Winter IPA | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Winter IPAWinter IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States
peakbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Winter IPA is a hazy, hop-bursted New England Style IPA, brewed to brighten things up a bit as the colder weather sets in. Infused with a juicy blend of Calypso, Azacca, Simcoe, and Citra hops.

Added by The_Beer_Guru on 11-11-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,339
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
20
pDev:
6.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of florisj135
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid IPA with low bitterness and nice juicy citrus and tropical fruit notes. So...leaning NEIPA. But it's not all that hazy and the mouthfeel could be a lot softer. So...not really NEIPA especially considering it's stated to be so in the description. Tasty beer regardless.

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Photo of Hardball13
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy yellow color without 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Moderate fruity and tropical notes up front. Some citrus and light pine in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Mostly tropical fruit and citrus with hints of pine. Moderately bitter. Finishes with lingering tropical fruit notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid IPA with great drinkability. Definitely leaning towards NE style. Nice

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Photo of HoistinBrews
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Czequershuus
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pour a fairly clear gold with a small head. The aroma is gorgeous and tropical, with guava, mango, pineapple, papaya, and pink grapefruit. The flavor is soft, with guava, mango, pineapple, orange peel, grapefruit flesh, and a moderate amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is fairly full with bold carbonation. Overall this is a really tasty beer - the appearance is off for the style but the beer is excellent, so I am not complaining.

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Photo of JeffKowalek
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johncnh
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisG523
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmcder03
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stignacious
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AD17
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of timmy2b
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ichorNet
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Peak has been changing up their lineup recently, and to my taste, it's gotten worse. When they introduced Hop Harvest Octoberfest, The Juice, etc., they really started shaping up to be one of the most overlooked New England breweries... in fact, I had underestimated them for quite a while and even came close to writing them off due to a couple of their limited-release bomber beers I had that I didn't care for. Removing HHO and changing it to a rather-boring IPA and then going further and changing their cool, unique Citra-hopped dark wheat ale Winter Session out for a "Winter IPA" in the bandwagon-y NEIPA style made me confused. However, I try to always keep an open mind, and got a single of this. Before I begin, I must mention that this can is dated 10/12/17, making it close to two months old. We just recently got this in our distro area (Northeastern MA), which is almost unforgivable. Anyway.

Pours a beautiful golden color with a medium-hazy body and awesome head retention for almost five minutes. The lace this leaves behind is great too; sticky and amorphous with excellent legs. The surface is pretty obscure as well and there's quite a bit of particulate matter floating around in there too. Great appearance... a solid start!

The nose consists of strong sniffs of pine needle, peach, pear, honeydew melon, grapefruit and pithy orange. Very unique notes coming from the combination of Azacca with Citra/Simcoe. This also utilizes Calypso hops, which are, in a way, similar to Azacca with a "pear-like" and orchard fruit-forward element. I really like the way this hop combo smells in this recipe... it almost has a comforting "Wintry" spice aspect to it without any actual spice. The way the apple, pear and pine resin combine feels unique, which I really appreciate. Slight crackery malt and lightly-buttered biscuity notes come out here as well.

On the tongue, this at first seems to pop with peppery spice, pear and an almost "apple pie" like flavor that feels apropos of the season. I almost get a funky "saison-like" yeast note here, but it's rather neutered toward the finish. The unfortunate thing here is that, despite a slight kick of bitterness, this drinks kind of anonymously after the initial flavor piques my interest. I assume oats and/or wheat are used here to lend smoothness to the body, but they seem to contribute to a full body that doesn't go much of anywhere. I want this to be a bit brighter and more complex on the palate, overall, but it's pretty good. Maybe it would be better fresh?

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Photo of Tarheel219
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of deniro
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of openmind
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Peak is really making great beers these days. No need to wait in line for 3 hours at the "hip" brewery - just go to the store and get this beer.

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Photo of elzuke
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Winter IPA from Peak Organic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 20 ratings