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 berley31
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a fairly large, white frothy head that diminished to a 1/4-finger size. Body is golden-colored and very slight hazy.

S: Aroma is of light hops... and a slight skunkiness that kind of distracts from the hop smell. Weird.

T: Decent flavor of citrus tones and hops, leading to a moderately-bitter finish. Solid, but nothing spectacular.

M: Medium-bodied and slightly creamy, with average carbonation.

D: Very drinkable... not the best of all the pale ales out there, but far from the worst, either.

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

On tap at the LaFesta Brick and Brew in Dover NH.

Pours amber brown with a thick head of creamy long lasting foam. Good retention and lacing.

Semlls mildly fruity and hoppy.

Taste is malt up front with a well balance hop backing. Hold evenly throughout and never gets overly bitter. Good normal carbonation.

Very drinkable and tasty.

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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 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 goblue3509
2.68/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber copper color with a one and a half finger head that gives some lacing. The aroma is of a caramel malt backbone with citrus hops and some floral hop notes as well. The taste is much of the same the backbone is made up of caramel malt, there is a citrus hop bite present and then a floral hop bite. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. Overall it is an okay drinkable beer, there is nothing to write home about, but nothing to completely dislike.

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Photo of jonziefle
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a dark golden amber, slightly cloudy. 1.5 finger white, foamy head. Good retention; it goes down to a 0.5 finger layer and sticks around. Lacing down the glass

Smell: Mild hops, with stronger caramel malts and diacytal.

Taste: Mild hop bite, followed by caramel malts and diacytal. Tastes exactly like it smells. Not that much flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but a little thin.

Drinkability: An average pale ale. Easy drinker, inoffensive, but kind of bland.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a typical clear amber with a fairly thick white head. Aroma is malty and hoppy and has some fruity hints. Flavor is strongly malty and fairly yeasty and has hints of fruit and hops as well as an undertone of vegetables. Texture is fairly smooth and nicely tingly.

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Photo of paulieatworld
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

just got handed this charlie at harris dist. and co-owner tim of peak organics. interesting that budweiser is distributing them here in the nc triangle. don't know if that says more about bud or peak organic.

pours a dark golden color with slow swirling bubbles. nothing really of note on the nose. slightly herbal with grains. beautiful frothy heads that settles and follows down to the end. i found this one pretty enjoyable, albeit slightly sweeter than i like my pales. goes down super easy with slight spice and hops.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear copper color, very nice, with a pretty big head, the bubbles are a bit loose, and don't leave a lot of lacing, but still this one has a great look about it. The smell is kind of wimpy. There's a bit of leafy, slightly herbal hops, with a little squeeze of citrus in the background. The malt is nice and bready in the nose, a little sweeter than I'd expect. The taste is nice, but it doesn't really stand out. There's a nice malt presence, bready, an interesting battle between sweet and dry. The hops are leafy, slightly pungent, and there are some mild fruity esters. An interesting beer, but I feel like I've had it before. The mouthfeel is normal. Kind of medium bodied, low carbonation (maybe just low for the style). It's an enjoyable beer, one you could drink quite often if you wanted something safe an interesting. For the right price I might buy it again.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into nonic.

Very hazy honey color with a two finger slightly off-white head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Lots of the butterscotch aroma that's also present in their IPA. I'm guessing they use a yeast that produces a lot of diacetyl.

A decent amount of hops giving off some herbal flavors and a little bit of citrus. The malts are slight biscuity. More of the butter and butterscotch flavors are in there. Full bodied.

A decent pale ale, but like the IPA, still with some heavy butter aromas.

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Photo of Drew966
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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 -4.6%
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 -7.2%
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 +9.2%
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 +1.1%
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 +0.9%
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 +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 tpd975
3.55/5  rDev +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 +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 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 deanhead
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +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 OtherShoe2
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
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 -11.5%
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 +4.9%
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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Peak Organic Pale Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
3.48 out of 5 based on 225 ratings.
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