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North Peak Hooligan Hoppy Pumpkin Ale
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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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With North Peakís Hooligan Hoppy Pumpkin Ale you will never have to choose between your favorite pumpkin beer and IPA again. Hooligan is brewed with real pumpkin and fresh spices to give you all the spicy pumpkin goodness you could ask for. And did we mention the hops? Hooligan is brimming with hops! It is brewed in Traverse City, MI, on Old Mission Peninsula incorporating locally grown hops.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2012
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/21/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of pineapple, orange zest, pine, biscuit, caramel, clove, pumpkin, allspice, ginger, floral, and grass. Very nice and interesting aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, caramel, toast, pumpkin, clove, allspice, floral, pepper, grass, and herbal earthiness. Fair amount of grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, toast, clove, allspice, floral, grass, light pumpkin, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor complexity; nice hop/malt/spice balance; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Not really too much pumpkin going on in the taste, but the rest of the flavors are very nice. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and very crisp as an pale ale should be. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after this finish. Overall this is a damn nice hoppy pumpkin ale. Nice flavor balance and very smooth to drink. No complaints about this one; very well done.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBear11D (240) - Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2014
The Hooligan pours yellowish brass color with a thick off white head that lasts and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is fairly faint, but I can pick up hints of pumpkin spice and floral notes. The flavor is a bit of pumpkin spice up front, however, not as much as you would expect from a pumpkin beer. The floral hops dominate the flavor after a second and hoppy bitterness rides well into the aftertaste. Overall this is a decent beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2013
A hoppy pumpkin ale that is neither hoppy or very pumpkiny. Murky apricot with a fluffy slowly fading tan vertex. Aroma is biscuitty with toasted malt and mild pumpkin spices. Taste is faint and mild with light floral hops and faint bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (1973) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy light amber color with a small foamy head that quickly fades to ring. Aroma is nice mix of pine/grass hops with pumpkin pie spices. Taste is slightly sweet with a strong bitterness. Lots of pine, fruity, and grassy hops. Finishes with some light cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. As it warmed I started getting more citrus fruit too. Medium body. Pretty solid beer. Itís a pumpkin spiced IPA really so if you like of those styles then youíll probably enjoy this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Nice tan body, hopped cream head. The nose emanates appealing fruit-tinged hops, but is bereft of any pumpkin essence. Similarly, the body is characterized by fruit-tinged hoppyness with some moderate co-humulone heavyness as well as bursts of over-ripe fruit. Not the slightest remnant of pumpkin is perceptible in this beer. However, as a musky, summer-time IPA, this works well.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holtguy (120) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Poured orange. Aroma of hops. I smelled real hard but couldnít quite detect any pumpkin or those pumpkin-friendly spices. Taste was of a pretty well hopped IPA, but again I couldnít detect any pumpkin. I donít like pumpkin beers, so I suppose thatís okay.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Obtained in a locals for locals trade. Poured from a funny lil bottle into a blecher glass. Opaque orange in color with a slight white head. Smell is pumpkin and squash with slight fruity hops... Interesting. Taste is again with the pumpkin... Malt sweetness and a little bitterness from the hops. Not bad, but donít really care for pumpkin beers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlowOffTube (472) - Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Interesting and enjoyable. You have to be a fan of hops to like this one. Pours a cloudy orange with a white head. Aroma of cinnamon nutmeg and spicy hops. Taste is mostly pine and honey but middle and end of spices and slight pumpkin, wish I wish it was more. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (2879) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2013
bottle. light amber with one finger head. iím not a fan of pumpkin beers, but i do love hops. in this case, the hops clearly win. bright hops, somewhat like a hoppy pale ale complemented by mild pumpkin and spice. i wish all pumpkin beers were this good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle:   Orangish caramel, hazy, thin sudsy white head, spotty lacing.   Fragrant orangish hop aroma, a little candyish, soft spices.   Seems like a very spicy and floral Pale Ale.   Soft hop up front, followed by a citrusy like spiced background, orange and cinnamon together.   Not bad, but a little odd.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Lingering spices, a little artificial at times tho.   Not an IPA, not a Pumpkin, but more like a spiced up Pale Ale that closely resembles a shandy or something.



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