Monday, June 19, 2017

North Peak Siren Amber Ale

ChadPolenz (1797) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2017


2015 BJCP Category: 19A American Amber Ale

AROMA: Sweet confectionery-like malt presence (caramel, toffee). Slight lemon sherry presence (oxidation). Minor earthy hop character. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Deep mahogany brown/almost magenta. Hazy, no visible CO2. Small off-white head mostly dissipates. 1/3

FLAVOR: Moderate caramel malt flavor throughout (especially up front). Sweet, but far from cloying. Moderate earthy hop presence and bitterness; enough to offer balance. Some lemon sherry/cardboard presence lurks in the background. Though it’s more to spec than not, the palette is too mild and oxidized to be appreciated. 11/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Quite smooth and comfortable. No residual sweetness. Plenty of flavor and drinkability for 5% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: There’s probably a good recipe to this beer, but the finished product doesn’t do it justice. What should be a classic example is just meh. 5/10