North Peak Siren Amber - North Peak Brewing Company

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 164
Avg: 3.28
pDev: 29.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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North Peak Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: adamette on 12-20-2009

A deep kiss of liquid lust that will caress your tongue, thanks to an array of toasty Pale, Crystal (30 and 70) wheat, Carapils and roasted barley malts balanced by the subtle bite of Willamette and Fuggle hops.

48 IBU
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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 164
Photo of boyfromthenorth
4.78/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really perfect for the style. A light refreshing malty red or amber beer. NP seems to really focus on IPAs so I was questioning this beer. I had Siren when they first opened and it was not very good. Overcarbonated and even slightly sour. Possible dirty bottle or bad batch. I can see that other people in the past had similar experience. They seem to have figured it out. I thoroughly enjoy this beer. For a amber, I actually think the hopping is a bit high but it is balanced by the carmel sweetness. Easy drinking - could have a bunch of these at once. Nice transition beer that is perfect for what the style is. Well done. Glad I gave you the time to figure it out. Bottle was Dated in December of 2010 and very fresh.

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Photo of BradDurbin89
4.77/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on Jolly Pumpkin in Traverse City. Bartender poured into a pint.

Beautiful Amber color, with a a 2 finger creamy head.

Malty aroma with nice hop on the nose as well.

Taste was very well balanced, malt and hops. Nice subtle hop finish. This is not an unusual style, but it is a very well balanced amber with a significant hop.

Mouthfeel was nice and not too heavy. It is an easy beer to drink, and good for more than one!

This is not a challenging beer, but a really good and balanced beer that I will have again!

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Photo of McNealc31
4.4/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant amber under a 2” off-white foam cap, clingy and persistent.
S: Malt nose, not much hops
T: Crystal and brown malt flavors with very little roast and a mild hop bitterness on the finish.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: Not outstanding but easy to drink.

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Photo of Trystero
3.92/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of these at Market District for 1.50. Good price to try something new from a brewery I've been reading about.

A - Rich amber, ruby color. Pours with almost no head, a quick white foam whisp that vanishes. Looks slightly thin.

S - Crisp, clean caramel malt with grassy sweet hops in the background. A pleasant, refreshing nose.

T - Clean caramel malt followed by juicy sweet hops with a twist of grass. Dies on the finish leaving a slight heat in the back of the mouth.

M - Thin, with very little carbonation.

O - Despiste it's faults it's a very drinkable amber ale particularly suited for hot summer afternoons due to the refreshing, clean sweetness.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

An amber color with a thin white head that disappears shortly after it is served. The retention and lacing is good on this and the smell consists of grains, caramel and grapefruit. The taste starts out with a little sweetness followed by some grapefruit and than more malts come in at the finish along with a hint of floral hops. The mouthfeel is a smooth and very easy to drink and overall this is a nicely well balanced and well made brew.

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Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Floral and nutty, aroma. Slight metallic flavor is offputting. Dry, deeply toasted finish. There's a bit of fruity specialty malt character. Bitterness isn't overwhelming. Malt definitely dominates. Could use more hop character to be a true amber. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.
North Peak's packaging and squatty retro bottle caught my eye and I grabbed a couple singles to try. I'm a sucker for the old school brown squatty bottles.
Poured into dimpled mug with little to no head retention at all. A light amber honey colored hew.
Smells grassy, light and biscuit-like not much else.
Taste/Mouthfeel clean, very smooth feel with a back end bit of hops to dry the initial taste of malt.
Overall better than expected flavor is original enough to recommend especially in the summer time; flavor and drinkability did not disappoint.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/19/2013. Pours lightly hazy ruby copper color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light roast, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, floral, grass, lemon/orange zest, light pine, light roast, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, citrus, floral, grass, light pine, and light roast on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of malt and hop flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice amber ale! All around good balance and robustness of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.66/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.5 oz. "stubby" bottle into an English dimpled "pot" pint glass
Deep amber in color, with a nice , frothy head of foam
Aroma-Faint malt and citrus notes
Taste-Subtle fruitiness, sweet malt, faint citrus with a subtle hop bite in the finish
Overall, a decent session brew, if a bit lacking in depth and character.

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Photo of dfillius
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Excited to try this Jolly Pumpkin spin-off.

A: Aggressive pour yields 2.5 fingers of rocky off-white head with great retention. Crystal clear reddish-brown liquid. Pretty!

S: Herbal hops are brightly citrusy. Faint metallic whiff is a negative. Grainy malt. Pleasant.

T: Malt forward with an aspirin-y medicinal twinge. After setting aside to warm and cleansing my palate from the raw dill gouda, the beer is far better. Very bready, sweet and caramelly. Hop ending is still aspiriny.

M: Strongly negative aspirin at first, but smooths out and is generally positive later. Aspirin does not leave the scene though.

D: I might order another. This would be the best Amber I've had if it weren't for the aspirin (amber is my least fave style and I haven't found one I like yet.) Probably won't buy again.

