Blitzen Festivus Ale | North Peak Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
good
62 Ratings
Blitzen Festivus AleBlitzen Festivus Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by dorianmarley on 12-17-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
17.53%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Botulizard
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Billydoughnuts
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DbbC
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of caramel malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of yeast, Fits the style of a Winter Warmer. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, alcohol, hint of roasted malt, hops, slight caramel malt, hint of yeast, hint of rye, and a hint of biscuit. Overall, good blend, perfect complexity, good appearance, and body.

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Photo of cb8282
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Suds
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a mahogany brown beer from a stubby bottle, with a light tan head. The aroma is of spice, chocolate, malt, and hops. The tast is drier and mor bitter than I expected. Malt is there as well. And a peppery spice. Full in body and warming.

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Photo of Raime
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zeff80
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SoftestPeach
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Theogre83
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mwar
1.23/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Second beer I have had from North Peak. Unfortunately both were awful. This one was gritty and undrinkable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 11/14/14.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, earth, spice, and slight cocoa powder aromas. Taste is much the same with char, earth, bitter cocoa nib, and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with lots of earth and bitter qualities that make this one a bit of a chore to drink much of.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Pint Room, Carmel IN.

A: Hershey chocolate color, translucent, about a finger of head with good retention. Awesome.

S: Lots of dark chocolate. Deeply roasted malts. A slightly sugary sweetness.

T: An explosion of liquid chocolate with a little nutmeg and cinnamon. Heavy, and a bit boozy, but perfect for a winter warmer.

M: it's only flaw - its oily and slick on the tongue.

Awesome beer overall - second favorite winter warmer behind Highland Cold Mountain.

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Photo of Elicoleman
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of barczar
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Caramel, floral, with cinnamon, and toasted malt.

Flavor reveals cola notes and bitterness. Fairly sweet caramel malt backbone, but the finish is pretty harsh.

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Photo of psmith161
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gemini6
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GoodwillHunter
2/5  rDev -45.2%

Photo of aasher
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Desimoaj
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MTLansing
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of lochef81
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up for a share with a fellow Seinfeld fanatic. Wasn't expecting much but was quite pleasantly surprised. This ale pours a handsome mahogany color with a small off white head that leaves some soapy lacing. The aroma is malty with a nice dark roasted character. Its a fairly subtle nose but robust and promising none the less. Mouthfeel is thick and near syrupy, ideal given the style. Flavor is more roasty and dark than I had expected. Notes of coffee and dark fruits are present. Alcohol is very well hidden. This is good and unexpected. I look forward to having another sixer next year for our December 23rd celebration.

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Photo of outsider
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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Blitzen Festivus Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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