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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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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
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:
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(Beer added by: alexgash on 10-24-2010)
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Photo of ahq514
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful hazy golden color that is supplemented by a solid one finger head. Some nice lacing occurs as well. Some very tiny bubbles are seen rising to the surface as well.

Hop aroma is there but sort of subdued for an ipa. The aroma isnt too strong, but there is a nice lingering citrus aroma complemented by a little bit of floral hops. A little bit of malty sweetness is there too.

This is interesting. Granted there aren't many self proclaimed wheat ipas. The other hoppy wheat ales that I've had have not been so wheat forward. I really like this though. The wheat hits first, kind of like from a german hefeweizen without the banana and clove. Next a dose of floral hops hit the taste buds which turns into a little bit of a sour grapefruit taste. Very refreshing combination of wheat and hops.

Mouthfeel is good. Not over or under carbonated. The floral hops do a nice job of coating the sides of the mouth.

Overall this is a nice beer. Didn't blow me away, but fairly unique. Two ingredients you would think would be combined more in beers. This beer brings out the best in both wheat and hops, although as an ipa I was hoping it would be a little bit more hop forward, but I'm not disappointed at all. Could drink this beer all night. Too bad I don't have more than one.

ahq514, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of DoctorDog
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Served on tap in a standard pint glass.

A- Golden/copper and slightly hazy. ~1 finger of white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap. Good amount of lacing left behind.

S- Floral and citrus hops. Fairly subdued but distinct wheat, and light caramel sweetness.

T- Solid citrus / floral hops, and a sturdy, lingering bitterness. Caramel malt sweetness and hints of wheat.

M- Moderate carbonation and a medium-full feel. Great body.

O- Very good. A really nice IPA, with a standout mouthfeel.

Future outlook: Pleasantly surprised...I'd be happy to have again.

DoctorDog, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Trystero
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a FFF Alpha King pint glass.

A - Straw, wheat-like and golden. Thick frothey head that sits at two fingers after the pour and only so slightly subsides into a centimeter "snowcap" on the top of the beer. Sticky resin lacing is apparent after each sip.

S - Initial bouquet is of wheat, cereal and grains, followed closely by grassy, earthy hops. After the earth notes die down you are left with citrus and pine in the back.

T - The front of this beer opens with citrus and grassy hops, right where the smell left off. The middle arrives with the grains; wheat and cereal, very wheat-fieldesque. Right after the gains you get a sharp kick of piney bitter hops that diminish into the grains again for the finish. The hop bitterness lingers along with alcohol warmth. Refreshing and delicious.

M - Well carbonated and drinkable. Noticable thickness from the wheat.

O - Great hybrid for the summer and with the 6.7% pretty much hidden, I could see sinking an afternoon outside into many of these and being quite content.

Trystero, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Copper/burnt orange. Nice thick creamy 1 inch head. Tons of lacing.

Smell - Hops, wheat, carmal, grapefruit, orange, pine. Has a breadish/grassy aroma.

Taste - The wheat, hops, malts and carmal start this drink off. The wheat flavor adds a thick bread-like taste. Malts are very bold and mix well with the piney hops. Alcohol comes in at the end and adds some warmth.

Mouthfeel - Thick and works mouth over with alot of different flavors. Tounge gets the malts first, then hops come in and add bitterness. Wheat adds some dryness. Aftertaste is long lasting, malts and hops linger for quite awhile.

Overall - Really alot more then i expected. Intense malt character, plenty of hops, some booze, has it all. Very tasty if you like piney hops for sure. Impressed again from north peak brewing!

wvsabbath, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a medium copper with a fluffy two finger white head that leaves decent lace on the way down. On the nose there is zesty grapefruit balanced by that soft, fuzzy character that wheat tends to add to pale beers. I like the classification as an IPA variation rather than a pale wheat because there is less of the sweet caramel that I expect from things like that. In the mouth there is a bitterness softened considerably by an amazingly soft body, the garepfruit being dominant over similar tropicals, and perhaps a bit of that sweet caramel flavor coming out after all. The finish is fuzzy and comfortable, medium, with the wheat hanging on longest.

I'm not one to pass up a porter or a stout just because of heat, but on this 97 degree day with a heat index over 110, I'm very glad to drink something this refreshing. Overall, this is a fine brew, and just confirms in my mind the magic that North Peak seems to be able to work with hops. These aren't crazy beers, but they are beers you can drink everyday and enjoy for the well crafted ales that they are.

EricCioe, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of Lolli1315
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden orange in color and slightly hazy as well. An eggshell white creamy head is billowing at first, but settles resiliently at just under a finger. Some touches of lacing can be seen sticking to the sides as well.

