Peak Organic Maple Oat Ale | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Maple Oat AlePeak Organic Maple Oat Ale

Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Replaced by The Maple Experience.

Added by indiapaleale on 03-16-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 85
Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear looking amber color with a foamy cream colored head on top. The smell of the beer was semi sweet with some hops on the nose as well. The taste of the beer had some sweet grains upfront along with some light maple flavors in there too. The mouthfeel of the beer was average, it was drinkable and medium bodied. Overall this beer was pretty good, I would probably drink it again some day.

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Photo of berliner07
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap. Its a really interesting, fun beer. Color is copper and a really nice head. A nice maple flavor in the nose. Not too sweet, but nice. The mouthfeel is excellent. The level of maple is perfect. Not too overwhelming, but present in every sip. Perfect amount. I'll be getting this again.

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Photo of Bung
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. Goldish orange pour, finger of off white.

Aroma, pretty subdued. Some malt, maple. Light citrus.

Taste, Some maltiness, not sure about the oat. Maple and orange citrus just don't work that well for me. Some people like the combination, I don't care for it. Finishes with some more of the maple. Reminds a bit of an older bottle of Sam Adams Boston Lager.

Lighter, well carbonated. On the thin side. Easy to drink. Not really sure what to think of this though. Worth trying at least once.

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Photo of u2carew
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.
A) Pours with a two finger head. Settles to a quarter inch head. Slight haze. Bronze-amber.
S) Grainy. Subtle maple aroma.
T) There is a mellow malt body but definitely some more prominent hop characteristics. A noticeable maple flavor. A pleasant hop bite in the finish and lingers in the aftertaste.
M) Lighter side of medium body. A slight bit dry and tannic in the finish.
O) A decent brew. Would've like to see less of hop content and more malt body. Regardless I'd drink another one.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

decent amount of malts added to this one. A nice sugary note became apparent and really helped to pull the whole thing together. hoppy which to be honest suprised me a bit as I had not expected this to be a hoppy beer. The first flavors were that of the sweet citrus hops coming through in waves of ornage and tangerine that were delicately balanced against a nice malty back that really started to show through with big cereal grains and a nice touch of caramel towards the end. The finish had a very sharp cutoff to it and was not as dry as I would have hoped.

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Photo of jondeelee
2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Maple Oat Ale smells fresh and grainy from the bottle, like wheat after a rainstorm. A soft-drink-like sugariness rests beneath the grains, providing a brown sugar and vanilla counter. Only the faintest hint of maple syrup gives away the brew's name, and that would be easily missed were the note not on the bottle.

On the tongue, the brew is darker than the nose reveals, with good cocoa and chocolate malt notes, as well as a caramelized brown sugar and vanilla mixture that translates well from the nose. Darker fruit esters (banana, lychee nut, fig) round out the sugars. The brew also bears a good nuttiness, with Brazil nuts and walnuts rising quickly to the surface. What's missing--at least in my bottle--is a hint of maple syrup, which only comes through in minimal amounts that are easily overlooked. For the most part, the sugars are too dark and bitter, or perhaps are too weak against the hops to truly shine through. One reviewer below noted that Maple Oat Ale was good on tap, but "soapy" from the bottle, and I agree, though I think the soapiness comes from the hop/dark malt combo, and not from actual soap.

Overall, this is slightly better than average fare, but lacks the sugariness and excitement that usually comes with maple syrup ales.

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Photo of mrclog
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this out of a bottle into a pint glass. It poured an amber color with very little head. The head thas was there very quicly disapeared. I got very little maple smell and even less maple flavor. All this being said it is still a good ale but not one that I would call a maple oat ale.

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

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pint glass
Thanks for my girlfriend's parents, Neil and Joyce, for treating us to this.

Cloudy, orangey-amber in appearance with a one-finger head of light tan foam. Relatively poor retention.

