Hop Blanc
Peak Organic Brewing Company

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IPA - Belgian
Ranked #254
Ranked #34,772
3.73 | pDev: 10.46%
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color. The head is a finger high with a white shade. While the head has a nice froth, its retention isn't spectacular. Some lacing sticks to the glass. (3)

Smell: A citrusy smell pops foremost. Grapefruity hops are perfect for a white IPA, I must say. Hints of coriander and bread lie in the background. As a whole, though, the nose is not overly special - everything smells good, there just isn't enough of it to go around. (3)

Taste: Coriander seems to take a more significant role on the taste buds. It still plays second fiddle to the hop flavors, though. I seem to pick up a lot of grass (good), grapefruit (good), and orange rind (good, and doubly so considering that's not an adjunct in this beer). Some gentle notes of bread and candied sugar finish it off. Not bad at all, though a bit dull. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: It seems unusually full-bodied at first, but the finish dries everything up nicely. The feel is also pretty creamy and low in terms of carbonation. Like I said before, it seems naturally dry, so drinkability is rock-solid. (3.5)

Overall: This is pretty decent at 3 months old, so I imagine this would be really good at only a month or so. It just isn't very exciting right now, as nothing really seems to stick out in a good way. Worth a try, though, especially when fresh. (3.25)

3.2/5: Does what I expect from a white IPA...but not much else

May 27, 2015
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illpass78 from Maine

4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a golden straw with heavy carbonation and a big pillowy white head. Sticky lacing on the way down. It's hazy and has a yellowish glow.

Aroma: Spices, some yeasty funk, citrus, lemon, a bit of green grass or green leaves.

Taste: Follows the nose, with citrus and lemon leading the way. More wheat than was present in the nose. Dry. Crisp, refreshing. Well-hidden ABV.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light of body. Not a flaw; it's a good spring/summer type beer.

Overall: One of my favorite offerings from Peak. A tasty, slightly fruit, dry IPA that I can picture having broad appeal. I noticed the "born on" date on this six pack is a little old; I imagine this is really terrific when it's very fresh.

Apr 26, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate amounts of straw yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall pillowy off-white head that slowly reduces to a very thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/lemon hops, Belgian yeast, and just a hint of coriander spice.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts and just a hint of wheat. That is followed by moderate flavors of Belgian yeast and coriander spice. Finally, there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of citrus/lemon juice, citrus/grapefruit zest, and light flavors of tropical/papaya hops which imparts a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with light amounts of dryness.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a lighter than expected body/mouthfeel. Enjoyable and definitely worth grabbing.

Apr 17, 2015
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atr2605 from New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a one finger width white head with decent lacing
S-coriander, sweet malt, grassy, bit of pine
T-more pine, spiciness from the coriander, grassy in the finish and quite dry
M-medium-light bodied, good amount of carbonation
O-pretty interesting brew, I would definitely try it again

Apr 07, 2015
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Svingjo from Canada (BC)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Hop Blanc from Peak Organic Brewing Company - This pours a nice translucent golden with about a dimes worth of thick head that stayed around. Now with my first nose of this I thought they mistakenly put pineapple juice in the bottle along with some kiwi and citrus fruits. The flavour matched the nose, with some hoppiness coming out in the final stages. Admittedly I went online right away to see if this was a fruit beer. Nope White IPA, which I enjoy but rarely with such fruitiness. A tasty beer that I wouldn't mind having on a hot summer day after a match or two of beach volleyball

Dec 08, 2014
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Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Day 4 of my Craft Beer Advent calendar. I first came across White IPA last summer and as I enjoyed this brew, part of my wished it had been summer. The citra hops, along with zesty orange and lemon notes, make this a darn refreshing beer. I have enjoyed all of the offerings from this brewery and would not hesitate to pick up another Peak!

Dec 05, 2014
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Mlkluther from Canada (AB)

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Day 4 of the BeerAdvent calendar.

Pours a cloudy straw colour with white fluffy head.

Nose is very pronounced fruitiness. Perhaps Mandarin Orange or "tropical" fruit.

Taste is very fruity and citrusy - lemon, lime, orange. Quite sweet and only slightly bitter at the finish

Refreshing beer. I found the fruity flavours a bit overwhelming but overall an enjoyable beer.

Dec 05, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, day 4 of the 2014 Craft Beer Advent calendar. A veteran brewery for the calendar makes a return appearance.

