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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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 250
Photo of dfillius
1.87/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into a pint glass

A: Very loud Pffft! upon opening. Moderate pour yields lots of head - 4 fingers! For reference, there was 1 finger of liquid. 4:1 ratio=poor. There is wheat and it's an IPA, but this is too much! Off white head. Cloud golden amber liquid. Good lookin' but too much head.
S: Toast, citrus hops. Aspirin - infected?
T: Aspirin overdose, little else.
M: Astringent due to infection
D: Drain pour.

I am reluctant to enter this review. However, 5 out of 6 beers I have tried from North Peak have been infected/gushers. I see it as less of a supply chain problem now, and probably a brewing one. Therefore I am rating this beer as is.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.4/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

$1.99 for a single 11.5oz bottle. No specs on the bottle. Opens with a loud "Wssssht", requiring a delicate pour to achieve foaming over. Burnt orange, chazy, forming a peaking meringue like head of rocky bubbles with superior retention Peaks at least 2 inches over the lip of the glass. Brisk carbonation forms large spiral streamers. Heavy sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is of hops with a mango character, like centennial. The mouthfeel is sharp and pungent with an overly strong bitterness and medium strong body. The taste is of mango and totally unbalanced bitterness. The finish is bitter and the aftertaste is bitter. Hard to get any layers out of this brew.

Not liking this one at all. The bitterness is way to strong for this style of beer, and I'm not going to buy this again. I can barely finish the bottle. The carbonation level is also unacceptably high, both common concerns amongst the other reviews here so far. Little Sumpin' Sumpin' and Gumballhead are much better if available in your area.

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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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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 gordavidson
2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A murky orange liquid with a monstrous white head that has astounding retention.

S- Steamed vegetables, lemon, and pepper. There is maybe a hint of orange peel as well. The vegetable aspect hurts the appeal for me.

T- Citrus and sweet malt. A tad bit of a Mr. Beer aspect at the end.

M- A nice creamy body is provided by what I assume to be the wheat. The finish is a bit dry with some lingering flavors.

D- Not a lot going for this beer. Drinks alright, but absolutely nothing stands out.

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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 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 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 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 backfat
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Beware of beer. There, we warned you. The frothy head, and pungent, piney dryhopped scent (from Cascade and Amarillo hops) should alert you to the brew’s imminent attack on your senses. Next, Cascade, Perle and Willamette hops will batter your palette with bitter ferocity. Finally, Pale, Crystal (30 and 75) and wheat malts converge in a cloudy, thick body and give you a smooth kiss of sweet death – and leave you howling for more!"

What a cool bottle first of all. like a retro old stripe short neck stubby. a large yeast cake on the bottom of the bottle. Pours a cidery orangy brown. fluffy off white head. vicious yeast particles swimming around aggressively.

smells of spice and a touch of hops. it has more of an english hop profile (spicy and earthy) rather than an aggresive american hop aroma. caramel apples, some kind of coffee spice, and coriander. interesting

Thick body with a little bit of sweetness. Starts off with bitter hops and spicy wheat. more bitter hops as it warms. This is a bit of a confusing hybrid of two beers. I think i would have enjoyed this more with more of a citrus hop profile and less coriander. a bit too watery too to off set it's thick mouthfeel. very interesting and weird beer.

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Photo of mattipt
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 28 January 2010 at the Queens Arms, South Kensington, London.

A - Cloudy amber/orange, foamy thinnish head.

S - Great floral orchard aroma, very sweet and appealing.

T - Dry. The floral character comes through but is a little tainted by a distinct yeastiness. Given its smell the taste is not as complex as I would've hoped.

M - Flat and pleasant.

D - I'm not certain this was a fantastic specimen of the beer. Perhaps it doesn't travel very well? 6% is a little bit much for what it is. Still, an interesting beer.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.5oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours orange with amber highlights. It is a little hazy. i got a couple inches of large bubbled, beige head that quickly went away.

S - The first thing I noticed is a carmel malt smell. I also got some bread or biscuit. The hops character does not immediately present itself. I just get some faint citrus.

T - The malt is the first taste I get as well. Although, the hops come through more as bitter grapefruit. It is pretty well balanced with biscuity malt flavor and the bitter grapefruit.

M - Moderate

O - I was a little disappointed in this beer. The hops seem faded. I was hoping from its score for something better.

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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 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 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 Bogforce
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Maybe it's because I've been drinking double ipas lately but this seems lack luster..

Short stubby bottle poured into a Maudite Snifter.

