Evergreen IPA
Peak Organic Brewing Company

Evergreen IPAEvergreen IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #2,777
ABV:
7%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,903
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 7.91%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
61
From:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  12
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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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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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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Matthowland from New Hampshire

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mar 22, 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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Crp46 from Maine

4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jun 18, 2017
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Feb 19, 2018
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estajoe from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 25, 2018
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LennyDercolo from Massachusetts

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

Nov 24, 2018
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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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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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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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harsley from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 29, 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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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

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

Sep 12, 2016
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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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billab914 from Virginia

3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jul 21, 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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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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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jul 21, 2017
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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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Robtobfest from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 10, 2016
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 12, 2016
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ovaltine from Indiana

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

Nov 07, 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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dcbeers from District of Columbia

3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jul 04, 2017
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