Category: Brewery Pages

Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale

RED ROCKET ALE: 95 Points

Nicely Balanced

Nicely Balanced

Brewer’s Description: “Red Rocket Ale is a bastardized Scottish style red ale that traces its origins to our homebrew roots. This full bodied and hoppy brew finishes on the palate with sweet, caramel malt flavors.”

My Description: This is a robust ale with delicious flavors and a bold hop presence. It begins with a large and dense, light beige colored head that holds the whole way leaving behind a wall of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of toasted malt, light caramel notes, citrus hops, and tropical notes like mangoes. There is also the faintest note of dark fruits in the aroma as the beer warms up a bit. Red Rocket Ale is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose nicely with a deep malt backbone providing tasty notes of caramel malt and biscuit malt. Citrus hops and woodsy hops compliment these notes cleanly without ever dominating the flavor profile. The aftertaste is moderately high in bitterness and slightly sharp with lingering woodsy hop and malt notes. Overall, this beer showcases a great blend of flavors that delight the senses. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with Gouda cheese, braised deer, or baked duck.

ABV: 6.8% Color: Dark Amber Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 6/10

Founders Sumatra Mountain

SUMATRA MOUNTAIN: 98 Points

Absolutuly deslicoius

Absolutely Delicious

This American Strong is a released as a rare beer in late Spring in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This bold, imperial brown ale gets its body from a team of malts including Caramel malt for sweetness, flaked barley for dense foam, a bit of Chocolate malt for its deep color and Aromatic and Munich malts to add even more depth. German and Perle hops add a touch of bitterness to balance the malty sweetness. The addition of rich Sumatra coffee takes this perfectly balanced imperial brown ale to a decadent level.”

My Description: A superb beer from start to finish. It begins with a good sized, beige colored head that fades to a thin ring leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with bold dark coffee notes along with caramel notes a faintest touch of dark fruits. Sumatra Mountain is medium/full bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer is delicious; the balance of flavors along with the depth makes this one addicting ale. Complex coffee notes are detected throughout but never become the dominant note, all the flavors work harmoniously together. Toasted malt notes, toffee, tobacco, and a hint of biscuit malt are present. The alcohol is beautifully hidden and the aftertaste is slightly bitter. Overall, the coffee notes in this beer tastes like the gourmet beans at the high end coffee shops. This is a must try for any coffee fan. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with tiramisu, creme brulee, or a mild cigar.

ABV: 9% Color: Dark Brown Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10

Petoskey Brewing Cranium Crush

CRANIUM CRUSH: 69 Points

For the sugar addict

For the sugar addict

This Specialty ale is released seasonally in 16 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “This unique ale has actual waffle cones added into the mash. Very slight hints of this ingredient can be picked up in the finished beer. More prevalent are the fruit notes from the addition of fresh raspberries added during fermentation. the low IBU makes this an easy drinking ale.”

My Description: This beer is like the Camel Joe for kids, wow raspberry cream waffle cone! It begins with a large, white colored head that lasts the whole way leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma showcases a potent raspberry juice note along with minor hints of malt and cream. This beer smells pretty much like a raspberry creamsicle. Cranium Crush is medium bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is really sweet with notes of raspberry juice and creamy undertones. It tastes just like the description says it would. Overall, this beer is smooth and interesting but it is hard to put down. It is so sweet and so raspberry forward that drinking a single can becomes a chore. This should be in the malt beverage category. I can see how people could like this, but you just have to be a sugar addict.

ABV: 7% Color: Golden Copper Sweetness: 4.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

Petoskey Brewing Horny Monk

HORNY MONK: 77 Points

SHAME

SHAME

This Belgian Dubbel is available year-round in 16 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “A deep reddish, malty, and complex Belgian style ale. Six different types of malted barley, Belgian candied syrup and Belgian yeast are combined to produce a very smooth, complex and slightly sweet ale.”

My Description: Perhaps this monk should have been more disciplined and put his animal urges to the side and focused more on the beer. It begins with a weak, light beige colored head that fades to a film holding for a few minutes and leaving behind no lacing. The aroma is dominated by sweet caramel malt notes along with hints of dark fruits and yeast phenols. Horny Monk is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. I feel the texture and body of this beer upfront are correct but it thins out in the finish. The flavor profile follows the nose with caramel malt notes being the backbone of the beer along with hints of yeast phenols and sugar. Dark fruit notes like dates are detected along with ripe bananas. The aftertaste shows no bitterness with a slight metallic hint. Overall, this ale has a decent balance of flavors but falls short of delighting the senses, however it is easy drinking and alcohol is completely hidden. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with beef stew, baked ham, or stuffing.

