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 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 OnThenIn
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Lighter tan head on top of a slightly cloudy, dark ruby body. Decent looking beer, but the head dies down rather quickly.

S: The aroma is very tropical citrus hop and a bit of pine. There is a hint of a sweeter aroma like caramel.

T: The taste is basically identical to the aroma, and the balance is pretty even with maybe even a hint more sweetness than bitterness.

M: Medium to low carbonation with medium body.

D: The slightly lower than desired carbonation doesn't really clean off the tongue and forces the beer to just sit there.

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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 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 Keffa
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So, I am re-reviewing this one, as I've heard some people say that it varies from 6-pack to 6-pack.

Poured from a stubby bottle into my Unibroue tulip.

Live review:

A: Pours a hazy orange, some small gold and amber tinges to it, small eggshell white head, settles to a full cap and leaves some thin, yet stubborn lacing. Nice.

S: WOW, this bottle is SO different from the last bottle I had. Like smelling a mixed fruit cup, peach, orange, pineapple, tangerine, a little bit of pine/herbal hop and a sweet sugar cookie like dough. Very faint wheat spiciness comes in towards the end. Very nice.

T: Not as good as the aroma here, but still not bad. Bittering hops are very prominent, and are piney and lightly herbal and grassy. Very nice spice from the wheat though, and the dry, doughy malt sticks to the background. Finishes pretty dry for what it is.

M: Thin, a little watery, and decent carbonation. Oily/slick on the palate.

O: Much more impressed this time. The only thing I can knock is the difference between the aroma and the taste. Otherwise, this is a damned decent IPA. Glad I revisited it.

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Photo of beerwolf72
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had two separate six-packs of Vicious.

The first was crazy-good. It was hoppy with a crisp grapefruit-citrus flavor and a smooth finish.

The second was much more mild. I could not detect the citrus, and the hops seemed a bit toned down in favor of the wheat. It was good, but not nearly as good as the first time.

I'd give the first six-pack a 5.0 and the second a 3.5.

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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 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 beerbears
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A dark orange with a amber huge.

Taste of caramel, honey and bread with a citrus finish. The finish is almost candy like. The body is very rich and very enjoyable.

Very drinkable, love this IPA!

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Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice foamy off white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- My first thought is ok there is something different about this one. Grassy, herbal and piney hops begin to take over pretty quickly. s Sweet malt backbone and then finally some grapefruit peel. I think the wheat puts an interesting twist on this on.

T- Hop forward IPA, but not out of balance. Mostly grass and tropical fruits. A good malt back bone of caramel malts and grains.

M- Medium in body and carbonation was good.

O- I liked this one. I'll go back to it for sure. A very solid brew.

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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 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 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 McNealc31
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vicious is an American Wheat IPA. The cloudy pour lets you know it's unfiltered, as well. Lots of citrus in the nose with a bit of banana. There's an interesting sensation I'm trying to figure out how to describe. It's got the aftertaste of a huge IPA, but that giant hop bite wasn't in the initial taste. Still a good amount of hops in the very bitter finish. Quite a bit of orange and banana up front. Very smooth, crisp, and light. Leans more toward an IPA than a wheat.

It's very interesting and definitely worth giving a try.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this sixer at my local beer stop, so I decided to try it out. $9.99 a six pack.

Pours a nice reddish bronze with an off-white head. Nice sticky legs with decent head retention.

Fresh, moderately aggressive hop profile. Fresh citrus. Medium body and medium flavor profile.

Pretty nice overall. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby bottle (very cool) into a perfect pint glass. I got this as an extra from a trade with LiquidCucumber. Thanks!

A: A medium orange color with some golden tints to it. A one finger fluffy white head leaves not a lot of lacing.

S: Fruity and floral hops mixed with some biscuit and candy sweetness. I get a little of the wheat in the smell too.

T: Nice hops up front with a herbal and floral character mixed with some fruit of pineapple and lemon. Mid flavor brings in the wheaty tones mixed with the nice full bodied biscuit and almost candy like sweetness. Finish keeps the wheat flavors with some bready notes and a creaminess. Slight hop bitterness on finish.

