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Peekskill Brewery

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #97
ABV:
8.8%
Score:
95
Ranked #920
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 8.45%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
146
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Peekskill Brewery
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  30
Gots
  13
SCORE
95
World-Class
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Notes: With Simcoe and Citra Hops added to our kettle, coolship, hopback, and then dryhopped twice in the fermenter, this smooth Triple IPA will satisfy your inner hophead.
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yeah, I admit this. I traded for it a while ago and took a *long* time to get around to drinking this...but it was still worth it after all of these months. Incredibly smooth and quite complex at the same time, this beer had a lot going for it and really impressed me given how little I previously knew about this brewery!

The date on the bottom of the can read 7/26 of last year with "PACE YOURSELF" written below that. With a strong amount of booze here, that was pretty easy although it was quite recessed outside of the overall warming sensation that I felt once I finished this off. Nice, deep golden pour to this with a bit of fine sediment floating in it with plenty of sufficient head to keep pace with the liquid below it. Very little lacing was left behind and the aroma wasn't terribly strong either as a moderate pine, white cheese, and resin tone were present, although quite faintly. The taste was where this beer shone, as all of those were combined with the Simcoe, a subdued but steady earthy dankness, mild tropical pith, and mild citrus pith. Plenty of malt was here though it felt like bread and and underlying but unifying and addicting earthiness was what made this beer shine while tying everything in together at the same time. Mild solvent and booze combined with a dry mouthfeel and moderate amount of carbonation allowed for the dank and resinous notes to emerge, even if they were quite murky!

While not a weak beer, this never felt too strong and only when I finished this off did I feel the buzz kick in. That was soft and so was the impact of this offering. While not the best or most accessible example of this style that I've had, this was a hell of an effort my Peekskill that would please nearly any hophead out there. A solid first impression that left a bright, lemon slickness behind as the dankness grabbed hold of me. Worth a wider range of distribution, as evidence that New York's 57 counties outside of "the city" were fully capable of brewing world-class beers. Truly, this was a higher standard than most!

Jul 10, 2017
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Look is incredible. Crystal clear amber highlighted golden yellow with a think frothy head that disappears immediately.

Aroma is resiny and pine that ends in a citrus punch.

Taste is dangerously smooth for a 9.5% alcohol beer. Underlying malt sweetness but with a big citrus hop taste.

Delicious.

Aug 05, 2016
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.27/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Peekskill.

Golden orange pour, fairly hazy, with a thin collar of white bubbles; a few dots of lacing on the glass. In the nose, oily hops and sweet bready malts, with solventy undertones. The taste was malt-forward, way too sweet for the style, with some citrus oils present, but too dense and too overpowered by the malt profile. Some fusel flavors were also present, which came out more as the beer warmed. Mouthfeel was dense and chewy, body was medium. Kind of messy overall, and not very good for a DIPA.

Jun 08, 2014
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MNishCT77 from District of Columbia

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. pour at the brewery into a tulip glass, unknown bottling/kegging date, drank over 30 minutes:

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration, murky (could not read or see through on initial pour); whitish rocky head settles into a a 1/2 finger head; moderate carbonation with islands and small eggshell-white carbonation; moderate alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - huge citrus and piney aroma on first detection; mild biscuity bready malts and some alcohol

T: 16/20 - the taste matches the nose nicely - sweet admixture of dank/piney and tangerine/orange peel flavors from the Simcoe and Citra; in the middle of the mouth, these flavors continue to develop with some slight biscuity/bready malts and alcohol; finishes dry and inviting subsequent sips

M: 4/5 - moderate-to-high body, moderate hop oils and alcohol fullness; appropriate carbonation for style

O: 9/10 - excellent West Coast-style DIPA: huge PNW hop aroma/flavor that finishes dry; the triple IPA moniker is definitely overstated at <10% but still very dry with high drinkability; super recommended for purchase and/or trade

TOTAL - 42/50

Jun 01, 2014
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draheim from Washington

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler into a tulip (thanks again cavedave!) Pours a hazy glowing orange w/ a nice sudsy head.

Aroma is a big tropical burst of citrus, just the way I like my IPAs. Predominantly orange and grapefruit. Reminds me of Sculpin or Workhorse.

Taste follows nose. Nice citric acidity with a clean underlying sweetness. Finishes with a nice bitterness without scouring the palate with IBUs. Great balance. Juicy.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied w/ a nice dry finish.

Overall, this is the real deal. A clean, dry, flavorful West Coast style IPA from the far Northeast. Highly recommended.

Nov 27, 2013
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I can't believe this is a Triple IPA. It's so drinkable and goes down like a traditional single IPA.

Pours a dark orange on tap at the source. One inch of fluffy, aesthetically pleasing head. Lattice work lacing down the glass.

Smells brightly and outstandingly hoppy. Tons of fruits are most evident on the nose, orange and pineapple particularly, with some pine.

Tastes incredible. Citrusy and resinously piney, with an underlying dank, earthy hop flavor. Very little malt to speak of, which is fine, because it lets the hop speak as loud as they can. Lingering but minor hop bitterness at the end of each sip.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, and crisp. Somehow this beer is refreshing. I don't know how that's possible, given the amount of ingredients used and the ABV.

