Peak Organic Summer Session Ale | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Summer Session AlePeak Organic Summer Session Ale

Brewed by:
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 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 Amalak
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

II had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A. Clear gold and bubbly. Some head and lacing.
S. Has a floral scent. Some hops.
t. Crisp with a nice floral malt taste to it. It has a calm balance. Of a lager.
M. Bubbly and crisp.
D. It is a pure summer beer. Refreshing and lagers, not happy or pure malty. Very good balance.

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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 bld81
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass: Pours a nice clear golden yellow with plenty of head and generous lacing. Strong malt and sweet wheat aroma leads to a concentrated grain taste, some burnt malts, balanced by light bitterness. Very easy drinking, perfect carbonation, gets you in the mood for a baseball game. Session is the perfect description for this summer brew.

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Photo of corby112
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lace left behind.

Slightly spice aroma with a balance of wheat, bread/yeast, faint earthy hops and citrus fruit. The bread and peppery spice are most prominent but hints of lemon and floral hops emerge as it warms.

Crisp and light bodied with a decent balance of bready yeast, earthy hops, peppery spice and citrus rind. This beer is pretty light and none of the flavors stand out or are particularly strong. A well balanced, quaffable session beer that is good for BBQ and outdoor drinking.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Shock Top Weizen glass.

The color is a clear yellowish orange with two fingers of foany white head with some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little boozy in the nose at first. There is some wheaty aroma coming out with a combination of lemon and a biscuit-like flavor.

The taste is a little grainy with a slight letus flavor that pulls up a nice bitter hop flavor to hit at the end. There is a nice earthy flavor that is present through this beer and carries a tangy crisp lemon flavor.

The feel of this beer is pretty light and pretty drinable. It makes for a very good summer beer and went well with the pasta I paired with it.

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

Thanks, Jared!

Pouring a clear light orange-yellow with a dense, white head that falls off leaving no lacing, this beer looks decent. The nose is decent as well. Moderate hop character, fruity and citrusy with a rather clean, cracker-like malt backbone. Grainy with a moderate dry wheat aroma, there's not too much going on here. The palate opens with some hop flavor, moderately citrus-like. Rather mild in flavor, there's no real bitterness here, and even the hops taste a little muted. Moderate grain flavor is present with a definite wheat presence. Drying on the finish with no real lingering flavors, this feels just a touch watery. Crisply carbonated, this is a refreshing beverage, though not particularly tasty.

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

Peak Organic Summer Session Ale has a golden-colored body with a finger of white head that rises and recedes quickly and manages to leave some sticky lacing on my glass.

Very grainy aroma with a hint of citrus.

The taste has a ton of grain flavors to it, and even a little bit of what I would describe as toasted wheat. Just a little bit of wheat twang is in there also. The hops aren't powerful, but they do add a bit of bitterness and some citrus flavor. The citrus is probably the best part of the beer, but it isn't powerful enough for me.

Fairly good mouthfeel, with nice heft and a creamy feel.

Summer Session Ale is a solid beer that doesn't quite stand out from the crowd. More hops would have been nice, making this a hopped-up wheat beer. Less hops and a focus on the malted wheat might have been better too.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light and refreshing pale and wheat malt scent along with a touch of citrus and a subtle yeast fruitiness. The taste is decent. It has a dry pale and wheat malt flavor. It has a mild bitterness and well as a faint citrus character in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a tasty brew with incredible drinkability; a fine summer seasonal.

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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 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 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 riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden with a thin white head. Just a little bit of retention,with a decent lace. Aroma is of piny hops and citrus. Body is light and carbonated. Taste is piny,grassy hops throughout. Little bit of malt kick in the finish. Not what expected at all,but really good.

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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 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 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 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 jdhilt
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is very similar to a pale with hints of citrus but the usual hop bitterness. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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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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Photo of erosier
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice golden yellow color with a short but medium bodied off-white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, sweet wheat malts, hints of lemony aromas, and a quick earthy and citrus-y hop finish at the end.
T: Tastes of a sweet roasted and wheat malt base underneath a citrus-y (mostly lemony) flavor that gives way to slightly grassy/earthy and citrus-y hops. The citrus and hop flavors were more prevalent that I would have expected given the nose.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, nice moderate abv with refreshing flavors, a really good summer sessionable ale like the name says.

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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 lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's an excellent restaurant in Wells, ME called Joshua's with a nice bottled beer list. On a hot summer evening our server recommended this beer. Glad he did.
In a pilsner glass the beer was a gold color with a medium white head. Fair amount of lace.
Fresh, outdoors aroma. Citrus.
Lemon taste first, then wheat, and a hops kick at the end. The flavors combined well together.
A crisp, refreshing beer.
Will have this again.

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Photo of u2carew
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Clear body. Mellow upward carbonation. Bronze in color. Lacing is thin and sticky.
S) Caramel. Subtle floral notes. Pear and apple.
T) Caramel malt. Nutty. Pleasant hop bite in the finish.
M) Smooth. Light body but on the heavier side.
D) A delicious summer beer. I would definitely have another.

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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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Peak Organic Summer Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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