Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Nut Brown AlePeak Organic Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Nut Brown Ale starts out very smooth, like an English-style Brown Ale. The use of Chocolate Malt, Munich Malt, and Hallartau Hops give this beer a crisp, nutty finish. Peak Nut Brown is a delectable beer loaded with complex, differentiated flavors that don’t overwhelm the palate, making it a perfect dark beer for food pairing.

21 IBU

Added by Todd on 05-16-2006

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Photo of viaingo
4.82/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: English-Style Brown Ale
Color: Mahogany brown
Body: Very clear brown color. Lightly carbonated.
Head: Very small and quickly disappears.
Taste: Smooth and crisp mouthfeel. Smoky taste with hops. Very earthy overall.
Aroma: Nice nutty smell with a dry finish. A bit fruitiness with malt. You can certainly smell the smoky flavor.

I cannot stress enough how much I love Peak Organic beer. Expect to see many more of their beers on Active Beer Geek for they are worth their weight in gold!

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.6/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a good clear orangey brown color with a nice white foam.

smells nutty mainly as expected. nice and malty. some sugary sweetness comes through.

tastes very good. a nice sugary/nutty taste. nicely bitter. very smooth. pretty sweet. i like it a lot.

body is medium. easily drinkable, very smooth brown ale.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.45/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Flatbread Pizza Company in downtown Portsmouth NH. Curved 20 oz redhook glass.

Pours a dark mahogany brown, with some modest red hints. Very little foam. Visually pleasing, makes the mouth water.

Smell is chocolately and nutty. Good aroma. The anticipation builds.

Taste is a mixture of caramel, hazelnut, toffee, with some moderate chocolate flavors buried in there. Very smooth and little carbonation. The sweetness is balanced with a minor hop bitter which holds everything nicely in check.

Great Nut Brown, very drinkable - having to drive home prevented me from doubling up.

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Photo of billybob
4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a meduim brown with a very large tan head that held to one finger and left large patchs of lacing to the finish. fruity aroma with some coffee and citrus. taste is roasted malt and coffee some nut flavor with a slightly bitter ending. mouthfeel smooth, light, good carbonation. good session beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a bright, clear, cherry-amber with a sparse khaki head that recessed almost instantly. Visible carbonation was very soft.

S: rich, dark, nuttiness and a deep roasted caramel woodiness with a slight smokiness.

T: The initial flavor had a sweet caramel roastedness, some woodiness along with a smoky campfire nature. The caramel backing was rich, dark and sweet with a slight spicy alcohol tang to it. The rich, roasted nuttiness also stands out giving this beer lots of character and flavor. There was a light dry, burnt caramel fade on the beers finish. A great dry roasted caramel malting and nuttiness separates this from the rest of the crowd.

M: light-medium with a light creaminess and a warming caramel and dry alcohol lacing.

D: Very good drinkability with a great malty backbone, spiciness makes this a great drinking brown that was truly delicious. Perfect to sip by the campfire. Earthy, woody, making for a true organic experience.

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Photo of generationmy
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great Nut Brown Ale! Not far off from a Samuel Smith's version but with a little added hop bite and some more roastiness. Really satisfying and easy to drink. This would make a great session brew for sure. My first Peak Organic experience and I must say I'm impressed. Cheers people!

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Photo of n0rmann
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a fabulous beer. More bitter than the typical nut brown, and finished with a great nutty flavor. The bitterness was balanced perfectly by how smooth it is. Both chocolate and munich malts are detectable. It has characteristics similar to both the Dogfish Head India Brown Ale and Samuel Smith's brown. I will definitely drink this again. The 4.7 ABV is perfect for the style.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear brown color with a nice beige head and good carbonation (nice and active) that leaves some lace. Nice chocolate/cocoa powder aroma. Nutty, grainy malt flavors; not too light and not too robust... Light-medium bodied with a nice nutty malt finish.

A very nice English Brown Ale.

Per Label: "USDA Organic"

Per PO website: Chocolate and Munich malts, New Zealand Hallertau hops.

Best Before: Sep '07 (notched)
Tasted: 05/17/07

($1.79 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of NQ3X
4.26/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased in bottle. Drinking it now, and enjoying myself immensely. It's good to see that organic beer is just as good as any other.

