Amber Ale
Peak Organic Brewing Company

Amber AleAmber Ale
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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #860
Ranked #45,250
3.53 | pDev: 13.6%
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Amber AleAmber Ale
Notes: Our Amber Ale is designed to start bright and lively from an abundance of Crystal Malts. We establish a strong contrast between front palate and back palate by adding generous amounts of Munich Malt, which provides a distinct toasty finish.

37 IBU
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DrMullet from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium copper color with significant/persistent head.
Smell is faint. Bready with a hint of caramel.
Taste is caramel malt with mildly bitter finish.

Jul 23, 2017
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Another from the latest beer club shipment. We get this brewery in my state but I have not had this one before.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an English nonick.

a; Clear copper with a thick white head which receded to patchy surface froam and lacing.

s; Caramel malt.

t; Follows the nose, balanced with light to moderate hop bite. Sweet to bitter finish.

m; Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A good English style amber, the maltiness intensifies as it warms.

Nov 01, 2016
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mothmanscott from Georgia

2.64/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear medium amber producing 1.5 fingers of off-white, frothy, somewhat lasting, head that leaves only a little lace above the surface ring. Aroma is a lightly buttered toast with hints of roasted nuts, caramel & grass. Taste is roasted malt & burned bread, nuts, some caramel, increasingly bitter (excessive for the style) with a metallic note from mid-sip into aftertaste. No real sweet note at all. Floral/herbal hop notes & resinous hops in the bitterness profile. Finishes dry, peppery, bitter & metallic becoming bitter, metallic & quite astringent in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, moderately prickly, very dry & drawing. I'm not sure if the bottle I had was mishandled & oxidized but it was not very drinkable & in fact was unpleasant, especially the metallic taste & astringency. In the interest of fairness I will try to get my hands on another bottle but until such time I am compelled to give this one a low review rating.

Feb 16, 2015
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Sinfull from Ukraine

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, medium-sized white head. Nice hoppy aroma with bread and caramel notes. Hoppy and earthy taste with caramel notes and pleasant bitterness. Decent amber beer.

Sep 23, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head on the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of nutty and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is rather malty and has flavors of caramel and toasted malts along with some hints of associated sweetness, but just enough hops to keep things in check.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very basic malty amber ale that would pair well with food or be a good selection for someone who is just getting into craft beers.

Oct 26, 2012
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BeerKangaroo from Alaska

3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beset by October 2012:

A: light red/brown colored body that leaves a one finger white foamy head that ends up dieing within a half minute. Soft slow moving carbonation is seen rising. No lacing is seen.

S: some light nutty, caramel breadiness that lingers and ends up dieing to a bland nothing-ness within a minute (weird, but ok, just something I noticed).

T: basically the same except it maintains flavor throughout the entire beer. It leaves a dry aftertaste.

M: light to medium, I would say it is mostly drinkable, with nothing harsh on the tongue.

O: this is a decent amber that I would probably have again. Though its nothing special, probably would have it depending upon what else was served.

Sep 11, 2012
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flagmantho from Washington

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best-by date is November 2012.

Appearance: lightish brown hue with a light haze and tons of apparent effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of pillowy amber foam. Pretty nice!

Smell: light aroma which is nutty, caramelly and bready. There's a hint of yeasty character in there too, with something like a banana and nutmeg quality. Interesting.

Taste: malty flavor with a very nutty character. It's actually a little bit on the sweet side for my taste, but it's not bad. Some bitterness comes through at the end.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. This could have been guessed from its massively fizzy appearance.

Overall: this is a decent amber that I would have again. Nothing special, but solidly crafted and tasty enough.

Aug 22, 2012
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a pale amber with an inch and a half of thick, dense, off white head that has great retention

S - caramel and faint citrus

T - caramel, very faint coffee, faint citrus, faint bitterness in the finish, a bit nutty in the aftertaste

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth

This is a nice, drinkable offering. It has decent flavor and you can definitely drink a few of these. It's pretty standard for the style, but it's worth checking out.

Jun 01, 2012
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MightyMonk from New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour is deep amber not much head. It dissipates quickly with some lacing.

It has a nice aroma, fruity, some hops notes.

This beer does have a nice clean taste that I liked. It is not complex as is true to the style. notes of honey

It is a light to medium mouth feel.

Not a bad beer by any means. Would buy again on sale as it was when I purchased.

