Wanderer Session India Pale Ale | North Peak Brewing Company

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Wanderer Session India Pale AleWanderer Session India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
167
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
17.75%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
17
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 167
Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/17/2013. A bit of a gusher upon opening. Pours moderately hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, floral, grass, caramel, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, bread, caramel, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, bread, caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops flavors; with a crisp moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very crisp and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a damn nice session IPA. Very nice robustness of bright hop flavors with a fair amount of malt; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of patpbr
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep orange with a quickly disapainting head.
S - Citrus, a little grapefruit and pine, hints of malt
T - Hop flavors: pine, citrus, grass, grapefruit a little sweet and bitter.
M - Light body and more of a bite then you would expect from the ABV. finishes dry.
O - Easy and pleasant to drink, Could kick back several

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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 damndirtyape
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a stemmed 16 oz beer glass at the Meadowlark Restaurant in Kettering, OH.

Appearance: Hazy dark amber with a 1/4" off-white head. Lots of strands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Tropical fruit, citrus, a hint of malt sweetness under the hop aroma.

Taste: Very hoppy with grapefruit and citrus abounding. Strong bitterness, but not overpowering. Some bready malt in the middle, maybe some caramelized malt as well as it warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, a bit spicy on the tongue, otherwise good thickness underneath.

Overall / Drinkability: Went very well with lunch (grilled provolone + tomato + basil sandwich), and maybe it a tad bit more rich in flavor and aroma when warmer, but otherwise very good from start to finish. Full flavored without all the alcohol - a perfect beer for a working lunch.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, clear, orange tannic yellow, with low and fine head. Smells on the pine side of things: balsam, faint laquer-ish, organic chemistry class like piney and resinous. Not much in the way of fruit and citrus bitter but a little grapefruit rind. Like I said, on the pinier side. Taste is terrific, well balanced, smooth, not too sweet not too malty. Nice, distinct bitterness in good balance with each other and complex. Alcohol is low, carbonation is fine and moderate to scrubbing powerful. Bitter notes linger but clear from the palate...tastes of more alcohol than 4+ percent would indicate. I think bitter like an IPA, but not exhausting, and fits well with my idea of a session ale. Curiously, like the pine version of another citrusy All Day IPA brewed several hours south in GR. I like this one too. Another six in my future. Nice.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm always happy to see a new low abv beer.

It's unusual to me though that this is only 4.2%, because I feel like I can taste booze tones all up in this thing. Regardless of that, the hop tones are pretty full and sharp. A nice drinker, but a bit too spicy, for me.

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Photo of bigkingken
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a healthy head on top that slowly dissipates to a decent size. Slightly hazy in appearance. Lots of aroma coming out of the top. Citrus notes highlighted with orange and grapefruit, and a subtle backdrop of pine. Medium everything in the taste department. A good amount of bitterness offset by a good amount of malt – nothing too strong going on. Well balanced. Grapefruit dominates a slightly acidic and bitter overall profile. Leaves a bit of bitterness behind, but nothing uncomfortable. Hits its mark. Looking for an all-day drinking IPA that won’t kill the palette or make anyone too drunk, this is it. But as an IPA, it lacks character.

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Photo of tophers
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy copper with a thick, long lasting head. Smell is predominately citrus grapefruit with a touch of spiciness. Some session IPA's tend to taste more like a pale ale. This one is not one of those. There is ample malt background to support the strong citrus hop flavors. This is a tad bit over-carbonated in my opinion though. This beer definitely doesn't taste like a 4.2% ABV. This is a great session IPA.

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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 rangerred
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a thick foamy head. Wonderful head retention leaving a rocky cap on the beer.

Aroma is very citrusy from the hops and also some pale malt is detectable. Pretty nice.

Flavor is very hop forward with pine and citrus notes at first. These fall off quickly leading to a nice lingering bitterness. Unfortunately there is really not much flavor other than bitterness. Everything just falls apart too quickly. Mouthfeel is watery but this can be expected from this weak a beer.

Overall a nice try but it seems to miss the mark. I would drink this over a typical light beer, though.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 4.2% abv. Hazy, lighter copper color. Airy, white head with excellent retention and lace.

