North Peak Siren Amber - North Peak Brewing Company

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.92%
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 DannyDan
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of Jesse13713
2.07/5  rDev -37.8%
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.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Sark
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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

Photo of mchegash
3.79/5  rDev +13.8%

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%

Photo of McNealc31
4.4/5  rDev +32.1%
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.

Photo of Lauthaha
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
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?

Photo of joe12pk
4.01/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an outlier review...........................................................................

Photo of Spica66
2.31/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

Photo of Shumista
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of GordonQuid
2.96/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of carlborch
2.38/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

Photo of atomicbeer
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Lillenk
3.53/5  rDev +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.

Photo of madeofsteel
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Trystero
3.92/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of ribby
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of JDoHo
4.16/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the squat bottles.

Photo of bigkingken
3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of BradDurbin89
4.77/5  rDev +43.2%
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!

Photo of boyfromthenorth
4.78/5  rDev +43.5%
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.

Photo of bengriff11
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Paired with pepperoni pizza gives this beer what it's missing. Great compliments!

Photo of CogSciBierNut
2.34/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Photo of FiddleTilDeath
1.06/5  rDev -68.2%
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.

Photo of DamaDeBeer
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
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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North Peak Siren Amber from North Peak Brewing Company
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