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Sinuous - North Peak Brewing Company

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83
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 2/24/14.

Pours a hazy dark reddish-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, toast, caramel, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid malt and grain forward characteristics all around.

UCLABrewN84, May 04, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

zeff80, Jun 23, 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 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
Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Zaphog, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thank you sooo much n8dietz, you wondering beer geek you, for this beer hook-up.

Good two finger head after the pour that recedes to just a film o' foam after three sips. Good bubbling and a little bit o' lacing.

I love toasted malt aromas. Carckers, biscuits and caramel. Maybe a little earthy grass from the hops. But overall a simple session aroma so far.

Toasted crackers and biscuits mak up the overall malt bill of this beer's flavor. Slight earthy hop bitterness. But the malts seems to add a weird funky skunk flavor to the whole flavor operation. Complex, but still a little odd flavor combo.

The palate is a little oily overall. But the malts add a weird bitter skuniness here and there that sort of bothers me.

scruffwhor, Jul 25, 2011
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
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 nrbw23
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a crystal clear copper color with a fairly thin tan colored head. Head is gone pretty quick and leaves very light lacing.

S- Quite a bit of sweet malts, bready, cracker and a touch of roast.

T- Caramel malts, light sweetness, peat, crackers and a touch of smoke.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and fairly low in carbonation too.

O- Pretty much what I expected fairly easy to drink too.

nrbw23, Mar 17, 2012
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 ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +10.5%

ssimpson89, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of hosehead83
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from stubby "retro" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep copper/amber in color, with a moderate head of foam.
Aroma-Faint toasted malt
Taste-Sweet toasted malt,caramel, faint cinnamon note. Dry, rather bland finish. I was expecting more out of this beer as so many of the new North Peak offering are very good. This one seemed a little half-hearted and pretty average.

hosehead83, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

bigbluebeerguy, May 24, 2014
Photo of jaidenjb
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

jaidenjb, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of drbenderdo
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

drbenderdo, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of Agentveba
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Agentveba, Sep 12, 2013
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 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 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 HardyA
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

HardyA, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of kyle86
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

kyle86, May 06, 2014
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 marcb105
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

marcb105, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of dradair
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

dradair, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of radiofish
4/5  rDev +10.5%

radiofish, Jul 10, 2013
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Sinuous from North Peak Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.