Peak Organic King Crimson | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States
peakbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
King Crimson is an Imperial Red Ale that delivers a royal bounty of luscious, fruity American hops on top of a sturdy, deep red malt backbone. This beer is lavishly dry-hopped with Simcoe, adding a citrusy and piney flavor and aroma to the toasty, sweet malt notes. This special treat is a very limited Winter release, so enjoy it while you can!

90 IBU

Added by TheManiacalOne on 12-31-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
154
Reviews:
69
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.89%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 154 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep copper-brown color with a thick oatmeal colored fine foam on top and gobs of frothy lacing. The nose detects tons of hoppy malt. Thick malt sweetness, near licorice in its depth with nutty caramel and generous pine hops, and maybe a kiss of citrus. The flavor brings, as one would expect after a sniff or two, lots of malt, evergreen brown sugar and yeasty caramel peanut. Grassy edges give this some character. A solidly medium bodied brew with mellow carbonation and a somewhat heavy feel. Quite a mouthful, a solid Imperial Red.

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Photo of alamode
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of tylerprince
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap at DBGB in NYC, Bowery and Houston.

A: Dark ruby/amber with a nice off white head. Quick resolution into copious lacing.

S: Smells like a bag of fresh, buttery popcorn. Quite strong. Butterscotch with some toffee; hops impart a subtle earthy aroma. Pine. Butterscotch and coffee dominate once head fades.

T: Piney hops up front meld into bitterness and caramel with butterscotch. Complex and sweet, but perhaps a bit too much so. Finishes sweet and boozy.

M: Syrupy and low on the carbonation, which works fine for this beer. Sticky head.

O: A nice amber. I haven't had many like this; by far the butteriest beer I've ever tried.

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Photo of berliner07
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pretty red color. . This is tasty beer. Aroma is a mix of citrus hops, sweet maltiness and a touch of booze. Flavor up front is a rush of hops. Pine/citrus/grapefruit/sticky. Then maltiness floods the palate. Rich, thick mouthfeel. A little heat on the back to compliment the malt profile. At 9% or so, it's a bit dangerous.

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Photo of erlenmeyer
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of dwilly
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with a ton of thick lacing on a clear amber body. Aroma is a very very musty wet sock hop aroma. Flavor is very sour with some pine hops and a syrupy malt flavor. Thick body and moderate carbonation. Overall the mouthfeel turns me off. This is a strong beer that is overly boozy.

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Photo of tjeppaint
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of silentjay
2.51/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

some of these "limited release" peak organic bombers have been a pleasant surprise, and for just a few bucks, they always tend to be worth a shot. This, imperial amber in the times of Nugget Nectar being released, and a fridge stocked with Maine Beer's Zoe will have some stiff competition to hold up to.

I think crimson is a decent description of the color. a lighter mahogany (purplish/red) with a nicely sized head, tan colored, with decent lacing.

toffee and butterscotch aroma with some pine, bit citrusy, and earthy hops, however its a very sweet aroma. almost candy-like and a bit too much so.

again, toffee and butterscotch out first. hops fall to the back. boozy and sweet, but with a bitterness that follows with no hop flavor, only butterscotch. not great.

don't get any hop resin, only sticky sweetness with a subtle carbonation.

not enjoying this much. Not getting the "lavishly dry-hopped with Simcoe" in aroma. not getting the "royal bounty of luscious, fruity American hops". just caramel, butterscotch and toffee, with a bit of booze. 220z is too much for this one.

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Photo of bentonquest
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of verdict603
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of cfloyd
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of cfinch2
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of EORS
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On sale for 2.99 at the local liquor store so I figured it was worth a shot. Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish brown with about an inch of pale tan head, which settled down after a few moments. No lacing on the glass, and medium carbonation in the beer.

Smell: Resinous hop aroma with alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Pleasantly surprising as reds aren't always a style I enjoy - very forward with the hop taste with a decent malt body, hints of warming alcohol. The dry hopping, I think, covers up some of the sourness/flatness I find the malt bills of some red ales/ryes.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation lightens up a medium to full body, which would otherwise be bordering on syrupy.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer at the price I got it at, and would say it's worth a try even at the full retail. A big beer that does a good job of staying balanced and tasting like a more full and flavorful version (not just a more alcoholic) version of its style. Will buy some more the next time I'm back.

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Photo of Kromes
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy reddish brown with a tall thick orange/brown head. The head sat about a half inch above the rim of the glass for a good 3 minutes.

S: A very nice herbal, pine and earthy hop aroma.

T: The hop starts right up front with some pine flavors and then the bitterness kicks in and fades to reveal an oak-like toasted and carmel malt flavor. Alcohol flavor and feel throughout.

