Winter Session Ale | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Winter Session AleWinter Session Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States
peakbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
270
Reviews:
95
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
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Photo of cbutova
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very fresh bottle found recently at the local store. Described as a toasty dark winter ale with contrasting Citra hops.

A- Cascades into the tulip glass with a dark ruby body that is brown at the deepest parts of the glass. The foamy-creamy off-white crown ends up at over one finger high and has pretty good retention. Thick puffy ring drops a large sheet at the top and a beautiful blanket of webs and sheets all down the glass.

S- Even with a strong pour and some agitation I find it hard to pick up much from the aroma. What I do get is bright citrus hops followed by toasted, toffee and caramel malts.

T- More depth to the malts but still some hop notes as it shifts toward the former. The mashed grains leave flavors of nuts, toasted cereal grains, biscuit and a tiny bit of cocoa. Orange zest, tiny stone fruit and earthy floral hop hints. I'd give the tiniest edge to malts in strength here.

MF- Crisp is mostly what comes to mind here as the carbonation is moderately high and the beer is not all that chewy or creamy. This is acceptable here as the overall texture is puffy and foamy. Finishes lightly bitter. Towards the light side.

Solid flavor profile with a contrast of toasted grains and bright hops but the whole experience feels a bit watered down. It just doesn't hold the strength and depth of flavors it needs to be above average. The flavors seem to disappear from the palate almost immediately.

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Photo of Lefty_P_Hand
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sd123
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophugger
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of elamb106
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Cath
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.44/5  rDev -6%

Photo of reebtaerG
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Hootie159
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of JeremyScott
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ricp215
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

really great tasting beer. Nice aroma finish

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Photo of MattGrimley
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TastyFoodAndDrink
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Peter1977
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jbertsch
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of od_sf
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of irishevans
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of rderedin
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lillitnn92
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of PatGreer
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light brown/deep dark amber color. Clear. Small head, but it sticks around leaving a pleasant blanket of lace.

There's a funky, bark-like smell. Interesting and a bit wild. Smells like there's a lot of rye in this beer.

Strong toast, bordering on being burnt, is my first impression. The swallow features a solid bittering hop. This is enhanced by the dryness of the beer. A bit thin but the bubbles are also muted, so it works.

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Photo of JerryD
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of 1Sundown2C
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Winter Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 270 ratings.
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