Vicious American Wheat IPA | North Peak Brewing Company

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Vicious American Wheat IPAVicious American Wheat IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
northpeak.net

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by alexgash on 10-24-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
251
Reviews:
91
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
34
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent IPA with significant wheat added. An orangey piney IPA taste. Nice orange appearance and creamy foamy head. The wheat adds to the creamy mouthfeel. Hop aromas. Good drinkability, likely the wheat balances potential astringency from the hops.

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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 kjkinsey
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 zeff80
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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 nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of rich and creamy bright-white head. This retains with a smooth ½ finger, which throws up a robust cascade of froth onto the sides of the glass, ringing them with sticky lacing. The aroma smells floral and piney, with a blast of bright tropical fruit notes of juicy pineapple and mango. A ripe dankness also mixes in, while the wheat gives this an extra bready kick of sweetness across the back of the nose and really pushes that fruit character forward.

The taste is crisp with green grapefruit and tart wheat flavor, with a flood of sticky tropical fruit and herbal tones that spreads out across the back of the profile. This finishes dry and resinous with a touch of lingering bitter pith. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slick herbal creaminess on the edges and a light sharpness that hits the tongue after each sip. Man, this is pretty easy drinking though with a low alcohol feel.

This bottle had a little age on it but didn’t seem to hamper this at all or maybe some of that faded bitterness helped push all of that juicy tropical fruit character to the forefront of this as that was definitely my favorite part of the beer. It’s definitely a unique take on an IPA and I’d be more than willing to check this out again sometime.

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

This batch is dated March 2011, no trouble with over-carbonation. In fact it is right on, with handsome orange amber color, nice lacing in the tulip glass. Big mouthfeel with sparkling bubbles and a malty smoothness. This tastes suspiciously like their Majestic Wheat Ale, with the sweetness and what I call a perfumey taste. Hops are big and forward, but less bitter than you might expect. In the aftertaste the bitterness does creep up a notch. The slightly strange sweetness gets to you after a while too.

Definitely interesting, but an odd flavor that makes me wonder if wheat is the right way to go for a big hoppy beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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 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 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 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 Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of aasher
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 pathman
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.5 ounce bottle, bottled on December 21, 2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Aroma is mostly citrusy (orange, grapefruit) and piney hops, along with some bready/wheat malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, it taste mostly like citrusy (orange peel, grapefruit) and pine/grassy hops, and some grainy/bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think it's a good brew, I liked it. I'll have to try more of the North Peak brews in the future.

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Vicious American Wheat IPA from North Peak Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 251 ratings.
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