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Hooligan - North Peak Brewing Company

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 20.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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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Ratings: 98 | Reviews: 28
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3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.4/5  rDev -2.3%

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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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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

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3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
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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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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Hooligan from North Peak Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.