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North Peak Hooligan Hoppy Pumpkin Ale
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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   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 (2696) - 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.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bubblehouse (435) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Was curious how a hoppy pumpkin beer woulr work and in this case it really didnít. The hops was way overpowering the pumpkin. Worth trying but probably wouldnít buy again.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
bobschaefer (11) - Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Itís an interesting mix of pumpkin and hop. They made a good choice in using hops that lean towards pine but itís just kind of odd.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vyvvy (4025) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Well, they canít all be winners. This one pours clear golden copper with an off-white soapy head. The aroma has spices, herbal / tropical hops, some toasty malt, caramel and light pumpkin. It has a medium / light body that is very crisp and has light sharp carbonation. The flavor begins with ultra-dry crackery malt, pumpkin vegginess, earth and dirt. The finish has harsh earthy hops, dry malt and an overall unpleasantness to it. This was not for me at all.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4055) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Draught at The Beer Trappe. Nice hoppy nose matched by an orange pour and just a bit of pumpkin in taste. Thatís just fine. THis beer is well balanced between IPA/pumpkin.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBear11D (257) - 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 (2057) - 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 (3342) - 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 (123) - 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.


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