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Sinuous - North Peak Brewing Company

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82
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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Frosty80 on 03-13-2011)
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Reviews by msquared36:
Photo of msquared36
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

msquared36, Apr 14, 2014
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Photo of Brenden
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I'm uncertain from the label where it's a dry Irish stout or Irish red, and while it's moving from bottle to glass it's almost hard to tell which it is. It's very dark but ends up a deep brown-red with fiery-bright clarity to it. The head is creamy, just off-white and about a finger tall at its peak. It holds that much up for the duration and leaves nice patching on the glass.
Some notes of chocolate come out as it pours. After settling, the chocolate is essentially gone and replaced with leaf and what seems like a variety of malts that give dryness of toast and cracker along with caramel. A metallic note runs very strongly through and may be the prominent one, though it's not detracting or overbearing. The balance between hops and malts is good.
The taste starts off with a twang of something tangy, then goes completely grainy, then goes metallic, then finish sour and bitter. Something doesn't translate very well here, and the end of the finish brings out spent grains. There's a lot of clashing, and some of the flavors just go bad. It makes a few attempts to pull together, but it doesn't completely. Nuttiness comes out as it warms, and the weirdness of the melding of tastes eases off, but it's never quite right.
It's crisp with good smoothness, carbonation light but keeping up, but it goes metallic in the feel as well as all other aspects. It goes into a tangy finish that thins out a little. The body is medium.

Brenden, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of off-white head. This retains with a smooth foaminess that skims the surface and leaves back some spotty swathes of lace. The aroma smells of caramel, butter, a light toastiness and some rather prominent overripe citrus character that has a bit of a tart off-feel to it. A gentle leafy spiciness hangs on the edges.

The taste has a ripe twangy mix to it of caramel, citrus and toasted bread, with a leafy feeling bitterness that hangs with those citric hop flavors. That same light fruity tartness from the nose is here as well, coming out across the back of the profile and sticking to the tangier aspects of this. This finishes moderately dry with a light lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a solid crispness to the carbonation and then more of a creamy and slick feel that rides along underneath. This is pretty easy feeling overall.

This was OK for an Irish Red. That fruity tart flavor here threw me off a bit but it didn’t seem like it was an infection, appearing to maybe be a byproduct of those citric hops instead and didn’t seem to distract too much by the end of the glass. The easy body on this probably helps out the most though and keeps this pretty drinkable.

Kegatron, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Frosty80
4.63/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color: pours clear deep gold with a light brown hue. sits crystal clear deep reddish copper

Smell: clean pils and caramel malt aromas including a rich buttery character. some bready, melanoidin and toffee notes as well

Taste: very well translated from aromas. rich, clean pils and caramel malts followed by a buttery character and light toffee and bready notes. finish is fairly dry with a hint of roasted grains and low perceived bitterness

Mouthfeel: creamy, low-medium body with medium carbonation

Notes: a full flavored beer that is great to enjoy by itself and perfect with most foods

Frosty80, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of djeucalyptus
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as others noted, this baby was filled literally to the crown. crazy. pours a brilliant shimmering caramel apple amber with a fairly tepid bubbly head of an off-white that fades and leaves behind some decent lacing.

aroma is sweet and bready. hints of fruitiness. more brioche and a hint of sourdough. clean. caramely. Not quite as strong or prevalent as I'd like, but it's still invitingly pleasant.

taste follows appropriately, with an earthy, malty and bready backbone accentuated by a caramel sweetness and a bit of fresh fruit without being tart. pleasant and definitely well-balanced.

mouthfeel is perfect for the style - just under medium bodied with ample, relatively fine carbonation.

All in all, this is another North Peak offering that I'm definitely stoked on. I love a good Irish Ale, and finding one is few and far between. This one is definitely a solid example worth seeking out.

djeucalyptus, May 02, 2011
Photo of radiofish
4/5  rDev +10.5%

radiofish, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of HardyA
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

HardyA, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Zaphog, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty much picked this up because it was 2.19 for the single, a stubby bottle (interesting) and has a loc nes monster on it.

A - Rather hazy amber brown with a 1/2 inch of head that settles to a nice lace ring. Little lacing really.
S - For an Irish lager is smells sweet with caramel and toasted malt. Not bad.
T - Not bad for an Irish Red ale. Sweet malts, toasted malt body and little sunk on the finish.
M - With the sweet finish and no hard water taste I actually like the taste. Light to medium body.

Overall I found this beer at vintage estate and its quite a good Irish Red Ale. I would like to try their other beers based on this review.

DrDemento456, Jun 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

marcb105, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of cwxc818
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

cwxc818, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +10.5%

ssimpson89, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of dradair
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

dradair, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Ryan011235
1.73/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Poured into an A-B flute on 4/25/12

Feb 06 '12 noted on the bottle

Split with MbpBugeye

A) Ruddy brown with deep caramel tones. Three finger head drops off after a few minutes. Thin retention with speckled lace.

S) At first I thought this smelled bad and fruity, but after it opens up it smells bad and vegetal. Vapid, arid and rotten. Dirty swamp water. Some bread and not-so-sweet sugar.

