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Hooligan - North Peak Brewing Company

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 19.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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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1/5  rDev -72.1%

MacStinson, Nov 17, 2011
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1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

lewdwig, Oct 15, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

Slay40, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of guityler83
2.6/5  rDev -27.6%

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.

guityler83, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Bogforce
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%

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.

Bogforce, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of adamette
2.73/5  rDev -24%

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

adamette, Nov 13, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

BellsFan, Sep 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

todesengel135, Jun 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Morakaton, Nov 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

mattsucks, Sep 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

kyle86, Sep 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

JimmyFlatRock, Nov 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

redleg64, Sep 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

loganburgh, Dec 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Wukk, Sep 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

dbc5, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

Brenden, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of damndirtyape
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

damndirtyape, Oct 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

warnerry, Sep 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

HardyA, Sep 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

marcb105, Sep 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

ber12, Sep 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

twkirkby, Oct 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

mrebeka, Oct 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

BHansen214, Sep 18, 2013
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Hooligan from North Peak Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.