Evergreen IPA | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Evergreen IPAEvergreen IPA

Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by openmind on 06-30-2016

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by ocelot2500:
Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of dcbeers
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of estajoe
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of deniro
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OldSwampy
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
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

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Photo of SebastianOwl
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 7/20/16; drank on 8/18/16

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Photo of Matthowland
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Klebe
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeyBadnews
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.


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Photo of LennyDercolo
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of illpass78
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drtth
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Robtobfest
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atr2605
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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

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Photo of Ela
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ronl12
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of florisj135
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smi69
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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