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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
A robust amber ale brewed with locally roasted, organic fair trade espresso. The espresso is a dark Sumatran blend, which adds a toasty character in the front palate. This plays nicely off the sweet malty flavors found on the back palate of this amber ale. * Espresso is Maine roasted in collaboration with local hand-crafted roaster Coffee by Design in Portland. * In partnership with Transfair, a non-profit that works towards giving farmers and farm workers a livable wage and supporting efforts to sustain environmental stewardship in the communities. * This is the first Fair Trade Certifiedô beer brewed in the United States. http://www.peakbrewing.com/

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
trapped (2025) - New York, TURKEY - APR 25, 2016
Draught @ Malt and Mold. Hazy dark amber with small frothy off-white head, espresso aroma, low carbonation, lightly bitter espresso taste, thin body, longish bitter finish. Very espresso dominated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1607) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Coffee tends to pair well with both stouts and IPAs, though I donít recall ever seeing an amber ale brewed with it until I saw Peak Organic Espresso Amber. This is a fairly traditional amber ale that uses espresso for a nice coffee bonus flavor (itís not the predominant characteristic by any means). Itís sweet, but not cloying; though I wouldíve preferred more hops and even more coffee.

I poured a 22oz bottle into a wine glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $8.99 ($0.40 per ounce). Thanks to Maggie for this bottle!

Appearance: A murky mahogany to brown proper hue. Amber highlights. Pours to a thumb-width of beige, foamy head which laces and retains fairly well.

Smell: Sweet amber ale malts with an iced coffee component as well. Nothing in the way of roast or hops.

Taste: Iím finding that amber ale seem to be one of the styles no one can agree on. Is it supposed to be hoppy or malty? Whatever the case may be, it seems that coffee would pair well with it and in the case of this beer the espresso does add a lovely additional flavor to the base brew. Light caramel and toffee notes seem to be the dominant flavors, though I detect a bit of lollipop (oxidation?) as well. Hops are quite subtle, creating for just a hint of citrus and flowers and only minor bitterness. The espresso gives the palette a consistent coffee flavor, though it emerges quite strong on the back end with a roasty character that offers a good contrast to the sweetness that precedes it. The espresso fades fairly quickly, but never completely. So at worst youíre left with a solid amber ale.

Drinkability: I was prepared for Peak Organic Espresso Amber to be a beastly brew, but at only 6.8% ABV itís merely a strong beer. The mouthfeel is surprisingly tame; low in carbonation but low in viscosity as well. It doesnít feel syrupy or sticky at all; in fact, it finishes remarkably clean. Slight malty aftertaste, but nothing in the way of hops or coffee. I had no problem drinking the entire bomber solo. If ever there were a brunch beer, this is it.

RATING: 7/10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Tap. Reddis brown pour with a thin off white pour. Espresso, maple syrup, oat, caramel, herb, coffee milk. Medium body. Espresso and caramel body with nice slight bitter sweet finish. Really nice after a full day of skiing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joakgust (1311) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2015
Tap. Clear amber beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, espresso, oats and herbs. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, espresso herbs and red fruit. Wow, love this

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DinVT (24) - Vermont, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Very tasty as the resins blend right into the espresso. Surprisingly light tasting for a 7.0 abv. Iíd probably tire of it after one, but on a nippy day itís great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bule (1680) - California, USA - SEP 25, 2014
On tap at Redwood Cafe. Pours a teddy brown color with a bit of head. Medium coffee flavor but not overpoweringly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (2395) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Bomber->nonic. Bright amber with moderate frothy offwhite head. A: roast coffee, malt, nuts. T: nutty and malty with a bitter espresso finish. Decent but tad watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhopsbeertalk (285) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 15, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2015 An expresso beer for those who donít really enjoy stouts and porters. Lots of roasted coffee aroma. The flavors, body and mouthfeel work well together and make this a very unique Amber Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerFunGuy (875) - California, USA - JUN 1, 2014
This beer has an amazing dark amber hue with tiny bit if creamy head that clings to the side if your glass. It has strong roasted espresso bean aromas. A coffee flavor starts out strong and mellows into that more typical finish of an amber. The flavor hangs around for a long time and continues to make you want to take another sip. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2014
22 oz bottle. Clear garnet brown with beige froth. Nose is coffee bean, light grape and hay. Creamy at first yielding to a sharp lively tang. Taste features bold espresso bean backed by mild toffee and grass. Not shy with the coffee.

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