Peak Organic Espresso Amber Ale | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Espresso Amber AlePeak Organic Espresso Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A robust amber ale brewed with locally roasted, organic fair trade espresso with help from our friends down the street at Coffee by Design. This malty amber ale is brewed with substantial amounts of Munich Malt, providing a perfect backbone for the rich, roasty flavor imparted by the espresso.

Peak Espresso Amber is the first Fair Trade Certified beer brewed in the United States. Read more here.

22 IBU

Added by TrevorGW on 10-29-2008

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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 114
Reviews by ommegoose:
Photo of ommegoose
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty dark for an amber ale. Full head, holds a pretty good cap.

Great aroma. It smells much more like a medium-roast coffee than a bold espresso, but it's a very potent and nice-smelling beer.

Espresso is big in the flavor too. This time it is quite bold and has that really dark roastiness that's nice in espresso in particular. Bitterness seems to come entirely from that rather than hops. Choosing to do this beer as an amber was a good choice because it isolates the espresso and lets it really be the focus of the beer, whereas a darker beer might not let those flavors shine quite as much. This is really earthy, but balanced with plenty of malt, and, at 6.8%, a little big. Sweetness adds toffee flavors to balance.

Medium bodied and pretty smooth. Actually maybe a little lighter than the abv would suggest.

I really like this beer and I would buy it again. I've ordered at bars a few times, and It's a reasonably priced four-pack. Will try Peak Organic again. I was very pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a rich deep amber with a tight formed one finger off white head that held well,the espresso coffee really stands out in the nose,it provides roast and earth,lightly sweet caramel/biscuit comes into play as well.A little thin in the mouth and a little sharp as well.Mildly sweet caramel and brown sugar to start off with flavor wise,the coffee is more toned down than in the aromas but it still plays a role.A cool concept and decent beer,me being a lover of the hop likely wouldnt search out again but in saying that its a decent brew.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of MisterDeeds
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent looking pour. Looks as advertised; a dark amber ale.

Smells legit. Like sticking your nose into a bag of fresh ground coffee beans.

Good coffee taste as well. A bit of sweetness up front followed with a nice burnt coffee biscuit taste.

Feel is slightly thin, but not overcarbonated, so it balances out very nicely.

Not a huge coffee beer guy, but i could put a few of these down with ease. It seems to have the just the right kick of Espresso, without going overboard and overpowering you. These guys are a nice, extremely underrated brewery.

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Photo of tigg924
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber in color, 1/3 inch head, high carbonation, cloudy

Smell: black coffee

Taste: toasted malt then a big dose of espresso

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium high carbonation, semi-bitter

Drinkability: This is not a bad beer, but after having a bunch of coffee beers, nothing really stands out either besides the color. The black coffee taste is dominate. I could have another or just as well pass.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sampler glass on tap.

Appearance: Brownish amber color with a whte head.

Smell: Coffee, all coffee. I could not smell anything else.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to light bodied. Taste like a good coffee stout, but being an ale it was much easier to drink in my opinion.

Overall: Glad I tried this one, great beer. I will order it again Im sure.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a 33cl Celebrator glass.

Pours a nice dark amber/brown with a nice fluffy light yellow head that sticks around and some light lacing. Nose is lots of coffee and light bitterness.

Taste is bitter from coffee and dark malt flavor, sharp and sweet. Pretty nice full mouthfeel and sharp carbonation. It's a decent beer.

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Photo of Milkysunshine
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.72/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Popped the cap this beer simply exploded all over my computer desk, carpet, and keyboard. It smells like coffee the little bit that made it into a glass tastes like a Jolly Pumpkin wild yeast strain with hints of watered down coffee. Normally I don't review these type of beers but I don't respect Peak Organic at all. The beer smelled like a coffee mill and it looked like a geyser gushing from my 22 ounce bottle, completely inexcusable compared to what their fresh offerings have to offer. Horrible acrid acidic stale coffee, with astringent tea leaf bitterness, this beer is horrible. Drinkability overall sucks ass hole, please don't buy these "organic" products you will only get burnt. Even after I keep smelling it, it does smell like a nice ice brewed coffee. It just happens to taste like burnt coffee water after it's brewed. Horrible fuckin' beer. After browsin' the website all I can say comes in voice of Southpark's Cartman "fuck those tree huggin' hippies"!!!

