RATINGS: 165   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 Certified™ beer brewed in the United States. http://www.peakbrewing.com/

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009

Name: Espresso Amber Ale
Date: October 27, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Total Wine, GA
Appearance: cloudy dark amber, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: rich coffee aroma with a background caramel sweetness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of caramel sweetness, balancing bitter coffee richness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

katrinaez (2232) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2017
Sweet cascara coffee berries in aroma and taste. Light malt aroma. Nice deep Orange and light red. Taste is perfect balance of sweet and bitter. Some hops and rich latte macchiato flavoring. Mouth is medium. Bottle.

NikkTwist (3336) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2017
UPDATED: APR 21, 2017 Draft at Irish Pol. Hazy dark copper pour with soft off-white foam. Modest espresso flavors mixed with a Strong Ale. Caramel toffees. Clean finish but with some cocoa talc. Easy drinking. Not overly sweet. Unusual.

JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUN 15, 2016
Prior to the pour question, why is an amber ale at 6.8%? Copper color with a moderate, khaki colored head. Some rings of lace. Okay, smells like sweet coffee/espresso. A dark chocolate scent in the background as well. Acidic coffee flavors from the start. Light sweetness help tone the acidity back as the brew slides down. A touch of DMS, or perhaps it’s a green coffee flavor. Light malt noted in the finish and the linger is more coffee. The bitterness is nearly too much. An interesting coffee brew. 5/10

trapped (3599) - 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.

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Coffee tends to pair well with both stouts and IPAs, though I don’t 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 (it’s not the predominant characteristic by any means). It’s sweet, but not cloying; though I would’ve 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: I’m 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 you’re 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 it’s merely a strong beer. The mouthfeel is surprisingly tame; low in carbonation but low in viscosity as well. It doesn’t 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

Tonkun (1306) - 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

Joakgust (1487) - 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

DinVT (31) - Vermont, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Very tasty as the resins blend right into the espresso. Surprisingly light tasting for a 7.0 abv. I’d probably tire of it after one, but on a nippy day it’s great.

Bule (2253) - 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.

DCLawyer (2914) - 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.

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