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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

Added by obireidkenobi on 11-05-2010

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Photo of LittleOtts
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark Amber color, with a quickly dissipating head. Very Clear for how dark the beer is and clean looking.

S- Grapefruit and other Citrus from hops, with a warm cereal backbone.

T- Very clean hoppy start. It's got citra hop notes through out. Not very malty however.

M- Medium bodied. High carbonation gives it that crispness to it.

D- Medium. For a hop lover who's looking for more than a pale but less than an IPA

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is quite strong and rye-ish with a rosiny overtone and just a hint of citrus. It pours a dark coppery amber with a fairly thick buff-tan head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Flavor has a strong rye core with hoppy and citrus tones and a whisper of caramel. Texture is quite smooth and somewhat fizzy, leaving behind a nice, if not too persistent, tingle.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the Whole Foods in West Hollywood. Pours lookin' a little bit dark orange, decent head formed. Lace was worthy.

Aroma was even better, cascade and chinook hop feel to it, big hop nose up in here. Taste came across as a great idea in the winter, sometimes you just want a refreshing, hoppy, sessionable pale ale. Didn't really pick up much on the wheat aspect of it, definitely not 'dark' wheat or like any dunkels I've ever had. Really came across like a pale ale.

Good mouthfeel of caramel and cascade through and through. Nice on the wallet, Whole Foods found a nice exclusive contract on this one methinks.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my mug, Winter Session Ale reveals a dark copper colored body with a frothy and sticky cream colored head.

Aroma was a pleasant and slightly pungent hoppiness, characterized by the citrus notes and paired with a biscuity malt aroma.

First taste matches well with the aroma, with the malt being slightly stronger than it was in the aroma, giving this a more balance profile. Plenty of citrusy and even some pineapple notes as the carton suggests but also plenty of toasted bread and biscuity malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but at 5% abv, this is understandable. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this brew, as I quite enjoy hoppy wheat beers. I enjoy Peak Organic for their simply but solid representations of various styles and beers like this might make me consider them more often.

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Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, mahogany colored winter ale with an impressive eggshell cover and tenacious lacing. The aroma has tart rhubarb yeast and strawberry caramel-vanilla. Very interesting, I like it. The flavor brings more tart lemony malt with a bit of ginger-nutmeg. It's a little aqueous in feel, medium-light bodied with mild but tingly carbonation. I get a little bit of an evergreen hop that makes this an overall enjoyable change up for the winter months!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear amber color with a off-white head that thinned to a light layer leaving some trails of lacing.

S - butterscotch with some citrus in the background.

T - citrus bite upfront with the butterscotch flavor coming in midway before citrus bitterness finishes things off.

F - light/medium bodied with a refreshing feel.

O - a pretty good beer at a reasonable price.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peak Organic, like Diamond Knot, hop forward dark ale, nothing winter about it other than being dark, would drink year round

We did a large christmas and winter beer tasting panel and this was one of the many that we tried. Most of the beers we tried we solid including this one that the panel liked.

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Photo of JMD
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper ale with frothy off white head that fades slowly. light lacing on the glass.

S: Balanced aroma of citrusy hops, toasted wheat and some carmel sweetness.

T: Bready malt upfront with blasts of tangy wheat. Light carmel sweetness any nutty notes leads to nice hoppy finishes with hints of lemon zest.

M: Light to medium body, crisply carbonated.

D: This beer was a pleasant suprise. I'm not sure if its fully representative of the style, but still an interesting and tasty brew. I will definitely grab this one again.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear nut brown, off-white lacing.

Smells of grapefruit and pine.

Tastes of piney fruity hops and maple malts. Mild roasted elements.

Medium bodied with a mild carbonation.

A highly drinkable hoppy ale, great flavor. Highly sessionable and fresh. Definitely will have this again.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light brown with red hues. Decent head fades quickly

S: Nice and malty with some hops in the background. Kind of reminds me of a maltier DFH 60 (in the nose at least)

T: The malts and hops are nicely balanced, with some nice citrus hops reminiscent of pineapple. Wheat is definitely mixed in there, and gives it a nice finish along with some nuttiness

M: Medium body and medium, prickly carbonation

D: This is definitely a sessionable beer, it's not too heavy by any stretch. The abv allows for a sixer to be gone with no problem at all

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours deep mahogany, frothy white head.