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Photo of mchegash
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 3.5/5
Pours a dark orange-red-brown. Clear. Moderate amount of rising carbonation can be seen. There is basically no head.

Smell - 3.5/5
Fruity malts, a tiny bit of alcohol. The aroma is not super strong, hard to make out much else.

Taste - 3.75/5
Fruity, sweet, slighty roasty malts. A tiny bit of hops as well. I like the roasty twist on the traditional amber ale taste.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Smooth, crisp, smaller amount of high-intensity carbonation. Slightly more full than medium body.

Overall - 3.75/5
Overall, I liked the slightly roasty twist on the normal amber ale formula. I like the smooth, crisp mouthfeel which had a nice carbonation kick. I would have liked the beer to have some head, and for the aroma to be stronger and more complex. Still, a good brew. My first from North Peak, am excited to trying more of their beers.

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Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, hint of pale malt, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, hint of roasted malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, decent aroma, good feel, and decent aroma, but lacking in appearance.

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Photo of Lillenk
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was ok. Light brown in color with a creamy head but a little foggy.

Smell didn't have much of anything going on. No bad smells so that's why I stuck with the average on this one.

Taste was pretty typical of the style. Nothing to crazy or above and beyond, but a well put together amber.

Mouthfeel was nice and because of its lightness, it was fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Bottled on 6/16/14.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, nut, and slight caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid toast and nut qualities that make it easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Solid two inch off white head. Quarter of an inch of head remained throughout the drink. Good lacing and stick. Amber brown - good clarity.

S - Malty, faint hop characteristics.

T - Well crafted amber brew. Excellent balance and easily drinkable. Sweet an malty up front with a crisp finish with a distant hop offering.

O - I would definitely keep this in the rotation. Easily drinkable / sessionable.

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Photo of Natural510
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, dated May 6 2011.

Nice, darker amber color, but with very little head which quickly dissipates to zero foam or lacing.

Scent is malty and fruity with a tart overtone.

Malt-bath flavor, with toffee and sour apple notes. Bitterness balances out the malt, leaving a mix of sweet, sour and bitter in the finish.

Body is full, but overall mouthfeel suffers from lack of carbonation (though the brew is not completely flat).

Unique offering, like everything else I've tried from this little brewery. Perhaps the flavor would be off-putting to some, but I liked it; only criticism is the aforementioned lack of head & carbonation to go with it.

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Photo of madeofsteel
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold-orange with only a small off white head after an aggressive pour. Aroma is toasty malt, grass and herbal hops with a slight bitterness. Taste follows the aroma with a bit more bitterness and a slight sourness. Mouthfeel starts off juicy then a bit prickly and finishes slightly drying. A good beer to have a few of in the fridge, nothing special but a solid amber ale. Stubby 12 oz bottle is cute too.

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Photo of jkrich
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oddly shaped bottle with a stamped date on label - as another reviewer noted, it is unknown if this is best by or bottled on date. Poured a clear, brownish copper with no head or lacing.

The aroma was malty and slightly syrupy; just a hint of hop.

The flavor was rather light with some refreshing maltiness this is detracted by a slight, stale-like cardboard taste. This could use more malt and certainly more hops.

The body was thin and the mouthfeel watery. The lack of complexity and watery body made the ale feel overcarbonated.

This was a decent enough offering, but when compared to so many other ambers I have tried, it falls short.

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Photo of Sark
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- pours with a good finger and a half beige head, cratering as it subsides, brown-orange with plenty of carbonation

Smell- nice pale malt sweetness with noticeable hop traces to give a little brightness

Taste- A little unexpected tartness on the beginning and finish, the middle has a breadiness to it with a little yeast as well, there's something about that start that makes it feel like it's missed something

Mouthfeel- light/medium body, watery feel as it goes down, doesn't linger in the back

Overall- Perhaps I had a bottle past it's prime, didn't seem to offer much awe factor

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Photo of Brenden
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby brown bottle

North Peak Siren Amber Ale filled my pint glass with a clear amber hue that formed a less than 1-finger off-white head with not much retention. The nose first picked-up the caramel malts with just a whiff of hops. The taste matches the nose , however the floral hop bitterness is more pronounced. There is also some nutty flavor noticed midway with light lingering hop bitterness at the finish. The body is a little on the thin side.

Overall, Siren is an average/ok amber ale.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Copper/tan dark brown. 1/2 creamy head. Lots of lacing.

Smell - Floral hops, malts, some carmal, not much more

Taste - FIrst taste is very malty, with a grassy, bland yeast flavor. SOme grapefruit and sugars are present but overpowered by the yeast flavor. Not much going on for it otherwise. Rather one dimentional and light on amber qualites like spices, pungent malts and hops.

Mouthfeel - Thin, bland, coats tounge with malts, not much bittering and certainly easy to recover from.

Overall - Not impressed, too bland, not enough flavors. Hops are weak, malts are overpowered and nothing about this is worth a repeat drink. ALot better ambers out there.

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North Peak Siren Amber from North Peak Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.