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Peak Organic Simcoe Spring AlePeak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale

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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 StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: The nose has moderate aromas of pine resin hops and notes of grapefruit.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell (although the grapefruit stands out a bit more) and has a moderate amount of bitterness; there are some hints of caramel flavors in the underlying malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite thirst quenching. The hop flavors definitely grab the attention of your palate.

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Whole Foods. Best by August 2011.

Pale amber with a curiously rocky head that doesn't last long.

Smells very soapy... lavender, citrus, some diacetyl. Soap is the dominant character at first. With some vigorous swirling, the hops come out more, exhibiting a nice tropical fruit character, but I can't escape the scent of soap. Judging by other reviews, I get the impression that this brewery has some quality control issues.

Tastes a bit better than it smells, but still not stellar. Grapefruit and pine hop flavors, dried herbs, soap. Lightly buttery and slick, and a bit on the thin side, though perhaps I'm being overly harsh on a 5.4% beer. Still, breweries like Alpine and Ballast Point seem to be capable of brewing heavily hopped, low alcohol beers that don't feel watery. This isn't quite watery, but it is very thin. It's pretty dry from front to back, but the faint diacetyl prevents it from feeling truly crisp.

Overall, I like the concept of this beer more than the execution. With some tweaking it could be quite good.

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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 oberon
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first beer from Peak to try.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear rich brass tinged golden with a great billowing head that never really completely settles,a nice frothy mass is left.There is a decent simcoe sharp citric aroma but its just a little light,some caramel/biscuit malt is there as well,a little more oomph and it would be great.Mouthfeel just lacks a little in the back end,its light to medium,a good mix of grapefruit rind and grassy hops mixed with a firm sweetish biscuit malt base on the palate.When it comes to most spring and or summer ales I dont expect much and thats what they deliver,this is quite good and drinkable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.43/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Porter Bar goblet.

Pours a crystal clear amber with a geneous bone-colored head that has good retention. Glass is rather fully coated by lacing. Marvelous.

Decent, appropriately hoppy aroma, but not particularly inviting.

T: Simcoe hops impart a nice citrus aspect long with a well-matched bit of spicy/herbal flavor. Both aspects of the Simcoe hops linger on for a good while in the moderately biter aftertaste.

M: surprisingly full (for "Spring Ale") medium body; lively carbonation; semi-dry finish.

O: Simcoe is an excellent choice for a single-hop APA or IPA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/19/2011 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, light caramelized malts and a little bit of citrus.

T: The taste starts with a strong hops bitterness and then a mild citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice and hopped, grassy with some decent touches of light citrus and pine mixed in. A bisuit like bready middle to it that really came out once it warmed up. The flavor was more of the same, crisp and clean, with a quick hitting citric hop bite in the front that mellowed out with some light grain, and bready malts to balance nicley, all the while staying very light and towards the hoppier side of the style. Crisp and clean with a light feel and a great carbonation profile, this was defintly a very nice offering

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Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another fresh example best by August 2011, pours with at least four fingers worth of light off white head and a pale copper slightly hazed body looks pretty impressive. The smell is full of grapefruit/citrus hops off the bat, light biscuit malt sweetness. Flavor has a pretty nice grapefruit/citrus sweetness amongst pale malt slightly biscuit malt flavors colliding with eachother. Mouthfeel is light creamy textured with a medium to light body overall carbonation is moderate nothing too exciting or deviating from the norm here. Drinkability, isn't bad, compared to other Peak Organic beers I"ve had.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a bubbly off white head that gets a little sticky. Smells of pine and lightly herbal but mostly pine. There's a bit of caramel in the background. The maltiness is a bit more pronounced in the flavor. There's a solid rich bready caramel malt backbone to play against the pine and resin and herbal flavor coming from the hops. The taste is light crisp and refreshing. Medium body with a hefty dose of carbonation and a bubbly sweet mouthfeel. This is a nice flavorful beer, albeit a little on the simple side. If I had to knock it I would say that there is a hair too much carbonation for my liking.

