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

BEER STATS
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94
Ratings:
269
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
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Photo of puboflyons
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Halcyondays
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
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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Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev -6%
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 rodbeermunch
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
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 DrDemento456
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A nice ruby brown with a half inch of head that turns to a light lace ring.

S - Smells moderately hoppy with a nice caramel malt.

T - Kind of good. I expected more of a malt base for a winter beer but since it is a moderately hopped wheat ale. Very hoppy though and a nice malt base to balance. Very bitter for the ABV.

M - Light to medium body.

D - Not really something I would buy again but would be a good offering in a variety case. Solid hop and mild caramel malt. Good beer.

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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 Beerandraiderfan
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
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 lordofthewiens
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best enjoyed by June 2012.
Mahogany color, small tan head. A small amount of lace.

Caramel malt aroma. Herbal and citrus.

More of a butterscotch taste. Piney hops with a bit of grapefruit. Taste rather tepid.

Pleasant enough, but kind of a "meh" beer. Definitely a sessionable beer.

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Photo of papat444
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (best before April 2012).

Appearance: Pours a pale amber body with a good sized head that lingers and leaves some lacing.

Smell: First thing i smell is hops which i wasn't expecting but is nice. Leans toward a non bitter grapefruit (if that makes sense) with a hint of sweetness.

Taste: Hops are more restrained with some orange and grapefruit mingling together. Some caramel in there but not much wheat presence.

Mouthfeel: Malt wins this one but the bitterness gives a decent fight. Nice feel.

Overall: Really surprised by this one. Almost drinks like a pale ale as i found the wheat character didn't show through much. But you should still try it.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour is transparent caramel color with a fairly tight white head. Nose is slightly burnt toast, caramel malts, and a faint herbal grassy hop. Flavor follows, a bit thin up front, burnt toast, sweet caramel malt, overly bitter hop presence, herbal and hay like finish.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Durge
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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 OWSLEY069
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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 BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 JayQue
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
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 thecheapies
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a dark cream soda, except the thin head remains.

Toasted wheat, woodiness, light cola, extra toast, strange fruitiness, clove-y spice, and very light maple. Interesting enough to win me over.

Bitter and sweet. Wheat tangy with some roastiness. Earthy/herbal hops, toffee, light mulling spice, and a splinter of soft overripe fruit (pineapple).

Light-medium body with a semi-spicy carbonation. It feels prickly, but I think it works. Thank goodness, there's some noticeable alcohol.

American Dark Wheat, eh? I don't mind this. I'll seek out more. This one here... is good. Good? Yes.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"The throat of winter is upon me and the cold will linger in me." - Opeth

Clear hazelnut color with an egg shell white cap. Quickly fades to a thin skim with ample lacey smatterings. Nice color.

Suprise! Aroma is tangerine and pineapple (citra) with some bread crust background. I wasn't expecting so much hop aroma from a winter wheat. Me likey.

Taste is tangerine hops up front with a friendly nuttyness in back. Not much of a malt character beyond that nutty blip and I feel that the hops are trying to cover up that fact - but hey, it's an American wheat.

Peak impresses in a usually unimpressive style. With the light feel and citrus hops this could do as a spring beer as well.

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Photo of Kendo
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau pint glass. Body is clear dark amber with a small off-white film of a head on top. Modest lace.

S: Hops are noted right away - citrusy and piney - over modest caramel malt.

T: Caramel malt foundation, with a hint of nuttiness and brown bread. Next up is the hop bitterness: it's minerally with plenty of pine and a bit of citrus. Minerally pine bitterness lingers into the aftertaste.

M: Light to medium in heft, though it drinks as if it's slightly watered down and thin. Carbonation is good.

O: This is one beer that, broken down, is better in parts than when it's all put together. There is a solid malt foundation in both the nose and the flavor, but it doesn't seem to stand up to the hops, which come across as completely separate from the malty base, especially in the aftertaste. Hops are a bit too minerally and slightly metallic.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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 babaracas
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish clear medium brown with fast fading off-white head that settles to a thin ring and leaves a few wisps of lace on the glass. Smell: buttery (ugh), toasty, unripe plum. That pineapple-heavy hopping would have been nice if it wasn’t overwhelmed with diacetyl. Taste: hopping is lemon and pineapple and somewhat raw; buttered toast, tannin heavy backend. Feel starts out fluffy with active carbonation that tries to hide the overattenuated body, but ultimately fails. I like the idea, but it doesn’t come together. Marked best by June 2012, so must be a recent bottling.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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 OtherShoe2
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Amalak
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
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 CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Winter Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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