A - The color is dead on for the style. Brilliant clarity. Nice head, long-lasting lace of foam in the glass.

S - Aroma dominated by floral hops. Slight but complex malt aromas.

T - Flavor quite well balanced, with solid malt ably countered by a firm hops bitterness, finished by slight chocolate roastiness and nuttiness, combined with herbal, floral hops.

M - Moderate carbonation does not mask hops. Full mouthfeel is pleasant, but does not overwhelm.

D - Very "moreish". It's easy to finish one and pour another.

I liked this beer very much! It isn't the most complex nut brown ale out there, but a solidly-executed example of the style. Recommended.

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Photo of Ron_House
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What an extremely accurate name. Its nutty, but the aftertaste is a bit sweet, almost like a hint of honey, making it a perfect complement for some fiery wings or even some of the sweeter flavors of wings available at some pubs. Carbonation is a bit higher than average, but its pretty well balanced with the taste. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, before I even finished my first bottle I was thinking about picking up another.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, with best before dating notched onto the label, this one pours typical light brown, with some reddish hues, clear and supporting a thick tan head, that leaves behind thick, scattered lacing. Nose is of nutty malts. This is another tasty creation from Shipyard, brewed under contract, with the Peak Organic label upon it. Nutty, malty and flavorful, with notes of vanilla, honey, cashews, caramel and malty goodness. Subtle, drying hops late finish off this classy sessioner. Well worth a try and recommended highly.

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Photo of kenito799
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20 oz pour at Ulysses, NYC.

Medium brown with tan head, leaves some lace. Aroma is maltiness with definite woody notes.

The flavor here is a roasty toasty smoky woody brew, even the malt had a maple sugar sweetness to it. Drinking a forest here! Malt and some mild hoppy bitterness in good balance. Very enjoyable and drinkable, interesting to the end, a complex interplay of different woody and smoky aspects.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sampling a 12 oz bottle at room temp poured into an english pint. The beer pours a clear mahogany with deep ruby highlights. A soft fluffy eggshell white head foams up easily to a 2 inch pillow on the surface. The head recedes gradually and remains a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is rich and malty with some chocolate and a bit of roasted notes, with almond mixed in. Quite appealing.
First sip reveals an average body with silky smooth texture, very fine and spacious carbonation. Does build in tingle after a swish across my palate.
Flavor starts of fairly sweet with brown sugar and caramel, allows just a bit of roast in the middle and finishes with an unexpected herbal hop finish. pretty tasty stuff. A nice englishy version of the brew. maybe the organics make it come together so nice. Definitely worth a shot if you like the style.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.11/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy translucent brown/copper with nearly an inch of off-white head. Smells nutty and fruity. Tastes nutty and fruity at first, with a pleasant roasty coffee and chocolate quality emerging toward the finish. A slight astringency toward the finish too. Very drinkable - one sip definitely invites another. Medium creamy body with a decent amount of carbonation. Wow, what a good brown ale. A new favorite for the style!

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Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light chestnut brown liquid, pretty clear, with a full inch high head of irregularly dimpled foam that remains long.

Far-reaching aroma of toasted malt and cocoa, some grainy brown sugar and grassy hops.

Flavor is immediately malty, dark but not roasted. Hints of cocoa and toffee, grassy hops and slight metallic thing in the background. A sharper hop bitter lingers.

Rich and full mouthfeel, pretty creamy, but bubbles tingle as it rolls over the back of the tongue.

Very tasty, very drinkable. Lots of flavor and pretty complex without getting extreme in any respect and without trying to knock anyone down with malt or hops or alcohol.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Cloudy brown hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to an even cap. Large bubbles form along the glass.

The aroma is very light, with a little bit of brown sugar and a bit of toastiness.

The flavor has a distinct flavor of peanut, maybe more of a roasted peanut, or walnut. This is mixed with a little bit of brown sugar. An overall creaminess is in the background, coupled with a very smooth feel. Full bodied.

A very good brown ale in my opinion, very classic. Recommended.

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of lightly off-white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head fades away at a moderate pace and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - Brown, caramel malt aromas with a little bit of toffee and spicy hops in the background.

