yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Peak Organic Fall Summit Ale is a very clear amber ale with an off white head that fades to a bubbly splotch and leaves nice lacing on the glass. It smells delicious. Itís all hops, spicy and fruity. Itís kind of sweet in the nose, with notes of orange, taffy and... I donít really know! Itís a solid and bold aroma. One whiff makes my mouth water. Itís pretty light bodied and soft. It seems a touch watery, but the finish is dry. It tastes a lot like the aroma, but not sweet and a little more complex. Itís resiny and toasty. Thereís an orange peel flavor that lasts into the finish, where itís joined by juniper to fade slowly after the swallow. This just goes right down. What a great session ale it would make.
ChadPolenz (1700) - 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.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a clear amber with brilliant ruby edges. Gorgeous spiderweb lacing.
S - Grassy hops on top of a bready caramel malt. The hops are fresh and clean. Gingerbread spice.
T - Follows the nose. Bready Butterscotch malt with spice hints throuought. Prickly grapefruit hops attack the tongue. Muted grapefruit flows through the caramel malt. The finish is dry and citrus and grapefruit.
Really well done. Very clean flavors. Hop forward for the style. Tea tannins come through strong. A solid drinker.
Serving type: on-tap
Berard (633) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours golden brown with white head that dissipates. Light carbonation with earthy nutty flavor. Nice hop flavor on the back with some sweetness mixed in
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ChainGangGuy (4809) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear body the color of lightly stained wood and topped with a sudsy, off-white head. A stray, errant fleck or two of lace on the way down.
Smell: Toasted, whole-grain bread given a thin layering of soft butter with notes of citrus, spice, and an underlying earthiness.
Taste: Letís have ourselves a Peak Fall during Fallís peak, shall we? An initial taste of grainy, toasted bread with a very, very light helping of brown sugar sweetness (very, very light, mind you). Fruity citruses, tangerine and white grapefruit come in with an earthy herbaceous backing, though, in later sips, the fruit tends to drop out leaving only the zesty earthiness behind. Moderate bitterness. Some buttery diacetyl awakens as it warms. Finishes smooth and dry, but also with a slight crispness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Goes down as easily as a falling leaf in early November. No, really. It was pretty good, even with the diacetyl.
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Thirsty Whale in Bar Harbor. Aroma hits hard, so much tangy pine hops it skewed into spruce hedge clippings. Nice red amber colour with a pillowy white head. Left good lacing down the glass. Some sweet caramel malts up front, but the hops quickly follow and build a spruce cabin on the back of my tongue. Average medium body with a dryish finish. I rather liked this one, but I could see it not being everyoneís cup of tea. The hops here let it hang with the Bitters and the IPAs.
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.
trapped (2321) - New York, TURKEY - SEP 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Orangeiyellow with very small white foamy head, floral aroma, lavender like flavor, balanced hoppy taste, fizzy, long finish. Very nice ale with strong hops influence.
Leighton (18735) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in NYC with Chris. Pours clear garnet with a small, white head. Crystal malt aroma, bit of caramel and light earthy hops. Nice balance in the flavor, subtle hop bitterness, grass, toast and mild brown sugar. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Mild sweet finish, toasty malts, light grass. Very easy drinking and very pleasant.
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, notched "Best before March 2012," opened to celebrate the birth of my buddyís first child. Pours clear ruby red with hints of orange and a small light tan head. Aromas of slightly sweet and sour citrus hops, grapefruit peel, sweet papaya and cocoa, with some earthy malt. The flavor is bitter citrus with funky tropical fruit; bitter and sour, with some sweetness and juicy hops. Refreshing, crisp, and sessionable. Very nice, and very drinkable. Congratulations Sean and Marisa!