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North Peak Siren Amber - North Peak Brewing Company

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North Peak Siren AmberNorth Peak Siren Amber

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 164
Avg: 3.28
pDev: 29.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 bigkingken
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
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 ribby
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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 adamette
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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 Shumista
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of nukem5
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Photo of jrallen34
2.97/5  rDev -9.5%
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 GordonQuid
2.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at North Peak in TC.

Clear amber with a half inch wispy head and watery lace.

Smell is not impressing; limited in characteristics. There is a slight malty caramel water wiff.

Taste is equally non-impressive. A macro quality amber ale; light caramel notes and slight biscuit dryness.

It is however drinkable and light. A good beer to have with a salad or light meal.

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Photo of Bierguy5
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
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 alexgash
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
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 Lauthaha
2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a beer taster (4 oz.) for premium enjoyment.

Appearance: Beer pours a light-golden color with just a pinch of amber thrown in for good measure. Head is fizzy, and immediately shrinks from about 1.5 fingers to a thin layer of foam on the surface of the drink. Heavy lacing is left as it recedes; some gentle carbonation visible through the glass.

Smell: Pretty good! Hops here are mostly floral; also detectable at first sniff is a grapefruit-like sweetness. It appears to have a thin malt base, and not much else going on; I suspect it's supposed to be that way.

Taste: Oooh...wow. Primarily grapefruit. The malt base is fairly light as was suspected. Ugly bitterness (like bark of a tree bitterness) pervades this brew. Not entirely undrinkable, but way too pungent for my tastes (and for the style).

Mouthfeel: Creamy, rich...beer quickly bubbles forth into a foamy cavalcade of carbonation...and then, nothing. No further development...beer slides down the throat uneventfully and leaves behind almost no aftertaste (except for a mild pungent bitterness).

Overall: If it weren't for the taste, this wouldn't be a bad beer; but then, isn't beer enjoyment all about taste?

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Photo of DamaDeBeer
2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Siren Amber Ale, as to be expected, is perfectly amber in color. This amber has a real faint smell to it, maybe a hint of molasses. Flavor-wise, she's pretty drinkable with only a medium to light body and a malty flavor, but the faint effervescence gives her a little bit of a stale presence. There wasn't a lot of head to speak of and because of that little lace as well. Overall she was pretty boring and didn't keep my attention, but the bottle was brilliant with a silhouette of a farm girl with love from Traverse City.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.66/5  rDev -18.9%
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 RblWthACoz
2.66/5  rDev -18.9%
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 StoutHunter
2.61/5  rDev -20.4%
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 carlborch
2.38/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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Photo of CogSciBierNut
2.34/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

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Photo of Spica66
2.31/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big thank you to Matt for bringing this one to our family reunion in Manistee!

A: Love the stubby bottles! Amber color, but just barely. Decent carbonation, but not very good head formation or retention.

S: Very weak smelling. Hard to pick up much of anything.

T: Taste is extremely light malt and almost no hops. The only thing amber about this ale is the color.

M: Medium carbonation and a watery feel.

D: It is so light tasting, that someone who wants just a hint of amber ale (and more power to them!) would enjoy this beer and have no problem drinking it.

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Photo of david131
2.23/5  rDev -32%
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 Jesse13713
2.07/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
1.93/5  rDev -41.2%
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 FiddleTilDeath
1.06/5  rDev -67.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

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North Peak Siren Amber from North Peak Brewing Company
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