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Hooligan - North Peak Brewing Company

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 19.15%
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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1/5  rDev -71.8%

MacStinson, Nov 17, 2011
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1/5  rDev -71.8%

skaboom420, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of lewdwig
1.75/5  rDev -50.7%

lewdwig, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of Slay40
2/5  rDev -43.7%

Slay40, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of guityler83
2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

guityler83, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Bogforce
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Bogforce, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of adamette
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
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

adamette, Nov 13, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

BellsFan, Sep 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

todesengel135, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of ktroyer07
3/5  rDev -15.5%

ktroyer07, Saturday at 12:42 AM
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Morakaton, Nov 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

mattsucks, Sep 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Woppy5, Oct 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

kyle86, Sep 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

JimmyFlatRock, Nov 01, 2013
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3.17/5  rDev -10.7%

chrismattlin, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of redleg64
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

redleg64, Sep 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Enochase04, Saturday at 04:19 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

loganburgh, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of IMFletcher
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

IMFletcher, Oct 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Wukk, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of dbc5
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

dbc5, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of MIbeer27
3.3/5  rDev -7%
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.

MIbeer27, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of Franziskaner
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Franziskaner, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

BEERchitect, Sep 30, 2014
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