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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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147 Reviews
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Reviews: 147
Hads: 461
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 22.04%
Wants: 15
Gots: 60 | 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: 147 | Hads: 461
Photo of jones140
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: golden orange color. almost clear but just a touch of haze. a finger or so of a whitish head that leaves behind a spotty lacing.

Smell: grassy/musky aroma. resiny hops, maybe some citrus. sweet malts

Taste: again dominated by a grassy, musky taste, that is slightly bitter. hops are there but almost tasteless but slightly citrus. good amount of caramel malts

Mouthfeel: fairly light, a little bitter and a little bit sweet

Overall: ehhh. with all the ipas out there this one falls way short for me. too much grass and musk rather than nice hoppy flavors.

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Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving minimal lacing.

Caramel malt, resin, and grapefruit form the initial aroma. Hints of lemon and pine add complexity.

Flavor reveals a bready, slightly sweet caramel malt backbone, with sharp notes of lemon and grapefruit underlying the profile. The finish is fairly bitter and resiny. Tea-like hops emerge in the aftertaste.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with a fairly harsh astringency at the finish.

More malty than most, with good citrus hop flavoring, but the finish is a bit too bitter and harsh for my liking.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of wingman14
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Beerdanza
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm drinking out of the bottle, because it's summertime and drinking beer from a stubbie is a summertime activity. Anyway, I will pour one out and tell you how it looks and such.

Poured into a chilled beer mug. Lot's of cream colored foam. The color is a lovely orangey amber, slightly cloudy. Looks like an IPA. Smells faintly of hops, but it's very subtle when poured. In the bottle it smells of flowers and alcohol. Perfect. The head is hanging around nicely as I drink it. Overall the look and smell are very refreshing and satisfying.

The mouthfeel is very substantial. It slides over your tongue and lingers there. Definitely not a light beer. Chewy and satisfying.

The taste is fantastic. Nice bitterness from the hops, and a nice dose of the flowery, resinous flavor I like from hops. The sweetness of the malt balances well with the bitterness, but it's a very subtle maltiness. Not complex, which I enjoy on a warm summer day. The bitter and sweet flavors combine in each sip and neither overwhelms. This beer manages to be both interesting and exciting, and refreshing and subtle at the same time. Be careful! You can put down many of these in a sitting, and the proclaimed 6.66% ABV will kick your butt.

Overall, this is one of my all time favorite summer beers. It's refreshing, and flavorful, and substantial.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Dense hazy golden orange with a thick off white head, about two fingers worth

S: Pineapple hits your nostrils right off the bat. Then comes orange and caramel. It immediately becomes floral and malty towards the end.

T: floral, earthy hops immediately coat your mouth. Earthy as a fall day. Dirty oranges and thick pine dominate the flavors early. Mid mouth is where the toffee malt comes through. Dry bread. The finish is all dry pine with a decent dry hop bite that lingers ever so briefly.

M: Decent mouthfeel. Its quite easy to drink. Nothing in the way of carbonation.

O: A very sessionable IPA. Not standout in any way but something that would be refreshing on a hot day. /83

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Photo of Beerandboards
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Snub nose bottle

A - pours an amber copper color, cloudy. About 2 inches of thick off white foam.

S - piney hop, malt, not bad, but not a whole lot.

T - dense wet piney hop, lots of malt, as it warms some orange peel comes out.

M - standard. Medium carb, good finish.

O - goes down as a passable IPA. Good, nothing bad about it, actually finishes a lot like an amber. Certainly well made.

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Photo of shivtim
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a little bottle (red stripe style) of this while visiting Michigan. Poured into a pint glass.
Slightly hazy orange/copper. Dense off-white head that sticks for a while.
Nose is good. Lots of grapefruit. Fresh hops. Malts waft through.

Taste is astringent hops. Malt is lost. Some citrus flavors, but not much balance. Slight metallic flavors.

Average IPA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  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.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like these stubby bottles. That alone deserves a mention.

This pours with some nice foaming atop a malty orange amber color. There’s a dry straw—grassy aroma which rounds out with some orange peel notes. It’s not a particularly dynamic aroma. The flavor has a upfront bitterness with some piney and orange marmalade flavors wrapping up into a dry bitter finish. Again, nothing dynamic or exciting or worth recommending here (as in, ‘choose this over any number of other incredible IPAs from Michigan’). It’s perfectible acceptable in the middle of the road.

