The Maple Collaboration
Peak Organic Brewing Company

The Maple CollaborationThe Maple Collaboration
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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
ABV:
7%
Score:
81
Avg:
3.57 | pDev: 15.69%
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
133
From:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
81
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The Maple CollaborationThe Maple Collaboration
Notes: Peak Maple Collaboration is a truly local project. It’s a new twist on our previously brewed Maple Oat Ale. We worked with local farmers and small businesses to craft this beer with Maine-grown organic oats from GrandyOats and Vermont-produced organic maple syrup from Butternut Mountain Farms. The Maple Collaboration is a copper-colored brew with a dynamic mouth feel from the organic oats and a subtle richness in the finish from the organic maple syrup. The beer is in support of Chefs Collaborative, the nation’s leading environmentally conscious culinary organization.

26 IBU
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish brown color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Maple syrup, toasted oats, husky maltiness, and an underlying fruitiness make up most of the nose. Some very light woody notes as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some toasted malt and oats, light fruitiness, and moderate maple sweetness. Goes into a bit of the woody/earthy notes from the hops as well. Finishes with a lingering maple undertone and more toasted malt

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit on the spritzy side, but not too bad

O: Does a really nice job highlighting the maple syrup and oats. Quite easy to drink and keeps you wanting more of the maple goodness. Solid

Mar 27, 2017
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kalosjakar from Rhode Island

3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy reddish/amber color with a foamy off-white head, fairly carbonated.. it fizzed up quick.

Aroma: iced tea (seriously), maple sugar.

Taste: definitely getting sweet sweet maple up front, brown sugar, both the aroma and taste are pretty straight forward and simple.. not bad but not great.
a little too sweet, not enough bittering to balance it out.

Feel: medium to thin body, wet finish

Aug 26, 2016
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Dark maple color, an aroma of toasted oats. There is lots of oats flavor in this beer, a bit too malty for my liking. I was hoping for just a bit more maple syrupy flavor.

Nov 26, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, a 'collaboration' between Peak Brewing and the farmers who get them their production ingredients - got it.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with two anemic fingers of weakly puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly just bubbly pale beige head, which leaves some craggy sea cliff lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of bready, slightly doughy caramel malt, musty maple syrup, buttered breakfast biscuits, a twinge of sour yeast, and tame earthy, floral, and weedy hops. The taste is more maple sap-forward, the not quite pancake-ready sweetness abounding, with a steady grainy, sort of oaten caramel malt, some persistent diacetyl, muddled dark orchard fruit, and a waning leafy, weedy, and floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly supportive, but not providing of much else in their stoic frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and more or less smooth, the yeast and hops apparently having more productive things to do than mess around here. It finishes on the sweet side, sure, but moderated well enough by the nature of the maple and a few enterprising hops.

Overall, not a bad maple brew, the tree effluent character coming off as robust and not overly saccharine, so, good. As for the oats, I didn't mention them in the mouthfeel, because I was apparently still taken by how they did well to muscle into the malt flavour. Yeah, a decent quaff, one that won't set off any of the usual tongue-scraping sensors.

Nov 12, 2015
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irrevjim from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

look; burnt orange, not much carbonation, nice off white 1/2" head, not quite moderate retention but some, moderate soapy lacing
smell; stale bread, molasses, maple, good but small
taste; sweet maple, roasted malt, pine, balanced pretty well, would be perfect for me if a little less sweet, but it is a maple ale
feel; smooth, with just a little hops and bitter feel and just enough carbonation to balance it, very nice
overall; a nice solid ale that delivers the maple it promises while still being a solid ale, full bodied but so smooth and gentle you can forget its 6.2% abv

Nov 08, 2015
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smanson56 from New Hampshire

3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am a real fan of good maple syrup so thought this beer might be really good . it pours a darker reddish orange color. There is a solid maple aroma to the nose. It lost a lot in the taste IMO as there was this lingering burnt maple taste that was there through every sip of the bottle. This is not a bad beer but there was IMO a strange burnt flavor in the maple.

Oct 22, 2015
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. 2015. batch. Sampled October 22, 2015.

It is an attractive looking copper-amber color with a long-lasting off-white head.

The aroma is full of maple syrup esters with an undercurrent of grain and oats. Not much hop profile.

The mouthfeel is medium.

The taste is really a maple syrup lover's delight with a bready, grainy malt character interspersed leading up to a mildly bitter finale.

Oct 22, 2015
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a maple-ly amber with a vigorous off-white head into the glass. Some maple in the nose. Some syrup in the feel, intriguing. Enjoyable without being overly memorable.

