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:
North Peak Brewing Company visit their website
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 BeerAdvocate
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Crisp, Citrus, Clean, Bitter

One brewer’s Pale Ale is another’s Session IPA. Seems this sub-style of the IPA has caught on and is here to stay. Big orangey aroma with a clean grainy backing, and it smells like an IPA. Lighter bodied, tight crispness with a snappy hop bitterness. Grassy beginnings, orange pith to floral resin for the hop flavor. Cracker-like maltiness is just enough to hold this beer together. A solid offering.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 4.2% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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 Tone
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong resin, strong hop, hint of pine, sweet malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Strong bitterness as well. Tastes of strong resin, strong hop, hint of pine, sweet malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, too bitter, and low complexity.

Photo of BMMillsy
2.99/5  rDev -21.9%

Bottle from the shelves of Tipples. A little surprised this was still in the fridge, as it has a bottling date of 12/3/13 and I grabbed it today (8/16/14). Oh well. Pours murky copper orange color with a very small ring of white head. Aroma is straight malts and some stale hops, bready and caramelly. Flavor is watered down bready malts, light bitter, sticky and sweet. Light to medium bodied with medium low carbonation. Meh. Need to try it fresh.

Photo of KYGunner
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
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 dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden orangish apricot in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy sudsy beige head that slowly reduces to a large thick patch that almost resembles sea scum and a mottled very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer as well as a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and caramel malts with a moderate amount of sweetness with a light to moderate aroma of citrus/grapefruit and citrus/grapefruit zest hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts with some hints of caramel. There is a slightly stronger flavor of hops - citrus/grapefruit and citrus/grapefruit zest that contribute a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with a slightly thin/watery mid-body and light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable, definitely a nice example of a session summer IPA. I could easily have a couple of these on a warm summer night. Nice citrus flavors and not as sweet as the smell might hint at.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/31/13.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy dark tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice 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 good beer with nice citrus forward hop qualities all around even though this beer is now over 5 months old at this point.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a clear deep orange color with one finger of rich off-white head. A good amount of sticky lacing left behind.

The aroma was fairly light with a bit of orange and light, light malts.

Tasted of baby aspirin. light caramel malts with light bitterness towards the finish

Medium bodied and wet with a lighter carbonation.

More of a pale ale versus an IPA. Average at best.

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 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 BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden; huge fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are subtle and full of orange peel and caramel malts. The flavors are muchmore vibrant. Lots of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Lots of pine needles as well. The flavors are sharp and crisp. The malts take a backseat in the flavors and the bitterness shines. Mouthfeel is nice; it's light but has a nice body to it. Carbonation is very active. This is obviously an easy drinking beer.

This is a pretty bold beer at 4.2% abv. It definitely packs a punch. It's not a game changer, but it's well crafted.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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 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 RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm always happy to see a new low abv beer.

It's unusual to me though that this is only 4.2%, because I feel like I can taste booze tones all up in this thing. Regardless of that, the hop tones are pretty full and sharp. A nice drinker, but a bit too spicy, for me.

Photo of bigkingken
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a healthy head on top that slowly dissipates to a decent size. Slightly hazy in appearance. Lots of aroma coming out of the top. Citrus notes highlighted with orange and grapefruit, and a subtle backdrop of pine. Medium everything in the taste department. A good amount of bitterness offset by a good amount of malt – nothing too strong going on. Well balanced. Grapefruit dominates a slightly acidic and bitter overall profile. Leaves a bit of bitterness behind, but nothing uncomfortable. Hits its mark. Looking for an all-day drinking IPA that won’t kill the palette or make anyone too drunk, this is it. But as an IPA, it lacks character.

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 Cheesedogg
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A - poured a deep amber color with lots of head, actually had to stop pouring at one point to let head settle before pouring the entire bottle

S - Nice citrus smell couldn't pick up the pine scents like in other review, but this is my 1st beer review

T - Nice hoppy flavor with the hnts of the citrus coming through

M - nice bitter taste that quickly disolves

O - Not a bad beer, wandering what the date on the bottle mean, hopefull bottled date. 04/11

Found it at a local grocery store for $3.99 for a 6-pack, then saw it at my local beer store for $11.99 per 6-pack

Photo of rangerred
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a thick foamy head. Wonderful head retention leaving a rocky cap on the beer.

Aroma is very citrusy from the hops and also some pale malt is detectable. Pretty nice.

Flavor is very hop forward with pine and citrus notes at first. These fall off quickly leading to a nice lingering bitterness. Unfortunately there is really not much flavor other than bitterness. Everything just falls apart too quickly. Mouthfeel is watery but this can be expected from this weak a beer.

Overall a nice try but it seems to miss the mark. I would drink this over a typical light beer, though.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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 david131
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice, clear orange liquid with a thin and splotchy white head.

S- Loads of pine, citrus rind, and caramel. Very aromatic considering the alcohol content.

T- Same as the aroma with light and well rounded flavors. There is some lingering bitterness.

M- Somewhat smooth body with a nice carbonated finish.

O- Drinks fairly nicely, but not quite as nicely as what I expected with the alcohol content. Would be great on a hot summer night.

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 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 flexabull
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of jrallen34, thanks again!

Pours a hazy light amber color with a pretty nice head.

Aromas are of hard candies, light citrus, some oranges, hints of pine, and grapefruits.

Taste is bitter up front, pine like, with some mineral and ground aspirin like flavors. There some faint tartness, light cream, and hints of bread. Finish is bitter, with some pine notes.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, nice body, smooth, and well rounded.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. I think the bitterness is a bit strong, and unbalanced, but this is still tasty, especially considering the ABV. However, this needs some balance to be really good.

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 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.

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Wanderer Session India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
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