Onslow (1019) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2011
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour form an 11.5 oz stubby bottle. Hazey orance amber brew with thick n frothy head. Light aroma dominated by earthy tones - maybe hops, maybe yeast, maybe the wheat. Light aroma. The thought of a wheat IPA sounded interesting but it really comes across as a rather off balance and mild. Taste is mild and rather plain - some sour grains at the start and a bit of sour hoppiness, light pine and maybe a bit of citrus hops, in the finish. Grain is light and somewhat sour, making this a rather unbalanced brew. Thin palate, not so great.
satan165 (1014) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
aroma is fresh mown foliage and clearer pine, fruits in distance, mostly lemon. appearance is well hazed amber with active carb and lingering film. flavor is savory hops, meaty and organic with redundant lemon already issues in nose. bitter backbone rides out after citrus is unrecognizable and leaves palate harsh. brash IPA with enough hints of esters to bring the best of a few classes for the style. mouthfeel is often times dealt with a feather; perhaps this is the wheat, perhaps it is a placebo planted by the labeling of ingredients. doesnt matter.
Nephilium (1222) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice mild aroma of piney hops and a touch of wheat malts. Pours a clear reddish-amber, with a tight cap of white head. An interesting flavor, that comes across as an aggressively hopped wheat ale. The mouthfeel and palate tend more towards the IPA side then the feel of a wheat beer. Not a bad beer, and one that will probably be in my fridge quite a bit through the summer months.
cheap (3659) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2011
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2011 Hah, pretty funny, like a wheat IPA, or should it be a IWPA or a IWA? Whatever. Pour is IPA, smell is IPA. The taste of this is quite viscious all right; terrible max ipa noomsday. Any CO2 is nullified by the flavor impact. And iipa blast follows, climbing up the tree, probably should be imperial in style. does not hide alky or anything very well, yew, in your face blasting nasty nexus. Swirling rudeness like chewing on some big bitter buds. Ditto on the long terrible finish.Gunk comes from the bottom of the jar. It does come in a cute bottle and now I know why it rates high in the ipa style, on style and over the top in crudeness. Mind you, it does not make you gag, its just a plain big fat beer. If you love ipa, subtract my rating from 5 to get your rating.
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear golden amber color, with a big foamy white head that last to bottom of the glass. Citrus and pine in the nose, along with some tropical fruit and caramel malt. Smooth and creamy with enough carbonation to lift it off the tongue. Sweet - a little cloying in large doses - but with enough bitter back end to balance. Great palate and appearance, but Iím not a big fan of the hop varieties and yeast selection. A little too earthy, piney, and fruity.
JaBier (4352) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at Fat Heads on 3/26/11. Pours clear amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma of citrusy and floral hops with dank malt. Malty flavor with citrusy and floral hops with a grassy finish.
matthewjk (803) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured from recycled Red Stripe bottle - interesting....berry interesting. Wheat element mitigates hoppiness--not like any IPA I have encountered. Bit thin. Could be back for more.
Dogbrick (6864) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Fat Headís. The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a medium thin off-white head that recedes steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass. Citrusy hops and malt in the nose. Medium body with flavors of hops, citrus and wheaty malt. The finish is fruity with a short hoppy aftertaste. Decent IPA overall.
mcnealc31 (242) - Elida, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vicious is an American Wheat IPA. The cloudy pour lets you know itís unfiltered, as well. Lots of citrus in the nose with a bit of banana. Thereís an interesting sensation Iím trying to figure out how to describe. Itís got the aftertaste of a huge IPA, but that giant hop bite wasnít in the initial taste. Still a good amount of hops in the very bitter finish. Quite a bit of orange and banana up front. Very smooth, crisp, and light. Leans more toward an IPA than a wheat.
Itís very interesting and definitely worth giving a try.
MikeBaas (1) - Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2011 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
An American Wheat IPA is not a recognized type of beer yet, but North Peak has successfully brought the two types of beer together nicely. It has a nice hoppy aroma, full body that finishes with some very nice dry bitter notes. It has the smoothness of a wheat beer, but it does not leave you with that feelinig that most wheat beers leave, like you just ate a whole loaf of bread.