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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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Ratings: 227 |  Reviews: 113
Photo of phantomwyse
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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 +4.1%
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 verdict603
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
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 ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of stevecooks
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Brown120
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of beerman999999
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
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 -5.8%
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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Photo of gestyr
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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 DrinkingDrake
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color that has a light haze. Small amount of heads pops up but doesn't hang out. Nose has is grainy biscuit and a very shy flowery earth hop presence. Toffee sweet with the a quick hit of fruitiness but then it quickly finishes with some dry earthy hops. It was sweet at first but finished with a dryer than expected earthy hop finish in contrast to the flowery aroma and fruity blast in the middle.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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 WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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 donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$5 for a big boy glass a Gulu Gulu in Salem.

Gold bullion with a thin, sticky white head. Collar retention with some marbling in the middle.

Aroma is orange and grassy - Cascade all the way. Caramel with some bread that becomes more pronounced as it warms.

Steely, metallic caramel is balanced by a spicy grass hops, crabgrass I guess. The caramel sweetness and hoppy bitter play off of each other beautifully. Caramel is so close to being apple juice-ish but stops just in time. Again, bready as it warms.

Clean, simple and earthy I'm a fan.

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Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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 rtepiak
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hmmm organic beer. pour is amber clear with about a finger of head. sort of baking soda bubbles carbonation look to it. this is transposed in the feel. a interesting tingle on the tongue of something like force carbonation. nose is beer. the most typical of smells at first. some hints of fruit... pear... but mainly dextrose. palate is a bit beer bittering... a bit earthy. actually quite hunger inducing.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz into tulip. Best by August, reviewed in early April.

Clear and golden. Not much head nor lacing.

Smells nutty and buttery, some earthy hops.

Taste is crisp, simple and clean. Malty, nutty, buttery, somewhat citrus-y.

Thin-medium mouthfeel. Comes and goes quickly.

An easy, in not very flavorful or hoppy, pale ale. Average on all fronts, really.

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Photo of afksports
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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 cbutova
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Gold-amber body with a small fizzy white head. The foam falls down quickly and leaves just a ring and some small clouds on top of the beer. A few nice drizzles of lace.

S- I basically get small amount of caramel and light fruit. Most of the aroma comes from yeast and malts. A tiny bit of floral hops balance this out.

T- More caramel malt flavor than I am used to in pale ales, it seems a bit rich or something. Hops are bit more substantial with citrus, earthy and floral hints. A decent amount of bread in the finish.

MF- High carbonation stings the palate in a beer with a light body. Slightly reminiscent of a tonic water mixed beverage. Slight bitters.

DB- Goes down smoothly and drinks pretty well. No off-flavors or big mistakes. I would have to say that Peak Organic has a fairly common oxidized flavor in their beer. This was best before June 2011.

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Peak Organic Pale Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 227 ratings
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