Simcoe Spring Ale
Peak Organic Brewing Company

Simcoe Spring AleSimcoe Spring Ale
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Pale Ale - American
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3.72 | pDev: 13.44%
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Simcoe Spring AleSimcoe Spring Ale
Notes: We love the piney, fruity flavors of Simcoe hops. This is a classic pale ale, single-hopped and dry-hopped with Simcoe. We cold condition this beer and give it a restrained malt profile, so the hops really pop, like flora in spring. Our friends Patrick, Jason and Brad grow these luscious hops and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

66 IBU
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have a number of Peak Organic beers, both bottle & CAN, awaiting drinking & review & I have decided to run through as many of them as possible today.

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

I Pop!ped the cap only to be disappointed in the revelation that it was a screw-top. Boo! A bottle in and of itself is bad enough, but these screw-tops are the ones that they should do away with first. I gave it a very gentle pour followed by a vigorous swirl which raised a finger of dense, French Vanilla-colored head with good retention. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a slight cattiness along with a pine mintiness, underlain by a caramel maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was definitely of pine hops, but more restrained than they might be in an AIPA. The malt had more of a biscuit quality than the sweetness that the nose had led me to expect. Finish had a very flowery, honey-like taste, reminiscent of honeysuckle in a meadow, along with the biscuity malt flavor that I noted earlier. It landed somewhere between semi-sweet & semi-dry, putting me in mind of biscuits drizzled with honey.

Mar 28, 2016
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in June 2015.

Appearance: Golden with light tan head. Head is thick and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of hops, pine, and citrus, like grapefruits, with a little peppery spices as well. Overall the citrus aroma dominate the others.

Taste: Interesting taste. There is a strong citrus flavor but with some pepper and hops flavors as well. There is some sweetness too.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

This is an interesting ale. It has a nice mix of grapefruit, hops, and other flavors, which makes it interesting. I like the overall balance, and that the hops do not dominate the flavor.

Jun 07, 2015
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is bright flowers, pine and honey. Nice.
The taste has dry bitterness throughout, a touch of sweetness in the middle.
The texture is crisp.
Great aroma and a good flavor.

Apr 11, 2015
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light copper color. Nice hoppy nose. Pretty flat in the flavor department but the hoppy finish is decent.

This is akin to a session IPA.

Apr 05, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

simcoe can be an extremely intense varietal, so its nice to see it used in a rather reserved fashion here, while still showcasing its unique properties of pine and resins. i like that its a pale base, not an ipa, so the abv is a little lower, the balance is a little more in line, and the hops dont over dominate the beer. its got a nice light copper color to it, and has that crystal malt base going on, but its not sweet at all. the aromatic of the hops is true to fresh simcoe, and i like that a lot, although i think its an odd choice for a spring beer, given the pine forward nature of it, seems more wintery to me, but its something different from the norm, and i appreciate that greatly. cool that its organic, i admire these guys for that, its not easy. this beer on the whole is a pretty solid pint, but it cant really hold my attention much beyond that. a little samey with other simcoe beers, but its well enough made, and deliciously fresh on tap.

Feb 25, 2015
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jSehnert from New York

3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours hazy golden with good head. Nice aroma, and upfront taste, but bitterness lingers a bit too long and too astringent for my taste. Beautiful lacing on the glass as you drink. Pine, grapefruit and grass notes.

Would drink again, but not going out of my way for it.

Jun 28, 2014
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humuloner22 from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I mean this is the perfectly average beer really. It has a good malt balance but not overly hoppy, but isn't drinking beer subjective? Someone may love the malt, while others may be put off by the hops. I myself enjoy the balance, would I order again, maybe? I like hoppier beers but this one is better than a lot but not as good as a lot of them either. It is what it its, but hey its organic so that should give it some points anyway.

Apr 18, 2014
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Amalak from New York

3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very malty. It has a grape base. Smooth and medium bodied. There's a hint of honey. Not much of a bite. The simcoe can be a bit too dominant. This is the kind of beer you need to have fresh, because once it turns it will taste just terrible.

It has a dark bronze color, basically opaque. Some bubbles rising up. A one-finger foamy white head with some lacing. A very nice caramel and simcoe scent.

Apr 14, 2014
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silverking from Florida

3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A- It pours a hazy gold/orange with two fingers of fluffy off-white head. Head retention is incredible, and the lacing is acceptable.

S- Citrusy, grainy, vegetative, with a surprising amount of yeast.

T- Lemon and tangerine up front, followed by a healthy dose of grains. very light bitterness in the finish.

M- Fresh, clean, light bodied. moderate corabonation. very refreshing.

O- It's light, easy drinking, and organic, but It doesn't quite scream pale ale.

