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

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

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81
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310
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
30.05%
 
 
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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some hints of yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy white head that reduces to a medium large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat with light to moderate aromas of citrus/lemon and apricot.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of wheat with some slightly lighter flavors of citrus/lemon and apricot. Very light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing, perfect for a hot day and it tasted great after a walk in the heat.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by January 2013.

Appearance: pale golden hue with a light haze and a strong effervescence. Head poured a thin finger of creamy white foam. Not too bad looking.

Smell: a little bit of creamy wheat smell with a nice fruity aroma of banana, tangerine, and a little lemon; quite tropical, really. I tend to like fruity pale wheat ales; they really fill the bill for something like a summer session beer.

Taste: nice and light malt character; not quite as wheaty as the malt in the aroma, but not bad. The fruitiness comes through in the flavor as well, and the overall effect is quite balanced and pleasing. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: light bodied but with a surprisingly good carbonation and creaminess. I was not expecting this!

Overall: this beer is definitely as-advertised: a great summer session ale. It also happens to suit my palate quite nicely; I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of shand
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

It pours a slightly hazy golden color with two fingers of head. Very high visible carbonation. The aroma has clean malts, wheat, hops and citrus. The taste is good, it's got a nice citrus and wheat presence at first, dying down to some clean malts, toasted grain, a touch of hops, and still continuing citrus presence. The mouthfeel is light and heavily carbonated, and the drinkability is very good. This is just a really good American Wheat. It's very flavorful for it's small profile. Delicious.

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Photo of kflorence
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first from this brewery. Kudos for the can!

A: This is a beautiful beer! Pours golden yellow with hints of copper, not unlike wheat. A surprising amount of frothy white head atop that lasts and lasts. A good amount of lacing on the glass which tends to slide rather than stick. Very active and lively carbonation, perhaps too much.

S: Sweet floral notes with a surprising amount of hops on the aroma and a grainy, earthy backbone. A tad bit of rubber bubblegum. Alcohol is almost undetectable.

T: Follows the smell pretty well. Sweet and cloying up front with floral notes and a bit of spiciness. Thins out towards the middle, quickly becoming bitter with a ton of citrus. Grapefruit rinds dominate the aftertaste. Honestly, quite tasty.

M: light bodied, carbonation is lively but not as overpowering as it seems to be on first look. A bit thin, not much bite, but dangerously drinkable.

O: Took a chance on this one and I couldn't be happier. This is a very solid fridge beer and I look forward to getting it again, this may even top Trout Slayer Ale as my favorite wheat beer. Would pair very nicely with white fish. A nice first impression from Peak Organic, I will have to seek out more of their offerings. Cheers!

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with moderate haze. 1 finger white head doesn't last long. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is citrusy hops, pleasant but not overpowering. Lemon and a bit of grapefruit.

More citrus in the taste. Lemon, grapefruit, and orange. Some pale malt and caramel. Not getting the wheat beer aspect. Seems like more of true pale ale to me. Still tasty though.

Moderate body and mouth feel with medium+ carbonation. Just the right amount of hoppy bitterness.

A very pleasant but unassuming beer. Not particularly complex but simple and crisp works well.

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Photo of emsroth
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App:thick frothy head. Medium amber with perfect clarity

Smell: watermelon and Fruity hops. Hint if strawberries.

Taste: strong malt bill with wonderful top balance. Equal parts wheat husk and biscuit. Dry, bitter grassy hops that are a bit bland. Otherwise balanced.

A bit full bodied for a summer beer

Reminiscent of Brooklyn summer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peak Organic Summer Session Ale

A: Hazy golden body beneath a short head of bright white foam. Average head retention and lacing.

S: Hoppy: citrusy and grassy. Mild grainy malt.

T: Quite citrusy and grassy. Surprisingly hoppy. Subtly tart and lemony to the point that I had to question whether there was lemon juice added to it. Lightly malty, and gently wheat-ish. Well-balanced starting with a dollop of sweet malt upfront, becoming more tart across the middle, and finishing dry and grassy with a firm, residual bitterness.

M: Medium-light bodied and crisp with a standard carbonation level.

O: A decent summer ale that actually tastes like "beer". Hoppy and refreshing!

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Photo of DAllspaw
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with white head, fairly large bubbles. Nice golden color, looks more like a pilsner.