Jul 05, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

if it says maple on it, chances are i am buying it, and thats not just pertaining to beer. i am a lush for good maple syrup, and anything it graces, so this was a no brainer for me. i expected a little more out of it though. it has a nice maple nose on its amber to pale brown color, but its not real vivid in the flavor, and i think a lot of its glory is either fermented out, or lost to the bit of oxidation my bottle had (did not see a date). the flavor was real malt driven, sturdy and well built, autumnal for sure, almost german bock-esque here, but the maple sort of blends in a little too well with the caramel and toffee and brown butter flavors, its just not rising up like i thought it would. still it brings the maple candy sweetness to the table, and does linger in the finish, more like the sap than the syrup though, and as always, i wish for more of it. well made beer though, and the lighter mouthfeel is a refreshing change of pace in this type of beer, its got huge bubbles and plenty of them, makes it seem light. good beer, but not the maple bomb i still seek...

Feb 21, 2015
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hops202 from District of Columbia

3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an ale glass.

Looks good at first sight. Nose has plenty of maple syrup - certainly smells fresh from VT. Maybe some burnt sugar there with some malt and oats. Nose is the best thing this beer has got going for it. Upon first taste I was truly let down. Syrupy mouthfell as well.

Mar 14, 2014
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yaybeerdcgirl from District of Columbia

2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look -- I think if you have "maple" on the lable, it should have some sweetness, some smoothness. This beer has neither.

To be fair, it's advertised as being grown with oats. Maybe that accounts for its grainy taste and chewy mouth feel. You will be disappointed if you expect a sweet, smooth "maple" taste -- there is none.

Feb 23, 2014
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ericvillhauer from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's like drinking Maple syrup but in beer style. I personally could take some more maple taste. The aroma is wonderful. The mouthfeel is a little light in my opinion but I like heavier beers. The taste is alright, like I said I could use more maple. If you can get your hands on it it's worth the try.

Nov 09, 2013
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beergoot from Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted 10/17/2013 and reviewed from notes...

Solid amber body, no head per se, just a few weak globs of foam on the glass. Aroma was sweet with maple and toffee notes. Taste was of slightly burned sugar; faint hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; semi-sweet finish.

Oats and maple syrup produced a solid, chewy beer. Very nice warm and charred sugar flavors. An interesting niche beer; a collaboration w/local farmers and producers, especially with a unique style like this. A greatly welcomed beer, making up for what it lacks in appearance with a great flavor.

Nov 05, 2013
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mpedara429 from Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured out a light copper color. Almost a maple syrup color. Interesting… A finger of nearly white head with little retention and no lacing. I don't trust beer in twist cap bottles...

S: Sweet maple syrup and floral and semi dank hops.

T: Same as the smell. The beer base is a lot lighter than I anticipated. It is almost like maple syrup mixed with a pale ale. Some fruity esters poke through in the background.

M: Medium, sticky body and medium carbonation.

O: The amount of maple flavor is spot on. My main issue here is the beer base. The hop profile seems bizarre for this beer and didn't sit well with me. More subtle hops and a darker malt bill would've suited this beer much better.

Oct 22, 2013
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VincentFrey from Maryland

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Nepenthe Homebrew Tulip Glass. Pours copper, with a thick head for a while that slowly dies down but laces a bit nicely

Maple comes through nicely in the aroma, although the back of it seems very much like cereal. I imagine this may be the oats, and that would fit the style, but it’s just not particularly appetizing. Still, given style and added ingredients, hits the major criteria for a specialty beer.

Taste is very different. Different good, honestly. The oats contribute a beautiful fullness and the maple is definitely present despite the many, many issues of brewing with maple syrup. Beyond representing the oats and maple though, it’s a very standard amber ale on the backend. Without the maple, it might even lose the oats entirely except in the mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel is pretty delicious. Full, full beer for 6.2% and a delicious maple coating. Nothing astringent or hot, just goes down easy but filling.

Overall, a good beer that succeeds at it’s specialty. I’d buy it again. If you’re unfamiliar with oats in beer, or hate maple syrup, maybe avoid until you pick up a taste for one or the other. For $5 this a nicely made bomber I’d pick up again if fresh.

Sep 22, 2013
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oregonianredbird from California

3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- golden amber color, slight haziness, thin head and no lacing
S- malt, oats, a little maple
T- complex maltiness balanced nicely with hopiness up front, turns roasty, and then finishes a little sweet with fruity esters and a hint of maple syrup.
M- medium bodied, a little sweet stickiness, and good moderate carbonation. coats the tongue more than I prefer
O- given the nice balance on the front of the tongue, it's too bad that the lingering taste is so bitingly sweet.

Sep 22, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, oats, and some subdued maple aromas. Taste is much the same with malty and earthy maple flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the maple presence in the smell and taste seems to come out more as the beer warms up.

Mar 24, 2013
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice creamy head, decent lacing, hazy tan color.

Nose maple, fresh cut bleeding-oak-tree-like earthy aroma, light caramel brown syrupy malts, herbal, weird syrupy estery thing too.

