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Peak Organic Winter Session Ale | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Winter Session AlePeak Organic Winter Session Ale

Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This winter wheat beer uses dark malting to provide subtle toasty notes. We then single-hop and dry-hop this beer with Citra hops from our friend Brad’s farm. Interesting pineapple notes from the Citra hop provide a stark contrast to the toasty notes in the body. An engaging and sessionable Winter Seasonal.

62 IBU

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent frothy 1.5 finger head that fades at a medium pace, with a bit of lacing, over hazy copper reddish brown color.

Nose brings some interesting earthy hops, a bit herbal that gives it a tannic minerality like herbal earthy hedgerow hop aroma, some copper reddish malts with some dark wheats.

Taste is decent, some dark malts, dark crystal and reddish toasty malts, some dark wheats, a bit of a choc or very dark roasted malt giving it a slight porter like taste, a bit of an interesting fruit too, again with some herbal earthy hedgerow hops giving it a slight minerality taste. Finish brings some lingering herbal hop flavors, a little flat though, with some bitterness lingering and a bit of minerality from teh hops.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is decent, no real booze, fairly easy to go down, a bit of the minerality and bitterness on the finish don't help.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry pale, wheat, crystal malt scent along with a nice bouquet of yeast esters. The taste is decent. It has a bone dry pale, wheat, and crystal malt flavor. It has a light hop character and some excellent yeast notes in the finish. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a very drinkable session ale. It's overly complex, but it does have some interesting yeast character and a touch of hops.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear red/brown in color. The head is white and comprised of tiny bubbles. It settles a bit but never fully departs. Thin slip of finely bubbled lacing coats the glass.

S: Wheat, bread, caramel, steely metallic smell, toasted crust. Nutty with a very slight undertone of cocoa powder. Faint lemon peel and black tea. Black pepper.

T: Lemony citric hops up front. Slight hints of pine. Pepper and black tea are closely followed by crusty, toasted brown bread. Vague fruitiness teases the tongue for an instant. Caramel comes to the forefront briefly. Butterscotch. Cocoa and some woody and roasty tastes come out in the drying finish.

M: Medium bodied. Full and fluffy, as expected from a wheat ale. Moderate seltzery carbonation scrubs the palate and adds a refreshing quality.

O: I didn't know what to expect out of this one, but it turned out to be pretty solid. Not your average winter seasonal, no cliché nutmeg and cinnamon and winter spices. Just a good beer that can stand on its own two feet.

Notes: I like what they did with the hopping here. The lemony citrus notes perfectly accentuate the other flavors without stealing the show. I do detect some butterscotch here too, as I have in some of Peak's other beers. Product of ringwood yeast? At any rate, I don't find it offensive here.

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Photo of magine
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker glass.

Pours a clear slight hazed dark amber with some orange on the edges. Has a creamy light tan head. Head settles to a small wisp island. Some patchy lace remains behind. Decent looks.

Brew smells of citrus hops, caramel malts, dark fruits and some light yeasts. Good smelling brew.

Brew is clean and smooth, nice hops in here. Good hop resins, nice fruit hops as well; citrus and something else. The website says pineapple; it must be what I am picking up. It has some nice toasty notes as well. Toasted malts adds a nice smooth finish and ties it together nicely. The brew finishes nice clean, just a tad bit dry. The overall mouthfeel is balanced. Different from what I expected per Beer Advocates listed style for this one. Kind of its own thing not a dark wheat brew. More like an APA meets Scotch Ale. Good stuff.

This is a nice sessionable brew for sure. Goes down real easy and has a real nice hop presence. My first experience with Peak Organic and I like this one.

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Photo of illpass78
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a wheat glass.

Appearance: Pours a clean, clear rusty brown with a one-inch white head that sticks around for a while before fading. Carbonation heavy, lacing heavy.

Aroma: This beer is all wheat and hops. It has a very dense, wheat-malty aroma that gives the impression the taste will be flavorful and toasty. Also some pretty good hop bite in the nose.

Taste: Dark, malted wheat dominates the flavor, while there's also a lot of hop bitterness along with pine and grapefruit. Some toast in there as well. Kind of surprised to see the IBUs clock in at 60+, but they do seem higher than average.

Mouthfeel: This is moderate-bodied but not heavy.

Overall: It's an enjoyable wintery wheat beer. A nice break from the stouts and porters that dominate the winter seasonals. Also a nice nod to the fact that organic beer can also be good beer; if you blind tasted this with someone, there's no way they would guess it was an organic or health-conscious beer style.

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Photo of Amalak
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The strongest thing about this brew is it's intense, spicey, dry-malt, car-freshner scent. Very nice lacing out of this deep brown beer, good foamy white head. Very bubbly.

