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Peak Organic The Maple Collaboration - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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95 Ratings
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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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berliner07

New Hampshire

4.95/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a treat. Wasn't sure about maple in beer. Two things i love seperately, but not sure how they pair. Pour looked really nice. Amber color. Looks complicated but inviting. Nose is FULL of a really nice maple aroma. Not overly sweet, just perfect. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Full but not cloying. The flavor is spot on. Perfect mix of maple and malt. You can tell it's a really high quality maple. So full of flavor, but not overly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 13:32:20 | More by berliner07
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 22:37:40 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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ericvillhauer

Massachusetts

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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BigPlay1824

New York

4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a slightly hazy orangish red color with a finger of off white creamy head that kind of reminds me of pancake mix right after you put it on the griddle, head lingers around nicely before dissipating and leaving no lacing
S: very nice scent with great depth and hints of brown sugar at the end as well as molasses throughout
T: a very nice tasting amber ale with great malty depth, just the slightest sweetness which im assuming is from the maple towards the end, quite delicious
M: medium light carbonation tingle in the forefront, drinks incredibly smoothly, leaves the mouth very clean but just slightly sticky
O: this is just a wonderfully well rounded amber ale, nice character although i had expected more maple character but it was nice on its own

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 23:23:10 | More by BigPlay1824
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openmind

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

MC is a beautiful amberish ale.

I am never much for flavored beers, but sometimes some brewer can get it right. At first I didn't detect much maple flavor. However, the the gentle sweetness and oats balanced out nice with a great mouthfeel.

As it warmed, the roundness of the maple shone through without being sweet. Kudos to the brewer.

I can see myself snagging a few more of these. I'll plan a great meal to pair with it.

$6.10 for a 22 - nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 03:36:54 | More by openmind
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Arborescence

Finland

4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 22:38:10 | More by Arborescence
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elNopalero

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another local brew picked up on a recent Boston trip. This pours a clear auburn color with wonderful foam retention even after half an hour. There’s a sweet, pleasing aroma to this with some maple notes coming through as well. Tastes sweet, too, with a distinct maple flavor coming though on an otherwise smooth ale. Great mouthfeel, pleasing effervescence, and it’s organic and brewed with local ingredients to boot. A nice find!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 20:49:39 | More by elNopalero
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at Shaw's in North Hampton. Pours a medium to dark amber crystal-clear body with nearly an inch of khaki-colored head that leaves loads of lacing as the beer is consumed. Oats and maple syrup definitely come through in the aroma. Oats, nut, maple, raisin, caramel, and butterscotch all hit the palate in succession. Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Fairly quaffable overall - the alcohol isn't really noticeable and the beer goes down pretty easily despite its complexity. Wow. I have never had a beer quite like this. Glad I picked it up. This beer is truly unique and it definitely tastes like a fall beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 20:42:33 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Peak Organic Maple Collaboration pours a clear amber with a small frothy off white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface leaving on a couple spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is sweet with notes of maple, oak, vanilla and a touch of grass.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, slightly syrupy with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor is sweet. Maple, toast malt, oak vanilla and a touch of honey. It finishes dry with mild bitterness and a touch of grass. Once gone the oak and pale malt lingers on the palate.

This is a tasty beer that reminds me of a 'light' barleywine. Easy to drink and it would go great with a stew.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 00:41:29 | More by WanderingFool
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Large tan head of about 2” to 3” than recedes pretty quickly to a thin cap, very nice lacing though. Bright amber/orange in color (almost looks like a barleywine).

Smell: Caramel malts, some hoppy spice, and noticeable maple.

Taste: Balance is the first word that comes to mind. For all of the sweet components in this beer meaning the maple and the sweet caramel malt, this beer is hopped enough to provide a pleasant amount of bitterness throughout. You rally can taste the maple but I would not characterize it as dominant. The maple flavor just works as a component with the malty characteristics and the hoppy bitterness. In fact the maple leaves itself in the finish as a pretty nice after taste

Mouthfeel: Nicely smooth, the palate is clean at the finish; despite being sweet it is not sticky or cloying.

Overall: Really a pleasant surprise from Peak Organic, I have to say I enjoyed this beer more than the other autumn beers I’ve had including the Oktoberfest. If you like maple, make sure t give this beer a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 23:12:57 | More by BobZ
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 23:21:49 | More by chinchill
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viaingo

Maine

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: Amber/Red Ale
Color: Deep amber color
Body:
Head: Small white head. Did not last very long.
Taste:
Aroma: Sweet smell, light hops,

This beer was very fancy, through and through with gold foil at the top. The price was reasonable. It was a beer that I had to try and was not disappointed to do so. For a 22 oz bomber, the 6.7% ABV was not bad. I love everything Peak Organic does and want to eventually try everything they brew.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 11:52:36 | More by viaingo
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA. Gold foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head falls promptly, with average lacing. Aroma is grainy depth and sweetness.

