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

147 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kzoobrew on 04-21-2011

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Photo of beerbears
4.92/5  rDev +28.5%
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 BradDurbin89
4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured Wanderer Session IPA from a 12oz bottle to standard pint glass. It pours a slight ruby amber and golden color with a nice, frothy head that is two fingers and has great retention.

The nose is very nice, floral and pine and even a bit of sweetness. I prefer a bigger nose, but it is very pleasant.

There is a great citrus and floral flavor and I even pick up a bit of grapefruit and lemon. There is a subtle malt taste that compliments and balances this beer. Nice hop finish.

This beer has a very light mouthfeel, which I believe is the idea in this Session IPA. Great carbonation.

Overall, I love this beer. I've been waiting for a beer with these hop characteristics, but with lighter body and lower alcohol. I will drink this beer regularly. I see that it is a seasonal. I will have to stock up.

Photo of mcallister
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep pulpy orange juicy color and cloudy with a thick, pillowy white head leaving sticky lace in all paths behind.

Resiny, piney, citrusy hops at the forefront. Some light caramel and toffee notes. Lemon, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, grass, and pine forest. Just an amazing aroma on a IPA at 4.2.

Had Founders All Day IPA and I must say this is better. This is a great brew. Drinks much bigger than it purposes. Resiny, oily hops earthy, grassy and then citrusty, and then earthy and grassy on the finish. So well balanced with enough mouthfeel and body to not make you think its a "session IPA". Creamy, visous and deep. Great hop bitterness on the long finish and full of visceral impact. Pine, grass, grapefruit, orange zest and nectarine. Love this beer.

Photo of Bitter_Echo
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, clear, orange tannic yellow, with low and fine head. Smells on the pine side of things: balsam, faint laquer-ish, organic chemistry class like piney and resinous. Not much in the way of fruit and citrus bitter but a little grapefruit rind. Like I said, on the pinier side. Taste is terrific, well balanced, smooth, not too sweet not too malty. Nice, distinct bitterness in good balance with each other and complex. Alcohol is low, carbonation is fine and moderate to scrubbing powerful. Bitter notes linger but clear from the palate...tastes of more alcohol than 4+ percent would indicate. I think bitter like an IPA, but not exhausting, and fits well with my idea of a session ale. Curiously, like the pine version of another citrusy All Day IPA brewed several hours south in GR. I like this one too. Another six in my future. Nice.

Photo of Lillenk
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was very nice. A little lighter color than I would expect from the style, nut very clear with a nice head.

Smell was fantastic of citrus and hops.

Taste was great. Tons of bitter citrusy hops and finished clean.

MOuthfeel was great. A little more like a bigger IPA so I was very surprised that the ABV was so low.

Overall I think they hit the nail on the head. A great IPA. Very flavorful but still really easy to drink and doesn't knock you over with a high ABV. Very well done.

Photo of kohoutek
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 4/3/11 (20 days old).

Bottles purchased at the Prospect party store (Ypsilanti, MI).

This beer pours a very nice orange/amber color with a frothy white head (a harbinger of the hoppiness that is sure to follow). The head settles into a creamy mix of large bubbles and some fine lace. There is some chill haze at first which disappears with warming. This beer is definitely unfiltered.

The aroma of this beer is dominated by hops. Aromas of spicy, citrus hops, lemon, geranium leaf, strawberry, mango, pineapple, a hint of earthen grass, some caramel toffee/crystal malt notes manage to fight through the hops.

Flavors mimic aromas with the addition of a huge herbaceous hop flavor that is heavy on green chlorophyll notes. Almost like sucking on a hop cone. Malt notes truly are buried. This is one hoppy mother!

Overall, this beer is very dry and quite bitter. IMO, I believe it would benefit from additional malt profile, less attenuation and/or a slightly lower IBU presence.

I really am a fan of this style. I regularly brew American Bitter (which is the baby/session IPA style). It is really exciting to have access to this style commercially, especially with it being so fresh. I have always liked Stone's Levitation, but after the long distribution trip it is rarely very fresh here in the midwest.

Photo of tophers
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy copper with a thick, long lasting head. Smell is predominately citrus grapefruit with a touch of spiciness. Some session IPA's tend to taste more like a pale ale. This one is not one of those. There is ample malt background to support the strong citrus hop flavors. This is a tad bit over-carbonated in my opinion though. This beer definitely doesn't taste like a 4.2% ABV. This is a great session IPA.

Photo of schoolboy
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like other beers from North Peak, this is a real winner. Perhaps it wins by being so unpretentious (they all are - look at the simple labels and the squat bottles on some of them). Ultimately, it delivers a great, well-balanced hoppy taste that ventures way beyond the expectations.

This may be one of the most drinkable APA's. It's a little low on alcohol, and that's a good thing sometimes. I think North Peak just moved up another notch on my A-list of very good breweries.