The taste is interesting. The scent carries over and it's a strong, malty ale. Spciey to an extent, but dry so there isn't most of a carryover of aftertaste. Unique, but not a good high-quantity beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear amber/brown with a frothy one finger white head atop,I expected some haze with this being a wheat ale.The citra hops come thru nicely giving some piney and citric notes mixed with molasses,a nice mix.A little thin in the feel it seems to take a little away from some flavor depth.The cita hops play arole on the palate giving off some grapefruit qualities and there is some raw nuttiness as well but again that thinner feel stops the complexities in their tracks.This is close to being good but the malt bill needs to be bumped up a little.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber color and clear with a one finger fluffy white head that settles quick to a layer of bubbles.

S: Molasses, roasted malt, brown bread, toffee, currants, a hint of ginger. Hops are herbal and spicy.

T: Roasted malt is clean with molasses, toffee and currants that dominate the flavor. Bite of bitter coffee, with a herbal and spicy hop character and touch of ginger and cardamom.

M: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation.

D: Balanced beer with an easy going flavor profile. Nice for introduction of winter ales for newcomers to craft beer. Not too assertive and easy going.

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Photo of Abra
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I was excited to try this from the reviews, but it wasn't my favorite.

The smell was definitely the best part...a very definitive pineapple aroma.
A floral hoppy taste that finishes on the bitter, dry side. Didn't pick up much wheat at all, even though it is classified as a wheat ale.

Overall for my preference, it's not bad for a few sips, but I wouldn't go for it again. And that's only because I'm not crazy about the hops.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear dark amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down very slowly, leaving lacy patterns of bubbles down the sides of the glass and on the surface as well as a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of dark malts in the nose along with notes of citrus and pineapple from the hops.
T: The taste seems to be a bit maltier compared to the smell and has notes of toasted malts and brown bread with subtle hints of malty sweetness. The notes of citrus flavors from the hops and a slight amount of bitterness are present towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a very high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer goes down smoothly and isn’t that difficult to drink once you get used to the unusual combination of bread and citrus.

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Photo of negroobserver
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twist Off Bottle - Expiration Date: JUNE 2011

APPEARANCE: Filtered crystal clear with a dark amber color, similar to a brown ale.
SMELL: Hops at the front. Malty sweetness. Woody/Oak notes with nutty qualities.
TASTE: malty with light sweet flavor.
MOUTHFEEL: Nice, rich with good body.
DRINKABILITY: a little heavy, but enjoyable.

This is my second attempt at trying the Peak Organic Winter Session Ale. My first beer turned out skunky, so I decided that it may not be the best one to review. I was reluctant to have another as my first experience wasn't too pleasant.

Overall, I found that the beer was pretty good. It's drinkable, but a little on the heavy side, so I felt that drinking more than one consecutively would not be enjoyable. I'm also not keen on the malty/nutty flavor that these brown ales tend to have. The mouthfeel is pretty nice. It's rich texture is nice and the carbonation is pretty light.


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Photo of billab914
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Pumking chalice. It poured a dark copper color with a thin and spotty head to it.

The aroma has a bready and sweet flavor to it with wheat, caramel and a little bit of butterscotch coming through. I get a good dose of citrusy, fruity hops coming through as well. It has a hint of spice with a little banana flavor too.

The taste has some of the sweeter wheat malt throughout the flavor. Caramel and toffee come through as you get to the finish. I get a moderate bitterness in the finish as well, but it still on the sweeter side overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was pretty decent, I liked the sweeter wheat and malty flavors it had. Enjoyable beer overall and a pretty decent winter seasonal as well.

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Photo of Beric
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 12 December 2015

Appearance: Pours a solid brown with a bit of an off-white or dishwater brown head that sticks around for a while and leaves a bit of lacing, though nothing insane.

Smell: Bright hops with your typically Citra hop qualities- grapefruit, generic citrus, and a pinch of pepper. Smells like an IPA for sure.

Taste: Hmm...this is where the beer loses me. It looks like it's trying to play off a harvest ale and a spiced winter beer at the same time and it just doesn't do it for me- commit to one or the other. The beer is essentially a hopped-up Dunkelweizen, meaning you get some of the wheat beer flavor characteristics- the breadiness from the malt, the slight banana notes from the yeast- and then a reasonably assertive hop not at the end. It isn't as well done as Schnedier und Sohn Hopfenweiße though, for instance.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected for a wheat beer, but good carbonation.

Overall: This tastes like a hoppy, dark version of Goose Island 312- the same weaknesses are there: a relatively thin body, poor assertion of wheat flavors. This one includes a funky assertive hoppiness I just can't readily get behind.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium clear brown with a decent white head. Good lacing.

Some fairly good citric hop notes and some nutty toasted grain, or whole-wheat toast.

Slight hop bite, some dark toasted whole grain bread, a bit watery in the flavor, but enough grain to pull through. Some light bitterness and husk. Not bad at all. Decent balance.

Lighter bodied, appropriate carbonation.

Decent with my meal for sure. Easy drinking, not filling or overdone. The watery edge to this is a little off-putting, but overall a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a tulip. Best before June 2014 notched on the label.

Pours a very clear deep bronze/ brown color. Small amount of off white head from the pour, but what's there seems to retain nicely. Decent lacing as well.

