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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 169 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of jacobdensford
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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 IlPostino
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of brealbg
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of WesM63
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of LordKnarf
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of SnatchyMcPants
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of cestlavie
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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 blp
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Calculat0r
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of oldvines
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of seanhug
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of cynical1027
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of iparules
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of OleLouIPA
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 BellsFan
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Gtg642
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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