Diabolical India Pale Ale - North Peak Brewing Company

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Diabolical India Pale AleDiabolical India Pale Ale

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440 Ratings
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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 16
Gots: 47 | 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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Reviews by GordonQuid:
Photo of GordonQuid
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a stubby 11.5 oz bottle into a Spider Lake Pub Mug whilst over looking the lake in all it's summer splendor.

Clear orange-gold with a rocky one inch head, thick lace. Very inviting.

Smells of caramel malts, noble-spicey hops and citrus rinds freshly ground.

Taste is a smooth spicey collaboration of noble and high alpha hops blende with caramel and honey malts. Smooth as hell and delisciously refreshing on a hot day. A good session beer at the Diabolical percet of alcohol 6.66%; clever chemistry.

This brew reminds me of a Great Lakes Commadore Perry with less of grain bill. Lighter and more quaffable. Cheers!

Seek this one out when in Traverse City!

More User Reviews:
Photo of TCHopCraver
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Photo of bishopdc0
3.66/5  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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of Stigs
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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,

Photo of prototypic
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark and hazy rusty orange-brown with small floaters. Short head with average retention.

It has some interesting scents for an ipa. There's a fruity aspect to it that includes apple and pear. The hops are earthy and there's a heavy dose of bready malt.

The taste reminds me more of an English IPA. It's bitter with a heavy bready malt aspect.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and chewey.

The scent was the best part of this beer and the taste was ok, but the malt dominates. An ok beer, but nothing I'd seek out again.

Photo of output01x
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (Bottled On JUN 27 11) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that recedes after a few minutes to a decent dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a translucent honey amber with a fair amount of slow-rising carbonation bubbles. Some light lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

Strong pine hops and citrus hops combine nicely. Sweet, bready malts are noticeable in the background, but are shadowed by the dominant hops.

Sweet, grainy malts start the sip with piney hops following quickly after. A decent bitterness comes with the hops flavor, but does not present itself fully. Furthermore, the bitterness comes in to the experience at the same time as the hops and fades quickly, as opposed to being a lingering aftertaste.

Medium bodied with light carbonation, this beer is drinkable, but not by a whole lot. A severe lack of carbonation makes this beer stagnant in your mouth and a little tough to swallow as it warms up.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another great beer provided by Kevin (kzoobrew). Cheers buddy!

Appearance - Pours a slight cloudy hay color into my SA Perfect Pint. About a finger of quickly dissipating head is achieved with a moderate pour that leaves spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - A heavier malt profile followed by the typical spicy peppery hops, pine, and slight citrus.

Taste - Similar to the nose, however, there is a heavier IMO presence of the caramelized malt. There is a slight bitterness, and the hops fight to overpower the malty backbone but it really doesn't happen. However, it oddly works. The beer ends on a slight bitter citrus note.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Easy to quaff. Now that I think about it, I believe I had this over the summer (in a sampler) while visiting the JP Traverse City brew pub. It has a definite familiar flavor to it. Not bad and a nice beer to just throw a few back.

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Red Stripe-esque stubby bottle, from Plum Market in AA (she's a whore). From notes on 5-Jul-10.

A: The IPA is an amber, brown-yellow color that remains hazy throughout. That haziness is yeast-driven, as there are many visible particles suspended in midstream in the glass. A good head, over two fingers and requiring two pours, leaves thick patches of lace behind.

S: A hoppy nose, citrusy with a strong caramel foundation. Surprisingly, the malts are strong enough and hold their own against the hops.

T: The IPA is nicely hopped, especially in the leafy, bitter finish. Not to get too far ahead of myself though. Before the hops, the malts stand out, caramely and chewy. They stand up to the hops initially before yielding near the finish. The citrus hops that come through are nondescript at first, releasing citrus but no nuanced flavors. Near the finish, leafiness becomes stronger, more bitter. That bitterness hangs around for a while.

M: The IPA has a low carbonation level, allowing flavors to linger for a little while longer. The hop bitterness really comes on near the finish.

D: A good IPA, not too boozy or weak.

Photo of BierFan
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.5 ounce stubby bottle into a pint glass. First time I've ever seen an 11.5 ounce bottle.

Appearance: Big creamy looking off-white head. Hazy light amber body. Stiff head and good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and citrus peel. Smell is kinda weak. I expected it to have a fruitier kick. This is very subdued.

Taste: What I said about the smell applies here as well. Good bitterness, it just seems to be lacking the hop flavors that people love in IPA's.

Photo of Beejay
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A hazy medium brown. Head is off white, and looks nice, though it dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Nice hop aroma. Grassy earthy and pungent. There is a hint of something in here that I am not necessarily a fan of. I can't quite pin point it though. Something in the finish.

T: Hops right up front. There is some grapefruit and grassy flavors. Solid bitterness, with a touch of tropical fruit as well. All in all, I want something a little more.

M: Medium in body. Carbonation is a little on the high side.