Photo of boyfromthenorth
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle- What happened to their Stubbies- maybe just a one time deal- they better get those back. Packaging is important

Smell- Average. Less than Draft. Need some more dry hopping

Taste - still fantastic. Love this new style. My goal to finish the 6 pack tonight. Imagine ever saying this about an IPA never thought it would happen. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel- yes, light but perfect
Over- Fantastic. Just give me a bit more on the nose and we are in heaven.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 04/07/11

Clear golden orange body with plenty of visible carbonation. Two finger pearly white head is set atop. Retention is very decent, thick moth eaten lacing left clinging to the walls of the glass.

North Peak does a pretty good job selling the IPA with the aroma. Many of these so called Session IPAs fall a bit short lacking the hop intensity. Bright citrus up front, a bit of grassiness and young hop aroma falls in just behind. Soft bready malt characteristic is more reminiscent of an APA though appropriate for this beer.

Very balanced flavor though the hop profile is still the focal point. Warm bready malt provides a nice base for the hops to build off of. Hop flavor varies from Citrus and floral up front to slightly resinous and grassy towards the rear.

Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Feel is slightly prickly on the tongue. Finish is dry and pleasant.

Very enjoyable beer. In comparison to the other "Session IPAs" I have had this on holds its own. It would be easy to go through several servings of this in a day. Flavor is well balanced with enough depth to keep me interested. I would not be surprised if I quick this up often over the summer.

Photo of ribby
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an impressionistic review, not comprehensive tasting notes. I dead a sequential tasting of two session IPAs, North Peak Wanderer and New Belgium Slow Ride. While balance is not a common characteristic of IPAs, these two are both not too extreme in their hoppiness, and both are extremely drinkable. I have had session IPAs that were so overhopped I could not imagine having two of them. Between the two, the North Peak is a little fruitier in its hoppiness, the New Belgium a little more floral.

Photo of MasterSki
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased in Traverse City. Served in a CCBW pint glass. Bottled May 3rd, 2011.

A - Pours with a voluminous white creamy foam that has excellent retention and leaves behind glass-coating lace. Lightly hazed dark orange body, with a big stream of bubbles rising up the middle of the glass.

S - Oranges, lemon zest, leafy, piney, caramel, dough and yeast. Pretty potent aroma for 4.2% ABV.

T - Tastes like orange juice, with a pine finish. Minimal malt character, with just a bit of yeast and bread. Plenty of bitterness for the listed 45 IBU.

M - Zesty carbonation, surprisingly hefty medium body, grainy texture, tons of resinous hop oils in the finish that coat my teeth.

D - Crushable stuff. Took me about 5 minutes to finish the bottle. Great session ale that would be great for a camping trip or sitting by the lake. Perfect for Traverse City in the summertime.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of jkrich
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this one on a recent trip to Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH. 12 oz bottle with a date stamped on label. Poured a slight hazy copper with orange highlights. There is a little sediment at the bottom. The off-white head is creamy and sustained, leaving lots of lacing.

The aroma is most impressive; bursting with strong citrus and pine with a nice blast of perfumy, malty odor. This ale was no doubt dry-hopped.

This brewery certainly packed a lot of flavor in such a low alcohol beer - of course a flavorful ale does not need a higher ABV, but you normally associate an American IPA with an increased alcohol level. The flavor has a crisp, bittersweet, citrusy taste that slowly fades to a very nice malty aftertaste. The subtle flavors begin to emerge as the ale warms in the glass. There is a hint of sourness that detracts slightly from the overall experience.

The body is light to medium with very nice, spritzy carbonation and a clean, refreshing mouthfeel.

If the date on the label is the "bottled on" date, this ale is a couple of months old; if is the "enjoy by" date, the ale is past its prime. Either way it still maintained a refreshing quality, though I suspect it would be excellent if freshly bottled.

Photo of patpbr
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep orange with a quickly disapainting head.
S - Citrus, a little grapefruit and pine, hints of malt
T - Hop flavors: pine, citrus, grass, grapefruit a little sweet and bitter.
M - Light body and more of a bite then you would expect from the ABV. finishes dry.
O - Easy and pleasant to drink, Could kick back several

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

Bottle into a glass

A- Tall 2 finger white bubbly head. Nice amber color. I expected it to look more watered down.

S- Piney, floral hops, I think that it needs a touch more dry hopping.

T- Pine, Citrus, And a nice malt finish.

M- med carb and refreshing

O- This is a fantastic beer, Its the best beer that i have had from north peak so far. Love it and will be buying more.... as long as i can find them??? I have only seen one 6 pack so far.

Edit: Wanted to add that i can find this beer all over now. Love it

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

12 oz. bottle. APR 0311 stamped on label (bottled on date, I believe).

Slightly cloudy dark orange-copper body. Thumbs-width of frothy, thick, dense, bright beige head. Very good lacing. Bright, fresh hop nose. Plenty of pine, resin, dank, and a little lemon zest. Barely perceptible cookie malt.

