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North Peak Blitzen Festivus Ale



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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (9728) - Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2015
340clish stubby bottle. Amber pour. bit oxidized, pretty decent amerodubbel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (3031) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 15, 2015
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear brown with a tan head, streaks of lace. Taste is slightly bitter rye malt that is followed by toffee and light spice on the swallow, only to have the rye bitter return in the finish. An interesting and palatable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finhead (1401) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Deep brown pour with a frothy, tan head. The aroma has citrus notes and mild chocolate. It has a medium body with sticky texture and average carbonation. The taste is bittersweet with a dry, roasted finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1146) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2014
somehow listed currently as a Dubbel but i suppose there isn’t any single way to characterize this beer as an individual style. dark amber with a curiously large number of aromas: hops, allspice/clove/nutmeg, toast, raisin and others. It’s surprisingly not as heavy as many christmas ales - all in all, this brew has left me entirely confused as to how it should even be considered, based on its presentation. it’s tasty and unique, so perhaps that’s enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (1787) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2014
draft that poured a medium to dark brown color no real head. the aroma was straight up like a brown ale or nut brown with a hint of spice and chocolate. nothing offensive at all the flavor for a Christmas was just a run of the norm but not bad either. wishing the body was a little more dense. it was on the watery side. lots of little flavors throughout the glass but seem pushed together versus blended. again not offensive just run of the mill.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (6900) - Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Draft to taster. 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
milewide (1782) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Clear dark brown color, with average head and body. More balanced than some of the spice intensive brews...but nothing distinctive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (8752) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark reddish pour with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, bread, dough, some hints of sweet sugary notes, some orange, hints of grass. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, slight orange, slight yeasty bitterness into some grass, herbal notes, some dough, finishing bitter, slightly dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (4238) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
bottle. Deep amber with one finger head. Reasonably malty base. Sweet with some dark fruit. Holiday spice. Pretty good holiday beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3609) - Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/7/2013. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, raisin, toast, rye, brown bread, light chocolate, light roast, light pepper, herbal, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and light hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, rye, brown bread, raisin, light chocolate, roast, pepper, herbal, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, rye, toast, brown bread, raisin, light roast, pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast malt and moderate hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice winter ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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