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Diabolical India Pale Ale - North Peak Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

146 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 146
Hads: 455
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 15
Gots: 58 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kegger22 on 12-20-2009

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Photo of spacecake9
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the name and the stubby bottle.
A - Pours a copper color with nice head. No lacing.
S - Mostly malty on the nose.
T - Not a strong flavor, a little citrus, slightly bitter on finish.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - I found this to be a very average IPA. Not bad at all, but not something I'm dying to have again, either. (340 characters)

Photo of cjohns73
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Jolly Pumpkin in Detroit. Color is deep copper, not too much smell. Taste is pretty typical. Hoppy bitterness, a touch of juice, and a relatively straightforward maltiness. All-in-all, a fairly standard IPA. (217 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby bottle

Pours hazed medium almond Amber and lifts a one inch and lasting frothy medium khaki cap. Loads of thicker lacing left behind on the glass.

Nose is of grapefruit peels, some light pepper and as expected some bready malts.

Pleasing and well hopped IPA, more grapefruit, light mango, lime, fruity goodness. Good stuff...go get some (352 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of those beers I've passed by on the shelves a few hundred times and could never quite pick it up as I had more choices available to me that I knew were tasty over a random I knew nothing about.

Finally got a single for $1.99 the other day.

Look - A copper amberish mixed color with a one finger off white head that sticks around throughout the duration and doesn't leave any lacing.

smell - Grapefruit pith and moderate amounts of malt. Slightly resinous.

Taste - Grapefruit piths and a touch of resin. The malts mix into it as well providing a well balanced flavor that isn't too overpowering on either side. A touch watery.

Feel - Well-rounded mouth filling body with moderate carbonation and a tad creamy.

Overall - A very solid standard IPA and very drinkable and session-able. Not quite a beginner beer. reminded me a lot of a two-hearted ale with a tad less flavor.

I will surely be giving this brewery some more chances with their beers. (956 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant deep amber under a 3” fluffy white foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Malt and earthy herbal hop aromas
T: Features a balanced interaction of rich hops and malt with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Melon and biscuit. A little drying in the after taste from the hops.
F: Medium body and carbonation, very soft in the mouth.
O: A full flavored India Pale Ale. (395 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5/11/15 at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma of pine and some citrus
Head average (four cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishes to eight mm frothy head
Lacing fair – partial curtains and some islands of tiny to medium bubbles
Body orange, clear
Flavor slightly piney, slightly bitter; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.5 (440 characters)

Photo of Seejae
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very hop forward offering from North Peak. The Malt is subtle but leans towards caramel/toffee. The citrus notes mingle with pine and stay at the forefront throughout. Finishes sharp, but the complexity is two-note at best. Still a very solid IPA. (249 characters)

Photo of MarkDeming
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid IPA. Good amount of citrus balances the maltiness. Crisp and amber with good lacing on the glass. Poured at Jolly Pumpkin in Ann Arbor. Will pick up some bottles to go. (174 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Bitter, Toffee, Bold

Serious suds, clear brassy hue. Thick hop resin and a toffee malt backbone line the nostrils. It has the bitterness of an IPA (with 66.6 IBUs), but balanced by the malt character. Some mellow harshness from the Cascade hops sticks to our palates from start to finish. Bready wheat flaunts some crispness. Not your usual IPA, but it sure is a hell of a lot of fun to drink.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 6.6% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round (498 characters)

Photo of entenduintransit
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not exactly related to my opinion of the beer itself, but it is absurd to think the quality control could be good enough to maintain an IBU to a decimal place and an ABV to two decimal places. (192 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 3/3/15 so it might have been a bit out of the optimal freshness zone. Sediment in the bottom of the bottle, so I settled on a gently decanted 4oz pour. Fairly standard light amber hue with no noticeable head (admittedly small pours though). Pine, some rather generic citrus, and a bit of ripe melon on the nose. Aromas brighter than I was expecting based on dating, and a hint of alcohol comes through. Looking up. Orange juice, some pine, and ripe melon move around the palate. General flavors, but pretty well done. Slight sweetness on the finish, and a hint of alcohol lingering. Not a bad brew, no off flavors, however, a little conflict in how the entire experience of this brew came together... maybe a case of slightly lesser than its parts? Maybe the way the alcohol comes through? Quite good, not quite great. (829 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4/5
Deep orange color, slightly hazy. Several fingers of light beige head. An average amount of carbonation is visible in the brew

Smell - 4/5
Pine hops with some subtler spicy notes

Taste - 3.75/5
A very slightly bitter citrus-pine flavor with some mellow resin notes as well.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, fairly smooth, quite crisp, nice level of carbonation.

