Archangel Summer Wheat - North Peak Brewing Company
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Reviews by stevedem:
3.98/5 rDev +18.1%
This is my first review so bear with me.
The beer poured a nice light copper color with a thick cream head. The went down, but never went away.
The smell was yeasty and kind of wheat like.
I had it right out of the fridge at first and the taste was pleasantly bitter, wheaty, and had a slight coppery note to it. After I let it warm a little it became much more pleasant after the bitterness held off a bit and the copper note disappeared. After it warmed up I could notice a bit of a tartness which may be from the cherry juice or the alcohol or both, but it was nice.
It's pretty smooth and light, but not so thin as to be watery. There a bit of thickness to it, like a berry juice, that sits really well on the tongue.
Overall, I think it's a nice beer. It's very drinkable and I'd get it again for sure. It's a beer you can drink more than one of in a sitting.
08-06-2010 04:11:00 | More by stevedem
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev +18.1%
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.
06-01-2011 20:53:49 | More by Brenden
3.1/5 rDev -8%
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.
08-22-2011 03:15:29 | More by duffcalifornia
3.68/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
11-18-2010 23:28:29 | More by Stigs
3.25/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
08-02-2014 22:50:03 | More by KYGunner
3.6/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
07-29-2011 23:20:13 | More by bluejacket74
3.35/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
01-10-2011 12:40:22 | More by SickGnar
3.98/5 rDev +18.1%
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.
08-23-2010 04:15:37 | More by heissebier
3.6/5 rDev +6.8%
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!
07-20-2011 04:19:53 | More by techfed87
Archangel Summer Wheat from North Peak Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.