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Photo of Boozeisfood
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was very interesting because of the name "Diabolical" and the IBU/ABV number (666)
It wasn't just an ordinary IPA for me, i loved it infact. It had the regular color, the regular smell and a 1&1/2 finger head on it. I just did really like the taste. It was real good and i get it quite often. I have no problem drinking the whole six in a 3-4 hour sitting, don't get tied of the taste like i have with previous beers. Try this stuff out it's a treat and it's from Michigan if your'e from here aswell you will appreciate such a good beer coming out of this state.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like them all, dark and orange and tannic with a bit of haze. I slipped this in the glass, so no clue on that either, and you know, sometimes I really don't care, but some persistent foam and extensive continents of lacing. Smells really malt forward but also floral and pine and northern outdoors and cool, and some fresh hop aromas. Taste is citrus rind forward, with some gymno-notes (piney stuff), and really strong in the fresh bottle. Mouthfeel is really active, and scrubbing, and refreshing and alive and all that, and but also a bit of syrup with alcohol flavors too, but not too much of a distraction. I think this is a very good to very good IPA when fresh. I had earlier tried, what probably was a bottle long on inventory and may have been stale.

(This is a revision of a previous review)

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of blackcompg
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured 2 fingers of thick golden foam, slightly opaque orange amber body, really a gorgeous beer - left nice huge webbed lacing.

Smell - Mango, Huge floral hops, sweet grapefruit and pineapple, smells nice.

Taste - Great semi-sweet citrus & tropical fruits, huge floral hops, clover, natural honey - wow! Grapefruit pith and some bitter/dryness asserts long into the finish, nice.

Mouthfeel - Almost medium, so smooth - carb is on the lower side, foaming and silky, finishes just dry with a touch of pucker.

Overall - What a wonderful treat! Very well balanced, with perfect harmony of natural citrus and honey sewwtness, and ohh the floral hops - a floral hop lovers dream! Highly recommend...

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle while at Jolly Pumpkin brewpub. Pours a light golden color with a big frothy head, lots of fluff and bubbles. Aroma is mostly pine bitter, some light grass. Flavor is a floral pine on the palate, some nice bitterness, and a clean crisp dry finish. Slightly dry mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation, and pretty easy drinking. A very nice, easy to find brew.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.47/5  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.

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Photo of bigkingken
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had some trouble with the pour on this one. It was overly carbonated or something, because the first bit to pour was nothing but foam and continued to have trouble with a large amount of head. Hazy deep copper in color with a giant beige head that refuses to subside. Large hop aroma on the pour and afterwards. After the pour, a strong yeast aroma. Wonder if something is a bit off on this one. Taste is a bit off too. Not picking up much of a hop or malt profile. The basic notes are there, but I can’t pick up on any of the nuance. I’ve had it before, so I know it should taste a little different. But for now…

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Photo of raveskdr
2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One of many beers in a big box exchange with mordormongo. Thanks again, homie. Poured into my Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Whoa. Pours a gigantic billowing head that refuses to dissipate. Just...wow. Haven't seen that in a beer that wasn't an over carbonated homebrew.

S - Tons of malt and very slightly piney.

T - A ton of malt with very little hop. There is a bit of piney and earthy hops that are in there, muddled amongst the overwhelming malt.

M - Decent mouthfeel and not as much carbonation as in the head.

O - Not the best first impression from this brewery. It feels like one of those Saranac-esque IPA's that you'd get in a mix pack at a grocery store.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerhan for the bottle. Dated Oct 31

Hazy reddish orange color with barely a one finger head achieved with a vigorous pour. Little lacing.

Aroma is very light but with inviting citrus notes. The taste combines citrus with spicy hops on a bready malt base.

Good body and mouthfeel. A bit light but very drinkable. A tasty IPA. I would like to try it again with a fresher bottle. This one seems like it has some potential.

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Photo of beerman207
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Saw Diabolical on the shelf at Jungle Jims and couldn't resist a beer with 66.6 IBU and 6.66% ABV. Seems like a winner

A: Pours a hazy orange in the glass with about 2 fingers head with some lace left behind.

S: Nose is lemon, pepper, citrus, and malt

T: Taste is strong citrus and a bit of pepper as well as some lingering bitterness that mellows after a short while.

M: Mildly carbonated and easy to drink

O: It isn't my favorite IPA but it certainly would make a great 6 pack to drink in the summer.

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Photo of rangerred
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a nice cap of off-white foam. Pretty good lacing.

Smells is very citrusy with pineapple and grapefruit being dominant. A tiny bit of grain is present as well.

Flavor is pineapple and grapefruit up front followed by a bit of tartness. Some earthyness and grain is present towards the finish.There is a strong bitterness throughout. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky.

The whole beer just seems a little rough around the edges. It is a little bit harsh and would probably be a one and done for me.

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Photo of samie85
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours an orange, amber color with two fingers of white head.

S-Pineapple and pine with some honey and caramel.

T-Pineapple and pine with light caramel notes.

M-Medium and effervescent with a dry finish.

D-This one uses a hop profile that I'm not terribly fond of, but other than that this is a decent beer.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.52/5  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.

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Diabolical India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.