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Wanderer Session India Pale Ale - North Peak Brewing Company

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 153
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | 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 leantom
2.33/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I don't know how anyone can like this beer. Here goes:

A: Best - and only - good thing about the beer. Dark but clear brown with a slight yellowish/gold hue. Good head and lacing.

S: Goes downhill from here. Lots of onions, garlic and earthy scents. Some caramel malt and grainy cereal in the background, but nothing to write home about.

T: Took one sip and drain-poured it. Absolutely rancid.

F: I suppose it was ok. Really just wanted to dump it down after that first sip.

O: No.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
2.77/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep hazy red/orange with a nice fluffy, crispy white head that disappears kinda quickly leaving a nice amount of sticky lacing. Loads of carbonation!

S- Kinda smells like wet grass and a bit of citrus. A little bit of malt, but mostly wet hay and grass. Not much depth to this at all. Kind of boring.

T- Decent bitter citrus flavor. Light notes of grapefruit, bitter lemon and orange zest. Nice balance between the light grainy malt and the citrus, grassy pine.

M- Nice carbonation, Decent bitter citrus pop, but I can't get past the wet grass in my mouth! Medium body for a session IPA.

O- Decent, but not something I'd really care to try again.

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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.

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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

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Wanderer session IPA by North Peak.

Well this is my third time grabbing a brew outta these guys that gave me two that impressed me, so let's see if the third can do the same.

Look - Allllllrightyyyy then. The head is a monster. Like a Ron Jeremy cock head...head. wasn't able to empty the bottle until the fourth pour...y'know what I'm gonna just slice it with a fucking knife at this point..wow that head tastes like getting my mouth washed with soap as a young boy who said fuck a lot. Anyway! Very clear copper with the carbonation levels at medium. Spotty lacing. 3.25

Smell - Alright welpz I'm getting the maltyness and a touch of the hops and an overdose of wheaty presence. else. 3.25

Taste - Well I can tell you straigh and to the point that this is a ' new guy ' IPA. More like a pale ale really. A touch of grapefruit on the forefront followed by an immediate killswitch that brings you back to...college? Duh fuck is even in this stuff?..3.25.

Feel - Body is creamy with enough cadbonation to pop a champagne top. Not much else to say. 3.25

Overall - Look, if I want something sessionable and " all day " I'll drink a ( Insert religious expletive here whereas I am Atheist and don't buy into such fairytales) Molson. When I come to crafts I expect a CRAFT BEER, not some half-assed attempt at fitting into a market the brewer has long surpassed. BUT, it is a prime introductory beer to the world of craft beers. Has a new flavor for the new guys, but nothing for the seasoned, or even apprentice veteran. And for that...3.25.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to Romulux for this.

4.5 A: This is a beauty. Opaque bottle-conditioned dark orange brownish color. Two fingers of thick, off-white creamy/frothy hybrid head. Pretty good retention and a lot of lacing.

4.0 S: Smells great too! Grapefruit, grassiness, and a light herbalness. A light caramel, with a subtle yeasty breadiness.

3.0 T: Unfortunately, the quality from the nose never made it to the taste. This is solidly mediocre. Not much hop flavor and not much malt flavor either. What is left is a moderate bitterness and a strong yeasty breadiness. No complexity at all.

2.5 M: The mouthfeel is even more disappointing. Lighter medium body. Could use a touch more carbonation, but it's hard to tell really since the existing carbonation lies lifeless on the tongue. Not creamy at all and not particularly smooth due to the yeastiness.

3.0 D: This one started out strong, but soon lost it's way. Really pleasant nose, but the taste and mouthfeel are garbage. Oh well.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 4/25/11

Bottled April 13, 2011

Paled and faded amber with some haziness. Two finger cap of foam is halved after a few minutes, eventually leaving 1/8th inch layer of foam. A few bubbly clumps of lace cling to the glass and compound throughout.

Boasting spicy, zesty citrus notes, the aroma is appealing. Grapefruit, lemon zest, orange pith and a nip or two of pine. Though it's tipped in favor of the hops, malts offer a toasted bread and biscuit counterpoint. Citric aromas smell ripe, especially after it opens up. The second pour smells a tad doughy.

I was kind of afraid that the aroma would be the high point and it is. Though it doesn't taste bad, Wanderer doesn't have the same depth once it hits the palate. Sharp grapefruit and lemon notes lead off, dry pine picks up in the mid-section and the latter half is nearly astringent with the bitterness. The malts are dry too; toasted bread and crackers.

Leaning toward the lighter side of medium body. Carbonation is too high for my liking; in conjunction with the prickly aspects of the flavor profile the overall perception is harsh. Finishes with fine resin and lingering bitterness.

Despite some of the brash aspects this beer could be a lot worse. It's drinkable enough that I won't mind finishing the bottle. Not as good as Vicious but much better than Diabolical (rating this as an IPA as opposed to APA). I won't be in a hurry to get it again but it'll do in a pinch.

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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.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not quite stubby bottle that North Peak normally uses with date of APR0711, poured into a Lion tulip.

A- A normal pour created a 1-finger, khaki head that dropped to a nearly full covering film. Really nice rings left behind. The body was a clean, copper that was sporting moderate carbonation.

S- It had an initial rush of hops, citrus and earthy. Earthy notes increase with a little warmth. There was a sweet, malt balance. It comes off as a balanced IPA, hop forward, yet not overdone. There's nothing to say this is anything but a full-on IPA yet.

