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Sinuous | North Peak Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Frosty80 on 03-13-2011

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by zeff80:
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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Photo of Brenden
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I'm uncertain from the label where it's a dry Irish stout or Irish red, and while it's moving from bottle to glass it's almost hard to tell which it is. It's very dark but ends up a deep brown-red with fiery-bright clarity to it. The head is creamy, just off-white and about a finger tall at its peak. It holds that much up for the duration and leaves nice patching on the glass.
Some notes of chocolate come out as it pours. After settling, the chocolate is essentially gone and replaced with leaf and what seems like a variety of malts that give dryness of toast and cracker along with caramel. A metallic note runs very strongly through and may be the prominent one, though it's not detracting or overbearing. The balance between hops and malts is good.
The taste starts off with a twang of something tangy, then goes completely grainy, then goes metallic, then finish sour and bitter. Something doesn't translate very well here, and the end of the finish brings out spent grains. There's a lot of clashing, and some of the flavors just go bad. It makes a few attempts to pull together, but it doesn't completely. Nuttiness comes out as it warms, and the weirdness of the melding of tastes eases off, but it's never quite right.
It's crisp with good smoothness, carbonation light but keeping up, but it goes metallic in the feel as well as all other aspects. It goes into a tangy finish that thins out a little. The body is medium.

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Photo of MispeledStalion
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of off-white head. This retains with a smooth foaminess that skims the surface and leaves back some spotty swathes of lace. The aroma smells of caramel, butter, a light toastiness and some rather prominent overripe citrus character that has a bit of a tart off-feel to it. A gentle leafy spiciness hangs on the edges.

The taste has a ripe twangy mix to it of caramel, citrus and toasted bread, with a leafy feeling bitterness that hangs with those citric hop flavors. That same light fruity tartness from the nose is here as well, coming out across the back of the profile and sticking to the tangier aspects of this. This finishes moderately dry with a light lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a solid crispness to the carbonation and then more of a creamy and slick feel that rides along underneath. This is pretty easy feeling overall.

This was OK for an Irish Red. That fruity tart flavor here threw me off a bit but it didn’t seem like it was an infection, appearing to maybe be a byproduct of those citric hops instead and didn’t seem to distract too much by the end of the glass. The easy body on this probably helps out the most though and keeps this pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Danielr26
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Frosty80
4.63/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color: pours clear deep gold with a light brown hue. sits crystal clear deep reddish copper

Smell: clean pils and caramel malt aromas including a rich buttery character. some bready, melanoidin and toffee notes as well

Taste: very well translated from aromas. rich, clean pils and caramel malts followed by a buttery character and light toffee and bready notes. finish is fairly dry with a hint of roasted grains and low perceived bitterness

Mouthfeel: creamy, low-medium body with medium carbonation

Notes: a full flavored beer that is great to enjoy by itself and perfect with most foods

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Photo of Westyn
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djeucalyptus
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as others noted, this baby was filled literally to the crown. crazy. pours a brilliant shimmering caramel apple amber with a fairly tepid bubbly head of an off-white that fades and leaves behind some decent lacing.

aroma is sweet and bready. hints of fruitiness. more brioche and a hint of sourdough. clean. caramely. Not quite as strong or prevalent as I'd like, but it's still invitingly pleasant.

taste follows appropriately, with an earthy, malty and bready backbone accentuated by a caramel sweetness and a bit of fresh fruit without being tart. pleasant and definitely well-balanced.

mouthfeel is perfect for the style - just under medium bodied with ample, relatively fine carbonation.

All in all, this is another North Peak offering that I'm definitely stoked on. I love a good Irish Ale, and finding one is few and far between. This one is definitely a solid example worth seeking out.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of HardyA
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of North Peak's Sinuous last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I tried the original version of this beer before they made it hoppier, but I didn't review it and I thought now would be a good time do that even though the recipe has changed, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 1/21/15.. Poured from a stubby brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes ok with the name and it's just slightly eye catching. It poured a nice darker amber red color that took on more of a bright red color when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a good amount of patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of floral, soapy,and citrus like hop aromas with no single aspects sticking out the most. Up next comes the malt which impart some nice caramel malt, slightly grainy, sweet malt, light bready and light toasted aromas with no single aspect sticking out the most. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, but I wouldn't mind if they toned down the soapy hops a little.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops still sticking out the most and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the citrus hops showing up a lot less and it's the floral and soapy hops that seem to takeover. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast and it's followed by the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time they are a little lighter. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness that lingers for a second with some floral and soapy hops showing up in the aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but I wish the taste was more similar to the aroma.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, pretty dry on the finish, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer has a pretty nice mouthfeel that works well with it.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer, but with the new changes to the recipe it really isn't to identifiable as a Irish Red Ale. I remember the original version tasting like a spot on Irish Red Ale and I find it a little weird that they would take this beer in a different direction and I didn't think it worked out as well. This beer has ok drinkability, it's fairly smooth, crisp, pretty dry on the finish, not filling and the taste just did an ok job at holding my attention, I think one is enough for me, I don't have the urge to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it's a really nice looking beer. What I like the least about this beer was the hops, they didn't need to be there, this beer was fine just the way it was. I wouldn't get this beer again, but if they switch back to the original beer I for sure would. I can;t say I would recommend it, but it may be worth a try to see what you think. All in all I was let down with this beer, it wasn't bad at all, it just wasn't how it used to be and I feel like the extra hops only hurt this beer. It's not a favorite North Peak beer and it's not a great example of the style. Better luck next time guys, this beer was good just how it was.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty much picked this up because it was 2.19 for the single, a stubby bottle (interesting) and has a loc nes monster on it.

