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Peak Organic The Maple Collaboration - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 126
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 25%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MrHurmateeowish on 10-23-2011

Peak Maple Collaboration is a truly local project. It’s a new twist on our previously brewed Maple Oat Ale. We worked with local farmers and small businesses to craft this beer with Maine-grown organic oats from GrandyOats and Vermont-produced organic maple syrup from Butternut Mountain Farms. The Maple Collaboration is a copper-colored brew with a dynamic mouth feel from the organic oats and a subtle richness in the finish from the organic maple syrup. The beer is in support of Chefs Collaborative, the nation’s leading environmentally conscious culinary organization.

26 IBU
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Photo of oregonianredbird
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- golden amber color, slight haziness, thin head and no lacing
S- malt, oats, a little maple
T- complex maltiness balanced nicely with hopiness up front, turns roasty, and then finishes a little sweet with fruity esters and a hint of maple syrup.
M- medium bodied, a little sweet stickiness, and good moderate carbonation. coats the tongue more than I prefer
O- given the nice balance on the front of the tongue, it's too bad that the lingering taste is so bitingly sweet.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

look; burnt orange, not much carbonation, nice off white 1/2" head, not quite moderate retention but some, moderate soapy lacing
smell; stale bread, molasses, maple, good but small
taste; sweet maple, roasted malt, pine, balanced pretty well, would be perfect for me if a little less sweet, but it is a maple ale
feel; smooth, with just a little hops and bitter feel and just enough carbonation to balance it, very nice
overall; a nice solid ale that delivers the maple it promises while still being a solid ale, full bodied but so smooth and gentle you can forget its 6.2% abv

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was looking forward to this beer because I generally like what this brewery produces. Unfortunately, this beer was not one of my favorites.

A copper color with a small, off-white head.

Faint caramel malt aroma. Alcohol, not pleasant (even though it's only 6.7% ABV).

The taste was vaguely oatmeal with maple syrup. Still very alcoholic.

I thought this was way too much booze and not enough of the oats and syrup.

No mas!

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Photo of Billolick
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, gold foiled (why?) No freshness info to be found.

Pours cloudy/murky medium amber, nice frothy light tan head, lasts and lasts, leaves a thick collar, strands and bit of lacing.

Sniff reveals the expected sweet, maple infused malts.

Malt, malt and more malt...yup, suprise its a malty brew...tasty enough...with maple malts fully in charge. Notes of maple, vanilla, honey. Smooth and flavorful, but with limited complexity.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

recently purchased, 22 oz bottle.

Pours a lovely, clear orange-amber with a modest sized but very durable tan head. Plenty of caramel malt with a hint of spicy hops. Real Vermont maple syrup is detectable in both the nose and the taste. It is slightly sweet, but has an excellent sweet/bitter/sour balance. Creamy smooth, but with enough carbonation to give it an excellent bit of liveliness too.

O: Take into account that I simply love the flavor of maple syrup and maple sugar, so to me this is delicious, despite a very slight off- or sour-note in the nose and palate.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, a 'collaboration' between Peak Brewing and the farmers who get them their production ingredients - got it.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with two anemic fingers of weakly puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly just bubbly pale beige head, which leaves some craggy sea cliff lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of bready, slightly doughy caramel malt, musty maple syrup, buttered breakfast biscuits, a twinge of sour yeast, and tame earthy, floral, and weedy hops. The taste is more maple sap-forward, the not quite pancake-ready sweetness abounding, with a steady grainy, sort of oaten caramel malt, some persistent diacetyl, muddled dark orchard fruit, and a waning leafy, weedy, and floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly supportive, but not providing of much else in their stoic frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and more or less smooth, the yeast and hops apparently having more productive things to do than mess around here. It finishes on the sweet side, sure, but moderated well enough by the nature of the maple and a few enterprising hops.

Overall, not a bad maple brew, the tree effluent character coming off as robust and not overly saccharine, so, good. As for the oats, I didn't mention them in the mouthfeel, because I was apparently still taken by how they did well to muscle into the malt flavour. Yeah, a decent quaff, one that won't set off any of the usual tongue-scraping sensors.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

$3.69 per bomber! gold foil over a screw top cap.

A golden hued amber color, light maple syrup look for sure with a full-on 2" bubbly-froth, off-white foam, very thick and well retained.

