North Peak Hooligan Hoppy Pumpkin Ale
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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2840) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tectactoe (2348) - Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle: Hazy burnt golden body, super soapy & bubbly eggshell cap. Aroma of moderate pumpkin spice, seems nutmeg & ginger are the strongest components. A bit of citrus peel, very mild pine, & some toasted graham crackery malts. Flavor is a little watery at first. Some wet pines, bitter citrus pith, & strong white pepper earthy tones. The hops are overshadowing the pumpkin aspects on the palate. Very mild cinnamon, nutmeg up front but it quickly gets washed away. Lasting bitter finish, lots of ashy pine. Slightly resinous. Slick, watery body. Not exactly what I want in a pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jandd1983 (2761) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2014
It poured a clear orange color with a white head. The aroma was malty and hoppy. The taste was of malts, cinnamon, grassy hops with spicy ginger. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
b3shine (5856) - Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a completely transparent light caramel gold with foamy white head. Smells of piney and citrus hops along with mild notes of pumpkin and a bittersweet mouthfeel. Tastes like it smells with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Not bad, but sweeter and stickier than I prefer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bnokk (73) - Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2014
APPEARANCE - nice light orange / pumpkin color. Bright white head. NOSE - Hoppity hop hop hop for a pumpkin. FLAVOR - great pale / IPA flavor. He flavor of pumpkin shows up at the very end when the beer warms up. NOTES - My friend told me that this was brewed when The Great Pumpkin joined forces with the Easter Bunny. (But apparently that's not true.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3079) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2014
11/02/2014: North Peak Hooligan Hoppy Pumpkin Ale... cloudy pale orange color with a frothy off white head. Soapy grapefruit hop aroma with a touch of canned pumpkin when the beer warms. The flavor is also quite Hoppy at first sip, but then a decent amount of noticeable roasted pumpkin and a touch of cinammon and ginger. Medium-ligjt body, smooth. Overall this is an interesting pumpkin offering. The hops and pumpkin actually work pretty well together. This is a good change up for a pumpkin beer. 12 fl oz bottle shared by Scott.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bubblehouse (508) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
bobschaefer (12) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vyvvy (4135) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4196) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBear11D (284) - 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.

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