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 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 DrinkingDrake
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
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 +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 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 donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +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 rtepiak
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -12.4%
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 +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 cbutova
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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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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 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 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 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 Admiraldinty
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours light amber with a white, fizzy, half-inch head.

S: Sweet malts, some hop, some alcohol.

T/M: Light hops, some fruit - especially noted apple and lemon, malt all but disappeared. Mouthfeel is light and prickly.

D: Eh, it's ok, but not worth the price when there are so many other great pale ales out there.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.61/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Peak Organic Pale a GustOrganics in NYC...

Appearance-tan orange in the Pint glass, small white head, active carbonation otherwise, head dissapears

Smell-light hoppy notes, hints of fruit, alcohol, hop and malt balance each other out.

Taste/Mouthfeel- subdued hoppy flavors, grassy citrus, sweet honey, light to medium mouthfeel, a little watery. Ok smoothness.

Drinkability- Ok but light and watery.

Overall-I suppose this is passable but there are too many better versions out there of this style to recommend this unless you really want to go organic.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light orange with a faint haze. Head doesn't stay large for long. But a film does stick around.

Floral aroma with caramel and bready malt. Fair amount of hops are present. The taste is short, a little tea-like and dank hops prevail in the end. Alittle bitter, dry.

Mouthfeel is lively and drinkability is fine.

A satisfying pale ale. nothing outstanding here, but above average in the enormous world of pale ales.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Comes out pretty nice looking, a pale golden color with good clarity. A foamy white head appears with many small bubbles, good lacing to it and it sticks around for the entire drink. The smell is ok at best. Malts actually dominate the smell in my opinion and it almost smells a bit like a macro in disguise, not much of a hop presence in the smell. The taste is a slight step up. Again well malted but has a slight hoppy aftertaste. Nothing aggressive in the taste, pretty basic, some slight caramel/toffee flavors from the malts and then the hops mosey on in. The mouthfeel is pretty good too, medium bodied. A bit buttery before the bitter finish. The taste and mouthfeel make it seem more like an English Pale and than an American Pale Ale. Still an ok brew, I'd drink it again, but it won't be a regular. Good if you're trying to go organic.

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Photo of magnj
3.09/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My buddy has been talking about trying this so I picked a 6 pack up.

A - Pours a clear, glowing amber with a generous head. Really good looking!

S - Pretty disappointing aroma, malt forward and somewhat vegetable like.

T - Recovers slightly in the taste, still malt forward but is balanced towards the end with some simple but pleasant hops. Still la slight vegetable taste to the body, wondering what the freshness of this sample is?

M/D - Medium body is appropriate for the style, easy to drink. Kind of a novelty because it's organic. Aside fro, that fact it's pretty uninspiring and lacks in flavor.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a 12-bottle sampler pack, $14.49 at the Lebanon Co-op grocery. Twist-off cap. Label has spots for best by date to be notched, but none of the APA bottles are notched. Other styles in the pack are all notched as November 2010, so I'm guessing that applies here as well. Poured cold into a chilled pint glass.

A: Clear honey-colored brew generates 1" of dense eggshell foam that settles to a thick and stable 1/4" layer. Generates a terrific coat of dense webbing on the glass.

S: Lots of raw grains, some dark sugar, tiny bit of grassy hops. Oats, silage, dry hay, molassas. Smells almost like something from a horse's feedbag.

T: Much like the smell, though the sweetness is more like toffee (due to some diacetyl) and also some modest lemon/ lemongrass hops.

M: Good balanced mouthfeel. Smooth, crisp, soft carbonation, finishes dry.

D: Pretty drinkable, a nicely balanced brew. Nothing offensive and nothing to knock your socks off. Worthwhile if you come across it.

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Photo of Durge
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very cloudy yellow tan color with a huge out of control light oatmeal colored head and good lacing. The aroma has tangy citrus and toffee, a bit too sour. The flavor is caramel and orange/lemon, nutty and a bit leafy. It grows on you. Really not so bad. It's medium light bodied with plenty of medium carbonation. It's very drinkable. It a malty brown sugar and toffee molasses. Not bad if you don't care about the slim hop notes.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Daniellobo
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent American Pale Ale, a bit thin, but rather drinkable.

Presentation: Screw top 12 oz bottle. Front label design with a picture of people enjoying the brew in a backyard party, earthy-green colors, and a faint map int he background, notes how delicious and organic this beer is, alongside the USDA organic seal. The neck label explains the concept of having stories and pictures of people enjoying their brews and encourages to send them. Shows notched best before date (February 10). Served on a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold pour with a good head, decent retention and small lacing as it goes down.

S - Faint citrus hoppy aroma.

T - Softy hoppy, citrus towards grapefruit, with a tad of maltiness that fades quickly.

M - Light body with good carbonation. Crisp texture during most of the drink, but finishes a bit watery.

D - Easily drinkable. Nothing memorable to make a session beer out of this one. But it is a decent craft pale ale to share with those inclined to softer, lighter brews.

Notes: Organic hype aside there is nothing much memorable about this brew. The marketing and identity pivots around it, and while not remarkable it is a fine addition in that direction. Having said that, they do better brews than this, lke their IPA for instance. This is something I may only keep around for guests coming out of the blue into craft offering. It is a rather accessible jump from light lagers to soft pale ales.

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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 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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Peak Organic Pale Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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