Crush IPA
Peak Organic Brewing Company

Crush IPACrush IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #5,758
Ranked #34,481
3.74 | pDev: 10.16%
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Crush IPACrush IPA
Notes: Crush IPA takes the citrus characteristics of Peak IPA and elevates them with a subtle addition of organic blood orange peel. The juicy citrus aroma really pops, and the brisk body of the beer is accented with notes of bright ripened fruit.
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zotzot from Vermont

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

Bright somewhat opaque orange. Doesn’t really remind me of blood oranges.
Frothy dense white head when poured into a pint glass
Cannot smell anything particularly citrusy
Some slight orangey taste
Metallic on the tongue afterwards

Apr 13, 2019
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metter98 from New York

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

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and poured with a finger high frothy bright white head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of blood orange peel are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of blood orange and has notes of citrusy hops and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly chewy and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA really showcases the aromas and flavors of blood orange and is easy to drink.

Serving type: can

Mar 03, 2019
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pale gold with an average head. The aroma has floral tones, with citrus peel and pith, underripe pineapple,and papaya. The flavor starts a touch sweet with bready malt and flowers, then cranks towards the bitter side with orange peel and grapefruit pith, finishing with a hint of mango and grapefruit flesh. The mouthfeel is light bodied with ebullient fizzy carbonation. Overall this beer certainly delivers citrus, but with some other notes that seem to distract more than enhance, and a lingering pithiness, which would be more pleasant with more malt support. Not bad, just not as well conceived as I would hope.

Dec 23, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

i thought this was awesome, big thanks to my brother for sending a can out in his latest box! this has to have some citrus in it, and although the can doesnt really promote that fact, i sure can smell and taste it. orange i would think, its so zesty and fresh on the citrus, it cant all be from the hops. the beer is clear and very pale, bright yellow to gold in the glass, tons of bubbles amassing a full inch of white fluffy head on the beer, really pretty and active. it smells like fresh cut and juiced oranges and without a lot of bitterness from either the peels or the hops. i get a complimentary tropical hop profile of pineapple and tangerine and mango too, but very dry and not particularly oily to me. the flavor is just like the nose, a touch less pungent on the citrus, but with an almost candied orange quality with the grain factoring in with a soft sweetness. the hops have as much flavor as the now obvious orange does in here, and the two go so well together. id love to know which varietals they have used! citra likely, maybe some amarillo and simcoe too, but its hard to tell with the orange, which gets perfumy for a flash but returns to appropriate levels pretty immediately. awesome expansive carbonation is cool in such a light bodied beer, and the hop and citrus flavor linger long despite a dry finish. i like the fruit here, and i usually dont in ipa for the most part, must be something about the quality, sourcing organic fruit can only help. this is natural and delicious, and i could drink an absolute ton of these beers without tiring of it. thanks brother for sending!

Oct 18, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, light pine. Taste is orange peels, pine, some malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but not up to the standards of this fine brewery.

Oct 02, 2017
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ocelot2500 from Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Smells of citrus mostly.

Tastes of the citrus layered over a solid malt backbone. Orange notes lead off with a bit of grapefruit. Malts add in with some caramel and a bit of toasted bread. Floral notes come on the backend before orange peel that lingers through the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid IPA.

Jul 29, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 Evergreen IPA & since I am immersed in citrus IPAs today, I figured to give this a whirl.

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

This is the day & time to really get my citrus IPA from a CAN jawnt on, apparently! I Crack!ed the CAN open & upended the cylinder for an inverted Glug. It does not hurt that I am listening to vintage Iggy Pop & The Ramones, either. The foam rose up to create two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a vague citrusiness, like mild grapefruit cut with orange, but it was a bit too subtle for me. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was grapefruit and orange, but muted. It may have been due to their adherence to organic brewing materials, but it tasted like the "Volume" knob had been cranked down, rather than up. Kinda like when Pops would burst into the smoke-filled room, shout "Turn this s**t DOWN!" & either scratch the needle across the vinyl or turn the volume knob to "1" or "2". Okay, this beer was not THAT muted, but it just lacked Ooomph! Man, this was causing me to jones & make the hops monkey on my back begin to howl. Warming, I was getting a biscuity maltiness which was not helping matters. Feck! I'm starting to itch off of this one. Finish was semi-dry, orangish in a way that evoked those jelly orange slices as a kid, but I'm not digging it. Phew. I hope that Evergreen does the trick.

