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

131 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
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 StubFaceJoe
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of waston
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of hpthebull
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Agentveba
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BB1313
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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 Drk93TT
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of TimRoss41
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Bitter_Echo
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
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
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Wanderer Session India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.