M: Creamy, smooth, slightly bitter and no alcohol.

D: Good, very enjoyable.

Overall a little different take on an IPA that makes it easier to drink. The wheat smooths out the IPA bite and makes the beer very drinkable. For me, I'd rather have that stabbing bitterness, but this is still an enjoyable beer to sit back and just drink.

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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 ne0m00re
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review of a 11.5 oz bottle.
A: Burnt orange amber, constant bubbles, a small sticky cream head with decent lacing.
S: Very slight cooked corn, sweet honey wheat, very earthy hops, slight bubblegum bordering-leafy hops. The smell isn't all that impressive.
T: The taste, on the other hand, is a nice mixture of toasted bread spread with apricot jelly. It has a nice finish of leafy, earthy hops that linger with a cleansing effect. This would be a great hot-weather beer.
M: Slightly thicker than you'd expect, with a frothy carbonation that turns crisp in the finish.
D: Overall, it's pretty good.

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Photo of Lillenk
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance is nice golden color with white head but a little foggy.

Smell is huge. Lots of hops but also the wheat characteristics with some fresh cut grass on the nose.

Taste was very nice. Blasts you in face with hops but has some wheaty notes and rounds out very nicely.

Mouthfeel was little bigger than expected especially for having a lower ABV, which means I probably wouldn't sit and drink a bunch, but the one or two I would have would be very satisfying.

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

This beer is a rich amber in color, nearly clear but with some depth to it. Activity is fairly continuous, forming a head just over a finger tall that remains dense even as it dissipates. In its wake remains very thick rings of lacing toward the top of the glass, giving way to lighter patches as it recedes.
There's a good amount of depth, character and strength in the nose. The primary aromas are pine, orange rind, a light caramel sweetness, wheat, and an herbal/floral mix.
Pine comes through strongly on the start and brings a pungent, oily hops bitterness complimented by a strong dose of orange rind (much more rind than flesh). A sturdy malt backs the hops while letting them take control, and a raw leafy/herbal hops flavor lies underneath. To add more balance to the bitterness is the citric aspect and a touch of caramel sweetness from the malts. Wheat is ever present and, rather than detracting from the character, adds an extra element to the flavor as well as a fuller body and richer texture. All in all, this is quite complex and takes some working through. In the finish, one catches just a hint of soapiness just near the back of the throat.
This one is a pretty dry beer, though it doesn't lack in depth, as both the malts and wheat serve to make this richer, fuller and a bit deeper than it might be otherwise. A somewhat puckering finish lingers. Carbonation is moderate, not too heavy, and body is medium.
This beer is very well-brewed and a unique one beside. I'll definitely be trying more from these guys.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - bottle shape leads to a violent pour and a lot of head, but the head fades quickly. very pretty hazy orange body, off white head. Great lacing.

S - Nice light hops, tropical fruit.

T - It's mostly sweet. The hops impart the normal hop flavors of grapefruit and mango or what have you, but they're mostly sweet and not bitter. I suppose that's what a wheat IPA would be, but I still wish it had more bite to it.

M - Smooth and creamy, a bit dry.

D - THis is highly drinkable. It tastes good, is smooth, moderately compelling, and in no way offensive.

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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 Trizzle
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A strange concoction found on cask at the Nicholsons pub behind borough Market.

Orange and cloudy body with a good rim of big bubbled foam leaves some big bossy lace.

The smell initially is armpit. Not in a bad way. Not unlike the exciting armpit smell of a washed rind French cheese. A Petit Munster perhaps. Some grapefruit hops in the mix too.

Dry up front, lambic like lemon and tart citrus through the middle. Good whack of generic grapefruit and citrus hops follow and all fades to a long hay like dryness.

Feels a tad thin, but not overly watery. Some moorish dry and astringent tannin like sensations make my tongue feel like shrivelled bathtub finger tips.

A pleasant drink. Alcohol is there and there abouts butnot enough to subtract from the drinkability.

Well done again to Nicholsons pub franchise for having the gonads to stock something a bit left field.

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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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Vicious American Wheat IPA from North Peak Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 250 ratings.
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