Peak Organic Pale Ale | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Pale AlePeak Organic Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Pale Ale is a complex hybrid between a West-Coast Pale Ale and a British-Style Pale Ale. An abundance of Cascade Hops gives this beer a citrusy, floral nose. We use a high percentage of Caramel Malt to provide a stark contrast to the hoppy front palate, giving our pale ale a smooth, malty finish.

44 IBU

Added by jdhilt on 03-18-2006

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Photo of leaddog
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a gold with two fingers of bubbly effervescent head.

Smell - adjunct aromas, biscuity malts, leafy hops, slight hint of lemon, hay.

Taste - Predominately malt based followed by the leafy hops. The adjunct aromas are there but not as potent as in the aroma.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with very high carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall - A lackluster APA that needs a lot of tweaking. A better substitute for a macro type beer but nothing worth seeking out for.

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Photo of stcules
2.79/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Amber, lightly oranged. Lightly hazy. Not so beautiful foam, off-white.
Light smell, malty, biscuit hint, light hop.
Light taste, same malty and biscuity notes. Il slips away, leaving almost anythng in the aftertaste.
Just a bit of hop.
Nothing remarkable.

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Photo of Act25
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I agree with A bros and consensus views on Peak and on their Pale Ale.

A: Flattish - Pours a clear golden color that behaves like a mass made beer with a modest head that retains and laces only a little.

S: Toffee, sweet butter, plus earthy hop. Again sweet buttery like mass made.

T: The best part. Follows smell with biscuity, toffee flavor that flows into an earthy, grassy hop finish. Nice finish, but bland and light.

F: Light body with mid carbonation, thin.

O - Nice organic, sessionable, but vanilla pale ale.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi hazy straw color with a slight light orange tint. Minimal head quickly recedes and leaves a thin collar.
Citrusy twang in the aroma with a light herbal hops complimenting it.
Clean and dry in the palate. Medium mouthfeel with a lightness that is drinkable. Crisp bite from the carbonation. The hops pack a modest punch that is citrusy-grapefruit like- semi sharp pine and moderately bitter yet accessible.
A decent APA that is easy to drink and mild. Not as flavorful or complex as other offerings, but nevertheless a good alternative.

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Photo of RobWhiting
2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very disappointing. Pale yellow in color. Smell is similar to sweaty clothing stuck in a gym bag for a few days. Taste is slightly better but I am not impressed with the Peak Organic mix pack (IPA, Pale, Summer Session and Nut Brown).

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Photo of Flounder57
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow orange color with good vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Slight floral citrus and lemon hop aroma followed by toasted and pale malts.

Taste: Nice lemony and citrus flavor with bready, pale malts, and mild bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, crisp, refreshing, medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: A nice blend between both sides om the pale ale style. Perfect for the summer time.

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Photo of Owl-Head
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Great bubbly aroma and visual appearance and very crisp taste, however didn't excite me as much as I had hoped though it's flavor intrigued me to want to taste more of the flavor! I really respect a crisp taste on a beer even though it is not their most well known beer, so I will definitely try their stronger IPA next, good things expected. This one was a little disappointing especially living so close to the city

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Photo of Omnium
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Poured out a nice gold color, two finger head, medium lacing.
S - Some mild bready malt, and a little real light caramel, some nice mild pine scents, and a little citrus zest.
T - Crisp citrus and pine hop presence with a nice balance of malt that isnt too swee.t
M - Clean, and refreshing.
O - A good moderate pale ale, a decent basic representation of a pale ale.

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Photo of alepsycho
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I decided to give Peak Organic a try and I was not disappointed. I snagged a 12 pack sampler for 14.99 and all four offerings were enjoyable. The pale ale poured in to a pint glass had a decent head and not overpowering aroma. This beer was tasty and affordable which in these rough economic times is exactly what I am looking for!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 6/23/2013 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character followed by a quick burst of caramel and citrus sweetness. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of JG-90
2.99/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into glass gives a moderate sized fizzy, eggshell colored head that becomes more creamy looking as it settles. Head has nice retention. Beer is golden straw in color. Leaves minimal lacing. Subdued aroma consists of mostly bread, with some floral hops, pale malts, and orange.

