Peak Organic IPA | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic IPAPeak Organic IPA

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Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States

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

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Photo of JackDempsy
4.8/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I went to Redwood City looking for an IPA at a small brewery, ... I found it and was not impressed.
So, my wife and I went into town to get a bite to eat. What a surprise - "Aly's on Main" had a beer on tap from Mass. I asked the bartender about the beer and he stated that this restaurant was one of 3 on the west coast that carried it. Here it is: clean, crisp, and refreshing. It was unfiltered, so their was a bit of turbidity and they used whole hops. The mouth feel was fantastic and the bite at the end was exactly what I was hoping for. The food was better than expected and the beer was fantastic. I will drive the 80 mile round trip for this again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.73/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Well, it has been quite the Sunday as I am zipping through all sorts of beers. Apparently, Peak Organic BC has been listening to my impassioned pleas and begun CANning their wares.

From the CAN: "Pure ingredients, delicious beer".

Nothing like a loud Crack! to inspire me to an inverted Glug. The foaming action was immediate and tough to CANtrol, so I backed off. I watched as two-plus fingers of foam puffed up, became soapy & rocky & began to wilt in the face of the day's humidity. Farewell to its tawny self! Color was a slightly hazy solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose smelled strongly of fresh mint, mown grass & some pine tar. My mouth began to water unCANtrollably. Mouthfeel had a softness like it had been made with soft water. It was a welcome break from today's crazy onslaught. The taste was really minty and actually kind of tea-like. Man, this was a nice, mellow beer that just made me drowsy and sleepy. Finish was dry, but not gasping. It was the kind of beer that goes well in a cooler on a hot, humid summer's day.

I was over at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop yesterday afternoon after Easter dinner with my uncle & when I noticed an opening in the singles section, I got them to put this out. I have been drinking a lot of Peak Organic Ales the past couple of days, but this is my last for the foreseeable future.

From the bottle: "Pure ingredients, delicious beer".

I am definitely NOT going to be sorry to put these screw-top bottles of theirs in my rear-view mirror! I went with a gentle pour since some previous reviews mentioned the presence of a haze or cloudiness & I like to challenge myself with a clear beer, if possible. Success! Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, causing the Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus to drop by for a taste. Nose was a (this) hopehead's dream - an amalgam of cattiness, pine mintiness & grapefruit citrusiness! Oh my. I may take a little break to regroup. I'm back. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was Simcoe-forward with its extreme cattiness, but underlain with grapefruit (primarily) and a light pine mintiness. It made for an extremely cool taste in the mouth and throat, akin to gargling with mouthwash. Finish was extremely dry, but cool, like inhaling while outside right after it has finished snowing. I am also going to warn you that this is not for everybody. I am a self-avowed, self-described hophead and I really like these kinds of AIPAs, but I know that they are anathema for others. YMMV as a result.

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Photo of entropysquared
4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Paying due respect to the bonofide aficionados, of which I am not, this is one of the most pleasant (read: best) IPAs I've had the pleasure to imbibe. Crisp, clean, natural...distinct and flavorful hop presence, but not bitter. Strong work. VERY nice. Enjoyed it, on-draught.

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Photo of kflorence
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
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 mdurkee11
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favor rite session IPA on the market today. Pours a smooth amber color from the tap with a nice head. Each sip greets you with plesant aromas of citrus with a nice hint of alcohol. Smooth to drink and a satisfying aftertaste. Peak does not make a bad beer and their IPA is simply one of the best on the market.

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Photo of marclande
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very floral, hoppy, delicious feel in mouth.
Enjoyed the taste... a light body but full flavor. I love IPAs and this one suits me perfectly.
Not to hoppy, not to light, just the right amount of flavor.
and 7ABV... we all know the real reason we drink (the beer snobs are in denial, but we drink.. to feel drunk (or buzzed). If you drinking for the flavor and taste then go get some TEA! its way better for ya. But i'm drinking for the buzz.... and at 7ABV and a great taste I give this beer a 4.5!

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Photo of HoppedChef84
4.46/5  rDev +21.2%
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 u2carew
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
A) Pours with a big foamy head then settles to creamy and sticky lacing. Transparent. Copper in color. Subtle upward carbonation.
S) Peach. Apricot. Caramel. Grainy. Brown sugar.
T) Sweet apple and caramel up front then moves to a floral spiciness. The taste is diverse. Lingering hop bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.
M) Crisp. Medium bodied. Light tannin feel. Some dryness.
D) A great IPA. A little more malty, say 60% malt to 40% hop flavor. Well crafted and... Organic! Right on.

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Photo of barknee
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
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 clm9
4.39/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Puffy head that leaves some nice lacing behind. Pretty light amber color with a red-orange tint.

S: Citrus/fruity hop aroma, very enticing. Smells like it won't be on the bitter side of IPAs. While the smell it does have is quite pleasant, it isn't particularly strong.

