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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
Ranking:
#32,745
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
272
pDev:
12.3%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 6/2013.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, and some onion, garlic, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a very earthy flavor on the finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with the onion and garlic aromas and flavors I am not a fan of.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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 dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
2.82/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

fresh 12 oz bottle into a tumbler. Darkened amber, though very clear. A vigorous pour left me with two fingers of off-white froth.

The nose has a pleasant citra hop bouquet, lending that distinct tropical fruit character that I love. As it warms up the hops take a back seat to a grainy wheat aroma, a touch of buttery diacetyl and a bit of coffee-like roast.

It's watery on the palate, surprisingly so - I've had beers of 3 to 4 % alcohol that had more body. The flavors are decent; citrusy, tropical hops are fairly prominent, and then there's that tinny, metallic yeast character that I've noticed in other Peak beers. The malt profile is bland, thin, bringing only a mild unmalted wheat flavor. The finish is lightly astringent and bitter.

Not a terrible beer on the whole, nor one I'll go out of my way to try again.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle dated best by June 2013. Pours a deep brown color with a tan head that had good retention an left plenty of attractive lacing.
Smells more like a lager than a dark wheat, with more spicy hops than expected. The hops also out weigh the malts in tasting, although there is a solid malt base and enough malts to keep the beer just mildly bitter even in the finish.
Nice mouthfeel, with somewhat crisp carbonation and a medium body.

Enjoyable session beer, but not particularly a "winter" ale.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Idle Hands in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear dark amber with a half finger tall off-white head. The head reduces to a thin layer of bubbles across the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Nice aroma of caramel, wheat, and an almost rye like spiciness.

T: Wonderful wheat flavors with nice caramel and toffee notes. A small amount of spiciness like one usually gets in a rye and a slight sweetness in the beginning.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Very light and really easy to drink, a very sessionable beer. I really like the spice hint that I get in this beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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 oberon
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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 nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of billab914
3.55/5  rDev -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 smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before: March 2011.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark mahogany-hued body with a proud, sustained, off-white head. Splotchy lacing on the way down.

Smell: Sliced grapefruit and tropical fruits garnished with morningtime mown, sun-dried grasses. Or, maybe, is it the other way around? Unemphatic toasted, faintly roasted maltiness mixed up with savory diacetyl.

Taste: Dry toasty wheat bread crusts brushed with margarine spread and a slight background roastiness and vague pistachio-hinting nuttiness. Insubstantial sweetness throughout. Grassy character from the dry-hopping takes over, though other hop flavors of citric citrus fruits and pineapple also emerge. Moderately bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A winter ale, maybe, but not a winner ale and not overtly wheaty for a wheat-based brew. The unengaging maltiness overlapped with buttery diacetyl and Citra hops just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

As I remarked in the New Beer Sunday (Week 633) thread, today is New Odds & Sods Sunday here at Chez Woody. I am using The Who's 1974 album as the soundtrack & I am simply winnowing down some unrelated oddballs as a part of the Eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. No rhyme, no reason, just bottles.

From the bottle: "Pure ingredients, delicious beer".

I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour, in keeping with my New Year's Resolution and my Lenten denial. Aggro pours from bottles are now (mostly) a thing of the past. Grrr! I really become inflamed when they turn out to be a screwed-up screw-top bottle, as in this case. A vigorous in-glass swirl produced a finger of foamy, fizzy, light-tan head that quickly fizzled into wisps. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a sweet breadiness, but I could not quite precisely identify it. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was bready with a treacle-like sharpness. Hmm. Interesting. There were notes of burnt caramel, dark bread, treacle & a light mintiness. I am not sure what to make of this. Was it tasty? Yes, but it had odd, jangly flavors that did not seem to be meshing as they probably would have liked. Finish was dry, kind of spicy, but just adding up to a disjointed set of flavors.

The site's "Styles" section says that cloudiness is okay in this style, so I am going to agitate the remainder in the bottle & see if anything changes as a result. Clarity remained unchanged. The flavor smoothed a little bit, but I am still unsold. My advice: decant some and then agitate the remainder. The flavor now had a smoother coffee ice cream taste, but I still wasn't a fan. Oh well.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from a Lazy Dog
Mostly clear deep copper color with a thin off white head that dissipates quickly. Toasty butterscotch on the nose with bits of earthy citrus to counter. Flavor follows the aroma. I'm not sure how fresh that bottle was but there wasn't a whole lot of hop character.

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Photo of tdm168
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark brownish amber with a thin lacing of off white head that quickly fades away

S - citrusy, peppery, spicy

T - citrus, caramel, some spicy peppery hops, bitter finish; very very faint black cherry notes and faint medicinal aftertaste

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp

This is my first Dark Wheat Ale. I didn't really know what to expect. This was surprisingly hoppy and flavorful. It has surprising depth for a wheat ale. This isn't at all a bad beer. I could definitely drink a lot of these. It's also a nice change of pace from the other heavy or over-spiced winter offerings.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the appearance was a semi-dark brown color with a slim cap of a little white foamy head that slid off fairly quick. Some lace ran here and there, but mostly faint.
The aroma had some sweet dark toast, light tidbits of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, sweet wheat and some earthy to grassy hop notes at the end. Light citrus and pine character came in even further underneath.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side and then popped some of the piney bitterness for an ample balance. Light earthiness to blended chocolate and some pine followed into the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Some piney hop bitterness tried to show some "harshness" along my tongue, but it wasn't too sharp. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Nice piney to chocolate and wheaty sort of finish.
Overall, nice beer to show it's favor in the catch all category of "American dark wheat ale." I tend to enjoy this around colder weather but was fairly nice today.

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Winter Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 272 ratings
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