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Peak Organic Simcoe Spring AlePeak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale

Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Reagan1984 on 02-12-2011

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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 252
Photo of greybeardloon
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by September 2011--apparently the second batch.

A: Copper, decent head that disappears quickly. Not much lacing.

S: Grapefruity and sweet citrus hops and a hint of bready malt. When very fresh, I got a distinct cat pee smell, but I'm not getting that any more.

T: The hops right away and some piney hops on the finish. In the middle, there's some biscuity malt and fruity hops. The malt, although not the star of the show by any means, is actually solid and could stand on its own.

M: Medium and pretty well carbonated.

O: This beer is pretty simple yet very well put together. It's much more balanced than I expected, and I can't help but think "beautiful" when I drink it. Perhaps not surprisingly, it fades quickly, and it isn't drinking as well now as it was when it first came out. I'm already looking forward to next spring. [I found that this beer really loses a lot when drunk from a shaker.]

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Photo of openmind
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
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. "

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this at a beer store last night and was surprised how much I loved it. Immediately bought a six pack.

Finger plus of white foamy head tops a clear bright amber colored beer. Some orange tones. Strings of carbonation escaping to the surface. Slight lacing.

Aroma is fresh, bright, mostly hops and has a lot if citrus character. Some green or vegetal notes. Not a negative

Great flavor. I was taken back by the amount of great bread like flavor. This mixed well with the fresh juicy hop flavor. Loved it. Pretty well balanced.

Fairly light body and very refreshing. My kind of spring beer.

Looking forward to the other five bottles. Bring on Spring!

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at a local pub, poured into a pint.

A: clear amber color, nice 1/4" head with great retention, gobs of lacing.

S: slight pine and caramel

T: sweet caramel, buiscuit, over taken by distinctive simcoe hop flavor. Outstanding.

M&d: light to medium bodied , light carbonation. Good drinkability, not drying.

Really quite a revelation!!!

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Photo of LiquidSanity
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ap: Dark amber color. Almost honey like. Tiny bit of head with a little bit of lacing.

Ar: Faint but distinct. I can distinguish the bitterness in the aroma. Mild citrus aroma.

Ta: Tart and bitter with a mild citrus aftertaste. Very earthy hop flavor and mild metallic bite. However, it is actually very delicious.

Mf: Carbonation settles appropriately. Very smooth and crisp. Fulfilling and refreshing.

Ov: It's very interesting but the aftertaste is what engaged me. It wasn't what I expected but fortunately, it was better than expected. Cheers!

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from Ned's. I think it was $2 something.

Appearance: Damn fine looking beer. Clear gold colored. Puffy, finely bubbled head with good retention. Nice lacing too.

Smell: Pine and grapefruit, with a crackery malt backbone. Its a very hoppy smelling APA.

Taste: Really piney hops upfront, transitioning to a slight orangey and malty sweetness, then finishing quite bitter, with grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel: Very clean, body on the thin side, almost tingly carbonation. Sticky hops afterfeel. This is a refresher.

Overall: Good, flavorful, and quite hoppy and bitter pale ale. Almost like one of these "session IPAs" that are coming out. Likely falls well above the allowable IBUs for a pale ale. I could drink a bunch.

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Photo of nick76
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The aroma is very well balanced with citrus hops and malt. The appearance is amber gold with an average head. The taste is like the aroma with a wonderful hops bitterness that is not astringent. The palate is smooth but not thick. This is one of those beers that is tasty and also refreshing.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Rich golden color, maybe a finger's width head of white head which leaves light lacing.

S: Hops hit up front. Citrus fruits, grapefruit and orange, as well as some peach notes. I'm not getting much beyond the hops, so it hasn't got much in the way of complexity (thus the lower rating), but I love the way the Simcoe hops smell.

T: Surprisingly well balanced when compared to the aroma. The sweet malts provide a nice bridge into the floral/grapefruit/piney hops. Nice bitterness on the finish. The hops flavor lingers for a long time.

M: Medium bodied, quite a bit of carbonation. Ever so slightly sticky in the back of the throat, which I think contributes to the lasting hop flavor on the finish.

D: I am particularly partial towards the beautiful flavor of the simcoe hops, so I find this beer intensely drinkable. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of ThePortlander
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Franklin Park in Crown Heights.

It pours an amber hued gold with a decent off-white head, quite good looking (or maybe it's just this on-and-off grey day in Crown Heights). The nose is nice, clearly a fair amount of Simcoe went into this thing! Taste confirms this, although there a great bread/biscuit backing, though the hops really shine here. This is a very tasty APA, and a wonderful spring beer. My first Peak and I'm kind of into it.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Eli's with Handsome Rob and Mini Mouse.

A: olden with some amber hues. White head with decent lacing.

S: Floral Hops, light malts, and some citrus. Nice... Very Nice.

T: Very hop forward with some citrus and malt hiding in the background. The soft bitterness lingers with the finish. Very sexy stuff.

M: Crisp and pretty smooth.

D: Very nice ale that I could definitely session with on a Friday night dominating Larsonstyle in COD.

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Photo of u2carew
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles on top. Bronze in color and an ultra clear body. Thin and sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Earthy hops. Piney. Vanilla. Hint of MJ... it is in the cannabis family.
T) Hops from start to finish. Woodsy. Nutty. Grassy in the finish. The mix of flavors is great but would take a hop lovers palate to truly appreciate. The single hop dimension adds a unique flavor profile.
M) Crisp. Clean. Medium body.
D) A delicious single hop brew. I will definitely be drinking this until it is no more.

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Photo of JG-90
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice sticky lace on the glass.

