Archangel Summer Wheat | North Peak Brewing Company

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Archangel Summer WheatArchangel Summer Wheat

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North Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by hosehead83 on 07-19-2010

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Photo of hosehead83
4.43/5  rDev +26.2%
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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Photo of alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
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!

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Photo of Blueribbon666
4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.
Pours into dimpled mug a full amber color with little to no head retention though carbonation is evident.
Smells of wheat and cherries both up in the front.
Taste/Mouthfeel, a very well done balanced mix of tangy crisp wheat with a nice cherry finish that ends crisp and clean.
Another interesting entry from this brewery. A good, easy drinking yet flavorful summer beer who's cherry flavor isn't overwhelming in the sweetness. Would definitely recommend and get again for the warmer weather.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours with a slight haze, gold to amber body, 1” persistent white head S: Banana, clove, light wheat toast.
T: Fresh bread crust and wheat malt with very slight clove and banana – less than on the nose. Slightly tart, sour finish.
F: Medium body and medium high carbonation.
O: A not outstanding but easy to drink summer wheat.

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Photo of stevedem
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review so bear with me.

The beer poured a nice light copper color with a thick cream head. The went down, but never went away.

The smell was yeasty and kind of wheat like.

I had it right out of the fridge at first and the taste was pleasantly bitter, wheaty, and had a slight coppery note to it. After I let it warm a little it became much more pleasant after the bitterness held off a bit and the copper note disappeared. After it warmed up I could notice a bit of a tartness which may be from the cherry juice or the alcohol or both, but it was nice.

It's pretty smooth and light, but not so thin as to be watery. There a bit of thickness to it, like a berry juice, that sits really well on the tongue.

Overall, I think it's a nice beer. It's very drinkable and I'd get it again for sure. It's a beer you can drink more than one of in a sitting.

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Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of heissebier
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep, cloudy amber color with an enormous fluffy white head. The head settles down some after awhile but never fades completely.

Smell- Some of your "typical" banana wheat beer smells mixed in with dark cherries and a kind of funky yeast. Definitely plenty of character in this beer.

Taste- The sour, tart fruitiness balances nicely with the wheat with a kind of funky flavor persisting throughout. Really a thoughtfully brewed beer with a very unique flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a very crisp, bubbly mouthfeel. Perfect for summer.

Drinkability- This is a damn good beer, all things considered, though it's not for everyone.

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Photo of Spica66
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thank you to Matt for bringing this one to our family reunion in Manistee!

A: Pale color with a slightly reddish hue to it. Decent carbonation.

S: I can definitely smell the cherry in there, but it fits well with the sweet smelling malt that is present.

T: A sweet-tart lager. I tasted the cherry, several of the people who were trying this beer with me did not. I would say that it is really well done to have it be that subtle.

M: Creamy, good carbonation.

D: Although fruit beers and lager are not my thing, this one is really drinkable.

Overall, a good summer lager.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a squat 11.5 oz bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a cloudy, silty amber color with an ample 2" ivory-colored head that reduces slowly.

Has a pungent grassy smell, with hints of cherry, malt, and apple.

Tart and fruity, with a clean start, and a quick finish. Cherry, raspberry, and strawberry notes are present up front, mild malt in the middle, and a semi-dry finish.

This is a clean, light bodied brew, excellent for summer, and very easy drinking.

While I'm not a fan of fruit-flavored beers, or of wheat beers for that matter, I could definitely see hoisting a few of these in the summer sun. This could give Oberon a run for its money as far as easy drinking summer wheat beers.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-posted review. It incorrectly got dinged as "reviewing the wrong beer."

Bottle dated July 2110 poured into a weizen glass.

A- A liberal pour left a huge, off-white (nearing tan) head Even later, gentle pours left big heads. The body is a deep golden-copper (reddish hues throughout), with moderate carbonation. It's slightly cloudy. A bottle swirl deposits sediment throughout the body. The head eventually settles to about 1-finger and leaves fluffy webbing on the glass.

S- Really subtle. There's definitely wheat and cherry characteristics with some pleasant yeast mustyness. The cherry isn't forced or overdone in any way.

T- It's more of a wheat beer with cherry accents than a "cherry beer." Very good in that way. It doesn't lose the "beer properties" as a fruit beer. The cherry notes are sweet at first and become tart in the finish, really drying things out. Yeasty goodness adds to the enjoyment.

M- Slightly gritty (good in my view). Carbonation is full, but soft instead of harsh. Dry tartness.

D- This one is kind of greater than the sum of its parts. Flavored beers often hit you over the head with fruit. This one keeps it subtle. Makes for a more refreshing beer. Am I going to seek it out, probably not. Glad I had it, and would drink it again. Pretty solid summer seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 08-23-2010 04:26:10

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Photo of malty
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Their (becoming) famous 11.5 oz. stubby bottle with no freshness dates or codes to be found. This has to be a new offering as it's the first I've ever seen of it.

Poured into my (becoming) famous (at least for my formal reviews) stemmed Ayinger tulip-style glass, producing an attractive pinkish amber hue that's cloudy with banana colored edges. A MASSIVE, Duvel-like meringue ivory head that's extremely airy. It settles into a conical shape with it's apex measuring about 1 1/2" high.

The scent is definitely of sour cherries yeasty/funky esters and a faint vanilla way in the background. This thing is very bright and tart smelling.

The tartness hits the tongue upon entry - just liked I thought it would. The cherry juice addition is pretty well balanced with the soft wheat malt. Not at all over-the-top or syrupy (as I was fearing). A nice flinty mineral flavor melds gracefully with the tart cherry component, giving it an organic 'earthy' dimension. There is a saltine cracker taste that doesn't mesh with all of these aforementioned flavors, which is kind of a bummer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and extremely spritzy. The gargantuan amount fine, kinetic carbonation lends itself well to this ale. Be careful while pouring or you'll get 90% foam. Short, tart and semi-chalky finish.

