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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 speter
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Translucent light brown with a fluffy off-white head of pearly bubbles; minimal, but nice lacing.

S: Lightly roasted malt with overtones of caramel, brown sugar, and honey. Slightly muted.

T: Quite light, and shockingly lager-like, with a fairly strong bitterness. The lightness is perfectly in line with English nut brown, but the ale-like qualities I find lacking here.

M: I'm puzzled here. It's a nice mouthfeel for a lager, but a bit too bracing for a session ale.

O: I want to like this, but it just misses the mark. If you blindfolded me and told me this was an American amber craft lager, I wouldn't doubt you at all.

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Photo of cbutova
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark red/brown with a small off-white head. Retention is minimal. Small ring leaves no lacing.

S- Dark fruit and nutty caramel malt, not much going on, not very rich. Cardboard/a bit oxidized.

T- Follows the nose. Not all that flavorful or rich like many Brown Ales. Nutty oxidized caramel malt with a decent dark fruit hint.

MF- Fairly light body with high carbonation and a somewhat fizzy feel. Not amazingly suitable.

DB- One of the lightest Brown Ales I can think of. The flavor feels a bit diluted or something.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.61/5  rDev -25.4%
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 Jadjunk
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#94. The final of a trio of beers by Peak Organic that I found at a local Kroger.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a two finger depth frothy head with an above average head retention which was pleasing. Sadly, there is little lacing action. Color is an opaque medium brown, very clear with plenty of varied carbonation. Looks quite appealing. 4

(Smell) Light roasted caramel malts, toasty sugars, earthy hops and some nutty aromas make up the nose of this beer. There's a medium potency here; it could afford to be far more intense. Smell is creamy and slightly sweet. 3.5

(Taste) Interestingly more bitter than I had anticipated. The lightly roasted nut flavors are up front more than anything else, and thinner caramel flavors are present, but not enough to offset this beer's bitter qualities. Taste is not far from some boiled peanuts; it's interesting. Hops are also distributed evenly throughout the beer, but don't manage to overshadow any other qualities. The beer is more intense than I had predicted. It's enjoyable but a slow drinker as the bitterness slows me down significantly. It's good to have this warm to the 50s and let some of those roasted flavors permeate the taste. I'm not sure if the bitter was overdone in this beer or not; it could have been held some but I don't mind and appreciate the originality. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Quite a creamy and frothy texture to this beer. Body is medium and the alcohol is pretty well concealed; the bitterness does a good job at masking any alarming alcohol flavors this might give off. Finish is thick and sticky bitter with an average dryness. 3.5

(Drinkability) I wouldn't mind a second or perhaps third of these beers. The most alarming factor is the bitterness which can become mawkish over time, slowing down my drinking and waning my interest. The flavors are positively complex enough without being too strong. Alcohol is incredibly fair. Mouthfeel and taste are decent and appearance was good as well. This is worthy of a second round. 3.5

Verdict: I'm not incredibly knowledgeable about brown ales (yet) but this one is acceptable on several levels. The taste is lightly roasted with flavor. The mouthfeel sticky & dry. The appearance was also pretty good. This beer did a pretty good job at impressing me. It's a worthy drink, especially in the limited range of the organic beer department. B (3.6)

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Photo of Neecee513
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
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 DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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 Avagadro
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: this brew is brown, as the label suggests, with a resilient white head, and some pretty decent lacing.

S: the bouquet is a bit shy, but hints of caramel, hops, and coffee prevail.

T: flavor is dry, accented by toast, hops, and a touch of coffee.

M: light body with a good amount of fizz.

D: a decent beer overall, but the hop flavor is a tad high for the style. It seems as though there was an unnecessary hop addition around the middle of the boil that gave this way too much emphasis on the hop flavor. Overall, not bad, but the recipe needs tweaking.

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Photo of PubliusII
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Red, brown appearance with one finger head.

Smell- A heavy smell of honey, malt, and alcohol.

Taste- Has a very complex tastes that evolves as it crosses the palate. Starts off with bitterness of an ale with a sour alcoholic flavor, then morphs into a roasted nutty taste as it reaches the back of the mouth. I detect hints of coconut and chestnut of all things.

Mouthfeel- Heavy body with heavy carbonation. Has a crisp finish.

Drinkability- Great brew! Has a complex, evolving taste that makes the nuttiness of the beer a subtle flavor to search for rather than one that smacks you in the mouth. I would buy a few of these.

