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Hooligan - North Peak Brewing Company

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Reviews: 26
Hads: 100
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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North Peak Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Bierguy5 on 10-14-2011

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.32/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a slightly cloudy gold color. Thin but good lacing.
Smells skunk and vegetal.
More like a pale ale. Struggling to locate any pumpkin. Aftertaste is dry, pungent, bitter.
Crisp, medium body.
Not something I'd get again. (224 characters)

Photo of Jesse13713
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Refreshing to see a pumpkin beer that doesn't follow others and overload itself with spices. Reminded me of smutty pumpkin with huge vegetable flavors. Has the hopness of an ipa (177 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Comes out a nice golden orange with a finger of soapy white head, thick lacing.
S - Aroma is kinda odd, some citrus juice, orange peel, lemon candy, grass, sweet pumpkin and cinnamon are underneath.
T - Ok taste isnt that bad, pumpkin is mixed with the bite of the hops, which is very piney and bitter, and mid way it dominates the pumpkin and spice flavors.
M - Metallic and very bitter, medium in body.
O - Not the worst, but surely an interesting brew. (480 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden color with excellent clarity. A half inch of eggshell white foam sits on top. Brussels lacing. Weak aroma of cereal grains and cinnamon. The taste showcases an odd blend of piny hops,cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. The mouth is fairly carbonated. (264 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%

Deciding on either the spicy ale flavor that's try to beer roots or to abandon all that in the chase for the taste of pumpkin pie dessert in a glass can keep brewers' heads reeling heading into fall. But in nearly defiant form, North Peak's pumpkin ale refuses to succumb to either. This hoppy pumpkin ale attempts both in a single session.

Its pale amber color is golden and straw with lightly diffused glow. It sprite carbonation pushes spicy aromas upward, leading with ginger and citrus. Its initial taste is dryly of caramel, chestnut, and light savory bread crust.

With the sweetness receding quickly, the hops stand out in the balance that's typical of hop-forward pale ale or IPA. Those grapefruit, orange, grass, herb and pine flavors from hops link up seamlessly with the added spice of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Its finish is crisp, clean and exuberant with bubbly carbonation. Its bitterness strengthens with pine resins and citrus pith and seems to battle the spices when the malty support drops out. Its warming and spicy character is lightly astringent with tea leaf and hop pedals. (1,103 characters)

Photo of MIbeer27
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle dated 09/11/14

Bottle pours with nice dark golden hue and two finger, white head that shrinks but never dissipates.

Aroma is a balance of stale, spicy hops and nutmeg/clove spices. A caramel sweetness becomes more prevalent as the beer warms.

Taste generally follows the aroma, with the spices taking the lead, accompanied by some grapefruit notes on the back end.

Mouthfeel is medium with a medium-high amount of bitterness, moderate carbonation.

Overall, the beer generally follows true to its claim as a 'hoppy pumpkin ale' (although I only get the spice aspect of pumpkin). Unfortunately, fruit and spices really don't work together in my opinion, as is the case here. Add in a higher amount of bitterness, this is not a beer I would seek out again. (774 characters)

Photo of dorianmarley
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden orange with a terrifically fluffy head that LASTS.

Nose is fresh hops, orange candy, sweet malt, and vanilla.

Taste is initially pumpkin--but light. Hops then come in head first with a big bite--plenty of pine and grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel is big, but drinkable. Carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is not a complex brew, and it barely registers on the pumpkin scale. But for its nuanced approach to a fall staple, it is refreshing to try. (466 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hooligan pours from what appears to be an old timey medicine bottle (330ml stubby) with sediment that drifts about the beer like hovering ghosts. Once all the dust settles the beer looks, well, dusty; it's so hazy as to be almost opaque. Almost lemon meringue in colour, it has little orange tone except when held against the light.

North Peak promotes this as a "hoppy" Pumpkin Ale and, indeed, the hops are so pronounced that I can't smell any spices or pumpkin at all. Not even remotely fall-like, this aroma has so much green leafiness and florals that it smells like summer! My guess is Centennial or a similar variety.

The hops are nearly as apparent on the palate, albeit more in flavour than texture; the brewery lists this at a relatively measly 35 IBUs, which seems about right (more Pale Ale than IPA territory, but still appreciable). The impression of leafy greens and herbal and green tea continue, now blended with bready, almost sponge cake-like malts.

The closest this gets to pumpkin pie is the occasional graham-cracker taste from the malts. As for the actual pumpkin and spices, their inclusion is noted only on the label - if it didn't say it, I'd never know. Instead, this is distinguished by citrusy acidity, toasty malt and a resiny aftertaste.

Hooligan strikes me as the poor man's Southern Tier's Pumking - which is actually a huge compliment - in that it's more IPA than actual Pumpkin Ale. For those queasy about squash and spices but intent (for some inexplicable reason) on drinking this style, here's your loophole. (1,553 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. stubby bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is light orange with golden highlights. It is topped with two inches of beige head.