ABV: 6.9% Color: Reddish/Copper Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 1/10

Petoskey Brewing Sparkle

SPARKLE: 78 Points

It'll do

It’ll do

This American Lager is available year-round in 16 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “Our homage to the original “Petoskey Sparkle” brewed by Petoskey Brewing from 1898 until 1915. Wheat and four special malts combine with three different types of hops to create a super clean, easy drinking lager.”

My Description: If a simple lager is in order then this beer will be a good choice. It begins with a weak, white colored head that fades to a film that holds most of the way leaving behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is as expected; notes of pale malts and grains with not too much else. Sparkle is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is clean with notes of pale malts and grains accompanied by a hint of spiced hops. The aftertaste is refreshing with a touch of bitterness to bring balance. There really isn’t much wrong with this beer but it is just boring. I’m not saying that there needs to be more flavor notes, just that the notes that are present need to stand out more and give me a reason to not just think of this beer as a chugger. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, burgers, or a meat pizza.

ABV: 4.1% Color: Yellow/Gold Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10

Bell’s 30th Anniversary

30th ANNIVERSARY: 97 Points

Great achievement

Great achievement

This Imperial Stout is a one time release in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Flavors of dark chocolate and fruit meld to create a full-bodied, roasty stout. A fair amount of Polaris hops lend a brightness and a nice character that will help carry the beer in its early stages making it incredibly drinkable and interesting. Malt characteristics will continue to develop over time, so that beer drinkers who choose to cellar it can enjoy the beer for years to come. This big, strong celebratory beer (11% ABV) will be released in September coinciding with our 30th anniversary celebration.”

My Description: This is one chewy stout that is dense and flavorful. It begins with a decent sized, dark beige colored head that fades to a film that holds most of the way leaving behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is welcoming with deep dark fruit notes along with some caramel malt and a touch of sweet chocolate. 30 Ann. is full bodied with a lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is slightly complex with dark fruit undertones accompanied by hints of licorice, espresso, and a touch of alcohol. Smoky notes can be detected along with some roasted malts. The aftertaste is moderately low in bitterness bringing great balance to this otherwise sweeter stout. Overall, this is great Imperial Stout that is best sipped to enjoy all the developing flavors. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with grilled steak, tiramisu, or strong cheeses.

ABV: 11% Color: Black Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10

Bell’s Oatsmobile

OATSMOBILE: 92 Points

Flavorful and easy drinking

Flavorful and easy drinking

This Pale Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Aromatic. Approachable. Unique. Intriguing. Happy-go-lucky. Full-bodied. And we’re not just talking about the horse. This hop-forward session Pale Ale uses a blend of classic and modern Pacific Northwest hops, including Mosaic, Equinox and Glacier, for a pungent blend of peach, mango and tropical aromas. The signature ingredient – oats – are what makes Oatsmobile Ale stand apart, and gives it a body that you don’t see in most other session Pale Ales.”

My Description: This ale does have a surprisingly denser mouthfeel than most pale ales, especially at this low ABV. This could easily become a go to beer. It begins with a good sized, white colored head with an excellent retention level that leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of stone fruits, woodsy hops, and some citrus hops. Oatsmobile is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile shows a nice balance between the malty backbone and delicious hop notes. Citrus hops, woodsy hops, and a touch of tropical notes intertwine with notes of crackers and pale malts. The aftertaste is moderately low in bitterness with lingering resiny hop notes. This beer is a great session beer with lots of flavors and a good body. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with veggie pizza, Thai noodles, or fried chicken salads.

ABV: 4.3% Color: Copper Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 4/10

Brewery Vivant Ski Patrol

SKI PATROL: 86 Points

Clean Wit

Clean Wit

This Witbier is released seasonally in January in 16 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “This crushable slopes-inspired beer complements our Michigan winters with a hazy golden pour and a warming spice on the nose. The cardamom sets this wit apart from the traditional corriander variety. It also plays well with the orange peel, creating a soft warmth so necessary when dangling from the chairlift.”

My Description: Not every Winter beer needs to be high alcohol, it’s nice to have a change up from time to time. It pours a weak, white colored head that fades quick to nothing leaving behind no lacing. The aroma shows prominent spice notes with hints of wheat malt and cardamon. Ski Patrol is light/medium bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is refreshing with wheat malt aspects detected throughout along with spice notes and hint of sweetness. The beer is balanced beautifully with a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste with lingering cardamon notes. Overall, this beer is definitely “crushable” and a nice take on a Winter Ale that isn’t some big and heavy stout. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with chicken pot pie, veggie pizza, or pea soup.