The aroma was very crisp and dry initially. Perhaps the dryness was a result of the flaked oats used in this brew. As the head dissipated, the aroma mellowed out and transformed considerably. Some crystal malts were noticeable. Slightly fruity. Subtle maple syrup notes were detectible as well.

The flavor profile was rather unimpressive. Crystal malts came through up front. Fruity in the center. The finish was somewhat hoppy and quite bitter. The hops were earthy and a bit citrusy. Overall, this beer seemed overly dry and devoid of flavor.

The liquid was lighter bodied with a lively, spritzy effervescence. I was hoping for a bit more heft and smoothness.

I love the fact that Peak Organic Brewing uses locally-sourced, organic ingredients, but they missed the mark on this beer.

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Photo of rudzud
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on a whim from Russell's. I usually enjoy Peak Organic so I figured this would be nice.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a light copper colour with a big two finger white head. This quickly faded to leavea thin white halo and a small white cloud.

S - Some light malt aromas. Huge maple granola on the nose. Lives up to the name though is almost cloyingly sweet.

T - Very close to the nose here. More malt sweetness and lots of maple granola type tastes. The maple is a bit cloying though now.

M - Just average here. Slightly lower carbonation makes this feel thin and watery.

O - This is a nice beer, especially when you want that maple kick. Just think its a bit too thin, and tastes a bit too cloy to really work for me.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent ruddy red orange. Head is medium, white, a little fizzy. Some spots of lace but nothing substantial.

S: Does have a maple oat nose, with a bit of piney hops, not pungent at all.

T: Very much a pale ale initially, orange and pink grapefruit with a noticable malt backbone. Just when you think where does the name show up, it squeaks in a the finish with a tasty sweet aftertaste, very granola like. I'ts pretty neat to transition between flavours as disparate as these and not have it be a mess.

M: Medium-bodied, pretty easy going, crisp and frothy, fresh, well built.

D: Peak's been impressive as of late. Certainly a unique flavour profile, just a plus that it's organic.

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Photo of dirkchivers
2.64/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Okay seriously, this sounds wicked awesome and unique. A non-roasted malt beer with oats AND maple! SOund good right? Well i was super let down.

Admittedly, the beer was served waaay too cold, but after warming up to a reasonable temperature the flavor was still pretty bland.

A. No rating as the restaurant bartender can't pour beer so well, the glass was wicked small for the price, wasn't beer clean, and the head tumbled away into nothing-ness. I cant be sure what was the fault of the bar and what was intended by the brewer. The beer was a nice red-brown, good clarity and all that.
S. Maple granola, not strong though, just peaking through. The maple is present as a side note, adding a woodsy aroma. oats are similar in that they are a faint whiff of morning oatmeal. hops are present, making this a delicate balance.
T. basically its a pale all, with a hint of woodsy maple. totally disappointed. the dryness of the beer is rather remarkable, but however it was achieved, the flavor profile was impacted
M. I was expecting the oats to add some body, buuut again this is an average pale ale.
D. just unremarkable.

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Photo of largadeer
1.9/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Maple syrup and oats are good together, so I figured this might be decent. Nope, not so much.

The beer pours a dull, hazy copper hue topped by a small receding head. It smells like bland unsweetened oatmeal served in a tin bowl. The palate is metallic above all else, though there's a bland toasted malt character beneath that. Neither maple syrup nor oatmeal make much of an appearance on my tongue. It's a rather dry beer, particularly in the finish which is both unpleasantly metallic and earthy. All told, I think I finished about 3 or 4 oz of this; it just wasn't worth drinking.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass at a new years eve party

the beer pours a clear copper color with a thin white head that dissipates rather quickly.

the beer produces smells of faint maple and oatmeal, just what i would expect from the name

the taste follows the smell somewhat, its a little like drinking a bowl of maple brown sugar oatmeal. its a little on the sweet side, there is no bitterness

it has a medium mouthfeel due to the sweetness, and is not a very drinkable beer. it is an ok beer, just not all that good

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Photo of ryantaussig
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Pretty sure it isn't retired.

