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Peak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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84
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220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
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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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

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

California

3/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

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

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

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

Rhode Island

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
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

04-21-2011 16:28:20 | More by jbertsch
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rtepiak

Poland

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%

look of hay clear golden. Small head some stickiness of foam. initial fruitiness in the nose... Expands into mango then contracts into mild mineral notes. Malt bitter huskiness. A bit of pepper and grass. Lean malting but powerful protein grit. Something a bit one dimensional about the latitude and malt does not feel as spring as the hopping.

04-20-2011 07:13:25 | More by rtepiak
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -10%

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.

04-16-2011 16:24:11 | More by ritzkiss
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from the bottle into a regular pint glass. Dark honey colored body, yet very clear though. Decent sized white head, with streams of carbonation. Smell had a very fragrant and floral aroma of hops to it. The taste was full of hops of front, almost bitter, but much more subtle hops on the finish. The malt is noticed more at the end. Bit of an aftertaste though. A bit too hoppy for my liking for an APA and slightly unbalanced, but I still give this beer better marks for its wonderful flavor.

04-14-2011 03:33:14 | More by morebeergood
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

04-07-2011 18:57:53 | More by WesWes
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

04-07-2011 18:03:49 | More by thagr81us
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cjgator3

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a nice off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is dominated by the fresh Simcoe hops with  faint malt notes in the background. Smells nice and fresh. 

T- The taste like the aroma features some malt up front with a good dose of the hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I thought this one was pretty solid. A nice light bodied beer with a good amount of flavor that is a great beer for the warmer months.

04-07-2011 02:01:25 | More by cjgator3
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%

On tap at Eli's with Handsome Rob and Mini Mouse.

A: olden with some amber hues. White head with decent lacing.

S: Floral Hops, light malts, and some citrus. Nice... Very Nice.

T: Very hop forward with some citrus and malt hiding in the background. The soft bitterness lingers with the finish. Very sexy stuff.

M: Crisp and pretty smooth.

D: Very nice ale that I could definitely session with on a Friday night dominating Larsonstyle in COD.

04-06-2011 16:25:26 | More by DNICE555
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TonyReaves

Maine

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

Peak Organic has been on a roll ever since the Espresso Amber Ale. This one is no exception.

Drank from a pint glass. Pours a huge head.

Copper colored, smells like grapefruit and a little grassy.

Subtle flavor- not overpowering bitterness. I like how, like the Winter ale, they add most of the hops late for an emphasis on aroma while keeping the flavor light.

So smooth- I wouldn't be surprised if they used some wheat in here. With the light body, it makes for an awesome session beer while still flavorful.

Again, really impressed with this brewery in recent years. They're not just banking on people buying it for the organic ingredients.

I think a lot of BA's might see Simcoe in the name and expect a lot of IBUs, but that's not happening here.

04-06-2011 00:31:21 | More by TonyReaves
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musicforairports

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%

Clear and amber, some nice bubbles, some of the head lasts the whole way, as does lacing.

Smells of light hops, with that piney, musky aroma Simcoe has.

Taste is the same--some biscuit-y malts underneath the hops. Think a good, citrusy APA, except with Simcoe flavors instead of citrus.

A bit creamier than expected on the mouth, not as light and fizzy as it looked.

Really an easy one to put down that has good, relatively light hop flavors.

03-31-2011 02:02:42 | More by musicforairports
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

03-29-2011 00:39:05 | More by PEIhop
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afksports

New York

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

I like the simcoe hop. It's my friend. Peak uses it okay. I like the American pale ale style. I like the ingredients. And I'm drinking this at a Joll Andrews show at the Lovong Room in NYC's LES.

In appearance it's a clear amber with a tiny head that laces but isn't clingy. It smells of the citrusy simcoe hop, and other food stuff- you know - like malts and crap.

An easy going taste that's like - hey- you're attractive- let's go home together- simcoe spring is ready for heat like a college girl is ready for a skimpy top. A little easy kn the mouthfeel, it's very very drinkable.

And organic!

03-28-2011 00:16:45 | More by afksports
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

Comes out of the tap a clear orange-amber with a thin white head - this may be an artifact of the pour. Surprisingly hoppy aroma has hints of malt and honey. Hoppy flavor has a slightly sweet malty tone plus woody and fruity hints. Smooth, strongly tingly texture leaves a persistent woody/hoppy fizz.

03-27-2011 02:48:01 | More by Cyberkedi
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UDbeernut

New York

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
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured into my pils glass.
If you are expecting an IPA it is not, and it says so on the bottle "spring ale" and should rate as such...

A: it is golden with a slight orange color. The head forms nice with about 2 fingers. It subsides but still covers the whole and laces nices as I drink it.

The aroma is nice has a definit malt charater backing with slight biscuit. The sincoe comes in with a slight earthy and pungent hop to finish. Subtle but very nice

The flavor is nice it starts sweet with a pale maltyness, a slight crystal sweetness come in but the earthy grassy hops take over. This is a nice beer, very subtle but would be great on a mower or at the beech.

03-24-2011 22:09:41 | More by bishopdc0
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

03-24-2011 00:10:55 | More by DrinkingDrake
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

03-23-2011 06:29:42 | More by silentjay
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Brad007

Vermont

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

03-23-2011 01:12:16 | More by Brad007
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babaracas

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

Pours a slightly hazy light amber with two finger head of fine white foam, thin sheet of lace left behind. Smell: grapefruit and orange, pine, whiff of biscuit in the back - bright, popping aroma. Taste: lemon, grapefruit, pale malt sweetness, then grassy and soft pine and a bit grainy. Tasty but fleeting. Medium bodied, fluffy but a little overcarbonated. Best by Aug 2011.

03-21-2011 23:36:15 | More by babaracas
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

03-21-2011 15:50:29 | More by TheManiacalOne
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DaveBlack

Virginia

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
Peak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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