T) Oh goodness, this is all watery caramel, bread and husk. Flighty stale fruit ghost notes. There is a thin, adjunct flavor as well. Not good at all.

M) Pretty thin with moderately low carbonation. Rotten, musty finish.

O) Terrible when Bad when warm. Take that as you will.

Special Bonus Feature - Buggy's Corner! The long-departed MbpBugeye talks 2012 beer in a 2011 world.

- Creamed corn.
- Some sort of steamed corn with no salt.
- The juice from a can of corn.
- It got all cheesy and rotty.

Ryan011235, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour of a 03/01/11 bottle. This bottle was brimming with ale. Strange. Not complaining. The pour was a beautifully clear crimson with a few fingers of tan head that fell quickly. Loads of lacing. Light carbonation.

The nose is bready and biscuity with a slight sourness.

The taste is mild and bready as well. A slight crispness. Slight bitterness. Straightforward.

Mouthfeel is not quite light.

Overall this beer is fairly true to style. This is a basic ale that may appeal to crossovers who are not into big hop profiles or rich and dark styles but want something a bit more substantial than golden varieties or typical lager fare. Very clean.

SupaCelt, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of dorianmarley
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark red-brown with some head that fades quickly and some lacing.

Nose is bright with tart cherry, some sweet malt, and mild hops.

Taste is tart cherry, crisp apple, molasses, and buttery oak. The malts are dark; almost syrupy. It has a light biscuit finish.

Mouthfeel has great carbonation and nice drinkability with some oil-slickness.

Overall, this is a great way to celebrate St. Patty's Day.

dorianmarley, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

jaidenjb, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of EricCioe
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours blood red with a thin eggshell head that dies down to nothing. On the nose there is roasted caramel and toffee, with some saltiness underneath. There are medium fruits in here, too, berries I guess. In the mouth the toffee really coats the whole palate and a nice, somewhat buzzy carbonation that lingers well. The finish is medium and pleasant, hot toffee and berries carried down together.

Overall, this is a decent red ale, but probably the weakest offering I've had from North Peak. Their hop-focused beers are so good that I was expecting this to be on the level with those, and for me, it just didn't get there.

EricCioe, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

bigbluebeerguy, May 24, 2014
Photo of tophers
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Amber red in color with a creamy tan head. Very clear. Head retention is very long with it remaining quite awhile.

s: Moderate malt aroma with some caramel notes. There is a distinctive smell to it which almost smells like a margarita - with the mixture of lime, tequila, and salt. While this distinctive note is not unpleasant at all, it's the first time I have smelled something like that in a beer. No hop aroma. Quite a clean and refreshing aroma.

t: Moderate malt aroma with some caramel notes. There is a distinctive smell to it which almost smells like a margarita - with the mixture of lime, tequila, and salt. While this distinctive note is not unpleasant at all, it's the first time I have smelled something like that in a beer. No hop aroma. Quite a clean and refreshing aroma.

m: Light body with a moderate level of carbonation. No alcohol warmth. Smooth.

o: The minty flavors add a nice touch to this beer without being to dominate to wash out the other flavors. I thought everything blended quite well. There was some harshness in the after finish after getting further thru this beer. A very interesting beer, however it's not one I would drink a lot of.

tophers, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of GRPunk
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby bottle (dated MAR0111) poured into a Siciliano's mug. Most full bottle I've ever seen (probably close to touching the cap).

A- 1-finger, tan head drops to a light film a little too quickly (though none of my mugs ever favor head retention). Clean, copper body sports moderate carbonation. Decent stick left on the glass.

S- In a word, "robust" for the style. Pleasantly sweet malts create a solid caramel aroma. A hint of Ritz crackers. A little roasty tone. Some cereal notes with warmth. I like it.

T- Good stuff. Lots of caramel and roasted tones right off the bat. More of the buttery crackers. Good dose of flavor without becoming overwhelming. While malt-centric, it's no malt bomb.

M- Light carbonation. Clean, but solid feel.

O- It's an easy drinker and solid interpretation of the style in a category where it's tough to stand out. It doesn't try to fool around with anything funny. I'd put it toward the top and buy it again when I really want an Irish Red Ale.

GRPunk, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 2/6/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. some minimal spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, molasses, raisin, prune, cherry, apple, toast, biscuit, toffee, and herbal. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. A very pleasantly enjoyable malty aroma. Taste of caramel, molasses, toast, biscuit, cherry, raisin, apple, red grape, toffee, earth, and herbal. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, dark fruit, toast, biscuit, earth, and light herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Great balance of malty flavors with good complexity; and no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much zero warming on the finish noticed. Overall this is a very excellent Irish red ale! Great balance of fruity flavors with toasted caramel maltiness; and extremely smooth and easy to drink. The best North Peak beer I have had to date.

superspak, Jul 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

zeff80, Jun 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

FunkyFibes, May 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

seanhug, Mar 23, 2012
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Sinuous from North Peak Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.