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Peak Organic IPA | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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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192
Ratings:
689
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
25.27%
 
 
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Photo of notchucknorris
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear golden color with a good amount of visible carbonation. A sort of flimsy one finger white head forms, but settles pretty quickly.

S: At first, it smells pretty good. Candied citrus, grapefruit, and tangerine. But as it warms a touch, it gets a bit rough. Musty, dander-y and just not that good.

T: The balance in this is way off. A slight citrus hit upfront, but then a strange sour flavor creeps in with some heavy malt and resin. Finish is peppery and resiny without any good flavors to speak of. This is a miss.

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Photo of utopiajane
2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Pours hazy orange with a generous head of foam that lasted well . Shrank slowly to some impressive craggy lace. Nose is tantalizing with absolutely fresh sweet citrus hops that smell like they are in bloom in the glass. A little dank, a little forest floor too. A respectable malt presence in the nose with light grain, honey and biscuit. Drank well at first and followed the nose with a little pine, some earthy yeast quality and some hops bitter. The malt disappeared somewhat but it did offer a little butter and toast and a little sweetness. Then as it warmed the character changed into something downright vegetal, leafy like lettuce & even a little corn. Malt is too far in back at this point. Tasted muddy, not really clear or crisp. Finished bitter and tried to be dry. Would not buy again.

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Photo of JG-90
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into glass gives a small quickly dissipating head but leaves moderate/heavy lacing. Beer is a clear, bright, golden straw color. Smells of grapefuit, piney, floral, and orange hops. Also had a bit of a bready aroma.

Taste starts with orange and grapefruit, then pine, with a floral finish. A light breadiness with toasty and nutty malts is present throughout, but does not match the intensity of the hop flavors (although this is still by no means a "hop bomb"). Mouthfeel is on the lighter side for an IPA, with high carbonation. I think this is a solid IPA, not a very hoppy one, but one that many people would like.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 7.1% ABV, the last part of the mixed pack currently available way the hell up over and here in Alberta.

This beer pours a glassy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, cushioned off-white head, which leaves some hovering mothership lace around the glass as it fairly slowly sinks away.

It smells of musty citrus rind (grapefruit and oranges left too long in the bottom fridge drawer), bready caramel malt, a bit of pine needle, some soft white onion notes, and spicy leafy, earth hops. The taste is muddled citrus peel, only somewhat tempered in its bitterness, with a stronger herbal, leafy hoppiness taking center stage a little too quickly, over a weakly sweet pale maltiness, borne of soft caramel and/or toffee, while the higher-end ABV actually remains rather well hidden.

The carbonation is pretty understated, though still supportive enough, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a shallow fading pithiness. It finishes off-dry, the pale malt somehow able to counter the remnants of that aspirational hop bill.

Bitter? Erm, yes. Hoppy? Sure. Agreeably IPA-ish? Sort of. This particular offering is just too understated, somehow weirdly musty, as opposed to the crisp edginess one might expect for any particular version of the style. And then there's that subtle onion character - nope, not really what anyone really should expect from a true and blue Yankee IPA. Close, but, well, 'come again'.

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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 ThomasMetal75
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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!

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Photo of jpa01
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. The color is hazy straw. There is a small head but it doesn't last long.

The aroma delivers grassy pine; maybe a hint of onion.

The taste has a nice dose of bitter pine in the start and middle. This drinks quite dry. The finish has some bready yeast flavor that I can't help but associate with Shipyard. Overall, I wouldn't complain about the taste when fresh.

This is quite drinkable; one I'll certainly get again when I know it's fresh (as this one is).

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY and dry hopped at the bar with whole Simcoe hops.

Poured a deep brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured mostly floral hops with a dry caramel.

The taste consisted of clean malts and a dry gloral/herbal hop. A pleasant streamlined taste.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style and surprising considering the ABV.

Overall a very tasty and well balanced ale.

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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 CloudStrife
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by May 2013.

A: Pours an opaque golden orange with a 1 finger dense white head. A decent amount of visible carbonation. Leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Certainly hops going on here. A piney, mildly fruity and sort of soapy hop characteristic. Fruit comes through as some grapefruit and orange. A sweet malt in the background.

T: Decently hoppy, perhaps a little lackluster for such a strong IPA. Don't get me wrong its bitter but there isnt as much hops as others in this category. Instead however it is a nice earthly floral hop that is very easy drinking.

M: Fairly light bodied, mild carbonation. Body is a tad watery.

Overall love the organic take on a great American style. Has a pure hop taste just could use more backing. A little higher overall as I feel the taste is more than 3.5 but not quite a 4.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Before F13

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a fingers worth of head

S: A good dose of minty, citrusy, piney hops with a little earthiness and bready malts

T: Nicely balanced, with the citrus and piney hops combining with the earthiness and breadiness of the malts. Finishes bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Prickly

O: A nice IPA that has a great balance between hops and malts with a good amount of bitterness. Nothing really too stand-outish though

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Photo of RoZnstyle
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - bright orange in color. Nice cascading on the glass

S - not much to speak of. Some floral and aromatics.