A - Rather hazy amber brown with a 1/2 inch of head that settles to a nice lace ring. Little lacing really.
S - For an Irish lager is smells sweet with caramel and toasted malt. Not bad.
T - Not bad for an Irish Red ale. Sweet malts, toasted malt body and little sunk on the finish.
M - With the sweet finish and no hard water taste I actually like the taste. Light to medium body.

Overall I found this beer at vintage estate and its quite a good Irish Red Ale. I would like to try their other beers based on this review.

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Photo of marcb105
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of cwxc818
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BB1313
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1/21/15. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber with nice clarity; fluffy off-white head that leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are full of caramel malts and fresh bread. The hops aren't noticeable in the nose, but they sure come alive in the flavor department. This is a very bitter brew. Lots of fresh pine needles. Fresh grass in the mix. Very earthy. More bread and crackers. Hints of caramel and cocoa. The malts are there, but the hop bitterness shines. Mouthfeel is very nice. I'd say it's medium-bodied, but it seems heavy for such a small beer. Very fluffy and creamy with active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a solid brew. It's definitely not your traditional Irish Red Ale. They label it as a "Hoppy Celtic Ale", and that's a fair description. The hop bitterness shines.

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Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of lilsmizzul1225
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopmeplease
3.04/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of dradair
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Ryan011235
1.76/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Poured into an A-B flute on 4/25/12

Feb 06 '12 noted on the bottle

Split with MbpBugeye

A) Ruddy brown with deep caramel tones. Three finger head drops off after a few minutes. Thin retention with speckled lace.

S) At first I thought this smelled bad and fruity, but after it opens up it smells bad and vegetal. Vapid, arid and rotten. Dirty swamp water. Some bread and not-so-sweet sugar.

T) Oh goodness, this is all watery caramel, bread and husk. Flighty stale fruit ghost notes. There is a thin, adjunct flavor as well. Not good at all.

M) Pretty thin with moderately low carbonation. Rotten, musty finish.

O) Terrible when Bad when warm. Take that as you will.

Special Bonus Feature - Buggy's Corner! The long-departed MbpBugeye talks 2012 beer in a 2011 world.

- Creamed corn.
- Some sort of steamed corn with no salt.
- The juice from a can of corn.
- It got all cheesy and rotty.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour of a 03/01/11 bottle. This bottle was brimming with ale. Strange. Not complaining. The pour was a beautifully clear crimson with a few fingers of tan head that fell quickly. Loads of lacing. Light carbonation.

The nose is bready and biscuity with a slight sourness.

The taste is mild and bready as well. A slight crispness. Slight bitterness. Straightforward.

Mouthfeel is not quite light.

Overall this beer is fairly true to style. This is a basic ale that may appeal to crossovers who are not into big hop profiles or rich and dark styles but want something a bit more substantial than golden varieties or typical lager fare. Very clean.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark red-brown with some head that fades quickly and some lacing.

Nose is bright with tart cherry, some sweet malt, and mild hops.

Taste is tart cherry, crisp apple, molasses, and buttery oak. The malts are dark; almost syrupy. It has a light biscuit finish.

Mouthfeel has great carbonation and nice drinkability with some oil-slickness.

Overall, this is a great way to celebrate St. Patty's Day.

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Photo of jaidenjb
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, brown color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, citrus hops, slight floral, slight yeast, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an Irish Red Ale. Mouth feel is distinctly sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a high level of bitterness. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of floral, hint of yeast, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, hop-centric aroma, malt-centric body, too strong of body for a classic Irish.

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Sinuous from North Peak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 57 ratings
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