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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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very good

61 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 155
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: kzoobrew on 04-21-2011

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Reviews: 61 | Hads: 155
Photo of BradDurbin89
4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

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Photo of beerbears
4.92/5  rDev +28.5%
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!

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Photo of boyfromthenorth
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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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 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 hosehead83
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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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 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 kohoutek
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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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 kzoobrew
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Wanderer Session India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.