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Wanderer Session India Pale Ale - North Peak Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

118 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | 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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Lillenk

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2011 20:35:04 | More by Lillenk
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 02:22:44 | More by WVbeergeek
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 02:10:05 | More by alexgash
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 00:43:28 | More by xnicknj
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GoldenChild

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 02:59:09 | More by GoldenChild
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 02:29:44 | More by nrbw23
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GRPunk

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 21:33:17 | More by GRPunk
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BradDurbin89

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 21:19:58 | More by BradDurbin89
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beerbears

Michigan

4.93/5  rDev +29.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 21:19:01 | More by beerbears
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boyfromthenorth

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 02:37:01 | More by boyfromthenorth
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SteveLyman

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 02:14:52 | More by SteveLyman
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 01:07:18 | More by Ryan011235
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 18:55:19 | More by hosehead83
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Natural510

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 12:19:49 | More by Natural510
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 13 2011

Appearance
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.

Aroma
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.

Taste
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.

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

Overall
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 04:36:11 | More by MbpBugeye
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kohoutek

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 14:20:17 | More by kohoutek
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 00:11:42 | More by DavoleBomb
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 22:35:36 | More by kzoobrew
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Wanderer Session India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.