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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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Photo of Drew966
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Peak Organic Pale Ale pours a copper color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a fairly malty aroma, but it just has that off flavor thing going on that is present in a lot of organic beer. Same thing in the flavor, that organic twang kills this beer for me. Otherwise its fairly hoppy and has a solid caramel malt backbone. If you don't mind the organic twang it's a solid offering. Obviously, it didn't work real well for me.

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Photo of nick76
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is dead on for the style but comes off rather weak. It's got some mild Diacetyl buttery stuff as well as grassy/citrus hops but mostly malt. The appearance is deep gold with an amber hue. The head is about average. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is average for the style but has a touch of soap in the finish. Overall it's pretty good.

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Photo of wcdoyle
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

clear copper with a generous light, light caramel head. Smell that borders somewhere between grapefruit and pine but leans toward the grapefruit. Light caramel down below. Malts in the taste are light and fresh with warm dough all around. Medium to light moutfeel at first with carbonation on the medium side between sharp and dull. Citrus calls out after. Good but not great.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy amber with a good head and lace.
Smells mostly of carmel malt.
Tastes sweet malt at first, followed by a bit of toast, then crisp bitter hops. There was a bit of a buttery aftertaste, but not unpleasant.
Mouthfeel was medium.
Went well with a BBQ beef brisket sandwich.

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Photo of mjw06
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

red, almost like red wine, literally. thought i was mistaken when i read the bottle afterwards and saw this was a pale ale. its not very pale at all, however i guess the term pale ale goes beyond looks. was pale in terms of transparency but not color. small head that left pretty quickly and didnt leave any lacing. nonetheless, the color of this beer is simply beautiful.

a very abundant sweet, crisp, malty smell with a hint of florals.

a very good sweet floral taste, with mild bitterness.

medium body with an even feel of active carbonation

everything about this beer was great, other than the awful aftertaste. it really breaks your heart to have a beer that genuinely has a good taste, until the end after you swallow. unfortunately, it really brought the beer down for me.

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Photo of Shaw
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light copper in color with a bubbly off-white head.

It has a light bread aroma with just a tiny note of hops.

The taste is bitter and tannic, which for me is not a problem. This is a Pale Ale, after all. It's a bit light for my tastes, and needs a bit more malt balance to make this really good.

Solid body, not watery.

An above-average APA, especially for those interested in organic brews. But I don't see myself drinking more of them: There are better options out there.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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 tpd975
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden hue with zero head or lace.

S: Light malt up with notes of grain and bread. Nice splash of citrus added in makes it pretty inviting.

T: Nice light malt up front with a nice breadiness. Nice blast of citrus in the finish.

M: Light in body, smooth, with good carbonation.

D: Drinkable. Not too bad actually, the best of the three Peak Organic's I tried.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
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 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 deanhead
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More amber the pale in color. Nice frothy head.

Aroma is spicy, and an earthy fragrance with hints of floral notes

Tastes is slighlty spicy, bitter and with more flroal notes.

Medium mouthfeel

Mostly drinkable, but had some homebew twang to it.
The Twang is the only thing that really drew me away from this beer, otherwise it's highly drinkable.

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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 OtherShoe2
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap pour of a pale orange with a head that disappeared but left a little sticky lacing on the glass.

Some sweet sugar/caramel flavors and a hint of hop leaf.

Watery craamel sweetness, some mild hop and citrus flavors, a little yeast must.

Nothing special here. Won't order this again. Feels watered down with nol distinct flavor or finish.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this in a 12 oz bottle in Strasburg, VA

The bottle was freshness dated and within the recommended drink by date.

An aggressive pour produced a 1.5 finger head in a 16 oz glass. The head color is ecru and the beer is a light amber.

There wasn't a lot of smell to the beer. Just a hint of yeast and floral.

The initial taste was of a light caramel malt and citrus balanced with a strong bittering hops. The hops taste lingered a loooong time after swallowing. Too much IMHO.

The carbonation was medium and worked well with the beer.

I enjoyed trying this beer but there are other APAs that I'd return to first.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at a restaurant in Portland, ME. I was pleasantly surprised the quality and enjoyed it. This is the first time I encountered this beer on tap and decided to enjoy a couple with dinner.

The beer came with a fairly thin one finger head that was pretty creamy in consistency. The beer was a bright copper color with a great deal of orange hues. Not much in the way of visible carbonation.
A very nice amount of lacing.
Nice looking beer.

Aroma was bread like to me with some hop notes. Slight spice.