Caramel malts are more noticable in the taste. There is some citrus, a good amount of floral, but the overwhelmin flavor is a stale biscuity flavor. Medium/light body with heavy carbonation. Very crisp taste and finish with a touch of creaminess. Overall not a knock-your-socks-off pale ale, but very drinkable and tasty, with a crisp finish.

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Photo of JayQue
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice Pale Ale. Low enough abv to enjoy in mass quantities. Enough flavor to be worth it. Pours a fairly clear amber color with a medium size frothy white head. Head retention is good. Patches of lacing on the glass.

Smell is minimal. I was expecting a blast of Simcoe floral hops. Not so. Very mild aroma, a little bitterness and a little sweet malts.

Taste is pretty good. Bready malt and some floral/piney hops. Nicely balanced, good flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Clean, nicely balanced between bitternes and maltiness. Goes down real easy.

My idea of a good session beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, part of a pricey mixed 12-pack recently made available in Alberta. Apparently this is brewed at Shipyard Brewing's facilities.

This beer pours a hazy, medium straw hue, with one skinny finger of bubbly, loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves some low-riding rain-bloated cloudy lace around the glass as it all quickly sinks out of sight.

It smells of mildly grainy pastry-like pale malt, a bit of faint hard-water minerality, and leafy, citrusy hops. The taste is sweet bready malt, a hint of biscuity graininess, some weakly flinty notes, and earthy, rather softly bitter citrus hops. Uncomplicated, really.

The carbonation is pretty sedate, settling to just a dull hum, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth in a weak acclamation sort of way. It finishes off-dry, the increasingly bland malt still holding it out over the equally pithy hops.

Meh- while not actually off-putting at any particular level, everything here seems a little too calculated for maximum inoffensiveness, but still holding fast to the tenets of the style. Nothing worth seeking out, but I'm sure none of us would blanch at accepting one at whatever shindig you may be stuck at. That's how they getcha, I suppose.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Enjoyed Before July 2013

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that retains for a good couple of minutes before dying down to a cap

S: Quite malty, with a hint of spicy bready malts and earthy hops. Not too much aside from the breadiness

T: Follows the nose. Again, taken over by bready malts with a hint of spiciness. Earthy hops do almost nothing to balance the malts, and fall to the background quickly. Finishes with more breadiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: An overly malty pale ale, with almost no hop presence. Easy enough to drink, but nothing to really take away. Try it if you like organic beers, but don't go searching for hops

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Photo of andrewinski1
2.94/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. The color is medium golden. There is a nice thin head that has just a bit of nice lacing.

The aroma has some crouton with some graham cracker. There is a bit of crisp hop in the aroma, but not much so I can't describe it beyond that.

The taste has a strong emphasis on bready malt. Lots of toast flavor here. There is a slightly crisp finish, with a subtle hop bitterness. There is a murky yeasty aftertaste that lingers a bit long.

This is medium bodied with nice sharp carbonation. This beer isn't bad but there are many many many other beers I'd rather have before getting to this one. This seems to be aimed at the Shipyard crowd.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best Enjoyed Before April 2013.

A: Pours a cloudy light yellow gold with a 1 finger dense white head. Lots of visible carbonation. A quick swirl invigorates a lot of head. Leaves some good lacing.

S: Not an overwhelming aroma. Has a sweet malt backing as well as some citrusy hops. Somewhat of a bready/toastiness to it.

T: Starts off with a nice bittering hop, taste good and cascade hoppy. After swallowing a sweeter malt side appears and lingers in the finish. A nice balance here.

M: Average body with ample carbonation. Has a crisp finish to it. Real easy drinking.

Overall a nice clean beer with pure ingredients. Good for those looking to expand their craft beer palette.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says best by November 2012. The beer frothed up out of the bottle the moment I opened it, so hopefully it's not infected or anything.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a moderate haze and a good effervescence. Head poured a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam which is leaving a nice lace on the glass as it slowly dissipates.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a twinge of biscuit and a moderate helping of citrusy and earthy hops. Not bad.

