Peak Organic King Crimson | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic King CrimsonPeak Organic King Crimson

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Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States

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

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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 154
Photo of Metalmonk
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

So, I bought this beer because I love King Crimson, the band, and couldn't resist. Simple as that.

Appropriately regal gold foil wrapping uncovers...a screw-off cap. That's just silliness. Getting over that, I screw the top off (oh, I hate writing that), and pour, and get a deeply red liquid in my glass, so the name fits. It's crowned (geddit?) with a thick bed of dirty white foam. Speckles of lace are splattered around the glass.

Aroma has the vibe of an American strong ale, being citrusy hops backed up hard against a firm, cherry-like, slightly burnt, sweetly toasty, candy-like wall of malt. Mighty, mighty good.

The taste follows the smell, with elements of Boston baked beans (the candy), cherry, herbal tea, leafy hops, pine, and a dash of alcohol all doing their thing together. It's all mingled well, not one component jutting out further than the other. Bitter, resiny flavor left hanging out in the finish.

Despite a certain stickiness, this is a little thinner than everything else going on. Looks good, smells strong, tastes full...and feels a little thin. But that's okay, it's not exactly watery, and I like that the carbonation is relatively mellow.

It always comes back to the question: WWFD? (What Would Fripp Do?) Would he like this beer? Would he brew a beer like this? Will Crimson ever put another album out? In any case, this drinks like a decent American strong ale, and at 9% (that's what the bottle says) it might as well be. A very good effort, and even more impressive, it's USDA Organic.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into flared pint glass a nice deep amber with an aggressive two or three fingers of egg shell foam settling into a finger of styrofoam like head.

Sweet caramel malts on the nose and some pine hops.

Mostly getting the sweetness and caramel from the malt, but the hops are there, just not overwhelming.

Smooth resiny mouthfeel and then a hit of the alcohol bite with lighter carbonation at the end.

Pretty right price for this one - a very nice drinker, balanced though on the sweeter side. I will say a foil top revealing a screw cap is a little silly!

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Photo of argock
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a clear, stemmed, glass goblet. No freshness date. Sampled as a result of the wise buying of my good friend Erinn -- thanks.

A: Burnished red/amber with 1-finger beige, tightly bubbled head with decent retention and a few spots of lacing.

S: A bit grainy but hefty caramel and a strong does of citrus-orange hoppiness. The alcohol is just a sting of the nostrils.

T: Unfortunately, the alcohol dominates this brew pretty severely. The woody character, while mixing pretty well with the biscuit, caramel nature of the malts, still overwhelms most everything else. The bitterness is also above-the-line and doesn't match up well with the strong alcohol component.

M: Reasonably smooth with medium carbonation and full body.

O: Needs some time to come around -- way too alcoholic at this point to the point that the maltiness is not very complex with toffee-caramel with some biscuit tones and hoppiness is straight raw bitterness. I have not had good luck with this style overall -- way too alcoholic with loss of malt subtlety.

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Photo of jfmorey
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber purchased April 1, 2011 (No Foolin')

A deep reddish brown color and plenty of cream head that left nice lacing. Mouthfeel is good.

Complex and deep malty, slightly sweet taste with piney hops to produce good balance. None of the alcohol taste that I often find in beers above 9%. But drinkable? I will have another on any day it is available. Too bad it is a limited release.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Indeed crimson with head retention. A nice looking glass of beer.
S- Hops and sweet malts
T- Light hops for a hophead with light roasted malt balance.
M - Sharp carbonation despite smooth mouthfeel.
D- quite drinkable...extremely drinkable

I'll have to find another bottle or two of this one.

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Photo of Avantyawn
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just got this in a 32 ounce growler pour at whole foods for $5.99. I was surprised it was so cheap at 9.5% ABV. Had to give it a try. Also, I am a huge fan of King Crimson, so the name helped spurn me on. I thought that if you were going to name a beer after one of the greatest rock bands of all time, it had better be a rocking beer... Let's see...

A: Deep crimson red, filtered, see through, nice one inch head. An inviting and pleasant looking beer.

S: Malty, caramel, alcohol, pungent, strong smelling beer. A little malty for my taste, but surprisingly nice smelling even so. There is a bit of biter hoppiness to the scent at the end, but the malts and sweetness are dominant.

