Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Nut Brown AlePeak Organic Nut Brown Ale

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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 metter98
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down but left a bit of lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of nuts and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and also has
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very sessionable and goes down very easily. I would have no problem having a few of these in one sitting.

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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 brentk56
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a rocky head that retains reasonably well and sends a few shards of lace to climb the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Whole wheat bread with hints of caramel and diacetyl

Taste: Starts out rather toasty with a nice nuttiness that starts to sour by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sour flavors linger into the otherwise bready finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Kind of a cross between an amber and a brown ale; just OK

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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 chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with small tan head that leaves good lacing. Looks on the more watery and less dark side of the color variants for this style.

A fine nut brown, with plenty of nutty malt flavor. Hops are clearly present but this is a more malty beer featuring medium roasted malt. Fine malty finish and aftertaste, again with a significant but mild hop presence.

Medium body. Excellent carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 5/22/09 at Triple P Sports Bar in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, nuts, maple, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of honey, maple, caramel and nuts. Then there's a mild hops presence that comes in along with an odd bite to it. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are several other beers in the style that I would drink first.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, medium brown body with a small-sized cap of off-white foam. Thin spiderweb lacing on the way down.

Smell: Nose smelling modestly of toasted nuts, cocoa, and some standard caramel. Lesser, lighter notes of fruit, spicy hops, and even diacetyl.

Taste: Malty beginning with touches of dry caramel and chocolate powder and, of course, some palpable nutty tones as well. Smattering of buttery diacetly. Flash of estery fruitiness. Spicy, earthy hops with a medium amount of bitterness. Dry, bitterish finish, though it still remains nutty even at the end.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a bad lil' brown, really, and one I could cheerfully consume a lot of.

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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 mikesgroove
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

brown in color with a huge tan head Seriously this had to have looked better then damn near anything else I have run across recently Aroma is dark fruits, lots of sweet brown sugary notes, hints of clove and light earthy hops, all mixing together nearly perfectly at this point in time. Nice smooth, even carbonation and feel here now as well, really well placed I have to admit. Rich warm flavor here, nice mix of pear, light spice, hints at brown sugar and a nice even caramel flavored dry finish.

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Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown twist off bottle with a freshness date.

A- Nice rocky head that settles down to a sticky lace. Deep mahogany brown color ... good clarity.

S- Nutty toasted malt, slight burnt sugar and a faint fruitiness.

T&M- Smooth and crisp with a moderate body. Dark malt flavors of brown bread and chicory, mild hoppiness hint of fruitiness ... slight raisiny flavor. Nutty toasted grain, hint of dark sugar sweetness as well. Finishes semi-sweet.

D- An all around good brown ale, tasty enough to go back to again ... but I don't really care about the whole organic thing when it comes to beer. Malt, water, hops, yeast ... simple as that.

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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 WVbeergeek
2.61/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appears more of deep amber than an actual brown color. Head billows with chunk cream colored lacing, left clinging to the sides of my imperial pint after each sip. Aroma has some cereal grain sweetness roasted malts are evident, with a hint of toasted nuts hanging around. No real hop accents just a hint of underlying earthiness coming through. Flavors are light restrained, some caramel malt/darker earthiness with cereal grains and a but of husk character. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation levels, the Peak Organic brews as a whole have confused me. Twist off bottles, certified organic decent beer overall just nothing awe inspiring that's never been done before. There's no point in drinking this except if you really want organic, even though the hops probably aren't actually organic.

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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 tdm168
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a light to moderate brown with a half of an inch of dense, foamy, brownish head that has decent retention

S - faint caramel; very little nose at all

T - caramel, nutty, faint coffee; all flavors are fleeting, they hit the palate but then dry out quickly

M - smooth, dry, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a decent beer, but it's a bit dry which effects the flavor and the drinkability. For those getting into the style or are new to craft beer, this would be a good offering.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear dark brown with a tan-nish head. Nose isn't as robust as I would love for it to be, but there are still tones of nuts there. Flavor is very earthy with a massive robust and consistent flavor profile. Great body to it. Never falls off at all. Feel has a full and slightly biting carbonation to it. Liquid is fairly thick and bodied. Overall a very drinkable beer. Easily sessionable and something I would hunt down on tap and definitely if it were on cask.

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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 jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by March '08:

Pours rubyish brown with an ample foamy head that slowly descends.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with some nuttiness.

The taste is of caramel/toffee and nuts with an earthy balance. Finishes with a balanced sweetness.

It's on the thin side of medium-bodied.

It's a decent, tasty, easy-drinking brown ale.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a dark auburn-brown coloring, vibrant and crisp, with no head. Aromas are rich and bready, with strong caramel, nut, and molasses characteristics. Very inviting nose. Flavors are roasty, with nut and toffee profiles, and a hint of dark roast coffee. The body is very light and crisp, with a hazelnut flavor creeping in. Good, clean, crisp finish. Very easy to drink, and very tasty.

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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 Gavage
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear light brown in color with a short 1/2" head that falls apart quickly. Some spots of lace paint the glass during the session.

Smell: very mild caramel and nut tones are hard to detect without sticking the nose just above the surface of the beer.

Taste: caramel, mild nuttiness, unripe grapes, and a touch of earthiness is matched with some moderate bitterness. Flavor profile is nice but a bit weak and too dry overall.

Mouthfeel: smooth and dry from start to finish. Very short-lived aftertaste as the dryness stays in the mouth for a bit. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: a definite session ale but a bit too dry to have several of these.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jwc215 for this brew.

Best by March 08

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice small one-finger creamy tan head, some nice small islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slightly bitter, with some caramel. The taste is malty, bitter, slight roastyness, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, better than I expected.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle at EuroMarket along with all my weird Eastern European beers. There was a big nutty cocoa aroma and flavor. Sort of a session-strength dessert beer. I like it. There's malty caramel in the background with just a hint of citrus hops that carry through the finish. The body is a little light and oddly acidic, but it's nearly full enough without approaching heavy. You could certainly enjoy a few bottles after dinner.

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

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful pale and crystal malt scent that is sweet and malty with a nice English yeast fruitiness. The taste is decent. It has a solid malt base with a nice nutty flavor. It also has quite a bitter finish, that is a bit out of character for this style. It goes down easy and finishes a bit dry with some malty notes. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's a bit out of style, but not a bad session beer. One of the better organic beers I've had.

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Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a light toasted grain aroma with hints of cocoa. There was a good grassy hop aroma as well.

The taste consisted of a subtle toasted grain, with coffee and nutty elements as well. A slightly fruity hop finished the flavor.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness and clean.

Overall a tasty brown ale. The flavor profile was a bit light however.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium amber-brown hue with a thick finger of frothy tan foam atop. Head didn't have much retention or lacing qualities. Decent.

Smell: caramelly, nutty aroma. This bad boy is all-malt; no hops to speak of. Sweet, but not overly so; it's a pretty well balanced brown ale in my opinion.

Taste: sweet and caramelly with a little hint of biscuit. There's also a tiny hint of smokiness which I really like. Kind of an interesting character; it seems pretty true to the style. Not a bad brown ale at all.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and an OK creaminess. Not the best, but not bad.

Overall: actually a pretty tasty and successful nut brown ale. I'd have this again.

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