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Archangel Summer Wheat - North Peak Brewing Company

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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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North Peak Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: hosehead83 on 07-19-2010

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 3/26/14.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, earth, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and slight fruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is pretty boring and doesn't really have much of a cherry juice aspect that the label describes.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As the brutality of winter lifts and a calmer climate settles in, its as if an archangel has cast its wings over us and nestled us in her calm. And as beers are concerned, that's exactly what's happened- thanks to North Peak Brewing.

Archangel Summer Wheat pours a hazy golden-orange color that carries a diffused glow when back lit. Its somewhat lazy head is slow to release and does so with a creamy froth that casts a solid sheet of foam across the glass. Its semi-stern retention relaxes by mid-session and its lacing breaks considerably along the glass.

Bready-sweet to the scent, the nose is chocked full of light bread, sugar cookie and doughy yeast. Building with a delicate perfume of citrusy spices, mildly of clove and white pepper, and with vibrant oranges- the nose is projects notions that are lightly rich and timidly bright.

Similarly in taste, the sweetness of powdered sugar and light bread coat the palate with a sultry malt upstart. Holding onto its creamy sweetness, lush tangerine flavors fold into the middle palate with a mild tangy taste, laced with sweet lemon, apple and with coriander, clove and peppery spice. There's something of sherbet in the medley, just ahead of a slim grassy bitterness that breaks up the sweetness in finish.

Its creamy-sweetness is playfully dense early on the palate. Its long-lasting bread textures ensure that the sweetness accompanies its taste well into finish, supporting the spice, mild acidity and minty warmth in finish.

Archangel Summer Wheat matches the taste of summer with its own citrusy foreground. Sweetness keeps the fruit front and center, but has a hard time relinquishing control over to dryness or bitterness late, loosing the confidence to let those more refreshing flavors and textures to take over.

Photo of zeff80
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of superspak
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.5 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled 05/12/11. Pours hazy red-orange color with a fairly foamy 2-3 fingers of off white head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. A lot of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass, and it also formed instant head on the pour that had to settle down. Aromas of big cherry notes, with some apple, grass, bread, and spices. Aromas are pretty weak as I would have expected, but the cherry smells quite authentic. Taste of big spiciness on the front with some cherry sweetness, light tartness, bread, and light fruits in the back. Lingering spice and fruit notes on the finish for a bit. Not much complexity going on here. Tons of carbonation with a light-medium body. Mouthfeel is quite prickly, but this still drinks very smoothly. No alcohol noticed other than a slight warming on the finish. Overall, a pretty good wheat beer that is quite refreshing. I may have it again.

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mrfrancis
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz. stubby bottle.

Pours a cloudy, deep orange gold with a giant mushroom cloud of light beige head. There is plenty of carbonation in this thing, that's for sure. Nose of tart cherries and raspberries mixed with soft wheat and some nice funk.

Taste starts with some slightly grainy wheat malt up front. Quickly becomes tart and fruity with healthy doses of tart cherries and raspberries. Mild sourness with a bit of funk really helps the fruit in this beer shine. Pie crust and wheat bread provide a nice foundation for the tart and almost-sweet fruit. Moderate body with a sparkling, refreshing feel. Tasty and refreshing--perfect for summer!

Photo of barczar
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant clarity, though darker golden than expected. Subtle cherry aroma, notes of wheat and malt.

Flavor reveals more cherry flavor on a toasted malt backbone. Floral and earthy hops add complexity. There's a touch of buttery character, with slight plastic.

Easy drinking brew with the added complexity of cherries, which is nice change of pace.

Photo of Florida9
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Darker orange-tinted amber in color. Forms a large bubbly head that reduces down to a thick white surface coating. Some very light lacing.

S: There is a hint of sour cherries, but the dominate smell is of carbonated walter or seltzer. Slightly reminiscent of a cherry 7-up.

T: Surprisingly strong tart cherry flavor. Beer itself is tart, yet with a slight candy-like sweetness on the back end. Cherry and a hint of vanilla with some easy pale malt in the background.

M: Lighter side of medium in body, but with heavy carbonation that gives this beer a slightly prickly feel to it.

O: A quite refreshing take on the style with a surprising dose of cherry flavor. Most beers like this barely have any fruit flavor, or what is there is artificial tasting. Not this one. The cherry is quite apparent and pretty tasty. Wish the nose was a bit more inviting and the carbonation were toned down, but otherwise a tasty, refreshing beer.

Photo of Lovely85
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Mitchster
2.24/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

$1.99 for a stubby 12oz bottle @ BevCo.

ABV: 5.0% IBUs: 38.0

Brewed with Wheat and Pale malts. Hopped with Willamette and Perl. Michigan bitter cherries are tossed into the secondary.

Pours out to a clear medium amber with ruby highlights, forming a modest off light yellow head with OK retention and nice sheets of lace. Carbonation is medium. The nose is tart with green kiwi fruit, cherries, and sour aluminum. The mouthfeel is tart with a medium body. The taste opens with some peculiar yeast esters and faint hop flavor, then is quickly replaced by bitter red cherries and a medium chemical bitterness. The aftertaste is earthy, tart and bitter.

I can't say I really care for this beer too much. The brewers were trying to NOT make a syrupy sweet beer, which often happens with the fruit beer style, and by adding hop bitterness, they only turned a syrupy beer bitter. It's not well-balanced and doesn't quite sit right. Wierd metals, tannins, sourness, bitterness...it all just turns out to be a mess.

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of khargro2
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Kerrie
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of david131
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy, luminescent, orange/pink liquid with a massive bone white head with astounding retention. Seems extremely carbonated.

S- Bread, bananas, coriander, and a hint of tart cherries.

T- Bread and tart cherries. Rather simple but pretty enjoyable.

M- Slightly tart and not nearly as carbonated as expected. Smooth.

D- Very nice on a hot summer evening. Refreshing and nice for something different. This is the best I have had from North Peak.

Photo of hosehead83
4.43/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 11.5 oz. "stubby" brown bottle, made with "Michigan cherry juice" on the label
Poured into a dimpled English "pot" pint glass
Deep, amber/russet in color, with a nice cloud deck of white foam. Nice looking beer.
Aroma-Wheat, with crushed cherry essence
Taste-Subtle cherry tartness, wheat grain-Crisp, and very refreshing. Cherry flavor not overdone, nicely balanced and very drinkable. A great Northern Michigan warm weather session brew.
(Note: Incorrectly classified as an American Pale Ale--Should be classified as an American Wheat Ale--Sorry for any confusion-hosehead83)

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Archangel Summer Wheat from North Peak Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.