S - A nice, strong aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops with a note of orange and a little bit of pine hiding in the background.

T - Sweet, honey and bread malt flavors up front. Some biscuit notes come out in the middle with a hint of toffee and some grapefruit hop flavor. The beer finishes with an increased toffee malt character and strong, pithy bitterness that is accompanies by grapefruit and pine hops.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Quite nice, the simcoe character of this beer is readily apparent, especially in the finish. There is plenty of soft, malty character to balance out the hops with just the right level of sweetness in the finish to keep the sharp bitterness from becoming unpalatable. It is a nice touch that they kept the malt relatively light in color and flavor, thereby avoiding any burnt toast or excessive caramel flavors that could obscure the hop character. Very well put together, I would certainly drink this again.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours hazy straw with lots of visible carbonation and I pillowy three finger head with good sticky lacing.

Simcoe indeed! Damn near smells like this could be labeled an IPA and I wouldn't gawk at that. Lots of grassy hops and grapefruit to the aroma. Hints of caramel matls come through but it's tough to notice much else aside from hops. Very bitter through and through with this. Dry with just a touch of sweetness to this. Really a rock solid brew here.

Feels good too! Nice crisp light body with a dry finish and good carbonation. Overall this is a nice offering. Call me a homer but this could stand up with some the more well known beers kicking around BA.

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Photo of TonyReaves
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peak Organic has been on a roll ever since the Espresso Amber Ale. This one is no exception.

Drank from a pint glass. Pours a huge head.

Copper colored, smells like grapefruit and a little grassy.

Subtle flavor- not overpowering bitterness. I like how, like the Winter ale, they add most of the hops late for an emphasis on aroma while keeping the flavor light.

So smooth- I wouldn't be surprised if they used some wheat in here. With the light body, it makes for an awesome session beer while still flavorful.

Again, really impressed with this brewery in recent years. They're not just banking on people buying it for the organic ingredients.

I think a lot of BA's might see Simcoe in the name and expect a lot of IBUs, but that's not happening here.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

Pours a dark golden/copper color with a one finger head. Smells, delicious, soaking wet simcoe hops, big musty floral hoppy scent. The taste is just as good, very wet hops, mouth quenching tart, sweet granny smith apple tasting, with more of the that hop musk on the tongue. The mouthfeel is quite good. Very quenching, dry, slightly bitter, extremely appetizing. Overall this is a fantastic beer, by far the best one ive had from Peak Organic.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Robust copper in color. On the amber-ish side of copper. Two-finger head fades slowly to a film.

Elegant, citrus flavors show up immediately on the nose (most noticeable – grapefruit, orange, lemon). There’s a little sweet malt in the back, but only a little.

Taste is dry, crisp, with citrus hops showing up immediately but leaving a little soon. Wish they hung around a little longer. Even though the citrus profile leaves the palate a little quick, it gives way to a hop bitterness that lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel is crisp, and carbonated well.

Certainly a refreshing brew that sports a little hop excitement. I enjoy this offering more than most other spring seasonals. Recommended, especially fresh.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of sleazo
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A_Pours a nice copper. The original head is off white and about 1.5 fingers. This retains its body for awhile.

S_The aroma is strong on the funky pine hops. There is a bit of fruit as well, the simcoe hops are clearly apparent.

T_The taste is mild up front with hints of pine. After that the hops kick in big time with the same fruit/pine combo. The finish is astringent which throws things off a bit but it is pretty tasty.

M_A bit on the lighter side but there is some oiliness associated with a high hop content.

D_Surprisingly good though I do love the Simcoe Hop. I would recommend this. Very flavouorful especially considering the alcohol content.

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Photo of babaracas
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light amber with two finger head of fine white foam, thin sheet of lace left behind. Smell: grapefruit and orange, pine, whiff of biscuit in the back - bright, popping aroma. Taste: lemon, grapefruit, pale malt sweetness, then grassy and soft pine and a bit grainy. Tasty but fleeting. Medium bodied, fluffy but a little overcarbonated. Best by Aug 2011.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of rmolledo
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright Golden, Slightly hazy with a thin white head. light lacing.

S: Wonderful Simcoe Hop Aroma. Light Caramel Malts.

T: Very hop forward as far as flavor but Not overly bitter. Piney, Tangerine, grapefruit citrus rind. Very fresh tasting. caramel malts.

MF: fairly light and dry. moderately high carbonation. very crisp.

D: As a home brewer, I am a fan of the single hop beers because they showcase the hops and let you know what the hops have to offer. This Beer is all about the hop aroma and character IMO and doesn't focus on the malt side of the spectrum. Yet this ale is not too bitter. I think this is a good refreshing Pale Ale. Can't wait to try their other beers.

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Photo of thehopsguy
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A slight haze in appearance but overall clarity is a brilliant gold color. Pungent smell of fresh citrus, earthy with a well balance of malts Tastes as good as it smells smooth, very fresh bitter hops flavor. Initial taste almost like chewing on a mouth full of hops,must be from the dry hopping..Very crisp light feel with the finish. one word DANK

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Photo of WanderingFool
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simcoe Spring pours a clear light amber color with a moderate sized, frothy white head on top. As the foam dissolves it leaves behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass. From the bottom, a flurry of small bubbles rise to the surface.

The aroma is pleasant with notes of toast, pine, citrus and tropical fruit.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and frothy. Mild to moderate effervescent carbonation. The flavor is crisp with toasted and biscuit malt balanced with bitter hop notes of pine and grass. Some fruity flavors are present throughout. It finishes dry with lingering fruity and grass flavors when gone.

A very tasty, well balanced, easy drinking beer. Would go great with a burger and fries or on its own when drinking with friends.

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