Peak Organic Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #6,099
Ranked #35,766
3.72 | pDev: 12.63%
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Notes: 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
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Reviews by Ronin:
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Ronin from Maine

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Jun 30, 2014
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HoppedChef84 from Rhode Island

4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Apr 19, 2015
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infinite_athlete from New York

4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Jul 27, 2017
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barknee from New York

4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Jul 16, 2011
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trentbent from New York

4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Feb 22, 2014
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can

A golden amber color, deep tone, slightest haze, white foam top comes and goes but leaves plenty of bubbly coverage.

A very sweet hoppy aroma, floral and sweet pine sap with mild citrus. A bold and juicy hop nose.

The hop taste is much more assertive then the mild mannard aroma. Two hops involved in dry hopping gives it a sharp, bitter and dry bite. Grapefruit and citrus, piney and fruity. These three hops give this a very well rounded, yet dominant bitter tone. A sharp, but clean malty bite is very clean. Light to medium bodied, juicy at first, then earthy bitter and dry.

A rather fine version of the classic American IPA.

Jan 08, 2018
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Mar 22, 2015
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kflorence from California

4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
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!

Jun 02, 2014
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donspublic from Texas

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Aug 02, 2017
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virinow from New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Aug 30, 2013
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Dicers from Colorado

3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mar 12, 2015
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MasterRigger from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 28, 2015
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jpa01 from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a hazy honey-orangish looking beer, thinly foamed at the top.

Smell: It has a mild citrus-like aroma.

Taste: It has a nice combination of bitterness and fruitiness, slightly mixed with malt.

Mouthfeel: It feels like a medium-bodied beer, moderately carbonated while also smooth.

Drinkability: Its a fairly delicious beer, easy to drink with or without food, and having a decent after-taste.

Overall: I'd say it's a quality IPA.

Mar 02, 2013
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Sanchezrox23 from Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Sep 09, 2014
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ChurchofPayton from Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Nov 08, 2014
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ThomasMetal75 from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Orangey Copper. Mostly clear. Head is thick and sudsy like a good IPA should be, and dies to a nice lacing around the glass.

S- WOW! Deep hop aroma on this one! Sent is over powering citrus and floral notes, with a slightly pungent alcohol in the background.

T- WOO-WEE! Intense bitterness slams your palate. It has a long lasting finish, making it excellent with food. Tastes are the same as the nose: that "overpowering" citrus and floral notes. This beer is dank! The alcohol is very upfront, but on the way down it doesn't burn. Slight malt flavor, but hardly there.

M- Medium mouthfeel. It does have some weight to it. Fairly carbonated. If you like a hoppy beer, you might find this very drinkable. If you don't, then you may not find it drinkable. it's better with food then alone. It's so hop forward it's not easy to just drink alone.

*Overall, I was not expecting this beer to be so intense. It's a hop head's dream come true. I think the only real downfall was it hit you too hard with hops on first sip and was not balanced enough by malts to smooth it out. Would I drink this again, you bet. Would I go out of my way to find some Peak Organic IPA? Not really. Real nice IPA!

Mar 26, 2013
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MrBoh from Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Jun 10, 2013
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snelson438 from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 01, 2015
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wroywel from Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Jun 22, 2016
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Razr86 from New York

1.25/5  rDev -66.4%

Apr 30, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +11.8%

Nov 17, 2014
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CharlesForbin from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light bodied and slightly cloudy. No flavourings added. Nicely bitter and alcohol well hidden. You need to drink this one fresh as I had one a year old about a year ago and it was a different experience. I thought I would give it another try and glad I did. Reminds me of a German IPA without all the fruit and flavourings and other stuff so common in the US these days.

Jun 10, 2020
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DoctorB2B from Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Nov 20, 2011
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AndrewDeci from Maine

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Nov 10, 2012
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Reds76 from Maine

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 22, 2015
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