Vicious American Wheat IPA | North Peak Brewing Company

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Vicious American Wheat IPAVicious American Wheat IPA

Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Harrison8
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head. Head retention is moderate, with little to no lacing left behind. Aroma is dominated by sweet, bread malts, with a dash of pine hop notes. Flavor profile is more malts, but with a pine and earthy bitter hop side. The malts are earthy, and bread-like. Interesting contradiction between the two. Overall, it's on the bitter side. It leaves a bitter, pine taste in the back of the throat. Mouth feel is smooth, with a medium consistency. Overall, it's not the most impressive brew. It seems to be more bitter for the sake of being bitter.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Hopcat Detroit. Nonic pint. Golden and clear, finger and a half white foamy head, quick dissipation to a thin cap. Aroma is floral and grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit rind, wheat notes, and a strong malt backbone. Nice, but not something to have more than one of.

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Photo of Drank
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a head or aroma, but good malt flavor and bitterness. The wheat is pronounced and adds some complexity. Interesting beer, but not one I would buy again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

When the taste of wheat beer and IPA converge, the making of the perfect summer ale just might be at hand. With the creamy, fruity and bready wheat base and the citrus and piney bitterness in finish, their union is a beautiful blend to kick the heat to the curb.

Vicious IPA pours with the bright yet diffused golden-rod, orange laced appearance. Creamy and lacy is its foam structure while the nose is chocked full of candied orange, honey and biscuit. Its malty taste is partly of crisp caramel but is also creamy of whole wheat bread.

Across the middle, the orange marmalade and grapefruit flavors from hops and yeast begin to sweeten the drying malt. Its retainage of wheat keeps the body boisterous and with a poundcake consistency. As the hops turn from floral to spicy, the flavors of citrus rinds and ribs create a highly piquant bitterness as the finish draws close.

Medium-bodied, the beer's residual wheat protein and starch continue to support the hops even very late in finish. The hops and grain spices seem to extend past that of smooth pacific northwest bitterness and into the realm of astringency for added bite and an unsettled aftertaste of grape seed and apple skin.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a one-finger white head. Very thin amount of lacing.

S - Light aroma of orange, grapefruit, bread, and grassy hops.

T - The taste is a nice mix of piney hops, orange, and grapefruit. There is some sweet malts midpalate with a light amout of wheat. The finish has a nice peppery bite.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy.

O - Decent IPA with a nice combination of flavors.

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Photo of nqdell
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looked cloudy like a here, smelled like a hoppy IPA, tasted like 10 barrel OG, felt delicious going down. Overall $3.39 at the membership store a good deal.

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Photo of zdk9
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a UT burnt orange. Just a bit of egg white foam head and solid pocadots of lacing.

S- Smells hoppy. Tangerine, orange, flowers

T- Fairly hoppy taste but with a solid sweet backbone that is both caramelly and reminiscent of a lemony hefe. I taste the wheat inspiration. A little bit of grain alcohol in the back of the throat.

M- Bitterness hangs out for just a little bit so you are wanting more of the caramel to purge it out.

O- Not super complicated, but a solid beer that differs enough from a typical IPA to make it enjoyable and different.

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Photo of mr-jj
2.87/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Color is hazy orange with a decent white head that faded quickly. Lots of carbonation bubbles and minimal lacing. Smell is bready and some musty grass. No idea how old this is - no date on the bottle. Flavor is mostly malt with some generic bitterness. Finish is quite bitter - almost astringent. Body is light/medium with lots of carbonation bite.

Overall, it's okay.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

2014-11-23 -- review entered by notes.
12oz stubby bottle poured into a little plastic hotel cup, but I can't find any dates or codes on the bottle.

Pours almost clear with little head, slight carbonation. Smell is lemony and old hops.

Taste is bitter and lemony, slight old hops, some straw. Long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good -- light and dry. Overall, it's fine.

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Photo of Omnium
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into mason pint.
A. Cloudy gold with a finger of white soapy head. Medium patchy lacing.
S. Grassy bready a little citrus pepper wheat spicy hop resin.
T. Wheat is nice and mellow, peppery hop bite, pine, light sweet malt and citrus, bready.
M. Good feel, medium bitterness, clean.
O. Decent wheat IPA good mix of flavor, a little earthy and spicy but good.

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Photo of barczar
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Floral, light citrus, fairly malty aroma. Roasted, nutty backbone. More resin and grass in flavor, finishing very bitter and floral. Bready, toasted malt pales in comparison to hop bitterness. A touch harsh. As with the archangel, slight metallic notes.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly cloudy copper pour with very little head; dusting of beige retention, that’s all. Some delicate strands of lace stick to the glass for a moment before sliding back in.

