Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Peak Organic Fresh Cut Pilsner

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1391) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2015
If a pilsner is made with American hops but still has Old World pilsner character, is it really a pilsner? I guess that depends on how much of a style purist you are. Me, I like beers that taste good styles be damned and Peak Organic Fresh Cut Pilsner is good example of what I mean. It has an overt modern American taste and aroma due to its use of – dare I say trendy – hops. It tastes and drinks like a pilsner to me.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. It was bottled on 2/9/15 and cost $2.60 ($0.22 per ounce).

Appearance: Pale maize hue with a cloudy body though carbonation is still visible. Pours to an average-sized, white foamy head which retains and laces pretty well.

Smell: A clean, bright citrusy aroma with a floral background as well. Pilsner malt is still prominent.

Taste: Right off the rip, there’s a familiar spicy sensation to the palette akin to that of European pilsners made with Noble hops. Though I suppose the flavor is better described as grassy than spicy (hence the name). Lemonpeel is also quite prominent, though that seems to be a combination of hops and the raw pilsner malt. It has a bit of a cracker flavor as well. Mild bitterness through the middle, though the finish is equally as good with a delicious taste of citrus and melon fruit. These flavor combinations are rare for a pilsner, though this does drink like a true lager and not simple a “lagerized” pale ale or IPA.

Drinkability: I was a bit surprised to found out Peak Organic Fresh Cut Pilsner is only 4.6% ABV as it has the body of something stronger. The mouthfeel is not paper thin or watery in any way. Crisp to be sure, but it still has a sense of weight and viscosity. Refreshing across the palate and leaves a flowery hop aftertaste that’s dry and stoic. Now if only this were available in cans as it’d make a great session beer in the summer.

Score: 8/10