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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 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 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 mpedara429
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber with a runaway beige head. What was once a runaway head that almost expanded out of the glass it then ran away from sight. Eh retention.

Aroma is some maple sweet twang a little bit of oven baked oats and caramel sweetness.

Taste is fruity apple juice with a little bit of leafy hops. Not much maple but some. Seltzer-y mouthfeel.

I've had better maple ales. I've had better amber ales. I've had better Peak beers. This beer is a let down on many levels. It's odd that Peak's Oak Aged Mocha Stout tastes like maple sugar candy and Peaks Maple Collaboration tastes like a bland amber ale.

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Photo of lurpy1
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Maple Collaboration was rolled out at a recent tasting. I was all fired up for this, because short of cat food, what doesn't taste great with Maple?

Here's the thing. I am guessing this was brewed in collaboration with the renowned brewer Wayne Maple, because that's the only reason I can think of to include "maple" in the title. There sure as hell isn't any maple in the beer to justify it. Nothing particularly wrong with the drink, but I wound up fixating on the lack of maple, and therefore, the lack of identifiable flavor.

Bummer of an experiencer. C/C+ as a beer, F- for truth in advertising

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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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Photo of KELPAK
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Went into trying this beer with somewhat scepticism because i'm not a huge fan of maple in my beer but quickly realized that this beer didn't have a very big maple taste.

Although i don't perticularly like the maple i think the beer in the long run lacks its desired flavor.

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Photo of silentjay
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

kind of a murky amber brown with a smallish light tan head that sticks around for just a bit at 1 finger that laces well.

kind of a kind of slightly getting a maple sweetness when taking a huge whiff. other than that, some grainy hops and caramel. really subdued.

a bit more of a maple (almost honey-like) sweetness in the taste with some cereal grains and slightly toasted white bread. some herbal hops behind that. a buttery aftertaste with just a bit of sweetness on the finish.

medium/light bodied with prickly carbonation and a bit of syrup left on the back-end.

meh.. very forgettable. It offers little in the way of maple flavors, just a bit of sweetness, it offers little in the way of oat body. It's okay.

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Photo of maximum12
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ah'm a sucker for maple syrup, molasses, or anything related, so seeing this on the shelf was waving a red flag at me. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

First, my own prejudice, but I expect maple beers to be dark; weird. Pours a very light amber. Smell is terrifically sweet, with a five o'clock shadow of maple & malts. Almost a cedar-like tint, too.

The Maple Collaboration is less maple than mint. Very minty. I can feel my teeth glinting. Heavy dose of Cheerios, grainy, cereal, husk included. Oaty. This is like a horse's feed bag. Cut rate sweetness that might be maple, might be malts, disappointed there's not more molasses. Late, tongue-tingling bite in the hops. Slow & low.

Not bad, but I feel victimized by false advertising, the maple syrup is the pale ghost of a possibility. Decent enough.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chad for sharing this. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Finger-plus of white foam settles to thin cap, thick collar, and a few stray splotches of lace. Hazy amber body.

S - Big maple syrup aroma. Some brown sugar and treacle malt in the background. Definitely not a hoppy take on the style.

T - Taste is less interesting. More seltzer and bready flavors, with very little maple sweetness, or any saccharine flavors for that matter. Not offensive, but kind of boring.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry and clean finish, no alcohol. Not particularly exciting, but no problems here either.

D - Not an offensive beer by any stretch, but fairly tame on the maple, particularly in the flavor. My experiences with Peak Organic have been fairly middling in the past and this has done little to change my opinion.

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Photo of hops202
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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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 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 jsdunlop
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange-amber with a faint, wispy head. Faint grain in the nose with some light maple. Rich malts and light grain up front in the taste, light bitterness, crisp floral notes and a dry finish. Moderate carbonation, crisp, smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a balanced, yet simple take on an amber. Maple only noticed in the nose, but it was a nice addition. An enjoyable and simple beer, a nice change.

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Photo of smanson56
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am a real fan of good maple syrup so thought this beer might be really good . it pours a darker reddish orange color. There is a solid maple aroma to the nose. It lost a lot in the taste IMO as there was this lingering burnt maple taste that was there through every sip of the bottle. This is not a bad beer but there was IMO a strange burnt flavor in the maple.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, oats, and some subdued maple aromas. Taste is much the same with malty and earthy maple flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the maple presence in the smell and taste seems to come out more as the beer warms up.

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Photo of shand
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer? It's a solid brew. Pours a nice red color with tons of carbonation and a tiny head. Aroma is sweet and grainy, caramel malts and some spicing. The taste is quite sweet, with caramel and maple immediately standing out. There's some slight bittering hops to go along with the spices that round off the beer. Nothing special, but still a decent brew. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and smooth, and the drinkability is pretty good considering ABV and sweetness. Overall, a solid, cheap bomber. It wouldn't hurt to give this one a try, although I don't think it'll stun you.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Nice copper amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light maple nose. Flavor is maple, hints of caramel with slight bitter finish. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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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 jlindros
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice creamy head, decent lacing, hazy tan color.

Nose maple, fresh cut bleeding-oak-tree-like earthy aroma, light caramel brown syrupy malts, herbal, weird syrupy estery thing too.

Taste sweet brown malts, caramel like but a thin syrupy flavor, some maple, light toffee, nutty, toasty, etc. Mild herbal earthy bitterness, light corn stalk. Finish is dry lingering mild grassy bitterness, syrupy brown malts and light maple.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied feeling but a bit thin, decent carb.

Overall ok, nothing special.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

if it says maple on it, chances are i am buying it, and thats not just pertaining to beer. i am a lush for good maple syrup, and anything it graces, so this was a no brainer for me. i expected a little more out of it though. it has a nice maple nose on its amber to pale brown color, but its not real vivid in the flavor, and i think a lot of its glory is either fermented out, or lost to the bit of oxidation my bottle had (did not see a date). the flavor was real malt driven, sturdy and well built, autumnal for sure, almost german bock-esque here, but the maple sort of blends in a little too well with the caramel and toffee and brown butter flavors, its just not rising up like i thought it would. still it brings the maple candy sweetness to the table, and does linger in the finish, more like the sap than the syrup though, and as always, i wish for more of it. well made beer though, and the lighter mouthfeel is a refreshing change of pace in this type of beer, its got huge bubbles and plenty of them, makes it seem light. good beer, but not the maple bomb i still seek...

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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 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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