Peak Organic Pomegranate Wheat Ale with Açai

Image from Peak Organic website

Peak Organic Brewing Company, Portland, Maine
Pomegranate Wheat Ale with Açai
5.9% ABV
12 oz. bottle into pint glass

The surge in American beer connoisseurship has only marginally helped to socially rehabilitate fruity beers, which often remain unfairly stigmatized as effeminate beverages. As the name suggests, this organic ale is brewed with pomegranate and açai juice, along with organic coriander (which, for better or worse, is undetectable). Such a bevy of currently hip/magically curative ingredients could be marketed just as successfully in face lotion or a high-end chocolate bar, which is both part of their appeal as well as our initial reluctance to purchase a 6-pack.

First off, this doesn’t taste like a wheat beer.  Sure, it has that murky wheat beer appearance, but none of the characteristic wheat beer flavors are present.  Instead, the palate is assaulted by blueberry, blackberry, and, naturally, pomegranate. Nina characterized it as an “easy drinking, medium bodied” beer, tasting more like a pilsner than a pomegranate wheat beer, and a good summer sipping beer. I was unimpressed overall, and didn’t find it good enough to be a stand alone beer but also too weird to pair with food.

I should mention that I accidentally left mine in the freezer so long that slush had begun to form, which I think probably improved my experience. As I waited for the upper layer of ice crystals to melt, Nina’s father stopped by to demo the latest version of his song “Can You Tell Me (What the Answer Is)?”.  We tasted him on the beer to get a third opinion.

First Sip: “Mmm, this is good”
Second Sip: “If I had a choice between this and another beer…I would choose the other beer”
“What other beer?”
“Any other beer.”


~ by Perry S. on December 31, 2009.

One Response to “Peak Organic Pomegranate Wheat Ale with Açai”

  1. Not for love or money.

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