RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 62   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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This winter wheat beer uses dark malting to provide subtle toasty notes. We then single-hop and dry-hop this beer with Citra hops from our friend Brads farm. Interesting pineapple notes from the Citra hop provide a stark contrast to the toasty notes in the body. An engaging and sessionable Winter Seasonal. ABV: 5% IBUs: 62

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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPolenz (1721) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2015
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 thats 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. Theres 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. Theres 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 Ive encountered in a while and I really appreciate that.

Drinkability: If you hadnt told me this was only 5% ABV Id 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. Theres quite a bit of body to this brew, its 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 wouldnt consider it refreshing, but its actually versatile enough to stand up to a meal.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarLeeMa (20) - New York, USA - DEC 13, 2014
This is one of my favorite beers. I could drink these all day. Amazing color, delicious taste and aftertaste. Perfect winter beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bulk_Carrier (4095) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass due to the fact that this is not a dunkelweizen. Heres why. The appearance was a dark brown color with a close resemblance to black color. The head was about a fingers 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
puboflyons (3170) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 22, 2014
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a clipped off expiration date of July 2014. So Im 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (6169) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2014
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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
williamstome (1711) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2014
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8056) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Berard (636) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours brown with thin white head that lingers. Mild carbonation over slight hop and caramel aroma. Flavors of toast and tart hops. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (12326) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 16, 2014
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheHopster (1067) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2014
On draft at the Marlin Bar in Tommy Bahama, NYC. An deep copper complexion with white head & minimal lacing. Faint aroma. Surprisingly hoppy in flavor and thin bodied with some pineapple. Obvously, intended to session.


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