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Diabolical India Pale Ale - North Peak Brewing Company

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Diabolical India Pale AleDiabolical India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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371 Ratings
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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 13
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kegger22 on 12-20-2009)
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Reviews by Brewsed:
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Brewsed, Feb 19, 2014
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Photo of TCHopCraver
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes on 6/9/10.

A: From a stubby little bottle, this beer pours a golden-orange color, which is very pretty and makes me think of autumn. A fluffy, 1.5 finger head sticks around forever. The lacing is splashy and sticky.

S: A very grassy hop aroma combined with a grainy presence meets my nostrils. There is a slight band aid aroma thrown in there, as well. I do not really detect any citrus character from Diabolical.

T: There is definitely a forward hop bitterness standard for an American IPA, but the flavor is somewhat one-dimensional. I taste a lot of the grassy-ness that I smelled (I know; I've eaten grass), but I get only the slightest hint of bitter grapefruit. An earthy, metallic taste is also present, as well as a little foamy, soapiness. I would like a little more sweet malt taste to balance out the bitter hops.

M: Pretty thin. I get a lot of the dry hop, alpha acid bitterness throughout my palate, but none of a sweet, coating sensation to complement the dryness.

D: With so many other delicious IPAs out there, I will not be returning to this one. For me, this beer is too one-dimensional with its hop dominant character. It's not awful, but not good enough to reel me in.

TCHopCraver, Jun 15, 2010
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

WuAnquo1, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of bishopdc0
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with a big thick head lacing remains and coats the whole glass love the bottle me.

Pale malt a a slight crystal sweetness make the aroma not hops though.

Very English in taste all sweet almost artificial although not in a bad way the sweet is of a carapils malt tart and the finishes with a citrus bitter but the taste is all citrus in there end true my unique bujt not really an IPA.

bishopdc0, Nov 26, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

mikejonze, Feb 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

iparules, Feb 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

xdefeatsy, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

mikerap100, Jun 30, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

juicebox, Sep 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

rwilde, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper slightly clouded color pouring with a thick off white khaki tan head forms fine even lacing layers between sips. Aroma is big on the citrus lemon/lime notes really light and not so piney or caramel induced in the nose more of a light biscuit malt profile with some attitude. Flavor is pretty nice juicy earthy/citric hop contents with a nice malt layer breadiness/yeast/and nice welcoming layers of juicy fruit. Makes me salivate a bit between sips, don't mind this at all. Solid Michigan IPA not the top of the hops but it's up there as a solid player. By the way this Diabolical IPA gets style points for having the jackelope on the label. Half jack rabbit half antelope. Drinks way too smooth with a touch of hops and alcohol in the finish, candied hops with sugar coated hops even carbonation as a whole this beer stands up on it's own. Compared to other standby IPAs it's got some work to do, I'd much rather indulge in Two Hearted or Centennial IPA without thinking about it.

WVbeergeek, Apr 02, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Doughbodyboy, Apr 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

JIMTRK16, Jul 22, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a mildly hazed copper-orange hue in my glass. The head sits just less than one finger high with good retention and light to moderate lacing.
The aroma is fresh and pure, and one of the more raw IPAs out there. Lots of resionous pine with a touch of herbal and spicy hops notes balanced by a malt that's sturdy and imparts a touch of caramel but lets the hops rule.
The exact same follows for the taste. There's very nice balance as the malts provide some support, but the focus on the hops is never lost even slightly. A touch of grains and caramel linger underneath leafy and pine hops bitterness.
The body is a rich medium-full, fairly dry but not entirely due to the touch of sweetness and grains imparted by the malt. Carbonation is moderate, enough to impart a bite of crispness up front and flow into a smoother sip.
I'm not sure if the recipe's improved, old bottles were being consumed (mine was very fresh), or people are rating unnecessarily low, but this is a very good IPA.

Brenden, Mar 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Stigs
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz squat bottle from the brewery, served in a 12oz tulip

A - pours with a good amount, almost two inches of frothy loose just off-white colored foam. the beer is clear, turning more cloudy as more is poured into the glass, dark gold in color.

