Peak Organic Pale Ale | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Pale AlePeak Organic Pale Ale

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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

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Photo of woodske1
4.7/5  rDev +35.1%
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 billybob
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a honey golden color with a two finger white head that held well and nice lacing to the finish. floral, herbal and pine aromas. taste bready malt, toasty with hint of caramel, nicely hoped and slightly sweet. mouthfeel light to medium and carbonation good. would definitely buy again and not for the reason it being organic it was just a nice tasting beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +28.4%
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 dgthompson
4.42/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this in a bottle before and really liked it. The bar I was at had it
on tap so I had a few glasses and was very impressed. Decent head. Nice Pale Ale bite. Very drinkable beer!

Copper color, hop taste is not overpowering but up front and personal. I'll be going back for more!!!

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Photo of dfillius
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in a pint glass.
A: Aggressive pour yields 1.5 fingers of white, creamy, fluffy head. Cloudy goldy-reddish-orange.
S: Caramel and biscuit, banana, buttery toastiness, this smells like a bitter or an English Pale Ale maybe but not an APA. Why is there banana? Hefe yeast?
T: Delicious deep caramel malt with nice soft grassy and herbal bitterness. This tastes like a bitter or an EPA as well. I'm giving it a 4.0 because it is not an APA, it would get a 4.5 if it were an EPA though because it is quite tasty!
M: Pleasant with a nice full body and slight late prickling.
D: Oh yeah, I'd stick with this all night. It's a drinker, not a sipper.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a translucent but hazy amber body with a half inch of off-white head. Smells malty, fruity, caramel, and butterscotch. Roasty caramel and chocolate malts play a big role with a fair bit of supporting diacetyl and fruity flavor. Unlike in many beers, the diacetyl actually helps this beer. Very balanced. The flavors mix, but also come through individually one at a time at different places in the mouth throughout a good sip in a way that few beers do. Medium in body with a bit less carbonation than expected. Overall this makes a good EPA and a tasty beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have a number of Peak Organic beers, both bottle & CAN, awaiting drinking & review & I have decided to run through as many of them as possible yesterday & today. Interestingly enough, I have an extant on-tap review that I do not really remember writing. I will leave it in place, but today is M, 28 March 2016 & this review is for a bottle.

From the bottle: "Pure ingredients, delicious beer".

I was a little surprised by a release of CO2 when I unscrewed the cap & even more so when foam suddenly filled the neck of the screw-top bottle. I gave it a moment or two of calming time as it suddenly began to dissipate while still in the bottle. Needless to say, a VERY gentle pour followed. I got a finger of dense, French Vanilla-colored head with minimal effort and excellent retention. In fact, the preponderance of CO2 bubbles made it seem as though it was increasing, NOT falling! Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, prompting a visit from the Gelt Gang of Croesus, Mammon & Midas. Nose had a pleasant grapefruit citrusiness, more subdued than what it would be in an AIPA, but still noticeable. Mouthfeel was full, but due mainly to all of the carbonation. I kid you not, the bubbles just kept coming hot & heavy even in the glass. The taste was unquestionably grapefruit citrus, but not as bitter as it can be in AIPAs. I really do not mind it either way, but if you are looking for that flavor, but without a potentially overwhelming intensity, you will like this one. Finish was dry, but not gasping. It was quite citrusy, but refreshing and clean.

And this is the aforementioned on-tap review:

No head to speak of, none, nada, zero, zilch. On the plus side, it was a "Fill it to the rim with Brim" pour. A FULL pint. My money's worth. No need to hold this bad boy to the light. I could read some of the labels in the cooler against the back bar by peering through this one. NE-plus quality clarity! Medium-amber color, BTW. Nose was lightly bitter underlain by a slight maltiness. Mouth feel was a solid medium, rolling around on the tongue like a small child in a swimming pool. Going back to Roxy Rolles, if this is a PA then that was definitely a PA! I really liked the mild hoppiness that this evidenced, both on the tongue and on the finish. I caught some sweetness on the finish, but not enough to put me off. Man, was this good with pizza @ PICCO!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. A hard pour yields a rocky and good looking head. Sporadic lacing.

S. Herbal hops and freshed baked bread. Almost like rosemary and olive oil baked into a sweet multi grain bread with some pine apple and pine needles. Smells damn fine.

T. Bready toasted caramel and pale malt. Nice earthy hop flavor. Kinda takes my breath away and replaces it with a pleasant hop aroma. This beer is far from being one dimensional. I think its pretty well crafted actually.

M. A bit rough around the edges and slick also. The finish is a dry though and rather clean, with just a tad of lingering bitterness.

