Diabolical India Pale Ale - North Peak Brewing Company

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Diabolical India Pale AleDiabolical India Pale Ale

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441 Ratings
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Ratings: 441
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 16
Gots: 48 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kegger22 on 12-20-2009

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Ratings: 441 | Reviews: 146
Photo of Seejae
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of MarkDeming
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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 entenduintransit
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Mikus
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of KE989
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a big fan of super hoppy beer. Waaay too hoppy for me.

Photo of mchegash
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Photo of Rclem2010
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of EmGM
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Photo of BadAxeBeer
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Solid beer very good hops taste. Love it from the brewery

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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 zdk9
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of BlokusBob
4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites. Bottle is unique but best poured. Hoppy, malty, I could have one every day.

Photo of dmgeng
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Photo of NuckleDragger
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Typical IPA. Nothing special.

Photo of brockg
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Its the most metal beer 6.66% \m/

Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Too malty for me, wish it were hoppier

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Photo of MBbeerking14
3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
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!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of lochef81
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of jones140
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Diabolical India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
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