Drinkability is good. Keep in mind the champagne-like texture to this beer though.

Overall a nifty little summertime firecracker with Belgian qualities. As the beer warms, the unflattering saltine cracker tastes diminishes, which is good in my book. The yeast cake on the bottom of the bottle is substantial. The bottle conditioned carbonation on this is crazy. The lasting impression on me is one of playfulness. It does have one or two suspicious Orval-like characteristics, which make me even more interested and impressed. For now, I'll try not to think to hard and just enjoy this Michigan summer treat.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of drxandy
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz to tulip glass, pours extremely foamy, possibly infected, yeastly opaque peachy shade with a tinge of red

smells of banana clove yeast, sweet sourness

taste is of sourness, cherry is dry almost like a flanders red/brown, sweet backbone, yeast in the middle, hopping is a little heavy handed for my taste to the style, not bad

mouthfeel is heavily carbonated, sweet sour, yeastly, not bad

overall i don't think i would find myself drinking more than one every so often.

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Photo of Stigs
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz squat bottle, served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - pours with a couple inches of loose yet thick, puffy white foam with a light reddish tint. the beer is mostly clear, copper in color. random sticky lacing gets left behind through the drink.

S - light malt, with hints of crushed red cherries, slightly tart and sweetened by vanilla, and wheat. bits of mustiness and yeast as well.

T - begins lightly sweet with a small dose of lightly tart, dark cherries. more sweetness with bits of vanilla and wheat malt. some minerals and yeast finish it out.

M - light body with ample (large) amounts of effervescent, prickly carbonation. finishes a bit dry from the fruit juice, and lightly puckering. some lingering tart fruit and sugary sweetness.

D - was concerned reading the bottle and seeing "cherry juice" on it, as more often than not economy fruit beers are a disaster, but this actually pulls it off quite nicely. refreshing and relatively easy and pleasant to drink. to date, the best North Peak beer I've had to date.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/3/2015. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of tart cherry, lemon, pear, apple, light banana, clove, wheat, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of cherry juice, bready malt, and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of tart cherry, lemon, pear, apple, light banana, clove, wheat, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light fruit tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, lemon, pear, apple, light banana, clove, wheat, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of cherry juice, bready malt, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a good malt/yeast/cherry balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a nice fruited pale wheat ale style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of cherry juicy, bready malt, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy gold in color, darker than I would expect for an American Pale Wheat. Pillowy off white head that is edging towards two fingers in size. Sticky lacing noticeable on the side of the glass.

S- Clean, crisp malty character that develops into a bready and biscuit middle. Slightly phenolic in the middle with just small clove, but a lemon and slight cherry is stronger. Slight pepper before a yeast smell finishes.

T- Lemon beginning that is complimented by a sweet maltyness. The middle progresses into a cherry flavor that is more noticeable than in the smell as well as more complex. Bread and biscuit linger behind throughout and carry to the finish with a slight pepper/spice towards the end.

M- Medium light in body with spritzy carbonation that gives a slight bite on the tongue.

O- Not as bland as a lot of the American Pale Wheats you see out there, and for that I applaud North Peak. I think the cherry flavor is just right to add something different to the style while not taking away from the other finer points of the beer. I would have this one again.

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Photo of techfed87
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nicely-sized head. Color is a moderate amber. Smell is a bit sweeter than what I was thinking it would be.

First sip is ooo, very tasty. I didn't expect at all the big cherry flavor that is present in this beer. Not ridiculously sweet, but quite cherry like in its flavor and mouthfeel. Carbonation is also there to keep things perky.

Traverse City is known for their cherries, and I can see they should be also known for their beer! Very cool!

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Photo of barczar
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy orange with a thin, white fizzy head. Head retention is moderate to poor, with any lacing slipping back into the beer almost instantly. The aroma is dull,and weak with notes of wheat, and biscuit malts. The flavor profile has a bit of a lactic sourness, with notes of wheat, and bread malts. Mouth feel is fizzy, with a medium-thin consistency. Overall, it's so-so. The lactic sour and bread qualities bring up memories of so-so goses.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden brown beer with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of cherry, grass and some faint spice. Tart cherry and spice flavors with some grassiness in the aftertaste. With flavors that are somewhat muted and a light, crisp body, this could be a good brew for the beer connoisseur to take to the lake or a barbecue.

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Photo of qua17
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a hazy dark copper. There was a ton of foam as I poured this beer due to a lot of carbonation (as I would expect in a fruit beer) but it died down quickly.

S: Not a ton to smell here. It this beer is trying to be anything - it's goal is to be subtle. If you try really hard, you can get a whiff of cherry and you also get a sense of the beers tartness as there is not a lot of sweetness in the nose.

T: It taste a lot like an undeveloped lambic - tart and complex. The cherries are there but again they are subtle. There are also grassy/bready notes as well. Not a ton of malt. This would be good on a hot summer day.

M: Tons of carbonation. I would imagine this tastes better on tap.

D: Good but not great. The more I drunk the more I liked it.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this on blind faith as the other North Peak brews that I have had were all good-to-very good. This is much weaker that their other offerings, and it is a style that I normally would like. I even usually like fruit flavored things, but not this one.

The beer pours with ample head, and the taste is a nice mix of yeast with the fruit overtones, but the aftertaste has some artifacts that don't belong. There is something wrong there, and it also manifests itself in the aroma. The bottle has a date on it of May 1211. If that's a drink by date, I can blame the store (Saveon in Mentor, Ohio).

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Archangel Summer Wheat from North Peak Brewing Company
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