This beer pours a hazy, bright pale golden yellow hue, with one flabby finger of loosely foamy and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some hanging tree branch lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of fresh, sassy orange, lemon, and lime citrus peel, a further candied tropical fruitiness, tame earthy yeast, soft bready caramel and pale malt, and even more leafy, floral, and somewhat grassy hops. The taste is bready pale malt, an ethereal caramel sweetness, still rather rounded and complex citrusy, leafy, earthy, and grassy hops, a waning phenolic yeastiness, and maybe a hint of burgeoning alcohol warmth.

The bubbles are plainly frothy, and actually a tad playful, the body a pleasantly plump medium weight, and so-so smooth, the hops and yeast kind of tripping clumsily and heavily around here. It finishes well-balanced between the still peppy hops, grainy malt, and moderating yeast.

One of the better instances of a style I continue to argue has no place in my little corner of the beer canon. Anyways, the hops predominate, in their varied guises, and everything else just tries to play catchup. Another enjoyable brew from this year's Craft Advent calendar - keep 'em comin'!

Dec 04, 2014
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/9/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, Belgian yeast, citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a nice bitter burst of grassy hops. Then some mild sweetness comes in from citrus and caramel. The malt character is a bit thin but brings a good balance. The wild Belgian yeast adds some estery sourness bite. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: A little smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Nov 09, 2014
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 81LO-09/14/13. Sampled on June 14, 2014.

Before you read much further I will declare right now that this does not fit the American IPA style. It does however fit the witbier style. IMO.

Hazy pale yellow pour with a lingering white head.

Toasted pale malts, spice, grapefruit tickle the nose. But these are witbier aromas not hoppy aromas.

Light and refreshing body.

The taste is full of toasted cracker pale malts, spice, and orange zest, and grapefruit. Mediocre hops but perhaps that is due to the age of this bottle. If someone was to plop this in front of me blindly I would call it a witbier not an IPA.

Jun 15, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with slight hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the hops seem to be a bit stronger and impart flavors of grapefruit and papayas as well as a moderate amount of bitterness. Hints of spices are also detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat crisp and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be a lot easier to drink compared to other Belgian IPAs because it uses wheat malts and seemed a lot lighter on the palate.

Jun 13, 2014
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mildest of hazes. The liquid is dark gold with a light green hue. Small bar-pour head, but there is plenty of ring lace.

Floral hop aroma with a decent wheat presence.

Closer to the IPA style. The malt is bone dry, almost like a rye. Not really wheaty on the tongue. The swallow is raw-hop-bitter. If you're a home brewer, think hop pellet. Long, long aftertaste. Neutral body and carbonation.

May 24, 2014
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 20 ounce tin cup. I thought I was in The Shawshank Redemption. The beer was alight amber color with a good sized head. It left a nice amount of lace.

Peppery spice aroma. Some citrus. Caramel.

Coriander, pepper up front in the taste. I kind of lost the citrus. Some bread.

A nice spicy beer. Very pleasant to drink. Would have this again.

Dec 07, 2013
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a hazed yellowy white color. Beer's body glows. Head is a thinner slice of white foam. Patchy lacing.

S-Aroma is has some sudsy, soapy hoppiness. Lighter grassy hops and some citrus. When ordering I was not aware this was a White IPA. The nose and appearance were giveaways looking back now. Smells a bit wheaty with some light crackery malts.

T-The flavor is again very soapy in its hoppiness. Sudsy hops with some floral hops and grassy ones too. Citrus is light. I initially did not enjoy the flavor but I eventually warmed up to it. Strange hop-derived flavors.

M-Rather light and decently crisp. Medium bitterness. Fairly clean on the pallet.

O/D- I was going to crucify this beer after the first few sips but once I was nearly finished the last sip or two was actually fairly tasty. I could revisit this one again if I randomly see it on tap.

Nov 17, 2013
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BTLD 09/09/13

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that sticks around for a couple minutes before receding to a nice cap

S: Belgian yeast up front that imparts some light spiciness and clove, banana, and bubble gum. Also get the coriander and wheat malts as well as some citrus and floral hops

T: Starts off with the coriander and light spiciness with some clove, lavender, and bitterness mixed in. Bitterness lingers on, while some very light citrus and floral notes come through into the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A bit muddled. Expected more fruitiness and citrus in the taste based on the nose, but it just never really showed up. The bitterness kind of trumps everything but the spices and coriander. Easy enough to drink, and good for those into the style

Oct 28, 2013
Hop Blanc from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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