Winter Session Ale | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Winter Session AleWinter Session Ale
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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

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#34,323
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
276
pDev:
12.88%
Bros Score:
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
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 -1.4%
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 +2.7%

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of billab914
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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 woodychandler
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
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 johnnnniee
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
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 +16.2%
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 +2.7%
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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Photo of imbibehour
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass. Best before June 2014.

Real nice crystal clear and brass dark copper brown with some cola size rising fast bubbles. Head doesn't form much, only about a tan finger that dissolves to a thin puck and leaves a collar.

Toasty aroma, not much hop action as described going on but I am not expecting it to be. Nice soft caramel and fairly straight forward, there is a hint of some fruit though.

Palate is heavily carbonated, and very metallic and mineraly. First sip I am looking for some of that malt caramel sweetness and instead I get a large blast of carbon dioxide. Large mineral and metallic finish on this beer, my fillings feel like they are on fire. Some warmth and time provides a little more malt depth, but the aftertaste is really not pleasant. Texture on this is really odd and destracting as my tongue feels run over by sawdust.

Overall it's just another reminder why I steer clear of organic beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a brown color with amber hues and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hops, some spice and malts. Taste is good, some hoppy bitterness up front followed by toasted malts, a touch of wheat. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

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Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of tempest
2.69/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I want to like this beer. I love interesting session-strength beers and at 5% with dark wheat a 60+IBUs, this more than qualifies. However, as soon as I poured the beer there was a big, unpleasant tin aroma and flavor masking the actual beer character. I can tell that underneath, there's delicious, juicy citrus hops, butterscotch diacetyl and toasty wheat bread, but I'm totally distracted by this flaw. It begins to fade as the beer warms, but this is unacceptable.

The best before date is May, 2011, so it seems like something went wrong in production and bottling. I like the idea and basis for this beer that I'll try it again. I sincerely hope it gets better.

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Photo of sd123
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of plaid75
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
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 WesWes
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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 rodbeermunch
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber and orange color, thin 1/5" white head. Aroma was neat, all holiday orange chocolate. Wasn't expecting a mix of citra hop and chocolate and brown malt, it works so nicely with the hops.

Taste was a light bodied yet dark wheat base, interesting take on the beer, they did pretty well. Repacked the caramel crystal malt and cascade hop with some citra and chocolate feels to make a unique and good beer.

Affordably priced too.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
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 epyon396
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Winter Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 276 ratings
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