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Vicious American Wheat IPA - North Peak Brewing Company

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Vicious American Wheat IPAVicious American Wheat IPA

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188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: alexgash on 10-24-2010)
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1.73/5  rDev -54.2%

Poured into a pint glass

A: Very loud Pffft! upon opening. Moderate pour yields lots of head - 4 fingers! For reference, there was 1 finger of liquid. 4:1 ratio=poor. There is wheat and it's an IPA, but this is too much! Off white head. Cloud golden amber liquid. Good lookin' but too much head.
S: Toast, citrus hops. Aspirin - infected?
T: Aspirin overdose, little else.
M: Astringent due to infection
D: Drain pour.

I am reluctant to enter this review. However, 5 out of 6 beers I have tried from North Peak have been infected/gushers. I see it as less of a supply chain problem now, and probably a brewing one. Therefore I am rating this beer as is.

06-01-2011 01:44:50 | More by dfillius
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2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

02-12-2013 23:43:11 | More by johnnydicfore
Photo of Mitchster


2.3/5  rDev -39.2%

$1.99 for a single 11.5oz bottle. No specs on the bottle. Opens with a loud "Wssssht", requiring a delicate pour to achieve foaming over. Burnt orange, chazy, forming a peaking meringue like head of rocky bubbles with superior retention Peaks at least 2 inches over the lip of the glass. Brisk carbonation forms large spiral streamers. Heavy sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is of hops with a mango character, like centennial. The mouthfeel is sharp and pungent with an overly strong bitterness and medium strong body. The taste is of mango and totally unbalanced bitterness. The finish is bitter and the aftertaste is bitter. Hard to get any layers out of this brew.

Not liking this one at all. The bitterness is way to strong for this style of beer, and I'm not going to buy this again. I can barely finish the bottle. The carbonation level is also unacceptably high, both common concerns amongst the other reviews here so far. Little Sumpin' Sumpin' and Gumballhead are much better if available in your area.

11-24-2010 01:40:15 | More by Mitchster
Photo of BellsFan


2.73/5  rDev -27.8%

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!

06-22-2012 22:15:07 | More by BellsFan
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

12-29-2013 18:20:51 | More by fullmoonbeer
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

12-04-2011 23:02:54 | More by leinie13
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

05-18-2012 17:36:50 | More by KnightRider
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

06-26-2014 05:35:51 | More by Jasoncolliver
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

03-15-2012 06:44:10 | More by Shmantha
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

A- A murky orange liquid with a monstrous white head that has astounding retention.

S- Steamed vegetables, lemon, and pepper. There is maybe a hint of orange peel as well. The vegetable aspect hurts the appeal for me.

T- Citrus and sweet malt. A tad bit of a Mr. Beer aspect at the end.

M- A nice creamy body is provided by what I assume to be the wheat. The finish is a bit dry with some lingering flavors.

D- Not a lot going for this beer. Drinks alright, but absolutely nothing stands out.

11-16-2010 05:13:48 | More by david131
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

07-23-2014 15:46:18 | More by Chuffbomb
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

02-17-2014 05:28:51 | More by NicholasOfMKE
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

06-26-2014 23:13:59 | More by skinnycox
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3.2/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

10-13-2012 03:36:32 | More by StoutHunter
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3.24/5  rDev -14.3%

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

07-16-2013 19:37:43 | More by schwemjw
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

11-26-2012 04:21:47 | More by rolandboy
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

06-04-2012 04:46:21 | More by vrbulldog22
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

03-09-2014 09:19:58 | More by BHansen214
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

06-12-2013 23:24:33 | More by Brew33
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

05-10-2014 01:55:53 | More by KGOSU
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

07-19-2013 01:34:04 | More by GRBLUE12
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

08-09-2014 21:38:24 | More by CDubbs75
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United Kingdom (England)

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%

Sampled on 28 January 2010 at the Queens Arms, South Kensington, London.

A - Cloudy amber/orange, foamy thinnish head.

S - Great floral orchard aroma, very sweet and appealing.

T - Dry. The floral character comes through but is a little tainted by a distinct yeastiness. Given its smell the taste is not as complex as I would've hoped.

M - Flat and pleasant.

D - I'm not certain this was a fantastic specimen of the beer. Perhaps it doesn't travel very well? 6% is a little bit much for what it is. Still, an interesting beer.

01-29-2011 23:52:58 | More by mattipt
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New Mexico

3.41/5  rDev -9.8%

Picked up at the Jolly Pumpkin in Ann Arbor MI as part of a mixed six pack. Pours an orange-amber with a one inch very slightly orange off-white head. Head sticks around as a thin cap. Aroma is sugared citrus, a hint of pine bark, and sticky sweet malt. Mainly orange and grapefruit with a bit of cherry. Flavor has all the elements of the aroma plus toasted wheat bread and spice. Medium carbonation. Maybe a bit too sticky sweet? Ok but will likely not be having again.

01-13-2013 20:52:39 | More by atomicbeer
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3.43/5  rDev -9.3%

"Beware of beer. There, we warned you. The frothy head, and pungent, piney dryhopped scent (from Cascade and Amarillo hops) should alert you to the brew’s imminent attack on your senses. Next, Cascade, Perle and Willamette hops will batter your palette with bitter ferocity. Finally, Pale, Crystal (30 and 75) and wheat malts converge in a cloudy, thick body and give you a smooth kiss of sweet death – and leave you howling for more!"

What a cool bottle first of all. like a retro old stripe short neck stubby. a large yeast cake on the bottom of the bottle. Pours a cidery orangy brown. fluffy off white head. vicious yeast particles swimming around aggressively.

smells of spice and a touch of hops. it has more of an english hop profile (spicy and earthy) rather than an aggresive american hop aroma. caramel apples, some kind of coffee spice, and coriander. interesting

Thick body with a little bit of sweetness. Starts off with bitter hops and spicy wheat. more bitter hops as it warms. This is a bit of a confusing hybrid of two beers. I think i would have enjoyed this more with more of a citrus hop profile and less coriander. a bit too watery too to off set it's thick mouthfeel. very interesting and weird beer.

10-02-2011 21:41:43 | More by backfat
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Vicious American Wheat IPA from North Peak Brewing Company
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