Vicious American Wheat IPA - North Peak Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Vicious American Wheat IPAVicious American Wheat IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

225 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 225
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 13
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: alexgash on 10-24-2010

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 225 | Reviews: 91
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 UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/2/14.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, wheat, citrus fruit, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat and candied citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a candied citrus zest quality that makes this one seem sort of like a barleywine to me.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

When the taste of wheat beer and IPA converge, the making of the perfect summer ale just might be at hand. With the creamy, fruity and bready wheat base and the citrus and piney bitterness in finish, their union is a beautiful blend to kick the heat to the curb.

Vicious IPA pours with the bright yet diffused golden-rod, orange laced appearance. Creamy and lacy is its foam structure while the nose is chocked full of candied orange, honey and biscuit. Its malty taste is partly of crisp caramel but is also creamy of whole wheat bread.

Across the middle, the orange marmalade and grapefruit flavors from hops and yeast begin to sweeten the drying malt. Its retainage of wheat keeps the body boisterous and with a poundcake consistency. As the hops turn from floral to spicy, the flavors of citrus rinds and ribs create a highly piquant bitterness as the finish draws close.

Medium-bodied, the beer's residual wheat protein and starch continue to support the hops even very late in finish. The hops and grain spices seem to extend past that of smooth pacific northwest bitterness and into the realm of astringency for added bite and an unsettled aftertaste of grape seed and apple skin.

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 RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice. Nose sucks. Flavor is...interesting. So, this is an IPA with wheat tones? I can deal with that. It's slightly unique. Mild in a way, but also vibrant with hop flavor. I suppose the best way to describe it is smooth. I like this. Definitely worth trying.

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

This batch is dated March 2011, no trouble with over-carbonation. In fact it is right on, with handsome orange amber color, nice lacing in the tulip glass. Big mouthfeel with sparkling bubbles and a malty smoothness. This tastes suspiciously like their Majestic Wheat Ale, with the sweetness and what I call a perfumey taste. Hops are big and forward, but less bitter than you might expect. In the aftertaste the bitterness does creep up a notch. The slightly strange sweetness gets to you after a while too.

Definitely interesting, but an odd flavor that makes me wonder if wheat is the right way to go for a big hoppy beer.

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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/7/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good hop complexity and moderate malt balance; with decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, wheat, bread, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, wheat, bread, light caramel, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of citrus/floral hop flavors; with a fairly balanced malt backbone and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice IPA. Nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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 Tone
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight hops, slight sweet malt, and slight caramel malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel malt, wheat, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, weak aroma, decent body and blend.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby bottle courtesy of Brew33. Thanks Josh!

Looks like it was bottled Jan 2011.

As soon as I popped the cap the beer started to rise towards the opening but stopped short of gushing.

It's a very attractive looking brew. A hazy orange red with 2 fingers of foam, lots of bubbles and good lacing.

The nose is up there with the look. Very nice aroma coming from the hops...tropical fruits, a nice sweet malt smell with a light note of wheat. The nose, imho, is almost perfectly balanced.

The taste? Right there with the look and smell. My this is one tasty son of a gun. Beautifully balanced, yes beautifully! And yet the malt and hops are quite assertive; no boring brew here. The finish leans towards the bitter side but not by too much.

The carbonation is pretty high but the mouthfeel is still good. And man, I only have 1 bottle? Hehe, I'm enjoying this so much, I could drink another one quick smart. Excellent beer!

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 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 mrfrancis
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, murky golden orange with a creamy, lingering white mousse.

S: Aromas of pine, lemon, and bitter orange initially dominate the nose, but after a couple of seconds cream, wheat, grass, and herb aromas become more noticeable. Interesting.

T: Enters on a bitter note, with flavors of bitter orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and pine undercored by traces of wheat, cream, caramel, grass, and herbs. The finish is smooth and hoppy with a pleasant combination of lemon, bitter orange, pine, and wheat flavors.

M: Medium-bodied and deceptively smooth. Carbonation is gentle, but just firm enough to give one a sense of balance.

O: This is a surprisingly pleasant hybrid brew that proves that creative brewers can find a seemingly endless number of twists on the classic American IPA. Highly recommended for fans of quirky American ales.

Photo of barczar
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Floral, light citrus, fairly malty aroma. Roasted, nutty backbone. More resin and grass in flavor, finishing very bitter and floral. Bready, toasted malt pales in comparison to hop bitterness. A touch harsh. As with the archangel, slight metallic notes.

Photo of alexgash
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.5 oz. stubbie bottle.

Cloudy apricot orange body with a tall, rocky, thick, bright light beige head. Very nice lacing. Nose of powdered sugar, wheat bread, grapefruit and pine hops, and some slightly tangy yeast. Interesting.

Toasted malts lead off, with a herbal, peppery hop bitterness following strong. Fruity (tropical) malt backing with sugary notes. Slightly piny, slightly antiseptic hop bitterness takes over. Aspirin and grapefruit in the finish. Lingering sweet wheat notes. Thick, full, wheaty feel, with rather high carbonation levels. Not bad, but a little rough. The aspirin bitterness is pretty aggressive too.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite wheat based ipa. Pours dark orange and smells of citrus hops and some wet dog. Sweet with almost a dipa malt character, strong sweet caramel in the background, and just a hint of the citrus from the hops. Medium mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation, and slightly slick on the palate. A nice and unique ipa, with some wheat flavor just in the background.

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 Florida9
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very cloudy pastel orangey-yellow in color. Forms a ridiculously large off-white head that fills most of the glass and required three pours just to get a glass of beer. Excellent (too good) retention, but surprisingly little lacing.

S: Strong wheat character. Citrus and lemon.

T: Pale malts. Wheat. Lightly sweet. Citrus, lemon, and a mild bitterness. Slight ("bright-tasting") tartness and a quick finish.

M: Bright, tart, and crisp. On the lighter side of medium. Aggressive, spicy carbonation.

O: Something is off with this beer. The carbonation is too high causing both a shitty pour and an aggressive bubbly mouthfeel.

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 brewdlyhooked13
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a foggy peachy amber. Good cover of an inch; dense, creamy, and sticky.

Aroma - zesty grapefruit and pine. A light crackery grain, nice start.

Taste - whatever wheat may have been used has little if any time to make an impression. The hops are big, the hops are now, the hops are intense. Whew, big hops. Grapefruit rind, pithy, a touch medicinal, but no wheat in the taste. Bitterness stays all the way through, a serious IPA.

Mouthfeel - good levels of smoothness and crispness, with a good solid body.

Drinkability - the intensity would wear me out before long but it's tasty.

Photo of Mitchster
2.4/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

$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.

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 mcallister
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta admit love the looks of this beer. Cloudy deep orange colored with a thick chunky off white head that holds forever retention and leaves chunkier lace behind.

Citrus and stonefruit hit your nose quickly, with some phenol esters in the background and toffeed malts. Some peppery notes on the finish with hints of clove.

Nice easy drinking soft on the mid palate which I would assume is from the 30% wheat malt. Piney, citrus induced hops with a resiny note on the finish. Tropical fruit flavors deep in the finish as well. Slight clove, and clove in the middle.

Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice foamy off white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- My first thought is ok there is something different about this one. Grassy, herbal and piney hops begin to take over pretty quickly. s Sweet malt backbone and then finally some grapefruit peel. I think the wheat puts an interesting twist on this on.

T- Hop forward IPA, but not out of balance. Mostly grass and tropical fruits. A good malt back bone of caramel malts and grains.

M- Medium in body and carbonation was good.

O- I liked this one. I'll go back to it for sure. A very solid brew.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Vicious American Wheat IPA from North Peak Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.