Taste: sweet and biscuity malt along with more of those citrusy hops. The flavor is really right in line with the aroma. Not bad at all, but not precisely to my personal taste.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a very nice creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a decent enough and well-crafted beer. I would personally not go out of my way to have this again, but then again I would not turn one down.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
2.99/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a clear light amber honey color with a nice amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with a ton of head that is light and fluffy with large bubbles and lingers nicely, dissipates leaving an outrageous amount of lacing
S: not at all the kind of scent i had been anticipating, more of a smell like a cream ale, almost like malted milk balls and a slight amount of grass, odd
T: well it tastes pretty damn good, nice earthy hop character with a great amount of bitterness at the end, lots of grasses and organic material like flavors, kinda like a pile of grass and leaves, nice
M: smooth, very dry at the end, bitter, smooth with little carbonation tingle up front
O: its a good enough drinking brew, doesnt really pop right out but id call it sessionable, its not a hop bomb like so many other APAs nowadays, nice earth notes and smoothness to it, kind of creamy which brings me back to my thoughts of it smelling like a cream ale, a little odd but still nice enough, i could do a sixer of it

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but left a small head covering the surface and a thin film of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of toasted malts in the nose; these become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of fruity yeast along with pale and toasted malts. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an easy drinking APA. I would have no problem knocking back a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" velvety white head with decent lasting power. The body is a clear golden yellow. It smells of malt and hops. The taste is far more hoppy and in fact I'd have categorized this as an IPA and so I was a little surprised. Of course they already have an IPA marketed which is even more hoppy than this sample. Anyway, there's a fairly long and sweet aftertaste. I'd say this is a quality beer but probably wouldn't appeal to many of the pale ale lovers who aren't IPAers.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:Pours out an ultra clear caramel body, active carbonation, egg white head goes up to about two fingers and then settles to around a half finger of patchy froth.

S: Mild, but pleasant, hop aroma – a little pine here a little dash of citrus there, but nothing overwhelming. Some nutty malts follow with a bit of toasted almond and then caramel and butterscotch following up.

T: Very subdued but nice flavor. Nutty, again with hints at almonds, buttered rolls, caramel malts, and then tinge of hop bitterness shining through at the end.

M: Medium to light bodied with a silky feel.

O: Had my first Peak Organic after a road race in Cambridge, MA in December. Was sold instantly. This particular pale ale reminds me of a nut brown with some hops thrown in for character. Which, is really good.

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Photo of ggilman
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy cider colored beer with one finger of off-white head. Quickly settles and collars the glass with minimal lacing. Lots of yeast and a little vinegar in the nose. Spicy herbal hop with crisp carbonation and caramelized malt. Metallic bitter dry finish. Solid pale ale.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

not nice. way way way to malty and watery for a pale ale, even if it was an english one. smells like spent grains and taste like a tea made from those same grains. no discernable hops anywhere here, and an undercarbonated mouthfeel makes this one feel odd. ive got to say i havent had many non-adjunct beers that i didnt like at all, but this one just about makes the list. i love to support organic stuff, but this is borderline undrinkable. must try more of their beers to see if this is one mistake or a whole like of lousy beer. blah

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass:

A: deep orange copper appeared with a clear body and a slight white head

S: bitter light hops and a bit of caramel come through

T: sweet and bitter at different times, though slightly bland as well around malts, citrus, and hops

M: light to medium, sessionable with some harshness on the tongue

O: average APA, but good to me, probably have it again depending upon what else was served

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Photo of joesmithrealname
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm a malt guy, so this is right down my alley.
As a pale ale, I'd take this over Sierra.

I like the nose, and the flavors hit me just right. Fruity, not overly acidic.

Served too damn cold for my liking! (At a BUFFALO WILD WINGS, no less!)

A good session beer if you want to impress some Trust Fund Kids!

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