Peak Organic Summer Session Ale | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Summer Session AlePeak Organic Summer Session Ale

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Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States

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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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" white head. Clear bright straw yellow color body. Smells mildy of citrus. Taste has some citrus peel plus malt and a mild bitter hops finish. Certainly a step up from other summer ales, and quite refreshing, but not overly complex. Definitely above average though, and so far I've liked every single thing I tried from Peak Organic.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was piss colored and poured a nice fluffy head. The beer was a little bit hoppy with a citrus hint to it. The beer had a tiny bitter finish but not too bad and had great lacing. I would drink again.

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

Got a couple bottles of this Peak from my local Whole Foods (union sq) while in NY, to take home for a lazy, spring evening.

The pour was very translucent although quite shiny and glowy, a goldesque appearance in general. seems quite paler than it is. very little head although equally bright. fades quickly and leaves some lacing.

Smell is on a very hoppy, herbal side. Seems fairly adequate for the spring season, kind of piney feel throughout. Quite nice.

Taste was good but not all I expected. In general it is preceded by a slight malty sweetness that gets overridden by a very grassy, metallic hoppiness to it. the mouthfeel sort of gives off an impression of that bitter aftertaste grapefruit juice has, a tad citrusy. And ever so slightly even an alcohol background. Body is quite thin and yet somewhat oily, didn't appeal to me that much given I wanted it to be more refreshing, summery types.

Overall a very sessionable beer, perhaps not the best of the summer but a decent beer to sip on, tasty for all it's worth.

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Photo of illpass78
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a thin white head and heavy carbonation.

Aroma: Smells of wheat, lemon, citrus, and some minimal hops.

Taste: Taste follows the nose, with lemon leading the way.

Mouthfeel: It's a little thin, but then, it is a summer beer.

Overall: Breweries just love to crank out these wheat beers in the summer. It's a nice entry, though it doesn't separate itself from the pack much, other than the organic tag. I had it with pizza and salad. I would have it with pizza and salad again, probably.

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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 djeucalyptus
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to bearsxco for this one! pours a nice golden yellow with a brite white one-finger fluffy head, fading to a minimal ring that leaves minimal lace.

aroma is pleasantly intriguing. pear, peach and hints of grapefruit. subtle malt with a touch of honey. floral with honeysuckle and elderflower.

taste is simple, clean, crisp. decent pale malts with a good bit of clean, crisp hopping. herbal and citrusy. lemon comes on a touch strong - almost acidic, but not bad. clean.

mouth is crisp with ample, fine carbonation that helps carry the flavors. body is light but not too light - just enough to give some volume.

all in all, pretty enjoyable for a summer brew. solid flavors, interesting malt profile, and all around good beer. I'd pick up a sixer if it was local for sure.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a slightly dark ambe with a decent stream of bubbles rising from the bottom. Very thin white head that didn't last long, but clung to the sides and slowly slid down. Aroma was slightly sweet, reminded me of vanilla and bubblegum with a small amount of grain in the end. Taste started out slightly hoppy, a small touch of sweet, then ended with a tarty tang. Felt ok in the mouth, fairly mouthy with a small kick, seemed almost over carbonated. Easy to drink, could definitely do several on a hot day.

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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 BeerNinja007
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a 12-bottle sampler pack, $14.49 at the Lebanon Co-op grocery. Twist-off cap, label notched as best by November 2010. Poured cold into a chilled pint glass.

A: Moderate pour gives 1" of fizzy off-white head with good retention. Brew is a mostly-clear lemon yellow. Leaves decent globs and strings of lace on the glass.

S: Spicy resiny pine, fresh cut grass, a bit of lemon peel. Pretty hop-forward, a nice bouquet. Some florals and candy sugar as well.

T: Taste is a moderate dose of hops, not as hoppy as I anticipated from the smell, and mostly citrus. Also some spiciness, most like rosemary methinks. Finishes with honey comb, apricot, lemon rind, and rosemary.

M/D: Light body, sparkling carbonation, finishes with a dry resiny smack.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Into a nonic pint glass:

A: yellow colored body with a large white foamy head and had a clear body. The head dissipated to a finger's worth after a minute. It left some spotty yet sporadic lacing around the sides of my nonic. The carbonation was rising slowly and lightly.

S: clean sort of light malt, some citrus was involved and some slight pine

T: bittersweet through the citrus, the pine stayed in the background in the taste. The hops came out slightly in the taste.

M: light, very sessionable, sweet clean aftertaste and finish, balanced carbonation was felt

O: decent sessionable summer ale, for what its worth, I might have this again

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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 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 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 SunDevilBeer
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on a pleasant cool summer night.

Pours a bright yellow with a decent head. Smells a bit soapy & lemony.

Tastes light, lemony & a faint pepper. Nice balance, easy to drink. Upon more sips taste a faint bit of the big D (diacetyl) in the background...due to being brewed @ Shipyard? Lol.

Decent beer I would drink during the summer in small amounts.

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Photo of YieldToNothing
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

very easy to drink beer. i've never felt more of a bubblegum smell in a wheat beer before. this clearly isn't the best wheat beer i've ever tasted, but it certainly does the job.
pours a golden yellow with very little head. perfect level of carbonation, a little bitter note in the aftertaste that you don't get with most wheat beers.
this won't blow anyone's mind, but it's good for a summer afternoon for sure.

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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 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 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 gestyr
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a clear straw color with a very reassuring stream of very small bubbles rising through the glass. The head is thin and goes away quickly.

S: Citrus, wheaty, malty

T: Citrus followed by wheat some malt a bit of spiciness and then a touch of hops.

M: Light bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

O: Very refreshing. A good summer beer. Peak Organic brews some very good beers and this is one. I will look for this one again.

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Photo of sk8man121
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into tumbler. Best by 9/11.

A: Pours a translucent gold with orange highlights. 1-finger white head attracts millions of tiny bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Fair retention.

S: Citrus up front. Apricot, banana and strawberry. Minty hop presence. Smells quite refreshing.

T: Fruit continues to be up front at first, followed by a touch of sweet malts and some wheat. Unfortunately, buttery diacetyl notes from the Ringwood yeast dominate the finish. Ugh.

M: Medium-high carbonation fits the style nicely. This would be hard to get down otherwise.

O: This beer smelled delicious, and after enjoying their Spring offering, I had high hopes. Unfortunantely, the Ringwood absolutely ruins this beer for me, and reappears stronger and stronger after each sip.

Skip it.

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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 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 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 KyleVick4
2.46/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a clear copper with quickly dissipating head. No lacing.

S: Smells piney and spicey.

T: Tastes coppery with pine and spice up front. Not much to balance the spiceyness

M: Watery and dull fair amount of CO2 which is good for a summer beer

D: Glad I only got one of these, not a terrible beer but definently below my expectations

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Photo of openmind
4.88/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have tried a million summer beers. and i truly believe that this is the best.

Pours a luminescent golden yellow. Liquid sunshine! with a fluffy white cloud of head.

The Nose is of bright citrus, bready.

The taste is a wonderful combination of light summer wheat, citrus and herbs. And those wonderful Amarrillo hops combine with the nice carbonation to give you a tongue-tastic-ly refreshing summer ale experience.

It is not complex - What summer beer is?

However its brilliance is that it is very refreshing, while giving a real beer hop smack.

IPA fans should flock to this beer for a great thirst quencher. Needs to be nice and cold.

It's 10:45, should i have one?

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Peak Organic Summer Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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