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Hooligan - North Peak Brewing Company

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Hooligan
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82
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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 18.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | 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 Brenden
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Brenden, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of BellsFan
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

BellsFan, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Wukk
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Wukk, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Gr8Lakes
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Gr8Lakes, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of ber12
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

ber12, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

warnerry, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of rheimbro
4/5  rDev +11.1%

rheimbro, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of Tracker83
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Tracker83, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of BHansen214
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

BHansen214, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of mattsucks
3/5  rDev -16.7%

mattsucks, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of marcb105
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

marcb105, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of kyle86
3/5  rDev -16.7%

kyle86, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of HardyA
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

HardyA, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of BB1313
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | 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.

BB1313, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of md655321
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

md655321, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of ianpstephens
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

ianpstephens, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of hosehead83
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

hosehead83, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of GRPunk
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

GRPunk, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of dbc5
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

dbc5, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

tommy5, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of Slay40
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Slay40, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of Supergenious
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Supergenious, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

superspak, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Zaphog, Oct 29, 2012
Hooligan from North Peak Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.