A: Very orange-brown color, with a 2 finger head that goes away as you look at it. Lots of good lacing though

S: I get a strong orange peel citrus smell, with some grapefuit. Little bit of that malt and wheat too.

T: Has a very upfront citrus flavor. Not overly bitter though, but maybe not enough. The after taste it leaves it not that best, get a small amount of the wheat as well.

M: Again, leaves an okay aftertaste with a little bite of carbonation. Nothing too great.

D: This is not too bitter smooth beer with a good fruit flavor. I could throw a lot of these down in the summer for sure.

An okay beer..

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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 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 alkemy
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounces out of the stubby bottle and into a pint glass...

A - Slightly hazed deep amber/orange color. Light cream colored head laces the glass from top to bottom.

S - The hops certainly stand out in a mixture of floral citrus. There's also honey, caramel, and a scent reminiscent of Flinstone vitamins.

T - The citrus really gets you attention up front with a touch of bubblegum. Banana, which was missing on the nose, makes a solid appearance in the taste. Oddly enough, I didn't notice the hops up front with the citrus. I was more on the back end in a caramel infused pine. Lingering malty taste.

M - Just the slightest bit of resiny viscosity. Medium bodied with a carbonation that seems to add a little richness.

D - Goes down easy, but there was just something about this that wore on me as I drank. Unfortunately, I can't identify what it is. I found the first half much more enjoyable than the second.

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Photo of alexgash
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.5 oz. stubbie bottle.

Cloudy apricot orange body with a tall, rocky, thick, bright light beige head. Very nice lacing. Nose of powdered sugar, wheat bread, grapefruit and pine hops, and some slightly tangy yeast. Interesting.

Toasted malts lead off, with a herbal, peppery hop bitterness following strong. Fruity (tropical) malt backing with sugary notes. Slightly piny, slightly antiseptic hop bitterness takes over. Aspirin and grapefruit in the finish. Lingering sweet wheat notes. Thick, full, wheaty feel, with rather high carbonation levels. Not bad, but a little rough. The aspirin bitterness is pretty aggressive too.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head was completely obnoxious. It took me about 10 minutes to pour this because of the abundant collection of head, and that was on a very passive pour. The body is a cloudy golden-orange.

Good smell of grass, lemon zest, and clove.

The wheat is more forward than the hops and is a banana ester and clove. The hops are grassy and herbal. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is thin with sharp carbonation.

Overall, this was just ok for me. The smell and taste were decent, but the body was lacking and it certainly wasn't worth the trouble of fighting through pouring it.

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Photo of THSdrummer
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 DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my newly acquired SA Perfect Pint.

4.0 A: Hazed medium orange color. Two and a half fingers of pillowy/frothy white head that retains well and leave a good bit of lacing.

4.0 S: Lots of earthy hops with grapefruit citrus, some floral, and some spice. Sugary with hints of bubblegum. The wheat and the yeast come through well.

3.5 T: Very earthy with the wheat and yeast coming through. The bubblegum is still detectable, but the sugariness is gone. Just a touch of citrus from the hops; this is mainly just earthy. Sweet upfront with a dry finish.

3.0 M: Medium to slightly heavier body. Carbonation level is fine, but it's a "dead" carbonation causing the beer to sit heavy on the tongue. Could be creamier for how thick the body is.

3.5 D: Decent beer, but not as hoppy as a typical IPA. This holds a place in my heart nonetheless because it looks, smells, and tastes quite similar to one of my early homebrews.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden orange in color and slightly hazy as well. An eggshell white creamy head is billowing at first, but settles resiliently at just under a finger. Some touches of lacing can be seen sticking to the sides as well.

S- Hints of caramel and wheat malt highlight a very quick sweetness in the nose before the hop takeover. High hop resin aroma with a piney note as well take over in the middle. The end fades into a slightly grassy hop aroma and a touch of alcohol.

T- Some sweet caramel malt to begin with before developing its hop profile. Resin hop and pine sweep in towards the middle of the beer fairly quickly with some sweet citrus that wasn't as available in the smell. Some bready/wheat towards the end of the beer that gives way to a noticeable alcohol (although not overpowering) as a bitterness that was building since the middle carries the beer into the aftertaste.

M- Medium-light, too light especially given the style. Lingering bitterness and slightly dry finish as a smooth carbonation is the bright point of the mouthfeel.

O- Not a bad beer, but certainly not great. Lacks a complexity in the balance between malt and hops found in the great wheat ipas that I have had in the past. Still worth a try though.

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