Evergreen IPA
Peak Organic Brewing Company

Evergreen IPAEvergreen IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #2,764
ABV:
7%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,768
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 7.91%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
61
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Peak Organic Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
87
Very Good
Evergreen IPAEvergreen IPA
Notes: Evergreen IPA is built from Peak’s flagship IPA, but enhances the hoppy pine notes by blending in organic juniper berries and organic spruce. The result is a unique IPA with bright pine and resin hop character. The finish is distinctly crisp, begging for another sip.
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright gold color, somewhat cloudy with a cream colored silky one finger head.

Aroma is bright and fresh with citrus and pine notes.

Taste is immediately on the tongue a bit bitter, then the sweet malts and lemon-grapefruit notes rush in nicely. Near the finish is when the juniper/pine flavor starts to grow and that remains in the finish along with a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very soft - maybe oat flakes? Bitterness is moderate to high, which is a departure for IPAs around these parts these days.

Overall this is a really refreshing beer and I could see reaching for one of these in the summer. Good job in it - deserves a rating higher than 4 (is 3.93 now).

Mar 21, 2019
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear amber with a smallish head. The aroma features pine, orange peel, black tea, and a hint of vanilla. The flavor is very vibrant, with tones of pine, spruce, orange peel, caramel, mango, cannabis, and wintergreen. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with bold, fizzy carbonation. Overall this is a really tasty and balanced beer, with loads of flavor and really solid bitterness.

Jan 12, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by pine. Taste is pine, minty, some resin, moderate bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Oct 07, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i am a bit partial to spruce beers, especially hoppy ones, i think there is a natural synergy there, and so i may be a bit partial to the style, but i thought this beer was awesome. it had been a long time since i had a beer from these guys, and i dont ever remember being overly impressed, so this was a wonderful surprise! the base ipa is solid, sturdy, balanced by a flavorful but dry malt complexion, and with enough bitterness to linger a bit after the swallow but not too intense to be a real crusher. with that, the juniper and spruce additions contribute quite a lot. the pine aroma is really fresh, christmasy, just cut, essential oily, and somehow seems to lighten this beer up while also making it insanely appetizing to me. the juniper also smells fresh, lightly medicinal and astringent, raw, heavily aromatic. they come together nicely with the hops in the flavor, this feels rustic and hearty, cold weather beer but also refreshing. its one of the more natural juniper and spruce palates i have known in a beer, really honest to the botanicals, and dosed strongly enough to stand up to all the hops in here. bitter citrus peel and fresh pine to finish, north woodsy, really exceptional around an autumn campfire. perhaps the best beer i have had from these guys, awesome use of the juniper and spruce, and the aftertaste was great and long lasting. yummy!

Oct 02, 2017
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ocelot2500 from Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of pine and spruce.

Tastes of the pine hops layered over a solid malt base. Hops notes lead off with pine followed by the spruce and juniper. Malts add in caramel notes along with a bit of sweetness. Floral notes add towards the end before more juniper hits and lingers through the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid IPA. The spruce and juniper fit nicely, but there could be a bit more oomph from the malts.

Jul 29, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

And now, the aftermath of the Fourth of CANuly! I had laden my reefer with CANs that day, not really expecting to run through all of them, but more as a stopgap from running out before the day was over. The result is that now, I have a buncha cold CANs that I do not want to simply pull out & have get warm again. Ah, the trials & travails of The CANQuest (tm)! In this instance, I had purchased a duo-pack of this and Crush IPA & since I seem to be immersed in Peak Organic B.C. CANs today, I figured to give this a whirl.

From the CAN: "Pure Ingredients, Delicious Beer".

The Crack! revealed another brimful craft CAN, spraying a spritz across my fingers. I celebrated this little surprise with an inverted Glug, creating two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with good retention. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was easily identifiable as pine/evergreen/spruce with a very cool, minty quality. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, big for the style and kind of sticky to boot. The taste was extremely sharp & piney, evocative of Chinook hops, but with the added dimension of added juniper & spruce (according to the six-pack box). It slightly reminded me of those rare occasions when I have had Sahti, but since it does not incorporate hops, the analogy would be imprecise. It was bitter, but not in a citrusy way, making it all the more attractive to this hophead. Finish was dry and quenching, but again, I began to question how many I could drink at one sitting. Since they packaged three (3) EA of both this & Crush, I may try a blend of the two at some point. YMMV.

