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Peak Organic The Maple Collaboration - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.38%

Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: MrHurmateeowish on 10-23-2011)
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Reviews by ryan1788a5:
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2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear red with hues of orange. An inch of white head fades quickly. Small specs of lacing.

S: Caramel, slight toffee and molasses, a touch of sugary maple, subtle berry fruitiness, hit of butterscotch, and an underlying earthiness.

T: Butterscotch and a slight coffee impression open. A wave of maple syrup washes over the palate. Slight fruitiness is hard to pick up underneath the maple. Tea leaves. Sugary malt sweetness builds and becomes slightly cloying. A pinch of brown cocoa and some earthy undertones are all but drowned. Finishes with a buttery maple flavor.

M: Medium bodied. Slightly viscous and mouth coating. Low carbonation.

O: This beer is a train wreck. Far too sweet, and the flavors at work just do not mesh well. Peak organic keeps trying to force the issue with these amber ales. Much like the coffee flavors of Espresso Amber, the maple just doesn't seem to belong in this beer. The distinct house yeast further muddles things, adding an unpleasant buttery/butterscotch flavor into the mix. If there's one good thing to be said about this beer, it's that the maple at least tastes very natural and authentic.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 06:22:40 | More by ryan1788a5
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

03-16-2014 22:59:46 | More by DrunkinYogi
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District of Columbia

3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an ale glass.

Looks good at first sight. Nose has plenty of maple syrup - certainly smells fresh from VT. Maybe some burnt sugar there with some malt and oats. Nose is the best thing this beer has got going for it. Upon first taste I was truly let down. Syrupy mouthfell as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 22:13:10 | More by hops202
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

03-13-2014 18:49:12 | More by 420Rick
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

02-23-2014 22:49:48 | More by dpgoblejr
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District of Columbia

2.79/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 19:24:29 | More by yaybeerdcgirl
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

12-27-2013 03:55:57 | More by Wukk
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

12-14-2013 19:33:34 | More by gwiedman1
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

12-08-2013 04:01:22 | More by MattXT
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

12-07-2013 02:14:44 | More by NiceTaps
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

12-02-2013 23:01:48 | More by cfinch2
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

11-28-2013 01:43:14 | More by jayhunter357
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2.75/5  rDev -21%

11-28-2013 01:25:18 | More by In_Control_Mike
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

11-23-2013 22:24:25 | More by Lare453
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 23:08:54 | More by ericvillhauer
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3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted 10/17/2013 and reviewed from notes...

Solid amber body, no head per se, just a few weak globs of foam on the glass. Aroma was sweet with maple and toffee notes. Taste was of slightly burned sugar; faint hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; semi-sweet finish.

Oats and maple syrup produced a solid, chewy beer. Very nice warm and charred sugar flavors. An interesting niche beer; a collaboration w/local farmers and producers, especially with a unique style like this. A greatly welcomed beer, making up for what it lacks in appearance with a great flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 22:11:09 | More by beergoot
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

10-31-2013 02:13:25 | More by firedwarftj
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

10-29-2013 17:20:15 | More by swierczt
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2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured out a light copper color. Almost a maple syrup color. Interesting… A finger of nearly white head with little retention and no lacing. I don't trust beer in twist cap bottles...

S: Sweet maple syrup and floral and semi dank hops.

T: Same as the smell. The beer base is a lot lighter than I anticipated. It is almost like maple syrup mixed with a pale ale. Some fruity esters poke through in the background.

M: Medium, sticky body and medium carbonation.

O: The amount of maple flavor is spot on. My main issue here is the beer base. The hop profile seems bizarre for this beer and didn't sit well with me. More subtle hops and a darker malt bill would've suited this beer much better.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 03:36:45 | More by mpedara429
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

10-21-2013 17:30:29 | More by mikefour77
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

10-14-2013 21:13:25 | More by Hey-duck
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

10-03-2013 00:39:10 | More by Beermaine
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3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Nepenthe Homebrew Tulip Glass. Pours copper, with a thick head for a while that slowly dies down but laces a bit nicely

Maple comes through nicely in the aroma, although the back of it seems very much like cereal. I imagine this may be the oats, and that would fit the style, but it’s just not particularly appetizing. Still, given style and added ingredients, hits the major criteria for a specialty beer.

Taste is very different. Different good, honestly. The oats contribute a beautiful fullness and the maple is definitely present despite the many, many issues of brewing with maple syrup. Beyond representing the oats and maple though, it’s a very standard amber ale on the backend. Without the maple, it might even lose the oats entirely except in the mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel is pretty delicious. Full, full beer for 6.2% and a delicious maple coating. Nothing astringent or hot, just goes down easy but filling.

Overall, a good beer that succeeds at it’s specialty. I’d buy it again. If you’re unfamiliar with oats in beer, or hate maple syrup, maybe avoid until you pick up a taste for one or the other. For $5 this a nicely made bomber I’d pick up again if fresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 20:58:45 | More by VincentFrey
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3.41/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 09:01:40 | More by oregonianredbird
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

08-27-2013 11:29:41 | More by scxcrunner
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Peak Organic The Maple Collaboration from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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