S: Hint of juicy hops, herbal/grassy characteristics, nutty malt. Nose is pretty bright, some different fruits popping in and out.

T/M/D: Hops up front. Pears and oranges rolling into dark roasty malts. A pleasant contrast between some simple flavors. Each aspect is subtle, and the mouthfeel is light, bordering on watery. Finish is squeaky clean, drinkability is excellent.

Another solid Peak Organic offering.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger head with nice lacing on a clear amber with a very slight golden hue body. Aroma of earthy hops, caramel, toasted malts and sweet breads. Flavor is nicely balanced with earthy and bready flavors and sweetness with wheats and rye. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Fairly certain this is the first of this style I have had. Very drinkable and flavorful.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a dark chestnut color with about an inch of pillowy beige head. Nice retention here with some cobweb lace.

Dark nutty aromas with a little bit of piney citrus hop aroma. Really pleasant on the aroma. Brown sugar and dark toasty malts on the pallet with some nice bitter citrus hops in the finish.

The body is light with good carbonation. Overall this one is solid. Always a treat in the variety pack.

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Photo of timtim
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

mahogany with an almost tan, off-white head that holds for a bit, shrinks to a collar and leaves a bit of lace. nose is piney, fruity hops with caramel, a touch of toast and and ever-so-subtle wheatiness. taste is a nice balance of caramel and hop on a medium body that has plenty of substance and a nice, zippy feel. almost gingerbread-like to me with the spice of the hop and wheat combined with the caramel. could just be the season. anyways, lots of layers of flavor for a relatively low abv beer. very nice. i am really liking this one, and LOVE the fact that someone made a Christmas/winter brew that isn't going to kick my ass and wreck my palate. good one peak!

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Photo of openmind
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- Lovely darkish color with small off white head.

s - Out of this world citrusy/resiny nose.

t- I was ready for an "added spice" bomb, like many winters. But, this one got its spiciness from the citra hop. A nice round caramel malt character fills in too. I like it a lot. Drinkable. This is a winter beer you can enjoy more that one of.

I'll be matching my tastings of other winters to this one.

m - Moderately nice mouthfeel.

o - This is a delicious session beer. I'll buy a case, if it is on sale.

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Photo of plaid75
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a medium amber hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light earthy caramel, vanilla and a vibrant herbal hop.

The taste featured a grainy caramel and an assertive herbal hop spice that lingered past the finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a dry finish.

Overall a tasty hop forward winter beer.

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Photo of shand
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a clear brown color with a fingers of head. The aroma is very nice, it's got a very rich banquet of some strong citrus and floral hops, along with sweet toffee. The taste is also quite good, it's got a little something here for everyone. Piney, citrus hops come through first, followed by some wheat, with the finish providing some nice toffee and coffee flavors. The mouthfeel is well-carbonated and light, but the finish provides just a slight drying effect that, together with the ending roast, is quite satisfying. The drinkability is very good. Overall, this one took me by surprise. It's a fairly unique winter seasonal brew that hits a ton of different flavors without seeming disjointed.

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Photo of JStans12
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark red/brown with a single finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - Nose is pleasant. Dominated by citrus hops with undertones of wheat and toasted malt.

T - Wheat and toasted malt flavors appear first, followed by a caramel malt sweetness and a slight hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Feels light and crisp. Goes down real easy.

O - I was surprised at how much this beer impressed me. It turned me on to the style. I'll be trying any dark wheats that I can get my hands on.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" beige head with decent life. I've seen the body described a variety of colors but to me this is just a clear amber.

The smell is a powerful smack in the face with pine. Then the taste actually tones down the pine a little and comes forward with tart grapefruity hoppiness.