D: Good but not great. It just doesn't deliver the hop flavor I wanted. There is also something I can't put my finger on, mostly in the smell, but it follows through to the taste. It's not bad. It just isn't amazing either. I am glad I had the opportunity to try this.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

A - The floating sediment in the stubby RedStripe bottle makes it into the golden dirty pumpkin-orange beer giving it small specks of haze. That still doesn't take away from the outrageous plume of carbonation rising to the bone-colored, three-fingered head. Fantastic retention and rocky, dense lace cling mercilessly to the glass!

S - American hop aroma pours from this beer. Tons of well-balanced pine needle and citrusy grapefruit rind eventually mellow out and find their place sharing the spotlight with delicious smelling toasted caramel malts and a dab of raw honey. As it warms, and interesting but nice and unique touch of spice, like pumpkin ale nutmeg, pokes out. It's different and well-balanced.

T - The light touch of nutmeg and pumpkin spice hits the tongue right away which throws me off slightly. Nonetheless, Diabolical moves into a semi-hoppy, more so bitter, strong malt body. Lots of toasted caramel malt overpowers the actual hop flavor just a bit but the finish is wholly hops in bitterness.

M - With an evil little twist to it, Diabolical starts demolishing the palate with delicious bitter hops. Surprising at firs, it mellows out quite a bit towards the end but continues to be dry. Even with a large plume of carbonation in the beer, it remains rather tame in carbonation feel going down, which makes this medium-bodied IPA generally soft and smooth.

D - It took me by surprise at first which I like. Diabolical is a well-balanced IPA that drinks as well as it smells and tastes. It's always nice to grab an unknown beer like this only to find out it's a gem that was worth getting.

Photo of wingman14
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange with a small head that fades fast but left some lacing behind. The smell is hoppy and sweet, with some citrus notes. It tastes like it smells, hoppy, sweet, mild citrus. It finishes with a hint of bitterness, but nothing overpowering. Some malt comes through in the aftertaste and finishes sweet. A smooth medium mouthfeel, a beer done well with good flavor, but nothing that stands out as an exceptional IPA.

Photo of Frosty80
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: sits a clear, burnt orange. small head but decent retention and lacing

Smell: a bit lacking and mellow. hops are light with a grassy, citrusy and almost meaty (?) character. light caramel malt sweetness

Taste: very solid and balanced. hops and malt provide a good balance and are all pretty mellow. malt does well hiding the bitterness as well until the finish, where the bitterness kinda pops out and lingers

Mouthfeel: medium to full-medium with moderate carbonation

Notes: similar to an English IPA, very well balanced and drinkable. a great IPA if youre looking to pair with food

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber with a nice one inch head that formed on top. Decent retention left behind a nice quarter inch layer of sticky lace behind.

Nice citrus/pine blend of aromas balanced against a sugary grain back. Good balance between the two actually. The level of the aroma was also quite decent as it was not hard to pick up or discern between the different smells. orange peel like bitterness that hit pretty quick in the front. Once you moved past that a touch of lemon perhaps, pineapple or grapefruit started to shine through and mixed in with more of a fresh cut grass. A touch of earthen like malted grains balanced out with a candy like sugar. Very nice, not too bitter or overall hoppy on this one, just a nice well balanced IPA.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz stubby bottle. Pours a good looking hazy copper color. Rocky head holds for a few, fading to a never ending thin layer. Nice sheet of lace all around the glass.

Slightly piney, earthy and citrusy hop aroma. Some juicy notes, backed by a solid caramel background. Subtle tropical fruit notes as well. A bit of zest.

Solid malt backbone, with a hint of caramel and slightly bready. Juicy hop flavors abound. Leans to the bitter side without being overwhelming. Grapefruit and other citrus fruits in the hops, with a hint of aspirin. Bitterness lingers for a while.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol is hidden pretty well. This is a nice, drinkable IPA, with some juicy bitterness, but not overly harsh.

Photo of DrDoitchbig
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a few shades darker than I'm used to seeing with an IPA. It's a sort of uninspiring middle ground between ruby red and a muddled brown color. The one finger head had a yellow hue to it. It retreated to a cap before I could take a sip and left no lacing.

Smell: Floral hops that have a spicy twang to them. I can't quite put my finger on the exact spice that I'm picking up on, but it almost seems somewhat medicinal. There's also a bit of cloying alcohol hiding in the background.

Taste: Again there's the same mysterious note of spice. It doesn't have the same medicinal quality of the aroma though. I'm getting a toffee flavor from the malt buried amongst the forest of hops. I feel like there is something lacking here. The hops have this dull droning bitterness to them. There is no bite to them, no crispness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, mildly under carbonated. Slight coating resiny slick feeling.

Drinkability: There's just not much that would make me come back to this IPA. Not when there's such a plethora of superior offerings, including many that currently take up residence in my fridge.

I can't help but feel that something got lost in translation here. I'm fairly confident that North Peak is new to bottling. This is blatant assumption but this beer could be a different monster on tap. The building blocks seem to be here, but there is this roped off feeling about it all. Everything just seems held back and dull.

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at Boston's Bistro & Pub, Dayton, OH

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down and left a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has light to moderate aromas of pine resin hops. There is a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA isn't overly bitter and isn't that difficult to drink.

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Diabolical India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.