Jun 15, 2013
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JG-90 from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into glass gives a moderate sized head that is beige in color. The head looks fizzy at first, but gets more creamy looking as rocky as it settles down. Beer is golden/copper in color. Leaves moderate lacing with good retention. Aroma is mostly floral hops and caramel malt, also having citrusy hops and biscuits.

This one has a great taste for a pale ale. Very hop forward (less malty than the smell would suggest), starts with piney hops, then grapefruit, orange, and a touch of lemon. Just the right amount of light caramel malts. Has a floral, bready, and a touch piney finish. Has medium body with high carbonation and a bit of creaminess. Crisp and clean finish. This is one of the more flavorful APAs that I have had.

May 22, 2013
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atr2605 from New York

3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a golden, slightly orange color with a white head with decent retention
S-pine, resin, fruity
T-pine hop flavor dominates with citrus in the finish. not much malt presence
M-light-medium bodied
O-A really nice and refreshing brew. Nice session beer for the warmer weather.

May 08, 2013
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tkelley from Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Peak Organic glass.

A - Great look on this. Clear and bright copper body. Good head and retention.

N - Not as hoppy as I would expect. Very muted. Toasty notes.

T - Same muted character as the nose. Toasty. Lightly hoppy with a little citrus and pine. Almost like a British IPA but with American hops.

M - really good feel. Effervescent and crisp.

O - a solid drinker. I might not buy too many of these but I would be more than happy to drink a few on the boat or on the backyard.


Apr 27, 2013
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, yellow-copper coloring with a frothy, bright white head. Aromas of light, fruity sweetness with a resiny, bitter hops backbone. Flavors are roasty, with a toasted grain backbone, subtle caramel sweetness, and peppery dry hops. Well balanced and mid-bodied, with a good lacing left behind. Bitter, resniy hops aftertaste with a slightly dry, light finish. Tasty brew.

Apr 26, 2013
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rhartogsq from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

To me, this is what a sessionable IPA should be like. A nice solid hop aroma and flavor. Nothing fancy going on, but a nice beer to drink. This is the first beer from Peak Organic I have really enjoyed.
Not much lacing in the glass. Light body and mouth feel, but the flavor is full.

Mar 31, 2013
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nickapalooza86 from Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear goldish amber color, half finger of white head.

Smell is pine, citrus in the way of orange and manderin oranges, no malt to be found in the nose.

taste mirrors the nose almost identicaly, pine, manderin oranges, bittering grapefruit in the end.... The malt is there but you really have to go searching for it.

Mouthfeel is medium light, with crisp carbonation, what you would expect from a APA.

Really good spring ale here... I love pales and this is a good use of Simcoe hops that is for sure, really shows the piney/orange flavor of the hops, do not hesistate to grab a couple.

Mar 30, 2013
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ug, minus points for screw top!!! At least it has the date though, best by Aug, 2013.

Pours a nice looking fizzy frothy almost 1 finger head that sticks around for a while, eventually leaving some lacing as it slowly fades, mostly clear tangerine reddish-orange colored beer.

Nose is mixed, it has some great hop aromas although much much lighter than they should be, hint of tropical fruit but barely there, more I get that similar peak organic malt and yeast base profile that seems to come in many of their beers, a biscuity cracker and little caramel malt, light floral slightly fruity yeast addition, the tropical fruit is so light I really have to look for it and take huge sniffs.

Taste starts again with the Peak Organic base, biscuity cracker caramel malts with some sweetness and mild floral fruity yeast additions. Hops at least come out a bit more this time, a nice spicy bitterness followed by a fruity floral hop character, grassy and more noble like than I expected, very little simcoe character, almost as if they forgot to add 75% of the simcoe or they used a two year old batch. It does bring the slightest tropical fruit character but again I really have to look for it. Finish is drier, with plenty of bitterness at least, spicy and grassy kinda bitterness though, wiht a bit of a sticky resin sticking to the mouth from the malts (not hop resins), and a bit more biscuity caramel malt flavor.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, lots of fluffy carbonation maybe too much actually.

Overall fairly lackluster, just a light APA that gets some decent hop flavors, but noble hops very very little Simcoe which is very disappointing, and the malt profile comes through a bit too much with the cracker and caramel to really present what would be a nice Simcoe beer anyways.

Mar 29, 2013
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mpedara429 from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours out a very clear dark amber color. A bountiful 3 fingers of almost white head. Nice retention and rings of lacing.

S: Bursting with the smell of dank pine, grapefruit, and tropical fruit. All of which were pretty equally present.

T: A milder version of the smell with a biscuity malt backbone. Some lemony flavor in there too.