ABV: 6.1% Color: Golden Bronze Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2/10

Brewery Vivant Contemplation

CONTEMPLATION: 82 Points

Not much to contemplate

Not much to contemplate

This Specialty Belgian is released in April in 16 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “Clover honey added during the boil contributes color and complexity but adds no sweetness to the beer as the sugars are broken down during fermentation. Look for whispers of apricot and nectarine on the palate, mixed with the floral aroma of the hops grown in northern Michigan.”

My Description: I think a quick decision is made with this beer, nothing to sit back and contemplate. It begins with a decent, light beige colored head that fades to a ring leaving no lacing. The aroma is welcoming with sweet fruit notes along with some yeast esters, floral notes, and a hint of honey. Contemplation is medium bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is pleasant but nothing to write home about. Light clove notes pair cleanly with some fruit notes, grassy lemon notes, and a touch of honey. The alcohol is picked up on from time to time and the aftertaste shows very little bitterness. Overall, this beer is more on the sweeter side, obviously from the honey, with soft flavor notes and a clean body. It is best served around 45° and pairs nicely with sourdough bread, soft cheeses, or a light salad.

ABV: 7% Color: Reddish/Brown Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

Brewery Vivant Tree Bucket

TREE BUCKET: 94 Points

Launching hops

Launching hops

This Belgian Strong/Belgian IIPA is released in late February in 16 oz. can.s

Brewer’s Description: “Belgian candy sugar and the Ardennes yeast strain lend sweetness to this very, very hoppy beer. Tropical fruit-forward Citra hops, among others, give balance to the sweet profile and high ABV. The beer is babied in the fermentation tanks and dry hopped just before packaging. From aroma to sip to burp, this beer will have you storming the gates for your next pint.”

My Description: This is one soft Imperial IPA, the hops are mellow and the candy sugar comes through easily. It begins with a large and dense, white colored head that lasts the whole way leaving behind a wall of lacing. The aroma is unique and pleasant with notes of Belgian yeast esters, citrus hops, melon, and a touch of lemon funk. Tree Bucket is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is definitely on the softer side of bitterness. Sweet candy undertones are detected throughout along side juicy notes of tropical hops and citrus hops. The beer exhibits an overall earthy and lemon funk presence but it never takes center stage; these notes are sometimes faint allowing the other notes to come through cleanly. The alcohol is beautifully hidden and the aftertaste is slightly bitter with lingering sweet notes. Overall, this is an extremely smooth ale that is pleasure to drink. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with sharp Cheddar, shrimp tacos, or spicy veggie chili.

ABV: 9.3% Color: Golden Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10

Funky Buddha More Moro

MORE MORO: 97 Points

The Real Deal

The Real Deal

This Fruit beer is released seasonally in Spring in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Blood Orange IPA. We ceremoniously slaughtered heaps of crimson-fleshed “Moro” fruit to retrieve its delicious ichor, and then blended it with caramel malts and grapefruity hops.”

My Description: Bring on Spring, this is the perfect beer to leave Winter behind. It begins with a weak head that fades quickly leaving nothing behind, probably from all the fruit juice. The aroma is very inviting because of how accurately it smells like a blood orange; there are also grapefruit hop undertones that add that IPA character. More Moro is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose closely with bright citrus hop notes that taste like the real deal. It almost feels like they juiced a bunch of oranges and then just added some hops to it. As the beer warms up a bit grapefruit hop notes become more apparent and taste great. This beer is slightly acidic and moderately bitter with a smooth texture. This is a really nice fruit beer that doesn’t taste like a novelty, it is well made. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with Hawaiian pizza, fruit salads, or spicy Thai noodles.

ABV: 7% Color: Hazy Orange/Red Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10

Petoskey Brewing Mind’s Eye PA

MIND’S EYE PA: 66 Points

IPA of the 90's

This IPA needs some love

This IPA is released in 16 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “Burnt copper color and giant hop aroma come to the forefront in this traditional IPA. Rich caramel malt and red wheat balance the dry bitter finish.

My Description: Did they even taste this beer before they released it? What’s the deal with the crappy quality of ingredients and the terrible execution? This beer just seems like they had old ingredients that they didn’t want to throw away and instead made me spend my money on this joke of an IPA. It begins with a large, light beige colored head that lasts the whole way leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant enough but soft with notes of sweet malt and citrus hops. Mind’s Eye PA is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile does not blend cleanly; stale hop notes intertwine bluntly with the caramel malt notes. This is not a smooth beer. The hops taste old, the flow is harsh, and the aftertaste is not satisfying. This beer seems like it was made by some amateurs. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with whatever blocks the taste of this beer.

