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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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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 164
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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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North Peak Siren Amber from North Peak Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.