S- Hints of caramel and wheat malt highlight a very quick sweetness in the nose before the hop takeover. High hop resin aroma with a piney note as well take over in the middle. The end fades into a slightly grassy hop aroma and a touch of alcohol.

T- Some sweet caramel malt to begin with before developing its hop profile. Resin hop and pine sweep in towards the middle of the beer fairly quickly with some sweet citrus that wasn't as available in the smell. Some bready/wheat towards the end of the beer that gives way to a noticeable alcohol (although not overpowering) as a bitterness that was building since the middle carries the beer into the aftertaste.

M- Medium-light, too light especially given the style. Lingering bitterness and slightly dry finish as a smooth carbonation is the bright point of the mouthfeel.

O- Not a bad beer, but certainly not great. Lacks a complexity in the balance between malt and hops found in the great wheat ipas that I have had in the past. Still worth a try though.

Lolli1315, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
4.45/5  rDev +18%
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!

Bitterbill, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4.33/5  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.

WoodBrew, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of sixerofelixir
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle. Neat, retro-ish label art. Bottled-on date clearly printed above the UPC.

Pours a dark, amber-gold. An off-white head sticks well. Smell is pungent, earthy, candy and floral hops. Taste is just as sweet, with a large amount of roastiness on the backbone. A bit of alcohol vapors dissolve into a heavy dose of grapefruit hop finish. This is a dense, complex IPA which feels about two shades away from being a black IPA. Well done!

sixerofelixir, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of OnThenIn
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Lighter tan head on top of a slightly cloudy, dark ruby body. Decent looking beer, but the head dies down rather quickly.

S: The aroma is very tropical citrus hop and a bit of pine. There is a hint of a sweeter aroma like caramel.

T: The taste is basically identical to the aroma, and the balance is pretty even with maybe even a hint more sweetness than bitterness.

M: Medium to low carbonation with medium body.

D: The slightly lower than desired carbonation doesn't really clean off the tongue and forces the beer to just sit there.

OnThenIn, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Pours a dark hazy amber orange with a two finger sudsy head, a ring of head remains for the whole beer, but leaves no lacing

S- Orange peel, grapefruit, spice, pine, breadiness, and light wheat

T- Fantastic balance of malt and hops, bitter and sweet. Lots of orange peel and grapefruit notes, some pine notes, solid malted wheat and bread backbone. Nice spice characteristics. Leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste, but I don't mind that.

M- Highly and aggressively carbonated (tongue tickling), maybe a little over carbonated, smooth, finishes crisp, clean, and dry

O- A nice hybrid wheat IPA, would love to see some more of these. Refreshing and flavorful. This beer has great balance, the wheat malt load and the hoppiness of an IPA come together and mesh to make a great beer.

Hoptometrist, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of dfillius
1.73/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

dfillius, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Keffa
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So, I am re-reviewing this one, as I've heard some people say that it varies from 6-pack to 6-pack.

Poured from a stubby bottle into my Unibroue tulip.

Live review:

A: Pours a hazy orange, some small gold and amber tinges to it, small eggshell white head, settles to a full cap and leaves some thin, yet stubborn lacing. Nice.

S: WOW, this bottle is SO different from the last bottle I had. Like smelling a mixed fruit cup, peach, orange, pineapple, tangerine, a little bit of pine/herbal hop and a sweet sugar cookie like dough. Very faint wheat spiciness comes in towards the end. Very nice.

T: Not as good as the aroma here, but still not bad. Bittering hops are very prominent, and are piney and lightly herbal and grassy. Very nice spice from the wheat though, and the dry, doughy malt sticks to the background. Finishes pretty dry for what it is.

M: Thin, a little watery, and decent carbonation. Oily/slick on the palate.

O: Much more impressed this time. The only thing I can knock is the difference between the aroma and the taste. Otherwise, this is a damned decent IPA. Glad I revisited it.

Keffa, May 24, 2011
Photo of beerwolf72
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had two separate six-packs of Vicious.

The first was crazy-good. It was hoppy with a crisp grapefruit-citrus flavor and a smooth finish.

The second was much more mild. I could not detect the citrus, and the hops seemed a bit toned down in favor of the wheat. It was good, but not nearly as good as the first time.

I'd give the first six-pack a 5.0 and the second a 3.5.

beerwolf72, May 20, 2011
Photo of BradDurbin89
4.95/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a very nice orange/ burnt orange hue with nice two finger white head and great retention.

Citrus and piney hop nose. Good malted wheat nose too. Subtle wheat.

Great hop flavor, citrus, pine, malted wheat, and very well balanced. Nice hop finish, and hops were balanced.

Great mouth feel, medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer even more on draft than I have in the bottle, which says a lot. I really like the wheat body and all the hops.

BradDurbin89, May 02, 2011
Photo of Natural510
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5oz stubby bottle, dated Mar 13 2011.

