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 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 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 entenduintransit
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Crisp, Citrus, Clean, Bitter

One brewer’s Pale Ale is another’s Session IPA. Seems this sub-style of the IPA has caught on and is here to stay. Big orangey aroma with a clean grainy backing, and it smells like an IPA. Lighter bodied, tight crispness with a snappy hop bitterness. Grassy beginnings, orange pith to floral resin for the hop flavor. Cracker-like maltiness is just enough to hold this beer together. A solid offering.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 4.2% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of Alexkogake
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bcuz7
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vandeir_bochi
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Danielr26
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMESSER88
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ninaturner
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ribby
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an impressionistic review, not comprehensive tasting notes. I dead a sequential tasting of two session IPAs, North Peak Wanderer and New Belgium Slow Ride. While balance is not a common characteristic of IPAs, these two are both not too extreme in their hoppiness, and both are extremely drinkable. I have had session IPAs that were so overhopped I could not imagine having two of them. Between the two, the North Peak is a little fruitier in its hoppiness, the New Belgium a little more floral.

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Photo of joe12pk
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jared326
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nhirsch04
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 crzegrl
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of capnamerica
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of lucasj82
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong resin, strong hop, hint of pine, sweet malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Strong bitterness as well. Tastes of strong resin, strong hop, hint of pine, sweet malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, too bitter, and low complexity.

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Photo of ThatsStout
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jtslankard
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of RyanCFriedrich
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Desimoaj
4.48/5  rDev +17%

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