Thursday, April 21, 2011

472. North Peak Wanderer Session IPA

That’s right, bring on the session beers. North Peak is back, and it’s bringing me more of what I asked for—light, easy-drinkin’ interesting beers (more session beers!). Go Ron Jeffries, you crazed and inspired madman. As well, this is our third beer from North Peak; the last two were Diabolical and Vicious. And, yes, I’m referring to the beer. I once was lost, but now I’m found...

Wanderer pours a hazy golden tan—it looks bready in the glass—and has a generous white head. The nose is all American C hops, with citrus, grapefruit, and tangerine up front and smaller amounts of grass and spicy resin in the background. Also hiding behind the hops is a touch of biscuit and malt toastiness. Flavor follows aroma; the front is bready with a dry toasted malt character coupled with a light bitterness that quickly comes in. In the middle, the body dries out and a minerally, almost chalky bitterness comes to the front. There is also citrus and grapefruit hop flavor, although it is less prominent than in the nose, and the finish is dry (almost grainy) with a gentle lingering bitterness. The body is medium with a dry yet substantial mouthfeel, while the carbonation is bright but gentle; coupled with the hop bitterness, both contribute to the dry malt character of the beer. Wanderer has an excellent balance between malt and hops, and a depth of flavor that was a pleasant surprise—while small, there is still body and character to the beer. It is also bottle-conditioned, or at least that’s what the sludge in the bottom of the bottle would indicate. By far the best of the North Peak beers we’ve tried; I look forward to more of this one.

From the North Peak website: “More info coming soon...”

ABV: 4.2%
IBU: 45


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