S - I get a lot of pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.

T - It starts out tasting like a pumpkin ale with a little hop bite. As it warms the hops begins to stand out a lot more. After a couple the hops almost completely dominate the palate.

M - Moderate.

O - I had been reading about pumpkin IPA's on a thread and thought they sounded interesting. Shortly after that I came upon this beer. It is pretty much what I expected from the hopping of a pumpkin ale. I found it seasonally enjoyable. (652 characters)

Photo of guityler83
2.67/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: A modest half finger head was produced when poured into a standard pint glass. the off white bubbles quickly fell leaving a ring around the edge of the glass. The liquid is a copper to pumpkin orange color with a very hazy apperance that I can just bearly see my hand through on the other side. it almost looks like there is an interesting gradiant, layered color affect going on, interesting.

S: Fruity yeast esters on my first impression. A sweet toffee and cinnamon mixed with a subte pumpkin and all spice nose that comes out when the beer is roused. A slight bit of spicey hop character also.

T: Firm bitterness, surprisingly so for the style, followed by a mouth full of all spice and cloves that seems over powering after the bitterness. There is a very low pumpkin flavor in the middle but the spices are definatly dominant in the flavor profile. Hop flavor and fermentation character are hard to detect from all the spice in this one.

M: Very drying mouth sensation despite the low carbonation. its like taking a mouth full of spices (exagerating here). moderate body.

O: Very clowing and spice forward beer with a bitterness that gives the pallet a sensation of heat. Definatly not a fan of it, but It was worth a shot at a hoppy pumpkin beer, kudos on trying something different however. (1,306 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz stubby bottle poured into a Libby globe porter/stout glass. There was a date stamp, but it rubbed off easily as I grabbed it to pop the cap with a church key.

Appearance: Gold-amber with the slight hint of orange. Just the barest level of haze. Nice dense thin white foam. Lots of persistent fine lacing all over the glass. Lots of carbonation coming up through the glass when first poured. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Hoppy - grapefruit only at first. Once fully warmed up, then the barest hint of pumpkin and some nutmeg show up with a really deep inhale.

Taste: Hoppy start (pine and grapefruit), tiny hint of something sweet, and then another hoppy pine bitter finish. A quite strong pine bitter finish. Once fully warmed up you can just barely taste some pumpkin flesh under all those hops, but otherwise the hops dominate this one.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, spicy on the tongue, lots of hop oils sticking to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Very hoppy ale, but the pumpkin is just about completely lost under all those hops. It's an unbalanced ale as the hops dominate all the flavors and aroma; if you hadn't written pumpkin on the label I doubt I would have known, but since there is pumpkin in it, I can say that this is not a good version. The hoppy angle is interesting, but I think the hops paired with this are wrong. I think something more English in hop profile may have worked with this. Maybe. Pine and grapefruit does not. Also needs more malt to balance it out. In the end, interesting, but one is enough and I would not reach for another. (1,578 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is on the lighter side for the style, dark yellow with a haze that clears up. The ivory head reaches one finger and good retention is displayed as it falls very slowly and always has a creamy unbroken foam. Lacing is pretty heavy and plentiful.
There's a hoppiness to this beer, yes, but most noticeable is an overall vegetal quality imparted by the pumpkin. It's more strongly hoppy in the flavor, and the perfume and floral bitterness is stronger than in the smell. It's not close to heavily spiced, something like clove coming out in the nose but nothing by way of kitchen spices, cinammon, etc. It's more raw pumpkin flesh but, again, a more vegetal quality. It's okay, but it's not pure pumpkin flesh or pumpkin pie, it's some thing somewhere in between and raw.
The body is lightly crisp with a thin tinny quality to it and a light smoothness that almost verges on thinness as this straddles the line between a light and medium body. It improves as it warms and the crispness picks up, then some spicing can be noticed in the finish. (1,050 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent golden with a slight haze; fluffy eggshell white head that slowly fades leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are full of sweet grapefruit and caramel malts. There's a little bit of orange and pine needles in the nose as well. No spices are really detected in the aromas. The flavors are very bitter. Lots of pine resin and more sticky grapefruit. There's extremely subtle hints of pumpkin ale characteristics in the finish, but barely. Flavors are earthy and rustic. Very bold. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied; active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

