Wanderer Session India Pale Ale | North Peak Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
169 Ratings
Wanderer Session India Pale AleWanderer Session India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kzoobrew on 04-21-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
169
Reviews:
61
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.7%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
17
For Trade:
1
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Photo of leantom
2.33/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I don't know how anyone can like this beer. Here goes:

A: Best - and only - good thing about the beer. Dark but clear brown with a slight yellowish/gold hue. Good head and lacing.

S: Goes downhill from here. Lots of onions, garlic and earthy scents. Some caramel malt and grainy cereal in the background, but nothing to write home about.

T: Took one sip and drain-poured it. Absolutely rancid.

F: I suppose it was ok. Really just wanted to dump it down after that first sip.

O: No.

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Photo of jacobdensford
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Thickfreakness
2.77/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep hazy red/orange with a nice fluffy, crispy white head that disappears kinda quickly leaving a nice amount of sticky lacing. Loads of carbonation!

S- Kinda smells like wet grass and a bit of citrus. A little bit of malt, but mostly wet hay and grass. Not much depth to this at all. Kind of boring.

T- Decent bitter citrus flavor. Light notes of grapefruit, bitter lemon and orange zest. Nice balance between the light grainy malt and the citrus, grassy pine.

M- Nice carbonation, Decent bitter citrus pop, but I can't get past the wet grass in my mouth! Medium body for a session IPA.

O- Decent, but not something I'd really care to try again.

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Photo of clager
2.84/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DanGeo
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of BMMillsy
2.99/5  rDev -21.9%

Bottle from the shelves of Tipples. A little surprised this was still in the fridge, as it has a bottling date of 12/3/13 and I grabbed it today (8/16/14). Oh well. Pours murky copper orange color with a very small ring of white head. Aroma is straight malts and some stale hops, bready and caramelly. Flavor is watered down bready malts, light bitter, sticky and sweet. Light to medium bodied with medium low carbonation. Meh. Need to try it fresh.

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Photo of BellsFan
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of IlPostino
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of SpartyJoe
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of TurboBrew
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of rspauldi
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cheesedogg
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A - poured a deep amber color with lots of head, actually had to stop pouring at one point to let head settle before pouring the entire bottle

S - Nice citrus smell couldn't pick up the pine scents like in other review, but this is my 1st beer review

T - Nice hoppy flavor with the hnts of the citrus coming through

M - nice bitter taste that quickly disolves

O - Not a bad beer, wandering what the date on the bottle mean, hopefull bottled date. 04/11

Found it at a local grocery store for $3.99 for a 6-pack, then saw it at my local beer store for $11.99 per 6-pack

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Photo of mpayne5
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Raime
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Wanderer session IPA by North Peak.

Well this is my third time grabbing a brew outta these guys that gave me two that impressed me, so let's see if the third can do the same.

Look - Allllllrightyyyy then. The head is a monster. Like a Ron Jeremy cock head...head. wasn't able to empty the bottle until the fourth pour...y'know what I'm gonna just slice it with a fucking knife at this point..wow that head tastes like getting my mouth washed with soap as a young boy who said fuck a lot. Anyway! Very clear copper with the carbonation levels at medium. Spotty lacing. 3.25

Smell - Alright welpz I'm getting the maltyness and a touch of the hops and an overdose of wheaty presence. else. 3.25

Taste - Well I can tell you straigh and to the point that this is a ' new guy ' IPA. More like a pale ale really. A touch of grapefruit on the forefront followed by an immediate killswitch that brings you back to...college? Duh fuck is even in this stuff?..3.25.

Feel - Body is creamy with enough cadbonation to pop a champagne top. Not much else to say. 3.25

Overall - Look, if I want something sessionable and " all day " I'll drink a ( Insert religious expletive here whereas I am Atheist and don't buy into such fairytales) Molson. When I come to crafts I expect a CRAFT BEER, not some half-assed attempt at fitting into a market the brewer has long surpassed. BUT, it is a prime introductory beer to the world of craft beers. Has a new flavor for the new guys, but nothing for the seasoned, or even apprentice veteran. And for that...3.25.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to Romulux for this.

4.5 A: This is a beauty. Opaque bottle-conditioned dark orange brownish color. Two fingers of thick, off-white creamy/frothy hybrid head. Pretty good retention and a lot of lacing.

4.0 S: Smells great too! Grapefruit, grassiness, and a light herbalness. A light caramel, with a subtle yeasty breadiness.

3.0 T: Unfortunately, the quality from the nose never made it to the taste. This is solidly mediocre. Not much hop flavor and not much malt flavor either. What is left is a moderate bitterness and a strong yeasty breadiness. No complexity at all.

2.5 M: The mouthfeel is even more disappointing. Lighter medium body. Could use a touch more carbonation, but it's hard to tell really since the existing carbonation lies lifeless on the tongue. Not creamy at all and not particularly smooth due to the yeastiness.

3.0 D: This one started out strong, but soon lost it's way. Really pleasant nose, but the taste and mouthfeel are garbage. Oh well.

