Archangel Summer Wheat | North Peak Brewing Company

BA SCORE
81
good
126 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Archangel Summer WheatArchangel Summer Wheat
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by hosehead83 on 07-19-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
126
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
15.67%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 126 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 3/26/14.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, earth, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and slight fruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is pretty boring and doesn't really have much of a cherry juice aspect that the label describes.

 589 characters

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

 1,781 characters

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of zeff80
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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.

 1,468 characters

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 22Blue
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

 337 characters

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

 794 characters

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.

 350 characters

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of mrfrancis
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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.

 1,499 characters

Photo of Lukass
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of khargro2
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of tykechandler
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Archangel Summer Wheat from North Peak Brewing Company
3.51 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.