 15:04:54 | More by xpdrinker
Photo of nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-18-2011 17:49:58 | More by nmann08
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 11:57:26 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 20:22:26 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of B967ierhunter177


1.25/5  rDev -66.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 23:54:39 | More by B967ierhunter177
Photo of gabedivision

New York

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

Pours a dark golden/copper color with a one finger head. Smells, delicious, soaking wet simcoe hops, big musty floral hoppy scent. The taste is just as good, very wet hops, mouth quenching tart, sweet granny smith apple tasting, with more of the that hop musk on the tongue. The mouthfeel is quite good. Very quenching, dry, slightly bitter, extremely appetizing. Overall this is a fantastic beer, by far the best one ive had from Peak Organic.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 04:07:25 | More by gabedivision
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 16:29:46 | More by mostpoetsdo
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 03:15:08 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Devin3290


3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 03:45:08 | More by Devin3290
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 22:15:57 | More by puboflyons
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 05:39:16 | More by largadeer
Photo of alpinebryant


3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber copper with a nice white head , later a coating of white bubbles.

Smell of great floral hop freshness, light malt and amber presence

Taste of a light refreshing spring beer, just what I was looking for on a 85 degree day; the first of the year. Hop presence is mainly of light citrus hops, soon overshadowed by a stronger malt flavor that is light and slightly dry. There is more of an amber malt flavor than anything else really in this beer. Floral hops smell great, but soon the malt which is very light in here is crowned king.

Medium mouthfeel for the style and a medium to high carbonation.

Overall a very good APA. Would definitely drink and recommend again. Probably my favorite of any peak Organic release yet.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 23:12:55 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of greybeardloon

Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.]

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 02:07:24 | More by greybeardloon
Photo of jbertsch


4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Robust copper in color. On the amber-ish side of copper. Two-finger head fades slowly to a film.

Elegant, citrus flavors show up immediately on the nose (most noticeable – grapefruit, orange, lemon). There’s a little sweet malt in the back, but only a little.

Taste is dry, crisp, with citrus hops showing up immediately but leaving a little soon. Wish they hung around a little longer. Even though the citrus profile leaves the palate a little quick, it gives way to a hop bitterness that lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel is crisp, and carbonated well.

Certainly a refreshing brew that sports a little hop excitement. I enjoy this offering more than most other spring seasonals. Recommended, especially fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 16:28:20 | More by jbertsch
Peak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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