Vicious American Wheat IPA - North Peak Brewing Company

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Vicious American Wheat IPAVicious American Wheat IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

216 Ratings
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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 13
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: alexgash on 10-24-2010

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Ratings: 216 | Reviews: 90
Reviews by patpbr:
Photo of patpbr
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caught my eye at fifth street deli in Dayton, OH.
A-had some trouble getting a good pour. Sure that was skewed by my pour.
S- Never great at smells but like many IPAs
T- Interesting, grapefruit or something. it would appear some of the bitter is cut by the wheat?
M- Carbonation and a bit of bitter, a little sweet.
O- overall a good tasting ipa. I like to review a full six pack but one gave a good sample of a solid beer

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't seen these stubby bottles since the last time I've seen Strange Brew even a bit stubbier than a Red Stripe, or it's just my imagination. Pours a glowing orange copper hue with a thicket of khaki tan head forming nicely with fine speckled lacing spread evenly. Aroma has nice pungent citrus and pine hop accents with hints of floral notes as well. Sharp wheat note amongst the hop parade. An American wheat IPA from Michigan cool. Juicy citrus/mango/pine hops with a sweet, semi sugary malt profile sharp wheat accents. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a bit cloying with hop oils, mild alcohol burn and bitterness in the finish. Not offensive just doesn't end as dry as I like my hoppy beers, interesting to say the least and quite enjoyable experience. Super fresh brewed mid March.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a rich amber in color, nearly clear but with some depth to it. Activity is fairly continuous, forming a head just over a finger tall that remains dense even as it dissipates. In its wake remains very thick rings of lacing toward the top of the glass, giving way to lighter patches as it recedes.
There's a good amount of depth, character and strength in the nose. The primary aromas are pine, orange rind, a light caramel sweetness, wheat, and an herbal/floral mix.
Pine comes through strongly on the start and brings a pungent, oily hops bitterness complimented by a strong dose of orange rind (much more rind than flesh). A sturdy malt backs the hops while letting them take control, and a raw leafy/herbal hops flavor lies underneath. To add more balance to the bitterness is the citric aspect and a touch of caramel sweetness from the malts. Wheat is ever present and, rather than detracting from the character, adds an extra element to the flavor as well as a fuller body and richer texture. All in all, this is quite complex and takes some working through. In the finish, one catches just a hint of soapiness just near the back of the throat.
This one is a pretty dry beer, though it doesn't lack in depth, as both the malts and wheat serve to make this richer, fuller and a bit deeper than it might be otherwise. A somewhat puckering finish lingers. Carbonation is moderate, not too heavy, and body is medium.
This beer is very well-brewed and a unique one beside. I'll definitely be trying more from these guys.

Photo of Stigs
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz squat bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a short-lived, quarter inch of loose, slightly off-white colored foam. the beer is mostly clear (sediment at the bottom of the bottle), gold in color.

S - grainy, yet slightly sweet (wheat) malt. slightly floral, and lightly grassy hops. just a smidgen of sulfur and soapiness as well.

T - slightly floral and bitter hops, bringing some citrus to the table as well. all the while, wheat malt lays a lightly sweet bed underneath.

M - lightly bodied, with sharp prickly carbonation. finishes extremely clean, with some light lingering hoppy bitterness.

D - well, easy to drink. has a decent flavor, just wish there was a bit more of it. one of the better ones from this brewery.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent IPA with significant wheat added. An orangey piney IPA taste. Nice orange appearance and creamy foamy head. The wheat adds to the creamy mouthfeel. Hop aromas. Good drinkability, likely the wheat balances potential astringency from the hops.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4th beer for the 4th of July gathering that my bro-in-law bought...LUV U BRO!!!!

The appearance is a cloudy copper color with white head that laces nicely. The smell is good...citrus/grapefruit followed by piney undertones. The taste is powered by apricot/grapefruit taste with a nice wheat/malt balance. The mouthfeel is good and could drink this in any relaxed setting. Very good beer and recommend.