Jul 10, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy golden color with a two finger, pillowy white head. Retention is moderate and there are many sticky chunks of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is orange, citrus pith, grapefruit, bit of pine and a touch of bready malts.

Taste is the same. The sip starts off fruity and juicy with the orange, which is quickly washed away by pithy and piney bitterness, which is slightly curtailed on the finish by the bready malts.

Feel is light and crisp. The carbonation is moderate.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer. I preferred the Evergreen IPA to this one because it is more piney and there is less of a malt presence, but this is a very solid beer. Certainly will be picking up this Peak Organic mixed 6 again.

Also I would note that this beer is not super fruity like a lot of fruit infused IPAs. The fruit is there as a slight compliment to the hop flavors and does not mask them at all.

Jun 06, 2017
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illpass78 from Maine

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange with a big foamy head. Nice ringed lacing behind.

Aroma: Citrus and pine.

Taste: Very citrusy, with grapefruit and oranges leading the way. I get more grapefruit and regular orange than blood orange. Kind of just a very citrus-forward IPA. Pine and booze are there, too.

Mouthfeel: Not a crusher, but medium bodied. I expected this to be close to session worthy, and it's not quite that. The somewhat high ABV might be keeping it out of that territory.

Overall: Nice citrusy IPA. I like it slightly more than its sibling, Evergreen. I'd like a touch more blood in those oranges, though.

Jan 21, 2017
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atr2605 from New York

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a slightly hazy orange straw color with a white sudsy head with good retention and lacing
S-tons of bright orange citrus, lemon peel, passionfruit, pineapple, subtle pine, biscuit
T-more orange and lemon, followed by resiny bitterness
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-great aroma, but lacked flavor. overall not a bad brew

Jan 10, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden straw color with irange hues. A healthy, robust white dome leaves a nice sticky lacing behind.

Major orange citric hop aroma, blood oranges and clementines all over it. A husky, earthy smell in a subtle way.

A rather mild, cirtic, hop flavor, very crisp and juicy feel. A tangy, citrus dominated hop flavor, oranges and nectarines. Kinda one dimensional, but very clean with a short-lived but interesting hop. The 7 % abv is rather warming in the finish. Very healthy, lively effect overall.

Dec 24, 2016
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hophugger from Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Semi-cloudy golden color with fizzy head and sporadic lacing. Aromas full of fresh orange and orange peel. Taste is just like the aroma, refreshing and crisp with backgrounds of hop bitterness and pineapple. Mouth feel is exhilarating and finish is a bit bitter like orange pith. 7.0% abv is not a player.Nice IPA

Dec 17, 2016
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topofthehops from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, the ratings are all over the place on this one. I've now had it twice a week apart on tap at Bill Bateman's in Reisterstown, MD and loved it both times. My favorite orange-flavored IPA to date. Excellent balance of hops and fruit. Wonderfully easy to drink. If you like fruit-infused IPAs you should definitely check this out.

Dec 08, 2016
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The_Beer_Guru from New York

3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma of this beer consists of blood orange, orange cream, juicy citra hops, and tangerine. Before tasting this beer I was expecting a juicy citrus IPA but, instead I experienced a very hop forward beer with a little citrus. I usually like hoppier brews but, I feel they did not properly balance the hop and citrus flavors. Good enough to finish the beer but would not buy again.

Nov 27, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with less than a finger of head. The nose has some citrus notes to it. The flavor has citrus fruit notes and also tart notes. The hops are overwhelmed by the tart flavor.

Nov 11, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and crisp. Nice carb. Hop flavors are fairly subdued. Some orange peel and grapefruit pith. The pilsner malt backbone is front and center. Attenuated. Finishes dry and bitter. Not bad. Could crush these on a hot day.

Oct 13, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from a Lazy Dog
Hazy golden orange color with a small bubbly white head. Big citrus especially orange on the nose with a faint bread underneath. Big citrus flavor with a faint butterscotch and hop bitterness. I liked the spruce beer better, this one is a bit too heavy on orange flavor with some unpleasant bitter butterscotch coming through.

