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 BradDurbin89
4.95/5  rDev +30.6%
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 Frosty80
4.82/5  rDev +27.2%
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 ClevelandKidO
4.76/5  rDev +25.6%
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 hosehead83
4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
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 +19.3%
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 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 Bitterbill
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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 +16.6%
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 +14.5%
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 +14.5%
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 +14%
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 +14%
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 +13.5%
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 bigkingken
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great head from the start. Creamy and smooth, already sticking to the sides and not going anywhere anytime soon. Dark copper color, just as dark as their regular IPA. Mostly clear with a moderate amount of haze. Nice floral scent with a hint of citrus and pine. Really solid upfront hop flavor with just the right amount of malt to back it up. Turns sweeter as it lingers on the palette instead of bitter. Really amazing combinations of the two styles. The best of both worlds, though there isn’t much “best” to take from an American IPA.

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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 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 LiquidCucumber
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very hazy amber with a huge head that sticks all over the glass, exactly what I [personally] want to see in this style.

S - Sweet citrus and a little bit of pineapple. A hint of spice on the back side.

T - Huge pine and citrus flavors, the wheat adds some smoothness and some spice to this brew. There are some interesting fruit flavors here reminding me of a candy apple.

M - Fairly light in body and pretty carbonated; the hops stick all over your mouth surely assisted by the wheat.

D - A welcome addition to the Ohio market, welcome and good luck to North Peak. Have to try more of your brews after having this one, and cannot wait to have it during the summer.

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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 WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't seen these stubby bottles since the last time I've seen Strange Brew even a bit stubbier than a Red Stripe, or it's just my imagination. Pours a glowing orange copper hue with a thicket of khaki tan head forming nicely with fine speckled lacing spread evenly. Aroma has nice pungent citrus and pine hop accents with hints of floral notes as well. Sharp wheat note amongst the hop parade. An American wheat IPA from Michigan cool. Juicy citrus/mango/pine hops with a sweet, semi sugary malt profile sharp wheat accents. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a bit cloying with hop oils, mild alcohol burn and bitterness in the finish. Not offensive just doesn't end as dry as I like my hoppy beers, interesting to say the least and quite enjoyable experience. Super fresh brewed mid March.

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Photo of Bonis
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes: 10/27/2011

A - A hazy orange amber tint. A hefty two inches of foam clings nicely to the glass. Darker than I remember, but very nice looking for a beer, overall.

S - Big citrus and grapefruit. Some sweet tropical hops jump out. Caramel malts and wheat mingle w/hops to bring out some candied hops and bubblegum esters. Some booze creeps in, but overall, I'm digging the nose on this one a lot.

T - Lots of sweet citrusy hops with a decent undertone of malts to balance it out a bit. This does seem a bit sweet for an IPA, but the finish is a bit dry. Wheat and alcohol are silenced by the wonderful hop presence.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel, with low carbonation. A little watery, but smooth and easy to drink overall.

O - A beer that I really enjoy quite a bit. Not a hopheads dream for an IPA, but an IPA I wouldn't hesitate to pick up if I knew it were fresh.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Copper/burnt orange. Nice thick creamy 1 inch head. Tons of lacing.

Smell - Hops, wheat, carmal, grapefruit, orange, pine. Has a breadish/grassy aroma.

Taste - The wheat, hops, malts and carmal start this drink off. The wheat flavor adds a thick bread-like taste. Malts are very bold and mix well with the piney hops. Alcohol comes in at the end and adds some warmth.

Mouthfeel - Thick and works mouth over with alot of different flavors. Tounge gets the malts first, then hops come in and add bitterness. Wheat adds some dryness. Aftertaste is long lasting, malts and hops linger for quite awhile.

Overall - Really alot more then i expected. Intense malt character, plenty of hops, some booze, has it all. Very tasty if you like piney hops for sure. Impressed again from north peak brewing!

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Photo of EricCioe
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a medium copper with a fluffy two finger white head that leaves decent lace on the way down. On the nose there is zesty grapefruit balanced by that soft, fuzzy character that wheat tends to add to pale beers. I like the classification as an IPA variation rather than a pale wheat because there is less of the sweet caramel that I expect from things like that. In the mouth there is a bitterness softened considerably by an amazingly soft body, the garepfruit being dominant over similar tropicals, and perhaps a bit of that sweet caramel flavor coming out after all. The finish is fuzzy and comfortable, medium, with the wheat hanging on longest.

I'm not one to pass up a porter or a stout just because of heat, but on this 97 degree day with a heat index over 110, I'm very glad to drink something this refreshing. Overall, this is a fine brew, and just confirms in my mind the magic that North Peak seems to be able to work with hops. These aren't crazy beers, but they are beers you can drink everyday and enjoy for the well crafted ales that they are.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite wheat based ipa. Pours dark orange and smells of citrus hops and some wet dog. Sweet with almost a dipa malt character, strong sweet caramel in the background, and just a hint of the citrus from the hops. Medium mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation, and slightly slick on the palate. A nice and unique ipa, with some wheat flavor just in the background.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle purchased at Ale, Wine & Spirits of Powell. Consumed using a Perfect Pint.

A- Super awesome retro style bottle with old school design on the label. Pretty nice presentation. The beer itself is a near perfect color match to the orange on the label. It has an ever so faint haze with lots of effervescence rising to feed a dense, long lasting head. Copious lacing that rings the entire glass. This is an all around great looking beer.

S- It has a unique, hop-forward aroma. Very floral with lots of citrus to boot. Orange blossom, honeysuckle, lots of melon too. I think the wheat malt plays a big role in giving this beer its unique aroma. There is a big, strong wheaty, doughy malt base hidden below the juicy hops.

T- The hops arent bursting forth like they do in the aroma. They are almost reserved. Bitterness is no issue, these hops are juicy sweet. Lots and lots of melon mixed in with a tropical fruit salad. Tangerine and peach are big players. The malt base doesnt come out til the end, giving a fresh baked bread type of flavor. If the hops were dialed up a little bit this would be fan-friggin-tastic. As is, its a very damn good IPA.

M- Slick body with a tame level of carbonation. Despite starting out slick the finish dries up a little bit.

D- This is a really good one. I'll be buying this again, my only reservations are that there is no freshness dating on the bottle. Hopefully its on the 6 pack carton or something. Warm weather, here I come, Vicious in hand!

EDIT: Freshness date found. I overlooked it because its a totally different style of dating. It looks like its printed WITH the label, not ON the label. Anyway, its dated JAN 2011.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Served on tap in a standard pint glass.

A- Golden/copper and slightly hazy. ~1 finger of white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap. Good amount of lacing left behind.

S- Floral and citrus hops. Fairly subdued but distinct wheat, and light caramel sweetness.

T- Solid citrus / floral hops, and a sturdy, lingering bitterness. Caramel malt sweetness and hints of wheat.

M- Moderate carbonation and a medium-full feel. Great body.

O- Very good. A really nice IPA, with a standout mouthfeel.

Future outlook: Pleasantly surprised...I'd be happy to have again.

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Vicious American Wheat IPA from North Peak Brewing Company
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