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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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 66
Reviews by WorldWideStout:
Photo of WorldWideStout
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy orange. Not much head, though the beer does actually leave a little lacing.

S: Really the main thing I smell is apples. If I had to pick a type, I'd say golden delicious? Also a bit of extra sweetness in there, perhaps from the maple, though I wouldn't have guessed that on my own. Reminiscent of Unibroue's Ephemere.

T: Starts off with a sort of hollow apple taste, then towards the middle the sweet maple syrup comes in. Finishes up with the apple taste again, and not much of an aftertaste. The oatmeal is faintly present throughout most of each sip, adding a slight bitterness.

M: The carbonation is a bit prickly at the start, making it hard to pull in flavors.

D: It's pretty light and there are no strong flavors, so a few wouldn't be a problem.

A decent beer. I like the maple sweetness in the middle, but wasn't excited by anything else.

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More User Reviews:
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 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 umtox
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark amber with a maple influence, a bit chunky.

S: Malt and maple, a nice balce and pleasant aroma. Very inviting.

T: Heavy malt, only a hint of maple as the name suggests and a bit dry. The malt is the most enjoyable part of the flavor profile. Also a bit earthy.

M: Meaty as are most offerings from Peak. Enjoyable and one can sense the pride this company puts into making organic beers.

D: Very drinkable and probably would pair nicely with a wide range of foods. An enjoyable beer. In my experience organic beers, even with low ABV are best enjoyed in small volumes, otherwise you can be left with a case of the bloat.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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

My first organic beer here...wasn't blown away but it was surely a nice easy drinking beer.

A- Pale amber color with orange hues. Cream colored head, no lace.

S- This is where the maple really comes through. Sweet and sugary in the nose. Some hop, but what is there is masked by the maple.

T- This baby packs a decent hop pumch. I assume that it is not enough to satisfy the hop heads, but this will surely suffice for myself. Maple is fainter than expected but leaves a nice sweet taste in your mouth after each sip. Refreshing and tasty but nothing too complex.

M- Carbonated and tingly on the tongue, typical pale ale.

D- This is a session beer for sure. The sweet character wont turn your stomach, makes it a more enjoyable drinking experience.

Nice beer, but nothing too complex. I enjoyed it and ordered another.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 deltatauhobbit
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with a small head, little lacing.

Smell is biscuity and malty, weird hop profile on this one, there is a bitterness and citrus presence but it just seems awkward with the brown sugar backing.

Taste is a conflicting taste of hops and sweetness (no doubt from the maple syrup, which isn't that strong of a presence considering).

I don't know what it is about it, but I was rather disappointed with this one even though it had the potential to be really good. Just needed either finer balance or to be totally unbalanced, not in limbo.

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Photo of mountdew1
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark reddish with a off white thick foamy head. Plentiful carbonation rising from the bottom. Aroma was a sweet oatey aroma with a small hint of lactose. The taste was a slighty burnt sweetness. Felt good in the mouth, coated nicely and nicely carbonated. Very drinkable, and pleasant to do so.

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a toasted malt and maybe a hint at best of maple.

The taste consisted of a toasted bready malt with a touch of caramel and slight diacytl.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a tasty enough ale. More of a standard red ale than anything else.

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Photo of supercolter
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is good with a orangish yellow color. A decent amount of head and lacing. Smell is good with a fair amount of maple and sweet malt, not a lot of hops though which is odd. Taste, ok here are the hops, but now the maple flavor is a bit less pronounced. Mouthfeel is decent but a bit too light for the style. Drinkability is nice and easy.

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Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice amber-red color with a tall and very thick off white colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, caramelized malts, hints of oat, and a touch of maple and hops at the end.
T: Tastes of very sweet roasted malts, not much caramel flavor, a touch of hops, and then a bitter oat taste, then a sweet maple flavor at the very end after the carbonation leaves the tongue.
M: Very crisp, refreshing, light, perfectly carbonated.
D: Very drinkable beer, liked it a lot. It was something different and the flavors were balanced very well. Perhaps a bit more maple, but it was still very good.

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

Pours a bright, clear amber with a slow-to-form head that leaves only a collar. The nose is relatively subdued, with some minor maple notes and distinct diacetyl. On the palate there's a sharpness that does not serve the beer well. Poorly integrated hop oils and only a smacking of maple flavor. Instead, there are big time sweet butter notes. Mouthfeel is too sharp, with little influence from the alleged oat content of the beer. Overall, what could have been a special beer is purely pedestrian. It shows numerous flaws (mouthfeel, flat flavor, miniscule aroma) with nothing interesting to make up for them.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.57/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a slightly hazy honey amber with a creamy crescent of white that left behind a thin lacing.

Smells of an awesome blend of caramelized sugar and maple syrup, but not in an obnoxious sort of way. It is backed by a a distant woody pine that works quite well with the sugary notes.

The flavor begins with a hint of pine and birch bark hops that are accentuated by the carbonation, but from beneath comes a delicate caramelized sugar and again, the maple. This is accompanied by a touch of whole wheat bread. This finishes off with a return of the hops. How this beer goes from IPA to maple back to an IPA is beyond me.

Feels present and glassy with a sandy carbonation. This texture plays an integral roll in this beer.

Wow. I'm regretting only getting a four-pack.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Paired with the Biggest Loser and a choclate chip cookie.

White head over a dark amber colored beer. Low riding skim leaves a lacey crown on top.

Fruit and maple aroma with a unique freshly vacuumed rug + nuts earthyness. The fruit and maple combine for a cider-like impression.

Tastes like a Quaker Oats Maple Sugar oatmeal reduction. Clean, flavorful, and bursting with toasted malt from beginning to end. Dried apple slice fruit esters, a nice and dry beer in general actually. The maple (sweet and natural) comes through better than just about any beer I've had.

As impressed as I am with this beer I can't see drinking too many unless in a Fall kind of mood. Not sure when it's released but I'd aim for that season.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from Gary's in madison for $1.99...
"Ale brewed with organic Maine oats and organic Vermont maple syrup"... well, the description was certainly enticing...
Pours a dark-amber, ruby-red colored hue with a decent-sized foamy head that left behind a copious amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell was true to the description, with notes of molasses, maple syrup, and sweet sugars...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with hints of oats, maple syrup, brown sugar, caramel, ginger, alongside a nice bread and butter feel...
Decent mouthfeel - medium-bodied at best, with a good level of drinkablity as well...
Not above and beyond, but an interesting concoction that's worth a shot...

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

On-tap 12/29/09 at Pitchers Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, maple, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of maple, caramel, honey and citrus. There's a decent hops presence for a maple-flavored beer. The malt character is hearty and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, not a bad beer and is worth drinking if you're looking for a maple-flavored beer that isn't overly sweet.

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Photo of lillitnn92
2.25/5  rDev -35.9%

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