Smell is fairly strong hops, more than expected, fairly prominent citrus smell.

Taste is crisp, nice bitter touch to finish, fairly crisp like a pilsner. A perfect summer session beer, aptly named. Reminds me a bit of New Belgium Mighty Arrow.

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Photo of Brad007
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden yellow color with a one-finger head into my glass. Standard fare for the style.

Aroma has a slight hint of clove and banana but not much else. Inoffensive but just not on the aromatic side.

Taste is crisp with wheat, clove and a slight breadiness upfront. Not a bad combination. There's even a slight grassiness from the hops.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassiness from the hops and clove as well.

I think it's well-done for the style. I'm not too high on releases from this brewery as they have been somewhat lackluster in the past. However, this would not be out of place on a hot day.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essential clear golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of apricot, citrus and wheat in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite fruity and has flavors of apricots and lemons. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and quite refreshing. It’s a good selection for a hot summer day or as a pairing with a light dish like pasta.

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Photo of berley31
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a deep yellow color, and very clear body. Medium-sized, fluffy white head that holds very well.

S: Very nice aroma with floral spiciness, and strong smells of citrus (lemon, especially).

T: Some wheat flavor starts off, followed quickly by a lemony, light spiciness that isn't overpowering in the least. A very slight hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation.

D: One of the best summer beers I've had... refreshing, fruity, wheaty... just awesome.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pale hazy yellow body here with about two fingers of creamy looking white head. Really nice retention here with good looking sticky lace.

Nice slightly citrus hop aroma with toasty grains and pale malts coming through. A touch of bittering from the hops in the nose. Lots of grains here, with a little bit of citrus and a toasty flavor rounding it out. Nice subtle hop bittering finishes this one off.

Really a nice light body here with good lively carbonation. Really a refreshing beer here. It really sums up what I would want out of a lighter summer beer.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I liked this beer right off the pour. The aromas were of hops and citrus. Th taste was very smooth. It tasted of honey, hops, citrus, and pine. I liked this beer. It was perfect after a hot day outside. They nailed it!

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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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bring on the crispy, refreshing brews of summer!!

Hazy-yeller golden colors, 1" head...pretty average, good sticky coverage, good flow of bubbles and plenty of life.

honey, sweet bread maltiness at first, clover honey, white pepper and golden wheat, herbal greens, slight musty, but pretty clean. A bunch of earthy, hearty aroma's.

This one is wicked lively, crispy and very clean feeling. The flavor's are dry wheat, buttery toasted malt, basil, thyme, rye and wheat, sweet corn...good balance. Plenty of dry, crispy earthy flavor's with a bold yeast and hop combo.

This one is easy drinking with some nice complexity and bonus points for being organic. Easily one of the best overall summer session brews I've had.

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

Summer Session, very much like an APA very hoppy. Got 3 or them in a beer of the month pack. Will enjoy them. I never have heard of Peak Organic Brewing Company, but I definitely would recommend someone with access to this to try if you enjoy this style.

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Photo of ericj551
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peak Organic Summer Session Ale pours an ever so slightly hazy light yellow orange with a thin head. The aroma is citrusy american hops, reminiscent of an IPA, but much milder, with sweet, grainy wheat. Crisp wheat and citrus mingle nicely in the flavor. The grapefruit character is much more subtle in the flavor, and the moderate bitterness doesn't over power the light malted wheat. The finish is fairly clean, with just the slightest linger of resiny, piney bitterness and some grainy wheat.

Whether or not this is a session ale at 5%, it is delicious and light for summertime drinking, and still packed with flavor.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peak Organic Summer Session Ale is a very clear, golden ale with a thick, fluffy, white head that has great retention and lacing. It has a very earthy smell with a fresh hop aroma that's bright and citrusy. It smells great. It's medium light bodied, smooth and soft. The finish is quick and dry, leaving the mouth a little slick. It has a nice, tight, dry, bitter flavor with lots of lemon peel and a hint of grass and herbs. The bitterness lingers for a while after the taste. This beer is a very pleasant surprise. It has a lot more flavor than I was expecting and it's very refreshing. I'm a fan.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A clear golden color with 2 fingers of creamy pale yellow head.

S: Toffee malt, grapefruit, tropical fruit, and a hint of pine.

T: Very similar to the smell. Pine is a bit dank.

