Vicious American Wheat IPA | North Peak Brewing Company

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Vicious American Wheat IPAVicious American Wheat IPA
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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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Added by alexgash on 10-24-2010

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Ratings: 251 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of KFrank729
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of Kyfarmer
4.96/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BradDurbin89
4.95/5  rDev +32%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a very nice orange/ burnt orange hue with nice two finger white head and great retention.

Citrus and piney hop nose. Good malted wheat nose too. Subtle wheat.

Great hop flavor, citrus, pine, malted wheat, and very well balanced. Nice hop finish, and hops were balanced.

Great mouth feel, medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer even more on draft than I have in the bottle, which says a lot. I really like the wheat body and all the hops.

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Photo of AJmon13
4.87/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Frosty80
4.82/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours a milky straw color. sits a hazy, slightly burnt orange with thick white head with good retention

Smell: like creamed corn - big DMS mistake or simply a result of the separate ingredients? lots of malted/unmalted wheat with some orange and spicy hops

Taste: aromas translate well on the tongue. lots of malted/unmalted wheat, some citrusy, orange flavor and very spicy hops, though its well balanced. moderate bitterness with some bite comes thought in the finish and lingers long afterward

Mouthfeel: medium body with high-medium carbonation

Notes: a very vicious wheat ale. so far i love what they do with wheat ales (Archangel). very aromatic and flavorful with one hell of a hop bite. i realize this is technically classified as an american IPA (with wheat), but come on, wheat is one of those ingredients that as soon as you add it, it becomes a wheat ale. also, im a little concerned about the "creamed corn" aroma and flavor. might be a little too much, but overall i still think its a stellar brew

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Photo of Drudy8
4.77/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ClevelandKidO
4.76/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was truly shocked at how great this beer was.
I had never herd of this company before, but the aesthetics of the bottle, and its simplicity old school look instantly made me want to try it.
Smooth, incredibly smooth, slight citrus, but more of a wheat/grainy type taste. Its not that theres an explosion of different flavors, but the low bitterness, pleasant slight fruity after taste it just fantastic.
I would disagree with other reviews who claim to find more fruit flavors then actually exist, but its truly a beer you could have 3-4 and not feel full.
Honestly, it reminded me of a red stripe (besides its similar bottle shape) before red stripe changed it flavor and it became extremely bitter and unenjoyable.
You MUST try this beer, and you will see the smoothness makes it a solid wheat IPA.
Would go well with fish, or even during a desert or after a large meal. Fabulous stuff.

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Photo of TheBedrosian
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of hosehead83
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.5oz. stubby "old-school" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep copper/orange in color, with a huge head of off-white foam
Aroma-Fantastic aroma of big, juicy, piney, citrussy hops
Taste-Orange/grapefruit citrus, snappy, flavorful hops, spicy and smoothing wheat.
Overall,great flavor and balance, with wheat softening the sharp hop edges. A great beer for late Spring or early Summer cookouts, listening to the Tigers on the radio at a cabin "Up North".

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Photo of Swilson
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful thick creamy long lasting white head. Awesome hop aroma. Deep hazy orange color. Nice balance of wheat sweetness and hop bitterness that lingers through a long finish. Quite a beautiful lacing on the glass i used after finishing. I highly recommend this wheat IPA.

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Photo of cestlavie
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of ThatsStout
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of Gkimbo
4.5/5  rDev +20%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of bradb717
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
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 Bitterbill
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby bottle courtesy of Brew33. Thanks Josh!

Looks like it was bottled Jan 2011.

As soon as I popped the cap the beer started to rise towards the opening but stopped short of gushing.

It's a very attractive looking brew. A hazy orange red with 2 fingers of foam, lots of bubbles and good lacing.

The nose is up there with the look. Very nice aroma coming from the hops...tropical fruits, a nice sweet malt smell with a light note of wheat. The nose, imho, is almost perfectly balanced.

