This craft beer hit the spot. A nice refreshing citric pale ale that is perfect for spring/summer weather. I’m always a fan of Peak Organic Brewing Company‘s brews. They use as much local ingredients as possible not to mention being USDA certified organic. Peak has always made some great line up of beers. I am personally a big fan of their Summer Session Ale (Wheat Pale Ale, now in can form), Hop Noir (Black Ale), Nop Blanc (Belgian-style white IPA), the Fresh Cut (Pilsner), and finally this beauty Simcoe Spring Ale (Pale Ale).

Peak also makes a good Winter Session Ale, a dark wheat beer and a Maple Collaboration Ale for a short time of the year with maple syrup from Butternut Mountain Farms in Johnson, Vermont. They also make a Nut Brown Ale that is also nice and crushable. Needless to say I’m a fan of their beers.

Where have I been for a week and a half? Recovering from my first marathon on Mothers Day, The Maine Coast Marathon. I took a week and a half off from everything,call it a holiday from everything: blogging & fitness. I decided to restart Insanity a few days ago for a 3rd time. I know I know, a DVD-based 60 day gimmicky workout program? There’s a reason I’m doing it for a 3rd time, it works. Pure and simple. It keeps my weight down for Jiu Jitsu competitions and definitely helps with explosive fast-twitch movements.

To understand a beer, first yo must understand the brewery who brews it. Peak Organic Brewing Company creates organic beers with local ingredients. They are also vegan friendly if that is a concern of yours. Ingredients that hail from:

  • Elm Hill Farms (hops) in Elm, Maine
  • Valley Malt in Hadley, Massachusetts
  • Coffee By Design in Portland, Maine
  • GrandyOats in Western, Maine
  • Climbing Bines in Penn Yan, New York
  • Four Star Farms in Northfield, Massachusetts
  • Taza Chocolate in Somerville, MA
  • Aurora Mills in Linneus, Maine
  • Butternut Mountain Farms (maple syrup) in Johnson, Vermont
  • Addison Hop Farms in Addison, Vermont
  • Clear Brook Farm (barley) in Shaftsbury, Vermont

I figured it was time to come back and exercise the blogging muscles again. Enough with words, here are the stats:

Type: Pale Ale
Brewery: Peak Organic Brewing Company
ABV: 5.4%
IBU: 66
Availability: Spring
Consumption: LiveME ping glass with “BeerMe”
Color: Bronze/copper color
Body: Light to medium body
Head: Light head that faded quickly
Aroma: Citric, piny and fruity. If you know simcoe by smell than you can smell it a mile away. It’s nice really.
Taste: Piny with lots of citric fruit notes. Grapefruit mostly.
Overall Rating: 9/10
Beer Advocate: 84
Rate Beer: 88

This beer is all simcoe, all the time. Single-hopped and dry-hopped with the good stuff, simcoe. They subdued the malt backbone in order for the hops to come through nicely. Even though that simcoe hop taste is strong, it’s not overpowering nor is it unapproachable. Quite the opposite actually. It’s what I call a hybrid craft beer. This beer is simple enough for me to introduce to my rice-beer loving friends and complex enough for my craft beer enlightened ones. On a 10-point scale of crushability, I’d give it an 8. I can imagine myself sitting in a lawn chair when it’s nice and sunny out crushing some Simcoe Spring Ale.

About Peak Organic Brewing Company:

Peak is a craft brewing company, dedicated to making delicious beer using local, artisan and organic ingredients. With roots in home brewing back in the 90s, brewer Jon Cadoux set about combining his love for beer with an ethic for sustainability. Whenever possible, he would go out and find ingredients from local organic farmers for his homebrews.  It was a defining day when Jon discovered that you don’t need to sacrifice flavor for sustainability, but that better ingredients actually made the beer more delicious.