Style: India Pale Ale
Appearance: Golden brown with a foamy head. An odd cloud hangs over the top half of the beer as I drink it.
Nose: Floral but slightly fruity. Wildflowers, fresh pineapple, peppered mango.
On the palate: Medium bodied and complex. Hops are the biggest flavor component here, naturally, but there are fruit and malt flavors here too. Dried wildflowers, orange peel, breadfruit.
Finish: Malty and hoppy. Lingers for a pretty long time.
Parting words: Against my better judgment, I bought yet another North Peak beer to review, based on the recommendation of another blogger. I’m glad I did. This is a fine, well-made IPA with more than just bitterness going on. The lightly fruity undertones of the Wanderer take it beyond the realms of the workaday session IPAs. I was very pleasantly surprised with this one. Maybe there is hope for North Peak yet. The Wanderer is recommended.