T- There it is. While not bad, it's a little lacking. Comparable to some middle-of-the-road IPAs. Lots of grainy malt. Herbal and citrus hops. The hopping isn't overwhelming, though not gentle, if that makes any sense. Kinda' different, bitter-sweet finish.

M- Moderate carbonation. Drying hops. Light-medium body compared to most in the full IPA style.

O- Not a "bad" beer by any means. Peripheral traits are fantanstic. Flavor is pretty basic. At ABV it could be a good choice for a bit of a hop blast of a session. Though I would do more than 1-2 in a sitting. Gotta' give the brewer credit for trying something new. Probably better categorized as an APA as it currently is on this site.

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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.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 13 2011

I just noticed that this isn't bottled in the cool little stubbies like the other North Peak beers have been. The beer looks really nice. Its coppery orange with some haze. The head is egg shell white with a long life and lots of lacing.

This is a proper smelling IPA. Lots of grapefruit with juicy orange rind. There's a dash of spicy pine as well. Pale, doughy malts are coming through strongly as well. Very hoppy and juicy. Lots of citrus and fruitiness, just how I like it.

The bitterness is coming across much stronger than the 45ibu's that this bottle reports. Candied citrus starts things off. It then moves into a strong bread crust malt base but by the end its all bitter pine and grapefruit rind. The finish is strongly bitter, a little too bitter for sessionability. Medicinal bitterness eventually begins to build.

Very sharp and prickly, its painful actually. The finish dries up.

The aroma is great. Everything else could use some work. It tastes alright, just too bitter and I could use with out the medicinal lingering finish.

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Photo of SteveLyman
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle to a New Belgium Brewing Company snifter. It pours a ruby amber with a large, frothy head that rises quickly and settles to two fingers that holds a bunch of retention.

S - This is relatively aromatic that has sweet honey, light floral, and pine needle notes.

T - The floral and citrus notes come through immediately. Lemon zest and watered down grapefruit arise. The malt taste is somewhat dry with a slight yeast taste. Ends quite bitter.

M - This beer has a very light mouthfeel, especially for an APA. The carbonation is too high and the finish is that of a dry wine, dry.

O - Overall this is a beer I would buy again. Although, it is somewhat dry and bitter, it could have enhanced the citrus and floral notes for me to enjoy it more.

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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.

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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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Photo of Natural510
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, very fresh (dated 4-13-11)

Pours a murky, darker copper-orange color. About a half-inch of white head, lacing not quite as sticky/creamy as I like in an IPA.

Nice bouquet of orange citrus and floral hop with a sweet malty back-draft.

Piny, herbal flavor. Not sweet at all, which is rare from a Midwestern IPA. Firm hop bite, with dry pine-cone finish.

Full and a bit creamy in the mouth; smooth enough to make me imagine how well it would taste on cask.

Nice offering; proof positive an IPA doesn't need to overload itself on big citrus flavor, or alcohol content, to impress. Still, I must acknowledge it to be a bit unbalanced toward bitterness without the juiciness I tend to love from the style.

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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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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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.

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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.

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

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The pour is a somewhat cloudy orange-amber color with a finger of white head.

S: Starts off with some sweet fruits, most notably bit tropical fruits. There is also the obligatory grapefruit and citrus notes. It's pretty "sticky" and sweet with some sugar and bread. There are also some floral and grass hop notes.

T: The flavor opens up with a numbe of different hop flavors, but it's mostly grass, citrus peel, and grapefruit. There is a very mild pineapple flavor along with the sweet malt and sugar flavors. Just a light hop bitterness.

M: The body is light with medium carbonation.

O: Had some aspects, but it was also a bit underwhelming overall.

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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.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thin white head. Head has pretty good retention, turning into a cap and leaving some nice lacing.

S- Smell is tropical fruits mainly grapefriut and orange. Also a nice bready malt back bone.

T- Tropical fruits hitting with a bread malt back bone. Follows the nose well. A lot stronger tastes than what I thought with the bottle information. A bit of pine here too.

M- Medium in body and a nice amount of carbonation.

O- Not too bad. Not something I'll go out after and drink all the time.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to erikkoppin for this extra

Pours a clouded burnt caramel brown color with a one finger high off white head. Fades to some bubbled film with a few streaks of lacing on the glass.

Nice floral hop aroma with some citrus and fruit background. Biscuity malts with breaded caramel sweetness.

A decent punch of hop bitterness up front with floral and pine. Not exactly resiny, but sticky for sure. Softer fruit sweetness before a decent sized caramel malt backbone breaks through. Fairly balanced, some bready notes as well. Finishes dry and bitter.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, a bit creamy and sticky, tingly on the tongue. This is one of those extras where I had no idea what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. Definitely a sessionable, tasty ale - I'd buy this if it was available here.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy medium-dark orange with a 2 finger off-white head that receded down but retains well. Tart citrus fruity nose with a lighter mango character perched atop the toasted malts. Piney herbal hop flavor and well-formed toasty malt backbone. Bitterness is moderate, clean. Dry, medium finish with lingering hop character. Medium-light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall this low "Session IPA" packs quite a bit of flavor for being so unassuming in strength. I could knock back a few and easily come back for more.

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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

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Wanderer Session India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
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