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!
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!
auerbrau (3194) - Ithaca, New York, 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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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.
jgb9348 (5179) - 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.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at brewery. Pours deep amber with brown highlights. Nice head and lacing. Aroma is bubblegum (weird). Flavor is malty sweet with a honey finish. Palate is a bit weak and leaves a sour aftertaste. Pretty good.
Tmoney99 (12245) - 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.
walleye (1082) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bought a growler poured a nice copper with a white head. aroma malts and some hops.flavor about the same not to bad
hotstuff (4424) - Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at 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.
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.