Sinuous | North Peak Brewing Company

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

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Frosty80 on 03-13-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
57
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.91%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
10
For Trade:
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Frosty80
4.63/5  rDev +27.2%
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 tophers
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Amber red in color with a creamy tan head. Very clear. Head retention is very long with it remaining quite awhile.

s: Moderate malt aroma with some caramel notes. There is a distinctive smell to it which almost smells like a margarita - with the mixture of lime, tequila, and salt. While this distinctive note is not unpleasant at all, it's the first time I have smelled something like that in a beer. No hop aroma. Quite a clean and refreshing aroma.

t: Moderate malt aroma with some caramel notes. There is a distinctive smell to it which almost smells like a margarita - with the mixture of lime, tequila, and salt. While this distinctive note is not unpleasant at all, it's the first time I have smelled something like that in a beer. No hop aroma. Quite a clean and refreshing aroma.

m: Light body with a moderate level of carbonation. No alcohol warmth. Smooth.

o: The minty flavors add a nice touch to this beer without being to dominate to wash out the other flavors. I thought everything blended quite well. There was some harshness in the after finish after getting further thru this beer. A very interesting beer, however it's not one I would drink a lot of.

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Photo of schultzm
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of dorianmarley
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
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 GRPunk
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby bottle (dated MAR0111) poured into a Siciliano's mug. Most full bottle I've ever seen (probably close to touching the cap).

A- 1-finger, tan head drops to a light film a little too quickly (though none of my mugs ever favor head retention). Clean, copper body sports moderate carbonation. Decent stick left on the glass.

S- In a word, "robust" for the style. Pleasantly sweet malts create a solid caramel aroma. A hint of Ritz crackers. A little roasty tone. Some cereal notes with warmth. I like it.

T- Good stuff. Lots of caramel and roasted tones right off the bat. More of the buttery crackers. Good dose of flavor without becoming overwhelming. While malt-centric, it's no malt bomb.

M- Light carbonation. Clean, but solid feel.

O- It's an easy drinker and solid interpretation of the style in a category where it's tough to stand out. It doesn't try to fool around with anything funny. I'd put it toward the top and buy it again when I really want an Irish Red Ale.

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Photo of sunilmallya
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djeucalyptus
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of radiofish
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 todesengel135
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Rocknskol
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of lilsmizzul1225
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/21/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, apple, light pine, caramel, brown sugar, toast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of big citrus/pine hops, moderate dark/bready malt, and light yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, apple, light pine, caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, light toffee, light roast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, light pine, caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, light toffee/roast, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness, balance, and complexity of citrus/pine hops, dark/bready malt, and light yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy red ale style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of citrus/pine hops, dark/bready malt, and light yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Pretty disappointed that they went and changed the recipe for this beer. It was my favorite Irish red ale before, but now it barely represents the style at all. However, it is very enjoyable for what it is as a hoppy red ale.

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Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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 +3%

Photo of cwxc818
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of tedvr
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Agentveba
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of TequilaTom
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazey golden brown with a thin off white head thay laces nicely. Smells of bready, caramel malts and very light citrusy hops. Tastes of bready malts with complimenting bitterness. Finishes sweet and slighty bitter. A good offering from North Peak. Worth trying.

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Photo of Cotton_27
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Desimoaj
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Sinuous from North Peak Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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