ChadPolenz (1623) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hops arenít something you tend to associate with fall seasonal brews, so I was caught a little off guard by Peak Organic Fall Summit Ale. An amber ale brewed (as far as I can tell) exclusively with the Summit hop. Itís a borderline IPA, but the fact itís not makes it a nice change of pace.
I poured a 12oz twist-off bottle into a nonic pint glass.
Appearance: Dark copper color, extremely clear body, not much carbonation visible. Forms a huge, off-white, fluffy head which never completely dissipates and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.
Smell: Resiny pine sap first and foremost with a hint of coffee or some earthy character.
Taste: The Summit hop should be the official hop of the East Coast as it imparts all the traditional flavors: piney bitterness, resin and a bit of "cat piss" astringency, plus a hint of coffee on the back end. There isnít much going on as far as malts, though. The beginning features typical amber malt mild sweetness. This continues through the middle, but itís the finale that makes the beer what is it: a crescendo of hop bitterness and piney flavor that lights up the tongue. A hint of coffee and bitterness just as it washes away quite cleanly is a great way to end it. I might criticize it for being a bit too simplistic of a palate, but the flavor thatís here is delectable and enjoyable so I canít knock it for that.
Drinkability: Not intended to be a thirst quencher, Peak Organic Fall Summit Ale drinks as it should. Plenty of carbonation and energy in the mouth, but not spastic. Smooth finish and a fairly clean aftertaste make it easy to drink in bigger gulps but probably only for hopheads. That itís only 5.7% ABV is impressive since it seems to have the weight or something bigger. I could drink several of these in a row no problem.
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - OCT 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap sample at Whole Foods Columbus circle, NYC.
Clear light copper color with a minimal white head.
Piney and spicy hop nose.
Fresh juicy malt flavor, medium bitterness with tangy hops.
Light bodied, super easy to drink, well balanced and good.
drowland (7802) - Georgia, USA - OCT 28, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
10/27/12. On tap at Casbah. Light amber/brown pour with a nice, thick khaki head. Light aroma with some caramel maltiness, nuts, and a definite citrus and apple presence. The flavor is much the same with perhaps a touch more citrus and again that apple presence. Combine with the malts it reminds me of caramel apple in a way. Eh.
Lukaduke (2923) - Gray, Maine, USA - OCT 17, 2012
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a amber brown color with a finger of eggshell foam... touch of lacing. On the nose caramel, buttered popcorn... on the palate a lot of the same. Not getting much of any hop flavors just a slightly medium bodied caramel maltiness that borders on butter popcorn YUCK... and this was fresh.
Maverick34 (2893) - New York, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Medium brown pour, substantial white head. hops and citrus aroma, bit of a malty taste. actually pretty enjoyable brew.
BeerandBlues2 (11830) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 13, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and nutty malt, earthy hops, date esters. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness with light malt and fruity esters with a dry finish. Medium to light body, medium carbonation.
rumproasts (4800) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Red amber with small head. Mildly hoppy amber ale. Nothing about this seems like a fall beer, but itís fine for what it is.
strongpieman (1644) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Copper color, white foamy. Head. Relatively light body, caramel malts coupled with hop bitterness. A decent fall seasonal.
thornecb (5364) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep gold into a shaker. Off-white head with excellent retention recedes to coat surface. Caramel, citrus and resin aromas. Thin to medium-bodied with sweet caramel upfront turning to earthy grapefruit in the lasting finish.
dbingham (69) - - SEP 19, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear amber with a three finger head, even with a gentle pour. Lots of hop aroma. Bready palate with some hop bitterness.Strong tingling carbonation on the tongue. Hop bitterness and some sourness in the finish.