Wednesday, September 7, 2011

50 states/50 Beer Reviews-Maine

Peak Organic Brewing Company- Pale Ale Beer Review

Taken from their website:

"Peak is a small craft brewing company dedicated to making delicious, handcrafted ales using only the finest artisanal ingredients. With roots in home brewing back in the 90s, brewer Jon Cadoux set about combining his love for beer with an ethic for sustainability. Whenever possible, he would go out and find ingredients from local organic farmers for his homebrews.  It was a defining day when Jon discovered that you don’t need to sacrifice flavor for sustainability, but that better ingredients actually made the beer more delicious."

The Peak Organic Brewing Company portfolio consists of Pale Ale, Summer Session Ale, Hop Noir, Simcoe Spring Ale, Winter Session Ale, IPA, Nut Brown Ale, Amber Ale, Maple Oat Ale, Espresso Amber Ale, Fall Summit Ale, King Crimson, and Pomegranate Wheat Ale. 

The Peak Organic Pale Ale "is a complex hybrid between a West-Coast Pale Ale and a British-Style Pale Ale.  An abundance of Cascade Hops gives this beer a citrusy, floral nose.  We use a high percentage of Caramel Malt to provide a stark contrast to the hoppy front palate, giving our pale ale a smooth, malty finish."  It lists at 5.1% ABV and 44 IBU's.  

Tasting Notes

Appearance:  Golden Orange color with a thick fluffy head that results in some lacing from the get go.  Has a slight haze to it!

Aroma:  Grassy and orangy grapefruit hop aroma is present.  Also has a caramel and bread like aroma.  Aroma not grabbing me as much as I want it to.  

Taste:  Tastes better than the aroma indicates.  Really enjoying the caramel and toasted bread like taste.  Hops are nice, but a bit subdued.  

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and pretty easy drinking.  

Overall:  Pretty drinkable.  I liked the caramel and toasted bread flavor, but wish it was a bit more hoppy.     A little too boring for me compared to other pale ales I enjoy. 

Grade: B-
Serving Type: 12 oz Bottle
Stats: Alcohol by Volume 5.1%
International Bittering Units: 44


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