ABV: 6.7% Color: Brown/Red Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 6.5/10

Funky Buddha Hop Stimulator

HOP STIMULATOR: 95 Points

Juicy

Juicy

This Imperial IPA is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Introducing Hop Stimulator, an IPA we’ve dosed with so much hops that drinking one is downright transformative. Resinous alpha and beta acids intertwine with a muscular all-malt body to create a beer that’s so bold, it’s… it’s… MONSTROUS!”

My Description: It’s immediate how potent the hops are in this beer, but it must be drank as fresh as possible to really appreciate the depth of hop flavors that are presented here. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head with a great retention level that leaves behind some spotty lacing. The aroma shows a plethora of hop flavors such as pineapples, mangoes, other tropical notes, and some citrus hops. Hop Stimulator is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose closely with tropical hop notes taking center stage along with notes of citrus hops, mild sweet malt notes, and a touch of pine hops. The alcohol is nicely hidden and the aftertaste is moderately high in bitterness with lingering fruity hop notes. Overall, this is a great IIPA with plenty of hop flavors and a high alcohol content that satisfies. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with blackened grouper, spicy fish tacos, or aged sharp cheddar.

ABV: 9.5% Color: Hazy Orange Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 7/10

Great Lakes Turntable Pils

TURNTABLE PILS: 85 Points

Wika Wika

Wika Wika

This Czeck Style Pilsner is released in the Spring months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Flip that record and wax nostalgic about Ohio’s deep-cut music legacy with our refreshing pilsner. Consider this our reissue of a classic style.

My Description: This beer tastes good but it doesn’t to blend as cleanly as it should; the flavors seems to battle rather than work together. It begins with a large, white colored head that lasts forever leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant with an overall sweet note accompanied by notes of floral hops, pale malts, grass, and earthy notes. Turntable Pils is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The beer feels light and airy, a nice texture for Summer. The flavor profile shows notes of sweet grains, pale malts, grass, earthy hops, and bread. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with lingering hop spice notes. Overall, it could have been executed better, but it still makes for a good drink. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with just about anything.

ABV: 5.3% Color: Yellow Gold Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10

Founders Palm Reader

PALM READER: 91 Points

For Michiganders

For Michiganders

This American Pale Ale is a limited release for Michigan residents in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “So, a bit about that beer… a tribute to our beautiful state, Palm Reader is made with Michigan-grown Crystal and Zuper-Saazer hops. Derived from Saaz, a traditional noble hop hailing from the Czech Republic, these Zuper-Saazer hops, grown locally at Hop Head Farms, impart intense and fruity aromas. Combined with the citrus notes of the Crystal hops and the simple malt bill, this beer is crisp, bright and delicious.”

My Description: This is an enjoyable pale ale to highlight Michigan grown ingredients. It begins with an average, off-white colored head with an excellent retention that leaves a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with fruity hops taking center stage along with some grass notes and hints of citrus hops. Palm Reader is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile showcases a great balance of flavors; a clean pale malt backbone holds up bright notes of fruity hops, citrus hops, and a touch of pine hops. The transitions smoothly into an aftertaste that is moderately bitter and lingers for a second. Overall, this is a great pale ale that is easy to put down with a great amount of hop flavor. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with goat cheese, grilled shrimp salads, or Thai cuisine.

ABV: 5.4% Color: Gold Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10

Dogfish Head Beer to Drink Music To

BEER TO DRINK MUSIC TO: 95 Points

Turn it on loud

Turn it on loud

This Specialty Tripel is a limited release in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Of course, as the Official Beer of Record Store Day, we had to create a special brew for the occasion! Insert Beer To Drink Music To. This Belgian-style Tripel is brewed with sweet orange peel, green cardamom, peppercorns and vanilla. It’s the perfect marriage of beer and music and best when paired with some of your favorite tunes. Clocking in at 9% ABV, Beer To Drink Music To is a golden orange brew with forward notes of toffee, cardamom, cloves and subtle notes of vanilla.”

My Description: This is a very enjoyable beer that you can sit back and enjoy all the flavors. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head that fades to a film leaving a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly complex and inviting with notes of vanilla, orange peel, pale malts, spices, and a touch of alcohol. Music to Drink Beer to is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is clean and tasty with with a great combination of flavors. Pale malts intertwine smoothly with vanilla and pepper undertones, orange peel, and hints of light fruits. This transitions into a slightly bitter aftertaste with lingering coriander notes. Overall, this is a wonderful specialty beer with deep flavors and satisfying body. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with sauteed asparagus, cheesecake, or strong cheeses.

