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Peak Organic The Maple Collaboration - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 125
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 25.28%
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.

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Photo of berliner07
4.95/5  rDev +37.5%
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.

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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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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 BigPlay1824
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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

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Photo of openmind
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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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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Photo of elNopalero
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of BobZ
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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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 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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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of viaingo
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: Amber/Red Ale
Color: Deep amber color
Head: Small white head. Did not last very long.
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.


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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 DaveBlack
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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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 BeerAndGasMasks
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a maple-ly amber with a vigorous off-white head into the glass. Some maple in the nose. Some syrup in the feel, intriguing. Enjoyable without being overly memorable.

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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 VincentFrey
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
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)

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Peak Organic The Maple Collaboration from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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