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Photo of jimbutlermusic
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the Peak Organic Sampler 12 pk. $12.99 in Keene, New Hampshire, poured into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Tiny Bubbles, Medium Reddish Brown, very small amount of foam, but remnants of the foam sticks to the side of the glass.

S: There wasn't a lot of aroma, maybe a little bit of caramel.

T: Very Good. A nice clean balance of flavors. A mixture of nuts and a little chocolate.

M: Tingles on the tongue.

D: Very..I really enjoyed this beer. I could see having a few of these and not feeling too full. Goes down very smooth, no real aftertaste.

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Photo of ryantaussig
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Unusually light for a brown ale. Color is close to almond. Great and long lasting head. Lacing was relatively low.

S: Pretty standard. Some nuttiness and butteriness with plenty of sweet malt.

T: Not the overload of malt than I usually associate with the style. Still very standard. On the drier side with that bit of nuttiness to it. No hop bitterness at all. Slight essence of alcohol esters in there though, which is normal, but not usually in so-called "Nut Browns." Adds a bit of character, but I'd rather not have it in a Nut Brown. Still pretty good overall.

M: Much too thin for the style. Appropriate carbonation though.

O: Very non-offensive. Plus side of the thin mouth feel is that it isn't a meal in a bottle.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

A: Pours a rich yet translucent amber color that alludes to the depth of the brew. Very little amount creamy head is produced when poured out of the bottle (perhaps not my best pour)

S: A very deep and rich scent of smoked nuts and perhaps a slight hint of maple syrup?

T: Very nice representation of the nut brown style. Doesn't have the overly strong nutty or even smoked flavors that some nut brown brews produce.

M: Really not much to comment on here, slight tongue tingle but really not much else

D: A nice drinking brew that goes down smooth

Overall I enjoyed this brew and thought it a great representation of the nut brown style. It warms the body from the first sight of the color after it is poured to the last drop gliding across the tongue.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown color with a small off-white head that leaves a ring of lace and a bit of foam.

Smell: Buttery sweetness, caramel, and strong nut.

Taste: Begins with nutty flavors and a bit of toasty bitterness, finishing with buttery sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fairly sharp carbonation and a sticky finish that also has slight dryness.

Drinkability: A nice beer- nothing outstanding, but very solid. Tasty and highly sessionable.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark red orang color; thin head; lacing spotty
S: slightly sweet smell, mainly of the hops
T: starts off with a watery flavor, but soon expands into a classic brown ale flavor with overtones of horehound; tapers into a slightly metallic taste (I find common in this style)
M: rather average
D: inviting for repeats

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale...in a bottle....at GustOrganics in NYC...

Appearance-luscious brown color, out of the bottle into pint glass releases a small white to tan head, head disappears quickly, ok carbonation.

Smell-sweet grain, coffee notes,, toasted bready notes.

Taste/Mouthfeel- as the name suggests a lot of nuttiness mixed in with normal sweet bread notes, nice residual sweetness, malty on the back end, very smooth.

Drinkability- Smooth, balanced, drinkable.

Overall-Ignoring the politics, this is well done. Another keeper, not outstanding but holds up to other versions of the style. I find the flavor similar to Troegs Nut Brown Ale, a nice beer to be similar too.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, 12 oz. bottle. This beer treads a very fine line between amber and brown in my opinion, especially when held up to the light When you do so it has nothing to hide with excellent clarity. In the initial pour there is a light off-white creamy colored head that slowly fades throughout the session, small amounts of lace slowly tread and trickle back to the liquid after each sip. The smell is good, like most in this style it's well malted, slight hints of toffee, hops make themselves known but don't exactly jump out at you, some slight herbal tea aromas as well. Tastes better than it smells. Again well malted possibly some chocolate malts here. I think there are certainly some blended malts here, both roasted and smoked, possibly peat but as strong as it tends to be. Like English Browns the malts outweigh the hops but hops are present and provide a good combination of all the flavors, burps up nice too. The mouthfeel is good, slightly lighter than I expected, but still good. I find some of this style to be a little buttery at times but this one is mostly clean, well certainly finishes that way. Drinkablility is good.

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Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted malts with mild amounts of heavier roasted malt aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muted toasted malt flavors up front are joined quickly by mild amounts of nutty flavors. Midway through the sip hints of darker roasted malt flavors make an appearance and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this is an easy-drinking brown but it's just not robust enough to make it above average.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a 12-bottle sampler pack, $14.49 at the Lebanon Co-op grocery. Twist-off cap, label notched as best by November 2010. Poured cold into a chilled pint glass.

