ben4321 (4253) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from State Line, 1/31/13
Aroma: The nose is fairly sweet and sugary, with leaves, tea, fruity notes, and a little caramel
Appearance: It pours a dark reddish-brown color with a tan head and mid-heavy lace
Flavor: Tastes mid-plus sweet, lots of odd leafy notes, some tea flavor, and a light-mid bitterness
Palate: The body is light-medium, it drinks cleanly, with average carbonation, and a mild dryness
This is some solid stuff, not a favorite for me, but sold stuff. There are a few different things going on, but overall, it works pretty well. For a winter beer with a nice low ABV, I could see this being an easy one to session. Interesting, but still clearly not great.
cpetrone84 (1564) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour is transparent caramel color with a fairly tight white head. Nose is slightly burnt toast, caramel malts, and a faint herbal grassy hop. Flavor follows, a bit thin up front, burnt toast, sweet caramel malt, overly bitter hop presence, herbal and hay like finish.
Chad9976 (1269) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I can think of at least obstacles Peak Organic Winter Session Ale has to overcome. Firstly, it dubs itself a “session ale,” but is 5% ABV, which is higher than what most people consider a true session beer. Secondly, it calls itself a winter beer, yet there are no spices to the beer like a winter warmer. Beer drinkers tend to hate it when breweries slap “winter” on a beer of any style other than a traditional winter warmer. And lastly, no one can seem to agree on what style category this belongs to; that tends to activate most beer geeks’ OCD responses. Disirregardless of all these things, I found it to be a surprisingly great wheaty amber-style beer that’s extremely efficient for its weight and has a palette that could be enjoyed year-round.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had an expiration date of 6/2015 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful reddish/copper color with a near crystal clarity. Pours to a fairly large, off-white, foamy head which laces and retains pretty well.
Smell: Spicy/citrusy hop aroma coupled with sweet toasted malt. Quite enticing.
Taste: What I really like about this beer is that it defies most traditional style category guidelines and shows how arbitrary they are. This beer has elements of amber ale maltiness, IPA hoppiness and wheat beer… wheatiness. There’s a toasted malt sweetness noticeable right away, it creates for candy-like tastes of caramel and iced coffee. This was hopped with just Citra and it was a good choice. There’s considerable bitterness from beginning to end (but especially through the middle) with different flavors coming from it. Spicy and herbal at first with notes of citrus and tropical fruit on the finish. The wheat gives it a consistent bready character and accentuates the dry bitterness from the hops, creating for an almost pretzel-like flavor. Overall, this one of the most creative recipes I’ve encountered in a while and I really appreciate that.
Drinkability: If you hadn’t told me this was only 5% ABV I’d probably estimate it as being a little bit higher. I find arguing over what is and is not “session beer” to be a futile debate, though I could see this being relatively sessionable if you consider back-to-back servings to be sessionable. There’s quite a bit of body to this brew, it’s not light at all. The mouthfeel is crisp with just enough carbonation. It finishes fairly clean with a minor dry sensation that eventually fades. I wouldn’t consider it refreshing, but it’s actually versatile enough to stand up to a meal.
DarLeeMa (20) - New York, USA - DEC 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one of my favorite beers. I could drink these all day. Amazing color, delicious taste and aftertaste. Perfect winter beer
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Bulk_Carrier (2309) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 30, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pint glass due to the fact that this is not a dunkelweizen. Here’s why.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a close resemblance to black color. The head was about a finger’s worth of white foaminess that dissipated within less than a minute leaving some light lacing sliding into the beer.
The smell had some dark roasted chocolate malts with no banana esters any where in the entire 6 pack.
The taste was mainly sweet through the chocolate malts with a light roasty coffee quality in the background.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but smooth.
Overall, for an American dark wheat ale it fits but not as a true dunkelweizen.
puboflyons (2262) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a clipped off expiration date of July 2014. So I’m in under the gun. It pours a slightly murky dark mahogany amber with a foamy beige head. Reddish hues. The aroma seems vague with toffee malts, banana, and an earthy hop note but nothing overdoes the other. It just seemed weak. The body was medium. The taste is a step up with a bolder malty and banana flavor and a low bitterness at the end.
berkshirejohn (4705) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Orchard Fresh, Orchard Park, NY. A chestnut pour with a thin cream head; toasted malt aroma; fruity, pineapple taste; and a thin but lingering, dry, toasty finish.
williamstome (1035) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown pour, no head. Pineapple, mango and light hoppiness in the aroma, coffee, roast, nuts in flavor. Finish manages to be both sticky and thin. Not bad overall.
DruncanVeasey (7318) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Mahogany with a generous cappuccino foam. In defiance of appearance the aroma comprises floral, peachy and citrus hops with some Imperial Leather and soft lactic chocolate back notes. Flavour mushy digestive biscuit UK mild/brown ale base; peachy, floral and marmalade hop/yeast notes evoking London Pride; pronounced dunked Hobnob, lime cream and milky chocolate (Galaxy) aftertaste.
Thoroughly attractive brew.
Berard (356) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours brown with thin white head that lingers. Mild carbonation over slight hop and caramel aroma. Flavors of toast and tart hops.
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BeerandBlues2 (10246) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear dark brown with a small, frothy off-white head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast, cookie, nutty, and light chocolate malt, dates and plums with light earthy and herbal hops. Flavor is malt forward with light hops and medium bitterness, cooked fruits, and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.