jgb9348 (5021) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby tinted amber coloured body with a very frothy brown head. Aroma of malt and a very potent caramel flavour with tons of fresh hops! Medium-bodied; Great flavour of fresh hops, a ton of rich caramel and toffee. Good malt flavours throughout and a slight spice note at the very end. Aftertaste shows bitterness with hops predominently with a little caramel as well. Overall, a nice beer and a great one to sample first here in Northern Michigan! I sampled this pint on cask at the brewery in Traverse City, Michigan on 05-November-2010.
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brought home a growler from the brewery North Peak Brewing Co. Small off-white head and fine-small sized bubbles that fully dissipated. Transparent, uncarbonated and an orange hue. Malt aroma and a malt and light hoppy flavor. Tingly palate. Medium bodied beer with good lacing. Just an average beer.
LilBeerDoctor (3514) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a brown-amber with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt. Flavor of sweet bland malt, rather sweet overall. Just a poor mess of an amber ale here.
Bullit (4133) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUN 19, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ North Peak brewpub. Light red colour, beige head. Aroma is grain, a bit of hops. Flavour is caramel malty, a bit spicy and grainy.
kieleszd (83) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This combines excellent malt tones with a soothing creamy head. Its dark red, almost brown. It has medium body and full flavor. Palate is not overwhelming; a must drink when visiting the bay!
Tmoney99 (11710) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sampler at North Peak. Poured a copper color with a moderate fizzy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweet aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration duration. Getting better as I go brew.
KAME (160) - California, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by awaisanen, thanks again. First off, I wouldn’t consider this an "Amber Ale", but a flemish sour ale. From the second I saw that this was brewed by JP, I knew I was in for a treat. The beer pours a translucent red apple red with a huge white head. The aroma is full of the sour, funky, vinegar goodness that one would expect from a flemish sour. One thing that I noticed that this brew is not nearly as spicy as JP’s other offerings, and I actually think that I enjoyed the diversity that this brew offers. I hope that Ron considers brewing and bottling a JP product similar to this. The flavor of this beer is just a bit lighter than I was expecting. The beers isn’t as sour as the aroma would lead one to believe, making it too drinkable. The finish is a bit thin and lacking flavor, but overall this is a very nice brew.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Orangey red, transparent pour with a quickly dissipating layer of white head. Aromas of under-ripe strawberries and crab-apple cider erupt from my glass, flaunting the brew’s brett character, and proudly revealing the trademark stamp that Ron Jeffries has left on this beer. The sour, grape-like tartness is balanced by a backing of caramel malt character, adding an excellent level of depth and complexity to the bouquet. Light bodied, cleanly carbonated mouthfeel. I have to admit, after being so smitten by the aroma, the flavors came off a bit disappointing by comparison - still solid, but just a bit less intense. Tastes like autumn. Fruity flavors of jazz apples with a touch of oaky chardonnay tannins. Sour, but would like to see it even more so. Remarkably easy drinking for the amount of character hidden in this little gem. Finishes with a nice dose of sour fruits spiced with a pinch of cinnimon. The finish does tend to get a touch watery, which is the only thing holding me back from giving this a four rating. What a fantastic, hidden delight. Thanks, Tom!
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cloudy ressish amber pour with a thin offwhite head. Weak aroma and flavor of caramel malt. The body is light with a creamy texture and soft carbonation.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In the bottle at the Max & Joe’s Tavern Michigan Beer tasting (11/21/6). Pours an amber red with a big thick ecru colored head. Awesome lacing. Caramel and a slight tartness. Mild aroma of bubble gum. Caramel sweetness with a drying finish.