The taste? Right there with the look and smell. My this is one tasty son of a gun. Beautifully balanced, yes beautifully! And yet the malt and hops are quite assertive; no boring brew here. The finish leans towards the bitter side but not by too much.

The carbonation is pretty high but the mouthfeel is still good. And man, I only have 1 bottle? Hehe, I'm enjoying this so much, I could drink another one quick smart. Excellent beer!

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Pours a dark hazy amber orange with a two finger sudsy head, a ring of head remains for the whole beer, but leaves no lacing

S- Orange peel, grapefruit, spice, pine, breadiness, and light wheat

T- Fantastic balance of malt and hops, bitter and sweet. Lots of orange peel and grapefruit notes, some pine notes, solid malted wheat and bread backbone. Nice spice characteristics. Leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste, but I don't mind that.

M- Highly and aggressively carbonated (tongue tickling), maybe a little over carbonated, smooth, finishes crisp, clean, and dry

O- A nice hybrid wheat IPA, would love to see some more of these. Refreshing and flavorful. This beer has great balance, the wheat malt load and the hoppiness of an IPA come together and mesh to make a great beer.

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Photo of BB1313
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Dec. 21, 2010. Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a hazy, bright light orange with a nice bubbly white head that sticks around and decent lacing. Right off the bat I knew this was a winner. Great nose! Very fruity! I'm picking up alot of sweet hops, citrus, apricots, peaches, oranges, and pineapple. The wheat is present, but not overwhelming. The wheat seems to take a backseat, letting the hops shine. The bitterness isn't overwhelming, just right. Mouthfeel is nice, smooth, and not prickly. Drinkability is great.. very easy drinking. The alcohol isn't noticeable at all and the flavors will have you coming back for more. Reminiscent of A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale, which is never a bad thing. This is a beer I'm definitely thankful to now have access to. I could get used to this.

Outstanding IPA! Great first impression by North Peak! I'd recommend this beer to anyone! Vicious is a pure winner!

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Photo of schoolboy
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Woo hoo. This is one of my favorite styles, so it is easy to score real high with me, but open this one up and yum - what a smell. And it's so purdy in the glass.

The taste is way hoppy, like it should be. Wheat? If it has some, wheat taste it is buried under the hefty hops. Under the old ratings I would have given this a lesser rating because of drinkability - it would be weaker than it is overall.

I want more of this (but not too much in any one sitting - it is over the top tasty). More. More. MORE!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4th beer for the 4th of July gathering that my bro-in-law bought...LUV U BRO!!!!

The appearance is a cloudy copper color with white head that laces nicely. The smell is good...citrus/grapefruit followed by piney undertones. The taste is powered by apricot/grapefruit taste with a nice wheat/malt balance. The mouthfeel is good and could drink this in any relaxed setting. Very good beer and recommend.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle. Neat, retro-ish label art. Bottled-on date clearly printed above the UPC.

Pours a dark, amber-gold. An off-white head sticks well. Smell is pungent, earthy, candy and floral hops. Taste is just as sweet, with a large amount of roastiness on the backbone. A bit of alcohol vapors dissolve into a heavy dose of grapefruit hop finish. This is a dense, complex IPA which feels about two shades away from being a black IPA. Well done!

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Photo of Natural510
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5oz stubby bottle, dated Mar 13 2011.

Pours a brighter copper-orange with thick amount of porous head.
Sweet, citric nose with discernible hop oils. Slight mineral quality, usually the sign of quality water.
Orange & grapefruit flavors meld with floral hops and a slight breaded quality from the wheat. Bright, juicy, bitter and delicious.
Full in body, in-line with a solid American IPA.

Excellent beer; this small company is doing well with original takes on well-worn craft styles. This one's a winner.

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Photo of bufleraj
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of threesignificantstarfish
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopmeplease
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Vicious American Wheat IPA from North Peak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 251 ratings