T - Toasted malt up front with some toffee. More dark malt in the middle as caramel creeps in with a hint of bittersweet cocolate. The beer finishes out with more caramel and toffee as well as light, spicy hops and light bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A perfectly decent brown ale, I have no objections and can't really come up with any suggestions to improve the beer. It is kind of a hard style to review, but this has as much depth as any other brown ale that I have had with multiple shades of brown malt and just enough hops to keep it balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of Doppelmax
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown with a decent tan head that retained well.
The malt aroma was quite prevalent and very pleasant. Light hop smell as expected.
Good balance with malt predominating again as I expected it would.
Quite carbonated and a bit light for my tastes.
I could drink several in a sitting and go away happy. I'll buy more but I like the Peak pale ale a bit more.

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Low lace on the glass, but the head is long-lasting and rocky. The color is ruby, rusty brown and clear.

A very attractive aroma of hazelnuts and slightly cocoa.

This is a highly hopped brown ale which is particularly notable after the swallow. The start is quite dry (and not at all bitter). The body is thinner than I expected. The carbonation is slightly high for this.

This is an easy beer to consume--great for a flight.

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Photo of Durge
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown color with slightly yellowed edges with a decent egg shell colored head and speckled lacing. The aroma is a malty, nutty vanilla and thick brown bread. Much stronger than expected and pretty good. The taste offers thin charcoal molasses with raisin brown bread and pear. I pick up some sour fruit as well. It’s on the acqueous side, light to medium bodied with very fine carbonation. This is a somewhat gutsy brown ale while being plenty drinkable. I’ve grown a bit weary of this style as a general rule, but this wasn’t bad.

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Photo of Neecee513
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A: Reddish amber, minimal head and retention, no lacing.

S: Coffee, raisins, and caramel.

T: Caramel notes, roasty malt backbone.

M: Smooth, light body and low carbonation, clean finish.

D: I enjoyed this brown ale, the sweet smell. Mild, could have several in a row.

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Photo of eljefe21
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby red brown color. See-through thickness. Billowy two-finger head drops to a thin layer of fluffy whiteness. Tons of thin bubbled lacing.

S: Sweet toffee nuttiness. Heady, sugary smell. Hints of vanilla and caramel.

T: Toffee, vanilla and caramel sweet center dominates the flavor. Some hints of coffee like flavors. Maybe even a sliver of a burnt smokiness, but mostly sweetness.

M: Decent carbonation lifts the sweetness off the tongue. Medium bodied base manages to hang on to sweeten the center of the tongue. A bit more carbonation than I'd prefer.

D: Easy to drink, easy to enjoy. I usually like my browns in cooler weather, but with the carbonation, this one might be good in warm weather too. A little sweeter than most browns, but in a good distinctive way.

Served: in an imperial pint glass.

Review from notes taken on: 10/11/09.

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Photo of corey0212
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice chestnut color with almost ruby-like highlights, decent sized foamy tan head dissipates slowly, leaves a few patches of lacing on the glass. Big caramel nose on this beer, some faint cocoa powder. Flavors are pretty robust, chocolatey, brown bread, faint coffee. Medium-bodied with some busy little bubbles. This is tasty, easy-to-drink, and a no-brainer at the dinner table. Good stuff!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Musky brown with a nice hefty inch of fluffy white head.

S - Smells of hazelnuts, caramel, toffee and a touch of coffee.

T - Hope forward but tastes of sweet caramel, toasted nuts and even a hint of chocolate was noticeable. Creamy.

M - Light to medium. I sipped it and enjoyed the flavor.

D - One of the more drinkable Brown ales I had. Hops were nice and flavor was natural and creamy. Overall a great brown ale that is mighty tasty.

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Photo of Andreji
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peak's NBA i'd been holding out for a few days now, i'd seen in many places but didn't really push too hard to try it until yesterday, at a local grocery store in the upper east side.

Pour is earthy, cloudy brown to amber. small tan head. moderate lacing, no other distinctive findings. curious, dusty feeling, nuts and cocoa indeed there and more than anything else. it's pleasant, fairly complex and inviting.

taste is- as many others have already said more clearly than i have- mineral-ish or earthy so to speak. sweet malt-nutty background, sort of rustic with a sense of the intrinsic impurities....i can't be any clearer really. but it's pleasant throughout not too heavy but worthy of it's descriptive features: organic and nuts.

4 across the board. good beer.

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