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North Peak Siren Amber - North Peak Brewing Company

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 164
Avg: 3.29
pDev: 29.79%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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 Kegatron
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.66/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Tone
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
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 pat61
4/5  rDev +21.6%
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 jrallen34
2.97/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Jolly Pumpkin, this was bar tender rec and not a great one...a very light feeling amber ale, very watery. The look is light copper, not much of a white head...The aroma is light rye and not much else. The taste is light rye, but just too light in general, nothing worth trying.

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Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
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 Brenden
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
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 OWSLEY069
2.66/5  rDev -19.1%
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!

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Photo of alexgash
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.5 oz. stubbie bottle. Jan. 04 11 on the label (I assume the bottled on date).

Amberish dark copper. Clear. Small, fizzy off-white head. Not much retention. Lightly toasted, caramelly malts on the nose. Maybe a whiff of herbal hops, but mostly the caramel and cereal malts.

Starts with some faint toasted malt notes. Becomes more caramelly, with light herbal bitterness around the edges. Caramel malt turns more fruity and even a touch cidery. Some singed malts and lingering faint hop bitterness in the finish. Moderate body with a slightly watery feel. Not terrible, but definitely the weakest North Peak offering I've had to date.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.61/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.17/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled May 6, 2011.

Siren's color is good--caramel core with amber highlights and bursting with carbonation, but unfortunately the crackling head disappears so quickly I can't even remember what color it was. Decent aroma with a flash of juicy, tropical hops amidst sweet amber malt. A bit of vegetal (dare I say, adjunct-y?) notes in the background keeps this from being a really special Red Ale aromatically speaking.

Nutty flavor is backed by a touch of bitter and floral-tasting hops. Again, adjunct flavors in the finish are husky and grainy with a bit of metallic twang. Mouthfeel detects a nicely carbonated, medium-thin body with a crisp finish. Overall, a decent amber ale, but the corn/rice adjunct flavors (even if they came from barley husks) are a little too strong for my liking.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
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 david131
2.23/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- A clear amber/ copper color with a quick to fall white head. Looks like a soda pop.

S- Faint apple juice. That is all.

T- Very bitter with a hint of fruitiness. More bitter than actual flavor.

M- Bitter, but with a good amount of carbonation. Very dry on the finish.

D- Not appealing and forgettable. Bland and bitter.

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Photo of Bierguy5
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of Ryan011235
1.93/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 2/2/11

Jan 0411

Clear, tobacco brown color. The head didn't quite make a finger's worth & it was short-lived. Swirling helps some but retention is wispy at best (none by the end). Practically no lacing.

This doesn't smell very good. There's an all-too-prominent medicinal-clad fruit aroma that weighs heavy upon notions of faux-caramel & watery bread dough. Faint suggestions of grain & husks that was, thankfully, stronger while still in the bottle.

The taste is comparably bad but in a different way. Still a bit medicinal but not as much. Not quite as much caramel as I would hope for, nor is there a vibrant hop profile that can really make this style shine. Instead it's more of a mild, earthy hop bent strewn in with some yeasty bread notes. There is also a granular notion; similar to wheat perhaps?

Medium-thin, watery feel. Carbonation is appropriately low but it causes the medicinal flavors to leave with a coating finish. Meh.

Siren is pretty dismal across the board; I simply don't find it enjoyable. It gets worse as it warms. I drainpoured the last few ounces.

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Photo of adamette
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken 10 15 09. Poured from tap at Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor into a clean, clear glass.

A Basic amber look. 3.0

S Not much smell really. Maybe some medium malt. 3.0

T Basic amber taste. Kind of thin and boring. 3.0

M Medium feel, appropriate to guidelines but again, not much going on here. 3.0

D Good but I will not likely seek this out again. 3.5

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Photo of dfillius
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
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 Natural510
3.42/5  rDev +4%
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 andrewjraab
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
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 jkrich
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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 nukem5
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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