Fall Summit Ale (Peak Organic Brewing)

Fall Summit Ale is the autumn seasonal from Maine’s Peak Organic Brewing.  Like all of Peak’s brews, Fall Summit is certified organic and clocks in with 64 IBUs and an ABV of 5.7%.

This autumn ale is a showcase of the mighty Summit™ hop. Our friend Jason grows amazing Summits that combine pine, spice and captivating citrus aromas. A good dose of toasted malts provides warm, rich flavors to contrast the hops on the front palate. Cold fermentation gives a surprisingly crisp finish. We hope you enjoy this unique fall brew.

Full Summit Ale pours an ice tea brown with a massive foamy head.  It literally looks like there are two inches of sea foam sitting atop of my beer.  Quite lovely.

Smells of pine tree and sea foam dominate, with a touch of cane sugar adding some sweetness to the nose.  However, this nose is fairly mild, especially compared to most autumn seasonals.

I was confusing when first tasting this beer.  Fall Summit Ale is supposed to be an amber ale, but it reminded me of an ESB.  Roasty malts show up first and stick around ’til the end, with the Summit hops also making a flavor appearance (as to be expected).  The only thing that keeps this one in the amber ale realm is the flash of caramel malts that appear at the very beginning of each sip (it kinda reminded me of a cola syrup).  Alas, the flavors are muted and somewhat bland.  If there hadn’t been so much head when I first poured this beer I would have thought it was flat.

Mouthfeel is sticky and sweet with a bit of drying.

I’m not really feeling this beer.  The hops and malts are blending very well, but lead to a lackluster flavor profile.  I was also expecting a little bit more “autumn” in my seasonal.

Overall: 4 out of 10

As an AMBER ALE: 5 out of 10

FOR FANS OF:  Anderson Valley BOONT AMBER ALE, Budweiser AMERICAN ALE, Bear Republic RED ROCKET ALE

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