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 utopiajane
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany brown with copper and orange hues. Thinner head of cream colored foam that lasted well. Clear. Nose is toasted malt and hard nutty caramel. Cool, woody hop. Breaddy, a soft dark fruit back note but nothing too prominent.

Drinks nutty , twiggy and quite hoppy because it's fresh. Best by -7/19/17. The caramel is fim and nutty but also velvety and a bit rich. The mouth feel is medium but fuller. That means the fullest medium. Right here is where we can say it's not a porter or a stout because it's not full it's just fullish. It demonstrates how persuasive caramel is in the malts. It's soft with lots of breaddy malt and there is a crisp, bigger bubble. No bite just an open feeling in the finish, an expanding. The hops are twiggy. Caramel is a secondary flavor in beer and imo if it becomes too prominent the beer seems off balance and too sweet. Also the wrong color. This one is nice and dark brown, very toasted and not sweet. Excellent. Hearty yet gentle. It is not too complex and that is the trademark of the brown ale. A bit of nutty toasty flavor on some vibrant hops.

The new guidelines differentiate the American brown ale with a bigger hops presence and abv all the way to 6.2%. In the old guidelines this would have been an English brown and the cap at 5.4%.

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Photo of illpass78
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

Appearance: Transparent brown/amber with a short cream head. Surprisingly clear and light of color.

Aroma: Sweet malt, grass, cereal grains.

Taste: Caramel, dark bread, walnuts, chocolate malt. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: Easy drinker. Malty, smooth.

Overall: Decent little number. Not overly complex, but well executed.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cask at Cask and Vine yesterday.
Somewhat hazy light brown color with a decent sized tan head. Caramel butterscotch and light earthy hops with just a touch of nuttiness. Surprised I hadn't had this before, its not too bad.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

From the bottle: "Pure ingredients, delicious beer".

Yep, twist 'n' pour. I really dislike screw-top bottles, but c'est la guerre. I employed a gentle pour because I am tired & did not feel like being heavy-handed with it. An in-glass swirl raised a finger of dense, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention. Color was Copper-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with deep-amber highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was sweet, but slightly sharp, putting me in mind of treacle/molasses. In point of fact, the breadiness of the malt, when mixed with that treacle.molasses smell, put me in mind of shoo-fly pie. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but big on the tongue. The taste was quite sweet, like treacle, milk chocolate and brown bread. Phew! It was fine for the style, but not for a self-avowed hophead such as myself. Actually, as I sat back and really considered its taste, I was put in mind of carob halvah. I only had it once, as a curious wee shaver, but it left an indelible impression on me. Finish was semi-sweet, chocolaty, slightly nutty, but just not my bag.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Kif Haines served in 6oz sample glasses.
Crisp, effervescent brown ale. German influence apparent in the bready, Munich-maltiness as well as Hallertau hops. A delicious hybrid of an English Brown and German Dunkel. Easy drinking. I'd have more.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

look; shiny ruby caramel, big head without much retention that leaves lacing
smell; a sharp, nutty malt and vague hop smell
taste; sharp sweetness, dry and dusty, malty sweet, dirty, reminiscent of a 90's tremont with more malt
feel and taste
feel; ok, mild carbonation,
overall; i've tried on three different occasions and it just doesn't taste good, their other stuff always good, it's like they roasted their garbage to see what would happen and it's almost acceptable...

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown with ruby tones when held the light. The pour produces less than 2 fingers of frothy, tan, shortlived head that leaves a slim collar ring & only a few scattered motes of lacing. Aroma is dark malt with hints of pumpernickel, toast & roasted nuts with a little sour, cherry, cocoa, earth & wood. Taste is toasted brown bread, cocoa, roast & nuts with brown sugar, floral, earth & bitter with burnt hints in the finish. Aftertaste is burnt bread, floral, bitter cocoa & caramel. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth & creamy with a prickly spice bite.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a medium brown with a light brown head.
Aroma: Burnt caramel, sweet malts.
Taste: Definitely tastes "nutty".
Feel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.
Overall: Good, not great.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber-lighter brown color with a brown tinted head of one finger height. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a molasses and brown sugar smell mixed with a nice roasty bread and toasted nut smell. With a little bit of a light fruit smell working its way in as well, one is left with an overall very pleasant and sweet smell.

