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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 damndirtyape
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of twkirkby
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of BellsFan
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BB1313
3.7/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
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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4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of hosehead83
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of GRPunk
3.56/5  rDev +2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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2/5  rDev -42.7%

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