Wanderer Session India Pale Ale - North Peak Brewing Company
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3.6/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
09-09-2011 13:15:32 | More by Sammy
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
04-03-2014 06:15:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
09-06-2011 18:27:17 | More by womencantsail
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
08-23-2012 08:19:51 | More by RblWthACoz
3.63/5 rDev -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.
05-18-2011 02:22:44 | More by WVbeergeek
3.93/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
08-04-2011 00:49:58 | More by Jason
4.15/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
08-23-2011 00:16:07 | More by MasterSki
3.65/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
10-08-2011 18:00:25 | More by tempest
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
04-20-2014 02:01:57 | More by dbrauneis
4/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
11-21-2013 05:02:15 | More by superspak
3.78/5 rDev -1%
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.
05-06-2011 00:43:28 | More by xnicknj
4.08/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
06-23-2011 14:22:47 | More by Brenden
4.08/5 rDev +6.8%
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!
05-09-2011 02:10:05 | More by alexgash
3.23/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
04-22-2011 00:11:42 | More by DavoleBomb
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
09-23-2011 03:12:20 | More by flexabull
Wanderer Session India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.