If you were to drink this blind, I'm sure nobody would guess this was supposed to be a pumpkin ale. This basically drinks like an IPA. Heck, it is an IPA. This really lacks pumpkin spices, but it's still enjoyable nonetheless. There is something about it that screams autumn though. It was nice to see this in bottles this year. (981 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I noticed a hoppy trend toward pumpkin ales when I tried Autumnation from Sixpoint. This looks to be one of the influenced brewers from Michigan brewing their own interpretation. Appears a light pale copper hue with fine off white head filling my glass, speckled lacing coats the chalice. Nose is full of citric hops with hints of pumpkin spice peaking through, it's quite intense in the nares. Hoppy intense rich bitter ale with pumpkin edges, it's a hophead marriage with a gourdhead, in my opinion this is too hoppy to even clearly blend with a pumpkin ale but I'm a hophead who is going to keep drinking this beer. Really light bodied carbonation carries everything so well, bitterness rolls on with each sip. Let's get things straight this is uber hoppy and not so pumpkin ale spiced. I like it but it's assaulting my palate, hard to explain go experience this hopped up fall seasonal. (890 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby, "old-school" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold in color, with a nice looking cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Citrus hop notes
Taste-Pumpkin pie crust, subtle spices, with a nice hop profile that keeps it from being overly sweet. In fact it is more hop-forward and spicy than your traditional pumpkin ales, that can be a bit sweet. Call it a hop-head's pumpkin ale. A nice change of pace. (424 characters)

Photo of GRPunk
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stubby bottle, love the label, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- 1-1/2 finger, foamy, eggshell head. Slightly hazed, golden-orange body that became quite clean once the haze fell off. Medium-light carbonation. Great rings and decent retention with foamy edges and lacing through the middle.

S- Quite hoppy initially. Leafy. Some pumpkin spice. Slightest pumpkin pulp. Hops fade with warmth, bringing sweet malts, pumpkin, and spice forward.

T- Hmmm. Very APA/IPA at first with a hit of hops. Pumpkin does emerge through the middle with a sweetness and baking spices. Finish gets a little aspirin-like and spicy again.

M- Moderate body. Hopping gives a dry quality not common in most pumpkin ales I've tried. Moderate carbonation.

O- I'm that rare reviewer who enjoys a sweet, malty, spiced pumpkin beer (in moderation), so this is a bit of a change. Enough pumpkin and spice to qualify. Hops add a nice dimension. While enjoyable, in the end, I think I'd go with a more traditional pumpkin ale next time. (1,005 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/21/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of pineapple, orange zest, pine, biscuit, caramel, clove, pumpkin, allspice, ginger, floral, and grass. Very nice and interesting aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, caramel, toast, pumpkin, clove, allspice, floral, pepper, grass, and herbal earthiness. Fair amount of grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, toast, clove, allspice, floral, grass, light pumpkin, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor complexity; nice hop/malt/spice balance; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Not really too much pumpkin going on in the taste, but the rest of the flavors are very nice. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and very crisp as an pale ale should be. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after this finish. Overall this is a damn nice hoppy pumpkin ale. Nice flavor balance and very smooth to drink. No complaints about this one; very well done. (1,211 characters)

Photo of Bogforce
2.72/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was really exciting to see "Hoppy Pumpkin Ale" on the bottle but I was disappointed after I finished my first bottle. It looks like a pumpkin ale should but tastes like pale ale should. Has a very very light body and medium amount of bitterness. Label is misleading pumpkin taste is to be desired. (299 characters)

Photo of Chris1967
4.7/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally a perfect combination of an IPA and pumpkin. From the first pour into my North Peaks pin glass to the delicious last sip. You will not be disappointed in this beer. A hard one to find even here in Michigan. Hoppy and a slight pumpkin taste at the same time. Buy this beer. (280 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had three or four samples of North Peak's Hooligan at a beer fest in Frankenmuth. I have been wanting to try this beer for a while now, a pumpkin IPA sounds pretty interesting to me, so I was happy to see that this was offered to the volunteers at the beer festival. Poured from a tap into a 4oz plastic boot.

A- Hooligan poured a very hazy and murky slightly golden orange color that did look pretty similar to the color of a pumpkin. It had a finger and a half worth of creamy off white head that left some really nice lacing. Even though the glassware didn't help the look of this beer, I thought it still really damn good, I liked how murky and pumpkin colored it was.

S- The aroma is pretty simple and straight forward, it starts with some sweet and grainy smelling malts that are followed by some citrus and slightly floral hops with the citrus hops sticking out the most. Towards the end I get a faint pumpkin like smell followed by a light amount of spice. The aroma of beer was good, the hop aromas were up front and the pumpkin aromas were light and on the back, if the pumpkin aromas were kicked up a little more it would be really nice.

T- The taste is somewhat similar to the aroma and it starts of with those same sweet malts that impart some nice grainy and slightly caramel flavors. Up next comes the hops, the citrus is still there, but it doesn't stick out as much as it did in the aroma, there are some spicy and earthy hop flavors that are evenly mixed with the citrus. I don't get any pumpkin flavor and only just a very small amount of spices that are barely noticeable. On the finish it had a light amount of medium bitterness and a earthy and slightly citrusy aftertaste. This was a good tasting American IPA, but the pumpkin didn't come through in the taste and that was disappointing.