Overall - 3.75/5
This was a decent IPA, nothing special (436 characters)

Photo of Rclem2010
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong on the nose, great hoppy flavor, but not too sharp. Strikes a nice balance between being an all-nighter and a one-and-done. Hit my sweet spot on the IBU spectrum and it didn't leave me feeling heavy after a couple. (221 characters)

Photo of EmGM
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: yellow gold
Smell: hoppy
Taste: can taste the hops but it's a lighter hop than others tried. Light citrus notes, tasted a touch of caramel
Aftertaste: not a bad aftertaste, the hops linger a little
Overall: not bad, i would have it again. (245 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a one-finger whet head. Lots of spotty lacing.

S - Aromas of orange, grapefruit, and floral hops.

T - The flavor starts with some nice sweet citrus followed by a a big wash of piney hops. The is a faint amount of sweet malts midpalate. The finish has a nice mix of piney hops and grapefruit rind.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy. dry finish.

O - This is a nice IPA. Very drinkable with a nice mix of floral hops and citrus. (502 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a teku)
A-This beer pours a hazy deep tangerine body with a yellow hue to the white head that fades to a sticky film.

S- The soft green hops has a light toast hint that comes through as it opens. The hops take on a green cinnamon note in the finish.

T- The juicy green hops takes on a pine resin flavor in the finish with a nice full pale malt support and some unripe citrus hops lingering with just a touch of bitterness after the dry finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz to support the hops.

O- This is a nice solid IPA with a full hops profile and some good depth with the malt holding its own. (632 characters)

Photo of zdk9
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- It's a little difficult to pour out of the red stripe style bottle without a lot of agitation down the sides of my Duvel glass. So there's a little more head than I would've intended, though it really ends up being just a bit over finger. Maybe it's a feature not a bug. Color is very cloudy bright orange-close to orange soda. Lacing is nice- spots, lines and terraces.

S- Hops are at the forefront. They're danky- wet grass, old litterbox, slightly browned flowers. The dankness is almost intoxicating if that's possible. I feel like I'm walking through a fantasty world swamp.

T- Similar to the aroma. The bitterness comes out if good force with a lot of the dank quality. Some grapefruit pith towards the aftertaste and especially in the back of the mouth.

F- Some lingering bitterness. Less lingering sweetness. Eh it doesn't leave me begging for more, but not really any problems here.

O- It's a strong hoppy IPA- just what you'd expect. Nothing too special about this beer, but nothing wrong either. Certainly I'd take it at a bar when I'm in the mood for an IPA. (1,077 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Loved the Jackalope on the label I wanted to try it.

A -Great copper color. Nice white head with nice lacing. Mostly clear but can tell there was some dry hopping.

S - Good NW hops bouquet. Mostly citrus hop character with some pine, tropical, and herbal notes. Some malt but the hops sit high.

T - Flavor is good with the hops holding true. It's a nice IPA that has everything you would desire in an IPA. Light hints of malt and a subtle ale character that make gives it some balance but definitely a hop heavy brew. Nice moderate bitter finish make this a good drinking beer.

M - Moderate mouth-feel in the middle but the hops linger and the bitterness quenches. Great carbonation making the beer really pop.

Overall, a very solid NW IPA. This was a very middle-of-the-road IPA but that being said I still enjoyed it. I'd recommend this if you are in the mood for an IPA and want some diversity.