Photo of McNealc31
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vicious is an American Wheat IPA. The cloudy pour lets you know it's unfiltered, as well. Lots of citrus in the nose with a bit of banana. There's an interesting sensation I'm trying to figure out how to describe. It's got the aftertaste of a huge IPA, but that giant hop bite wasn't in the initial taste. Still a good amount of hops in the very bitter finish. Quite a bit of orange and banana up front. Very smooth, crisp, and light. Leans more toward an IPA than a wheat.

It's very interesting and definitely worth giving a try.

Photo of ClevelandKidO
4.76/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was truly shocked at how great this beer was.
I had never herd of this company before, but the aesthetics of the bottle, and its simplicity old school look instantly made me want to try it.
Smooth, incredibly smooth, slight citrus, but more of a wheat/grainy type taste. Its not that theres an explosion of different flavors, but the low bitterness, pleasant slight fruity after taste it just fantastic.
I would disagree with other reviews who claim to find more fruit flavors then actually exist, but its truly a beer you could have 3-4 and not feel full.
Honestly, it reminded me of a red stripe (besides its similar bottle shape) before red stripe changed it flavor and it became extremely bitter and unenjoyable.
You MUST try this beer, and you will see the smoothness makes it a solid wheat IPA.
Would go well with fish, or even during a desert or after a large meal. Fabulous stuff.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of rich and creamy bright-white head. This retains with a smooth ½ finger, which throws up a robust cascade of froth onto the sides of the glass, ringing them with sticky lacing. The aroma smells floral and piney, with a blast of bright tropical fruit notes of juicy pineapple and mango. A ripe dankness also mixes in, while the wheat gives this an extra bready kick of sweetness across the back of the nose and really pushes that fruit character forward.

The taste is crisp with green grapefruit and tart wheat flavor, with a flood of sticky tropical fruit and herbal tones that spreads out across the back of the profile. This finishes dry and resinous with a touch of lingering bitter pith. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slick herbal creaminess on the edges and a light sharpness that hits the tongue after each sip. Man, this is pretty easy drinking though with a low alcohol feel.

This bottle had a little age on it but didn’t seem to hamper this at all or maybe some of that faded bitterness helped push all of that juicy tropical fruit character to the forefront of this as that was definitely my favorite part of the beer. It’s definitely a unique take on an IPA and I’d be more than willing to check this out again sometime.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head was completely obnoxious. It took me about 10 minutes to pour this because of the abundant collection of head, and that was on a very passive pour. The body is a cloudy golden-orange.

Good smell of grass, lemon zest, and clove.

The wheat is more forward than the hops and is a banana ester and clove. The hops are grassy and herbal. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is thin with sharp carbonation.

Overall, this was just ok for me. The smell and taste were decent, but the body was lacking and it certainly wasn't worth the trouble of fighting through pouring it.

Photo of beerbears
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounces out of the stubby bottle and into a pint glass.

A dark orange with a amber huge.

Taste of caramel, honey and bread with a citrus finish. The finish is almost candy like. The body is very rich and very enjoyable.

Very drinkable, love this IPA!

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.5 ounce bottle, bottled on December 21, 2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Aroma is mostly citrusy (orange, grapefruit) and piney hops, along with some bready/wheat malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, it taste mostly like citrusy (orange peel, grapefruit) and pine/grassy hops, and some grainy/bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think it's a good brew, I liked it. I'll have to try more of the North Peak brews in the future.

Photo of n2185
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy orange with three fingers of off-white head that recedes into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Belgian candy sugar and bubblegum up front on the nose followed by tropical citrus notes--mostly oranges and pineapple.

T: Grass and pine dominate the flavor, giving it an earthy quality. There are also notes of grapefruit and some bread notes toward the finish from the wheat. Only lightly bitter.

M: Medium body wish mid-high carbonation, this beer is lively in the mouth without being oily or watery and goes down easily.

O: I'm more impressed with this beer than I expected. It borders on a Belgian IPA, but has a lot of nice earthy hop flavors without being too bitter.

Photo of Beejay
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy medium amber/orange. Nice off white head. Looking good.

S: Nice American hop aroma right off. Earthy, grassy, and possibly just a hint of Maryjane. A little bit of a bread quality in there too.

T: Grassy and piney flavors, with a hint of citrus peels. Not a lot of malt in there, but a really nice hop flavor without being overly bitter.

