Wanderer Session India Pale Ale | North Peak Brewing Company

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Wanderer Session India Pale AleWanderer Session India Pale Ale
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Wanderer Session India Pale AleWanderer Session India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kzoobrew on 04-21-2011

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Ratings: 169 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of nrbw23
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thin white head. Head has pretty good retention, turning into a cap and leaving some nice lacing.

S- Smell is tropical fruits mainly grapefriut and orange. Also a nice bready malt back bone.

T- Tropical fruits hitting with a bread malt back bone. Follows the nose well. A lot stronger tastes than what I thought with the bottle information. A bit of pine here too.

M- Medium in body and a nice amount of carbonation.

O- Not too bad. Not something I'll go out after and drink all the time.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of flexabull
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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 ZombiesAteMyDog
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Danielr26
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of rangerred
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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 mcallister
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep pulpy orange juicy color and cloudy with a thick, pillowy white head leaving sticky lace in all paths behind.

Resiny, piney, citrusy hops at the forefront. Some light caramel and toffee notes. Lemon, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, grass, and pine forest. Just an amazing aroma on a IPA at 4.2.

Had Founders All Day IPA and I must say this is better. This is a great brew. Drinks much bigger than it purposes. Resiny, oily hops earthy, grassy and then citrusty, and then earthy and grassy on the finish. So well balanced with enough mouthfeel and body to not make you think its a "session IPA". Creamy, visous and deep. Great hop bitterness on the long finish and full of visceral impact. Pine, grass, grapefruit, orange zest and nectarine. Love this beer.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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 drbenderdo
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Agentveba
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of elkinbrown
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of frasergrove
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hosehead83
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a "stubby-longneck" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Orange/amber in color, with a nice, dimpled two-inch head of white foam.
Aroma-Citrus and piney hops
Taste-Right upfront pine and grapefruit-rind bitterness that lasts throughout. Sharp, "bitey' hops mellow, but just a bit, as beer warms. A bit more malt might have balanced things a bit more but maybe also upped the ABV. Overall, great, bold flavor for a "session" IPA at 4.2ABV.
Great for around the grill, waiting for the burgers to be done.

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Photo of mpayne5
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bierguy5
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Ryan011235
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ninaturner
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Filabee
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 13 2011

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.

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.

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.

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

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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Wanderer Session India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 169 ratings