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:
319
Reviews:
83
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
15.16%
 
 
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11
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Ratings: 319 |  Reviews: 83
Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.75/5  rDev -53.5%

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 biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, the guest entry in the mixed pack from this brewer now available way up here in Alberta. I still get my ire up when I encounter a bottle with nothing but the basic gov't and origin info on the label.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of bubbly, foamy, and somewhat creamy dirty white head, which leaves a few low-lying instances of cross-sectioned Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet cereal grain, musty lemon citrus, earthy florals, black tea, and herbal, leafy hops. The taste is more gritty, grainy pale malt, lemon floor polish, a bit of toasted wheat biscuit, softly spicy black pepper, and herbal, musty hops.

The bubbles are a tad frizzy, but at the same time generally ignorable, the body medium-light in weight, and fairly pithy and clammy in its teetering smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, the herbal nature kind of 'winning' by acclimation.

An all right pale wheat ale, I suppose, with lip service being paid to that west coast hop essence, which altogether makes for a whole is better than the sum of the parts sort of deal. Refreshing enough, and worthy of a few more go rounds, I must admit.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottled dated best by Oct. 2011 served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden color with a 1 finger off-white head that reduces to patchy coverage rather quickly.

Smell: Fruity aroma featuring lemon and peaches. Also some biscuit/toasted grain.

T: More apricot and lemon come out in tasting. Wheat grain taste is subdued, as I prefer, mainly due to the fruitiness and the hops. The hops, with mild bitterness, come to the fore in the finish.

Medium-thin body with good, lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O - A nice dry and lemony pale ale that fits the label of Summer Session Ale"

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Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bleh, screw cap... really?!

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, just a bit of lacing, mostly clear slight hazy golden tan colored beer.

Nose has a cereal grain malt, light sweet syrupy like sweetener with a light lemony aroma, and bit of wheat really gives it a kids cereal like aroma, hint of wit like spices, light fruity aroma, just a hint of grassy hops, little weak straw and dankness.

Taste starts with more cereal grains, sweetness, little syrupy candy like flavor, with light fruity flavors and lemon, with the toasty wheat, again give it a cereal like quality, and a slight step up from Leinenkugel, but that's not saying much. Wheat brings light wit like spices very light, little wet dank hay and grassy hops. Finish gets a bit more bitter with light grassy hops, little dry but more sweet candy cereal flavors.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, not much of a wheat beer at all, more like a macro so called wheat, more like candy cereal grains with a bit of fruit, more Leinenkugel like wheat beer than a real wheat. The hops are decent though which might be the saving grace of this beer. It's light and drinkable for a summer beer though, so definitely sessionable, but probably wouldn't get it again. And after all that, there really aren't any "off" flavors, just not the best overall flavors for the style.

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a dull lemony color with a thin wispy bone white head atop,muted citric hops in the nose along with some toasted grain,pleasant but again muted.Muted hops again in the flavor,present but a little light,somewhat grainy and toasted as well.I like the hoppy wheat ales like Gumballhead,and Hop Sun,and I thought this would be more in their category but it doesnt bring as much hop punch.I wish that style would reamerge.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 7/10/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lemon and other citrus fruits, wheat, light malts and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts with a fruity citrus sweetness followed by bready flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character. There's a good hops bitterness for the style that creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it might not be the best beer out there but it's still a solid beer to drink for a while.

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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 ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad lager with a nice smooch of flowery hops. Otherwise it's very light, with not much malt. Tastes wet and watery with an aftertaste of bitter resins. Golden beer appearance in the plastic nonic replica. Fairly clean in the flavors. Not exactly crisp, but the hop flavor stays with you. Better than most of the allegedly organic beers.

On tap at Burger Tap & Shake, Foggy Bottom, Washington, DC. [Transcribed from 06/07/2012 tasting notes.]

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Photo of vfgccp
2/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of atrocity
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

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 ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce twist-off bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best Enjoyed Before: N 13.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, yellow-hued body with small-sized, white head.

Smell: Moderately lemony, but, there's also a little hint of tangerine. Grainy, modestly wheat-scented malts. And a single pat of sweet cream butter.

Taste: Soft wheat character, faintly grainy, lightly sweet, with, as always, the buttery diacetyl tones from the Ringwood. Bright, light citrusy lemon taste pops in as does the bitterness, but, what would be a more cutting hop quality, is, I feel, blunted by the buttery hint throughout. Drying, smooth, buttery-lemon finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Skosh of a medium level of carbonation.

Overall: While I found the twelve ounces agreeable, but I wonder where it finds a home at. It's not overly wheaty and the hops are somewhat muted by the diacetyl character (at least in this batch), so, I do wonder "who is this for?" I could see this being replaced sometime down the road.

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

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 BeerForMuscle
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of InspectorBob
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Peak Organic Summer Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 319 ratings.
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