A: Brown brew generates a 1/2" tan head that settles quickly to a thin layer.

S/T: Malty, semi-sweet brown sugar, bit of porter-like smoke. Taste has a bitter smoke and hop finish.

M/D: Medium body, appropriate carbonation, dry finish. Fairly drinkable. Pretty unremarkable, nothing great. Not much to say about it. A bit of a let-down compared to other Peak brews I've had.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just my second Organic beer and must say both were pretty good.

Appearance- Superior head that has good retention before it settles down to a sticky lace. Deep brown color with good clarity.

Smell- Coffe and mocha aroma. Malty, toasty burnt malts.

T&M- Crisp and smooth with a moderate body. Malt flavors and the taste of mollasses and mocha, and a little hint of raisens. Finishes a tad sweet.

D- I liked it but at $8.50 a 6 pack or $34.00 a case it will remain just a brew that I tried, to add another one to my reviews and to broaden my beer horizons.

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Photo of CHickman
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown in color with a 1/2 inch tan head and decent lacing.

Smells of malt, toasted grains, nut and light caramel; basic nut brown ale aroma, but not very impressive.

Tastes of roasted malt, nut, grains, smoked wood, caramel, brown sugar, light citrus hops, coffee, toast and a slight funky syrup finish that's on the dry side. Overall good taste.

Medium body, light carbonation and a very light, crisp feel overall. East to drink and a potential session beer.

One of the lightest nut brown ales I can recall, but still very tasty and highly drinkable. It's not the most exciting beer, but it was very easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of rebel1771
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark reddish brown with very little head.

S: Weak aroma of toasted bread and caramel malts.

T: Tons of roasted malt flavor and that is about it.

D: Overall it doesn't really live up to a "nut brown ale." This isn't a bad brew by any means, it just shouldn't bill itself as something it is not.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

The outdoor beer-drinking theme works for organic beers, we guess. They even use organic specialty malts and hops in this beer.

A healthy decanting draws three fingers of bubbly, off-white head; a good amount of clinging action from the lace leaves some rings on the glass. Deep, chestnut brown color displays a satisfactory clarity. Soft blanketing of toasted maltiness, followed by a caramel note in the clean aroma. Moderate body with a delicate smoothness that is quick to disap- pear. A touch grainy and wet up front, the malt base seems just a little watery, with toasted and caramel flavors throughout. Dry middle to end, with a citric, herbal hop flavor which hands off a slightly prudent bitterness. Finishes with more toasted malt, and a kiss from the hops.

Certainly passable; easy to drink and, without a doubt, an easy session beer. But there's no wow here, nothing to set it apart from other Brown Ales, besides the fact that it's organic. Pair this one with a nutty Canadian cheddar on herbed water crackers, or baste a free range chicken and root vegetables.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty clear coppery-mahogany with an average light beige head. Aroma is yeasty and malty with a hint of brown sugar. Flavor is strongly yeasty, perhaps too yeasty, with a bitter overtone and a malty undertone, OK if no great shakes. Texture is fairly smooth, a little tingly, maybe a bit on the thin side, and leaves a slightly tinny but not unpleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of Andreji
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

smell...is 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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Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is typical brown with with a dark amber color. It starts with a good white head and lacing. the aroma is slightly malty with hints of chocolate. The taste starts with a sweet maltyness and ends with a slight chocolaty maltyness. This is a very drinkable beer, I wanted more nuttyness as the name indicated. I want to try this beer on draft as their reviews seem to be much better.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish-brown color. The tall head has a light tan tint and a fluffy, foamy texture that becomes craggy as it fades. Retention is good, with attractive lacing.

S: Nutty, toasty aromas are most noticeable. Some caramel sweetness and leafy/spicy hops. Hints of cocoa and nondescript yeasty fruitiness.

T: A pleasantly toasty caramel maltiness up front. Leafy hop flavors provide a bit of bitterness. Firm nutty notes, with lesser hints of cocoa and a mineral earthiness. Some noticeable buttery diacetyl into the finish.

M: A medium-thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is light. A bit dry, with a lingering aftertaste.

D: A nice, approachable brown ale. A sessionable, easy drinker. Sometimes it's nice having a basic option like this. Brown ales are a somewhat forgotten and neglected bunch, but this is worthwhile.

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Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 368 ratings.
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