D. 5.05....Sure its not 5.04 guys? Wow. The accuracy! Anyway, this was a pleasant surprise from a brewery I've never tried before. Organic beer tends to be quite solid, never been let down, actually starting to prefer it. No extracts, no fruits, no crazy bacteria. Who needs it all? Give me the barley and hops!

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Photo of dickroop
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with modest, off-white head that faded quickly leaving a ring and streaky lacing. Light-amber clear color, lots of fine bubbles apparent.

Has a pleasant and inviting nose, light citrusy hops and not much malt detectable to me.

First sip delivers some good hop flavor, grapefruit in the mid-palate. Malts are present but nicely balancing and understated. Nice bitter finish. Very tasty

Mouthfeel-Very pleasantly carbonated, light bodied but not watery, only a faint malt-stickiness. Very drinkable! Recommended.

Got a single bottle of this at Treats, Wiscasset, ME. Label is noteworthy: Includes “Best enjoyed before Dec 06”. Bears the “USDA Organic” logo, and a picture of a hiker on a California mountainside, with a quote: “While hiking up from the lower Sierra forest with friends, there was just rock snow and vista – and some exhilarated people breathing hard and looking at it all” Walker Able, Covelo, CA. The label wrapping around the longneck states: “a toast to life’s peak experiences [TM]” and “The photos and stories on our packaging are from people who enjoy our beer. Submit a peak moment of your life at {website]”. So here you have what might be described as a truly yuppie ‘organic’ beer that wants to BE with you at life’s pinnacles. Please, it’s actually good beer, but this marketing hype is a little over the top!

I will look to buy some more of this brew. Dunno ‘bout submitting my “peak experiences”.

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Photo of CBaker350
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very good for a pale ale, I'm personally not the biggest pale ale fan but after tasting this one may swing me to trying more. The taste was unexpected considering my normal veiw on this type of beer. This has very minor after taste which has always kept me away from this style beer..usually too much but this one is just enough

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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 u2carew
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
A) Pours with a 2 finger head. Lacing is semi sticky. Head is tight and creamy. Some haze. Visible upward CO2. Bronze in color.
S) Grainy. Caramel maltyness. Fruity notes mixed in.
T) Caramel and earthy spice up front. Then the malty stays and adds a nutty grainyness. A mellow hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.
M) Fizzy. Crisp. Medium bodied. A light tannin feel.
D) A nice, refreshing PA. The malty sweetness is a bit more overpowering than hops.

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Photo of edbeered
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the great things about good beer bars is that they will occasionally bring in a beer from somewhere that has never distributed in one's home region. I live in Minnesota and have never been to Maine, but I can go to my local and get(for a limited time)Peak Organic Pale Ale on tap. How sweet is that? When the beer is as nice as this one, sweet indeed!

Served on tap, this pours a clear amber color, with a small white head and some fine white lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is sweet and malty. The taste is balanced between a sweet maltiness, with flavors of maple and caramel, and a crisp piney hop flavor. The taste is more toward the sweet, but the hops keep it from being cloying. The beer is ultra smooth and the flavors complement one another nicely. This is a very good Pale Ale and I'm glad I had the chance to try it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber with lots of carbonation visible coming up from the bottom of the glass. There was not really much of a head here, rather just a thin film of foam lace covering the top and a tiny bit of side glass lace down the sides.

f floral and citrus hops, earthy with a a nice grainy and grassy dominance that had a touch of bitter in it towards the end. This was rahter nice and had a good bread like malty back bone coming though in it as well nice grainy and grassy like hoppiness that was very dominant even from the beginning. This evolded nicely into a finely grained and bread like base that really pushed the envelope as far as hop much malt could go into this one while still keeping it true to its IPA roots. This then showed a touch of sweetness, almost caramel like, but more toned down then that. The finish was strong with dominant bitter

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Photo of gestyr
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber with slightly orange cast. Head is thick, billowy white and long lasting with lots of lacing left behind.

S: Cascade hops with caramel notes and clean maltiness.

T: Cascade hops with a slight lingering bitterness. It is balanced by the malt and caramel sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied. Carbonated well with no sting.

O: A well balanced pale ale. I would buy again.

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Photo of afksports
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4's across the board basically. Good malt character, bitter hops finish and takes the smooth body clean. I'm having it on tap watching the uconn game.

The appearance is a deep orange copper with a clean filtered body and a touch of sustaining head remaining from the half finger that started the pour. Out of the Guinness pint glass, the aroma of hops and a bit of caramel come through. Pretty tame, mostly malt and sweet citrus. The bite of hops come in the front, piney, bit of grapefruit, an a little drying on the back. Not as much citrus as was in the smell.

The mouthfeel features a good body that holds up without too much carbonation necessary, which is good because there's not much there. Easy drinker, I'd be happy if I only ate and drank organic stuff. Fortunately I don't.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. "Best Enjoyed Before" either January or February of 2010, depending on which listed month that notch was supposed to land on.

