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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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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 01:45:42 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of schoolboy


4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 00:18:48 | More by schoolboy
Photo of McNealc31


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 01:53:42 | More by McNealc31
Photo of beachbum1975


3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 00:19:38 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of Kadonny


3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 20:42:44 | More by Kadonny
Photo of MbpBugeye


4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 21:28:14 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of ne0m00re


3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 00:30:12 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of Lillenk


3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance is nice golden color with white head but a little foggy.

Smell is huge. Lots of hops but also the wheat characteristics with some fresh cut grass on the nose.

Taste was very nice. Blasts you in face with hops but has some wheaty notes and rounds out very nicely.

Mouthfeel was little bigger than expected especially for having a lower ABV, which means I probably wouldn't sit and drink a bunch, but the one or two I would have would be very satisfying.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 01:57:42 | More by Lillenk
Photo of Brenden


4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 16:39:38 | More by Brenden
Photo of ColdPoncho


3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - bottle shape leads to a violent pour and a lot of head, but the head fades quickly. very pretty hazy orange body, off white head. Great lacing.

S - Nice light hops, tropical fruit.

T - It's mostly sweet. The hops impart the normal hop flavors of grapefruit and mango or what have you, but they're mostly sweet and not bitter. I suppose that's what a wheat IPA would be, but I still wish it had more bite to it.

M - Smooth and creamy, a bit dry.

D - THis is highly drinkable. It tastes good, is smooth, moderately compelling, and in no way offensive.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 00:00:29 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of hosehead83


4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.5oz. stubby "old-school" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep copper/orange in color, with a huge head of off-white foam
Aroma-Fantastic aroma of big, juicy, piney, citrussy hops
Taste-Orange/grapefruit citrus, snappy, flavorful hops, spicy and smoothing wheat.
Overall,great flavor and balance, with wheat softening the sharp hop edges. A great beer for late Spring or early Summer cookouts, listening to the Tigers on the radio at a cabin "Up North".

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 14:45:07 | More by hosehead83
Photo of Trizzle

United Kingdom (England)

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A strange concoction found on cask at the Nicholsons pub behind borough Market.

Orange and cloudy body with a good rim of big bubbled foam leaves some big bossy lace.

The smell initially is armpit. Not in a bad way. Not unlike the exciting armpit smell of a washed rind French cheese. A Petit Munster perhaps. Some grapefruit hops in the mix too.

Dry up front, lambic like lemon and tart citrus through the middle. Good whack of generic grapefruit and citrus hops follow and all fades to a long hay like dryness.

Feels a tad thin, but not overly watery. Some moorish dry and astringent tannin like sensations make my tongue feel like shrivelled bathtub finger tips.

A pleasant drink. Alcohol is there and there abouts butnot enough to subtract from the drinkability.

Well done again to Nicholsons pub franchise for having the gonads to stock something a bit left field.

Serving type: cask

02-12-2011 15:03:04 | More by Trizzle
Photo of Swilson


4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful thick creamy long lasting white head. Awesome hop aroma. Deep hazy orange color. Nice balance of wheat sweetness and hop bitterness that lingers through a long finish. Quite a beautiful lacing on the glass i used after finishing. I highly recommend this wheat IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 04:18:35 | More by Swilson
Photo of Ryan011235


3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 1/31/11

Dec 2110

Slightly burnt medium-amber with just a touch of cloudiness. I had to dial back the pour to keep the head in check; the two fingers of foam soon became a think layer, leaving some crackly lace.

The smell is as good as it is simple: zesty citrus notes sit perfectly with grainy, toasted wheat. Grapefruit rind, orange peel & lemon zest. I really like the aroma.

It doesn't taste quite as citrusy as the aroma but there is still a nice showing of spicy grapefruit; some lemon, too. Orange undertones. Pine emerges as it warms up. Bitterness is reasonable & is held at a consistent level throughout. Toasted wheat picks up in the mid-section, becoming more apparent toward the finish.

Medium body with quite an oily hop feel about it. Carbonation is pretty high but doesn't seem out of line; it works well for the beer. Finishes with modest bitterness & a grainy, wheat notion.

Aside from the carbonation (which I can forgive in this case), drinkability is good. My only other gripe (a minor one) is that it hits harder than I would expect; I would've pegged the abv at closer to 7.5-8%. Regardless, this is plenty enjoyable.

Note: I'm reviewing this as something of a cross between American IPA & American Pale Wheat. As the former it's kind of "meh." As the latter it's quite impressive. My score is ultimately based on the listed style, American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 05:47:49 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of LiquidCucumber


4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very hazy amber with a huge head that sticks all over the glass, exactly what I [personally] want to see in this style.

S - Sweet citrus and a little bit of pineapple. A hint of spice on the back side.

T - Huge pine and citrus flavors, the wheat adds some smoothness and some spice to this brew. There are some interesting fruit flavors here reminding me of a candy apple.

M - Fairly light in body and pretty carbonated; the hops stick all over your mouth surely assisted by the wheat.

D - A welcome addition to the Ohio market, welcome and good luck to North Peak. Have to try more of your brews after having this one, and cannot wait to have it during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 01:28:15 | More by LiquidCucumber
Photo of Bierguy5


3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 18:26:48 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of mcallister


4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 22:10:36 | More by mcallister
Photo of Bogforce


3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Maybe it's because I've been drinking double ipas lately but this seems lack luster..

Short stubby bottle poured into a Maudite Snifter.

A: Very orange-brown color, with a 2 finger head that goes away as you look at it. Lots of good lacing though

S: I get a strong orange peel citrus smell, with some grapefuit. Little bit of that malt and wheat too.

T: Has a very upfront citrus flavor. Not overly bitter though, but maybe not enough. The after taste it leaves it not that best, get a small amount of the wheat as well.

M: Again, leaves an okay aftertaste with a little bite of carbonation. Nothing too great.

D: This is not too bitter smooth beer with a good fruit flavor. I could throw a lot of these down in the summer for sure.

An okay beer..

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 02:11:39 | More by Bogforce
Photo of BB1313


4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Dec. 21, 2010. Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a hazy, bright light orange with a nice bubbly white head that sticks around and decent lacing. Right off the bat I knew this was a winner. Great nose! Very fruity! I'm picking up alot of sweet hops, citrus, apricots, peaches, oranges, and pineapple. The wheat is present, but not overwhelming. The wheat seems to take a backseat, letting the hops shine. The bitterness isn't overwhelming, just right. Mouthfeel is nice, smooth, and not prickly. Drinkability is great.. very easy drinking. The alcohol isn't noticeable at all and the flavors will have you coming back for more. Reminiscent of A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale, which is never a bad thing. This is a beer I'm definitely thankful to now have access to. I could get used to this.

Outstanding IPA! Great first impression by North Peak! I'd recommend this beer to anyone! Vicious is a pure winner!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 02:49:53 | More by BB1313
Photo of mattipt

United Kingdom (England)

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: cask

01-29-2011 23:52:58 | More by mattipt
Photo of bluejacket74


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 01:26:19 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 00:13:49 | More by Sammy
Photo of Beejay


3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 03:18:28 | More by Beejay
Photo of Stigs


3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 01:54:00 | More by Stigs
Photo of Mitchster


2.3/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 01:40:15 | More by Mitchster
Vicious American Wheat IPA from North Peak Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.