Nose is not very powerful, but lends some nice caramel malt, and faint grapefruit. Not overly juicy hop aroma, but enough to generate some interest.

Slightly bready malt up front, with a dry feel. Balance comes with some earthy hop flavor, and just a hint of citrusy hop flavors. Great balance, but some earthy notes linger.

Lighter side of medium body, with a nice feel from the carbonation. Very easy to drink, simple, and good balance.

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Photo of david131
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice, clear orange liquid with a thin and splotchy white head.

S- Loads of pine, citrus rind, and caramel. Very aromatic considering the alcohol content.

T- Same as the aroma with light and well rounded flavors. There is some lingering bitterness.

M- Somewhat smooth body with a nice carbonated finish.

O- Drinks fairly nicely, but not quite as nicely as what I expected with the alcohol content. Would be great on a hot summer night.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date on the side of the label says April11, I hope that's the bottled-on date. Anyways, I like what they're going for here, a lower-abv, hoppy ale. I'd called it more of an extra pale ale, but it's all good. There's light but punchy, citrus hops character. I might have liked a bit of balancing malt (I only get a hint of biscuit in the aroma), but I'd be happy to spend a night working on a six-pack of this.

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Photo of jkrich
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this one on a recent trip to Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH. 12 oz bottle with a date stamped on label. Poured a slight hazy copper with orange highlights. There is a little sediment at the bottom. The off-white head is creamy and sustained, leaving lots of lacing.

The aroma is most impressive; bursting with strong citrus and pine with a nice blast of perfumy, malty odor. This ale was no doubt dry-hopped.

This brewery certainly packed a lot of flavor in such a low alcohol beer - of course a flavorful ale does not need a higher ABV, but you normally associate an American IPA with an increased alcohol level. The flavor has a crisp, bittersweet, citrusy taste that slowly fades to a very nice malty aftertaste. The subtle flavors begin to emerge as the ale warms in the glass. There is a hint of sourness that detracts slightly from the overall experience.

The body is light to medium with very nice, spritzy carbonation and a clean, refreshing mouthfeel.

If the date on the label is the "bottled on" date, this ale is a couple of months old; if is the "enjoy by" date, the ale is past its prime. Either way it still maintained a refreshing quality, though I suspect it would be excellent if freshly bottled.

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Photo of flexabull
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of jrallen34, thanks again!

Pours a hazy light amber color with a pretty nice head.

Aromas are of hard candies, light citrus, some oranges, hints of pine, and grapefruits.

Taste is bitter up front, pine like, with some mineral and ground aspirin like flavors. There some faint tartness, light cream, and hints of bread. Finish is bitter, with some pine notes.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, nice body, smooth, and well rounded.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. I think the bitterness is a bit strong, and unbalanced, but this is still tasty, especially considering the ABV. However, this needs some balance to be really good.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a cloudy copper/amber color and forms a several inch light tan head that slowly reduces to a frothy over-the-top lacing. Carbonation is visible.

The aroma is opens with a sweet/citrusy hops presence followed by a more bready and caramel component.

The taste again starts with that citrus hoppy presence as well as some bread and grass components. Good flavors, but lacking in strength of the flavor.

The mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with an adequate amount of carbonation. A nice bitterness lingers at the finish and it overall has a uniquely residual texture.

Overall, I think the drinkability of this beer is quite high. The low ABV makes it possible to have a couple without significant consequences and the flavor presence does not flatline your palate.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Jolly Pumpkin in Ann Arbor. Golden bodied with carbonation bubbles visible. This one ranked at 4.1% abv. Orange flavour and creamy, although aggressive carbonation detracted it was still good drnkability. More like an American IPA in the pre-steroid days.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The pour is a somewhat cloudy orange-amber color with a finger of white head.

S: Starts off with some sweet fruits, most notably bit tropical fruits. There is also the obligatory grapefruit and citrus notes. It's pretty "sticky" and sweet with some sugar and bread. There are also some floral and grass hop notes.

T: The flavor opens up with a numbe of different hop flavors, but it's mostly grass, citrus peel, and grapefruit. There is a very mild pineapple flavor along with the sweet malt and sugar flavors. Just a light hop bitterness.

M: The body is light with medium carbonation.

