Hooligan - North Peak Brewing Company

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 20.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierguy5 on 10-14-2011)
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Photo of boyfromthenorth
5/5  rDev +43.3%
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.

Photo of UnknownMale282
5/5  rDev +43.3%

Photo of md655321
4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

Photo of Chris1967
4.73/5  rDev +35.5%
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.

Photo of its88
4.68/5  rDev +34.1%
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.

Photo of phiberoptik
4.28/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Photo of drwatson32
4.28/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Drk93TT
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of meanmutt
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Bonis
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of jemarent
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of MichiganBrews
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Supergenious
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of rheimbro
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Tracker83
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Kerrie
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of zoso1967
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

Photo of dorianmarley
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of Kraty1
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of hosehead83
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.84/5  rDev +10%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of buschbeer
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Hooligan from North Peak Brewing Company
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