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:
271
Reviews:
95
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
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12
Gots:
41
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Photo of JakeEarsing
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rabbi72
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark, toasty, with a slight pine taste.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark brown with amber hints at the edges and a minimal khaki colored head; little to no lacing. Aroma is bright and inviting, citrus and pine hops upfront with caramel, toffe, bready, and soft wheat notes. Taste is more malt focused then the aroma; mostly bready with a touch of toffee, very little hop flavor or bitterness. Finishes relatively clean with a fair amount of sweetness. Medium-light body and low-moderate carbonation. Overall this is a pretty good beer, its nothing extraordinary. The aroma was a relatively hoppy but the flavor was very malt focused and one-dimesional.

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Photo of mrovelli
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beric
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 12 December 2015

Appearance: Pours a solid brown with a bit of an off-white or dishwater brown head that sticks around for a while and leaves a bit of lacing, though nothing insane.

Smell: Bright hops with your typically Citra hop qualities- grapefruit, generic citrus, and a pinch of pepper. Smells like an IPA for sure.

Taste: Hmm...this is where the beer loses me. It looks like it's trying to play off a harvest ale and a spiced winter beer at the same time and it just doesn't do it for me- commit to one or the other. The beer is essentially a hopped-up Dunkelweizen, meaning you get some of the wheat beer flavor characteristics- the breadiness from the malt, the slight banana notes from the yeast- and then a reasonably assertive hop not at the end. It isn't as well done as Schnedier und Sohn Hopfenweiße though, for instance.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected for a wheat beer, but good carbonation.

Overall: This tastes like a hoppy, dark version of Goose Island 312- the same weaknesses are there: a relatively thin body, poor assertion of wheat flavors. This one includes a funky assertive hoppiness I just can't readily get behind.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBorsato
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of curtisjoseph
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of DrewBest
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of harryhops
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PJCarnell
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Fitzy01
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Csikic93
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown. Smells earthy, dirt, and pine. Tastes bitter but smooth.

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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 theIPAman
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at at Molly's in Hanover NH. A dark Amber pour with a bit of head that lingers and makes for a decent pattern of lacing. An interesting scent, and I'm not sure what to expect....maltiness? Or Hoppiness? I get both. A unique combo of toasted malt and piney bitterness, with a touch of pineapple fruit. For a session ale, which I often find lacking for flavor, this stood up nicely. I would have liked a bit more carbonation, but overall this was a perfectly decent, and original beer that I would try again.

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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 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 zaptone
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shaymus
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cjgator3
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMUduke
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 130guy
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Winter Session Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 271 ratings.
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