Sinuous | North Peak Brewing Company

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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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Photo of Westyn
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Hopmeplease
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of sunilmallya
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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 Gemini6
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutHunter
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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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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 SerialTicker
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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 tedvr
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BB1313
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Kerrie
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cb8282
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
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 dradair
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of todesengel135
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kyle86
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 2/24/14.

Pours a hazy dark reddish-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, toast, caramel, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid malt and grain forward characteristics all around.

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Photo of msquared36
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of HardyA
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of marcb105
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Brenden
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
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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Sinuous from North Peak Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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