Peak Organic IPA | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic IPAPeak Organic IPA

Brewed by:
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

Added by WanderingFool on 04-17-2009

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Photo of thekanna
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Againn Pub in Rockville, MD.

A: Poured into an English pint. Light hazelnut brown with more than a finger of slightly off-white head.

S: Relatively subdued hops with some malty sweetness and creaminess.

T/M: Again, relatively subdued. Hops are the most prominent but obtain a slightly buttery taste and texture. Somewhat sweet malts are rounded out with citrus and herbal flavors. Medium body with lower carbonation.

D: Great relaxing IPA. Hops are not in-your-face like many American IPAs. Good buttery texture evens it out nicely.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Harris Teeter in Morrisville on my way home from work today with some ingredients for my beef vindaloo. Looks really good in the mug with a cloudy, tawny orange and a monstrous cream colored head. Nose is spicy pine and briny citrus. Fresh and tasty.

Not overpowering but satisfying in a workmanlike way that stays with the entire sip to a clean finish. Also, for 7.2 abv, it could pass for much less. Well balanced, measured hop assault, and smooth texture. Very little not to like. Not amazing. but this exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with good amounts of citrus hops and lighter amounts of buttery diacetyl. As it warms hints of herbal hop aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors with mild diacetyl flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of citrus flavors with hints of earthiness. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was a solid IPA that leaned heavily toward the Northeast with the addition of diacetyl. Worth a shot if you're a fan of this sub-set but even if you're not it's not worth avoiding.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a 12-bottle sampler pack, $14.49 at the Lebanon Co-op grocery. Twist-off cap, label notched as best by November 2010. Poured cold into a chilled pint glass.

A: Semi-turbid golden-amber brew generates a half inch of light tan foam that settles to a wispy single layer. A thick meniscus of foam around the edge leaves some nice webs of lace.

S: Very malt-forward (almost like a red ale), a bit of sticky sweetness, caramel, earth, florals, dried hay. Barely any hops detected (?!).

T/M: Great thick and creamy malt backbone is more felt than tasted. Hops are rich and very tasty, even if they are a bit subtle for the style. Nicely balanced. Tangerine and grass hops backed by a near-perfect rounded body of malts and sweetness. Finishes smooth and clean, not much lingering hop.

D: Insanely drinkable. Viscous and smooth without being thick and filling. Hops are full and flavorful without being kick-you-in-the-face bitter. This could just as easily be chugged as it can be savored. There's enough complexity and balance for a beer snob to appreciate, and also refreshing and easy-drinking enough for a noob to like also. I can see this appealing to just about anyone.

Even though the smell leaves a bit to be desired, overall I'm really impressed. Very tasty, highly recommended.

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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 silentjay
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

rather dark for an ipa, produces a decent sized egg-nog colored head that laces well and lasts a while.

very faint aroma is of butterscotch, toffee and caramel as well as some earthy hoppiness, some bitter citrus and some booze.

taste is barely better than the aroma, but again, malt heavy at first. toffee, caramelly malts are sweet and sticky and barely give way to a bit of bitter and fruity hops and some earthy/floral hops come through in the aftertaste, which also has a bit of a burn.

medium bodied brew with a lot, perhaps too much, carbonation. oily and sticky feeling left in the mouth.

drinks ok. a bit too sweet and I'm not that big a fan of the hop profile either. Boozy as well. not my favorite IPA. Nothing is gross here, but nothing is exactly appetizing either. I'll pass unless its offered to me for free.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Part of the sampler box I randomly decided to buy a little while ago. This one pours a clear pale straw topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises hoppy citrus and florals, orange peel, and a hint of toffee. The taste holds notes of bitter citrus peel, light caramel, and a slight biscuity flavor. The body is light, with moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a solid IPA, but nothing all that special.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Nov '09, so this one was sitting for about 8 months...

Poured a cloudy orange with a minimal off-white head that dissipated quickly to a skin that hung around for the length of the drink, adding very minimal lacing.

Big aromas of sweet oranges, apricots, and butterscotch ending with a slight burnt coffee smell.

The taste differs a bit, with piney and citrus hops taking the forefront. Mild sweet malts follow but are more subtle than what is detected in the nose. A grapefruit acidity is added with a nice dryness a slight bitterness on the finish.

Medium mouthfeel that is slightly oily and sticky, with moderate carbonation.

