Peak Organic Summer Session Ale | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
A traditional summer wheat beer marries a West Coast pale ale. Locally grown wheat provides a complex mouthfeel and Amarillo dry hopping gives a citrusy aroma.

61 IBU

Added by ericj551 on 06-08-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
315
Reviews:
82
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
15.16%
 
 
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12
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55
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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Johncnh
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Exeggutor
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigGold
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had at Regina Pizzeria, North End, Boston, under the name "Regina Brew," on draft into tumbler. A nice summer beer, this American Pale Wheat Ale is also not a bad match for pizza.

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Photo of Prost76
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEER88
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ela
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ctylinebeer
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of Bogdawg
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hoppyhoppy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Cookies
2.31/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Griphon
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cath
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ichorNet
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time having this in a can (goes with my session tonight; every beer poured from aluminum!), but I remember liking it quite a bit. Peak and I have a love-hate history, but I've certainly leaned towards the "love" side in the past few years, as Fresh Cut and several others have vastly exceeded my expectations. This is what Peak describes as a "traditional summer wheat beer marries a West Coast pale ale" dry-hopped with Amarillo hops.

Pours a pale-ish yellow with a retentive bone-white head. Very hazy body and decent lacing. A pretty good looking wheat-based ale, for sure. As summer beers go, this is definitely in the upper echelon considering the impressive head retention and solid, nearly opaque haziness.

Nose has some clove, spicy ginger, lemon, fresh-cut grass and spicy hops with slight biscuity notes. Pretty understated but very evocative of the whole "summer" thing without going overboard. In this sense, Peak has succeeded handily without any specialized ingredients, and they deserve props for that.

On the tongue I get some subtle lemongrass, herbal and wheat malt notes with a strong undercurrent of piney and earthy hops, likely the result of dry-hopping with Amarillo. Slightly floral, grassy and, yet, with a full malt backbone despite its rather-intense bitterness ratio (61 IBU in a 4.4% ABV beer!), Peak Summer is a very nice option for the IPA fanatic who wants a lighter-bodied beer that nevertheless refuses to conform to the "Summer session IPA" archetype which happens to be common these days.

Feel is definitely spritzy and happens to be in the lighter-bodied end of the spectrum, but this isn't a "light" beer at all. In terms of flavor, this is rather engaging. Carbonation is on the strong side with an almost seltzer-like brightness, but the finish has enough wheat to anchor this firmly in the realm of beer. Very good balance.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rcaisse
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anthony23cippy
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can (natural living center, Bangor, ME) marked march 28/2016 into a pint glass. Pours a hazy straw color with minimal head and minimal lacing. The smell is the best part of the brew in my opinion smells of lemon grass, lime, orange peel, and toasted malt. Tastes of pretty much the same except the malt doesnt balance out the hoppiness as much as I would like. Mouthfeel is thin but not watery, great for a summer session. Overall a pretty good beer, I love the local idea and the organic twist. Perfect for a day on the water. 3.75/5

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Photo of dar482
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a lightly hazy gold color.

The aroma hits of lemon peel, hints of diacetyl, wheat, pale malts.

The flavor follows with pale malts, dry crackers, grass, floral, hints of citrus peel, lingering wheat, with a light hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium light with a medium high carbonation.

A gentle sessionable

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Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

How baffling! I DO have a CAN to add to The CANQuest (tm) and today is its day! I CAN hardly CANtain my excitement!

From the CAN: "Pure Ingredients, Delicious Beer".

Ah, what a wondrous Crack! I followed it with an inverted Glug which raised two fingers of rocky, soapy, bone-white head with limited retention in the face of today's humidity, Color was a hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose was filled with Saaz hops and a lemoniness that made me think of lemongrass. Jeez, I suddenly want to go for sushi! Mouthfeel was medium, but utterly soft, laying still on my tongue as I allowed it to loll around. The taste was immensely lemony, more towards lemon biscotti from Enrico's in Pittsburgh, but still with a bit of grassiness. Finish was semi-dry to dry, but very pleasant on a hot, humid summer evening.

I have a number of Peak Organic beers, both bottle & CAN, awaiting drinking & review & I have decided to run through as many of them as possible today. How odd that tone77 credits me with providing him with a CAN & yet, I have a bottle!

From the bottle: "Pure ingredients, delicious beer".

Knowing from previous experience that their bottled beers come with screw-top openings, I did not waste time or effort in Pop!ping it open. A twist to the left & I was in business! I could not bring myself to do an aggro pour since it seemed to have good clarity in the bottle. If it was supposed to be cloudy, I will decant any lees at the end of the beer. An in-glass swirl raised a finger of foamy, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, causing the Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus to unexpectedly drop in for a taste. Nose smelt of lemon zest & my late-Pops Wheaties. He ate them for breakfast almost religiously & I will never forget that smell. Mouthfeel was a little thin, but not so thin as to be considered watery. The taste was very lemony, but a wheat/biscuit malt breadiness helped to make it very quaffable. In fact, I had drank off over half of it without even thinking. Finish was semi-dry. It had a lemony quality, but it was held in check to the point that it was not overly bitter or dry. I will be very curious to see how it does from a CAN. In the interim, I have a final pour from this bottle to finish off. There really was not much change in clarity with the exception of a little bit of lees at the end.

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Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of digitalflood
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Peak Organic Summer Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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