T: Taste follows smell to the tee. The hop blend is just sweet enough, and it is less bitter than most IPAs I have tried. Like the smell, the taste isn't that strong, but it is delicious. Almost doesn't taste like an IPA, maybe more like a blend of one with a sweet ale.

M: Leaves a tingly hop presence on back of tongue, not too heavy, and goes down smoothly.

O: I chose this in one of those create-you-own six-pack deals, and wasn't expecting too much as I had not heard of this brewer. Very pleasantly surprised. Would definitely recommend to all.

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Photo of billybob
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

deep rich orange color one finger head and a fair amount of lace. fruity, pine, hops, fresh grapefruit all come through in the smell. taste starts off a little on the sweet side with a smooth malt fresh grapefruit then the hops kick in turning to grapefruit rind warming slightly with a dry lingering taste. smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. i like that its organic, i like that it hides the higher alcohol content well. ipa is not my best style of beer to drink but this one is real nice for a change of pace.

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Photo of DesertRat
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super crisp drinkable IPA. $10 for a six pack of bottles of an Organic IPA is a steal. This is a daily drinker for me. Love it with homemade Mexican or Thai food.

Nothing fancy about this beer, but it's inarguably a high quality IPA. In a world flooded with IPAs that are too bitter or obviously made in haste to stay en vogue as a craft brewing outfit Peak Organic has put out an honest effort to make an IPA that is easy to drink with organic ingredients.

Highly recomend this IPA.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orangish color with a half finger of white head.

Smell is grapefruit, pine, lemon and a little honey.

Taste is bitter grapefruit up front, lemon, lime, pine, and finishes bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium light with tangy carnonation.

Good IPA, More bitter then most, no balance here what so ever... If you are looking to have your palate blown off by hop flavor then give this one a try. If you are someone who tends to like balanced IPA you may want to pass on this one.

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Photo of berley31
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with an average-sized, fizzy white head... some fairly good lacing on the sides of the glass in web patterns. Body is a beautiful orange color, and hazy.

S: Very nice aroma of hops, and a fruitiness in there that I can't put my finger on... almost like strawberries. Pine notes present as well.

T: Excellent flavor on this IPA... lightly sweet at the beginning, due to the fruitiness mentioned in the aroma, and then it finishes bitter. This isn't a knock-your-socks-off bitterness, but it's present with a touch of dryness, yet the beer as a whole is actually quite smooth and very drinkable.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with soft-average carbonation.

D: An excellent IPA, one that I could drink regularly (if I could only buy it regularly) and consistently enjoy.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a bright orange with one finger head that fades quickly to a bubbly ring.

Aromatic spice and sweet malt with dry prunes? Tropical fruit and lemon juice.

Tastes of pine sap and lemon juice. Rich malts with sappy bitter. Earthy almost bark like with lemon juice finish and pine resign bitter. peppery!

OK mouth feel with a bit of carbonation mixed with a dry bitter, spicy finish.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In 10 years time, American water will probably be this hoppy. And what we know today as IPA will be less a beer and more a dare, or something hospitals use in place of charcoal.

In the meantime, let's enjoy this--an American IPA that actually tastes like one. It displays the hop--bitter on the back of the tongue, sweetly aromatic (like bubble gum incense)--without being an asshole about it.

Sorry to sound like a fuddy duddy, but you can actually drink this beer. The palate's sharp but slightly grainy with a great saline quality that reminds me of honey mustard pretzels.

Both the extreme and casual drinkers will find a lot to be bored by. But those looking for an American bitter to drink--gasp--with nonBA friends around, this is nothing short of revolutionary. Or maybe reactionary is a better term.

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Photo of CommonSense
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This tropical hazy IPA is one of the better bottled IPAs in Maine and is a bit underrated on this site.

Cloudy beers are a GOOD thing. That means it was bottle conditioned and has more aroma and taste. These are gooooood things folks.

Sometimes this beer is amazing and sometimes it's quite bitter and off-putting. Not sure if it's lack of consistently when brewing or freshness. When it's on, it's an absolutely delicious beer.

Organic and tasty.


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Photo of jamisonspitzer
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I didn't know what to make up the smell at first, I really hadn't experienced it before. This beer is exceptionally bitter, but in a good way. It is VERY assertive but highly drinkable.

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Photo of ClevererRemark
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

drinking this while paying close attention makes this beer incredible, but man, for a brewery so generically named as peak organic (especially a beer named simply ipa) this is a hard one to crack into. for 76 IBUs, this is pretty fierce. yes, it's floral and cirtusy, but you have to FIND that, not get it up front and explore it further. a complicated but still fairly enjoyable ipa.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peak Organic IPA pours a clear amber color with a flurry of bubbles floating up from the bottom of the glass. On top sits a creamy, one finger white head. The foam dissolves slowly to a think sheet on the beer leaving behind lots of spots and sheets of lace.

