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Peak Organic IPA | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic IPAPeak Organic IPA
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Peak Organic IPAPeak Organic IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This unique India Pale Ale features our favorite hops—Simcoe, Amarillo and Nugget. A generous Amarillo and Simcoe dry hop provide for an assertive, hop-forward nose and front palate. We don’t use traditional bittering hops in our IPA, providing nothing but stimulating citrus and floral characteristics.

Inspired by a recipe from our good friend and fellow homebrewer Tim from the North Shore Homebrewers Club.

76 IBU

Added by WanderingFool on 04-17-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,779
Reviews:
208
Ratings:
753
pDev:
12.97%
Bros Score:
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Reviews by AlexJ:
Photo of AlexJ
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A mixed 12-pack for $12.99, why not. The is the first one to come out the box. Pale gold with brillient clarity with a fluffy white crown that fades wat too fast, leaving some patchy lace.

Aroma is sweet fruit, apricot, citrus, and honey malts. Nice aroma but need the volume turned up.

Flavor follows suit; interesting orchard fruits apricots, peach, with candied orange peel and some sweet pine. Too sweet or under-attenuated feel to it. Hop flavor is good, but the sweet malts overpower.

Medium bodied, sticky, and not quite enough carbonation to pick the sweet malt off your palate long enough to taste the hops.

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Photo of HoppedChef84
4.46/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion this beer really everything is in place is a Simcoe hop lovers dream. Nice clean flavor totally controlled by hop and pretty minimal malt backbone which is totally right up my alley. Not a crazy beer but old-school and very approachable. Crushability is very high.

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Photo of trentbent
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well shucks, this is an underrated beer (even by myself, preemptively) if I ever had one.
A-great, nothing like too sexy. S-so buttery, T- I don't want to ruin the surprise, but, more buttery. It's like butter paradise. I don't love buttery flavor but it's not like smelling/tasting some artificial butter flavor, it's like smelling/tasting amarillo, simcoe and nugget hops in a beer that is organic, and how many times have you even had an organic beer? M- medium, buttery, amply carbonated and just right in that sense. O-I bought one of these bottle but now I need a sixpack. Do you know how rarely that happens?! Well it'd happen more often if this here American craft brew scene weren't so darn crowded. pleasedrinkthis.

edit: I enjoyed the butteriness in this beer, and recall not enjoying it much in California chardonnays. I now have learned (from other reviews of this beer) that the buttery taste is caused by diacetyl (thanks for pushing me to read up, ya'll). I will buy this beer again and update the review if it's not so apparent. I had only bought one bottle because I was mixing a six-pack to try new things.

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Photo of infinite_athlete
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my second review... I find this IPA to be a good baseline for other HIGH quality craft brews. I would encourage people to give this beer a try!

Smooth with noticeable hoppiness. Creamy texture indicative of high quality ingredients. VERY drinkable with great mouth feel. Just the right amount of carbonation. Little to any aftertaste. Nice citrus finish with a very moderate and inviting smell. Great representation of an IPA… Would purchase again.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the hotel bar in Augusta.
Big hop aroma with light bready caramel. Bracing hop bitterness. Old school.

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Photo of donspublic
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip, strong pour yielded 3 finger cream colored soapy head, good retention and lacing. Hazy golden in the glass. Smells of caramel malt, some pine and some lingering citrus. Taste is initially sweet malt, some caramelization, some pine on the front and the citrus comes in the middle. Finish on this beer is really smooth and the mouthfeel is almost creamy. Nice job with the malt on this beer. Some dankness shows up as it warms

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Photo of barknee
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to tell ya', I really enjoyed this brew. First off, I am generally leery of brews that are marketed as being organic. Organic - schmorganic... Naturally organic products are grown under certain criteria to meet the governments requirements to be labeled organic. But typically these products, especially fruits and some vegetables tend to be in poor condition when the reach the marketplace and therefore are unsatisfying to consume.
Though you may grow an organic product, your final commodity may not necessarily be that impressive; taste wise. Though I digress, this is my dubious philosophy of fresh organic products. And it is with this superficial negativity that I approach organic beers.
The Peak IPA is a fantastic libation. Massive delicious fresh grapfruity hops soar from the glass with a wonderful sticky sweet mouthfeel reminiscent of the best in class IPA's.The color is a cloudy 14 karat gold with an impressive long lasting off-white head. This product has changed my perception of the generally mediocre quality brews and brewers that create organic products to run with the green crowd while sacrificing all that is needed and wanted in a brewed beverage.
Kudos to Peak Organic Brewing for setting the standard for fine organic beers.