M- Pretty smooth, a little creamy, a little dry, medium bodied, with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel of this beer was good and it fit this beer nicely.

Overall I liked this beer and I thought that it was a good example of an American IPA, but as Pumpkin Ale it's not that great since the pumpkin doesn't show up in the flavor. This beer had good drinkability, I drank four samples so that would be about a pint, two pints would be my limit, this makes for a good summer IPA. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance, even in a shitty plastic boot this beer still looks damn good, the aroma and mouthfeel were also pretty nice. What I liked the least about this beer was that the pumpkin never showed up in the flavor and that was a pretty big letdown for me and that hurt it's overall score. I would buy this beer again if they release it in bottles, but I would buy it for it's IPA quality not it's pumpkin quality and that's why I would recommend it as a good American IPA. In the end this the IPA part of this beer was very nice, but the pumpkin fell short, if there were some more pumpkin flavors in this beer it might be worthy of the Pumpkin Ale category and a great beer. Still a solid beer from North Peak and a good American IPA. (3,088 characters)

Photo of adamette
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from tap at World Wines & Liquor about a week ago into a clean, clear pint glass for $3.00. Review from notes.

A Murky pumpkin orange body under a significant, creamy light brown head. Good look. 4.0

S Barley husks and only minimal pumpkin and sweet malt. Maybe I have been spoiled by other great Pumpkin Ales but this smell leaves me wanting more. 3.0

T Barley malt that I picked up in the smell predominates also in the taste. In fact, there is very little pumpkin taste available to my palate. 2.5

M Thin, and too thin for the style. 2.0

D/O Not good since the taste and feel leave me wanting more. 3.0 (617 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hooligan pours a bright orange amber color and has a nice beige head. The head has excellent retention and leaves great lace.

The aroma is really subtle with not a lot going on at all. I smell some bready malt and a hint of citrus hops and spice, but that's it.

The flavor is nice and balanced with malt sweetness playing with a hit of earthy, spicy character. I am not picking up much pumpkin or pumpkin spices at all. As the beer warms the pumpkin and some spice character does come out more. This is definitely not a pumpkin beer for those who love the pumpkin pie character, but prefer a more balanced beer. My only real complaint is that I am wondering why they bothered to put any pumpkin in at all?

The mouthfeel is medium with a decent amount of smoothness and appropriate carbonation. The finish is fairly dry with some hops and spice.

Overall I thought this was a very drinkable and tasty beer. I tend to not really be a huge fan or North Peak, but they impressed me with this one. One thing I do find sort of funny is that this not very pumpkiny “pumpkin beer” tastes way better than their normal IPAs and Pale Ales. Maybe they should just put pumpkin in everything! (1,185 characters)

Photo of its88
4.63/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I’m not a pumpkin beer kind of girl, but I have been looking forward to trying this beer once I read the description on North Peaks fb.

The aroma is fresh and green with a very light spice, almost not noticeable.

The taste is phenomenal. Not that gagging sweetness that most pumpkin beers offer. Its hoppy, with citrus notes and the perfect amount of FRESH pumpkin lingering. Hooligan has a wonderful finish that leaves gentle hints of nutmeg and Vietnamese cinnamon.

Medium body with warm carmel color. Very easy to drink and very satisfying. I really hope this is available in bottles next year!

Highly recommended. (624 characters)

Photo of boyfromthenorth
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally a pumpkin beer that doesn't have to hit you over the head with Libby's Pumpkin Pie mix. Killer beer. Just had in Cleveland and some please Called Beer Engine(cool place by the way).

Malty but not a thick beer. Essence of fruit and earthiness you would expect from a gourd.
Hop- perfect balance of a pale ale.
Rich Carmel Color.

So glad someone finally made a pumpkin beer like this. (394 characters)

Photo of phiberoptik
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap now at Whole Foods Rookwood in Cincinnati.

Pours a bright copper with a creamy off white head.

The smell is a bit unasuming for what the beer tastes like. Smells like a standard IPA with some resiny hop notes as well as good caramel maltiness. I didnt get much of the spice notes in the nose.

The taste is what sets it apart from a standard IPA. I genuinely like this beer. Light on bitterness but high on citrus and floral hops notes followed with distinctive nutmeg and cinnamon nuances that give it that holiday beer slant. There is a noticeable sweetness with this beer that makes the finish a treat.

Medium bodied with good mouth coating and smooth carbonation.

This is very tasty and a definite must try for the Oct-Nov months. It really takes my favorite qualities of an IPA and a Pumpkin ale and mashes them together. Get this now. (851 characters)

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Hooligan from North Peak Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.