T: My first impression was a bit of soapiness, sweet fruits, some dry hoppy bitterness at the end. This rides the line between a amber ale / Wee Heavy / an an Imperial IPA, at heart is a malty treat with some hoppy characteristics to remind you its American and not from the UK / Scotland. This is a very tasty and devilishly drinkable, fresh brew. I can imagine it being tweaked a bit as its a new experimental seasonal brew, but its definitely good and I am glad I bought the growler. I would only love it more if it were a tad hoppier tasting.

M: Very nice and creamy texture to it , while still being thin and filtered to keep it drinkable. This beer is a real treat, you have to be careful at 9.5%, wow...

O: Overall I put it on the high end of 4 but can't quite give it a 4.5. This beer is a real treat, sweet, malty, somewhat hoppy, and very satisfying. Just give me a TAD more of a hop bite to the taste and I'm totally sold! Well done.

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

Beautiful reddish pour with a nice creamy frothy head. Putting the glass up to my nose, the first thing I smelled was a powerful yet soft and balanced hop nose. I was expecting a high IBU for this one, but at the first taste, the malt overtook any of the hops that I was expecting. It was very interesting. Enjoyable, I wouldn't put it at the top of my list of super brews, but it was something I will enjoy again.
It was really SO EASY drinking.
I didnt detect any fruit or spices, just some nice barley malt with the right hint of hops

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a meaty 2" head which was slow to erupt and had all manner of odd sized bubbles and froth. Lovely clear auburn color. Smell is like an IPA with hops, citrus, even some caramel. The taste has more of each of those except the caramel, and there's plenty of malt. Moderately long finish. To me this is reminiscent of their IPA, which I love, except it has a little less hop bite and it has the added malt. Very nice product. And surprisingly affordable for a pint.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep shade of, well crimson, with a huge fluffy beige head that sticks to everything. Fruity and caramel malts mixed with earthy grassy citrus hops just about sum up the aroma on this one. I got an intense blast of citrus when I popped the cap open but that was short lived. Taste is caramel and dark pitted fruit mixed with an earthy spicy bitterness. Long lingering earthy grapefruit finish. Resinous and creamy mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation level. Wow I'm kind of impressed. Nice balanced red ale at a reasonable price compared to its peers. Great luscious creamy mouthfeel. Too bad its a "limited release" Points off for the screw top cap.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this right after I tried Eagle Claw Fist, and this compared quite well.
In an imperial pint glass the beer was an amber color with about one inch of tan head. Plenty of lace.
Sweet caramel aroma. Citrus and herbal notes also.
Hoppy taste, mostly grapefruit, that lingered.
Sweet caramel.
Sweet and smooth, nicely balanced.
Would drink this anytime.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I happened to stumlble upon this 22 oz. last week at Atlas and now going to enjoy it during the NCAA. I poured the beer into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured with a two finger head that reduced to a very thin layer after a few minutes. This leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass. The color is dark amber/crimson red. There is also a medium amount of carboantion that is running to the top of the glass.

Smell: Very sweet, malty, caramel, toffee.

Taste: very sweet maltiness with a well balnced of hops to compliment the malts. Finally got some hints of raisins after a few sips. Not that boozy considering the 9%.

Mouthfeel: The beer is smooth and creamy. Medium body and some fizzing in the back of my mouth as the beer goes down.

Overall: I think this is a good beer. Very sweet and a well balance of hops. I didn't even notice the 9% ABV. Only a limited release, so I would suggest to buy the 22oz. if you see it in your local store.

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Photo of Philmagnifico
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I acquired this in a 22 oz bottle. I tasted it in a pint glass.
A-Definitely lives up to its is straight out crimson. Nice creamy head with fine bubbles. The head almost seems to be tinged yellow.
S-A generous hop aroma with that distinctive Simcoe flair.
T-Started off with a generous dose of hops and sweet malt and seemed to take on more piney flavor as I consumed it.
M-Crisp up front with a bit of a resinous finish. Coats the mouth. Not too heavy in the body despite the alcohol content. One note on the alcohol content...the ABV on BA as of my review states 9.50% but the bottle states 9%. Perhaps there has been some tinkering with the recipe between the time the earlier on-tap reviews were written in 2010 and my review.
D-Very Good. I enjoyed it and found it rather refreshing. I recommend giving it a try.