Jul 10, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a two finger, creamy white head. Retention is above average and there are sticky chunks and rings of lacing left all over the glass.

The smell is dank pine, grapefruit and orange. Surprisingly the pine is not as aggressive as I thought it would be.

The taste is similar, but better. The pine is much more aggressive while the citrus hangs in the background along with a touch of sweet malt that does not hold the pine in check, but does a good job of keeping it from running riot. The finish is moderately bitter.

Feel is light side of medium and resinous. Moderate carbonation.

Overall I really enjoy this beer. IMO there are too many fruity IPAs on the market and this really satisfies that itch for a dank, resinous, piney bitter beer.

Jun 05, 2017
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a hazy dark golden color with a 1/2" white head that slowly but visibly recedes to leave a ring and some patches of lacing around the glass. Eventually the head becomes an irregular thin film on the surface of the liquid. Sipping creates sparse scattered medium and small sized patches of lacing. Some cling to the sides of the glass as others slide back to the liquid.

The aromas include pine, resin and some light touches of grapefruit with only some very faint caramel malt in the background.

The flavors are at least partly what is expected from the nose. There's lots of pine and resin here with some grapefruit and some citric bitterness. The caramel malt backbone provides a just noticeable bit of sweetness in the background to soften some of the persistent bitterness, but does nothing to conceal the pine, the resin and the grapefruit, or to blunt the bitterness from the hops. As with most IPAs, the beer is a bit temperature sensitive in that as the beer warms the flavors become better integrated. However it also seems to become less complex in the process and seems more unidimensional without anything other than pine, resin and bitterness showing.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and almost creamy with some very soft, persistent carbonation. The relatively long finish begins as most of the flavors start to recede pretty much at the same time until all that remains is that pine, resin and grapefruit tinged bitterness that moves to the back of the palate and lingers as generic bitterness for a long time.

I've enjoyed this beer and would be willing to have another. I'd say the goal of using spruce tips and juniper berries to enhance and strengthen the pine and resin character has been met here, perhaps even exceeded. That all said, I'll not be going out of my way to find another. If I find it on offer somewhere and am in the right mood I'd certainly have it again but for me it is not a beer to have two of in an evening or write home about. If given options I would probably not pick in preference to my existing short list of beers to enjoy once in a while.

May 28, 2017
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illpass78 from Maine

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a tulip.

Appearance: A cloudy straw with a big foamy white head. Can was mildly shaken. Pretty good retention though.

Aroma: Evergreen indeed. Pine and resin are up front, along with some grapefruit-like citrus.

Taste: Follows nose. I don't know what the hell a juniper tastes like, but the dominant note here is pine.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable at 7 percent. Booze is concealed. Body is standard for style.

Overall: Nice, standard-ish IPA. I like the emphasis on pine. Hoppy enough to please IPA fans.

Jan 20, 2017
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atr2605 from New York

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a golden straw color with a white sudsy head with decent retention and some lacing
S-tons of resiny pine, clementine, peach, pineapple
T-more resin and pine, some citrus notes, and finishing with more resiny bitterness
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-not a bad IPA, would purchase again if it was a good price

Jan 13, 2017
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deniro from New York

4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice golden color when it pours. Nice carbonation. The initial smell is average at best. A hint of pine and berry in there. But when you sip it, this beer really shines through. It's very crisp and clean tasting. Up front you get a nice mix of hops, bitterness, citrus, and some pine in there as well from the spruce tips but not overwhelming just enough of a hint of pine. Lingering aftertaste you pick up juniper berries which really finishes this beer off great. The way it progresses to the juniper flavor at the end is extremely well done. Peak really did this one right.

Dec 31, 2016
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A straw gold color with orange highlights. All white foam is adequete. Sticky lace. A nice layer of foam is left afloat at all times.

A very, yep...you guessed it, Pine and spruce aroma! Sticky pine sap style, also citrus, tangy and fruity, but mostly like oranges. Pine dominated for sure. Spruce tips have an excellently sweet and sharp smell, crushed up, they can smell a bit like fresh hops.

A perfectly clean bite, classic IPA feel, crisp but full bodied, rather thick, dry finish.

Just like the aroma, the hop dominated flavor has an excellent, pine and spruce tip bite, excellent, natural flavor with tangy and bitterness that is spot-on. Mild citrus notes and big, dry earthy tones of a light, golden wheat malt that is very crisp. Excellent balance and the 7% abv becomes pretty warm in the finish. Good depth of flavor and the natural earthy additions makes it pretty unique.