Taste was well balanced and again reminded me of bread. I like this quality in a Pale Ale. There was some hop character but nothing over the top. A bit of a citrus note. I was struck by the creamy nature of the beer.

As mentioned above the mouth feel was very creamy and smooth. Velvet like?

Very drinkable.

A nice effort

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Photo of CrellMoset
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasting on 07/02 w/ a friend. Poured from a bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: A mild pour yields a nice one-finger, creamy head, moderate lacing, a hazy golden body with hints of orange, and mild carbonation. A very good start.

Aroma: Hmmmm, a step down. Crisp, spicy hops are fairly neutral otherwise. Smells in many ways like a pilsner, and that's never what you want from an APA. There's some grainy notes, as well, and then that strange milk-carton top off-note.

Taste: Very sweet, grainy caramel malts, Cascade hops (orange zest), a good dose of hop bitterness, and a few of strange, funky off-flavors. Wheaty in places.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy, but medium-to-thick bodied. Good bubble structure.

Drinkability: Nothing outstanding here. Alcohol's fine and all, but it's just a little too sweet, a little too funky, and a little too strange to make me want to have more than just one.

This beer is notable for being organic, but not much else, in my opinion. I don't think it's not great because it's organic or anything, it's just generally not all that great a beer. Worth it if you're into the whole organic scene, but otherwise, can't say I'd recommend it.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear light gold color with a nice low off-white head. Nice active carbonation leaves nice lace sheets. Nice balanced malt and light hop aroma. English style hops seem to dominate. Leans a bit to the bitter side in flavor. Medium-light bodied with a light bitter and light buttery finish.

Nice enough but not really special in any way.

Per Label: "USDA Organic"

Per PO website: Cascade hops. Organic Caramel Malts. 41 IBU.

Best Before: Aug '07 (notched)
Tasted: 06/16/07

($1.79 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of alysmith4
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad, was expecting a "clean" flavor because of the organic status, but it was pretty average. Very fruity though, I was surprised by that. I must be used to IPAs, it's been a little while since I've had an APA so I wasn't used to the flavor profile. It wasn't bad though, I would try it again. Go organic!

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Photo of soupyman10
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kind of a random find, but not too bad either. It's quite smooth and drinkable, with a ton of fruity flavors; I got grapefruit, grapes, and some apricot in there too. (I initially thought it was a fruit beer.) Then it's balanced nicely with a ton of caramel. The flavor's a little grainy, and not super strong (as is generally the case with APAs), but it's a definitely enjoyable near-session brew.

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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 dfillius
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
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 BeerBelcher
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I remain unimpressed with the organically-produced beers I've rated. This "pale ale" was more reminiscent of a witbier to me than a hoppy-styled beer.

This beer poured a slightly hazy orange color, with a Sprite-like head that faded to a puffy cloud-like head after a few minutes. Aroma was really strange for a pale ale - I got a lot of coriander and (not very pale ale-like) citrus-ness. In other words, its aroma was very much like a witbier rather than a pale ale. Flavor was similarly confusing - a bit hoppy but with some other witbier - like flavors. Mouthfeel was unremarkable.

I can't say I'd recommend this beer. I bought it as a single-serve bottle at Woodman's in Oak Creek, WI.

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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 Chaz
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear golden-bronze in color topped with a fluffy pale-tan head. Head exhibits good duration and offers up plenty of loopy, arcing residual lacing. Exhibits good carbonation.

Nose exhibits ample esters, along with a hint of yeast and light citric hops, seems pretty par for the course so far.

Semi-sweet, semi-piquant on the first sip, with a touch of biscuit malt bringing up the rear. Bitterness is apparent throughout, but it's by no means overly-bitter. As this warms a bit and I get into the glass the biscuit malt really lingers and is complimented by the bitterness, it's like the flip-side of the fruity, semi-sweet malt I detected in the nose.

Mouthfeel is pretty good; it's not anywhere close to full bodied, but definitely medium bodied and with the benefit of the citric hops biting into the fruity, yeasty mid-palate, making it feel rather light and session-able. As the carbonation appeared good on first sight, so is there ample cleansing carbonation on the palate.

The drinkability is also fairly decent - I paired it with some homemade veggie chili and it worked quite nicely, even complemented the cayenne ; )

While by no means outstanding, this is one is a solid APA, organic or otherwise. I'd give it another shot and would readily recommend it over the more widely available Stone Mill Pale.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
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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Peak Organic Pale Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 227 ratings
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