Humongous Midwest Red Ale | North Peak Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
northpeak.net

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Fall

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Added by FinchSCF on 09-24-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
44
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.49%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 44
Photo of BigDawg41
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got a four pack that I let sit (due to Hop Ju Ju from Fat Head Brewery coming into season), a month and three weeks later I had one that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of _RL_
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark red, but when the beer settles it's almost black. If you didn't know better, you would think you were drinking a black ale. Smells like fruits and malt without sniffing the glass. The taste is malt, malt, and some fruit. Very little hops. Feel is thick, almost sticky. Overall, this is actually tasty but one dimensional. The beer does hide the abv very well though.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one lives up to the name. It's a big boy.

It sits murky and foamy in the glass. Nice. Not particularly pretty if it is supposed to be a red. The aroma caught me from a few feet away. All malty and oddly roasty. Good smell.

The taste is very malty and somewhat bitter. It seemed more of a huge brown ale than red (and certainly not IPA). The aftertaste is thick and sweet - it sticks to your tongue.

I would not recommend this huge ale as it doesn't really work as well as it should for $3.50 a bottle.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/11/2014. Pours moderately hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers, Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toasted bread, light chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toasted bread, light chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toasted bread, light chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial red ale style! All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an "old school" stubby bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep amber with a huge head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Big whiff of piney hops
Taste-Huge dose of sweet toasted malt and big, piney, spicy hops muddled together and unleashed on your tastebuds. Unbalanced and rough around the edges. A little fine-tuning needed here.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of North Peak's Humongous Midwest Red Ale last week for $3.19 at The Lager Mill. This is the second beer North Peak has released in the Grizzly Peak series and I'm interested to see how this beer turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage, no visible bottling date. Poured from a stubby brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks, ok, it's pretty typical for North Peak, but I think it's a little dark and not too eye catching. It poured a nice mahogany color that took on more of a ruby amber color when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy tan head that died down to a thick ring and thin layer that stayed till the end and left some rings and sheets of patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and it imparts a mixture of floral and citrus rind hop aromas with the floral hops seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart a toasted malt, caramel malt, bread crust, sweet malts and brown bread like aroma with some spicy hops showing up toward the end. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, I liked the balance of malts and hops.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time there's no single aspect that sticks out the most and this time there's a green onion hop flavor showing up. Up next comes the malts and they impart the exact same aspects that they did in the aroma with no single aspect sticking out the most. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium sweetness with a toasted malt, spicey hop and green onion like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I wish the hop profile was more like it was in the aroma.

M- A little smooth, a little chewy, slightly crisp, on the light side of being full bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness. This beer had a nice mouthfeel, but I wish it was just a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a decent example of a Imperial Red Ale/ Red IPA, the base was fairly inline with the style, but it was more robust than normal and while the hop profile in the taste wasn't bad, it wasn't as good as the hop profile in the aroma. This beer had ok drinkability, it was a little smooth, a little chewy, slightly crisp, a little filling and the taste didn't do the best job of holding my attention, one is enough for me, the taste doesn't really make me want to go back for more. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both good and they were the highlights of this style. What I liked the least about this beer was the hop profile in the taste, It didn't need that green onion aspect and I wish it was more like the hop profile in the aroma. I might buy this again if they release it next year, but I don't think I will be going back to get more of this batch and I can't say I would recommend it as a good Imperial Red Ale, but I think it's still worth a try to see how you feel about it. All in all I wasn't too impressed with this beer, when it came down to it I thought it was rough around the edges and that prevented this beer from being as good as it could be. So far it's my least favorite beer in this series and I think it's pretty middle of the road as far as the style goes. I appreciate the effort, but this one could use a little more work, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev +7%

Thanks to Adam for the share. Hazy amber body with a small, off-white head. Hops, citrus, alcohol, resinous pine, caramel malt. Quite tasty indeed. A lovely balance of the aforementioned attributes. Medium to full bodied with some stickiness on the palate. A nice surprise. I would have this again.

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Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev +1%

Interesting balance of fruity specialty malt, toasted notes, with a bitter, citrusy base. Malt dominates, but it's got good character, and zesty hops add intrigue. Hides abv well.

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Humongous Midwest Red Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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