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

This beer poured a relatively light brown shade, a bit translucent, its head was there and then it was gone. It did not over power you with its scent but there were some nutty, burnt brown sugar notes, just not many. Taste was solid. Again, nothing overwhelming here, but some coffee and some dry bitter sweetness can be detected. Mouthfeel was on the dry side, it did not leave any lingering aftertaste either. Overall, this is a solid English Brown, and can be easily drunk.

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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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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 2$

Appearance - Clear brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel,chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste light hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some chocolate and a light smokiness. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a bit of lingering smoky bitterness.

Overall - Perhaps a little too bitter to be really sessionable, but still pretty tasty. I won't rush out to get more but I'm glad I gave it a shot.

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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 WastingFreetime
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Clear reddish brown color with a single finger of head with average retention and lacing levels.

S,T. Mostly about the sweet lightly toasted malts with a modicum of nuttiness and garnishes of herbal hopping. Nothing fancy worth writing home about, but it certainly does the trick.

M. Slightly thin for my tastes but otherwise good enough in carbonation.

Another beer from Peak that does nothing in particular special other than having been competently made and "organic."

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brown ale with slight reddish tints, and just barely translucent. The head is small, slightly off-white with moderate retention and some slight lacing.

S: Sweet and malty, and (unsurprisingly) nutty. Not an overly complex smelling beer, but nice and pleasant.

T: Grainy, with a malt sweetness which brings some toasted malts and caramel and an herbal hop finish. Overall the taste seems a little dull and watery, and the flavors, though good, are not strong enough.

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

O: A decent beer, not great. It has some good flavors that just come through as being rather muted. I wish the maltiness was more potent.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was a brown/red with a white head.

The smell was of sweet malts and nut not overly strong.

The taste was of malts and a little bit bitter.

There was a little carbonation and a smooth medium body.

Overall a decent enough beer but not very exciting.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale is a clear, sparkling copper ale with a lumpy beige head that has outstanding retention and lacing. The aroma is mostly sweet malt and caramel with a sharp grassy note. It's medium bodied and foamy with a very dry, slightly abrasive finish. There really isn't much flavor. There is a little malt that's almost sweet and a hint of bitterness at the finish. The aftertaste is nutty and chocolatey. It's not a very exciting beer, but not unpleasant at all.

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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 ExtraStout
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had it out of 12 oz. iced bottle.

Looked bronzish brown in color, basically opaque, with a bubbly head and lace.

Slight malt and soap (?) scent.

Crisp, thin, almost...watery, which is probably a sin for a beer. Not much in the way of flavor. It's just tastes too "clean" for a beer. Slight smokeyness to it and malt in the back of the mouth.

I would only drink another if all other choices were Bud or something of the same ilk.

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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 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 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 BeerKangaroo
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

In a pint glass:

A: dark brown colored body with a somewhat light fluffy looking off-white bubbly head, some light lacing surrounding the glass

S: sugar and caramel, faint hops, nuts only come through as the beer warms

T: sweet through previously mentioned flavors

M: medium, smooth, sessionable, no aftertaste, dull finish

O: decent for the style, but I actually liked this enough to probably have it again

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. There is a nice clear dark amber-brown color. There is a nice two inch foamy head that leaves a bunch of sticky lacing.

The aroma has some sweet caramel and some toffee and maybe some of that nut that was advertised. I detect a touch of fruity yeast as well.

The taste starts out with a malty front with some slight toffee and some cocoa. The finish is a bit tangy.

This is medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

I like this one. It's a solid brown ale. Peak Organic continues to win me over..

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

Appearance - decent appearance but somewhat mediocre for nut brown ale style

Smell - very moderate scents of roasted nuts

Taste - easy to drink and mild nut brown flavors. Somewhat lacking in flavor but its still present

Mouthfeel - ok

Overall - a very forgetful nut brown ale, but easy to drink and pleasant. Nothing bad to say about it..just forgetable.

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Photo of Brewblues
2.57/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Really disappointed with this beer. Had it on tap at Kinsale in Boston. Thought the appearance was pretty watery, though the mouthfeel wasn't as much so. In terms of taste, it was a pretty run of the mill nut brown: malty, caramel notes, definite nuttiness, little bit of toffee. However, the killer for me was the aftertaste. I just couldn't shake a horrible lingering of cigar/cigarette smoke in the aftertaste. Had my gf try the beer, and she didn't notice it as much. But I couldn't get past it...every sip. Pretty much ruined the beer for me. I'd probably prefer Newcastle to this...

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

Serving type: 12 oz bottle

A: Pours a rich light brown with red highlights when held to the light. Head dissipates quickly to a small layer on top that leaves plenty of lacing

S: coffee, toffee, caramel. Very light hint of hops

T: malt, caramel, toffee, roasty coffee flavor

M: Light to medium body. good carbonation. No sting

O: a good brown ale. nice, middle of the road.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Ruby brown in color, about a fingers worth of lightly tan head that settles to a nice ring and layer... Good lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted sweet malt, little coffee and just a touch of earthy hops.

T: Quick splash of sweet roasted malt then a quick shot of hoppy bitterness and then it is gone.... aftertaste is a little grassy... Strange, flavors don't last very long...

M: Lighter bodied than I was expecting from a Brown... carbonation was crisper than I was expecting also.

D: Strange brew smells and looks like a brown, the first shot is brown and then everything just shuts down. A little disappointing.

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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 SolipsismalCat
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear brown with moderate carbonation. Two finger, off-white head that diminished in less than a minute or two. The lacing was virtually non-existent.

Smell: Toasted and nutty. The aroma improved as the beer warmed.

Taste: Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Roasted and nutty with hints of coffee and spice. The finish was an average length and very nutty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body that was refreshing but not too watery. The carbonation was soft but not flat. Alcohol was not apparent.

Overall: Very refreshing and the nutty finish made me crave more. This beer has a better aroma that Newcastle Brown Ale, but I was pretty disappointed in the head.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear light chestnut color with a half inch of off white head that fades quickly and leaves little lace.

S-Roasted malt and nuts hit me first, followed up by a slight smokiness with hints of caramel.

T-Nutty, roasted malt is the big thing, with a touch of smoke. Faint notes of caramel malt and earthy hops.

M-Light bodied and very crisp with a sharp carb bite.

O-Its a solid but unspectacular beer. If I'm in the mood for a brown, there are others I'd rather have.

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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 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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Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
3.51 out of 5 based on 373 ratings.
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