Assertive hop bitterness right off the bat. Herbal and minty bitterness throughout. Toasted malts fight through and are joined by flashes of butter cookie and fruit. Malt flavors get pretty overwhelmed by the herbal, piny, and citrusy hop flavors. Aspirin, grapefruit, and lemon in the finish. Lingering light fruit and butter notes, but mostly resinous hops. Medium-bodied with a very creamy feel. A very nice, very hoppy session ale that should satisfy those hopheads that want a few extra beers over the course of a night!

Photo of wvsabbath
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark burnt orange, tan, nice 1 inch thick creamy head and lots of lacing.

Smell - Weak, bland smell. Some hops and sugars, malts, a little floral kick, not much else

Taste - Nice hop kick with some pale yeast and malt mixed in. Has the classic bready yeast flavor of apa's with the added bitterness and bite of hops. Theres a nice mild flavor of carmal and spices also mixed in.

MOuthfeel - The hops give some bite to tounge but the beer is low alcohol and easy to drink. Aftertaste is a little dry and bitter but nothing to ruin mouth.

Overall - Very surprized by this beer. Has some kick and real hop character. North peak really got this beer to put out all it could in such a low alcohol drink. Impressed, will try more north peak for sure.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a squat 12 oz bottle with a sparse label bearing a a date of April 13, 2011.

Pours a slighty cloudy amber, with a frothy, bubbly head that reduces leaving spiderweb lacing.

Has an aggressive citrus aroma, with plenty of grapefruit and orange notes. Mild sweet malt rounds out the aroma.

Taste is simple; dry hops up front with a bitter citrus finish. White grapefruit dominates the taste, from start to finish, with only a hint of sweet caramel malt that hints mid-tongue.

Light bodied, with a bitter, astringent gripping of the tongue that, frankly, surprises me given its low ABV and age.

This beer is advertised as a session IPA, and reminds me of Founder's Endurance. The flavor and feel of this beer is amazing, given how low the ABV is. Forget your typical session ale; this is a session ale to grab if you're sitting down for a game of cards, or an evening with friends.

Photo of CWBlues
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to EricCioe for this one!

Bottle into an ale glass.

A: Pours a hazy, coppery orange. A quarter-finger of a creamy white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S: Citrus and pine up front. Decent bit of hops there too.

T: Awesome hops in the first taste, but pine really fills up the mouth. Citrus at the back but very light.

M: This thing's kind of a kick in the mouth. The hoppy bitterness really lingers, sticks all over. Carbonation is good though. Feels like an IPA should.

O: I'm a hophead, and this is just an awesome beer. I would drink far more of these if I had them.

Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/17/2013. A bit of a gusher upon opening. Pours moderately hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, floral, grass, caramel, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, bread, caramel, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, bread, caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops flavors; with a crisp moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very crisp and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a damn nice session IPA. Very nice robustness of bright hop flavors with a fair amount of malt; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of SykDoc
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a cloudy copper/amber color and forms a several inch light tan head that slowly reduces to a frothy over-the-top lacing. Carbonation is visible.

The aroma is opens with a sweet/citrusy hops presence followed by a more bready and caramel component.

The taste again starts with that citrus hoppy presence as well as some bread and grass components. Good flavors, but lacking in strength of the flavor.

The mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with an adequate amount of carbonation. A nice bitterness lingers at the finish and it overall has a uniquely residual texture.

Overall, I think the drinkability of this beer is quite high. The low ABV makes it possible to have a couple without significant consequences and the flavor presence does not flatline your palate.

Photo of hosehead83
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a "stubby-longneck" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Orange/amber in color, with a nice, dimpled two-inch head of white foam.
Aroma-Citrus and piney hops
Taste-Right upfront pine and grapefruit-rind bitterness that lasts throughout. Sharp, "bitey' hops mellow, but just a bit, as beer warms. A bit more malt might have balanced things a bit more but maybe also upped the ABV. Overall, great, bold flavor for a "session" IPA at 4.2ABV.
Great for around the grill, waiting for the burgers to be done.

Photo of EricCioe
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours an ultra-hazy deep orange with a one finger white head that dies down to a thin film with no lace. On the nose the malt backbone is evident, a mixture of caramel and biscuit in that order. Around that are the hop flavors, largely resin but also orange peel. The nose is very well-balanced, more pale ale than IPA to me. In the mouth, there are oranges and grapefruits up top riding over bread and caramel lower down. It's definitely bitter, but the the malts do a good deal to balance this out. The body is pretty light, making for easy drinking, but the finish is long. Normally this is fine but here it gets a bit raucous at the end, a detriment for me.

Overall, this is a nice brew. This is the third North Peak brew I've had, after the Diabolical and Burly Belgo IPAs. This is a nice brewery when it comes to hops, maybe not world class, but certainly doing very good beers in the pale ale realm. I'll look into their other stuff based on the strength of these three.

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Wanderer Session India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
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