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.
Alextricity (362) - Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
$2.19 single bottled 5/17/13. Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint on 6/17/13.
Appearance: First of all, I love the bottle -- it has that stubby, Red Stripe-like bottle, if you didnít know already. The beer pours a very slightly hazy orange color with about two fingers of head. Great lacing at the start, but none after the first few sips.
Smell: Very, very sweet to my nose. Candy-like sweetness. Thereís also some citrus aromas in there, and the sweetness almost makes this smell like clementine candy, or something like that. Pleasant, but I donít get the bursting hops that I was expecting.
Taste: At first I didnít think this drank like an IPA, but then I wondered what other style it tastes like ... I GUESS itís an IPA. A lot of sweetness up front with some sorts of non-descript citrus flavors... maybe some banana or something as well. The bitterness comes in on the aftertaste, and itís the perfect amount for this beer. I donít get much wheat flavors at all outside of the first few sips... if it wasnít on the label, Iíd probably not realize it was there at all. The feel is medium through and through... the beer has a solid body to it, and thereís a slight prickly carbonation. This sentence here is a bit out of place, but I wanted to mention that Vicious changes in taste quite a bit as it warms. I tend to find that a beer gets sweeter when it warms up (especially if it was initially sweet when it was just out of the fridge), but this one gets a bit of a stronger bitter bite. The wheat character also comes out slightly, but itís still not *obviously* there -- but maybe thatís for the better. It probably is.
Basically, Iíd like another. Itís slightly more expensive than some IPAs out there, but this is yet another tasty Michigan brew. I give Vicious an overall of 4 simply because, as good as it is, it may be a bit too sweet for my tastes when craving an IPA. At the same time, this beer is just balanced enough that itíd be an easy beer to drink a lot of. Thatís a pretty inconsistent statement, but my point is made: Vicious is a good beer.
spbays (11) - alpena, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vicious is the word. The balance between the wheat and hops really play on each other producing a cynergistic effect like no other. It may tear at my pallet and shread my taste buds but that is what i wanted and that is what I got.
badlizard (5520) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden with a huge fluffy off white head. Caramel, grain, and grapefruit aroma and taste with a crisp yet chew palate and a beautiful sweet fruit bread finish.
BMMillsy (956) - Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2012 My favorite wheat ipa. Sweet with almost a dipa malt character. Pours dark orange and smells of citrus hops and some wet dog. An excellent ipa, with some unique wheat flavor just in the background. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
joshwoodward (409) - - APR 5, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice! Iíd written off North peak, but this is tasty. Not a lot of wheat flavor, but a solid aromatic IPA.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on tap at the Cafe in Ann Arbor. Poured an orange color with a nice white head. Aroma was of floral hops, a bit of wheat and some earthy bitterness. Taste is much the same, hops are juicy but add some herbal bitterness at the end. Nice and refreshing, the wheat seems to smooth it out a bit. Iíd like to try this one again.
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at JP in Ann Arbor. Pours a nice hazy orange-Amber with small head. Holds true in being a Belgian IPA, however not the best Iíve had of this style. Good stuff, but I probably wonít get it again. Cheers!
bluejacket74 (1127) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.5 ounce bottle, bottled on December 21, 2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Aroma is mostly citrusy (orange, grapefruit) and piney hops, along with some bready/wheat malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, it taste mostly like citrusy (orange peel, grapefruit) and pine/grassy hops, and some grainy/bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit coating and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, itís smooth and goes down easy. I think itís a good brew, I liked it. Iíll have to try more of the North Peak brews in the future.
jgb9348 (4276) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear light amber coloured body with a honey glow and a VERY VERY large soapy tan head - a lot of carbonation in this one, especially rising from the bottom. Aroma of fresh piney and grapefruity hops with a good malt balance, some noticeable wheatie scent, coriander seed, a touch of curacao and a little yeast note - very nice! Medium-bodied; Nice wheat flavour at first with a drying and quick flavour shock, then fades to pretty much a grassy, herbal hop flavour - nice and good for the style. Aftertaste shows a good mix of literally an american wheat and an american ipa - wheatie flavours at first with a good potent hop backbone - very nice. Overall, exactly what the label says - an american wheat ipa, a cool style and one that was executed pretty well, if not almost as good as possible. Definitely one to sample if you can find it, and if I could get this beer more often, Iíd buy a lot of it - plus, I love the brewpub in TC and the stubby bottles. I sampled this 34 cL stubby bottle purchased from Sicilianoís in Grand Rapids, Michigan on 06-November-2010 for US$1.89 after driving down from TC earlier in the day, sampled at home in Washington on 05-June-2011. The date on the bottle (production) was October 13, 2010.