S: Light, fruity hops pair nicely with a clean wheat aroma: soft grain and apricot blend with scents of more sugary fruits notes of white grape, red apple, and cooked peach. A nose that screams summer.

T&M: A wonderful combination of fruit and wheat: satisfying, like jam on toast. Grain-forward at first, the palate hits with a mouthful of chewy bread and wheat cereal tastes, smoothing over the tongue with a near-perfect doughy texture. Hops are slow to start, but they get going mid-palate with a fruity, prickly bitterness – candied lemon, tart, fresh peach, soft, jammy grape, and some crisp pepper. It’s a dryness that’s noticeable yet mild, and in doing so, it gives the edge to hop taste over bitterness. Finishes all wheat, a sustained grain character that leaves this one feeling full. Carbonation is frothy and smooth, as well, helping this to a wonderful presence of not-too-light, not-too-heavy.

O: Someone described this to me as a “Gumballhead killer.” My response to that? Well, they’re two very different beer. As far as balance and actual wheat flavor goes, Vicious takes it without a doubt. But there’s definitely something special about Gumballhead’s hop character – it’s everything you want when you think of drinkable hop flavor. All I know is that I love them both, though this one is much cheaper; at $10 a six-pack, I’ll likely be stocking my fridge with Vicious for a long, long time. Cheers!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/2/14.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, wheat, citrus fruit, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat and candied citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a candied citrus zest quality that makes this one seem sort of like a barleywine to me.

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Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight hops, slight sweet malt, and slight caramel malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel malt, wheat, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, weak aroma, decent body and blend.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a honey color with a one finger slightly offwhite head. Average retention and lacing

S - Aromas of pine upfront with a slight grassiness to it.. Caramel malts in the back.

T - Hops are present although it is more on the finish than upfront. Very slight pineiness upfront followed by a nice wheat/caramel maltiness. Very good flavor

M - Very good mouthfeel. Both creamy and slick. Nice burn that isnt overpowering

O - A very enjoyable wheat IPA. Different than most I have tried. Will look for it again. A sessionable beer for sure

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/7/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good hop complexity and moderate malt balance; with decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, wheat, bread, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, wheat, bread, light caramel, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of citrus/floral hop flavors; with a fairly balanced malt backbone and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice IPA. Nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of bradb717
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There are several reasons why I love this beer.
Many of the reviews have been those that like it but I love it.
Pours smooth into a pint glass, thin layer of head that stays
and turns into nice lacing on the glass as consumed.
Beautiful color truly, nice burnt amber bright color.
Smells nice and pale, wheaty and hoppy.
Flavor very full bodied and does not disappoint.
Goes down smooth with that nice hoppy bite finish.
North knows carbonation too.
It's just great.
One of my favorite beers.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

A: Light orange brew with a one finger head. Big bubbles on it.

S: Funky wheat, floral hops, citrus, dense carbs ( reminds me of pasta actually lol) and orange rind. The hops are pretty prevalent. there isn't a huge nose to it but it smells nice.

T: sweet caramel, blood orange, and an awesome honeysuckle. Its very floral with a good amount of funky, bready wheat. A nice bitter pine finish.

M: The carbonation on this beer is what killed it for me. It was very flat. Almost stale.

O: This is a decent offering and would be ranked much higher by me had the carbonation been better. It just was stale and flat and it really killed it for me. I'll definitely try another bottle though because the flavors were there. /77

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.19 single bottled 5/17/13. Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint on 6/17/13.

Appearance: First of all, I love the bottle -- it has that stubby, Red Stripe-like bottle, if you didn't know already. The beer pours a very slightly hazy orange color with about two fingers of head. Great lacing at the start, but none after the first few sips.

Smell: Very, very sweet to my nose. Candy-like sweetness. There's also some citrus aromas in there, and the sweetness almost makes this smell like clementine candy, or something like that. Pleasant, but I don't get the bursting hops that I was expecting.

Taste: At first I didn't think this drank like an IPA, but then I wondered what other style it tastes like ... I GUESS it's an IPA. A lot of sweetness up front with some sorts of non-descript citrus flavors... maybe some banana or something as well. The bitterness comes in on the aftertaste, and it's the perfect amount for this beer. I don't get much wheat flavors at all outside of the first few sips... if it wasn't on the label, I'd probably not realize it was there at all. The feel is medium through and through... the beer has a solid body to it, and there's a slight prickly carbonation. This sentence here is a bit out of place, but I wanted to mention that Vicious changes in taste quite a bit as it warms. I tend to find that a beer gets sweeter when it warms up (especially if it was initially sweet when it was just out of the fridge), but this one gets a bit of a stronger bitter bite. The wheat character also comes out slightly, but it's still not *obviously* there -- but maybe that's for the better. It probably is.

