North Peak Siren Amber - North Peak Brewing Company
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Reviews by carlborch:
2.34/5 rDev -28.7%
Pours a rich, dark copper with 2-inch tan head that was initially persistent, but then disappeared completely leaving some Belgian lace. It provided an initial nose of toasted bread and biscuits. Some floral hops? Not so sure. Medium body with slightly unpleasant metallic taste mixed with caramel and butter. Short on the palate. Not a favorite.
10-14-2013 20:33:50 | More by carlborch
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3.38/5 rDev +3%
Poured into a Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a clear mahogany with a sturdy-looking off white head of about a finger. Decent retention, sparse lacing.
S - Modest mixed citrus, with some bread dough and caramel.
T - Yep, it's an amber alright. Caramel malts, with a balancing, yet slightly understated hop presence. Citrus, and faint dark fruit.
M - Almost as though it's confused as to which way to run with it. Prickly carbonation, but very fine creamy foam about halfway through the drink. Light bodied, albeit kind of messy.
O - This is a pretty average amber, but I do like that it isn't as sweet as the style usually is. Far more balanced.
05-21-2012 22:29:32 | More by madeofsteel
3.5/5 rDev +6.7%
Pours a clear dull copper amber hue with a khakie colored head forming thick bands of speckled lacing. Aroma has a faint nuttiness/bready malts with a faint citrus/herbal hop quality. Flavor wise this one isn't my dream Amber, much like a Yuengling amber with a bit more maltiness and underlying citrus/herbal hops. It's filling the void of a new beer in a stubby bottle from a quirky craft producer from Michigan. As it warms a bit more caramel/biscuit malts with some assertive bitterness for an amber, solid and much more flavorful as it warms up. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied evenly carbonated, nothing heavy or too filling here. Overall thoughts are decent but not as creative as the other two offerings I had from them, so far. I liked the Diabolical IPA and the American Wheat IPA they put out, for the style it's batting just above average.
04-11-2011 03:13:41 | More by WVbeergeek
3.23/5 rDev -1.5%
More of a copper color on the edge of red, this beer forms a head about one finger high that holds itself up for a while before fading to a strong foam that leaves very little lacing behind. There are a few small spots here and there, but it's odd considering that the head was good.
The aroma consists of grains, a light malt with a caramel tone to it, and maybe a yeast component up front. It's too soft and a bit underscored, and a funky caramel/yeast mix is what composes it. The character is there, but it doesn't rise above average.
This isn't exactly what I'm expecting. It has the feel of an amber, with caramel and biscuit from a malt backbone and a balance of hops. The hops really get taken over by the malts, though, and don't do enough. Also underneath what's an otherwise pleasant enough flavor is a slight metallic note and a vegetal funk that picks up as it warms.
The mouthfeel isn't as light as some say, getting a bit of heft from the malt backing, and it's an appropriate light-medium. Carbonation is light and this beer is crisp up front with a smoothness that comes through as well. Mouthfeel isn't a problem here.
I want to like this beer more than I do, but the vegetal thing going on here is too much. It's not bad, but I don't recommend it. I'm still trying more from this brewery in the hopes that others are more like Vicious and less like this.
03-05-2011 17:25:49 | More by Brenden
4.45/5 rDev +35.7%
Nice, crisp amber color. Not much of a head. Just one smell has you knowing you're going to be in for something different. There is a ton of flavor in this Siren. Lots of malt, caramel, toasted bread, some hops in the finish. Big, round mouthfeel. There's a bit of a dry, bitter finish.
Tons of flavor, well balanced, and a bigger feel than you'd expect. A very good amber ale.
06-16-2011 02:08:40 | More by McNealc31
3.05/5 rDev -7%
The stubby little North Peak bottles have been catching my eye at the store for a while now, glad I am getting to try one. No surprises in the appearance of the beer, amber color with white head. Very subtle nose, some grainy malt but not a whole lot else going on. Taste is bready malt, light bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin, and highly carbonated. Every single thing about this beer is average, hence the three's across the board. Bumped to a 3.5 on drinkability because like many unmemorable beers it would be relatively easy to drink a lot of this...I'm just not sure I would want to.
02-12-2010 06:12:07 | More by Shumista
3.1/5 rDev -5.5%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of foamy off-white head. This maintains a frothy ½ finger, which leaves back a heavy cascade of foamy lace. This eventually peters out though, with a head retention that maybe only lasts half way through the glass. The aroma smells leafy and citric, which is mixes in with notes of caramel and soft doughy character to impart a ripe earthy tang in the nostrils.
The taste has a green citric bitterness, which is set against that same tangy mix of caramel and buttered toast from the nose. The finish is dry and bitter with a little too much of a lingering rawness on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft crispness on the tongue and then more of a creamy presence on the edges. This is a drinkable feel.
This was a pretty run-of-the-mill Amber Ale with decent enough flavors and drinkability but not really enough to set it apart from the pack in any way. I doubt I would pick this up again.
04-30-2012 16:42:11 | More by Kegatron
2.95/5 rDev -10.1%
11.5 oz stubby bottle. Crystal clear amber color. Head disappears immediately. No lace. Rather disappointing here.
Grainy malt, with a toasty, earthy background. Not much else going on.
Maybe a slight biscuity malt, however the grainy flavor comes through rather quickly. A bit astringent. Some sweetness. Earthy hops kick in to balance, however there is a strange sort of artificial feel.
Thin body, with a bit too much carbonation. This one seems rather disappointing.
02-10-2011 22:57:03 | More by Bierguy5
1.05/5 rDev -68%
On tap at a Traverse City bar. Towards the end of the night when a crappy beer shouldn't have mattered. However, this was totally undrinkable - smelled and tasted like tomatoes. I was unable to finish this beer. Awful. I gave the rest to my friend who also could not finish it. Avoid at all costs. You can do much better for local beer in Northern Michigan.
01-29-2010 00:48:22 | More by FiddleTilDeath
2.08/5 rDev -36.6%
Appearance - Two full fingers of soapy head. A clouded orange/amber color. A slight caramel brown.
Smell - Light spice and malt but not much else.
Taste - Very malty for sure. Full of autumn notes and light spices. Slight lemon in the front with a bit of a sweet-tart taste. Smooths out into malts in the finish.
Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Easily drinkable. Tangy on the tongue and slightly bittersweet. Sort of flat and forgettable. Nothing special.
09-25-2011 21:20:34 | More by Jesse13713
North Peak Siren Amber from North Peak Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.