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Photo of kflorence
4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light, clear, golden yellow in color when held up to the light, however comes off a bit more coppery otherwise. A generous amount of creamy white foam sits atop that leaves plenty of lacing as you drink. Carbonation levels are moderate and head retention is excellent. Doesn't get much better from an appearance perspective, although it does look to be a bit on the thinner side.

S: Floral and grassy with a sweet, cloying butter, toffee and vanilla undertone. Lots of cream corn, hints of lime. Barely hop-centric, as there is a strong light malt profile presence there to balance it out. Not a bad thing, off to a great start here.

T: Follows the nose quite well. Floral and grassy up front with a mellowing, light, toasty malt middle which meshes with a bitter grapefruit rind and lime finish that lingers long into the aftertaste. At 7.20% ABV, the alcohol is barely distinguishable until the final swallow.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation, this one feels creamy on the tongue and has an ample amount of chewiness. Some hop oiliness is present on the tongue, but it is far from a palate wrecker. Finishes crisp and clean but not dry. This is a perfect example of what an IPA should strive for if it aims to be both complex and drinkable.

O: Honestly, I was quite blown away by this one. I knew it would be good, based on ratings, but to me this is much better than the B average it has been given thus far. Yes, it will not please those seeking the trendy West Coast IPA hop bombs, and it won't blow you away with flavor or complexity, but seriously, judge this for what it is: a classic, balanced American IPA that is very tasty and quite sessionable, even at a higher ABV. Did I mention that it's from an organic, sustainable brewery? It doesn't get much better, folks. Stop being snobs and just savor the flavor. Can't wait to come back for more. Peak Organic is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. Cheers!

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Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint a hazy burnt orange with a 1/2 finger white head atop,a few patches of broken lace left behind.A good shot of citric hops in the nose,really fresh and bold,a hefty caramel/biscuit malt base comes into play as well.Not as hop forward on the palate with in my opinion to big of a sweet caramel malt flavor that really to me overpowers the leafy and citric hops.The beer has some good things going on but just pack enough hop punch for me.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color with a yellowy off-white creamy finger head. Some spotty lacing. The caramel and grapefruit type sweetness tries to make it's way in but either becomes a touch syrupy with the pine bite or gets lost. Fairly creamy mouthfeel. There is something nice and refreshing about the bitterness and it's not a hard beer to drink.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgoodship
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's something strange about the marketing of organic with beer. Sure, craft brewers may not use officially organic ingredients but craft beers tend to be pretty pure and fresh in general. Regardless, I'm going to review this beer against the others apples to apples and organic is not going to be a factor.

A: Light yellowy amber. Yellowy off-white creamy finger head. Some spotty lacing. Head dissipates to a dusting throughout.

S: Sweet caramel and pine. Some tanginess there too.

T: The pine hits first. The caramel and grapefruit type sweetness tries to make it's way in but either becomes a touch syrupy with the pine bite or gets lost. Some breadiness comes across briefly in the finish but it goes quickly back into a pine bite long into the aftertaste.

M: Fairly creamy mouthfeel that is spoiled a bit by a touch too aggressive carbonation.

D: Too piney and syrupy for my liking. There is something nice and refreshing about the bitterness and it's not a hard beer to drink but with so many great IPA's out there, the only way this one can compete is if you factor in organic.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of andyfrancis
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall pilsner glass, almost totally clear golden body, frothy beige eggshell bubbles formed a 2" head that's settled down into a nice clumpy 1/4" cap.

Strong smell of grassy, piney, fresh hops. Very bright, effervescent aroma. Some sweet malt just before it hits your lips.

Bummer...underwhelming and a hint of wet paper flavor, so I'll probably give this one another shot to be fair. Hops and malt are both present, but somehow don't mesh very well. It feels like every bit of the 7% abv.

Watery yet heavy, with almost no detectable carbonation. Leaves a spicy, waxy coating.

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Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Jcorn
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bishopdc0
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a golden slightly amber color it has good head retention and lacing. Good hop aroma, slight piny citrus. Malty bitterness starts the bitterness is threw out but does not linger. This beer is not a west coast IPA it is very mild and would be a great intro to anyone who who thinks they do not like IPAs plus its got locally grown hops.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Guden
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of JakerLou
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of G_Shoe
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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