Peak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale | Peak Organic Brewing Company

Peak Organic Simcoe Spring AlePeak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale
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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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Ratings: 252 |  Reviews: 93
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of plaid75
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of openmind
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
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. "

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Photo of Willytee3
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.91/5  rDev +6%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of david18
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan's upper west side. I liked it a lot and thought it was a great idea to feature simcoe in a non-ipa.

Appearance was a little darker than a typical pale ale. Good carbonation, nice fluffy head which stayed around for a long time.

Aroma definitely had that great catty simcoe essence. Very nice!

Flavor was not as good as the aroma but good nonetheless. Refreshing and a very good flavored American Pale Ale.

Overall good pale ale and a very interesting recipe.

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Peak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 57.5% out of 100 with 252 ratings
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