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Hooligan - North Peak Brewing Company

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 118
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 36.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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 BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

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Photo of oberon
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slight orange tinged light golden with a tight thinner but well sustained white head atop.Somewhat different aromas for the style,some caramel/biscuit,light roasted pumpkin,and earthy hops.The feel is sharp and a little thin and takes away from a pretty good flavor profile.Graham cracker and mild pie spice with a toasted element as well,a decent shot of earthy hops in the finish.Kind of a different take on the style,but I wouldn't say top notch.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight pumpkin, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of hop, strong spice, slight yeast, and a hint of tea. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong dryness associated with the spices. Tastes of slight pumpkin, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of hop, strong spice, slight yeast, and a hint of tea. Overall, good appearance, lacking in pumpkin in body and aroma, body is mostly spices.

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Photo of barczar
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big clash between pumpkin and bitter hops in both aroma and flavor. Not a fan. I'm not a huge pumpkin beer fan, and sometimes spices clash. They did so in this one.

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Photo of Brenden
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear, gold in color with a frothy white head. The aroma is heavy with spice....some malt and hops, but you need to hunt for them through the nutmeg and ginger. The taste is similar....too much spice and not enough malt. Okay, but not my ideal pumpkin ale.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.32/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.81/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of hosehead83
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of adamette
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
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

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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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.36/5  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.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.49/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

North Peak Hooligan.

Likely the last entry I shall put in with regards to Fall esque beer seeing as most of them have a Novelty due to halloween and I'm not quite sure when I'll be making another beer run due to a monster work schedule places on front of me starting in a few days. North Peak...well...they've had some solid brews and some brews that completely missed the mark. At $2 flat for the bottle I figured it wasn't too big of a risk. What the hell, let's dive in shall we.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a perfected fusion between amber and copper with a bit of the sunset illusion as you look at it in the light. The head is about two fingers in height and dies down to a frothy cap amongst the top of the swill that is on the lower side of thickness as far as a cap goes. The carbonation appears medium to high, depending on a few factors. The head has already begun leaving a sticky lace so let us hope it carries over once the beer is finished. Thr head continues to remain even teb minutes although it has gone into a thick cloud formation. Lacing in decent and sticky though not very much remains.

Smell - I've seen reviews before state how sometimes pumpkin beers can take on a candle like scent? Well i have not encountered that...until this one. The nutmeg is definitely all there with just a touch of cinnamon far off into the back ground. The pumpkin is like...half way between smelling a pumpkin pie and half way between having a pumpkin scented candle hit you in the nose. Maybe the same thing happening on the food counter on thanksgiving. Does not smell bad, fuller than most pumpkin beers actually and does not lack whatsoever.

Taste - The taste follows the aforementioned scent however it does change up..a bit. Well would you believe it that a pumpkin ale tastes like pumpkins?. I mean that may come as a shock to some, I know. But, without causing too much pain I'd like to state that it thankfully drops the candle aspects and adopts a more.. well...you ever by chance have a slightly burnt pumpkin pie? Because it tastes like a slightly burnt pumpkin pie. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I prefer my foods black and charred. Nutmeg is bountiful to carry the secondary but overall it is all charred pumpkin pie.

Feel - The feel is medium and once again that candle essence comes back. Look, I'm up North in Atlanta, Michigan searching for a fee bucks, had Joe Blow bought these for a night after completing a successful hunt he would view is as fantastic and probably dump it into his gullet quickly and easily, with another spared for a roast. Anyway, since I do consider myself a BA I must go beyond politicak correctness carbonation is medium to high, depending on the warmth of the beer. Biggest problem...is that the feel once again turns more candle like in essence. Still not bad and easy to go down as expected for the style.

Overall - Overall, Despite the low average given on here I will openly and honestly say that this is one of the better pumpkin ales. You can surely do much worse ( Ichabod, Blue Moon ) which are basically nutmeg flavored water. As always the standard is compared to Pumpking. Pumpking has too much pumpkin...WAYYYY overload of Pumpkin. Trust me. Weyerbacher leads the way in this style in my opinion, and this is a fine, albeit different take on the style. I'd buy some more for a trip up to my hunting grounds..

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.81/5  rDev +7%
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

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Photo of guityler83
2.67/5  rDev -25%
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.

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Photo of MIbeer27
3.31/5  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.

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Hooligan from North Peak Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.