A: Good color but next to no head or lacing.

S: Lots of sweet maltiness. Some maple comes though. Not so much hoppiness.

T: Good, sweet and plenty of maple. Needs more hop character.

M & D: Feel is medium with a medium finish. Drinkability is high because of low bitterness. The sweetness is very present, but mild enough that it won't burn out the palate early.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 22 fl oz. bottle. Sampled on December 26, 2010. Is this really retired? I see it all over the place. The pour is a murky copper amber with a thin head. The aroma, as advertised, brings out the maple syrup but it also has a barley oats note. The mouthfeel is thin and almost watered down unlike the description suggests. But it also very smooth and soft. The taste also brings out the maple and the grains. It ends sourly with a thin hoppiness.

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Photo of albern
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent beer, not really an oatmeal beer, but still decent. It pours a slightly reddish copper color with a smallish head, but good lacing. The beer is quite clear. The nose is a bit earthy, quite bready, with the nose of English Pale malts. There is a slight chickory rubiness in the nose that is quite nice.

There is definite maple in the taste, some very slight roasted notes, very sweet overall, a bit of butterscotch too. The beer is light bodied for the most part, fairly clean, with a touch of some cracked graininess in the finish, with a touch of hop, but not much. Overall, this is a sweet malt beer easy to drink. It seems like a decent red ale with a dollop of maple syrup about sums it up. It's not all that complex. It's an okay beer, very drinkable. I'm not getting any oat consistency or flavors, however.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

OK, I have no idea what you're talking about with "retired", but I can go to Whole Foods today and buy this in 4-paks...

I ain't gonna fight the picture power tonight...Suffice it to say I can't find it, a'ight!!!

Hated their first effort, so let's see if this is any better. Hey, I got the awesome band Points North playing, so who knows, it may inspire greatness....Pours a beautiful, clear amber. Medium carbonation. No real head to speak of, and what there is dwindles into a crispy rim of foam. Leaves decent lacing all things considered. Points North freaking rips...I love them. Anyway...Nose is weak - I get the maple only a tiny bit. More prominent are these interesting cinnamon bubblegum notes. Like Trident. This is the Ocean God beer, I guess. (groan, I know). Very crisp and fresh smelling. I like it. Not a lot, but a little, mind you chaps...and chapettes, of course...Flavor is unfortunately plain. I had hoped for more. The oat component really shines here. Really full bodied for what I am gonna say is an amber ale. It's actually wonderful in its mouthfeel. An all season beer, for certain. The flavor, hgowever, really lacks any serious maple component. I woulda liked to taste it more in the mix, Dr. Dre...Anyone remember the show "Fresh Prince of Bel Air"? Remember how Will Smith and Jazz would meet, give each other a smack, and act like they hit their faces and go "psssh!!!"? That was cool. This beer is crisp like that. "PSSSHH!". I haven't really sat with this one until now, but I'm finding it to be very nice. It's not robust, or in your face, or anything. Just a really nice, sesionable, sit down beer. No idea of the ABV, but the price ($7.99/4-pak) is certainly right. Actually worth keeping around the fridge for those that aren't hop heads or lovers of huge beers.

What I like most: other than Points North, the nice, balanced flavor profile and beautiful color.

What I like least: Lack of complexity and robustness in the flavor profile.

Verditc: Certainly worth the price and a nice, albeit uneventful, beer.

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Photo of mavbrew
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper/amber color with a thick, fluffy off-white head that slowly dissipates, but leaves little lacing.

S: Scent is mainly maple (not surprising) and a toffee-ish scent as well.

T: Major maple syrup taste, very sweet, tastes more like a candy than a beer. Has a bit of a honey taste as well. The finish is kind of a smokey wood flavor.

M: Light to medium in body, not much carbonation.

D: This basically a session beer, low ABV and it is easy to drink. However, I just can't get past the intense maple flavor. I could probably only drink one of these. I'm not saying this is bad beer, but the sweetness is a little overwhelming.

