skoll (396) - 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 (2816) - 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 (3504) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - 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 (8784) - 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 (1312) - 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 (3490) - 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.
auerbrau (2953) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2010 First off, I’m expecting a meaty Red Lager. Something real low ball and cheap. Instead, these thoughts are interrupted by a delicately perfumed sweet green apples, right off the wild tree in September. The skins shine in Brett glory and mix with sour wafts of passionfruit nectar. Florally brillant. Even the appearance is shimmering beauty, with a clear deep florid amber, with coarse bubbles and a toothy rim of off-white. The flavor is a sweet coursing dance of sour wildness and strict malt body. The intermidably terse grain sugars melt into a sweet candy caramel apples, dusted with chocolate powder. Hiding behind a facade of the most exacting beautiful fresh apple flavor is a backbone of real grain malt and the biting coalescence of hops for balance is exquisite. The hops are intended for a red, but work well in a wild fermented belgian. The brett character is smooth and soft, with perfumed edges of sourness and earth. This bottled version by Ron Jefferies is the best kept secret in the Upper Peninsula. Was swinging for a ground out and hit a home run. Really another exciting Jolly Pumpkin brew, hidden behind a North Peak bottle. Amazing!
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