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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Its call is intoxicating. An aroma that beckons you to pull up a stool and linger over its toasted malt character. Next, a deep kiss of liquid lust that will caress your tongue, thanks to an array of toasty Pale, Crystal (30 and 75), what, Carapils and roasted barley malts balanced by the subtle bite of Willamette and Fuggle hops. It’s a brew that will seduce your heart, mind and palette.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1682) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2011
A mild bready aroma starts this beer off. It pours a clear amber, with just a dusting of head. Very mild toasted flavor, with a touch of sweetness. There’s not really any hop bitterness in this beer. Mild and inoffensive, but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Nice, crisp amber color. Not much of a head. Just one smell has you knowing you’re going to be in for something different. There is a ton of flavor in this Siren. Lots of malt, caramel, toasted bread, some hops in the finish. Big, round mouthfeel. There’s a bit of a dry, bitter finish. Tons of flavor, well balanced, and a bigger feel than you’d expect. A very good amber ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3496) - Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Had this at Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor. Clear amber color. Sweet caramel in the flavor with a lingering finish. Light sweetness. Moderate bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tkrjukoff (4302) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2011
Apr 24, tap @ Jolly Pumpkin, Ann Arbor. Pours beautiful deep copper with a small off white head leaving nice lace. Aroma is citric, sweet malty and a bit hoppy. Crispy thin mouthfeel. Cloves, watery, bitter flavor. Typical Ale. Sweet fruity thin palate. Finishes shortlived sweet and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JRock72 (605) - - MAY 2, 2011
On tap at Jolly Pumpkin. Clear amber with no head. Not much body to it at all but very sessionable. Excellent for a session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2011
Tap at JP in A2, Decent amber ale, it pour clear red but yet still fairly dark. It had a nice bite with a good after taste. Very drinkable beer, I would definitely have again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2011
Pours slightly hazy reddish brown, with no head. Aroma has notes of lots of crystal malt, with a touch of caramel, toffee, some earth and grass. Taste is thin, but has notes of caramel, biscuit, dark fruit, finishing harshly carbed and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cheap (5261) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2011
So this is my first north peak, thanks to vintage estates; they are always having something new there and I like that. Pour is darkish, like iced tea and has about the same amount of visible CO2. Sweeter somewhat tart aroma, hope the flavor is too. Not a bad tasting beer for an amber ale, no sign of rudeness and the initial flavor is quite interesting with some sizzling CO2 nip. Does have some tartness to it but not what the smell would indicate. Yes, has a somewhat wild feel to it and I like that. Fter the finish there is a small bitterness that builds but it never goes over the top. Good overall pleasant beer experience! Next to old mane long face and Mckenzie unicorn this is the best amber ale I’ve tasted; friendly easy and gentlemanlike, just like a beer should be; well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
I had this on tap at Jolly Pumpkin, this was bar tender rec and not a great one...a very light feeling amber ale, very watery. The look is light copper, not much of a white head...The aroma is light rye and not much else. The taste is light rye, but just too light in general, nothing worth trying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2011
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 Peak’s 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.

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