Peak Organic Brewing Company - IPA
- ABV: 7.1%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 62
- Serving Temperature: 45-50° F
- Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Mug
- Malts: Pale Malt, Crystal 60
- Hops: Nugget, Amarillo, Simcoe
Pouring a bright golden hue with a cap of just-off-white foam, Peak Organic IPA looks good in the glass while also presenting quite an inviting aroma profile; look for piney, floral, and citric notes reminiscent of grapefruit and orange, with stone fruit and tropical overtones and a touch of mild caramel underneath it all. Dry-hopped with both Simcoe and Amarillo, this IPA is not shy on the palate either. A good backbone of pale malt and light caramel notes supports a huge hop contribution brimming over with herbal pine, citrus zest, and bold spice. Hop bitterness is firm, keeping this medium-bodied IPA dry from the start to the lingering finish. Peak recommends pairing their IPA with spicy foods, pesto, smoked meats, or mild blue and cheddar cheeses. Cheers!
Given its small population, Maine is home to a surprising number of craft breweries, such as Allagash, Geary’s, and Shipyard, just to name a few. The state just knows good beer, and we’re very enthused to bring you another great producer, Peak Organic Brewing Company, which, as the name suggests, is one of a handful of breweries devoted to producing USDA Certified Organic beer. The brewery was founded by Baltimore native Jon Cadoux, whose homebrewing experience stretches back to his college years in the late ‘90s. It was during that time that he discovered the merits of both organic food and beer, and how much better they tasted to both himself and his homebrewing brother Mike and their friends. After graduating from Harvard with an MBA, and surrounded by supportive friends and family, Jon took the leap and founded Peak Organic Brewing Company in 2005.
Peak’s focus is not simply on organic beer (produced with organically grown grain and hops), they’re dedicated to sustainability and purchasing their malts, hops, and other ingredients from local farmers and producers who share their philosophy. They’ve collaborated on beers with Taza, a producer of hand-crafted bean-to-bar chocolate, as well as Coffee By Design, a local artisanal coffee roaster. In fact, their Espresso Amber Ale became the first Fair Trade Certified beer in the US. To highlight local production and to showcase the effects of regional terroir on a finished beer, Peak released their very unique “Local Series” beers, a set of four brews with identical recipes but featuring malts and hops produced in just one particular state, either Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, or New York. To learn more about Peak, visit their website at www.peakbrewing.com.
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