M: Fairly light, dry, and a good amount of carbonation.

D: Pretty good. Nice hop flavor, and very enjoyable.

Photo of Frosty80
4.82/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours a milky straw color. sits a hazy, slightly burnt orange with thick white head with good retention

Smell: like creamed corn - big DMS mistake or simply a result of the separate ingredients? lots of malted/unmalted wheat with some orange and spicy hops

Taste: aromas translate well on the tongue. lots of malted/unmalted wheat, some citrusy, orange flavor and very spicy hops, though its well balanced. moderate bitterness with some bite comes thought in the finish and lingers long afterward

Mouthfeel: medium body with high-medium carbonation

Notes: a very vicious wheat ale. so far i love what they do with wheat ales (Archangel). very aromatic and flavorful with one hell of a hop bite. i realize this is technically classified as an american IPA (with wheat), but come on, wheat is one of those ingredients that as soon as you add it, it becomes a wheat ale. also, im a little concerned about the "creamed corn" aroma and flavor. might be a little too much, but overall i still think its a stellar brew

Photo of Preismj
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy amber with mild head a touch of lacing. Smells of bubblegum and a citrus hop with sweet caramel/toffee aromas. Taste is strong hops. A slighty gummy flavor but overall the wheat was transparent. Light bodies with good carbonation pop. Flavorful, for sure, but would have enjoyed seeing a bigger wheat presence.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz stubby bottle. Nice looking slightly hazy copper color. White rocky head. Great retention. Nice sheets of lace coat the sides of the glass. A lovely IPA here.

Lots of citrusy, slightly piney hop aroma up front. Stone fruit. Very juicy nose. Some caramel notes. Some zesty notes near the end.

Caramel malt, with a bit of a wheat tartness. Good amount of fruit. Bitterness is not as sharp as the nose led me to believe. A bit citrusy, but then fades into an earthy feel. Flavors linger for a while on the tongue.

Medium body, ample carbonation. A unique feel here. I like what complexity the wheat adds. Pretty easy to drink.

Photo of buschbeer
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.5oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours orange with amber highlights. It is a little hazy. i got a couple inches of large bubbled, beige head that quickly went away.

S - The first thing I noticed is a carmel malt smell. I also got some bread or biscuit. The hops character does not immediately present itself. I just get some faint citrus.

T - The malt is the first taste I get as well. Although, the hops come through more as bitter grapefruit. It is pretty well balanced with biscuity malt flavor and the bitter grapefruit.

M - Moderate

O - I was a little disappointed in this beer. The hops seem faded. I was hoping from its score for something better.

Photo of schwemjw
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

A: Light orange brew with a one finger head. Big bubbles on it.

S: Funky wheat, floral hops, citrus, dense carbs ( reminds me of pasta actually lol) and orange rind. The hops are pretty prevalent. there isn't a huge nose to it but it smells nice.

T: sweet caramel, blood orange, and an awesome honeysuckle. Its very floral with a good amount of funky, bready wheat. A nice bitter pine finish.

M: The carbonation on this beer is what killed it for me. It was very flat. Almost stale.

O: This is a decent offering and would be ranked much higher by me had the carbonation been better. It just was stale and flat and it really killed it for me. I'll definitely try another bottle though because the flavors were there. /77

Photo of StoutHunter
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of North Peak's Vicious American Wheat IPA last week for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I haven't seen this beer before and North Peak usually does a pretty good at hoppy beers so lets see how it goes. Bottled September 5th 2012. Poured from a stubby brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- It's got the typical North Peak label with a weird little werewolf on it, it poured a nice and hazy orange color that took on a bright amber hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with some nice caramel malt aromas that have have a fairly high amount of sweetness and impart some bread and biscuit like aromas. Up next comes a large amount of hops that are mainly citrus and impart some nice citrus aromas with grapefruit and pineapple seeming to stick out the most. The aroma was good and full of hops, but I would have liked some wheat aromas to balance out some of those hops, but it still has a pretty nice aroma.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lighter amount of caramel malts that have a medium amount of sweetness and impart some light bread, bread crust, and biscuit like flavors. Next up comes the hops that quickly show up and and are mainly citrus with a slight pine and floral aspect with grapefruit rind seeming to stick out the most, On the finish it has a medium amount of bitterness with a grapefruit rind like aftertaste. The taste seemed to be pretty average, the hop aspects were ok but I wish there was some actual wheat flavors to go along with it.