I like the juxtaposition of the aroma and taste, the two characteristics add to a nice overall experience. For the style, more hops would be nice. Overall, a beer I would go back for again but not search out.

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Photo of MakeShiftPro
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Very clear copper color with a small off white head and some lacing

S - Didn't smell as punchy and bright as I would have liked. A bit woodsy.

T - Delicious. Slightly sweet and then nice grapefruit and citrusy taste. Citrus after taste makes you just wanna drink some more.

M - Light/Medium body. Nicely carbonated. Great after a long days work.

D - This is when this brew excels. I could imagine drinking several of these in a night. At a touch over 7% you have to be careful Because it drinks very easy. Totally solid IPA. Nice job Peak.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Best Enjoyed Before: Oct 2010

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, and a nice little citrus thrown in. The taste is hoppy, slightly bitter, slight malt note, and some nice citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, a pretty tasty IPA at that.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. It comes out an amber/orange color with a slight haze to it. It has an off white head to it that goes away pretty quickly, not much lacing to it. The smell is pretty good. One of the few IPAs where you can clearly distinguish the different smells between the malts and the hops. Very sweet malts, caramel aroma, when you smell it quickly it's as if it's a sweet hop smell, its good. The taste isn't the same as the smel. For an IPA it's has a very malty taste. Starts off with a sweet butterscotch and caramel malty/grainy flavor. The flavors of the matls are followed by a zesty/citrus hop. That was one thing I found very interesting about this beer, it smells like a pine hop, and it tastes like a citrus hop. Completely polor opposites on each, don't recall having a beer when there was that much of a difference between the hop smell and taste. The mouthfeel is good, pretty full bodied for an IPA, I like it. It has a nice bittere finish from the hops. For how complex this beer is, it's a pretty drinkable beer. I like it and I love the fact that it's organic. Wouldn't mind trying a little more from this brewery liked the few brews I've tried so far.

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Photo of asabreed
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter peach-colored with not a lot of bubbles and a few scant sheets of lacing. Initial head is crater-like and then kind of bursts within itself before it leaves only a thin layer of white foam over the body.

Smell: Some minor earthiness, bitterness, a bit of sourness, and some grain. Not a lot of complexity here or discernible things going on here, and a bit on the lighter side of things.

Taste: Like the aroma, the taste lacks complexity, though there's an initial nice burst of sweetness followed by an amalgam of oily, bitter, and sour hops. I didn't expect it to be this hoppy, yet there's maybe a tad too much sourness, rather than good earthy bitterness, in the finish. I wish there were more discernible sweeter and fruit ester aromas from the malt too.

Mouthfeel: Sightlier more watery than I expected, and a tad oily. A nice burst of carbonation comes at the back end, but there's not enough to keep it interesting the entire way through.

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these, but it lacks the balance and complexity to keep me interested for more than say, maybe two. Though I imagine with a good meal, this would be a nice IPA as a compliment for a spicier dish, one where you could, again, order a few with the meal.

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Photo of gatornation
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a nice golden orange color with a minimal white ring and nice sticky smells of pines first and citrus hops next with some caramel malts...the taste is crisp if not bitter in a pine resin taste then you are hit with citrus and other fruits but it is of the rind of the fruit it is not a smooth fruit tatse..its just ok..the mouth feel is medium and very crisp..this ioa was just to bitter for a high score it was not well balanced..but it was just average not great but not bad

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Photo of farrago
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nicely fluffed and loosely knit head of bleach white color, crests close to a finger, decent retention as well as broad streaks of lacing. Light orange rust to yellow color, mild haziness helps it achieve more presence in the glass, otherwise transparent. The nose has a brisk, no-nonsense demeanor built on white grapefruit, mandarin orange citrus, cut grass, white pepper, pine sap, the peach, apricot fruit overshadowed, aided by only a light brush of caramel or toffee. Medium-bodied, the carbonation has a very expansive presence, almost like the fluoride foam the dentist gives you at a cleaning. However, the overall bitterness cannot be denied, highly herbaceous and peppery with sour white grapefruit pith. Conversely, more honey present and the peach, nectarine, apricot get some breathing space at the end. If you like "IPA burn" you'll have no problem with this one, the brewery name sounds like the product of too many focus groups and marketing gurus.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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 CampusCrew
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: nice lacing and golden amber color

smell: good whif of citrus and pine

taste: very nice unbalanced IPA. lots of citrus uncomfortable bitterness, especialy on backend