Oct 02, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy amber with a decent head. Smell was a muted hops, with definate hints of grain and even a slight caramel. Taste was a bit thin, but had a definate sugary touch to it. Hoppy dry finish with a tiny pine bite. Very drinkable. Overall this was a decent beer, I could see this being served in large numbers as it is very smooth and very drinkable

Aug 08, 2011
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greenmonstah from New Hampshire

3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice caramel amber color, crystal clear with plenty of carbonation.

S - Very plain. Some toasty malt, but that's it.

T - Crisp, with tons of toasted biscuit flavor. A bit of hop, but mostly it is a biscuit or cracker taste. Some caramel or toffee.

M - Light to medium body with a drying finish.

O - Overall an average amber ale. Nothing spectacular, but good enough to drink a few of.

Jun 26, 2011
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large head which quickly settles in a rocky fashion. Light spotty lace. The liquor is orange-amber and cloudy.

The smell starts with dry malt and is quickly balanced with an earthy hop bite.

Typical hoppy amber. Good body with a mildly sweet character. The finish is dry but not overly bitter. A very easy beer to drink.

May 21, 2011
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EkimGram from New York

3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. Dark cloudy brown colour, thick fluffy head.

Smell: Sweet, toasty, and somewhat yeasty. Slightest hint of booze.

Taste: Extremely toasty and malty. Somewhat of a sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Lots of razor-sharp bite. I love it. With the extreme amounts of roasted, toasted malt, the bite mixes in very nicely.

Drinkability / Overall: The flavours and mouthfeel of this beer are what make it interesting. Somehow the extreme bite and toastyness work amazingly with each other, I'm yet to find another brew that does it life this one.

May 06, 2011
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tempest from New York

3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Abe's. Label is notched best by May. Overall it was a nice balanced amber that I wouldn't mind drinking a few over for a session. There's a balance of juicy citrus punch and floral melon with bread crust and biscuit cookie malts. The aroma is dominated by the barley, but with a hint of diacetyl that I'm not a fan of in this case. Otherwise this is a fine, well-balanced amber ale. Go have a couple pints.

Apr 12, 2011
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TheDeuce from New York

3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Peak Organic Amber a GustOrganics in NYC...

Appearance-dark red, poured out of the bottle into a normal pint glass, two fingered tan head, lots of sticky lace cracks, bubbles settle down.

Smell-toasted burnt malt flavor, hints of sugar, alcohol fumes and bready notes, slightly fruity.

Taste/Mouthfeel- biscuit malt notes, larger bite than I was expecting, medium mouthfeel, nice spiciness on the back end, light hoppiness, ok smoothness.

Drinkability- no issues, flavors work, smooth enough.

Overall- I'm not that much into the Organic craze but this is a fine Amber Ale, hits all the right notes and gets the job done. Nice work.

Sep 10, 2010
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

The inspiring quotes on labels can get a bit too sappy, and organic beer seems to be all the rage now. It just feels like this is all market driven, though the proof is in the bottle, right? Contract-brewed by Shipyard Brewing Co., Portland, ME.

Spiderweb-like lace drops after each sip; slight chill haze from the rustic amber color. Thick, sweet malt aroma of toffee; a bit buttery on the back end. Just as smooth as it is creamy, with a solid medium body. Straight to the toasted malt with an underlying caramel tone throughout. Hop bitterness is there to tame the malt with a faint hint of tobacco. Clean all the way. Perhaps a ghost-like diacetyl in there, but nothing that gets in the way. Sweet, toasted malt keeps rolling on with a bready, biscuit flavor. Finishes semi-sweet, with a never-ending toasty graininess.

Toasty--that is for sure. This beer has some teeth; soft, but it clamps down on the taste buds. On par with the many non-organic Amber Ales out there. Try it against a sweet Italian-style turkey sausage with peppers and onions on a wheat hoagie roll.

Apr 07, 2010
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bishopdc0 from Maine

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Red amber Aroma: Malt and slight chocolate Taste: Sweet maltyness, carbonation begins and finishes with a slightly roasted chocolate aftertaste. This roasted chocolate is what sets this amber apart from others. Which I found to be pleasant. The beer also finishes with a slight bitterness.

Feb 23, 2010
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thekanna from Maryland

3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown, DC.

A: Light coppery color with a thin one finger of white head.

S: Generically clean; some faint malts and citrus.