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

A - Crimson/Red

S- Hints of sweet malts. Dark malts

T- Hops more prevalent. Caramel malt balance.

Mouthfeel - Not heavy, as I have had heavier red ales. Crisp

Overall- Enjoyable beer. Easy to drink, makes you want another glass. It's heavy in the ABV, but not noticeable.

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Photo of weller1js
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: red golden hue, clear with moderate carbonation

smell: sweet aroma with a hint of a scent similar to a belgian ale

taste: hops consistent yet mellow throughout

drinkability: the consistency from beginning, middle, & end is exceptional, would recommend for someone who likes a hoppy beer but doesn't like the Belgian-style

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

10 ounce helping served up at Summits Wayside Tavern in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clear, garnet-hued body capped with a thin layer of lasting, whipped, off-white foam.

Smell: Particularly candyish nose with a sweet-scented maltiness marked with a whiff of toasted bread crusts brushed with butterscotch and maple syrup. Earthy, grassy, citrusy hops in the nose, as is a wafting booziness.

Taste: Deeply toasted maltiness teamed with a burst of caramel candy sweetness and a meager hint of nuttiness. Dab of buttery diacetyl blended in. Slight maple tones, reminiscent of their Maple Oat Ale. Earthy, modestly grassy hop character along with some fruity, citrusy grapefruit tastes. Moderate bitterness that makes way for a touch of hard fusel alcohol to reach the tongue. Finishes dry and zesty with a lingering mixture of bitterness and alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Notably smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's bitter, it's a bit boozy, but it's got a pleasant smoothness to it that helps it go down without too much trouble. However, the ten ounces in this helping is more than enough for one sitting.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip. Poured a translucent mahogany with a half inch, dense, bright white head. Nose is malty, buttery with some sweet citrus at the back. Taste is malty, caramel, sweet citrus, diacetyl and a light bitterness at the back. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a consistent and lively effervescence. A decent brew, but the buttery quality in the nose and the flavor profile detract from the crispness I've come to associate with and enjoy about the style.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at the Great Lost Bear, on tap, in a tulip glass. Reviewed from my notes.

The beer is blood red in color with a finger of tan bubbles (they look a little yellow, but I think that is because of the light I am sitting under). It's completely transparent and very pretty. Too bad that the appearance is the best thing about the beer.

There are aromas of yeast and aromatic hops in the smell. It conjures up a feeling of being slightly dusty or earthy, if that makes sense. There is a lot going on in the flavor. There is a hearty, sweet malt presence, but also lots of hops. Not bitter or hoppy like a DIPA though; it's more of a crunchy, natural hop taste (appropriate for an organic brewery), as if there were whole hop blossoms in it. You can detect some alcohol, but nothing too distracting. It's not exactly what I expected for a beverage advertised as a hoppy, imperial red. It has the appropriate characteristics, I just though the hop profile would be different.

It has a heavy body and lots of mouth coating. It feels like there is a bit too much carbonation. It makes for a good sipping beer, mainly because it isn't too easy to drink this one fast. I'm glad I've tried it, but I'll probably wait a while before ordering another (which is more than I can say about a lot of other Peak beers).

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Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is reddish / orange and clear. Carbonation is low and the head is tight and made up of a small white bubbles. When the head falls away, it leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very similar to an English IPA, lots of malt and a definite hop presence. Lots of noble hops.

Strong malt backbone gives this beer a lot of body and some forward sweetness. There is a strong citrus hop flavor followed by a good bitter bite at the back. Overall the beer is pretty good but the malt sweetness seems pretty disconnected with the overall body of the beer and the bitterness in the back. This beer could benefit greatly from more carbonation. The sourness of the carbon dioxide could do a lot to connect the two flavors.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/30/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep crimson color as the name implies, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a nice, strong burst of grassy hops bitterness up front. Then some mild citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is heart and provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, there are better "imperial red ales" out there but this is very solid beer to drink for a while and is the best beer I've had from Peak Organic.

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