Friday, February 18, 2011

North Peak Brewing Vicious Wheat IPA

Here is what the Brewer says:
Beware of the beer.  There, we warned you.  The frothy head, and pungent, piney dryhopped scent (from the Cascade and Amarillo hops) should alert you to the brews imminent attack on your senses.  Next, Cascade, Perle, and Willamette hops will batter your palate with bitter ferocity..  Finally Pale, Crystal (30 and 75) and wheat malts converge in a cloudy thick body and give you a smooth kiss of sweet death--and leave you howling for more!
Style--DryHopped Wheat IPA
6.7% ABV  66.7 IBU
My Thoughts:  This beer poured cloudy amber with a light tan colored foamy head that remained throughout the drink.   The smell was bold and pleasing.  This beer had a very fresh piney hop smell to it in addition to a strong citrus smell. The hoppy smell carried right over to a very hoppy taste right from the start.  The first flavor that hits you is the citrus with only a mild wheat component.  With a little more tasting you can tell how the wheat impacts the hops.  The beer tastes hoppy throughout but the wheat adds a smoothing component which allows the aftertaste to be a little sweet without taking away the bitterness.  Mouthfeel was smooth and even a little creamy.  Carbonation was average.  To me this would be a great session beer because it is not super high in ABV or IBU, but packed with flavor. 
Serving Type: 11.5oz Bottle

My Rating: Overall 86/100
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25| drink: 4.25

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