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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | 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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4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly cloudy copper pour with very little head; dusting of beige retention, that’s all. Some delicate strands of lace stick to the glass for a moment before sliding back in.

S: Light, fruity hops pair nicely with a clean wheat aroma: soft grain and apricot blend with scents of more sugary fruits notes of white grape, red apple, and cooked peach. A nose that screams summer.

T&M: A wonderful combination of fruit and wheat: satisfying, like jam on toast. Grain-forward at first, the palate hits with a mouthful of chewy bread and wheat cereal tastes, smoothing over the tongue with a near-perfect doughy texture. Hops are slow to start, but they get going mid-palate with a fruity, prickly bitterness – candied lemon, tart, fresh peach, soft, jammy grape, and some crisp pepper. It’s a dryness that’s noticeable yet mild, and in doing so, it gives the edge to hop taste over bitterness. Finishes all wheat, a sustained grain character that leaves this one feeling full. Carbonation is frothy and smooth, as well, helping this to a wonderful presence of not-too-light, not-too-heavy.

O: Someone described this to me as a “Gumballhead killer.” My response to that? Well, they’re two very different beer. As far as balance and actual wheat flavor goes, Vicious takes it without a doubt. But there’s definitely something special about Gumballhead’s hop character – it’s everything you want when you think of drinkable hop flavor. All I know is that I love them both, though this one is much cheaper; at $10 a six-pack, I’ll likely be stocking my fridge with Vicious for a long, long time. Cheers!

Photo of Bnoise11
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Filabee
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
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 Tone
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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 JVoyager
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a honey color with a one finger slightly offwhite head. Average retention and lacing

S - Aromas of pine upfront with a slight grassiness to it.. Caramel malts in the back.

T - Hops are present although it is more on the finish than upfront. Very slight pineiness upfront followed by a nice wheat/caramel maltiness. Very good flavor

M - Very good mouthfeel. Both creamy and slick. Nice burn that isnt overpowering

O - A very enjoyable wheat IPA. Different than most I have tried. Will look for it again. A sessionable beer for sure

Photo of BHansen214
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of NicholasOfMKE
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of EdFed
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of aasher
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of drbenderdo
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of fullmoonbeer
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of fellowrs
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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 waston
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Agentveba
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of bradb717
4.51/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There are several reasons why I love this beer.
Many of the reviews have been those that like it but I love it.
Pours smooth into a pint glass, thin layer of head that stays
and turns into nice lacing on the glass as consumed.
Beautiful color truly, nice burnt amber bright color.
Smells nice and pale, wheaty and hoppy.
Flavor very full bodied and does not disappoint.
Goes down smooth with that nice hoppy bite finish.
North knows carbonation too.
It's just great.
One of my favorite beers.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Vicious American Wheat IPA from North Peak Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.