Brigadier (3264) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
A recent addition to the Ohio beer scene is North Peak. Picking some up for a party I sampled one of the leftovers on a quiet evening. It was a decent amber ale. I can think of a few that I would go to first which are in the same price bracket but there are worse beers out there. It is certainly good enough for me not to write off North Peakís future releases.
Aroma / Appearance - The clean white head and deep amber body are plain and simple. This is a basic looking beer that shows its Michigan roots. Warmth radiates from the glass. Oak, malt balls, and crisp hops give this a simple easy balance. It is light and soft as it sits there.
Flavor / Palate - Fluid and light on the tongue as well as the eyes it sits there for a second before moving on. The cola, peanut butter pretzel bites, and bitterness wake up the palate. A residual woody finish then fades over time. I am intrigued enough to possibly get another in the future especially if I can find singles.
jsquire (3757) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber color out of the stubby little bottle, Short lived white head. Grainy nose with some orange. Raw grain flavors with some tea and orange peel in the finish. Nothing special.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tried in the bottle a while back but waited to I tried this on tap to rate. Dark amber pours. Sweet malty smell. Light bready malty taste with a bit of carbonation. Not much more than an improved 7 eleven bought lager.
emerson430 (95) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Stubbies intrigue me. This is super sweet and overly malty. It needs some serious hop additions or some additional character. Itís just odd. Not one of my favs.
Lowe1983 (1391) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2011
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. Sweet, malty aroma with not much else. Flavor is the same with some metal flavor and some soapiness. Gross
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Amber pour with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet and malty. Thin-bodied and a little bit chewy. Blandly sweet and a little bit herbal and chewy. There is a touch of rancid character that I canít say Iím a fan of. Meh
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Active clear amber with a medium off-white head that fades quickly leaving a sheet of lace. Aroma is grainy with an aura of artificial sweetness, malt and dough. Taste is mostly malty with some apple and mild hops. Gritty mouth feel with a minor bitter finish. Not very good.
hopdog (9990) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Poured a medium amber color with a small sized head. Aromas of citrus. Tastes of citrus, lighter caramel, and toasted grains.
Drake (10698) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle shared by MaltDawg at the 12th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 9/18/10. Pours a clear amber color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malts and some caramel. The taste is bitter hops, fruity notes and a bitter finish. Medium bodied. Boring.
Pailhead (5746) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of citrus, fruit, bread, and brett. I donít believe that brett has been added to this beer, but the aroma definitely shows signs of it. It pours a mostly transparent amber with lots of sediment and a half inch off-white head that fades to a soapy film within thirty seconds or so. The flavor starts lightly fruity before fading to a lightly floral and brett finish. I donít know if I have a "bad" bottle or what, but this doesnít come across as an amber ale and all. It somewhat reminds me of lighter version Lelanau Petoskey Pale. Iíll definitely have to pick up another bottle of this soon for a re-rate.