Sinuous | North Peak Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
36.8%
Liked This Beer
3.58 w/ 57 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Frosty80 on 03-13-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,704
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
57
Liked:
21
Avg:
3.58/5
pDev:
12.85%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
10
Trade:
1
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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 jaidenjb
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of cb8282
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Something strange in the flavor -- almost metallic

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Photo of jbierling
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

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 HardyA
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of dradair
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of FunkyFibes
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of reedmn
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of msquared36
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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 EricCioe
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours blood red with a thin eggshell head that dies down to nothing. On the nose there is roasted caramel and toffee, with some saltiness underneath. There are medium fruits in here, too, berries I guess. In the mouth the toffee really coats the whole palate and a nice, somewhat buzzy carbonation that lingers well. The finish is medium and pleasant, hot toffee and berries carried down together.

Overall, this is a decent red ale, but probably the weakest offering I've had from North Peak. Their hop-focused beers are so good that I was expecting this to be on the level with those, and for me, it just didn't get there.

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Photo of Kerrie
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SerialTicker
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Interesting enough beer... not quite sure how I feel about it. It's intensely bitter/unbalanced. Hard-hitting bitterness with herbal hops, and an enjoyable biscuity malt flavor on the end... but really, no sweetness to be had, and it bums me out -- the bitterness keeps this from being very drinkable/sessionable. Not likely to buy this one again.

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

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Photo of seanhug
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Photo of kyle86
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of hosehead83
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from stubby "retro" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep copper/amber in color, with a moderate head of foam.
Aroma-Faint toasted malt
Taste-Sweet toasted malt,caramel, faint cinnamon note. Dry, rather bland finish. I was expecting more out of this beer as so many of the new North Peak offering are very good. This one seemed a little half-hearted and pretty average.

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Sinuous from North Peak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 36.8% out of 100 with 57 ratings
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