Glass- Imperial Nonic (926 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass, shared with buzzlitebeer

A: medium copper color, thin head, decent carbonation
S: aroma is floral, lightly hoppy; a bit of honesuckle
T: honeysuckle; hops more herbal than floral; English hop profile (?), bright notes in the flavor, well balanced; more malty than hoppy; low lovenbond malt

definitely worth having again! (351 characters)

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My bottle is dated 6-04-14 clearly on the back of the bottle.

A - Pours out a slightly hazy golden with a half finger white head that died off relatively fast. Look really carbonated with bubbles streaming up really fast. Leaves great lacing.

S - Smell comes off nutty, piney, grassy, herbal, not sweet and smells dry. No sign of alcohol and not super fragrant.

T - Follows the nose with a nutty, piney, lemony taste, a nice bitter bite, a slight sweetness and a slight bitter bite on the finish. No sign of alcohol and the taste seems to go pretty fast.

M - Highly carbonated, soft full mouth feel, with a high drink-ability.

O - Over all this is a pleasant IPA, which i find more enjoyable the more I drink. Not really super impressive but it still has some great qualities. If you like to try enjoyable IPA's that are not to over the top give this one a try, Cheers! (878 characters)

Photo of MBbeerking14
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Coming once again from the cold north, Traverse City MI, is Diabolical India Pale Ale

Pours a majestic copper gold, and is quite hazy. The smell is that of strong pine and hints of floral hops that emanate from this gem. Bitter is an understatement, and its devilish name is symbolic of the punch that it gives. To the tastebuds it is both refreshing and abrasive, but has a nice smooth aftertaste that overflows with hoppy goodness. Pours a medium head, and the taste is reflective of the smell.

Drinkability: This is a solid IPA from the folks in Northern Michigan, but is not a beer that could be drank in an quanitity (unless one wanted to end up on the floor with a headache the next morning). Happy drinking! (717 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/13/14.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid, slightly earthy citrus forward hop presence all around. (631 characters)

Photo of lochef81
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up on a whim during a recent stop at my favorite beer store. It pours a handsome copper color with a thick off white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. Bonus points for the clearly unfiltered sediment floating in my glass, definitely one of my favorite attributes to any beer. The nose is somewhat malty for an ipa but has underlying notes of pine and citrus fruit. The body is a bit thicker than most ipas with a bit of chewy dry finish on the tail. The flavor is quite packed with lemon and pine hops. There is an initial citrus bite followed by a nice malt note then finishing with a bitter pine and citrus bite. This one does seem more bitter than the advertised ibu. I know its a gimmick but I give extra credit for the 66.6 ibus and the 6.66% abv. (777 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer, thanks to everlast223 (reddit).

Pours a nice creamy pillowy 2 finger head that fades at a med to slower pace and leaves nice soapy lacing all over the place, a super hazy murky orange-red colored beer that even seems to block the light.

Nose is very fruity, fruity hops everywhere, mild tangerine and clementine citrus, hint of grapefruit, fruity bubblegum, little apricot and stone fruit, hint of pine and sap, mild spicy hop, and into candy malts with a little syrupy note, caramel candy.

Taste brings sweet malts at first, a little candy like, syrupy candy with a little caramel. Then hops come in big, spicy and chewy right off, quite bitter too, with an earthy note. Hops bring a little fruit but not nearly like the nose, hint of stone fruit and fruity bubblegum, into a mild pine and sap too. I also get the slightest hint of a buttery diacetyl feel I think, it's the slightest bit but I really think it's there. The finish is sticky and fairly sweet still, hint more buttery diacetyl, but a big chewy spicy hop that seems to linger forever, touch of orange rind too.

Mouth is med bod, lots of fluffy carb.

Overall not bad, the nose was good, appearance great, taste was OK but the hops turn a bit meh, spicy and chewy rather than that nice fruity flavors, and that hint of diacetyl I think turns off a bit. Otherwise nice. (1,354 characters)

Photo of jones140
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It's good to be bad... or even evil at times. Don't get me wrong, I love God but I admit I was drawn to North Peak's creative 6.66 ABV and 66.6 IBU's as well as their diabolically different shaped bottle. This brew has a great pour and its color and aroma is unmistakeably tempting; however, this IPA left me wanting more and in my opinion really does not standout from any other APA. (384 characters)

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Diabolical India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
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