Strange aroma, almost smells a bit off. Maybe it's the toasted wheat, it definatly has a toasted aroma. Nutty cardboard?

A much cleaner taste, light toast notes broke up by some dry citrusy hop bitterness. As it warms hints of a dry tropical fruity hop. Finishes with a clean, light bitterness.

Light and drinkable.

Definatly sessionable and a clean beer. That's really all I can say about this beer. As a true beer geek, this is not something I would seek out.

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Photo of JayQue
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first of this style. Pours a good looking clear dark amber color with a cream color head into a pint glass. Head retention is pretty good and there are widebands of light filmy lacing on the glass.

Aroma isn't much, a bit of bready malt. Taste is better, the bready malt is balanced out with a mild grassy hops finish. There is a little wheat bitterness aswell.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit light. Nicely carbonated. Not a bad beer but one that also provides a check in the box for my103 beer style!!!!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger thick, off-white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is light grapefruit hops, flavor is same with the grapefruit hops up front, malts are in background. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $2.25 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a dark end of 10 percent wheat and mostly earthy citrus hops. a tad darker than amber with a nose of pear and raspberry. the beer is simply that with a bitter finish. not something that you can have more than one of in my sense of drinking. one dimensional and simple but there consistent. so it could be a beer to love but is all based on personal

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Photo of puboflyons
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of July 2014. Sampling it on May 22, 2014 so I came in under that date.

The pour is mahogany amber with reddish hues and a foamy, lasting beige head. There is a slight murkiness to it. Semi-opaque.

The aroma does not seem to exhibit anything punchy. Everything is about equal in intensity with the toffee malts, sugar sweetness, banana, and earthy hops. But I had to think about it as I whiffed it.

Medium to heavy body.

The taste is bit more exuberant with a firm roasted malt character, bananas, sweetness, and a low to medium bitterness finishing it off. I'm a bit late in drinking this one but it was a harsh winter around here and it only feels like yesterday.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, gingerbread like and a note of peppermint. In the taste, orange citrus and just a touch minty. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry orange citrus hop like aftertaste. Tastes of orange citrus with the hops, but fresh hop like brings the mint like note.

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Photo of LeRose
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip from the 12 ounce bottle.

Appearance - a sort o rusty mahogany color, a little hazy. Kind of a "clumpy: head that broke up into little rafts. Pretty good amount of lacing as it was consumed. Bubbles were on the lively side...

The aroma was good - a lot of pineapple up front. The malts - detectable in the nose, some sweetness, a little hoppiness and faintly "earthy". Wheat presence noted.

Taste - nice pineapple notes, the malt is solid, bready, wheaty, toasty flavors. Some bitter bite on the back end, a bit of resin/pine, and I did find it have that earthy quality.

The mouthfeel I did not enjoy. It seemed quite thin and a bit more carbonated than expected.

Overall - unsure. Flavors good, aroma good, balanced, easy drinking. Just watery. I keepw anting to like Peak because I like what they are doing, but they remain a little hit-or-miss for me. This was close to a solid score except for the mouthfeel.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Bright amber color with a white moderate head.

S- Citric hops dominate the aromatics.

T- Mostly hop flavors here: Fir bud resin, pineapple. Way back behind the hops bitterness is some maltiness.

M, D- Straightforward, medium-light. Not quite enough substance to inspire drinking.

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Photo of BrewMakeMeFeel
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Thin amber brown appearance with very small off-white head.

Smell: Pleasant, sweet malts followed by hops with hints of tropical fruit aromas. Complex and well balanced.

Taste: Sweetness from malts quickly gives way to mildly bitter hops and a hint of yeast. Very slight hint of the tropical fruit aroma more prevalent in the smell.

Feel: Thin, with very low carbonation. Perhaps a tad too thin, as it can feel slightly watery when moving around the mouth.

Overall: A good, but not great, winter session ale. I would get this again, but I don't think I'll actively seek it out in the near future.

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Photo of TastyFoodAndDrink
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown, with a small white head. The nose starts with a nice presence of pine, light citrus, and subtle caramel. There are hints of pineapple, but they’re incredibly subtle. On the palate the body is medium to light, and heavily carbonated. The hoppy elements like pine, grass, and grapefruit take the forefront over subtle brown sugar and caramel flavors with just a hint of bread. The flavors are very straightforward, and there’s an undercurrent of flavor similar to a wheat beer. On the ending, there’s a brighter fruit note like a stone fruit or a pineapple that just winks in before defaulting back to citrus pine and pumpernickel bread. The finish is definitely hoppy.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by June 2013.

A: Pours a clear ruby with a 1.5 finger mostly white head.

S: Can get the wheat background with a spicy hop. Pretty funky aroma going on here almost like a moldy wet old sock.

T: Fairly balanced taste here, good wheat malts and I like the spice from the hop. Certainly sessionable and fitting for the winter.

M: Light bodied with average carbonation. Good clean body, smooth drinking.

Overall not a bad seasonal beer, interesting just wish the aroma wasnt so off. Maybe blending in some more hops would help.

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Peak Organic Winter Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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