One thing I've come to expect from Peak is intense fresh hops and here's yet another example. It's like walking through a Christmas tree lot. I realize others had milder experiences with it, but perhaps my regional proximity and luck of timing got me an extremely fresh sample.

This isn't one of those holiday spiced Winter beers, it's a warm your chest from the inside type of beer.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up six pack at Hannafords 11.99 in south Portland.

A - Poured two into my 27 ounce beer mug, resulting in a one finger tan almost coffee ish fluffy head dissapated in a few minutes to a nice cap with some early signs of lacing. color is a translucent brown with amber hue.

S - Nose is toasted malt and cereal with a bright fresh citrus hop aroma. slight woody notes with a hint of smoke.

T - very tasty and balanced. Nice malt taste up front, the character carries over from the smell with a nice slightly toasty malt and cereal with a woody nuttiness, nicely hopped with ample citrus flavor to balance out the malts, the bittering hops provide a delightfully dry finish.

M - very nice light mouthfeel the lends to the drinkability, as I would expect from a wheat ale. Ample carbonation and dry finish, truly a sessionable winter ale.

O - overall I am very impressed. Very refreshing winter ale, not heavy by any means, not filled with a bunch of spices, doesn't let me down. Sure I do like the heavy winter warmers but i think the winter session ale is a good concept, and this example is well executed.

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Photo of ericj551
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peak organic winter session ale pours a bright deep copper with a nice fluffy off white head. The aroma is pleasantly hoppy with some nice grapefruit and pine. There is a nice toasted malt aroma in the background. A bit of caramel malt pops up first in the flavor showcasing a nice solid malt backbone. The piney, herbal and citrusy hops pop up quickly with a really nice tangy bitterness that borders on resins. The moderate bitterness lingers in the finish, but is never overpowering. This is an excellent and balance beer that does a nice job of showcasing both malt and hops.

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Photo of shangwang
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 6 pack of Winter Session on a whim; I'd never heard of the brewery before but the description on the packaging intrigued me and I decided to give it a shot. Glad I did.
This beer pours with very little head. It's a deep reddish brown color, and very clear- a deceiving appearance for the smells I detect. The first scent that comes to mind is that of peaches, followed by floral hops and traces of wood. It's a wonderful combination that immediately brings to mind the smells of winter thawing and giving way to spring.
Winter Session has a curious mouthfeel- light and watery initially, but it finishes feeling slightly creamy. The taste is just as complex; initially sweet and smokey, but quickly the qualities of a pale ale take over- hoppy bitterness, while the smokiness remains throughout. The beer leaves a pleasant aftertaste- coffee, malt, and chocolate all come to mind.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Definitely lives up to the "Session" part of its name as you can enjoy several of these without feeling a major buzz, and I highly recommend this one on a cold winter night if you'd like to remember that warmer weather is just around the corner.

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Photo of Mounty4Life
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 5oz taster glass til gone..really nice white head with dark brownish color and with a little lacing. Smell is lacking and tastes better than smells . I never had dark wheat before but tastes and looks are great just lacks smell that would balance everything! Tastes malts and light toastyness that is pleasant and a hint of wheat. Mild Carb and easy to drink so I'll have another. I'm sure its old being June but still enjoyed and like organic beer for flavor!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/18/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains wheat, citrus, bananas, dark malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a bitter burst of grassy hops bitterness. Then some sweetness from flavors of citrus and caramel comes in. Then some bready flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character bring a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep red brown, with a mild white head. Solid lace.

S: Legitimate toffee notes, pecan, peanut brittle, with a very slight hint of coffee. Very nutty.

T: Nuttiness and dark chocolate. Notes of caramel popcorn, walnuts are there too. Some grassy hop character at the end lends a good balance. Not sweet at all overall, just a hint of brown sugar in the finish.

M: Light to medium-bodied, crisp and smooth, drying.

D: Kind of a winter beer for CA in a way, the hops start to give a pale ale feel making an interesting mix with the wheat character. Full flavoured, a nice surprise in this rare category.

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Peak Organic Winter Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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