ABV: 9% Color: Golden Orange Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 3/10

North Peak Archangel

ARCHANGEL: 79 Points

More like backup angel

More like backup angel

This Wheat Ale is released in Spring in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Archangel is a light wheat ale brewed with Michigan cherries from the Traverse City area Crisp with a refreshing tartness, it’s the perfect beer for sunny days and beaches.”

My Description: This is a rather soft offering from North Peak, just because it’s Summer doesn’t mean you can cheapen up the beer. It begins with a very weak, off-white colored head that fades to a ring leaving behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is rather faint with soft wheat malt notes along with hints of bread and yeast esters. Archangel is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile starts with a wheat malt backbone holding up faint notes of cherries and bananas. Earthy undertones and a touch of tart add character but not enough to delight the senses. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and does refresh somewhat. Overall, this is an easy drinking Summer beer that showcases soft flavor notes. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with soft cheeses, fruit salads, or grilled hotdogs.

ABV: 5% Color: Golden Bronze Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10

Weihenstephaner 1516

1516: 95 Points

Cheers to 500 years!

Cheers to 500 years!

This Kellerbier is a limited release for the 500 anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot.

Brewer’s Description: “At 5.6% strength, its gets compelling character not from leftover yeast—in fact the beer is centrifuged to a precise degree, leaving only faint haze in its orange-amber color—but from an unusual combination of hops. Joining lemony-herbal Hallertauer Mittelfrüh is a rare heirloom hop called Hallertauer Record. Schäfer said that the variety has nearly disappeared—only one hectare grew last year—but he wanted its spicy character. It’s not a flashy beer meant for sipping and sampling; just a tasty one that will reward repeat drinking.”

My Description: This is a great representation of the style and a wonderful tribute beer to the Reinheitsgebot purity law. It begins with a good sized, white colored head that holds the whole way leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming and enjoyable with notes of pale malts, grain, and a touch of pepper hop spice. 1516 is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is delicious, it’s easy to drink this beer down. Grain notes are dominate along with spiced German hops and a touch of lemon, which blend cleanly together and transition smoothly into a slightly bitter aftertaste. This is a necessary six pack because one is not enough. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, German sausages, or baked ham.

ABV: 5.6% Color: Gold Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 3/10

North Peak Mighty

MIGHTY: 78 Points

more like average foot soldier

more like average foot soldier

This Fruit beer is released seasonally in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Mighty Melon Ale is a not too hazy, mostly clear, sessionable ale with aromas of watermelon, berry and guava. This exceptionally drinkable beer is the perfect balance of malts, melons, and hops. Melon and tropical fruit notes run rampant. Gently hopped with Vanguard, crystal and Michigan Chinook. Enjoy refreshingly.”

My Description: Oh, how the mighty have fallen. It begins with a weak, white colored head that fades rather quickly leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is faint but you can detect light fruit notes, wheat malt, and a touch of berry. Mighty is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dryer finish. The faintness continues in the flavor profile. There is a tropical fruit presence throughout accompanied by notes of watermelon, berries, earthy hops, and a hint of sweetness but none of these flavors are bright or inviting. The aftertaste is minimally bitter bringing a nice balance to this brew. Overall, this beer isn’t too bad but the flavors are just too faint for a beer called Mighty. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with coconut shrimp, grilled veggie skewers, or blue cheese.

ABV: 4.8% Color: Golden Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2/10

North Peak Sinuous

SINUOUS: 79 Points

Unbalanced

Unbalanced

This Irish/English Amber Ale is available seasonally in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “North Peak Sinuous is a unique Celtic Ale. Refreshing, clean and crisp with a subtle roast note and malty finish. Brewed in Traverse City, MI on the Old Mission Peninsula using incorporating local hops.”

My Description: I love a super hoppy beer, but this is just too much for this style. Even though it is called a Hoppy Celtic Ale, it doesn’t necessarily have to be too bitter, it could have just had a big hop taste and kept the bitterness in check. It begins with a decent, light beige colored head with a good retention level that leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant and on the sweeter side with notes of caramel malt, citrus hops, and a touch of bread. Sinuous is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is almost drowned out by the moderately high bitter aftertaste but you can detect notes of caramel malt, floral hops, a touch of citrus, and grain. This beer is decent enough but is way more bitter forward than needs to be. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with mushroom burgers, beef stew, or soft cheeses.

ABV: 5.5% Color: Reddish/Brown Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 6/10