The gentle aroma of maple syrup, scotch and smoke, caramel with a minty-earthy hop aroma with gentle vanilla and oats.

The first sip really delivers the goods! amazing balance of sweet, smokey, maple maltiness, dry, earthy, minty hops. Very lush, rich and smooth effect with oats and grains from the core. Great depth of flavor with local and organic ingredients keeps this very unique. Organic oats and maple syrup just screams New England! tons of flavor without a massive abv is also refreshing.

A current favorite and perfect for the Autumn and fall season.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of yaybeerdcgirl
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look -- I think if you have "maple" on the lable, it should have some sweetness, some smoothness. This beer has neither.

To be fair, it's advertised as being grown with oats. Maybe that accounts for its grainy taste and chewy mouth feel. You will be disappointed if you expect a sweet, smooth "maple" taste -- there is none.

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Photo of dtx00
1/5  rDev -72.2%

Photo of ericvillhauer
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's like drinking Maple syrup but in beer style. I personally could take some more maple taste. The aroma is wonderful. The mouthfeel is a little light in my opinion but I like heavier beers. The taste is alright, like I said I could use more maple. If you can get your hands on it it's worth the try.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. 2015. batch. Sampled October 22, 2015.

It is an attractive looking copper-amber color with a long-lasting off-white head.

The aroma is full of maple syrup esters with an undercurrent of grain and oats. Not much hop profile.

The mouthfeel is medium.

The taste is really a maple syrup lover's delight with a bready, grainy malt character interspersed leading up to a mildly bitter finale.

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Photo of drummerdwzp
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rukasu
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear honey copper color, thin, thin head.

S - Very little smell, faintly maple and sweet roasted malts

T - Quite sweet, the maple taste really stands out. Some hoppiness and brown sugar notes, but the maple is certainly noticeable throughout.

M - A bit syrupy (no pun intended) and viscous. Very light carbonation makes it seem even more so.

O - Pretty good beer, not typically a fan of Peak, but this is decent. A bit too sweet for more than snifter glass, but would be good as a dessert beer.

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Photo of RandyKemka
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of u2carew
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz Bottle
A) Pours with a two finger head then settles to a thin white lacing on top. Clear body. Amber in color.
S) Caramel and toffee notes. A very mellow maple aroma.
T) A bit grainy. Some astringent notes. A decent malt base, but not noticeable "maple" taste. Not much of an aftertaste, just ends abruptly.
M) Medium light body. A bit thin feeling. A lingering slick tongue feel.
O) An average red ale. Not that impressed especially when the rest of the Peak's repertoire are solid brews.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear orange-amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that slowly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar and lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of maple syrup in the nose along with some hints of caramel malts.
T: Light to moderate flavors of maple syrup are present in the taste, which has some subtle notes of sweetness and hints of bitterness. Flavors of maple syrup linger through the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied, very smooth and a bit creamy on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a nice smooth mouthfeel. It is a good choice if you like some maple syrup but don't want a beer that is overwhelmed by lots of maple flavors and sweetness (like maple candy).

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Photo of andylipp
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of mountdew1
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was an orangey brown, with a thin 1 finger dirty white head. Copious streams of carbonation rose from the bottom. Aroma was slightly sweet, reminded me of brown sugar, and finished with an oaty smell. Taste was a bit sweeter than expected, but not overly so. Maple was very understated, but balanced with a bit of bitter grainy finish. Felt a bit thin and watery in the mouth. Needed to be thickened up a bit. Overall a respectable selection. If found for a reasonable price, definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium dark amber/ruby. Pours a fairly modest head which recedes quickly.

Aroma: Malty sweetness with an evident hint of maple syrup. A woody, sweet aroma.

Taste: Malty and moderately sweet -- not too sweet though. There is nice balance of malt and hops, with a lightly bitter aftertaste. The sweetness from the maple syrup is not overwhelming, but rather contributes nicely to the beer's body and works well with the malty tones.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, rich and thick, medium carbonation. Very nice mouthfeel!

Overall: I like it. At the outset I wasn't quite convinced, but the appearance and the aroma, but the taste and the mouthfeel really deliver; it's a rich, tasty beer. I was quite curious about the maple syrup in a beer, but it works well. I think that the oats probably contribute to the general softness and nice mouthfeel of the beer -- It's almost like having a nice bowl of steel cut oats with a good helping of maple syrup!

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Peak Organic The Maple Collaboration from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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