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Hooligan - North Peak Brewing Company

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Hooligan
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80
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierguy5 on 10-14-2011)
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Photo of barczar
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Big clash between pumpkin and bitter hops. Not a fan.

Photo of MIbeer27
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Kraty1
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of adamant1912
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of EricTKole
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of todesengel135
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of Filabee
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of drbenderdo
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of loganburgh
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Agentveba
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of mjw1200
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MichiganBrews
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Morakaton
3/5  rDev -14%

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 Kerrie
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of jemarent
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of MSandahl23
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

Photo of guityler83
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Photo of lewdwig
1.75/5  rDev -49.9%

Photo of fgilbert2
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Hooligan from North Peak Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.