Dec 24, 2016
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hophugger from Virginia

3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look is hazy, golden yellow with lots of fizzy head and clingy lacing with tiny bubbles. Aroma is extremely light, too light and it is had to pick out and particular smells. Taste is of pine, slightly bitter hops and some subdued citrus and a cooling menthol taste . MF is clean and crisp and finish is short, yet refreshing

Dec 17, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from a Lazy Dog
Lightly hazy golden color with a small quickly dissipating bubbly white head. Huge pine and resin as was expected. Light earthy citrus underneath as well as some sweet bready maltiness. The flavor is all pine and resin with a strong lingering bitterness that is barely countered by the sweet maltiness. I liked this a lot more than I though I would. I've had spruce beers where it felt like liking a pine tree air freshener. This one is quite well made, the spruce is subtle and melds nicely with the hops.

Oct 02, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks SawDog505 for this can.

A - Dark gold color with a thick, frothy, white sticky lacing ring.

S - Light floral and citrus sweetness, the nose really lacks.

T - Mild citrus, floral, biscuity, lingering, balanced across the board and ends with a lingering citrus rind bitterness.

M - Medium body, gentle carbonation.

O - The nose totally lacks but the taste really makes up for it.

Sep 12, 2016
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass canned on 6/16/16. Pours an attractive dark orange with a 2 plus finger sticky white head that leaves excellent lace behind.

Smell is Blue Spruce, I am thinking juniper, lime, and grapefruit.

Taste follows huge blue spruce from beginning to end, lime, and grapefruit and once again I feel like that flavor I can't describe is juniper.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium, loads of prickly carbonation, a little dry, and excellent drinkability.

Overall this didn't dissapoint me. Liquid Christmas tree and I like it.

Aug 21, 2016
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Hazy blonde with a short white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Nose
Pine sap, wintergreen, grapefruit, honey, and candied orange.

Taste
Grapefruit, pine sap, and wintergreen. Hints of candied lemon and orange. Lightly bready with dollops of honey. Finishes with zesty florals, pine resin, grapefruit zest, and touches of onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, and off-dry with a moderate bitterness.

Overall
A fairly traditional West Coast IPA featuring pine resin / grapefruit flavors. Crisp and refreshing.

Aug 05, 2016
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MikeyBadnews from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought in a split 6 pack of Evergreen/Crush (I'm seriously trying to avoid the urge to mix the two together)

Pours nice, good golden color, nothing exceptional, but then you get your face shoved in a Christmas Tree and come out with tree sap and pine needles adhered to your face... WHOA massive aroma for a standard IPA and a taste that follows. A bitter resinous journey into a one note IPA that delivers what it says it will. The force feeding of pine hops borders on overpowering, almost ventures into an off flavor because it sticks around afterwards.

Like pine? You'll enjoy this, even though the balance is non existent. You can pick up some notes of lemon and grapefruit rind, but you have to work for it.

Cheers!

Jul 22, 2016
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OldSwampy from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice orangish amber color with an off-white head. Some lacing, though there could have been more. Great nose... big piney and cirtusy hops aromas, nicely blended, and remaining strong to the end of the glass... the best feature of this beer for me. Taste was not as big or balanced as the nose, as the malt backbone seemed a bit bland for the hops, but still a good IPA flavor profile. The added juniper and spruce were nicely mixed in, not a strange addition at all. Mouthfeel was smooth with an expected bitter, IPA-style aftertaste. Can bottom stamped "BORN ON 06/15/2016" and drank (from a glass) 17 July 2016.

Jul 18, 2016
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin ring of lace around the glass

S: Some pine and spruce notes up front, followed by a caramel maltiness and juniper berries. Solid

T: Follows the nose. Opens up with the spruce, pine, and juniper and meanders through some light citrus and caramel maltiness. Some crackery notes in there as well. Light bitterness throughout that increases a bit towards the finish. Finishes with lingering juniper notes and a light sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice treatment to the base IPA. Adds just enough spruce and juniper to really compliment the already piney hop notes. Extremely drinkable. Worth checking out

Jul 03, 2016
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openmind from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love Peak IPA. I've always liked more citrusy brews. so, i was hesitant to try this beer with spruce tips and juniper.

These flavors are not over powering - just added to enhance the piney in beer.

It is really tasty. I am glad that I force myself to try things. The spruce is nice but the juniper is a real treat.

OK. Go get some.

Jun 30, 2016
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