Basically, I'd like another. It's slightly more expensive than some IPAs out there, but this is yet another tasty Michigan brew. I give Vicious an overall of 4 simply because, as good as it is, it may be a bit too sweet for my tastes when craving an IPA. At the same time, this beer is just balanced enough that it'd be an easy beer to drink a lot of. That's a pretty inconsistent statement, but my point is made: Vicious is a good beer.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz stubby brown bottle dated December 7, 2012

North Peak Vicious American Wheat IPA poured a cloudy orange gold peach color into my pint glass. A nice creamy foamy off-white head was produced that held well and formed foamy strips of lacing. The nose was dominated by citrus and piney hops with light wheat in the background. The taste is similar to the nose with the dry hops dominating, however, the wheat malt helps balance the flavor and keeps the 72 IBU's from becoming too over powering. Not being a hophead I appreciated this. The mouth feel is smooth, creamy, medium bodied and a nice lively [almost prickly at times] carbonation.

Vicious is an easy drinking American IPA with just enough hops for this non-hophead.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up at the Jolly Pumpkin in Ann Arbor MI as part of a mixed six pack. Pours an orange-amber with a one inch very slightly orange off-white head. Head sticks around as a thin cap. Aroma is sugared citrus, a hint of pine bark, and sticky sweet malt. Mainly orange and grapefruit with a bit of cherry. Flavor has all the elements of the aroma plus toasted wheat bread and spice. Medium carbonation. Maybe a bit too sticky sweet? Ok but will likely not be having again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of North Peak's Vicious American Wheat IPA last week for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I haven't seen this beer before and North Peak usually does a pretty good at hoppy beers so lets see how it goes. Bottled September 5th 2012. Poured from a stubby brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- It's got the typical North Peak label with a weird little werewolf on it, it poured a nice and hazy orange color that took on a bright amber hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with some nice caramel malt aromas that have have a fairly high amount of sweetness and impart some bread and biscuit like aromas. Up next comes a large amount of hops that are mainly citrus and impart some nice citrus aromas with grapefruit and pineapple seeming to stick out the most. The aroma was good and full of hops, but I would have liked some wheat aromas to balance out some of those hops, but it still has a pretty nice aroma.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lighter amount of caramel malts that have a medium amount of sweetness and impart some light bread, bread crust, and biscuit like flavors. Next up comes the hops that quickly show up and and are mainly citrus with a slight pine and floral aspect with grapefruit rind seeming to stick out the most, On the finish it has a medium amount of bitterness with a grapefruit rind like aftertaste. The taste seemed to be pretty average, the hop aspects were ok but I wish there was some actual wheat flavors to go along with it.

M- Fairly smooth, slightly dry, medium bodied, with a higher amount of medium carbonation that was slightly prickly. The Mouthfeel was ok but the carbonation was a little on the high side.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and it's a pretty average example of the style, if I didn't look at the bottle I would be sure this was just an American IPA with no wheat in it because it didn't show up on the flavor or aroma. This beer had ok drinkability, it went down fairly smooth, but the flavors don't really hold my interest so I think one would be enough for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it looked pretty good and it left some nice lacing. What I liked the least about this beer was the lack of wheat in the flavor and the aroma, without the wheat is just seemed one dimensional. I don't think I would buy this beer again, I would much rather have a Little Sumpin Sumpin from Lagunitas when in the mood for this style, but it is worth trying once if you don't mind hoppy beers. All in all I wasn't that impressed with this beer, the hops aspect wasn't that bad but the wheat never showed up, this beer doesn't really stick out in North Peaks lineup, it's a pretty run of the mill beer.

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Photo of patpbr
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caught my eye at fifth street deli in Dayton, OH.
A-had some trouble getting a good pour. Sure that was skewed by my pour.
S- Never great at smells but like many IPAs
T- Interesting, grapefruit or something. it would appear some of the bitter is cut by the wheat?
M- Carbonation and a bit of bitter, a little sweet.
O- overall a good tasting ipa. I like to review a full six pack but one gave a good sample of a solid beer

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice. Nose sucks. Flavor is...interesting. So, this is an IPA with wheat tones? I can deal with that. It's slightly unique. Mild in a way, but also vibrant with hop flavor. I suppose the best way to describe it is smooth. I like this. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of BellsFan
2.69/5  rDev -29%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a short and stout bottle into a McCrackHaus pint glass. Holy foam Batman!!! It took about 20 minutes to cycle through enough pour-and-wait iterations to empty the bottle. Appearance after the foam dissipated was less than average.

Smell. Nothing remarkable here.

Taste. Malty. Smooth. Refreshing. But not hoppy enough to make think its 74 IBUs. Almost no hop bitterness. I'd be less harsh on this brew it it was called simply an American Wheat.

Mouthfeel. Just average

Overall. No, but thanks!

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Vicious American Wheat IPA from North Peak Brewing Company
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