Taste is fruity sweet to start, shot of lightly spiced lemon in the middle, and the malt and hops cruise through to the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, could use a bit more carbonation, and drinkability is pretty good. I could see myself drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 01:01:11 | More by ppoitras
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Billolick

New York

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 02:37:58 | More by Billolick
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: clear copper colored body leaving a nice two finger white foamy head and concaves to leave some nice foamy lacing around the sides of the pint glass. The body is light enough for some carbonation to be seen rising.

S: maple up front pretty much masking everything else even after some warming, I was hoping some other possible flavors might show up, but not this time.

T: exceptionally sweet, big wow, here, because I wasn't expecting this. Maple dominates with some slight caramel coming out in a roasty sort of way.

M: medium with some creaminess yet still has some slight harshness on the tongue, mostly mild, not bad.

O: I really wasn't expecting this beer to be this good. Though the hops are mostly subdued for the style, its still good enough at least for me to come back to, most likely for dessert by itself.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 01:27:55 | More by BeerKangaroo
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid a reason-able price for the bomber (6.49)

A - Mild dark brown very hazy with little head (1/4 inch at best) with a pretty good lacing.

S - Smell is initially sweet mostly from the amber side giving me sweet caramel malts, honey sweetness, and mild hops.

T - Pretty good maple flavor, could mostly be from the amber ale side. Mostly malt forward but enough hops to keep it in check. Eh not bad.

M - Light to medium. Semi bitter.

Overall nothing really to seek out if your a "maple beer" hunter but interesting enough to try. Works rather well.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 04:42:33 | More by DrDemento456
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DaveBlack

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, copper colored beer, maybe 1/2 inch of off-white head on the top of the beer. Quite a long retention and a small smattering of lacing.

S: Sweet, slightly roasty, and, as strange as this is, it has the smell of an elderflower liquor that my better half loves.

T: The front of the beer is light, roasty and full of sweet malt goodness. There is a fair hop presence which breaks up the sweetness. I don't really get a whole lot of maple flavor until the aftertaste, when it just kind of lingers there, pleasantly.

M: Moderate body, slightly creamy, and a moderate amount of carbonation as well.

O: A good beer, not a great one. A nice balance of sweetness and hops. I always worry that a beer that bills itself as full of maple flavor will be too sweet, but this one is not. A nice fall-tasting brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 00:20:41 | More by DaveBlack
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VincentFrey

Maryland

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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beergoot

Colorado

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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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2 1/2" custard head. Body is clear and somewhere between golden and amber. Smells nice, maple, caramel, toffee. Taste is moderately sweet but with far less maple than I expected. In fact I'd describe it more as butter brickle or burnt sugar or even a little nutty like a pecan beer I once had. So still good just not the maple I anticipated.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 10:03:49 | More by MoreThanWine
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a clear, bright medium amber tone while yielding a 1 and 1/2" foamy beige head. decent retention and lacing in patches. good looking brew.

nose is likewise impressive, though nothing extraordinary. malt-forward with distinct notes of maple and some hops, a touch of toffee.

flavor mostly follows the aroma but doesn't quite fulfill its promise. the depth and interplay of its star ingredients leaves something to be desired IMO... medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a drinkable, moderately tasty beer but not one i would go out of my way for.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 05:30:24 | More by perrymarcus
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Subtle malty aroma has fruity and maple syrup hints. It pours a clear, dark coppery brown with a rather thick, pale yellow-tan head. Flavor is better than what the not-so-hot aroma promised: malty with a strong maple syrup tone and hints of caramel and pear. Smooth texture has average body but good fizz and leaves a maple-ish finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 18:38:51 | More by Cyberkedi
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a clear, bright medium amber tone while yielding a 1 and 1/2" foamy beige head. decent retention and lacing in patches. good looking brew. nose is likewise impressive, though nothing extraordinary. malt-forward with distinct notes of maple and some hops, a touch of toffee.

flavor mostly follows the aroma but doesn't quite fulfill its promise. the depth and interplay of its star ingredients leaves something to be desired IMO... medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a drinkable, moderately tasty beer but not one i would go out of my way for.

(originally reviewed: 11-22-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 21:16:33 | More by BostonHops
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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).

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 04:40:07 | More by metter98
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 00:14:42 | More by mountdew1
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Peak Organic The Maple Collaboration from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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