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North Peak Siren Amber - North Peak Brewing Company

North Peak Siren AmberNorth Peak Siren Amber

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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 19.57%


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:
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

(Beer added by: adamette on 12-20-2009)
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Lauthaha

Michigan

2.8/5  rDev -13%
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?

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 23:26:24 | More by Lauthaha
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Spica66

Indiana

2.3/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 16:59:19 | More by Spica66
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Shumista

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 06:12:07 | More by Shumista
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GordonQuid

Michigan

3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2010 15:48:21 | More by GordonQuid
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Sark

Montana

3.26/5  rDev +1.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 00:48:30 | More by Sark
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carlborch

Michigan

2.34/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 20:33:50 | More by carlborch
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Blueribbon666

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 22:55:54 | More by Blueribbon666
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atomicbeer

New Mexico

3.38/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 01:23:42 | More by atomicbeer
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Lillenk

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2011 01:47:38 | More by Lillenk
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madeofsteel

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 22:29:32 | More by madeofsteel
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Trystero

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 19:46:23 | More by Trystero
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ribby

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 01:24:24 | More by ribby
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bigkingken

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 18:35:14 | More by bigkingken
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BradDurbin89

Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +49.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 02:11:00 | More by BradDurbin89
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boyfromthenorth

Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +49.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 19:06:20 | More by boyfromthenorth
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CogSciBierNut

Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 23:53:11 | More by CogSciBierNut
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FiddleTilDeath

Massachusetts

1.05/5  rDev -67.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2010 00:48:22 | More by FiddleTilDeath
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DamaDeBeer

Michigan

2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 23:22:37 | More by DamaDeBeer
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North Peak Siren Amber from North Peak Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.