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied, unblanced

drinkability: drinkable, yes, great, no

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.57/5  rDev -3%
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 MNJR
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

For me, this scores "4.0 - good" in all but one category. Nice, dark golden/amber color. Smells nicely of citrus and pine hops. Tastes of honey, pine, and slight caramel. Clean flavor with no imbalance or "off" tastes. Mouthfeel is rich and rewarding. Drinkability gets a 3.0 because it is strong stuff at 7.1% (that's what my label says). Three or four of these in succession and you're going to be on your way to being tanked. Also, the sweetness might get a bit cloying after a few. But, to have one or two of these is fine idea. Good representation of an IPA, and a very good beer overall.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had Peak Organic IPA poured into a nonic pint, and it has a pretty good look. A russet colored body has a creamy tan head on top of it with above average retention, and it leaves some great lacing behind.

The hops in the aroma are predominantly fruit, and the malt has caramel notes with some light sweetness.

The hop profile is a bit understated, made up mainly of fruity hops and a light bitterness. The malt profile has a little bit of sweetness and caramel notes just like the aroma, but there is a light buttery flavor to go along with it. The finish has a touch of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is moderate.

Overall, this beer has a great look, but a somewhat watered down aroma and flavor. There's nothing wrong with it, but I admit that after the first one (at a bar that was not beer-centric) I switched To Yuengling.

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Photo of billab914
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sierra Nevada shaped glass. Poured a hazy orange amber color with a thick fluffy white head. it had pretty good head retention and left very good lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a malty sweetness to it with some caramel flavor, with a slightly piny, citrusy hop aroma. The malty sweetness is coming through a little more then the hops and gives it a little candy, sugary smell.

The taste also has a slightly sweet and sugary flavor to it to go along with the moderate pine and citrus hops. It has a moderate bitterness to it that helps balance out the sweetness some.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's decent tasting and easy drinking making it go down easy. The fact that it is organic I'm sure is a nice addition for some. I don't personally seek out organic beer but it's nice to see that someone is offering a decent one.

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Photo of blackie
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pint glass, light head atop a light amber beer

s: pretty plain pale and caramel malt body with a hop nose carrying lots of sweet orange and candied grapefruit rind - sounds nice, but what I take away is more a canned juice aroma, nice pulpy pine

m: carbonation and body both in the light-medium range

t: pale malts with a moderate dose of caramel, orange juice hop flavor with some nice piney bitterness moving into the finish, pulpy with a nice bitter bite, a little messy but a good ipa

d: nothing special in the ipa world, but an easy drinker

random single from Whole Foods

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, orange-amber body with a finger high layer of off-white foam.

Smell: Sweet caramel-scented malts in the nose with a touch of buttery diacetyl and notes of candied grapefruit rind, flowers, and spruce tips.

Taste: Pale and caramel malts, faintly toasty and with a modest amount of sweetness. The hops are predominately fruity and citrusy, but also yield some floral tones and zesty spruce hints. Moderate bitterness, though there's enough maltiness to keep things fairly balanced. Slight buttery tones from the diacetyl within. Drying, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Even with the diacetyl, I still thought it was a fairly pleasant India Pale Ale. Now, to finally try that Espresso Amber.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle-- a gift.

Appearance: Very light clear golden orange color. Little head, spotty lacing.

Smell: Quite a bit of tart citrus (grapefruit) and piney hops. A sweet caramelly, almost butterscotch smell, but I think its just sweet malt and not diacetyl.

Taste: The taste is sweet caramel and bitter grapefruit hops. The bitterness is kind of sharp and acrid in a non pleasing way (cant believe I'm saying that, because I love overbearing hops). The finish is long and sharply bitter.

Mouthfeel: coming up roses here. I like the level of carbonation. It gives a nice, almost creamy feel.

Drinkability: This is OK. The sharp bitter aftertaste gets a little old. This beer has two flavors-- too bitter and too sweet. An OK IPA.

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Photo of jonziefle
2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clear golden amber. Two finger white pillowy head. Good retention. Excellent lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Strong pungent hops. Grapefruit and pine. A buttery diacetyl hint as well. Moderate sweetness.

Taste: Hops have a slight bite, but they are drowned out by the buttery diacetyl and stronger than usual malts.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied. Smooth.

Drinkability: One of the best looking IPA’s I’ve ever seen, but the taste is a let down. The hop level is too low and the malts too high, with a buttery diacetyl tate disrupting everything. Goes down quickly, though.

Buy Again? No.

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