T - dry with a crisp spicy finish. Tasted very light compared to other craft ipa's

M - high carbonation. A bit too much in my opinion for the style

O - just another average craft ipa. Nothing special hear but it is refreshing.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Anorange, bronze color with no clarity. Cloudy, with 1 finger of head, and a slight coating left on top of the brew all the way down. A little bit of lace left on the glass

S - Fruity citrus hops dominate, but not a thrown in your face hop splatter.

T - Bitter up front, grapefruit. Citrus towards the end.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O - A lot more bitter than the smell, but this brew gets better by every sip. I did not think highly at first, but by the end I was enjoying this beer.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice cloudy dark straw with a nice froffy white head. Smells of citrus and floral, nice hoppy aroma. Tastes of light malt with some earthy and citrus notes, balanced, yet with a nice bite. Beer is light bodied and goes down very smooth for the amount of bite it has. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by November 2012.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate to heavy haze and a nice, strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Quite good.

Smell: rich malt aroma with a bit of a dank quality and an earthy, herbal hop character. Perhaps not completely to my taste, but pretty well done.

Taste: again, the dank, rich malt flavor, which is perhaps a bit too muddy for my taste. Hop character is earthy, but less pronounced than in the aroma. Bitterness is relatively high. Not too bad, but not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Pretty good, especially for the style.

Overall: this is not a bad beer, per se, and is pretty decent in the field of organic beers. It just doesn't fit well with my palate.

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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 rodney45
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber with a thick cream colored head that lingers throughout the duration of the beer.

S: Honey, Hops, Graham crackers and cinnamon. But mostly graham crackers, which is pretty neat.

T: First notes are sweet malt characteristics, with traces of plum, brown sugar and milk chocolate. Secondary notes are of citrus, mostly grapefruit, lemons and clementines. Finish is non dry, with a very ipa style bitterness that doesnt really set in until late in the game.

M: Light for an IPA, like previously mentioned, very sweet, with the hoppy bitterness only coming to the party late. Moderately carbonated and no hint of alcohol ethers at 7.2 abv.

O: Its a slightly sweetened version of an IPA, with an elementary depth and style, but is a good representation of an east coast style IPA, noticed mostly in the way the beer has an under-abundance of the magnum/centenial/cascade style hops and focuses mainly on simcoe and nugget styles. Good brew

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a wonderful golden honey color that is clear with a small amount of very tiny carbonation bubbles rising to the surface, pours with two fingers of frothy white head with very fine bubbles that linger nicely, dissipates and leaves a pretty decent amount of lacing on the glass
S: great floral and citrus hop notes, grapefruit and also something a little sweeter, quite fresh and tantalizing
T: a delicious american IPA, great hop notes, not outlandishly citrusy but just enough and with a great sweetness to back it up almost like the sweetness of an apple, nice bitter note at the end
M: gentle carbonation tingle, smooth, leaves a pretty decent dryness on the palate
O: a delicious american IPA, really well rounded and highly drinkable, great hop notes and not overpowering as so many have gone towards lately

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange with a frothy beige head. Long lasting retention with great staying power. A fine looking IPA.

Smells like earthy tobacco hops with a mild citrus twang. Tastes about the same. More resin than bitterness which you don't see too often but is kinda nice. Crystal sweetness for balance.

Not bad, not good. Another IPA.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 7/2012.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some slight honey aromas. Taste is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and a slight malt finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. Bonus points for being organic too.

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Photo of NardiByNature
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear copper color. A two-finger head settles into a nice pancake and leaves plenty of lacing. Appearance is nice. There isn’t much aroma to this one: it’s yeasty; cracker malt-forward and a faint grassy/piney note in the background. Slight grapefruit as it warms. The taste is subdued but clean and crisp with an earthy hop bitterness.

The beer looks good and feels good – it tastes and smells relatively bland, against a backdrop of solid NE IPAs.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours an orangish amber with a half of an inch of thick, soft, white head that has decent retention

S - faint bread, citrus, faint alcohol

T - faint bread, citrusy, orange, grapefruit, earthy, piny, mild bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carboanted

This is a decent offering from Peak Organic. It has decent flavor and great drinkability. I wouldn't refuse this if offered again.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin head on a clear crimson body. Little lacing. Aroma is very musty with wet sock hops dominating. Flavor is more fruity with candies orange, floral and moldy piney hop notes. Medium body and lighter side of medium carbonation. Overall a nicely drinkable IPA though the aroma is light.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at Stella's (not a great beer bar, but went with some coworkers)

A- Pours a translucent slightly golden brown. Minimal white head that leaves nice layered lacing around the glass while drinking. About average carbonation.

S- Hops, not as much of a sweet fruit smell, more of a traditional East Coast IPA smell.

T- A decent amount of earthy hops, not too fruity like typical West Coast IPAs, lightly sweet, a little bit of caramel, some malts.

M- Medium bodied, abv very well hidden, average carbonation, smooth, well balanced, goes down easy.

O- In terms of more East Coast IPAs this was a pretty decent offering from Peak Organic. This like all the beers I've tried from Peak is definitely above average for its style, but nothing that stands out. There was a nice balance between the hops and the light caramel sweetness. The abv was very well hidden, I had no idea what abv it was when I was trying it. From the taste it tasted like 5-6%, but I could definitely feel it slightly more. Overall a decent IPA offering. Definitely recommended if you don't have too much too chose from, but nothing to go out of your way to get.

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Peak Organic IPA from Peak Organic Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.
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