Oct 03, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this can.

A - Medium to dark orange gold color, very clear, thick off, thick lacing on the sides of the glass, no carbonation.

S - Light fruity and floral.

T - Oranges, floral, some sweet malt, cream, and a long, lingering sweet bitter citrus.

M - Medium body and extremely dry on the finish, pulls all the saliva off the palate!!

O - This can has two months on it and I'm surprised how well it held up.

Sep 12, 2016
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dee4maine from Maine

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent fruited IPA. The peel/pith flavor stands out a little more than I'd like. Has nice piney balance and not as exceptionally fruity. Overall mouthfeel is medium and not too dry. Making it drinkable.

Aug 29, 2016
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass canned on 7/20/16. Pours a very attractive orange, with a 2 inch sticky white head that leaves webs of lace and has excellent retention.

Smell is tangerine, apricot, caramel, pine, and grapefruit.

Taste follows loads of tangerine and apricot upfront with pine and grapefruit aggressively in the finish, with a little caramel and biscuit blended in.

Mouthfeel is a little less than medium, plenty of life, not dry at all, and drinks very easy.

Overall this is really excellent, maybe the best fruited IPA I have had.

Aug 20, 2016
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Available only in a split-six-pack with the its "sister beer", the also-new Evergreen (a juniper/spruce enhanced IPA) this definitely has an intriguing package format. Though the price around here was a bit hefty ($13.25) for a six pack of beer, I consider the fact that you get two pretty different IPAs within one package to be a decent reason, as some stores don't allow mixing a sixer of your own. Peak's been doing quite nice stuff lately, so I'm eager to get into this one.

Pours a yellow/gold-tinged orange color with a rough collar of semi-lacing bone-white head. The foam dissipates rather quickly to a finger tall rim of somewhat stagnant bubbles that don't look as cohesive as they probably should. A moderate amount of haze is present in the body, and the whole thing just looks a tad unrefined overall. Not the worst, but definitely not the best looking IPA I've poured into a shaker pint recently.

Nose is promising, with citrus pith, light pine, crackery malt and the undeniable semi-sweet, juicy note of blood orange. I'm glad this fruit has been featured in a bunch of beers I've had recently (of note would be Dogfish Head's Flesh & Blood, which this obviously reminds me of other than being a few SRM lighter) as it's quite a succulent treat. Really digging the fact that it doesn't smell over-the-top; there's just this nice, humble undercurrent of playful fruitiness that hits the spot here.

First impressions on the tongue are grapefruit rind, some neutral semi-sharp bitterness, a bit of biscuit malt and light caramel sweetness. Immediately after, I get the full hit of blood orange, and it's very prominent but also balanced. This walks a very fine line and luckily comes out sitting pretty. Even a bit more of that juiciness and the bitter component and malt backbone would be lost... this nails the compromise very handily.

Very bitter at first, especially for an IPA at only 7%, but it acclimates itself quite quickly and hits the kind of "neo-traditional" IPA feel: a bit oily and chewy but not as dry as older-school IPAs could be. Chalky yeast in the finish with a low-medium carbonation especially as it warms a bit. Round and medium-heavy bodied for the style and ABV. Solid stuff here. Glad to have more!

Jul 28, 2016
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

2.72/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Lightly hazed gold with 1 finger of loose white head that dissipates quickly. Light carbonation.

Blood orange, lemon, honey, pine, and grapefruit.

Grapefruit pith, pine needles, and onion. Lesser notes of blood orange and lemon zest. Somewhat earthy and soapy. Hints of crushed Aspirin.

Medium bodied, smooth, dry, and bitter.

Decent...but there are some off-putting flavors of Aspirin, soap, and onion.

Jul 25, 2016
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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: Citrus, specifically tangerine and blood orange, up front with some notes of light pine, earthiness, and a solid malt background

T: Follows the nose. Bitter blood orange peel and citrus notes up front, followed by the pine and malty notes. Bitter throughout, but it does increase towards, and well into, the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid take on their regular IPA with the blood orange peel being the main difference. Extremely easy drink and very refreshing on a hot summer day

Jul 01, 2016
Crush IPA from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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