Archangel Summer Wheat | North Peak Brewing Company

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Archangel Summer WheatArchangel Summer Wheat

Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 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 a74gent
2.84/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Based on 7/11/10 bottle tasting:

I had high hopes for this one, but was let down. The color is darker than I would expect which much be the cherry juice. Too carbonated for my taste and has a dry character on the tail as it warms that I don't care for. This is my first North Peak beer and it doesn't make me want another.

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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 Mitchster
2.24/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

$1.99 for a stubby 12oz bottle @ BevCo.

ABV: 5.0% IBUs: 38.0

Brewed with Wheat and Pale malts. Hopped with Willamette and Perl. Michigan bitter cherries are tossed into the secondary.

Pours out to a clear medium amber with ruby highlights, forming a modest off light yellow head with OK retention and nice sheets of lace. Carbonation is medium. The nose is tart with green kiwi fruit, cherries, and sour aluminum. The mouthfeel is tart with a medium body. The taste opens with some peculiar yeast esters and faint hop flavor, then is quickly replaced by bitter red cherries and a medium chemical bitterness. The aftertaste is earthy, tart and bitter.

I can't say I really care for this beer too much. The brewers were trying to NOT make a syrupy sweet beer, which often happens with the fruit beer style, and by adding hop bitterness, they only turned a syrupy beer bitter. It's not well-balanced and doesn't quite sit right. Wierd metals, tannins, sourness, all just turns out to be a mess.

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Photo of raptorvan
1.8/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appeared light golden color with little head
Smelled kind of sour and bready
Tasted akwardly sour (kinda like it wasnt supposed to be there or as strong), no dicernable cherry taste or even a note, with a wet/ stale bread finish and a slight gym sock after taste.
Overall an awful experience...this is the first brew i tried from north peak, i drank two bottles at different times and they were both consistantly funky.

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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 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 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 david131
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 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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