Taste- The taste begins with a caramel and molasses taste with a little bit of a roasted malt upfront. As the taste advances the sweet fades a little bit, but is replaced by more and more roast, with some toasted nut flavors joining the taste as well. The loss of the sweet and increase in the roast and toasted nut brings a little bit of a bitterness to the taste, and with some light grassy and herbal hop also joining the tongue at the end, one is left with a somewhat more bitter and slightly roasty and sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner side while the carbonation that is rather average. A little thicker of a body may have been slightly better for the roasted and sweet flavors of the brew, but even with that said, the feel was rather decent overall.

Overall – An alright roasty, somewhat bitter, and slightly nutty brew overall with a bit of sweetness which fades toward the end. While fairly easy drinking, it is not anything to call home about. Overall a good brew to try, but nothing to anticipate anything great from.

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Photo of youngs11
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into chilled glass mug.

A: Dark copper, translucent with visible carbonation. Thin, off-white cap with swiss cheese holes that dissipates to ring. Nice lacing on glass all the way down.

N: Not much happening in the nose until the beer warms up quite a bit. Faint caramel/honey malt component, dried fruit, subtle hop note

T: front end is quite sweet, followed by mild bitterness at the end that is once again overcome by malty sweetness into the aftertaste. Aftertaste of sunflower seed, caramelized malts, whole-wheat bread, black tea (not for bitterness but the earthy component)--finish on the palate is long and lasting, very nice.

MF: a little prickly from carbonation, surprisingly light bodied--medium at most. more poundable than other browns

O: True to style, this is a malt forward offering. It is not as heavy as other browns that I have had, which I consider a plus. Don't let the subdued aroma fool you, There is a lot to offer on the palate. A solid choice for the style. Try it.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger of head on a clear brown body.
The aroma is dry hay, barnyard and grain.
The taste at first nutty, toasted malt, then finishes with a sharper bitterness.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
The taste finishes weird and the texture was too thin.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with thin tan head, color is excellent. Smell is mild malt and slightly nutty. Taste is also a bit underwhelming with a sweetness that quickly fades to a clean nut finish. Only real nit is it seems a bit overcarbonated. Otherwise very drinkable in quantity!

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Photo of Brenden
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brown ale is actually more of an orange-red-brown and completely clear. The head is a bubbly tan one that rises to one finger for a brief time, falling quickly and leaving just some foam at the edges that drop a bit of spotting.
It starts dry and enforces it with toast even as some caramel comes in. Toast is the main element, with a bit of nut, a fruity note, and more dryness as it goes and some leafy and herbal hops bitterness comes out. Nut comes out most strongly in the late part of the finish with herb.
It's crisp all the way and moderately smooth in a dry medium body. It thins a little into the finish.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best Enjoyed Before July 2014

A: Pours a mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: A nice, nutty maltiness is the stand out, with a hint of sweetness and some caramel

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a good dose of maltiness, which provides some caramel, chocolate, and nutty notes. Lightly sweet. Finishes with a hint of bitterness and house yeast

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: An easy-drinking English brown with a nice signature nuttiness. Good for a small session

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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 Bowdoinbeerboy
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours with almost no head. The beer itself is a very deep, dark red color.

The nose is buttery and sweet. You can certainly tell that this is contract brewed by Shipyard.

The beer itself is surprisingly bitter, this bitterness lingers quite a long time on the tongue and is accompanied with an unpleasant astringent taste. It almost seems like there is some burned flavors here, not particularly tasty.

This is not a beer I would ever purchase again.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice amber color and it smelled really good. I had high hopes for the beer. The beer had a nice bready smell however the taste was just not there. Watery weak coffee hit. Lacing was good but that's about all the good I can give it. No nut did I get!. I will not buy this beer again.

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Photo of dtivp
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear reddish brown with a one finger dull white head that fades slowly into a thin cap with moderate lacing.

Aroma is weak with slight hints of caramel and light malt.

Taste starts with a slight hop bitterness, then balances with a slight caramel nutty flavor and light malt.

Mouth Feel is light body with moderate carbonation, thin with a crisp ending.

Overall this is an average beer that taste OK, with nothing that really stands out to make me want to buy it again.

