Maylem Midwest Heavy Duty Ale | North Peak Brewing Company

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Maylem Midwest Heavy Duty AleMaylem Midwest Heavy Duty Ale

Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Zaphog on 12-19-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 33
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

North Peak Brewing "Mayhem Midwest Heavy Duty Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "01/11/16 B#894"
$3.49 @ Knightly Spirits, Orlando, FL

Notes via stream of conscious: Lighter than I expected in color but still a decent deep copper almost russet brown. Creamy yellowed off-white head. Better than average retention, and very good lacing. The aroma displays some alcohol... how strong is this? Just 9.5% ABV... that's probably not a good sign. Spicy and caramelish. The flavor is toffee-like with caramel and nuttiness, and it's a touch chocolatey as well. The alcohol comes through, and it's a bit spicy, but not so "hot"... it actually works (at least at the outset of the glass). It's sweetish and nutty and caramelish upfront, then spicy as the alcohol comes in, and then drying in the finish despite the fact that it's not really that bitter(so, clearly, the alcohol is doing its part). It lingers nicely with some herbal and gently piney character. The body is medium, leaning towards medium light except that there's a bit of a dextrinous edge to it. I love it! I know that the clear alcohol is a fault, but why does it have to be? Why can't it just be a new style? And to be honest, it never really steps beyond what it starts as. There's a time and place for every beer, and I think this would be great after a long day of hiking (or just camping), sitting around the fire on a chilly night with a little bit of naturally added smokiness.

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Photo of darktronica
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sweet malts, caramel, and biscuit with a bit of boozy heat and a nice, subdued bitterness from piney and floral hops. Full bodied and smooth going down, very easy-drinking.

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Photo of fredmugs
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I realize this is classified as an English Strong Ale vice American but I much prefer this to Arrogant or Double Bastard. It huge like those two and in between as far as ABV is concerned but has a sweetness that I prefer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This fine strong ale pours a clear reddish brown with a firm head of off white foam that dissipates to a thick ring, light pool, and excellent lacing. Nose of rich caramel malts, strong herbal hops, moderate grain notes, and strong booze. Flavors exceed the nose with heavy grain and sweet caramel notes up front awash in rich caramel and heavy handed herbal hops. Strong booze and heat enter middle to back with brown sugars and a touch of raisin and tart cherry. Bitter hop aftertaste that cuts through the sweetness. Medium carbonation and a warming full finish. Excellent for the style and worthy of aging.



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Photo of dorianmarley
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a dark brown-red with a full head and lacing.

Nose is heavy with wood and alcohol and maple syrup.

Taste has plenty of alcohol, with brown butter, toffee, applewood, fresh vanilla.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, balanced well with mild carbonation and a clean finish.

Overall, it is a "heavy duty ale" as advertised. It goes down as elegantly as a hammer, but still has plenty of drinkability. Great for after a long day of chopping wood.

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Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of alcohol, strong sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of hop, slight yeast, and caramel malt. Fits the style of an English Strong Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, caramel malt, alcohol, hops, hint of wheat, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, strong in body and aroma, good feel, not quite sure what distinguishes this from an English Barleywine, though.

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Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big and intense. Mathis deeply brown ale is capped with a cream colored head. Mford a stubby bottle, it has a deep maltiness, along with a little woody earthiness and some hops. The taste is a little rough....industrially boozy,Mitch solid bitterness. Roasted and toasted flavors, with some serious intensity....this is a forceful and no nonsense beer. Rough. Full in body and very engaging.

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Photo of JMAntus
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A surprisingly refreshing ale for being as high of an ABV as it is. Has some good notes of dark fruit & interesting yeast strands... a nice hops profile too. It reminds me of a Belgian-IPA, but with a little bit of a differences. Not the best beer out there, but I have been surprised by it. It's a unique ale some will love & others will hate.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a tough style. It is supposed to taste nasty, and this one succeeds.

It is dark and clear with a head that lasts only a few seconds. The aroma is of malt and not much else, but it is clean.

The taste is bitter and malty, appropriate for the style, but maybe a little lighter tasting than some. It's strong and booze with an aftertaste to match, but again, a little milder than some.

This is a strange one. It does less of the nastiness than is requisite for the style, and thus is more drinkable but less interesting. Not recommended.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of North Peaks Maylem Midwest Heavy Duty Ale from the Grizzly Peak series last week for $3.19 at The Lager Mill. It seems like the Grizzly Peak series seems to be getting better with each new beer they release and I'm excited to give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 2/10/15. Poured from a stubby brown bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a nice chestnut brown color that takes on more of a red brown color when held to the light with a fingers worth of slightly creamy tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness that has a brown sugar like aroma with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some sweet malt, light toffee, big caramel and caramel malt like aromas with just a slight butterscotch like aroma showing up in the background. Up next comes a noticeable alcohol aroma and it's followed by a fruit aroma that has a little bit of creaminess to it and It's the dark fruits that stick out the most. This beer has a good aroma, I liked the combination of the dark fruit and caramel flavors.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the caramel still sticking out the most. Up next comes a noticeable alcohol flavor that is just slightly warming and it's followed by the dark fruit which are lighter than they were in the aroma, but they impart the same dark fruit aspects. On the finish comes the hops which imparts a generic hoppy flavor with a higher amount of medium bitterness and it had a caramel, light dark fruit and hoppy aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish the sweetness, bitterness and alcohol were toned down just a little.

M- A little smooth, crisp, not too sticky, a little boozy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was a little smoother and not as boozy.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, this beer kind of had a little bit of everything in it and I guess it fit in well with this style, but it was a little confusing that North Peak makes no mention of what style they are going for with this beer, I don't think a Midwest Heavy Duty Ale counts. This beer had ok drinkability, it was a little smooth, crisp, not too sticky, a little boozy, a little filling and the taste did a nice job of holding my attention, but i think one is enough for me, I don't really have the urge to drink another in a row. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma and appearance, they were both good and they were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer was the bitterness, it just felt like it didn't need to be there and I wish it was toned down. I would buy this beer again, I would like to age some. I would recommend trying this beer, especially if you like the Strong Ale style. All in all I liked this beer, I thought there was still some room for improvement, but in the end I thought it was a pretty tasty and I really liked the malt profile, I just wish the bitterness wasn't as strong as it was. So far it's one of the better beers in the Grizzly Peak series and I think it's above average for the style. Good job guys, this was good and a little unique, keep it up.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber/brown in color, with a big cloud deck of off-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, fruit hop note
Taste-Big malty blast upfront, followed by piney hops that just are not up to the task of balancing out this big brew. A strong, slow sipper.

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Maylem Midwest Heavy Duty Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 33 ratings.
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