Local Series NY
Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,609
Ranked #30,700
3.77 | pDev: 11.67%
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Local Series NYLocal Series NY
Notes: This series is a celebration of tasty local ingredients and distinctive terroir. We brewed four beers, each with barley and hops from one particular state (Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York). Each beer in the series was brewed according to a similar recipe, to achieve an ale that is assertively-hopped and dry-hopped, but also bold in its malt character. Since the recipe is consistent, the flavor difference in each beer results from the distinctive local terroir. Working with skilled farmers to craft this series has been an exceptional experience for us. We hope you enjoy the result.

67 IBU
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Premier. There were some light grassy hops here, though essentially a toasty red ale flavour.BReady malt. Mild citrus. Not unpleasant, but not greatly drinkable this night. In fact light reddish after quick dissipating head. Not a great pale.

Aug 12, 2012
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a pint glass this beer was a hazy dark amber color with a small tan head.

Sweet bready aroma. Lots of piney hops, and a little bit of citrus.

Taste followed aroma. Bready and piney with a little bit of citrus. I thought it was on the bland side.

To me this beer was underwhelming and unbalanced.

May 23, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a thin off-white head and light visible carbonation. The head reduces but leaves a thin layer of bubbles across the entire surface of the beer. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of bready and doughy malts with a more subtle hint of piney hops.

T: Flavors match nicely with the smell, bready and doughy malts up front with a real nice piney hop bitterness in the finish. There are subtle hints of citrus hops as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: Really pleasant but not quite as easy to drink as the Peak Organ Local Series MA version. I really enjoy the more intense bitterness but the beer feels slightly out of balance.

Mar 04, 2012
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MoreThanWine from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 3" light gold head. The body is a slightly burnt orange. Smell is malt and citrusy hops. The taste brings out more than the smell - there's the malt and citrus but also grapefruity and piney hops. The finish is fairly long and citrusy with a low burn. Not dramatically different from the rest of their local series but still quite good just as the others have been good.

Jan 26, 2012
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BigPlay1824 from New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a really beautiful coppery golden color with a ton of carbonation bubbles, pours mostly clear, pours with a two finger head with large bubbles that are just barely off white, lingers pretty nicely and leaves a great amount of lacing
S: very nice citrusy hops scents with a very slight sweetness
T: citrus hops ion the forefront, nice middle character that is kind of deep and musty, lingers on the palate
M: gentle carbonation tingle, leaves the mouth with a silky texture and a slight driness
O: a pretty good drinking brew, an overall nice brew and pretty much what ive come to expect from peak, not outstanding but just nice

Jan 03, 2012
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metter98 from New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half-finger high off white head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are strong aromas of bready and doughy malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of doughy malts along with some hints of citrus.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very flavorful for an APA but is relatively easy to drink.

Dec 31, 2011
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Florida9 from Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber in color. Forms a very large off white head that slowly reduces to about a 1/4" of thick, bubbly head. Lots of clumpy lacing.

S: Aroma is a mix of bread and seltzer with some light piney hops.

T: Taste is a bit more robust than the aroma. Rather malty, actually. The previous reviewer hit the nail on the head with term doughy. I've never used that term to describe a beer before, but it fits this beer perfectly. Doughy. Light sweetness. Some citrus malts. Finishes with a light sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: A decent APA, especially if you like your APAs with a strong malt presence. Otherwise, feel like the hops are too light for my liking and the doughy malts are sort of out of place.

Dec 24, 2011
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zoolzoo from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, great concept. Cant beat using local ingredients.

A: Pours cloudy golden, two finger frothy white head. Excellent lacing.

S: Doughy malt base, pleasant citrus and pine hop aromas.

T/M: Wow, lots of body. Malt profile is robust...bready and doughy just like the nose. Moderate amounts of sweetness and a well balanced hop profile round out the flavor. Super solid, excellent drinkability. Only a hint of alcohol alludes to the ABV.

O: A really ballsy pale ale...yet another winner from Peak. I've never had a bad beer brewed by these guys.

Dec 20, 2011
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plaid75 from New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a grainy malt and floral fresh hop. A touch of diactyl detected as well.

The taste consisted of an upfront sweet and earthy malt characterized by elements of wild honey and diactyl. a cleansing flowery hop rounded out the experience.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an interesting and tasty pale ale.

Nov 26, 2011
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berliner07 from New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one after I had the Maine version. They are quite different beers. In the Maine version, a grain quality was the focal point. This one is quite a bit hoppier. A blast of citrus hits at the end. Though the hops add a nice dimension, I think it takes away a bit from the malt character. I enjoyed this beer a lot, but I enjoyed the Maine one better.

Nov 17, 2011
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fmccormi from California

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from an UNDATED 22oz pry-off bomber bottle to a medium size tulip pint (Alexander Keith’s 12oz tulip pint)

Appearance (3.5): Clear, dark golden body underneath a tight, three-finger head of largely fine, light tan bubbles fading to a slightly cratery, slightly creamy head. Some modest lace, just a couple suds here and there for the most part.

Smell (3.5): Grassy, earthy hops blend with a biscuity malt base to make what seems like a very English-style ale.

Taste (3.5): Bready, biscuity malt mixes with the earthy hops, again, but leaves a slightly soapy taste; it’s not bad, feels somewhat appropriate for an American-English hybrid type of pale, but it’s not my favorite thing in the world, either. The hops hit an unexpected note right off the bat, that’s somewhere between grassy and mildly fruity—it’s nice, though relatively mild. Whatever yeast note there is isn’t quite neutral, leaning slightly English. Finish is mild but drawn-out. As it warms, the beer brings out a slightly fruity characteristic. Unexpected, but nice.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Light to moderate body, slightly dry finish, relatively quenching—definitely invites more and larger sips.

Overall (3.5): This is an interesting beer, good but not great, though I love the concept of making a series of beers that shows the terroir of a beer’s ingredients. Still, this is definitely good, not great. It’d be nice on tap, definitely something that would be a natural for cask conditioning. Worth checking out if you’re a locavore or a Peak fan, but it’s not worth seeking out if you’re the average Advocate. Still, a good beer, for sure, and I appreciate the concept behind it very much.

Nov 09, 2011
Local Series NY from Peak Organic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 22 ratings