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the super and new "One Stop Beer Stop" in Brooklyn...this one pours slightly murky almond amber, under a loose and lazy lite tan head, that leaves all sorts of sheeting and ringed lacing.

Mild nose of earthy/grassy hops and a hint of toast.

Hoppy/bready nicely balanced APA, with a distinct mineral note flexing some muscles. Dry in the finish with more crusty/earthy hops now in control.

A bit thin/watery mouthfeel wise.

Respectable if not amazing moderalty hopped up ale. Worthy and sessionable brew

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and Carapils malt scent with a moderate Simcoe hop aroma. It's citrusy, but not overly so. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, bitter hop flavor along with your standard pale malt base. It's crisp and refreshing with excellent hop character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very enjoyable APA. It's bold, yet stays within itself; a damn good session ale.

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Photo of plaid75
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours on the cloudy side with a decent looking amber-copper color and a good amount of foamy head to the rim of the glass. The aroma is full of pine and floral hops with a clean and crisp citrus note. The taste has a 60-40 hop to malts character with the hops having the edge. Nice and bitter and full of earth and pine. It works.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm all for organic beer, but first and foremost It's got to taste good. Imo, the reviews of this beer give it a bit of a pass simply since it's organic. I find it a bit too grainy and thin, and the hops simply lack punch. Pours nicely enough with an amber color, and a white head that sticks around and leaves some lacing. The smell as well is promising with nice citrus notes of tangerine and grapefruit, and an underlying element of grain. Unfortunately, the taste falls flat with lots of raw grainy flavors and just a hint of those nice hops. I was hoping for better as I love me some Simcoe hops.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a nice off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is dominated by the fresh Simcoe hops with  faint malt notes in the background. Smells nice and fresh. 

T- The taste like the aroma features some malt up front with a good dose of the hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I thought this one was pretty solid. A nice light bodied beer with a good amount of flavor that is a great beer for the warmer months.

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Photo of PEIhop
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a duck rabbit pint glass.

Picked this six pack on a recommendation from a buddy and was quite surprised.

A - Pours a extremely clear, brownish-orange with bubbly head that leaves nice lacing as the head dissipates.

S - A nice balance between pine and caramel aromas.

T - Caramel, biscuity, with a great hop finish!

M - Light in body, nice carbonation, crisp and clean finish

D - A very nice session beer. Worth checking out.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.99/5  rDev +7%
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.

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

I drank a bottle of this last night and was quite blown away.

Pouring a clear orange-amber with a dense, white head that hangs around a while, leaving some lace. The nose has so much hop brightness, it caught me by surprise. Fresh, floral, fruity (citrus, grapefruit), this leans heavily toward the aroma hops. I'm puzzled by the reviews that stress the malt character, to me, this one is almost entirely hops. The palate opens with plenty of fruity hops, with flavors of citrus and grapefruit, along with a little tropical character. Bitterness is light, and the malt character is mild, lending a light cracker-like sweetness. Drying on the finish with a great hop flavor, this beer has medium-high carbonation, lending a nice, refreshing feel. Color me impressed.

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Photo of Brad007
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with a thick head into my glass. Nice lacing and good color for the style.

Aroma contains a good hint of grassiness, perhaps from the Simcoe hops used.

Ditto on the taste. Bland, despite the use of Simcoe hops. There's perhaps a bit of malt flavor as well.

Lots of lingering grassiness and even a bit of buttery malt.

Well, it is organic. Can't possibly be fresh though. If you want simcoe hops, I hear that Weyerbacher has brewed one with double the simcoe.

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

Different brew; instead of the resin/citrus slam there's more of a cut grass flavoma that is comfortably pleasing. Radical change for the good. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is grass, hop, malt. Flavor is like nose with emphasis on grass. Body is easy, chewy, and drinkable. Finish is like flavor, on the short side, and just flat out good.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Peak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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