Pours a brighter copper-orange with thick amount of porous head.
Sweet, citric nose with discernible hop oils. Slight mineral quality, usually the sign of quality water.
Orange & grapefruit flavors meld with floral hops and a slight breaded quality from the wheat. Bright, juicy, bitter and delicious.
Full in body, in-line with a solid American IPA.

Excellent beer; this small company is doing well with original takes on well-worn craft styles. This one's a winner.

Natural510, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of beerbears
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

beerbears, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

nrbw23, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of alkemy
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A - Slightly hazed deep amber/orange color. Light cream colored head laces the glass from top to bottom.

S - The hops certainly stand out in a mixture of floral citrus. There's also honey, caramel, and a scent reminiscent of Flinstone vitamins.

T - The citrus really gets you attention up front with a touch of bubblegum. Banana, which was missing on the nose, makes a solid appearance in the taste. Oddly enough, I didn't notice the hops up front with the citrus. I was more on the back end in a caramel infused pine. Lingering malty taste.

M - Just the slightest bit of resiny viscosity. Medium bodied with a carbonation that seems to add a little richness.

D - Goes down easy, but there was just something about this that wore on me as I drank. Unfortunately, I can't identify what it is. I found the first half much more enjoyable than the second.

alkemy, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of schoolboy
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Woo hoo. This is one of my favorite styles, so it is easy to score real high with me, but open this one up and yum - what a smell. And it's so purdy in the glass.

The taste is way hoppy, like it should be. Wheat? If it has some, wheat taste it is buried under the hefty hops. Under the old ratings I would have given this a lesser rating because of drinkability - it would be weaker than it is overall.

I want more of this (but not too much in any one sitting - it is over the top tasty). More. More. MORE!

schoolboy, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of McNealc31
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

McNealc31, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of beachbum1975
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this sixer at my local beer stop, so I decided to try it out. $9.99 a six pack.

Pours a nice reddish bronze with an off-white head. Nice sticky legs with decent head retention.

Fresh, moderately aggressive hop profile. Fresh citrus. Medium body and medium flavor profile.

Pretty nice overall. I'd drink it again.

beachbum1975, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of Kadonny
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby bottle (very cool) into a perfect pint glass. I got this as an extra from a trade with LiquidCucumber. Thanks!

A: A medium orange color with some golden tints to it. A one finger fluffy white head leaves not a lot of lacing.

S: Fruity and floral hops mixed with some biscuit and candy sweetness. I get a little of the wheat in the smell too.

T: Nice hops up front with a herbal and floral character mixed with some fruit of pineapple and lemon. Mid flavor brings in the wheaty tones mixed with the nice full bodied biscuit and almost candy like sweetness. Finish keeps the wheat flavors with some bready notes and a creaminess. Slight hop bitterness on finish.

M: Creamy, smooth, slightly bitter and no alcohol.

D: Good, very enjoyable.

Overall a little different take on an IPA that makes it easier to drink. The wheat smooths out the IPA bite and makes the beer very drinkable. For me, I'd rather have that stabbing bitterness, but this is still an enjoyable beer to sit back and just drink.

Kadonny, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle purchased at Ale, Wine & Spirits of Powell. Consumed using a Perfect Pint.

A- Super awesome retro style bottle with old school design on the label. Pretty nice presentation. The beer itself is a near perfect color match to the orange on the label. It has an ever so faint haze with lots of effervescence rising to feed a dense, long lasting head. Copious lacing that rings the entire glass. This is an all around great looking beer.

S- It has a unique, hop-forward aroma. Very floral with lots of citrus to boot. Orange blossom, honeysuckle, lots of melon too. I think the wheat malt plays a big role in giving this beer its unique aroma. There is a big, strong wheaty, doughy malt base hidden below the juicy hops.

T- The hops arent bursting forth like they do in the aroma. They are almost reserved. Bitterness is no issue, these hops are juicy sweet. Lots and lots of melon mixed in with a tropical fruit salad. Tangerine and peach are big players. The malt base doesnt come out til the end, giving a fresh baked bread type of flavor. If the hops were dialed up a little bit this would be fan-friggin-tastic. As is, its a very damn good IPA.

M- Slick body with a tame level of carbonation. Despite starting out slick the finish dries up a little bit.

D- This is a really good one. I'll be buying this again, my only reservations are that there is no freshness dating on the bottle. Hopefully its on the 6 pack carton or something. Warm weather, here I come, Vicious in hand!

EDIT: Freshness date found. I overlooked it because its a totally different style of dating. It looks like its printed WITH the label, not ON the label. Anyway, its dated JAN 2011.

MbpBugeye, Mar 12, 2011
Vicious American Wheat IPA from North Peak Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.