Appearance: Pours a bright-looking, clear, golden-copper body with a tall, foamy, just off-white head. Tiny bits of lace splattered along the inner walls of the glass on the way down.

Smell: Well, it's a pleasant, Lazy Susan of various beer-based notes spinning about my nose: pale malts, meager toast, caramel, spicy hops, citrus, and even some unsalted butter.

Taste: Pale, toasty malts with a restrained sweetness and light taste of caramel rushing in with a buttery boost of diacetyl. Citrusy, spicy hops with a medium level of bitterness to balance out that initial sweetness. Finishes smooth and fairly dry with a little lingering butter and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Decently smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: While I know some are sure not to appreciate that apparent diacetyl, I, personally, didn't mind it too terribly much and thought, along with their Brown and Amber, that it was fairly decent.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very hazy amber color with massive white frothy head that threatened to (and did) escape the top of the glass. Much too carbonation.
Smell is fruity sweet, but nothing extraordinary.
Taste is very pleasant and refreshing. There are some strong fruity malt notes, and a modest hop presenace at the endine.
An enjoyable beer, but nothing to go out of your way for.

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

Drank on-tap at O'Naturals, Acton, MA

What a pleasant surprise it was when I found this beer on-tap at my local O'Naturals. And at $3.75 a pint, what a bargain!

As for the beer, it poured a slightly hazed, medium amber with a small, tight, bubbly, white head that lasted throughout most of the drink. Dense spiderwebs of lacing stuck all along the glass.

The aroma was a nice mix of smooth hops and sweet malts. The hops were grassy, floral and slightly herbal. Sweet caramel malts were apparent along with candy-like notes and hints of bubblegum. As the beer warmed, the malt character really came out.

The taste was hoppy and snappy. A touch of malt sweetness was noticeable up front before the hops took over. The hops were quite citrusy (orangey) and punchy. Notes of spice and pepper also came through. The finish was crisp, clean and refreshing with a noticeable hop bitterness. As the beer sat, a touch of grain came out as well, along with some German malt characteristics.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied.

Overall, I was really impressed with this beer. It was hoppy and flavorful, yet well-balanced and quite drinkable. Best of all, it made a perfect accompaniment to my wild salmon, brie and root vegetable sandwich.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: had to drink from the bottle (no glasses), cold (40)
Aroma: Earthy hop and malt aroma, slight cardboard aroma possibly due to age (best drink on date was 4 months ago)
Mouthfeel: good carbonation and nice full body
Taste: Slight age flavor but more than compensated for by the hearty malt taste and bright hop flavor and bitterness. Very smooth bitterness that hangs out on the tongue with the malt flavor.
Drinkability: Nice flavors and great drinkability. I could easily have 3-4 of these.

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Photo of FrankLloydMike
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This pours a bit more golden than I expect to find in typical pale ales--it looks more like a golden-hued IPA. A quick, off-white head appears, but vanishes. Pretty attractive, but not a real looker.

S: A bit faint, bready, a distant hint of grassiness. Pleasant enough.

T: Follows, but improves upon smell. Taste is bready, biscuity in the spirit of an English-style pale ale, with a quiet backing of toffee. I think this owes to some diacetyl, but unlike some other Maine beers, it's never very pronounced and actually rather nice in this one. Hop bitterness is present, but not overwhelming, and there's a hint of fruit--apricot, I'd say--in there. Overall, not challenging or mind-blowing, but quite nice.

M: Medium body, slightly syrupy, quite smooth.

D: This is not an amazing beer, but it's very nice. It's not overly dry and it goes down quite easy. The photo of a night party in the summer looks like a great idea, and I could see having a few of these in such a setting.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Peak Organic Pale Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Best before September 2006 notched on the side label
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a hazy peach color with a really nice, puffy white head. Fluffy traces of sticky lace cling to the sides. Little, mini carbonation bubbles rise to the top of the glass.

Pleasant aroma of floral and fruity hops.

Juicy, sweetness with a grainy quality. The mouthfeel is so soft and enjoyable on the palate. Nicely balanced for the style with a fruity and citrus hop snap on the finish. Just a touch of caramel sweetness. Quiet smooth and tasty, making this a nice session brew.

This is one solid APA. Well crafted and very drinkable. I certainly applaud Peak Brewing for keeping this brew strictly organic.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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 brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a modest head that retains fairly well and occasionally laces the glass

Smell: Toffee and a modest earthy hop profile; some diacetyl as well

Taste: Opens with a biscuity/toffee flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by an earthy/grassy hop element; after the swallow, the earthy flavors build but are balanced by the residual sweetness of the brew

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The best of the Peak line but that is not saying much

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