Hop Harvest Oktoberfest | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Hop Harvest OktoberfestHop Harvest Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ygtbsm94 on 08-25-2014

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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Photo of Motozappa
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's not a Marzen for where are the malts they speak of? I only taste dry hops. It's hardly a good example of any kind of Oktoberfest. OK everybody, let's jump on the IPA bandwagon, take it to Oshkosh and beyond!

Update 10/18/2015 > This 2nd batch is seemingly much more malty than the last, therefore it has a bit of that Marzen essence as the hops may have mellowed over time. Still it's quite a unique brew accentuating the hops in an autumn seasonal and to boot, it's organic!

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Photo of Damian
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
BTLD 07/23/14
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my friend Roy for bringing this to our party.

The ever-so-slightly hazed, dark amber liquid was topped by a one-finger tall, bubbly, cream colored crown. A few streaks of lacing followed the head as it receded in the glass.

The aroma contained lots of grassy hops and a subtle bready, biscuity malt presence. Slightly sweet. A bit non-descript. With time, the sweetness intensified and the caramel malts began to trump the bready notes.

The flavor profile was very similar to the nose. Caramel and biscuity malt notes on the front end were followed by an intense grassy hop presence in the center. Surprisingly hoppy for the style. Somewhat fruity. The beer finished crisp and slightly bitter with grassy notes and a touch of pine. As the beer warmed, the hop presence began to take over. Some pithy, grapefruit-like notes came through on the finish as well.

The frothy, fizzy mouthfeel seemed to indicate that the beer was a bit over carbonated. Medium-thin bodied for the style.

Peak Organic's Hop Harvest Oktoberfest is a tasty and enjoyable beer, but it shows hardly any resemblance to a traditional German-style Märzen. I really would have liked to see the bready malts shine and the hops dialed in a bit. In its current state, one could easily mistake this beer for a sessionable American pale ale.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy orange amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and a thin film in between on the surface. The receding head left bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some notes of grassy hops.
T: The taste has flavors of grassy and citrusy hops along with notes of toasted malts and hints of earthy yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied, somewhat clean and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a hybrid between a German Oktoberfest and a West Coast IPA – it's got a malty underlying base and a somewhat clean mouthfeel but the citrusy hops and crispness lend an American twist. I found it to be quite unique.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BTLD 08/16/14

A: Pours a copper color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a very thin cap

S: A bit of pilsner malt along with quite a bit of earthy and fruity hoppiness. A little vegetal as well, but I think that also comes with the hops and isn't an off note. A bit of husky graininess goes along with the vegetal note

T: Starts off nice and malty with notes of the pilsner and munich malts followed by a bit of fruitiness and earthy hops. Lightly bitter and toasty towards the middle. Finishes with more of the same

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice twist on a classic o-fest. The hops really add a nice dimension to the malty and hearty goodness of a solid base. Very easy to drink at just under 5% as well. Definitely worth trying for a unique spin on the style

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Photo of mnj21655
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle dated 7/16/15 poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear, red copper color with a finger plus of slightly off-white head, moderate lacing. Pine and floral hops are strong and upfront in this beer; at first they dominate the aroma then they fade and give way to toasty malts. Taste is similarly hop-forward yet somewhat more balanced than the aroma, the malt is more prominent here. Moderate bitterness in the finish. Light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a great American take on an Oktoberfest/Marzen; it places a great deal more emphasis on hops but still retains some character of the traditional style. If you're willing to allow the Brewer some lattitude and not get hung up on style guidelines them this is a enjoyable beer and one that I'll have again.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. it is a slightly hazy orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted grains, munich malts, caramel, cracker, slightly burnt toast, and grassy and citrus hops.

Taste: Toasted bread, caramel, munich malts, and citrus and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, a little chewy, medium carbonation, and

Overall: A nice octoberfest style beer traditional to style with a little hop flavor too.

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Photo of dcbeers
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.52/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tdm168
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of mmorris15
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hophugger
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Ok, this was an iffy choice for me because of the word "organic", but......I was very pleased with this beer. Good head and lacing. Aroma is hoppy-orange. Taste was full of hops and citrus, mostly orange. Carbonation was just right and the slightly bitter hop finish was commendable. Nice job !!!!!!

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Photo of beerman999999
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +16.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Acforster2
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cgraham
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puboflyons
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Bottled 08/15/15. Sampled on September 3, 2015.

Bronze amber pour with a long lasting off-white head. Great clarity.

The aroma has a lovely biscuit and bread toastiness to start with a floral and pine hop character moving in from the backside.

Medium or better body.

The taste tends to emphasize the pine and floral hop bitterness but the sweet malts are still there to be reckoned with. I thought it was nicely done.

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3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +5%

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Hop Harvest Oktoberfest from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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