Hooligan - North Peak Brewing Company
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Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
3.81/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
09-11-2013 20:34:45 | More by WVbeergeek
4/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
11-20-2012 05:26:15 | More by superspak
3.58/5 rDev 0%
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.
10-30-2013 03:24:55 | More by biegaman
3.48/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
10-04-2013 21:25:39 | More by Brenden
3.7/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
07-23-2012 20:39:37 | More by StoutHunter
3.8/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
10-19-2013 21:21:19 | More by buschbeer
3.68/5 rDev +2.8%
Called a hoppy pumpkin beer, or pumpkin IPA. Hazy copper, white fizzy head. Head retention lacks a bit, but does leave a few spots of lace.
Caramel, slightly vegetable aroma. Earthy spices, cinnamon, nutmeg. Maybe a hint of citrus.
Earthy, with some caramel malt. Spices come through, especially clove. Earthy bitterness. A nice hint of pumpkin, with some subtle spices as well. Finishes dry.
Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. What a mix this is, a pumpkin IPA. Pretty easy to drink,, although the cloves stand out a bit much.
10-14-2011 22:35:15 | More by Bierguy5
2.73/5 rDev -23.7%
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
11-13-2011 04:28:04 | More by adamette
3.86/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
09-09-2013 19:23:19 | More by hosehead83
3.93/5 rDev +9.8%
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!
11-10-2011 02:09:58 | More by zoso1967
3.7/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
09-11-2013 22:46:35 | More by BB1313
3.56/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
09-08-2013 18:55:50 | More by GRPunk
3.48/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
10-06-2013 22:46:12 | More by damndirtyape
Hooligan from North Peak Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.