AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20Chad9976 (1488) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2015
definitely a similarity to hoppy brews being made by New England
breweries. Whether it’s IPA, DIPA, IPL, or in the case of Peak Organic
Super Fresh – a pilsner – there’s a common thread amongst them. I’m not
sure this beer truly qualifies as a pilsner per se, but as a beer it’s
quite excellent. Smells great, looks great, tastes great and is easy to
drink. That’s what I call an excellent beer.
I poured a 16oz can into a pilsner glass. It was canned on 9/17/15 and cost $4.10 ($0.26 per ounce).
Appearance: A hazy shade of mustard/maize yellow. Spastic effervescence
is clearly visible at first, though the more beer I pour into the glass,
the hazier the body becomes. Pours to a large, white, foamy head which
laces and retains extremely well.
Smell: Huge hop presence of fresh-cut grass as well as tropical fruit
juice concentrate. No alcohol presence, though no malt presence, either.
Taste: I don’t get too hung up on styles unless I’m judging a
BJCP-sanctioned event (in which case it’s mandatory). I’m not sure this
beer really qualifies as a “pilsner” considering how it’s a big beer at
7.6% ABV and also a hop bomb. It’s probably better considered an IPL or
DIPL; though I’ll let the style nerds debate that. What it is, is a
highly-hopped, extremely tasty and delectable brew. Slight grassy notes
to open the palette with a subtle juicy flavor lurking underneath. At
the peak of the swig there’s a spicy/herbal note with mild flavors of
oregano or basil. The back end is remarkably sweet with a taste akin to
an energy drink. The aftertaste is all the spice rack flavors: grassy,
spicy, herbal and a dry bitterness that lingers. Obviously, the hops are
the star here, and I don’t get much in the way of malt distinctiveness.
I’ll bet some rye would complement the palette perfectly.
Drinkability: I normally associate pilsner with being light in body and
alcohol. Peak Organic Super Fresh does have the high carbonation and
consistent crispness of a pilsner, though the 7.6% ABV potency is far
too heavy to really be true to the style. The mouthfeel is noticeably
thicker than most lagers, though the high carbonation makes it vibrate
across the tongue. Refreshing while in the mouth, though the aftertaste
of spicy hops is a tad cloying. Of course that can be resolved by taking
another swig. This is a versatile brew to be sure; strong enough to
stand up to all kinds of savory meals, or just enjoy whenever you need a
strong hop dosage.