Peak Organic The Maple Collaboration | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States
peakbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by MrHurmateeowish on 10-23-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
131
Reviews:
52
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
15.56%
 
 
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2
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2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was looking forward to this beer because I generally like what this brewery produces. Unfortunately, this beer was not one of my favorites.

A copper color with a small, off-white head.

Faint caramel malt aroma. Alcohol, not pleasant (even though it's only 6.7% ABV).

The taste was vaguely oatmeal with maple syrup. Still very alcoholic.

I thought this was way too much booze and not enough of the oats and syrup.

No mas!

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2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

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2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber with a runaway beige head. What was once a runaway head that almost expanded out of the glass it then ran away from sight. Eh retention.

Aroma is some maple sweet twang a little bit of oven baked oats and caramel sweetness.

Taste is fruity apple juice with a little bit of leafy hops. Not much maple but some. Seltzer-y mouthfeel.

I've had better maple ales. I've had better amber ales. I've had better Peak beers. This beer is a let down on many levels. It's odd that Peak's Oak Aged Mocha Stout tastes like maple sugar candy and Peaks Maple Collaboration tastes like a bland amber ale.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Maple Collaboration was rolled out at a recent tasting. I was all fired up for this, because short of cat food, what doesn't taste great with Maple?

Here's the thing. I am guessing this was brewed in collaboration with the renowned brewer Wayne Maple, because that's the only reason I can think of to include "maple" in the title. There sure as hell isn't any maple in the beer to justify it. Nothing particularly wrong with the drink, but I wound up fixating on the lack of maple, and therefore, the lack of identifiable flavor.

Bummer of an experiencer. C/C+ as a beer, F- for truth in advertising

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz Bottle
A) Pours with a two finger head then settles to a thin white lacing on top. Clear body. Amber in color.
S) Caramel and toffee notes. A very mellow maple aroma.
T) A bit grainy. Some astringent notes. A decent malt base, but not noticeable "maple" taste. Not much of an aftertaste, just ends abruptly.
M) Medium light body. A bit thin feeling. A lingering slick tongue feel.
O) An average red ale. Not that impressed especially when the rest of the Peak's repertoire are solid brews.

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3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Peak Organic The Maple Collaboration from Peak Organic Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 131 ratings.
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