I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had a best before date notched at August of 2013. It cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque rusty copper/light brown hue. Forms a small, white,
soapy head which almost completely evaporates and leaves minor lacing.
Smell: An interesting, but odd mix of orange citrus, pine, and tea leaves.
Taste: I’ve often said the IPAs that overlooked and underrated are those
that don’t fall into simple East Coast or West Coast style. Peak
Organic IPA is a great example as it has a little of each (pine and
citrus, respectfully), but also contains a significant herbal character
akin to sweet iced tea. Yet it still remains plenty bitter to conform to
the IPA style. I was surprised by how much I liked it.
A slight orange juice flavor up front with a strong iced tea or green
tea herbal character through the middle. The citrus from the Amarillo
hops complements this character quite well. There’s a strong, slightly
dry, bitter bite at the apex of the swig. I get a quick burst of coffee
flavor that subsides as more orange flavor approaches to finish off the
palette. This is a satisfying, surprisingly delectable brew that’s worth
drinking for its uniqueness alone.
Drinkability: While Peak Organic IPA does have a fun, enjoyable taste,
what makes it even better is the fact it’s remarkably easy to get down.
The mouthfeel is crisp, but not intense, sticky or heavy. It goes down
easy with no carbonation lingering. The hops do leave a slightly pasty,
dry aftertaste, but it’s easy to look past. It’s tempting to drink in
large quantities, because the 7.1% ABV weight is well hidden and