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Photo of CervezaNY
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brettbbq
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Nice to find a coffee beer that's not a stout or porter.

Appearance: very cloudy, reddish-brown (iced tea look), with a thin head

Smell: Very nice coffee smell, hint of malt (not sure I'd know this is a beer from the flavor, vs a coffee drink)

Mouthfeel: Slightly thicker than your typical amber ale, but definitely not a porter - very nice.

Taste & drinkability: At my first taste, was really loving this beer. If had only drunk a 3oz sample, probably would have scored this beer much higher. Initially, a great blend between coffee, caramel malts, and a grapefruity hoppiness. For me, as I drank more of this beer, the hopiness really dominated more and more, and I lost most of the coffee features in the taste and smell.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, day 13 (a Friday at that) of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent calendar.

This beer pours a hazy, dark orange-brick amber hue, with one skinny finger of fizzy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves some interesting string cheese lace around the glass as things duly drop away.

It smells of bitter ground and roasted espresso beans, lightly toasted grainy pale malt, a touch of nutty caramel/hard toffee, soft bittersweet cocoa, and citrus, leafy, and herbal hops. The taste again leads with semi-sweet coffee notes, with a more bready and caramelized malt, understated stony minerals, some ethereal milk chocolate, and earthy, leafy, and mildly citrusy hops.

The carbonation is fairly unremarkable, in a pleasant enough way, the body a decent medium weight, but a tad watery in its smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, the sweetness of the caramel malt holding tough against the still peppy, but now waning coffee character.

An enjoyable java-infused amber ale, and this from a guy who isn't a big fan of either. Very little acridity from the coffee makes for a smooth, easy-drinking affair, I have to say. I could see this being popular enough around here amongst the hipster bean & brew crowd, outside of the mostly secretive confines of this holiday special.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a real pretty look, easy on the eyes! A bright amber with deep red hues, mellow carbonation that is able to easily form a healthy, dense and sticky tan colored head. Bunches of lacing is good to see as well.

The aroma is a very pungent, roastie-coffee bean, take a big 'ol's ALL coffee! Smells exactly like the fresh Peruvian coffee I purchased yesterday. Maybe a bit of subtle herbal aroma's way, way down, but that's it.

I was anxious since the aroma was so0 dominated by coffee that the flavor would just be too much....not at all. The fresh coffee is detected first in the upper palate, mostly because of the strong aroma, then it's a crispy, herbal but malty flavor, semi-sweet, unsweatend baker's chocolate, mild, but spicey herbal-hoppy finish. a very good balance in the long run.

This is a crispy medium body with a smooth and light finish. Feels much fuller than it appears.

Coffee is usually something you add to Stouts, some big stouts can even have big coffee-like flavor's without the bean actually being added. This is an amber ale with a very robust but clean coffee aroma and flavor, but it doesn't walk all over this beer. There is balance, and nothing subtle! One of the best, if not THE best "Organic" beer I've had so far.

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Photo of KingEdward
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a big, thick, dense, off white head that has great retention

S - nutty, faint coffee, caramel

T - coffee, chocolate, caramel, faint nuttiness

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent beer, but it's one-dimensional. The coffee is good and welcomed, but it covers up the rest of the underlying amber. Overall, it's a good offering. I would have this again.

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Photo of hreb
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (screw-cap!), 6.8% ABV according to the label, which also indicates that the beer is best before June 2009. Poured into pint glass, cold. Beer pours deep red amber, becoming nearly brown in the glass. Medium tan head rests on top. Immediate aroma of fresh coffee, like coffee beans fresh out of the grinder. More mocha than espresso. (the beer is called espresso amber ale, but the description reads "ale with organic coffee" -- was the coffee processed as espresso or not?) The aroma is amazing, although it really doesn't smell like beer, it smells like light roast coffee...not too bitter.

First sip is sharp with carbonation. Definitely going to be a minus point on the mouthfeel. The sharpness subsides to a slightly sharp and bitter acidic kind of flavor. Hops, and then coffee. The finish is very long and even cloying. Slightly oily, like the way a sip of good coffee leaves your mouth.

The beer feels a little bit thin, with coffee flavors dominating the hops, and only enough malt to round it out, not enough to pronounce themselves with any specific flavor that I can identify. I should also mention that though the label claims 6.8% ABV, there's no harsh alcohol flavor at all.