M: Medium light body with medium carbonation. Body was also pretty sticky.

O: Very impressed by this offering. Whenever I see "summer" beers, the word "lame" automatically pops into my head. This beer is a true pale ale and is light enough for the summer. This is the epitome of what I want to drink for the season.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer pours into my glass with just over one finger of white head on a very clear, golden body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves a nice film of lace on the glass as it recedes.

S - A bright aroma of bready malt, lemon, pepper, and a bit of pine hop character.

T - Bready malt up front with some pepper and lemon. More spicy characteristics in the middle as a bit of vanilla begins to come out. The biscuit malt flavors persist in the finish as the vanilla note swells and increases perception of the bread like characteristics. More of the pepper and lemon notes linger on the palate as the aftertaste slowly fades.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - I'm quite impressed with this one and even a little bit surprised at how nice it is. This beer is much better than average, both as a summer beer and an American wheat ale. The aroma is surprisingly complex as spices and a very nice lemon zest character hit your in the nose along with a hint of pine hops. The flavor profile operates along the same lines with the addition of vanilla and some more potent malt. Really well done and very drinkable, I continue to be impressed with Peak as they are making beers that stand up for themselves regardless of their organic status.

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Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good starting head that leaves some spotty lace. Drops to a single layer of bubbles. Dark straw/light gold color with a very light haze.

Strong crystal malt sweet nose with an attractive fresh hop plug aroma.

Far more dry than the nose would suggest. There's a bitter swallow and finish from the hop. It's strong but not overwhelming or extreme. The body is rich for the style. Instead of a session beer, this would fit nicely into a pale ale series. I do not detect any wheat.

Overall, a great surprise.

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Photo of rinhaak
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's currently 85° outside, and I'm cleaning house. My house doesn't have AC, and I'm working up a sweat. It's time to crack open Peak Organic's Summer Session Ale.

This is everything a summer ale should be: light, crisp, and full of flavor. Pouring a very light golden yellow, it's very bright and springy in the mouth. Full of hop flavor, it balances nicely with a malted wheat undertone. There's a nice bitter citrus (primarily lemon) flavor as well that helps to really keep it refreshing.

5 as the overall? Yes. When it's hot out, when I'm working up a sweat, I want a flavorful beer that refreshes me, rejuvenates me, keeps me going, but still tingles my taste buds. This is exactly what Peak Organic's Summer Session Ale, and I encourage you to reach for one this summer.

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Photo of kwlightner
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Citrus smell and taste with notes of grapefruit. Just the right amount of hops for the style. Not your typical wheat brew. Nice white head with lacing that lingered. Moderate to heavy carbonation. A perfect summer companion.

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Photo of argock
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly hazy bright yellow with 1/2-finger of stark white big-bubbled foamy head with good retention and globs of lace.

S: Fresh, bright citrusy hops with lemon, pineapple, and orange with some pine thrown in for good measure. The maltiness is not insignificant with wheaty twang in there.

T: The flavor is superb with a solid wheat and pale maltiness but overthrown by huge tropical fruitness of mango and pineapple with big juicy citrus lemon, orange and grapefruit notes. Plenty floral in the hops department as well. A really delicious well-balanced hoppiness which hits a lot of different angles on its way down.

M: Light but a little more than intended and needed so due to overzealous carbonation.

O: This drinks like a lightened version of Little Sumpin' Sumpin' -- big hops flavor with the wheaty tanginess. Tone down the carbonation by 20%, and Peak would have a real winner. As spring/summer beers go, this is a can't miss. I was really impressed with this brew.

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Photo of Alkali
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Nice light amber color. Not much head when I poured, maybe 1/2" or so. Pretty clear for what I was expecting from a "wheat" beer. Looks to have a decent amount of carbonation.

S - I can smell citrus and hops right off the bat. The hops seem to have citrusy and floral notes to them.

T - I'm very pleased with the amount of hops in this. Just enough to be not over-bearing for a summer ale. It has a nice citrus finish, almost like lemon.

M - Light body IMO, but the hops tend to linger a bit (which hops do). Very smooth going down. Much less carbonation than I gathered from the appearance.

D - I definitely plan on drinking this beer again this summer in place of my slightly heavier go-to beer, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I've already recommended this beer to a few friends, and it's definitely a bonus in my book that it's organic.

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Peak Organic Summer Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 310 ratings.
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