The aroma is full of pine and citrus hops. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft of the palate with a mild carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is full of pine and orange citrus. The hops are balanced out with some caramel and pale malt plus some buttery notes mixed in. It finishes mildly bitter and dry. Once gone the buttery notes and pine hop flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a great, well balanced IPA that's full of flavor and not very bitter. Very easy to drink. Wish I bought more than a 6 pack.

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Photo of trygger87
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in SF CA. Poured from a 12 ounce brown bottle in to a standard pint glass. Produced a good sized head, but it didnt stay around that long. The beer is a wonderful brownish copper with tinny little bubbles. The smell is just about the best part of this beer, it smells great. Apricots and peaches are right up front, but they dont smell to sweet. Then i get a little bit of fresh made caramel and a sprinkle of ginger. Yeah sounds good huh, well it really does smell that good. I was expecting a lot from the taste after i smelled this beer. And the beer sorta kinda delivered on taste. Its a well balanced citrus-e hoppy brew that hides the abv pretty well. The mouth feel is dry which is surprising.The drink-ability is pretty high considering how high the abv is, and considering that its an IPA. For me IPAs are sippers but i could chug this if need be. Over all a very solid beer that i would come back to again.

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Photo of ptra1004
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into my big-ass snifter and got a short and quick dying, bright off-white collar. The lacing is thin at best, but I don't trust this glass. The beer pours a beautiful bright hazy-orange that is more opaque than it appears in the bottle.

The nose is full of subdued tangerine and lemon with floral and pine notes underneath. Behind the plentiful hop aroma is a nice toasted malt scent.

The nose is backed up by the flavor. The hops don't hit right away, but they kick in very shortly thereafter. Really well balanced. There is a strong malt backbone here that I didn't expect coming from an organic beer. That being said, the hops are definitely the highlight of this beer.

I mentioned the balance already, but am very pleased with the near perfect execution of hops/malt/alcohol. I do not find this 7.1% IPA to be boozy at all, and the carbonation level is perfect for me. Definitely looking forward to the rest of the six pack.

PS - drank a "best by" 2/2011 on 12/21/2010.

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Photo of albern
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose on this beer is fantastic, the taste is less so, but this is still a very respectable and fine IPA. The beer pours a nice clear, lightish orange copper color with a small creamy white head. Retention is just so-so and the lacing is pretty minimal. The nose ... whoa, this is aromatic pine, balsam fir, with lots of citrusy grapefruit. The nose is fantastically aromatic, pungent, and extremely enticing.

The taste is a slight let down from that wonderful aroma of hop. The beer is quite bittering, and has more of the leafy hop than the estery and oily resins of the bud. There are some grapefruit like citrus tartness, some spices in the pepper family, and there is a background taste that is in part woody and earthy. The beer doesn't have the bready malts to quite balance out the bittering hop. There is some creaminess to the beer along with the bittering acerbic grapefruity tang.

There is a lingering tart and earthy aftertaste, a bit too bittering. This is a medium bodied beer, with a modest carbonation. There is some spice going down the throat as well. This is a nice IPA, I just wish the taste followed the nose.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours an orangish golden yellow color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is better than expected. Definitely more malt than I was expecting, but there is also a good dose of fresh citrusy hops as well. This is not a huge IPA in the nose, but it is certainly a very nice, fresh smelling IPA.

T- The taste like the aroma surprised me. There is some sweet malt and caramel up front with the hops coming in next and creating a lingering bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I have to admit that I wasn't expecting much from this one going in but I was pleasantly surprised. Not the biggest or brashest IPA on the shelves, but this one is a well-crafted IPA in it's own right that is definitely worth a try. 

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Photo of Chadpaq
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a sixer of this beer at my local Harris Teeter with almost zero expectations. Honestly, I felt the biggest score of the night was finding one last bomber of SN Celebration Ale at the back of the shelf; this one was merely my thumbs-up to the environment.

Poured much like every other good IPA I've consumed: Sufficient lacing, golden-amber hue, a persistent head that receded with delicacy and delay...but I like that.

My olfactory receptors were quite confused with the aroma of this brew, but this worked in its favor: I couldn't really tell if one strain of hop was out-working the other two, and I liked the balance that this helped the beer achieve.

The taste embodied the tri-hop combo the beer was working with well: Simcoe, Amarillo, and Nugget. Very delicious. I especially liked the sweetness that the Simcoe provided. I'm biased though, as this is my favorite style of hop.

Good amount of carbonation. Reminded me a lot of Bell's Two-Hearted as far as smoothness and carbonation are concerned.

I drank three of these tonight, and could have easily had more if my friend whom I split the sixer with had offered them to me. As it stands, I got to enjoy thirty-six ounces of a damn good, and organic, IPA.

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