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Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, red brown in color, cloudy, moderate carbonation

Smell: oat, maple, alcohol, and citrus hops

Taste: big maple, grain, and earthly hops--almost tasting like an imperial ipa base

Mouthfeel: bitter with a super sweet backbone, low carbonation, medium bodied, slick

Drinkability: I really like the sweet maple flavor, but I feel this beer may work better over a less bitter base beer. I would get this again, but for a maple beer there are better alternatives.

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Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tom and wholemannate for the chance. Pours like a porter, dark and semi translucent. Soft creamy head that stuck around for awhile, looks real nice. Aromas of sweet maple and oats, its like that maple oatmeal you had as a kid, yum! Medium to high carbonation, but very fine. Flavor has more hops than the aroma would suggest, they are bright and balance well with the sweet maple flavor, malts cleanup the bitterness for a nice finish.

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

12 oz. bottle served into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. The beer pours out an amber/dark golden color with very good clarity. There is an off-white head with tiny bubbles, slightly under average lacing but the head itself sticks around. A small layer stays for pretty much the entire session. The smell is very good, not the classic APA smell, instead it goes a unique route and pulls it off very well. The malts to hops ratio goes in favor of the malts. Malts clearly have some maple syrup on them but I feel there's more of a butterscotch aroma to it, also some caramel/toffee smells. A little grainy too then hops finish the smell. The taste is very good, sweeter than most APA's. Again clearly sweet malts, butterscotch, caramel, toffee and of course some maple syrup. Some slight earthy flavors make themselves present as they complement the hop presence at the end. The mouthfeel is good, more towards full bodied. It finishes bitter but could feel a little cleaner and more crisp, while still maintaining it's bigger body I think. Overall it's still very good. Very drinkable beer, a good fall beer if you'd be looking for something different besides an Oktoberfest. I was unaware it's being retired, I have a couple left I guess I have to drink soon. It doesn't age at well so I gotta drink up while it still is this good!

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Photo of aahynick
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

45F in a pilsner glass

A- turbid pale copper with a huge head

S- sweet woodsy aroma

T- mildly sweet and woodsy with a slight metallic, bitter finish

M - watery to light in body

D- not enjoyable to drink. It seems to me every organic beer I've ever had has this metallic taste. I love organic coffee and milk and veggies but this is a no repeat.

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

a: tyranena curved pint, medium copper-amber color, average off-white head

s: light toffee on a biscuity structure, maple sugars, earthy hops, maybe a touch of starchy oat, some buttery maple candy, not distractingly sweet but it's certainly packing some sugar

m: carbonation medium, body on the lighter side of the medium range, the oats lend a smooth (relative) thickness

t: base of pale and biscuit malts with a touch of sweet caramel, light maple sugars, full earthy hop flavors and a light-moderate bitterness, serving to offset the sweetness pretty well

d: nothing impressive, just a decent, drinkable beer - I'd call it more of an amber than a pale

single from some local Whole Foods, don't recall which

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice hazy golden copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly sweet, malty, touch of oats, and caramel. The taste is malty, sweet, slightly bitter/dry, nice touch of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this one goes down pretty easy, re-freshining brew.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

It ain't just organic, it's PEAK organic! Yeah! ...Sorry... Does this mean the other beers I've had before have been inorganic? But I coulda sworn I tasted some carbon... Irregardless (or is it irregahdless?), for this tasting we've indeed gone organic. This brew organically pours a clear copper with a transitory white foamy head. The title is lived up to in the nose, which features a healthy amount of maple syrup, brown sugar cinnamon oatmeal, and molasses. These elements reappear on the tongue, and are then joined by a major strike of hoppy, semi-watery bitterness that overbalances these darker, sweeter tones. Not bad, but not quite right, either. Organically, this guy sits on the tongue with a medium body, a moderate carbonation, and a very smooth feel. Overall, though organic, it's good but nowhere near great.

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