S - very bright, grassy noble hops...hints of lemon and almost a Bretty-like live yeastiness to it. other notes of aspirin, bready malt.

T - begins again with a strong Bretty yeast bite. not sure if this is on purpose but it actually works a bit. strong on the aspirin, with some wet grassy and piney hops finishing out the end.

M - light and thin body with sharp prickly carbonation. finishes very quick and dry, with some lingering piney hops.

D - well, its not anything like an IPA should be...but i find it oddly intriguing. dont know where the Brett characteristic is coming from, and I doubt it even is that - but it works in a strange sort of way.

Stigs, Nov 19, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

dmorley21, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Champagne Cellars. Very heady lacey orange coloured body. Slightly pleasant aroma. Median mouthfeel, a tad creamy. Very very drinkable tasty C hop orangey IPA. Just a drop astringent in those last drops of the bottle.Kiss of sweetness refreshing. Very good.Drying aftertaste,

Sammy, Nov 19, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Diabolical India Pale Ale is a nice, hazy copper color. It has a distinct orange tint when held to light. A slightly off-white head caps it. It only rises to a finger or so tall before falling to a surface covering quickly. Lacing was a little sticky, but light overall.

The nose is weak in the aromatics department. Needs more strength. There are some light citrus grapefruit and orange notes. Perhaps a little pine as well. Light caramel is present, but it doesn’t smell overly sweet. There’s an earthy quality to it. Smells a little dank if you ask me. Alcohol is blended well. It’s not bad at all, but it’s not quite good either. Needs a bump in strength to move in that direction.

The flavor is alright. Easily a notch above the nose. It starts out with a light, sweet caramel malt flavor. Citric hop flavors of orange and grapefruit taste nice. The orange is definitely the focus. It does have an interesting earthy, somewhat resiny quality to it. It works well with the piney hop flavor that emerges. It is bitter, but it’s not palate wrecking. Alcohol is low-key. Finishes bitter and quite dry. It’s alright. Not bad at all.

Diabolical India Pale Ale has a medium body. Carbonation is active, and close to being buzzy. It’s not quite smooth. Above average sounds about right. It goes down fairly easy, but the resiny, dank flavor grows a tad tiresome. A 12 oz. bottle is plenty.

This is my first beer from North Peak Brewing Company. Overall, it's been a pretty decent experience. Diabolical India Pale Ale isn't bad stuff. It could be improved. A little more strength on the nose, and perhaps a bit less dankiness in flavor would bump it up a notch or two. Not bad though. Definitely worth checking out.

prototypic, May 07, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I haven't had a beer that smells this much like weed in a while. There's a strong, initial pot aroma, and taste, but not enough flavor until the finishing grapefruit bite. It's not a bad IPA, and it's certainly not your average hoppy ale. Especially if you like pot.

tempest, Oct 08, 2011
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3.52/5  rDev -3.3%

Postigo, Aug 26, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

wrentmore, Aug 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

rolandboy, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A VERY foamy pour eventually yields a hazed copper color topped with a thick dollop of frothy white head. This maintains a sudsy looking finger or so, leaving back sticky lacing that coats the sides of the glass. The aroma smells leafy and dank with some pine thrown in, which is undercut by an underlying tangy mix of green grapefruit and tight grainy sweetness. Maybe just a smidge of warmth then undercuts that a bit.

Grapefruit and pine give the taste some zestiness across the tongue, which is brought down a bit by a combination of softer fruit accents and the light sweet doughiness of the malt before finishing with some lingering resins and pith on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp with some underling slickness and a bit of alcohol warmth on the tail-end. Overall it’s a little over carbonated which isn’t surprising at all considering that big foamy pour.

Despite the over carbonation and this not being the freshest bottle of IPA I’ve ever had, I still though that this was pretty decent. It had some quality hop flavors to it and came off as being fairly well balanced and easy drinking as well. I’d be willing to explore a fresher bottle of this down the line sometime.

Kegatron, Apr 26, 2012
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Diabolical India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
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