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Photo of alepsycho
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My favorite out of the 12 pack sampler that I purchased. I always saw Peak Organic on the shelf but was never inclined to throw it in the shopping cart. With my budget a little tighter now than years past, I tend to search out reasonably priced twelve packs instead of pricey six packs. Peak Organic is a great tasting beer at a reasonable price. I would definitely purchase again although I just snagged the Magic Hat Summer Scene sampler for a little variety.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, one of the selections in a mixed 12-pack currently available north of 49, in Alberta, at least. I'm becoming increasingly suspicious of American craft offerings that give no shrift whatsoever to marketing descriptions on their labels. Odd, and strangely hypocritical, yes, but true all the same.

This beer pours a clear, dark brickish amber colour, with two fingers of bubbly, tightly foamy pale beige head, which leaves a few tiny specks of islet lace around the glass as it hastily sinks away.

It smells of caramelized bready malt, a thin generic nuttiness, very vague and misdirected cocoa notes, and weirdly herbal, earthy hops. The taste is mildly toasted bready malt, middling, but still prominent caramel notes, stale mixed nuts, a bit of bland store-brand tea, and staid herbal, dead grassy hops.

The bubbles are a bit peppy at first, but die down quite soon, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth in a rather unobstructed manner. It finishes off-dry, with just the malt - so ineffectual (thank you, Mr. Graffin from the mp3 list), and the hops hardly capable of taking any sort of due advantage.

Another offering from this brewer that implies lazy shortcuts and a dumbed down target audience. The nuttiness of the title is just too understated, and the whole affair is altogether restrained, too afraid of putting it all out there for the world to see, becoming nothing more than a mote in the proverbial dust in the wind.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap at the Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

These organic beers just mostly don't cut it for me.

Pours a light, clear brown, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

It honestly smells like nothing. Maybe a little bit of sweetness.

Tastes include some mild bitterness, a little bit of caramel and toasted bread, and water. Just really, really weak, very watery brown ale.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, drinkable due to the complete lack of flavor.

Just weak, pass on this one.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very clear reddish-brown color. A half-inch of creamy tan head settles into only a thin slip. A thin blanket of lacing coats the entire glass.

S: Thin caramel, tea-like hops, hint of lemon peel, touch of cocoa, vaguely fruity, lightly buttery. Not particularly aromatic or memorable.

T: Thin tastes of toffee, molasses, and caramel. Strong hit of herbal and tea-like hops. Buttery ringwood taste. Hints of cocoa barely pull through. Perhaps a light kiss of smoke. Slight toasted bread crust. Rising hop bitterness. Finishes with toast and crust and a gritty, earthy hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: I haven't had this beer in years, but this is not at all what I remember. It's oddly hoppy and bitter, with what tastes like a strong noble hop presence. This hop presence is at odds with the buttery house ringwood taste. But the biggest problem is that it's desperately in need of a beefed-up malt bill. There just isn't enough backbone to hold everything together.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best enjoyed before April 2013.

A: Pours a clear copper with a 1 finger. Head sticks around for a minute before dissipating to a thin film. Leaves a little lacing on the glass.

S: Similar smell as the other Peak Organics in this mix pack. It is a soapy bittering hop

T: Good nutty taste with a backing of crisp hops. Has a sweetness to it as well as carmel. Could drink a few of these in a row.

M: Light body with a decent amount of carbonation. Pretty crisp finish.

Overall this a tasty one and probably my favorite in the mix pack I got. Could use some more body but it is one you can sip on all afternoon.

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Photo of muffiewolf
2.06/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a poor example of Nut Brown Ale. It is watery, flat and has no body. It is very similar to Trout River Scottish Ale which is the worst dish water (not worthy of being called a beer) known to man. At $10.00 @ six pack, I can think of a whole bunch of better ways to use 10 bucks. The take away here is that there is a lot of room to start a micro brewery because this sucks!. This is lousy and there are better ways to make a quality beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Magic Hat #9 pint glass. Notches on label indicate best enjoyed before February '13.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the glass's edge and a solid, thick sheet of surface foam. I like that the head sticks around throughout almost the entire drink.

S- Light toasty aroma with a (surprise surprise) nutty quality. Mostly hazelnut and pecan. Also a bit of milk chocolate sweetness and a tinge of hops.

T- Toasty malt hits the palate smoothly with some hop bitterness and a bit of alcohol in the finish. Has a slight glassy taste as well. Pretty standard brown ale flavor profile. Not as much nuts as in the aroma.

M- Kind of tight with medium carbonation and a body that's pretty middle-of-the-road for the style.

O- I think the only drawback to this beer is that there's nothing overly exciting or impressive about it. That being said, it's a decent session ale and one of the better organic offerings I've had.

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