Taste sweet brown malts, caramel like but a thin syrupy flavor, some maple, light toffee, nutty, toasty, etc. Mild herbal earthy bitterness, light corn stalk. Finish is dry lingering mild grassy bitterness, syrupy brown malts and light maple.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied feeling but a bit thin, decent carb.

Overall ok, nothing special.

Mar 12, 2013
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Rukasu from District of Columbia

3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear honey copper color, thin, thin head.

S - Very little smell, faintly maple and sweet roasted malts

T - Quite sweet, the maple taste really stands out. Some hoppiness and brown sugar notes, but the maple is certainly noticeable throughout.

M - A bit syrupy (no pun intended) and viscous. Very light carbonation makes it seem even more so.

O - Pretty good beer, not typically a fan of Peak, but this is decent. A bit too sweet for more than snifter glass, but would be good as a dessert beer.

Jan 05, 2013
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DaveBlack from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, copper colored beer, maybe 1/2 inch of off-white head on the top of the beer. Quite a long retention and a small smattering of lacing.

S: Sweet, slightly roasty, and, as strange as this is, it has the smell of an elderflower liquor that my better half loves.

T: The front of the beer is light, roasty and full of sweet malt goodness. There is a fair hop presence which breaks up the sweetness. I don't really get a whole lot of maple flavor until the aftertaste, when it just kind of lingers there, pleasantly.

M: Moderate body, slightly creamy, and a moderate amount of carbonation as well.

O: A good beer, not a great one. A nice balance of sweetness and hops. I always worry that a beer that bills itself as full of maple flavor will be too sweet, but this one is not. A nice fall-tasting brew.

Dec 29, 2012
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berliner07 from New Hampshire

4.95/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a treat. Wasn't sure about maple in beer. Two things i love seperately, but not sure how they pair. Pour looked really nice. Amber color. Looks complicated but inviting. Nose is FULL of a really nice maple aroma. Not overly sweet, just perfect. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Full but not cloying. The flavor is spot on. Perfect mix of maple and malt. You can tell it's a really high quality maple. So full of flavor, but not overly sweet.

Dec 01, 2012
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metter98 from New York

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear orange-amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that slowly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar and lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of maple syrup in the nose along with some hints of caramel malts.
T: Light to moderate flavors of maple syrup are present in the taste, which has some subtle notes of sweetness and hints of bitterness. Flavors of maple syrup linger through the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied, very smooth and a bit creamy on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a nice smooth mouthfeel. It is a good choice if you like some maple syrup but don't want a beer that is overwhelmed by lots of maple flavors and sweetness (like maple candy).

Nov 16, 2012
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear red with hues of orange. An inch of white head fades quickly. Small specs of lacing.

S: Caramel, slight toffee and molasses, a touch of sugary maple, subtle berry fruitiness, hit of butterscotch, and an underlying earthiness.

T: Butterscotch and a slight coffee impression open. A wave of maple syrup washes over the palate. Slight fruitiness is hard to pick up underneath the maple. Tea leaves. Sugary malt sweetness builds and becomes slightly cloying. A pinch of brown cocoa and some earthy undertones are all but drowned. Finishes with a buttery maple flavor.

M: Medium bodied. Slightly viscous and mouth coating. Low carbonation.

O: This beer is a train wreck. Far too sweet, and the flavors at work just do not mesh well. Peak organic keeps trying to force the issue with these amber ales. Much like the coffee flavors of Espresso Amber, the maple just doesn't seem to belong in this beer. The distinct house yeast further muddles things, adding an unpleasant buttery/butterscotch flavor into the mix. If there's one good thing to be said about this beer, it's that the maple at least tastes very natural and authentic.

Nov 15, 2012
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openmind from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

MC is a beautiful amberish ale.

I am never much for flavored beers, but sometimes some brewer can get it right. At first I didn't detect much maple flavor. However, the the gentle sweetness and oats balanced out nice with a great mouthfeel.

As it warmed, the roundness of the maple shone through without being sweet. Kudos to the brewer.

I can see myself snagging a few more of these. I'll plan a great meal to pair with it.

$6.10 for a 22 - nice.

Oct 27, 2012
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

recently purchased, 22 oz bottle.

Pours a lovely, clear orange-amber with a modest sized but very durable tan head. Plenty of caramel malt with a hint of spicy hops. Real Vermont maple syrup is detectable in both the nose and the taste. It is slightly sweet, but has an excellent sweet/bitter/sour balance. Creamy smooth, but with enough carbonation to give it an excellent bit of liveliness too.

O: Take into account that I simply love the flavor of maple syrup and maple sugar, so to me this is delicious, despite a very slight off- or sour-note in the nose and palate.

Sep 07, 2012
The Maple Collaboration from Peak Organic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 133 ratings