Peak Organic Fall Summit Ale | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Fall Summit AlePeak Organic Fall Summit Ale

Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This autumn ale is a showcase of the mighty Summit hop. Our friend Jason grows amazing Summits that combine pine, spice and captivating citrus aromas. A good dose of toasted malts provides warm, rich flavors to contrast the hops on the front palate. Cold fermentation gives a surprisingly crisp finish. We hope you enjoy this unique fall brew.

64 IBU

Added by obireidkenobi on 09-10-2010

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Photo of dedrinker
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Attractive clear dark amber color.

Aromas of caramel, nuts and a dusty hoppy note.

Tastes like light caramel malty notes and some hop bitterness. The flavor is not quite as good as the aroma lead me to believe. This is almost like a slightly more hoppy Shiner Bock.

Medium body with some diacetyl and hop bitterness in the finish.

Does not make the cut for my Autumn seasonal lineup.

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Photo of bugsizzy
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchases 6-pack of bottles at local liquor store.

A: Nice amber tone with thick lacing
S: Distinctive grassiness, but not one that appealed to my taste
T: The taste definitely followed the smell; slightly tart, grassy/grapefruit.

A clean tasting beer, reminded me a little of drinking green tea, which I enjoy, but not something I would look for in a beer.

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Photo of davednyc
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure why, but I usually dont tend towards these Peak Organic brews, even though I'm always impressed.

Slightly better (more) carbonation than I'm seeing these days. Very crisp taste, with quite alot going on with as far as 'secondary' flavors. And yes, on very abstract terms, this is definitely fits an autumn brew.

A refreshing brew that will do very nicely if you feel like sitting back and relaxing with a few

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 10/8/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, a good amount of hops, some citrus and other fruits.

T: The taste starts out with a quick burst of grassy hops, then some sweet flavors of caramel, citrus and nuts come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a decent beer to drink for a while, but there are other fall seasonal beers I would pick first.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12oz single at Beverage Warehouse in Winooski VT for $1.80. Best before April 2011. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

This clear deep copper brew gives an inch of frothy light tan head that gradually settles from 1/2" to a thin layer. A fair amount of carbonation clings to the sides of the glass. Smell is very faint, just a hint of toasted malt, caramel, maybe earthy citrus hop. The taste leads with a sharp bitter grass hop that's soon attenuated by a moderately thick caramel malt body. Finishes dry and crisp with lingering lemongrass hop and faint brown sugar.

Not as impressive as nearly every other brew I've had from Peak Organic.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, I bought this one a couple weeks ago and I've been putting it off for some reason. So, here goes. The pour is a deep and clear ruby amber color with about two fingers of smooth white head. After the head dissipates a bit it leaves behind sticky lacing. Smell is up front with citrusy and piney hops. Not much else in the aroma for me on this, but it's still really nice. The taste is maltier than the aroma. Caramel malts followed by piney hops leaving a nice bitter finish. The flavor is a little weak though, slightly watery I think. It's good, but seems to be a bit toned down. This one is has a relatively light body and the carbonation is what I would expect. Drinkable as ever, I'm always buying a Peak Organic beers. Certainly sound stuff.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear amber with brilliant ruby edges. Gorgeous spiderweb lacing.

S - Grassy hops on top of a bready caramel malt. The hops are fresh and clean. Gingerbread spice.

T - Follows the nose. Bready Butterscotch malt with spice hints throuought. Prickly grapefruit hops attack the tongue. Muted grapefruit flows through the caramel malt. The finish is dry and citrus and grapefruit.

Really well done. Very clean flavors. Hop forward for the style. Tea tannins come through strong. A solid drinker.

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Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild amber color with a two-finger head into my glass, which quickly recedes.

Aroma is chock full of grassy hops with just a hint of citrus in the nose. Didn't expect so much from the hops in this style.

There's a light hint of citrus upfront followed by buttery sweet malt underneath. Seems more balanced in taste than in aroma.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet, buttery mouth with citrus from the hops as well.

It's delicious and fits within the defined style. I would say that Peak Brewing got this right.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Seriously sparkling amber color with a very healthy clean-white head that is 2" high to start with slow dissipation, very healthy and clumpy with lots of sticky lace that looks like styrofoam!

This is one of the freshest hop aroma's i've had the honor of reviewing, Citrus hop cones, it smells as if the hops are floating in the beer!! citrusy and earthy fruity aroma, grapefruit and wild strawberries come to mind along with a rich and sweet malt balance and a nice tangy and hearty aroma that goes a long way!! rightous hoppiness!

The flavor is above all well-balanced with major crisp and hearty, earthy dry wheat, crispy malt that never becomes cloying of slick, it's all crispy and snappy taste and feel. The hops blend really well with this brew, The all Summit hops provide a complex and yummy dry-citrus flavor with heavy hearty and earthy notes and a gentle but zippy dry bitterness from the fresh hops.

I love the fact these hops are grown locally from one individual that obviously cares for his hops!! This brew aslo steps outside the norm as far as an "Autumn of fall" style brew which are usually on the malty side or pumpkin spice offerings, kudos to Peak for going in a different direction this fall! Keep this stuff coming y'all.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very welcoming reddish amber, with a giant off white head that is nice and foamy looking, lacing is blotchy and great looking. Was not expecting it to look this good.

S: Has a good amount of pine and floral hops going on, along with a solid earthiness about it.

T: A great hop presence, floral up front, followed by pine and a lemon pepper spiciness to it. The hops are balanced by a good maltiness that has a certain woody character to it, giving off a faint sweet maple flavor.

M: Rather light, but a good smoothness due to a decent amount of carbonation.

D: It's a solid beer, has some unique characteristics. Worth picking up.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass with a two finger head that shrinks to a thick layer atop the copper colored body. This is a good looker.

Aroma is strong of hops. Lots of pine scent. A hint of malt is detected, nothing sweet though. I like it, it's a bit one-dimensional, but that's not bad in this style.

The taste is dry and a spicy, piney hit from the hops last throughout the entire sip. Very dry finish as well.

Average mouthfeel and high drinkability here. I like what Peak Organic is doing these days with their seasonal offerings.

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Photo of obireidkenobi
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy Simcoe style nose on this one. For an amber looking brew the nose is very notably hoppy.

Taste - If you didn't tell me anything about it, I would think ESB all day long. There is a definite malt profile, with a nice malt profile. Brewed with Summit and Simcoe hops, it's floral with some pepper on this finish.

Drinkability - Really enjoyable fall ale. It's flavorful and bold, but finishes light without a strong, lingering flavor impression on your palate.

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