Wanderer Session India Pale Ale - North Peak Brewing Company

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Wanderer Session India Pale AleWanderer Session India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

131 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kzoobrew on 04-21-2011)
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Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Color: hazed amber

Aroma: Dried mint, orange peel, toasted bread, nutty yeast and faint taffy.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth drinking, aggressive bitterness and raw. Grainy and bready. Orange peel, tobacco and some mint. Yeasty, tamed alcohol and lingering hop bitterness.

Overall: Very tasty, but why call it an IPA ... just name the beer, who cares about styles when you are not going to be within the guidelines. Regardless, I could knock these back all day long ... I'd love to see a version that is 3% abv.

More User Reviews:
Photo of iparules
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a slightly hazed copper hue, the bottle has a tone of yeast sediment at the bottom. The stubby bottle was opened with loud gasp of carbonation releasing, and the head forms thick with a fine even lacing. Aroma has a citrus pine earthiness going on with the hops with a light pale biscuit malts combination going on. Layers of hop bitterness to the point of soapiness and hop pellets. Mouthfeel is light bodied super abrasive bitterness, a beer like this should be likeable but this one is hard to get through. Carbonation is alright not offensive, the type of beer that makes me want to start homebrewing to make a low alcohol hoppy beer that is drinkable, overall the right concept with poor execution. Much better with the yeast added in from the bottom of the bottle, adds some depth balance and breadiness some malt and yeast girth to stand up to straight hops.

Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is an opaque ruddy unpoloished gold in color, nearly but not quite amber. A nearly white head is a real beauty, two fingers tall and sitting thick, dense and craggy for minutes before it fades. When it does, the thick foam never goes away. Lacing isn't quite the impressive perfection the head is, which is the only detraction from a perfect score for appearance.
There's a very aromatic pungency off the nose, with piney, resinous hops foremost. There's floral and citrus as well with some malts for balance and yeast underneath.
Like the aroma, the flavor is foremost of dry, resinous hops with some depth and balance from a light malts presence. It's not perfectly balanced, though, and while it's a very good beer a bit of chalky bitterness betrays that. Very leafy/herbal flavors develop into the finish as it warms.
This is appropriately medium bodied with enough depth to seem fuller without being remotely heavy. Carbonation is light. The body's almost as dry as expected, but pulls pleasantly away from a biting, chalky astringency with the addition of malts that are overcome in the flavor by the hops. Otherwise, this is lightly crisp throughiout and becomes creamy in the middle with a smooth finish and lingers quite dryly.

Photo of cynical1027
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Jolly Pumpkin in Ann Arbor. Golden bodied with carbonation bubbles visible. This one ranked at 4.1% abv. Orange flavour and creamy, although aggressive carbonation detracted it was still good drnkability. More like an American IPA in the pre-steroid days.

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date on the side of the label says April11, I hope that's the bottled-on date. Anyways, I like what they're going for here, a lower-abv, hoppy ale. I'd called it more of an extra pale ale, but it's all good. There's light but punchy, citrus hops character. I might have liked a bit of balancing malt (I only get a hint of biscuit in the aroma), but I'd be happy to spend a night working on a six-pack of this.

Photo of rolandboy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of KYGunner
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The concept of the sessionable IPA is a touch odd as the definition of an IPA has far more malt backbone. That's exactly what this was missing as it has a decent amount of piney, resiny lupilin flavor but the malt backbone seems completely absent. At 4 pct ABV that seems to be the case as there's simply not enough malt to balance. If you like an easy drinkability with a strong hop bitterness than this is your session beer.

Photo of redleg64
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of beerbears
4.93/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured form a 12oz bottle into a pint.

Two finger cap when poured and bits of lace left after a few minutes. A lovely rich amber color.

Wonderful aroma of lots of citrus with a wonderful ending.

It's a session IPA that actually has great amounts of hop flavor.

Overall a wonderful session IPA, would definitely drink this again!

Photo of brewpubbung
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 4.2% abv. Hazy, lighter copper color. Airy, white head with excellent retention and lace.

Nose is not very powerful, but lends some nice caramel malt, and faint grapefruit. Not overly juicy hop aroma, but enough to generate some interest.

Slightly bready malt up front, with a dry feel. Balance comes with some earthy hop flavor, and just a hint of citrusy hop flavors. Great balance, but some earthy notes linger.

Lighter side of medium body, with a nice feel from the carbonation. Very easy to drink, simple, and good balance.

Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of blp
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of SpartyJoe
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of elkinbrown
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of cestlavie
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of radiofish
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a stemmed 16 oz beer glass at the Meadowlark Restaurant in Kettering, OH.

Appearance: Hazy dark amber with a 1/4" off-white head. Lots of strands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Tropical fruit, citrus, a hint of malt sweetness under the hop aroma.

Taste: Very hoppy with grapefruit and citrus abounding. Strong bitterness, but not overpowering. Some bready malt in the middle, maybe some caramelized malt as well as it warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, a bit spicy on the tongue, otherwise good thickness underneath.

Overall / Drinkability: Went very well with lunch (grilled provolone + tomato + basil sandwich), and maybe it a tad bit more rich in flavor and aroma when warmer, but otherwise very good from start to finish. Full flavored without all the alcohol - a perfect beer for a working lunch.

Photo of HardyA
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of StoutHunter
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Wanderer Session India Pale Ale today for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I got to try a sample of this beer last month at The World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, I thought it was a very well done and flavorful beer, let's see if my feelings have changed. No visible freshness date. Poured from a short brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty much the same as all the other North Peak brews, but this one has a weird picture of a goat man on it. It poured a really hazy copper/orange color that was a little darker then I expected but I liked the look of it. It had two and a half fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end.

S- The aroma is pretty much dominated by the hops in this beer. From the smell of it smells like it is a half and half mixture of piney and citrus hops. I pick up a little sweetness from the caramel malts, but other then that the aroma is pretty much all about the hops.

T- Just like the aroma, the taste is all about the hops and there is no hiding it. It starts with that nice hoppy bitterness on the front rather then on the finish like most Pale Ales. It seems that in the battle between citrus and piney hops that the piney hops have come out on top, I would have liked the balance of hops that I found in the aroma to be the same in the taste, but it isn't that big of a deal. I can actually pick up the nice caramel malt backbone of this beer, which has a very low amount of sweetness to it. This beer was pretty bitter at first but after a couple sips my taste bud adjusted to it and it wasn't to overbearing, the bitterness was similar to what you get in a Imperial Pilsner.

M- Crisp, refreshing and medium bodied. The carbonation on this beer was on the medium side and that suited the style nicely.

Overall I thought was a pretty damn good sessionable Pale Ale. I really like that fact that they crammed so much hop flavor into such a small beer, it really has the best of both worlds, the easy drinking of a session beer and the over the top hops flavors of an IPA. I feel this would be the perfect choice for my weekend disc golf games, its got all that flavor to hold my attention while being light enough to not fill me up or get me wasted. I liked the drinkability and aroma the most and the only thing I would change would be an even amount of pine and citrus, like how they were represented in the aroma. I will for sure be buying this again, I have no doubt six of these will be coming with me for my next disc golf game. If you like really hoppy and bitter beers then this will make a worthy choice, its nice to get all that bitterness and hop flavor without all the booze that usually comes with it, it just makes for a great bbq and summertime beer. I have yet to be let down by North Peak, they sure know how to use their hops, I will be on the lookout for any other North Peak brews I can get my hands on.

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Wanderer Session India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.