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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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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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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 250
Photo of david18
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan's upper west side. I liked it a lot and thought it was a great idea to feature simcoe in a non-ipa.

Appearance was a little darker than a typical pale ale. Good carbonation, nice fluffy head which stayed around for a long time.

Aroma definitely had that great catty simcoe essence. Very nice!

Flavor was not as good as the aroma but good nonetheless. Refreshing and a very good flavored American Pale Ale.

Overall good pale ale and a very interesting recipe.

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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 johnnnniee
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of ChrisGusSaksa
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Simcoe pine and some pine hops on the nose. Nice woods-like aroma.
Appearance: Clear gold It was kinda dark at the bar.
Taste:Simcoe pine at the front with a wheat and hop bitterness towards the end.
Mouthfeel: light to medium body
Overall: A great tasting beer. As a summer beer i can see this being enjoyed on a nice summer day BBQ some burgers with friends.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of ThePortlander
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Franklin Park in Crown Heights.

It pours an amber hued gold with a decent off-white head, quite good looking (or maybe it's just this on-and-off grey day in Crown Heights). The nose is nice, clearly a fair amount of Simcoe went into this thing! Taste confirms this, although there a great bread/biscuit backing, though the hops really shine here. This is a very tasty APA, and a wonderful spring beer. My first Peak and I'm kind of into it.

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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 rapidsequence
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of LiquidSanity
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
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!

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Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Different brew; instead of the resin/citrus slam there's more of a cut grass flavoma that is comfortably pleasing. Radical change for the good. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is grass, hop, malt. Flavor is like nose with emphasis on grass. Body is easy, chewy, and drinkable. Finish is like flavor, on the short side, and just flat out good.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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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 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 mikesgroove
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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

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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 gabedivision
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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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 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 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 puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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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 alpinebryant
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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