Vicious American Wheat IPA | North Peak Brewing Company

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251 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

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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Ratings: 251 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of Kraty1
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of entenduintransit
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NSXAG
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TEdubbaD
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 HopasaursRex08
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aratcliffe
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Danielr26
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a one-finger white head. Very thin amount of lacing.

S - Light aroma of orange, grapefruit, bread, and grassy hops.

T - The taste is a nice mix of piney hops, orange, and grapefruit. There is some sweet malts midpalate with a light amout of wheat. The finish has a nice peppery bite.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy.

O - Decent IPA with a nice combination of flavors.

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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 Hopmeplease
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Maddog911
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zdk9
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a UT burnt orange. Just a bit of egg white foam head and solid pocadots of lacing.

S- Smells hoppy. Tangerine, orange, flowers

T- Fairly hoppy taste but with a solid sweet backbone that is both caramelly and reminiscent of a lemony hefe. I taste the wheat inspiration. A little bit of grain alcohol in the back of the throat.

M- Bitterness hangs out for just a little bit so you are wanting more of the caramel to purge it out.

O- Not super complicated, but a solid beer that differs enough from a typical IPA to make it enjoyable and different.

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Photo of Vinithing
2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not very good. Hard to get past the skunky smell

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

Photo of lucasj82
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of clager
2.45/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Strong straw flavor with dank bitter finish that I found too strong. Freshly purchased but had a skunked taste to it.

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

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 drdiesel9483
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ok wheat ipa but I probably wouldn't get it again. Peppery pine taste with lots of carbonation and a medium body.

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Photo of DruC4
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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 Mflanaga
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

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