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Photo of Zanico
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ryan011235
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 4/25/11

Bottled April 13, 2011

Paled and faded amber with some haziness. Two finger cap of foam is halved after a few minutes, eventually leaving 1/8th inch layer of foam. A few bubbly clumps of lace cling to the glass and compound throughout.

Boasting spicy, zesty citrus notes, the aroma is appealing. Grapefruit, lemon zest, orange pith and a nip or two of pine. Though it's tipped in favor of the hops, malts offer a toasted bread and biscuit counterpoint. Citric aromas smell ripe, especially after it opens up. The second pour smells a tad doughy.

I was kind of afraid that the aroma would be the high point and it is. Though it doesn't taste bad, Wanderer doesn't have the same depth once it hits the palate. Sharp grapefruit and lemon notes lead off, dry pine picks up in the mid-section and the latter half is nearly astringent with the bitterness. The malts are dry too; toasted bread and crackers.

Leaning toward the lighter side of medium body. Carbonation is too high for my liking; in conjunction with the prickly aspects of the flavor profile the overall perception is harsh. Finishes with fine resin and lingering bitterness.

Despite some of the brash aspects this beer could be a lot worse. It's drinkable enough that I won't mind finishing the bottle. Not as good as Vicious but much better than Diabolical (rating this as an IPA as opposed to APA). I won't be in a hurry to get it again but it'll do in a pinch.

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Photo of BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden; huge fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are subtle and full of orange peel and caramel malts. The flavors are muchmore vibrant. Lots of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Lots of pine needles as well. The flavors are sharp and crisp. The malts take a backseat in the flavors and the bitterness shines. Mouthfeel is nice; it's light but has a nice body to it. Carbonation is very active. This is obviously an easy drinking beer.

This is a pretty bold beer at 4.2% abv. It definitely packs a punch. It's not a game changer, but it's well crafted.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not quite stubby bottle that North Peak normally uses with date of APR0711, poured into a Lion tulip.

A- A normal pour created a 1-finger, khaki head that dropped to a nearly full covering film. Really nice rings left behind. The body was a clean, copper that was sporting moderate carbonation.

S- It had an initial rush of hops, citrus and earthy. Earthy notes increase with a little warmth. There was a sweet, malt balance. It comes off as a balanced IPA, hop forward, yet not overdone. There's nothing to say this is anything but a full-on IPA yet.

T- There it is. While not bad, it's a little lacking. Comparable to some middle-of-the-road IPAs. Lots of grainy malt. Herbal and citrus hops. The hopping isn't overwhelming, though not gentle, if that makes any sense. Kinda' different, bitter-sweet finish.

M- Moderate carbonation. Drying hops. Light-medium body compared to most in the full IPA style.

O- Not a "bad" beer by any means. Peripheral traits are fantanstic. Flavor is pretty basic. At ABV it could be a good choice for a bit of a hop blast of a session. Though I would do more than 1-2 in a sitting. Gotta' give the brewer credit for trying something new. Probably better categorized as an APA as it currently is on this site.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The concept of the sessionable IPA is a touch odd as the definition of an IPA has far more malt backbone. That's exactly what this was missing as it has a decent amount of piney, resiny lupilin flavor but the malt backbone seems completely absent. At 4 pct ABV that seems to be the case as there's simply not enough malt to balance. If you like an easy drinkability with a strong hop bitterness than this is your session beer.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 13 2011

Appearance
I just noticed that this isn't bottled in the cool little stubbies like the other North Peak beers have been. The beer looks really nice. Its coppery orange with some haze. The head is egg shell white with a long life and lots of lacing.

Aroma
This is a proper smelling IPA. Lots of grapefruit with juicy orange rind. There's a dash of spicy pine as well. Pale, doughy malts are coming through strongly as well. Very hoppy and juicy. Lots of citrus and fruitiness, just how I like it.

Taste
The bitterness is coming across much stronger than the 45ibu's that this bottle reports. Candied citrus starts things off. It then moves into a strong bread crust malt base but by the end its all bitter pine and grapefruit rind. The finish is strongly bitter, a little too bitter for sessionability. Medicinal bitterness eventually begins to build.

Mouthfeel
Very sharp and prickly, its painful actually. The finish dries up.

Overall
The aroma is great. Everything else could use some work. It tastes alright, just too bitter and I could use with out the medicinal lingering finish.

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Photo of SteveLyman
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle to a New Belgium Brewing Company snifter. It pours a ruby amber with a large, frothy head that rises quickly and settles to two fingers that holds a bunch of retention.

S - This is relatively aromatic that has sweet honey, light floral, and pine needle notes.

T - The floral and citrus notes come through immediately. Lemon zest and watered down grapefruit arise. The malt taste is somewhat dry with a slight yeast taste. Ends quite bitter.

M - This beer has a very light mouthfeel, especially for an APA. The carbonation is too high and the finish is that of a dry wine, dry.

O - Overall this is a beer I would buy again. Although, it is somewhat dry and bitter, it could have enhanced the citrus and floral notes for me to enjoy it more.

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Wanderer Session India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 169 ratings.
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