M: medium-heavy body. Carbonation is right on. A little oily, but the bitterness leaves the mouth somewhat dry.

O: A nice imperial red ale. Maybe a little hop heavy at first, but I like how there is a nice toasted/caramel malt flavor in the end.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear mahogany with a fairly thick, if not persistent, light tan head. Inviting aroma is malty with a good overtone of apple and cloves and a subtle earthy note. Luscious flavor has a malty core and tones of wood, caramel, fruit (mostly apple), nuts and spice and just a touch of bitterness. Full-bodied smooth texture has a raspy fizz that leaves a nice edgy finish. Long live the king!

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Photo of gdrydenc
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with about 1finger of light tan head. The beer itself is a light brown, maybe almost amber in color. Not a really pretty beer overall.

S - Smells like an amber. However, the lower rating comes from the fact that this is supposed to be an intense, high alcohol beer, and the smell doesn't reflect this.

T - The taste is pretty similar to the smell. A bit like a typical amber, but pretty weak. Especially for 9% ABV. A bit weak, and it loses points for that.

M - The carbonation is fine on this beer, but the finish is pretty nasty. I don't know why I'm turned off by this beer so much, but it just doesn't sit well with me.

Overall, I would not buy this beer again. It's not very impressive, though it is cheap. I'm bummed, because this is the first beer I've had by this brewery.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Peak Organic King Crimson is a cloudy, dull red ale with a big, fluffy, yellowish head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a smooth, grainy malt aroma. It smells like caramel with just a hint of sweetness. Spicy and grassy hops are present. It's pretty full bodied and very smooth. The finish is dry and chewy. It tastes very malty with a good dose of melanoids. There's perhaps a touch of sweetness and a resiny quality. A grassy, herbal bitterness comes in at the finish along with alcohol warmth. This is kind of like a doppelbock, but an ale. It's flavorful and satisfying.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A deep red almost brown body with about a finger of tan head. It dissipates down to a thin layer of lace. Extremely malty nose with a pungent earthy hop aroma. Brown sugar and some citrus bounce around as well. The taste is toasty and sweet. Some dark, earthy fruit notes balanced with a citrus tang. Steep transition from sugary sweet to citrus/pine bitterness. As the beer warms up the abv become apparent and leaves a subtle burn on the finish. Drank smooth and the beginning but got rougher as I went along.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this from a deuce deuce to a SA Imperil snifter glass.

This pours a murky reddish brown, muddy creek water look, red hues in the right light, about a 2 finger head that rings and slimes its way around the glass, and lots of visible sediment floating around. This looks like its gonna be great. Thick bready fruit-malts on the nose, followed by a spice and floral hops, alcohol plums make their way into the mix as well giving it a more wine like scent. Sugary malts on the tongue with a touch of the spice and the hops. This is very sweet and the hops on the end give it a bitter bang. Medium bodied, bitter and dry on the finish. Overall i can dig this beer, it was pretty decent, may try again for the right price.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Old Speckled Hen pint glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange hue with a thin tan head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving decent amounts of lacing.

S: I was surprised at the hop presence this beer offers right off the bat - earthy pine and citrus rind with some toasted grain and sweet malt in the mix as well.

T: Like the aroma, the flavor yielded a good amount of hop that was noticeable from start to finish. The dominant flavor however was malty, with a hint of fresh roasted coffee, dark chocolate and raisins.

M/D: Medium to full bodied that is a bit syrupy and tough to get through towards the end of my glass, well carbonated for the style and the lingering bitterness from the hop is nice.

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Photo of merlin48
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle pours a clear copper body with ruby highlights. Tall beige head has excellent retention and throws down some lavish sticky lacing.

Exceptional aroma! Fruity and floral. Orange blossoms, ripe red apples, pink grapefruit, pine resin, pineapple... all drenched in melting waves of caramel. Nice.

Medium full body is thick and creamy, not quite chewy, with a moderate carbonation.

Taste has a dominant citrusy hop profile deftly balanced by the creamy caramel malt base. Pineapple, pink grapefruit, pine resin, and orange blossom notes tease the taste buds all the way through. No alcohol presence, somehow. Clean finish.

Amazing balance and drinkability for such a big beer. This imperial red almost ventures into strong ale territory but still manages to maintain a surprisingly high drinkability. Very well done. One of the best beers I've enjoyed all year.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep amber/red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a rich crystal and roasted malt scent along with a very nice hop aroma. It's warm and malty with plenty of citrus hop appeal. The taste is good. It has a rich, malty flavor that's sweet with caramel malts yet bitter as hell with lots of citrus hops. There is a touch of toasted malt character that lends itself to a dry, roasted finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a terrific red ale. It's complex in both the malt and hop makeup.

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Peak Organic King Crimson from Peak Organic Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 154 ratings.
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