Tonight I’m sitting down with my friend (and Ecolissa model) Michelle to do a little in-person beer brainstorm. You may recall that Michelle came down for a monster triple review last October.
The beer of choice this evening is Peak Organic Maple Oat Ale. Seems like this is appropriate given that Peak was in-house for this past weekend’s beer meetup.
I was expecting this to be an American amber, however it’s actually a pale ale. Initially, when stone cold, the beer had a lingering bitter aftertaste. Michelle described the aftertaste not so much as lingering, but rather “Kung Fu gripping” the back of her throat…indicating she wasn’t a fan.
I told Michelle to wait 5 minutes before going on, as I expected the beer to warm. And indeed, it did!
Once warmed up, Michelle is enjoying it. She said it reminds her of something she has had on draught, but she can’t place it. I’m with her…too bitter at first, but lovely now.
Michelle describes the flavors as nutty, which I can totally see. The oat and the maple mix to give that kinda flavor. In fact, in a blind taste test I don’t think I would be able to pick out the maple OR oat flavors myself.
Me: Overall the mix of hops, oats, and maple make for a delicious and fairly complex beer.
Michelle: Would not order it in a bar, but would take a glass if a friend offered her some.