M: Medium body that is a little oily with medium carbonation. Crisp and goes down easy.

O: Very good. Better than I had anticipated for one of the "more commercial" craft breweries. It's a real good pale ale in my opinion. It balances out good aroma and taste while keeping a very good hop presence that isn't overbearing for a pale.

Mar 07, 2013
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best Enjoyed Before August 2013

A: Pours a chill-hazed golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that quickly fizzles to a thin cap

S: Fruity hops with a candy-like malt sweetness outline the aroma

T: Follows the nose. Floral and fruity hops are nicely balanced by the slightly bready malts. Lightly sweet and almost tea like

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: A nice, refreshing spring brew. Simple, easy to drink, and organic to boot. Worth it if you want something easy to session

Mar 04, 2013
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andrewinski1 from New Hampshire

3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. The color is light golden. There is a nice quarter inch foamy off-white head.

The aroma has some signature ammonia from the simcoe with some nice grassy hops.

The taste starts out with grassy bitter oily hops. The finish is yeasty with lots of bready malt. The aftertaste of bread lingers a bit too long. Instead of a nice crisp finish, it's a bit malty compromising the drinkability.

This is medium bodied with soft to medium carbonation. Not bad, but I wouldn't look for it again (I guess it depends on what else is available).

Feb 24, 2013
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plaid75 from New York

3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY and dry hopped at the bar with whole Simcoe hops.

Poured a hazy copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was Goid retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light Simcoe spice and a soft caramel sweetness.

The taste consisted of cereal malts, a dull caramel and a secondary drying hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a residual hop spice.

Overall a tasty well balanced ale. The Simcoe, as potent as it could be, was a bit muted though.

Feb 22, 2013
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a lightly hazy orange. The body glows. Head settles down to a thin foamy skin. Head leaves sheets and clouds of lacing along the glass.

S-Definitely getting Simcoe. A pleasant albeit soft mixture of citrus and grass. The ripe citrus flesh is tempting. There is plenty of balance from malts that smell of sweet pastry and honey.

T-The flavor is a bit more aggressive. Starts off with tangy citrus and immediately morphs into a rich grassy finish. The hop flavor even twists back to citrus at the very end. The pastry and caramel glaze malt provides ample backing. Quite tasty.

M-Sessionable, crisp and dry. Light to moderate bitterness. Bubbles are lively. This drinks incredibly well.

O/D-I really enjoyed this. The Simcoe isn't overbearing but it does show plenty of complexity. Balanced, enjoyable and fresh. My glass is quickly becoming depleted of liquid.

Feb 07, 2013
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In a pint glass the beer was a hazy orange color. It had a thick white head that disappeared quickly, leaving a minimal amount of lace.

A piney, herbal aroma, some citrus. Caramel.

Piney taste mostly. Orange, a little grapefruit, a little tropical fruit. Caramel background.

I liked this beer well enough, but thought it was a bit on the pallid side. Overall nice enough.

Feb 02, 2013
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear amber in color. Pillowy white head has excellent retention. Lacing sticks to the glass in rough, patchy clumps. A very nice looking beer.

S: Earthy, woody pine, pine needles, mango, peach, mandarin orange, mint leaves. Buttery toffee and caramel scents underneath. A good nose, the hops pop nicely.

T: Buttery, caramel, slight toast. Mango, mandarin orange, apricot, earthy pine and mint. The finish showcases all the aforementioned fruity and earthy hop flavors, and vibrantly so.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy with a mild prickling carbonation. A perfectly acceptable mouthfeel, though a bigger bite from the carbonation would go a long way to provide that extra refreshing crispness.

O: This is one of the better beers in Peak Organic's lineup. A nice English-leaning single hop pale ale. It's bright and refreshing, thanks to some smart hop additions. It works as a spring seasonal, and I can see it hitting the spot on a warmish day in that transitional time between winter and spring. If it's still around, that is. These seasonals get released earlier and earlier with each passing year.

Jan 28, 2013
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openmind from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big favorite hop - simcoe. I wait for this one all year.
A nice golden sunny pour. Nose of citrus fruit and pine. A great example of simcoe in a hoppy,dry-hopped pale ale.
Head and lacing - not much.
A touch more zing in the carbonation.
A great beer to drink while you are "thinking spring. "

Jan 22, 2013
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Willytee3 from New York

4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an apricot amber color with foamy white head.
Sticky lacing.
Smells of sweet malts and hoppy bitterness with sticky pine and mango, some grapefruit bitterness. Malty backbone with spring grains. Strong sticky pine finish. Bitter carries flavors through to finish.
Medium body with nice light carbonation.
Tasty beer.

Jan 21, 2013
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