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Archangel Summer Wheat - North Peak Brewing Company

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Archangel Summer WheatArchangel Summer Wheat

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BA SCORE
78
okay

97 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hosehead83 on 07-19-2010)
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Reviews by heissebier:
Photo of heissebier
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep, cloudy amber color with an enormous fluffy white head. The head settles down some after awhile but never fades completely.

Smell- Some of your "typical" banana wheat beer smells mixed in with dark cherries and a kind of funky yeast. Definitely plenty of character in this beer.

Taste- The sour, tart fruitiness balances nicely with the wheat with a kind of funky flavor persisting throughout. Really a thoughtfully brewed beer with a very unique flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a very crisp, bubbly mouthfeel. Perfect for summer.

Drinkability- This is a damn good beer, all things considered, though it's not for everyone.

heissebier, Aug 23, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of GOBLIN
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

GOBLIN, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of sgttibbs
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

sgttibbs, May 04, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep bronze, a thick orange brown, with a deeper, more murky opaqueness than expected. Upon the pour, a white head billows huge, so much that i have to pause several times and wait for recession. It fades just as quickly as it forms, however, leaving a fairly heavy foam. Ultimately, there's not much lacing left behind.
A tart cherry and wheat mingle at the forefront in the aroma, with a dusty yeast note rounding it out. There's enough of both dry malts and floral and citric hops notes not to detract, but give it a real beer character these styles can sometimes lack.
The cherry is much less evident in the flavor, choosing instead to be in the background, but it is most definitely a genuine flavor, like cherry juice from concentrate. Wheat is left to form the backbone and does so well, resting the malts on it. Hops allow this beer to be what it is without either interfering or lacking. Toward the finish, the cherry at first seems to go sour due to the interplay with the hops bitterness before the yeast pulls through, balancing it out with a grainy earthiness and, underneath it all, just the lightest kiss of sweetness.
The body is light to medium, certainly appropriate for the style and an ample carbonation isn't overdone. Toward the end of each sip it seems to have thinned out a touch, but feels thicker as it warms. The same goes for the crispness; at first crisp but not very, it really bites as it warms and continues to do so when the smoothness pulls through.

Brenden, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of cynical1027
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of duffcalifornia
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard shaker pint.

A: Pours a deep golden yellow with a 2" fluffy head that fades quickly but provides slightly better than average lacing throughout.

S: Smells slightly of sour cherries (as would be expected) but honestly smells of little else. Neither inviting nor uninviting.

T: Faint taste of sour cherries and pale malts, with maybe a hint of grassiness. Much like the smell, nothing here seems to intimate at anything special or worth returning to.

M: Smooth and perhaps just a touch overcarbonated on the tongue, but nothing truly out of place. Has a slightly chewy mouthfeel, which while nice seems a bit out of place for the style.

O: Simply put, I would enjoy this if somebody bought it for me (which this was) or was all that was offered at a friend's house, but there is just so much better beer out there, even within the Pale Wheat category.

duffcalifornia, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of marmstrong1212
3/5  rDev -11%

marmstrong1212, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Stigs
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz squat bottle, served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - pours with a couple inches of loose yet thick, puffy white foam with a light reddish tint. the beer is mostly clear, copper in color. random sticky lacing gets left behind through the drink.

S - light malt, with hints of crushed red cherries, slightly tart and sweetened by vanilla, and wheat. bits of mustiness and yeast as well.

T - begins lightly sweet with a small dose of lightly tart, dark cherries. more sweetness with bits of vanilla and wheat malt. some minerals and yeast finish it out.

M - light body with ample (large) amounts of effervescent, prickly carbonation. finishes a bit dry from the fruit juice, and lightly puckering. some lingering tart fruit and sugary sweetness.

D - was concerned reading the bottle and seeing "cherry juice" on it, as more often than not economy fruit beers are a disaster, but this actually pulls it off quite nicely. refreshing and relatively easy and pleasant to drink. to date, the best North Peak beer I've had to date.

Stigs, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of dmorley21
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

dmorley21, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of rolandboy
3/5  rDev -11%

rolandboy, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of mzeld
4/5  rDev +18.7%

mzeld, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -11%

Lanstrum, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very light but iridescent peachy orange with virtually no head. Lots of dry natural wheat aroma but little else. The flavor is big on wheat grain with a sour cherry that wants to be medicinal but never gets there. The feel is dry and easy but the carbonation may be a bit high. Not my favorite, though I enjoy wheat beers, it just never asserts itself.

KYGunner, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Jasoncolliver
3/5  rDev -11%

Jasoncolliver, Jun 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

seanh99, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled on June 16th, 2011. Served in a Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a huge off-white head. I couldn't fit the whole bottle into the glass because the head was so big, I had to wait for the head to settle down some to finish before pouring the rest of the beer into the glass. There's only a small amount of lacing on the glass. The brew smells like bready malt, wheat and some cherries. The aroma seems to get stronger as the beer warms up some. Similar to the aroma, it tastes like wheat, bready malt, sweet/tart cherries and a bit of yeast. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with high carbonation. Once the carbonation settles down, it's a good drinkable brew. I wouldn't have any problem buying this again.

bluejacket74, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of SickGnar
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This has a noticeably large amount yeast sediment. If swirled for all the yeasties, then it is a very cloudy, even murky, golden amber with a sort of flat brown quality to it. If poured cleanly (turns out, this is the better way to do this one), then it is a mostly clear amber to almost coppery golden. Decent size eggshell head that sticks around okay and leave some pretty attractive lacing.

S: Sort of nondescript wheat beer. Maybe my nose is a little stuffy, but this is none too powerful nor expressive. Even as it warms its just fairly mild and generic American wheat beer. Perhaps a faint bit of lightly sweet grainy malts and a hint of citrus way in the background.

T: A bit more going on here. Bready, doughy grain with a sort of sweetbread aspect to it. Hops are citrus, mostly grapefruit, but also have a good bit of herbal and grassy character too. Yeast sediment really effects the flavor, and not in a completely good way. It brings out the bready notes, but also contributes a chalkiness that seems to mute and muddle the other parts of the flavor profile. Poured without the yeast the chalk disappears, the doughy sweetness get more pronounced and even takes on a sugar cookie aspect, and the hope profile gets more defined & flavorful while bitterness increases. Overall, with the yeast, it seems more fresh and refreshing.

M: Just under medium body with carbonation on the soft side. Or maybe it just seems so because it is so fine grained? Opens pillowy soft, almost toward some chewyness in middle, CO2 gets touch prickly in drying finish. Noticeably chalky with the yeast sediment roused.

D: Squarely good. Fairly middle of the road, but easy enough drinking. On the sweeter side perhaps, but balanced and with enough going on in the hop profile to hold some interest. I tried multiple bottles, both mit und sans hefe. This one is better without(at least the samples I had anyway). Ratings are for review sans hefe. Mit hefe would drop most or all by 0.5 or so.

SickGnar, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

tommy5, Aug 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

Another6Pack, Nov 22, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

radiofish, Jul 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

ninaturner, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of HardyA
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

HardyA, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +18.7%

StoutHunter, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Zaphog, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of techfed87
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nicely-sized head. Color is a moderate amber. Smell is a bit sweeter than what I was thinking it would be.

First sip is ooo, very tasty. I didn't expect at all the big cherry flavor that is present in this beer. Not ridiculously sweet, but quite cherry like in its flavor and mouthfeel. Carbonation is also there to keep things perky.

Traverse City is known for their cherries, and I can see they should be also known for their beer! Very cool!

techfed87, Jul 20, 2011
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Archangel Summer Wheat from North Peak Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.