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 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 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 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 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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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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glossy pumpkin with butterscotch trim. Several streams of slow moving bubbles plink into the underside of a whipped frothy crown that is somewhere between pastel orange and ivory. The foam looks sticky and is beginning to decorate the glass with an eye-pleasing array of lace.

Oh boy. I hate it to say it, but Peak Organic Pale Ale smells organic. Not all, but some organically brewed beer has a musty, dusty, clay-like quality that permeates both the aroma and the flavor. Only a distant Cascade hoppiness brings the nose, kicking and screaming, up to average.

Things aren't quite so bad on the taste buds, but they aren't enough of an improvement to tempt me into the next highest score. On a good note, there's plenty of hop bitterness (41 IBUs) to cut through the off-flavors. While Organic Pale may not be 'near IPA status', as the brewery claims, it's definitely a snappily bitter APA.

The caramel malt backbone is large enough and provides some much needed sweetness. This is one of those cases in which the Cascade hops aren't allowed to work their citrusy magic. They're too bogged down by a sour, vegetal, borderline metallic flavor that I'm going to blame on organic farming. We need some pesticides here, dammit!

Ain't nothing wrong with the mouthfeel. It's at least medium for the style and has neither too many nor too few bubbles. Too bad it doesn't have more appealing cargo.

While waiting in line at the Madison Woodman's several weeks ago, I spotted this single sitting on a set of plastic shelves holding Coke and Sprite. When I saw that the 'best by' date was still three months off, I took a chance. Well, you win some and you lose some. Oh well, $1.00 isn't much of a loss.

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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 smcolw
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good head that forces a second pour of the bottle's remnants. Leaves nice ring lace. Lasting power. The beer is cloudy and has a dark gold/light amber color.

Earthy, almost dirt-like, aroma. Some minor biscuit and light hop in the background.

The flavor is an extension of the smell. Earthy with toasted bread flavors. Bittering hop in the swallow without any of the spiciness I like. Body's okay, carbonation is elevated.

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Photo of Jason
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
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 TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Pulled this one out of the fridge with a bit of a surprised look on my face. Right on. It pours a straight apple juice, complete with about a finger or so of white semi-froth. The nose comprises dank, earthy hops and some light, flat toffee. The taste is more of the same, though the toffee is a bit smokier (I think that's what my tongue's thinkin', anyway) and the earthy hops are a slice spicier. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly syrupy feel. Overall, an okay brew, but not really something that piques my 'buds in any appreciable manner.

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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 WVbeergeek
2.96/5  rDev -14.9%
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 RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with a very small off white head. Nose is leafy. Flavor is pretty earthy. Leafy like the nose and earthy, but does not really have a mass of complexity or character. Just delivers a firm experience. Feel has a lot of carbonation to it and a good liquid feel. Drinkable, yes. It is good, but like I said it lacks any width of character. It is also a bit too robust to make it a session brew. Nice to try, especially if you want organic, but certainly nothing stellar here.

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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 jwc215
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before April 2008:

Pours golden orange/amber with a thick foamy white head that descends to a lasting cover, leaving some broken rings of lacing.

The smell is of light citrus, caramel and a touch of butterscotch. "Shipyard" comes to mind...

The taste, oddly enough, comes through much better than the lackluster (though not "off" aroma). Being aware that most of what we taste comes through our sense of smell I am pleasantly surprised that the taste brings this up to a respectable brew. Citric fruitiness and carmelized graininess go hand-in-hand throughout. Very well-balanced (and complementary, to boot). Ringwood yeast and diacytel are present, but mix in well. Finishes balanced and dry.

Medium, bodied with lingering flavor, this is a "sessionable" pale ale. I can see this getting mixed reviews, but it "hit-the-spot" for me!

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Photo of Gavage
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a fluffy one finger head. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: only some soft grapefruit tones came through.

Taste: mild grapefruit, some orange slices, caramel, sugary sweetness, and a partially balancing bitterness covers the flavor spectrum. I found this to lean towards the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Brief caramel and grapefruit aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: decent but IMHO this needs a bit more bitterness to balance out the sweetness. More often than not I am not overly excited with what organic breweries produce.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jwc215 for this brew.

Best Buy April 08

Pours a nice clean/clear golden color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, hoppy, slight citrus, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, with some nice malts/hops, some spicyness, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty APA, would buy if available here, Thanks Joe.

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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale malt scent along with a touch of Munich malt sweetness and a light to mild hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a light pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a touch of dryness and a light to mild bitterness. It's not the most complex taste, but it's quite drinkable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. Again, it's just a standard pale ale with no flare, but it's a fine session beer.

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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 plaid75
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft malt element with a slight flowery hop aroma.

The taste was maltier than most APAs. The flavor scale is tilted more toward the malt sweetness than the mild citrus hop flavor. Flavor wise, more of an English pale ale.

The mouthfeel was good.

Overall, a tasty beer. Personally I prefer a bit more bitterness and a bit less sweetness in my APAs.

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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 jdhilt
2.82/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two-fingered off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Light amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Faint hoppy nose. Starts on the hoppy side, finish is smooth (unusual for a pale) and clean but there is a lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.50 for a 12 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH. Contract brewed for Peak Organic Brewing Co.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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 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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Peak Organic Pale Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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