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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Ratings: 251 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of ctrevino
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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 TurboBrew
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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 Steimie
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ucsbmullet
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of redleg64
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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 vfgccp
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of cestlavie
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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 KFrank729
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of vrbulldog22
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of KnightRider
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of XenonX
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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 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 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 oldvines
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of dmorley21
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Shmantha
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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 anth0ny
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite bottles/label designs.
Vicious is deep burnt orange in color, foggy with maybe 40% transparency. I got a triple finger's width off off white head, gone quickly. Looks very nice freshly poured.

My nose is loving it. Very sweet citrus hop smell with some bread and sweet malt. The only downside is that the aroma seems to weaken after the first couple drinks.

Nice, earthy bready flavor with some underlying sweetness. Sweet malt up front, with bread and hops immediately following for some smooth, mild bitterness. Some orange peel rind accents, grass and a touch of cream in the background. Some dry grassyness before the flavor drops completely for the finish. Little to no aftertaste.

Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation, good summer beer.
Quite drinkable, also. I liked it.

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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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