Peak Organic IPA | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic IPAPeak Organic IPA
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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
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201
Ratings:
729
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
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Photo of DIM
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

a: Chill hazed dark golden; poured with a medium sized fizzy head.

s: Pine and onion-y citrus plus short bread and sugar cookies.

t: Odd sweetness, hard to describe. Kind of a sharp toffee and short bread? Amarillo shines through with some candy onion, not my favorite hop. Noticeable alcohol and lingering medicinal bitterness.

m: Sticky and kind of heavy.

o: Just not my kind of IPA.

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Photo of Tinfang
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sammy Smith pint glass. Clear light copper with no head and thus no retention.

Smell is not pronounced.

Mouthfeel is substantial and pleasant.

IPA reviews seem to be highly personal. I find Samuel Smith to be lacking and a number recent reviews of this ale said some fairly disparaging things. On the other hand Stone Brewing products are way over the top for my pallete and a number of their beers appear in the Top 250. Seems like there's a whole hop vine in every bottle. Peak's IPA suits me perfectly. The malt base is unobtrusive, and the hop presence is lingering and complex. Piney notes become floral and herbal as the ale warms. The hops are dominant but not scarily so.

A characteristic that makes me prefer this IPA to others is the persistence of the hops taste in the mouth. I get to enjoy that flavor between sips. Perhaps this is the result of organic hops.

I will definitely buy this ale again.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated January 2014. Sampled on September 5, 2013.

The pour is amber-orange with a slight white head that simmers down to a ring. Slightly cloudy.

There is a balanced nose between earthy hops and biscuit malts. It also has a little buttery note as well as Shipyard's Ringwood yeast character.

The body falls into the medium range with a little astringency.

The taste is about as well balanced as the nose with a good mix of earthy hips and biscuit malts coming into play. The finish is low to moderate but does not linger long. It is the kind of IPA I prefer because it is not in my face.

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Photo of argock
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by Jan 2014 notched on side of label. Single purchased at World Market (Charottesville, VA).

A: Nearly clear straw-gold with 2-finger off-white frothy head with good retention and a good stripe of lace ringing the top of the glass.

S: Meaty, catty, mild pine, dank hoppiness with a reasonable light caramel malt aroma. No yeast aromas.

T: The meaty hops flavor that I am not a fan of and that is present in the aroma is dominant with some pine and light grapefruit accents. I am not sure what this meaty flavor comes from, but I wonder if it is a English malt/Simcoe combination. I would have sworn that they used Columbus in this beer because that is usually what I associate that aroma and flavor with, but I think I am wrong because Peak Organic at least doesn't admit to any Columbus hops in this recipe. There is no yeast component, and the bitterness is medium to maybe a little more. Certainly not an unpleasant beer but I am not a fan of that flavor style.

M: Mouthfeel is decent with average carbonation and light-medium body. A little slickness but pretty dry.

O: A pretty good beer but I had higher hopes for this one after loving their dry-hopped Summer Wheat Ale. If you are a lover of dank hoppiness, you will probably like this beer. It reminds me a lot of Sixpoint Bengali Tiger -- same meaty weird flavor that all of their ales have.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Nice amber/orange color with heavy lacing and plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Citrus, pine, floral.

Taste: Citrus pine, floral, bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly creamy, with a significant bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. Hoppy and very bitter with just enough malts to provide a friendly wave in the general direction of balanced. Better quality than I was expecting, if they could cut back on the bitter while retaining the hoppiness they would have a top quality beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I haven't smelled many IPAs with the famous cat pee aroma, but this is one of them. It's not catnip to me. The appearance is fine, with a clear, orangey golden color in the Duvel tulip. Modest head and plenty of carbonation.

Man, is this ever a funny flavor. Some malt and a slight stickiness. Kind of an anemic maltiness-- the sugar without any warmth. Hops are herbaceous, weedy, dank, dirty. Nothing spicy or flowery. In fact, it's not like most hops I've encountered. And that smell just does not go away.

Rather thin and bitter and not very drinkable. I blame the ditch weed hops. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Trader Joe's.

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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 Boxus
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Browsing the reviews for this beer, I see a wide range of reactions. It seems a love-it-or-hate-it brew. I'm more on the love-it side - though I wouldn't rank it among my top IPA's, I enjoyed it greatly and will buy again.

I poured it out into a curved pint glass, took a whiff, and I was delighted by the smell. Pure sweet citrus aroma. This beer is light in color, a muted tan, with a small head and some nice lacing. I drank it while snacking on bread and salami.

I enjoyed the flavor right from the start. Attack is very much on the sweet side, with a heavy rush of citrus hops and not much else. The decay of the flavor is mixed, with a flat malty note giving the beer an quality that could almost be unpleasantly medicinal if it was stronger. Luckily that flavor is mostly kept in harmony with the sweeter tones, so it leaves me with a satisfying finish overall.

The hop profile reminds me somewhat of Green Flash's West Coast IPA, which is one of my favorites. This beer is not as good, but overall I think it's a damn fine IPA with a very appealing citrus rush, and I plan to pick up more soon!

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

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Poured a nice gold color, two finger white foamy head, good lacing.
S - Fresh cut grass, floral hops, some nice light citrus, lemon especially.
T - Clean and bright flavors, nice light grassy to it with a touch of lemon, a mild fresh bread malt taste. Very drinkable.
M - Crisp and refreshing, excellent balance.
O - This is a stellar single IPA, and you do not taste or feel the 7.2% at all, good choice for a year round IPA.

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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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Peak Organic IPA from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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