O: Had some aspects, but it was also a bit underwhelming overall.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased in Traverse City. Served in a CCBW pint glass. Bottled May 3rd, 2011.

A - Pours with a voluminous white creamy foam that has excellent retention and leaves behind glass-coating lace. Lightly hazed dark orange body, with a big stream of bubbles rising up the middle of the glass.

S - Oranges, lemon zest, leafy, piney, caramel, dough and yeast. Pretty potent aroma for 4.2% ABV.

T - Tastes like orange juice, with a pine finish. Minimal malt character, with just a bit of yeast and bread. Plenty of bitterness for the listed 45 IBU.

M - Zesty carbonation, surprisingly hefty medium body, grainy texture, tons of resinous hop oils in the finish that coat my teeth.

D - Crushable stuff. Took me about 5 minutes to finish the bottle. Great session ale that would be great for a camping trip or sitting by the lake. Perfect for Traverse City in the summertime.

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Photo of
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Jolly Pumpkin, Ann Arbor.

Came to the table with a solid inch of white foam that left spotty lacing as it receded. The aroma of this beer is heavy in citrus with some caramel and herbs. The taste is more citrus, primarily grapefruit, with a bit of malt to balance it out. OVerall, a solid beer, and surprisingly flavourful for a lower ABB "session" beer.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy medium-dark orange with a 2 finger off-white head that receded down but retains well. Tart citrus fruity nose with a lighter mango character perched atop the toasted malts. Piney herbal hop flavor and well-formed toasty malt backbone. Bitterness is moderate, clean. Dry, medium finish with lingering hop character. Medium-light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall this low "Session IPA" packs quite a bit of flavor for being so unassuming in strength. I could knock back a few and easily come back for more.

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Photo of Jason
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Color: hazed amber

Aroma: Dried mint, orange peel, toasted bread, nutty yeast and faint taffy.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth drinking, aggressive bitterness and raw. Grainy and bready. Orange peel, tobacco and some mint. Yeasty, tamed alcohol and lingering hop bitterness.

Overall: Very tasty, but why call it an IPA ... just name the beer, who cares about styles when you are not going to be within the guidelines. Regardless, I could knock these back all day long ... I'd love to see a version that is 3% abv.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a squat 12 oz bottle with a sparse label bearing a a date of April 13, 2011.

Pours a slighty cloudy amber, with a frothy, bubbly head that reduces leaving spiderweb lacing.

Has an aggressive citrus aroma, with plenty of grapefruit and orange notes. Mild sweet malt rounds out the aroma.

Taste is simple; dry hops up front with a bitter citrus finish. White grapefruit dominates the taste, from start to finish, with only a hint of sweet caramel malt that hints mid-tongue.

Light bodied, with a bitter, astringent gripping of the tongue that, frankly, surprises me given its low ABV and age.

This beer is advertised as a session IPA, and reminds me of Founder's Endurance. The flavor and feel of this beer is amazing, given how low the ABV is. Forget your typical session ale; this is a session ale to grab if you're sitting down for a game of cards, or an evening with friends.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Neat, retro-ish label art. Bottled-on date clearly printed above the UPC.

Pours a nice, clouded, golden-orange. Many ultra-fine particles suspended throughout. An off-white ring sticks around. Smell is mostly leaf-litter, with a touch of sweetness. A lot of hoppiness in the taste, a touch backing of that sweetness again, and more dry-hopped goodness at the end. Finishes tight dry. The hops are downright "juicy" on this one, and at only 4.2% it is theoretically very sessionable. A score for the hopheads.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark burnt orange, tan, nice 1 inch thick creamy head and lots of lacing.

Smell - Weak, bland smell. Some hops and sugars, malts, a little floral kick, not much else

Taste - Nice hop kick with some pale yeast and malt mixed in. Has the classic bready yeast flavor of apa's with the added bitterness and bite of hops. Theres a nice mild flavor of carmal and spices also mixed in.

MOuthfeel - The hops give some bite to tounge but the beer is low alcohol and easy to drink. Aftertaste is a little dry and bitter but nothing to ruin mouth.

Overall - Very surprized by this beer. Has some kick and real hop character. North peak really got this beer to put out all it could in such a low alcohol drink. Impressed, will try more north peak for sure.

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Wanderer Session India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
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