Saturday, June 1, 2013

Peak Organic IPA

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (895) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2013
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 efficient. 
Grade: 8/10