Thursday, October 29, 2015

Peak Organic Super Fresh

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20Chad9976 (1488) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2015
There’s 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.

RATING: 10/10

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