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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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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

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,

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 04:00:01 | More by Sammy
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

12-01-2012 14:28:48 | More by t0rin0
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3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 06:37:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours amber with an off white head and some light lacing. The nose brings out some very light citrus and pine hops with a bit of caramel malt in the background. Taste is of very light hops with some caramel and semi sweet malt. Feel is medium with light bitterness. Overall, just an average beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 23:28:59 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 21:06:24 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy amber color and a modest head that fritters away, leaving just a few shards of lace

Smell: Grainy and malty, with a touch of pith

Taste: Opens with a caramel flavor that moves in a bitter pithy direction by mid-palate; finishes with a grainy bitterness though considerable malt sweetness lingers as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I prefer a drier, more citrusy IPA; this is a bit more like a very hoppy amber

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 21:30:34 | More by brentk56
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 21:30:08 | More by mikesgroove
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3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sending me this one, Mike.

A: The pour is orange in color with a small white head that fades away quickly.

S: The hop aroma is slightly floral with a little bit of bread. There is a strange apple note to the beer as well as some grassy hops and a mild skunk. The back end has a bit of sweet malt.

T: Starts off with semi-sweet bread and malt. The beer is only somewhat hoppy, especially for an IPA. The same green apple, grass, and just a touch of sweet citrus. There is only a mild bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: Pretty lackluster, underwhelming IPA. I wasn't a big fan of this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 23:43:36 | More by womencantsail
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

06-27-2014 01:29:13 | More by zeff80
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3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dang. Real distinct perfume/floral nose on this one. Flavor profile is more floral and smooth. Unfortunately, things drop off very fast after the start. No staying power on this one. The hops are all there, but it falls off very quickly and does not stick around. It's still pretty decent, imo. Just could be bringing a whole lot more; especially in comparison to a lot I've been drinking recently.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 01:29:37 | More by RblWthACoz
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West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 05:00:08 | More by WVbeergeek
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 19:11:15 | More by Kegatron
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3.75/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 02:15:32 | More by jlindros
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3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think this one is real underrated here on BA. I mean, this is an interestingly hopped, crisp and clean, drinkable ipa that is outstanding when fresh. to each their own though I guess. this pours a crystal clear lighter shade of bronze, with a fluffy white head, pure in color and long lasting. the nose is fruity and citrusy hops in equal proportion, with a mix of English style and American barley malt. the caramel factor is low, but its there in aroma and taste, giving a little body and a little class to this otherwise hop heavy brew. the flavor balances nicely between the different hop varieties, bouncing between sweet and bitter and fruity and oily and pungent and mellow. its kind of an all in one brew, stagnated in such a way that all aspects can be enjoyed in isolation. maybe too discordant for some? I liked the punctuation, and I found its feel to be majorly refreshing. medium body, maybe just under, upbeat carbonation, and a crispy finish. magic when ice cold, less impressive as it warms up. give this a try, its something a little different and I liked it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 21:39:16 | More by StonedTrippin
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2/5  rDev -45.1%

04-18-2014 19:49:41 | More by beernads
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 17:24:06 | More by tempest
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3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 00:40:29 | More by akorsak
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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/20/2013. Pours moderately cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, lemon zest, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a fair amount of malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, wheat, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, and bread on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of bright citrus/floral hops with a moderate malt balance; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA! All around good complexity of citrus/floral hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 05:53:05 | More by superspak
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Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stubby! Which is wicked because I though we were the only folks who did stubbies. Thanks grub!

Pours a hazy orange/amber, very thick off white head forms, slowly settles down to a thick ring and layer around the glass, big sheets of lace stick, this looks good.

Smell is okay, very light, some caramel sweetness and citrus hopping, a touch of grapefruit, some herbal character, some light biscuit and floral, not much in the way of hop or malt intensity though.

Taste is alright, nice citrus character, some floral, very light malts, a touch of caramel and some biscuit, bitterness is on the lighter end, goes down easy.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Decent, but just very muted. Tastes like a decent homebrewed IPA but nothing more, and I expect more from commercial breweries. Thanks Russ!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 23:15:14 | More by Viggo
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

07-06-2012 19:02:15 | More by dmorgan310
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

04-18-2013 16:36:23 | More by Zaphog
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3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always grateful to my buddy Nate for picking this beer up from his trip to Michigan.

Light khaki head that is an easy two finger thickness. This retains to about one finger through all twelve ounces with sticky lacing. The bubbling inside this copper colored AIPA is very good.

Musty earth and orange hop resin mixed with well toasted barley bread. Caramel and bitter citric and damp earth and pines.

Smooth caramel and Wonderbread crust malt flavors mixed with somewhat musty, piney, earthy, and orangey hop bitterness. The palate is a little oily, but pretty flavorful and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 01:49:16 | More by scruffwhor
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3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a cream colored head. Two fingers, good retention and lacing.

S - Sweet malts, orange, grass.

T - Lemons, oranges, grass.

D - Good carbonation and body. Tart on the back of my tongue.

O - Sweeter and fruity. Light like a saison.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 07:04:12 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 12:10:21 | More by BeerFMAndy
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-02-2014 19:31:55 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Diabolical India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.