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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Reviews by BigPlay1824:
Photo of BigPlay1824
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

Peak says this is a cross between a West Coast Pale Ale and a British-style Pale Ale, and they went with Cascade hops to bring the beer to 41 IBUs--all very 1990's of them.

Dull orange-gold color shows only the slightest of haze, and a good amount of foam that seems to want to stick around. Obvious signature of Cascade hops in the aroma; pungent orange smell with some floral notes in the back. Biscuity malt with a fair shade of caramel in the nose as well. Very smooth mouthfeel, with ample carbonation. A bit creamy in the medium body. The malt flavor is a little lost right from the start; some would say it's wet, though it's somewhat watered down. Kiss of caramel in the middle. The usual Cascade-hop footprint: sharp and slightly brash bitterness, with a long single-file track of citrus. Finishes on the dry side, with modest biscuity malt and citric remnants from the hops.

A step above tolerable--middling when it comes to American Pale Ales--so the organic angle seems like the big sell here. It paired very well with some chipotle-spiked hummus on fresh-baked pita bread.

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Photo of Magister_Beav
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label. The marketing behind this beer makes this brand seem bigger than it actually is.

A- Good lacing, decent retention. Clear pale copper hue.

S- Caramel and bready malt aroma, hint of floral hops in the nose as well.

T&M- Crisp with a medium body. Toasted malt, light caramel in the back. Herbal citric bitterness sets a balanced tone. Mildly fruity, hint of yeast funk . Maltiness seems to drop out quick, a little watery. Finishes dry.

D- Not bad, but nothing sets this pale ale apart from the rest other than being Organic.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, with best before dating notched onto the label. This one pours typical PA almond amber with a eggshell white head, clear and leaving lots of intricate and splotchy lacing/sheeting. Grainy hop nose flows into the nostrils. This is a nice PA, malt perhaps just slightly over counter balanced by more grainy, oily hop notes. Smooth, lingering on the taste buds, and well worth a try. Fact that its organic might lead me to go for this one over some other PA.

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Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.96/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best before June 2011, of course I'm not expecting too much from this line of organic ales. But I'm willing to give 'em a go, right? Appears a slightly hazed pale copper hue with excessively thick off white head. Fine intricate lacing spread throughout each sip. Aroma has earthy pale malts/hops convincing eachother that one's the boss. Flavor, let me decide please, earthy hops and hints of bready caramel malts colliding in rough edges. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied hints of cloying thoughts on organic pale ale tastes like earthy oatmeal your hippie cousin wants you to try. Drinkability overall, sucks pretty bad, I can't say this is good pale ale.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a warm deep orange crystal clear body with a gentle carbonation and a bubbly off-white head. The gentle carbonation leaves a few bubbles to stick to the glass before gliding to the surface.

S- The fresh pale male aroma has a slight sweetness and sulfur note to it followed by a soft slightly fruity hops smell.

T- There is a creamy and slightly sweet pale malt flavor with a soft biscuit malt that compliments the pale malt and doesn't overpower it. The malt flavor melds into a green hoppy flavor that fades to a nice soft bitterness that has a bit of a lemongrass quality to it.

M- This beer has a medim-light mouthfeel with a fuller body in the finish. No alcohol heat at all.

D- This is a very nice session beer with a good fresh malt flavor and some nice depth, followed by a good support of hops. A good example of a pale ale that is very balanced.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.68/5  rDev +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 biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
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 tdm168
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Damian74
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of cjgator3
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Best before June 2009 notched on the label. Pours an amber color with a nice off-white head that has pretty solid lacing and retention qualities.

S- The aroma is a bit on the faint side with some grainy malt and a hint of citric hops as well. The aroma is not bad, but it could be a little stronger.

T- The taste like the aroma starts of with some grain and hints of caramel. The finish is dry with a nice citric hop kick in the finish. The hops are not overly bitter, but they do provide for a nice little touch.

M- The mouthfeel has a pretty solid light-medium bodied texture with a good amount of carbonation.

D- The best part about this beer is it's drinkability. It would make for a very nice session brew. I could see myself drinking quite a few of these in a sitting. Overall, Peak Organic Pale Ale is a pretty decent beer that is worth a shot.

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Photo of deniro
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured it. Got a small head. Pours light gold in color with some carbonation. Smelled really good, citrus smell and I almost got a hint of pineapple or something that reminded me of it with the citrus/sweet smell. The taste is a little hoppy. Definitely some citrus and grapefruit stand out right away with a subtle sweetness that lingers in there. Clean and refreshing taste. Overall it's pretty good beer

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of wroywel
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of Bdel34
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mjstacker
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of EighthElement
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of beerman999999
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the LaFesta Brick and Brew in Dover NH.

Pours amber brown with a thick head of creamy long lasting foam. Good retention and lacing.

Semlls mildly fruity and hoppy.

Taste is malt up front with a well balance hop backing. Hold evenly throughout and never gets overly bitter. Good normal carbonation.

Very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of woodske1
4.7/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, wonderful for the fall months. Not too hoppy or malty. It also has a great crisp finish that doesn't leave an aftertaste. It's also reasonably priced. Being organic also makes you feel good drinking it. I am a big fan...I would reccomend this beer to anyone who likes ales.

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Photo of Toteezz
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, bright pumpkin orange with a 1 finger creamy beige head that receeded leaving a solid rim lacing. Visible carbonation was medium-high.

S: fresh oranges, dry caramel malt and a spicy hoppiness of fresh citrus.

T: The initial flavor was dry oranges, apples, pears, with a lightly dry, lightly scorched caramel. There was a spicy, and zesty hopping of fresh citrus sneaking throught briefly while the palate overall was dry with some sour dough and toasted caramel nut. A big dried caramel malting, woodiness and toasted caramel nuttiness highlight this beer more so then the hopping. The finish was very dry with a touch of pepper.

M: medium in fullness with dry oranges, a big maltiness and dry hop bitterness that yielded to a flowery fade. Carbonation was soft.

D: Overall a great malty pale that had a dry earthy bitterness that stood out from most by style. Very earthy, respectable and worthy of a try.

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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