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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2879) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2602) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBear11D (239) - Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2014
The Blitzen pours a dark amber brown with a tan brown head that doesn't last too long and leaves some lacing. The aroma is raisin, berries and citrus. The flavor is raisin, berries and citrus also. Overall this is a very nice brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 22, 2013
On tap at Jolly Pumpkin A2. Pours a near clear amber brown with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of dark bread and grains with light spice, a bit of sweetness and rye. Flavor starts with sweet grains and bread with a growing Xmas spice note.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Petkus331 (264) - Redford, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2013
An aroma of dark fruit, roasted malt, and some pine resin. A dark brownish ruby red color with some carbonation. I feel like calling the flavor profile a red ipa, dark fruit, coffee, and wet hops. Palate is ordinary. Overall, a decent beer. Would probably be great with a rare steak or beef stew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
firstsip (435) - Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle. Dark plum/red brown. Tan head that doesn’t last long. Nose of hops and malts with a very slight spice element. Tastes of subtle dark fruit, well-paired with dry hopped. Malts stand out the most. Sort of like a red IPA with an afterthought of Christmas spice.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
BigBeer45 (1252) - Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle, it had a dark pour into the glass, next to a lamp the ale was a clear dark red, there was a one finger light tan head that receded to a thin, spotty cover and ring, it left some spots of lacing on the glass, there were aromas of raisin, date and fig dark fruit, faint cherry, some dark malt notes of dark bread, malt and dark fruit sweetness, the flavors were dark fruit and dark bread with some hop bitterness, citrus and faint spice notes, the finish had some hop bitterness with a little malt flavor trailing, the mouth feel was medium with average carbonation, the nose was sort of weak, the flavor was off, I thought the hop bitterness and citrus went against the grain in this drink, I guess they were trying to make a festy drink with a hoppy and citrus dubbel but it did not drink well for me.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (4809) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate berries, raisin, dusty notes, and light chocolate. It pours a dark orangish-brown that is more of a transparent copper when held to the light. It has a large creamy khaki head with great retention and it leaves a lot of sticky webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with light chocolate. There’s a hint of berries in the background. The finish has raisin, orange peel, rye, and some dusty notes. It’s medium bodied with lively, bordering on prickly, carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluejacket74 (1318) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2012
12 ounce bottle, single bought for $2.09 with a bottled on date of December 8, 2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a murky dark burnt orange/brown color with a couple inch frothy light tan head. Head retention is pretty good, and there’s a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like dark berries, orange peel, nuts and a bit of sweet spices. It tastes like dark fruit/berries (sweet and tart), orange peel, sweet spices, and some earthy hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit creamy but also has high carbonation. This certainly is a different winter warmer beer that has a nice mix of fruit, spice and hops. It’s not overly spiced like a lot of beers in this style are. I’ll have to try this again in the future, I liked it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Draft at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Hazy, orange-red-brown body, thin to medium clumping beige head. Woody, tannic nose with fruitskin and soapy hops. Lots of tannic bitter and fruity, woody notes in the body, bitter, herbal, and slightly tart. Gets muddy after a few sips.


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