North Peak Siren Amber - North Peak Brewing Company

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 160
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +25.4%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.79/5  rDev +18.8%

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.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20% (929 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

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. (583 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev +16%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (1,190 characters)

Photo of carlborch
2.38/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (346 characters)

Photo of bushbeer75
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of Sark
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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 (597 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.66/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean amber color with a white head. In the aroma, a light caramel like presence. In the taste, a light caramel like roast. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry caramel like aftertaste. Bland and pretty basic, nothing really that good, nor bad, eh! (274 characters)

Photo of atomicbeer
3.35/5  rDev +5%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
2.61/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a six pack of North Peak's Siren Amber a couple days ago for $8.99 at Meijers. It's been a while since I've had an Amber Ale and North Peak is pretty solid, so I decided to take a chance on this beer, so lets see how it goes. Bottled September 4th 2012. Poured from a stubby brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's got the typical North Peak Label with a little Siren on it. It poured a slightly golden amber color that took on more of a brighter amber color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and and left a little bit of patchy lacing. This was an ok looking beer, not bad, but not great looking.

S- The aroma starts off with some medium sweet malts that imparted a bread, dough, and light caramel malts aroma. Towards the end I get some yeast aromas and some grassy aromas along with a little more sweetness. The aroma is pretty dull with not much going on, It think it's a little below average..

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it's just as boring. It starts off with some malts that have a higher amount of medium sweetness to it and impart some mild grain, bread, dough, and caramel malts flavors. Up next comes some yeast flavors followed by some grassy flavors with a sweet finish with hardly any bitterness and a sweet and grainy aftertaste. The taste is pretty dull, I think it's a below average tasting beer.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy, a little prickly, medium bodied, with a slight higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't bad, but the prickly carbonation made it pretty average,

Overall I was pretty unimpressed with this beer and I thought it was a below average example of an Amber ale, it just didn't have much flavor or aroma and that really hurt this beer, overall it was just too one dimensional. This beer had ok drinkability, it went down pretty smooth, but the flavor was too boring to hold my attention, one is enough for me, I want something with much more flavor. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance, it didn't look half bad and the head really stayed around for a while. What I liked least about this beer was the lack of flavor and aroma, it was just too dull and one dimensional for my liking. I wouldn't buy this beer again, there's way too many good tasting Amber Ales for me to waste my time with this beer, wish I just would have bought a single instead of a six pack, I can't say I recommend this beer, it's just too dull. All in all I was not a fan of this beer, North Peak is a pretty solid Brewery but this beer turned out to be a let down, with how hoppy a lot of their beers are I was expecting a nice balance of malts and hops, but that wasn't to be found in this beer. Better luck next time North Peak, this beer was a miss. (2,880 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.66/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Eh. I declare this a miss. Strikes me as too much like a cider and not like an amber. I mean, sure, it's drinkable. But this is nowhere near where an amber should be. A disappointing offering. Especially from a brewery I now like, based on their other beers. (258 characters)

Photo of ribby
3.16/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-dark brown, very clear. A lot of carbonation, but the head dissipates quickly. The aroma is mostly sweet malt, with a hint of yeastiness. The taste is predominately malt. This would get a better rating, but for just a little too much bitterness. I do not know if this is a lack of freshness in the hops, or a little bit of overcooked malt. (354 characters)

Photo of madeofsteel
3.36/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (991 characters)

Photo of bigkingken
3.17/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours perfectly amber with a nice head that lingers around a good while. Slight haze. Not a lot of aroma coming from the brew, and what little there is speaks to the malt bill more than the hops. First taste is crisp, light and refreshing. Not overly sweet, just a little bit up front before mellowing into notes of biscuit and brown sugar. Straight forward beer that serves well for its purpose, but nothing to write home about. (429 characters)

Photo of Blueribbon666
3.7/5  rDev +16%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never heard of North Peak before we dont get it in Western Pa so when I saw it said yep another new brewery for me to try!

Upon pouring this I noticed a great amber color a bit cloudy and hardly any foam or head retention.Very little in the way of smell, light malts and that's sadly it.Taste has a light malty grassy feel about it with a slight hop taste mostly of floral but also some citrus in there.The mouth feel is a bit watery with very little carbonation.While not exactly a drain pour this is a week example of the style, would try it again but probably would never be a regular seeker of. Overall an OK beer. (619 characters)

Photo of CogSciBierNut
2.34/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from bottle into Bell's pint glass.

Appearance is a dark caramel tone, a little bit of bubbles, and a half finger head.

Smell - Probably turned me off the most about this beer. Doesn't really smell like anything, except maybe an old shoe. No depth to the smell.

Taste - Bits of caramel, citrus, and a woody aftertaste that doesn't linger for long. Overall, I found the taste lacking for its decent appearance.

Mouthfeel - Not much going on here either. The bubbly I saw in the beer dissipated once it hit my tongue. Doesn't have a kick to it, and is neither smooth nor hoppy.

Overall, I was very disappointed in North Peak's Siren Amber, despite having other good beers from this brewery that measured up to expectations. Sorry, North Peak. Not a fan. (767 characters)

Photo of Jesse13713
2.07/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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. (453 characters)

Photo of DannyDan
3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of Trystero
3.92/5  rDev +22.9%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (696 characters)

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