T: A profusion of toasted rice and caramel malts that makes the taste almost biscuity, or like rice cake. Finishes slightly sweet with the faint suggestion of hops and an interesting earthiness.

M: Light on the mouthfeel, slightly under-carbonated.

D: This is a fairly drinkable brew but I could've done with less toasted malt flavor.

Feb 15, 2010
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rhenning from New York

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Hazy bronze in color with a ton of unrelenting sudsy head. Looks almost unfiltered against a backlight. Lots of sticky lacing left on the glass.

Initially fruity nose with toasty malts, yeasty banana bread and hops.

Sweet malty flavor, citrus and ripe pear fruits followed by bready yeast, lemon, bitter hops and a bit of charred wood flavor on the backend.

Mouthfeel is medium, thirst-quenching and drinkability is better than average.

An all around solid performer that I would buy again.

Feb 12, 2010
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WeezyBoPeep from Florida

3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Dark bronze with a reddish hue. Not much head to speak of.

S: Adjunct-like grainy character with a little caramel and maple trying to shine through but having difficulty.

T: Semi-sweet up front with a nutty middle highlighted by a peanut skin note. Finishes with a peachy, apple note that lingers a bit.

D: Easy going, not too much thinking involved session beer. Just don't over-smell.

Value: I cannot complain. Got a sixer for $4.99.

Jan 26, 2010
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, amber-brown body with a large, frothy, off-white head. Tiny flecks of lace left on the way down.

Smell: Pleasantly toasty nose with some additional sweet-scented hints from the malts. Light notes of harvest fruit interspersed within. Fragrant, zesty spicy hop scents as well.

Taste: Largely, you get the nicely toasty taste of Munich malt sweetened with a moderate amount of Crystal malts and a small hint of light brown sugar. Slight background fruitiness. Some buttery diacetyl as well. Hops provide a lil' zip of spiciness and earthiness and a light, balancing bitterness. Drying finish with a lingering toasty quality to it all.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This mainly malty amber pairs oh so well with a mid-day Monday episode of the Maury show. Peak Organic Amber Ale... you are NOT the Father, but you are a pretty decent beer.

Nov 24, 2009
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paulieatworld from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

just got handed this charlie at harris dist. and co-owner tim of peak organics. interesting that budweiser is distributing them here in the nc triangle. don't know if that says more about bud or peak organic.

pours a light mahogany with a thick off white head that sits til halfway down then disappears. sweet malts on the nose followed with very nice malt flavors. slight roast, followed by slight chocolate and toffee on the fade. medium to light bodied.

this is a quite versatile amber packed with a lot of decent malt flavors. pretty good effort for an organic and a solid entry into a field with many blah "organic" ambers in its way.

Aug 19, 2009
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berley31 from Canada (NB)

3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a average-sized, creamy off-white head. Body was clear and amber-colored. Powerful aroma of roasted malt, with some hints of chocolate and /or coffee as well. Creamy texture with a medium body, and lively carbonation. Quite a lot of flavor that grew on me over time and as it warmed up a bit... very malty, again with the chocolate, with an average-duration finish. A very solid amber ale that I'd gladly drink again.

Jul 06, 2009
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Durge from Connecticut

3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cold into a pint glass this brew shows off a clear amber brightness with a ridiculous, light oatmeal colored head and minor lacing. The aroma brings tangy bay leaf hop and yeast. Also a hint of brown bread and cinnamon. Interesting smell if I ever get through this giant head! Finally got to taste this stuff. It's a bit thin with very mild carbonation. The flavor is a somewhat washed out maple brown sugar with a fair bit of grassy hops tartness. Seems a touch rancid to me, a little peppery malt presence, not all that drinkable though there is no alcohol presence, it's just not sitting well with my stomach. I would pass on this in the future but it's doable if you don't mind the chemistry experiment in your innerds!

Jun 11, 2009
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NJpadreFan from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Peak Organic- Amber Ale

A- Slightly hazy copper brown with a small but thick ringed lacing head.
S- Brewed tea leaves, grainy malt, and earthy oaky dried fruitiness.
T- Sweet dried fruits, unsweetened tea, sugary caramel malt, earthy leafy hops.
M- Very malty with a dried fruitiness. Feels like a Mild Ale.

Overall- A decent offering. Worth trying.

May 20, 2009
Amber Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 132 ratings