Peekskill Brewery needs to be more recognized. They are a force to be reckoned with in the Hudson Valley, and the best brewery in our fair state.

Sep 25, 2013
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mdfb79 from New York

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 07/29/13 notes. Was very happy to see this on tap at ABC Beer Co. on the LES in NYC as I've really liked the Peekskill beers I've had so far, and have heard great things about this one.

a - Pours a hazy bright burnt orange color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, pine hops, grapefruit, pineapples, fruity malts, oranges, and some earthy notes. Tons of fresh hops, especially pine...amazing nose. Love it.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, citrus hops, pine hops, torpical fruits, fruity malts, earthy notes, hay, grass, and floral hops. more grapefruit than the nose and a little less of that dnak pine, but only the tiniest bit of bitterness. Great taste, though not quite as great as the nose was.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, almost no bitterness. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I'm glad this was on tap...I think this is the best of the 5-6 Peekskill beers I've had so far. I loved Eastern Standard and this seems like a bigger, hoppier version of that, full of fresh tropical fruits and pine hops. Loved this one, looking forward to having this again and trying more of their beers.

Jul 30, 2013
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dar482 from New York

4.84/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The beer pours out in a very hazy amber color.

The aroma has tons of citrus and pine.

The flavor follows with a complex combination of juicy citrus, pine, grapefruit. Then the flavor calms down into a really good malt backbone with some sweetness and then it leaves some lingering bitterness.

This was actually my favorite of the hoppy beers at Peekskill, having tried almost 10 beers. Some of their other beers lack a bready malt to balance with the hops. What an amazingly balanced, yet super hoppy DIPA. Up there with the best DIPAs the East Coast has the offer.

Jul 22, 2013
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mltobin from Connecticut

3.82/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at their brewery.

Appearance is a light amber color with a thin white head, doesn`t look as nice as some of its` peers. The nose contains oranges, pine, hard cheese, some hops. For the taste, I came across grains, grapefruit, hay, malts. The taste is a little richer than I would have liked, but still nice. Mouthfeel was very good, especially for a beer nearing 9%. It is medium bodied, good carbonation level, finishes clean. All in all, a very good beer, but it did not strike the same impression for me as it seems to have with some other reviewers.

Jul 14, 2013
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Markito from New York

4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best East coast IPA's I have had. Almost ranks up there with my beloved Oregon Imperial IPA's. The flavor is excellent. This beer is bitter but has a full bodied slightly sweet flavor and smooth creamy texture to very nicely counter the bitterness. I could drink this all day. You are almost eating this beer. And it looks as full bodied as it is with a great golden color.

Jul 13, 2013
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plaid75 from New York

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewery.

Poured a hazy bright brassy hue with a one and half finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured balmy orange, pine and apricot aromas.

The flavor was certainly hop forward with waves of resinous pine and orange. A soft sweetness was detected as well.

The mouthfeel was full and smooth.

Overall an excellent user friendly DIPA.

Jul 01, 2013
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jrnyc from New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a growler from the brewery, bottom filled through tube into my Singlecut growler. Waited a week to drink it.

Great smell to this beer, hop-heads rejoice. Initial taste reminds me of Flower Power, no surprise since head brewer comes from there. Feels just a little thin. Finish is strong, reminds me of Ruination 10 as it wraps itself around my tongue.

I have had two beers from Peekskill, but they have a strong line-up that I still need to get to. Looks like since the arrival of "The Chief" New York has a brewery I can really get excited about!

Jun 02, 2013
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BarRoomHero88 from New York

4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Somehow managed to miss this at TAP NY, so we took a drive down to the brewery this weekend. Serving type was on tap in a tulip.

A: A beautiful slightly hazy, golden-orange color. Minimal head, with noticeable lacing.

S: HOPS! Tropical fruitiness, slight bitterness. Mostly juicy, citrusy delicious hops.

T: More pure hop awesomeness. Super juicy, hoppy goodness. Bit of breadiness, bit of bitterness. But mostly carries over from the nose. Decent malt backbone, but most definitely a "hops in your face" beer. Tropical fruit and citrus. Just fantastic.

M: Noticeable carbonation, somewhat medium bodied. Scarily drinkable.

Overall: One of the best Double (triple?) IPAs that I've had. If you enjoy a tropical fruit hop bomb, then this is a beer for you. Would put this up there with any of the big DIPAs. A definite "must have"

May 05, 2013
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Billolick from New York

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

New one from PB, 32 ounce growler filled at the brewery last night and being enjoyed about 24 hours later.

Pours clouded darker clemintine, heavily hazed/clouded. Lite tan head, fluffy then goes to a nice looking tiny bubble film, and nice looking extensive fields of sheeting/lace. Nice looking beer.

Fresh and pungent hopped up citric nose. Smells like you just stuck your nose in a fresh bag of sticky hops.

Hop lovers rejoice. Hop, hops and more hops oozing out of this one. Fresh and flavorful. Grapefruit, oranges, tropical fruits, mint, basil, all sorts of aromatics and hoppy goodness, without biting, overboard or off putting bitterness.

Very well done, brewing craftsmanship all over this creation. More high quality beer from Peekskill Brewery.

Go get some....Cheers!

Apr 08, 2013
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 146 ratings