M- Fairly smooth, slightly dry, medium bodied, with a higher amount of medium carbonation that was slightly prickly. The Mouthfeel was ok but the carbonation was a little on the high side.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and it's a pretty average example of the style, if I didn't look at the bottle I would be sure this was just an American IPA with no wheat in it because it didn't show up on the flavor or aroma. This beer had ok drinkability, it went down fairly smooth, but the flavors don't really hold my interest so I think one would be enough for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it looked pretty good and it left some nice lacing. What I liked the least about this beer was the lack of wheat in the flavor and the aroma, without the wheat is just seemed one dimensional. I don't think I would buy this beer again, I would much rather have a Little Sumpin Sumpin from Lagunitas when in the mood for this style, but it is worth trying once if you don't mind hoppy beers. All in all I wasn't that impressed with this beer, the hops aspect wasn't that bad but the wheat never showed up, this beer doesn't really stick out in North Peaks lineup, it's a pretty run of the mill beer.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my newly acquired SA Perfect Pint.

4.0 A: Hazed medium orange color. Two and a half fingers of pillowy/frothy white head that retains well and leave a good bit of lacing.

4.0 S: Lots of earthy hops with grapefruit citrus, some floral, and some spice. Sugary with hints of bubblegum. The wheat and the yeast come through well.

3.5 T: Very earthy with the wheat and yeast coming through. The bubblegum is still detectable, but the sugariness is gone. Just a touch of citrus from the hops; this is mainly just earthy. Sweet upfront with a dry finish.

3.0 M: Medium to slightly heavier body. Carbonation level is fine, but it's a "dead" carbonation causing the beer to sit heavy on the tongue. Could be creamier for how thick the body is.

3.5 D: Decent beer, but not as hoppy as a typical IPA. This holds a place in my heart nonetheless because it looks, smells, and tastes quite similar to one of my early homebrews.

Photo of nqdell
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looked cloudy like a here, smelled like a hoppy IPA, tasted like 10 barrel OG, felt delicious going down. Overall $3.39 at the membership store a good deal.

Photo of BellsFan
2.69/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a short and stout bottle into a McCrackHaus pint glass. Holy foam Batman!!! It took about 20 minutes to cycle through enough pour-and-wait iterations to empty the bottle. Appearance after the foam dissipated was less than average.

Smell. Nothing remarkable here.

Taste. Malty. Smooth. Refreshing. But not hoppy enough to make think its 74 IBUs. Almost no hop bitterness. I'd be less harsh on this brew it it was called simply an American Wheat.

Mouthfeel. Just average

Overall. No, but thanks!

Photo of ne0m00re
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review of a 11.5 oz bottle.
A: Burnt orange amber, constant bubbles, a small sticky cream head with decent lacing.
S: Very slight cooked corn, sweet honey wheat, very earthy hops, slight bubblegum bordering-leafy hops. The smell isn't all that impressive.
T: The taste, on the other hand, is a nice mixture of toasted bread spread with apricot jelly. It has a nice finish of leafy, earthy hops that linger with a cleansing effect. This would be a great hot-weather beer.
M: Slightly thicker than you'd expect, with a frothy carbonation that turns crisp in the finish.
D: Overall, it's pretty good.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz stubby brown bottle dated December 7, 2012

North Peak Vicious American Wheat IPA poured a cloudy orange gold peach color into my pint glass. A nice creamy foamy off-white head was produced that held well and formed foamy strips of lacing. The nose was dominated by citrus and piney hops with light wheat in the background. The taste is similar to the nose with the dry hops dominating, however, the wheat malt helps balance the flavor and keeps the 72 IBU's from becoming too over powering. Not being a hophead I appreciated this. The mouth feel is smooth, creamy, medium bodied and a nice lively [almost prickly at times] carbonation.

Vicious is an easy drinking American IPA with just enough hops for this non-hophead.

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Vicious American Wheat IPA from North Peak Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.