Peak Organic The Maple Collaboration - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 116
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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). (889 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
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... (1,083 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +10%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (811 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.76/5  rDev -23.5%
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! (427 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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! (434 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (1,184 characters)

Photo of shand
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
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. (756 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
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) (643 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (350 characters)

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Peak Organic The Maple Collaboration from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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