Overall, slightly gimmicky. I'd never heard of a coffee-flavored beer that wasn't a porter or a stout before, and this delivers on that claim. The aroma is among the best smelling beers I've ever had (including W12 and Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier). The rest of the beer doesn't measure up to that, but it's an enjoyable experience all the same.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I enjoyed this beer in general, I thought the coffee tasted quite burnt. It brought me back to late nights of driving and 4 am truck stops with coffee that's been on the warmer since midnight. It smelled good, but the flavor didn't work for me (it might be great for you)! Other than that it's a fairly basic, well-rounded beer. The coffee becomes the main focus though. Hmmmm... I guess I'd also have to add that it didn't over-power or build on the palate, which at least goes a little bit towards drinkability. And although the coffee flavor is right-there, clear-and-bright, it wasn't acidic either. (Shrugs shoulders). Interesting. Enjoyable. Not the best coffee beer out there. It is organic though, right? :)

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Photo of cjgator3
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish amber color with a creamy light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, caramel and faint hits of espresso. I was hoping for more of an espresso presence in the aroma, hopefully I can pick up more of it in the taste.

T- The taste has some sweet malt and caramel up front with smooth lingering espresso and hops in the finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I love coffee beers and this was a solid one. It would get a higher score with more espresso in the aroma, but the taste was solid. Recommended!

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a clear mahogany with two fingers of bubbly beige head, decent retention and fantastic sticky lacing. Looks really nice.

Smells exclusively of coffee.

Tastes like a lot of coffee that's been brewed too strong (has a little sour acidity), with some amber malt sweetness coming in mid-palate. An odd blend of tastes in a beer.

Mouthfeel is all right- that coffee acidity really does some damage for me. Medium body, moderate carbonation. This ones not my thing. Too much coffee.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a murky amber, with a finger of rigid light tan colored head. Smooth creamy layer of retention stays frothy, leaving rich swathes of lacing back. Wow, this aroma is thick with roasted coffee character, that is layered on top of notes of bread and caramel. A gentle floral feel wraps around the flavors, as does some light spice.

The espresso is just as strong in the taste, with a toasty acrid feel to it, that combines with citrus and toasted caramel malts to impart a rich tang to this. Finishes dry and roasty, with lingering bitterness and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bubbly and smooth carbonation, that enables this to flow very nicely for the richer flavors that are involved here.

Nice! No shortage of coffee here, and the softer profile and body of the Amber Ale meshed nicely with the more darker roasted flavors. Well done beer that definitely took me a bit my surprise with how much I liked it.

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Photo of irishtjb11
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

holy coffee. or espresso, i suppose.

nice appearance, rich dark amber color with a nice off white heavy head. laces the entire way down the glass, really great apperance.

wild smell, full of coffee, both brewed and bean aromas. really enjoy the smell coming from this beer. malts present but the coffee really stands out with this beer.

the taste is a bit more balanced, but still leaning toward the coffee flavors and notes. backed by malts that balance the beer out, making it a beer and not just a coffee

overall great beer, just a bit high on the coffee for a high drinkability score. theres a lot of intense flavors going on that might be tough to stomach after awhile.

a note for this: drank this at room temperature, thinking it might bring some of the notes out. it certainly did, maybe cold it might be a bit more tame. nonetheless, great flavors.

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Photo of Glebulon
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hdofu
4.89/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer, possibly the only one in the amber family I'd say that about. This is what I imagine buzz beer (The Drew Carrey show) tasting like. The beer was a smooth crisp red amber ale with hints of espresso beans and a bitter sweet finish. The beer pour with little head coming out a light copperish color. The smell is sweet coffee smell like you'd expect in a coffee shop. I could easily drink beer like this all night long.

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Photo of hophugger
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nickthetick
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a burnt orange into an american shaker pint with about a half finger of off white head that thins out to just a skim rather quickly. Only a moderate amount of spotted lacing is left on the glass.

S: huge amounts of espresso right up front and in you face.

T: leaves a lot to be desired, the caramel malts are there and the espresso lingers on the tongue but there's no complexity.

MF: a nice medium body and good effervescence.

D: a pretty good beer, I just wish I found more in the taste.

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Peak Organic Espresso Amber Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 213 ratings