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North Peak Blitzen Festivus Ale



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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
North Peak Blitzen is a Festivus Ale with raisin, current and berry notes attributed to Bramling Cross hops, 3 types of Crystal malts, Cara and Chocolate malt. A combination of citrus peel and citrus pith flavors are accented by the Hercules, Cascade and Pilgrim hops added throughout the boil. Riwakas’ subtle spiciness in combination with the crisp spiciness from the Rye malt liberates flavors reminiscent of savory holiday cakes. This is a well balanced, rich, Festivus Ale that will warm the palate and soul, awakening memories of holidays past. It is brewed in Traverse City, MI, on Old Mission Peninsula incorporating locally grown hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5797) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2016
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a very small sized head of foamy off-white colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a strong bubbly carbonation transparent orange brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The weak aroma was malty and musty. The sharp mildly vinous crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. The sharp flavor contained notes of mild rye wheat mildly vinous sweet breads and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4874) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Rated on 6-03-2016. (Bottled on 09/23/15) This bottled beer’s appearance is a medium sized khaki head that mostly diminished, hazy orange-brown body, fast rising carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is light citrus hops, light rye, sweet dark fruits, spicy, light toffee, bready, and caramel malt. The flavor presents light bitterness, sweet, light rye, spicy, citrus hops, some dark fruits, and caramel malt. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, and this beer is medium-full bodied. A quaffable beer with a different take for the style of this beer which makes it a so-so beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (21897) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 18, 2016
Bottle in hotel room Orlando 2016... Dark brown think tan head.. Big toffee fruit.. Dark malts roast nose.. Bitter spiced toffee malts roast. Dark fruits.. Dark sugers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10760) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Bottle. Earthy toffee malt and grass aroma. Hazy amber with moderate head. Sweet toffee malt and moderately bitter herbal lemon peel flavor. Nice body. Thankfully not a typical over-spiced mess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Patrickctenchi (6096) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2016
Bottle: slightly hazy copper-amber with a large beige head. Spiced caramel, rye aroma. Rye malt, caramel malt, berry taste. A bit of woody bittering. It’s ok, but odd for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
csaso (2119) - Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2016
Bottle - average size foamy head, dark brown/Amber, sweet and holiday spice malt aroma and flavor, pretty smooth finish, pretty good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3638) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 10, 2016
12 ounce bottle at Magpie in Sacramento. Bottled 9/23/15. Aroma has mildly floral hop character present. A little roast and caramel sweetness, too. Transparent Amber body with a medium, eggshell head. Starts with a burnt, roasted malt flavor. Becomes a little dry and bitter with some tannic quality in the middle. Finishes with an earthy bitterness. Pretty straight forward. Not sure what makes this an Abbey dubbel, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zymurgeist2 (1869) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle to glass. Caramel malt and slight candi sugar. Clear copper with off white head. Taste is malt and slight dark fruit. A little papery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamAltnether (14) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2015
One of the more bitter xmas ales I've had in a while, which was refreshing. Spice notes a little muted, get a little dark chocolate in the back end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemike (2925) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Looks good; a semi-transparent brown with very light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells malty with notes of dark fruit, rye, and a bit of citrus. Tastes like it smells with a bit of bread and a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Not bad

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