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Diabolical India Pale Ale - North Peak Brewing Company

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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 13
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of sixerofelixir


3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

12 oz bottle. Neat, retro-ish label art. Bottled-on date clearly printed above the UPC. I'd like more testing on the IBU & ABV figures..

Pours a completely hazed, golden-amber. An off-white ring occurs. Smell is butterscotch and detritus, sweet. Taste is a healthy dose of leaf-litter, along with decent amounts of resiny grapefruit. Aftertaste is a bit of cringe-inducing hoppiness. An almost peaty malt brings things together. Decent IPA, nothing special, but decent.

07-22-2011 04:43:33 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/brown, copper. Small 1/4 inch creamy head. Mild lacing.

Smell - Whoa, smells like a belgium ipa with the floral yeasty opening armoma's. Plenty of grapefruit, orange, pine. Sugars and spices are present.

Taste - Certainly lots of hops but this beer has a unique smokey, yeasty and malty pine kick. The yeast really gives this a belgium kick. Pretty bitter and bold with sugars and spices present in each drink.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and some real bold strong flavor. Tounge gets coated with hops and a bread-like yeast flavor. Palette gets bittered but not wrecked. Sugars add some sweetness to mouth.

Overall - Pretty different offering for a ipa. This could easy pass for a belgium ipa. Its tasty but odd, and i think would be perfect if im in the mood for something different.

07-18-2011 23:53:29 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of ColdPoncho


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

66.6 IBUs, 6.66 ABV. Yeah.

Label mentions APR 1911? Not sure what that is

A - clouded amber body, nice color, big head with good retention.

S - Sweet hops with some pine notes.

T - Bitter, some light malty sweetness, interesting floral notes.

M - Decent body, a bit drying.

O (D) - this is ok. Nothing special, worth a try.

06-09-2011 19:03:57 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of CFHMagnet


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Dated: MAR 0211. Poured into a pint glass.
A. Poured a nice two finger head that was slightly paler than the color of a banana shake. The body itself is a nice looking orangey-amber. Retains a frosting up top and has light lacing that slowly gives up and falls down.

S. Citrus dominates the nose with orange and grapefruit being the most apparent scent. Pine also noted.

T. Bitter citrus intro that glides into a slight malt flavor then back into the bitter range with pine hop flavor.

M. For as much as I see bubbles rising to the surface on this one, the carbonation is pretty light. It's also a heavier bodied beer with a creamy feel to it.

06-05-2011 18:07:44 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of Auslander


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

11.5 ounce bottle poured into a goblet.
Copper colored with a smallish off white head. Minimal lacing.

Floral/piney aroma is pleasing not overpowering.

Tasty IPA. The spicy hops mesh quite well with the sweet malt. -t has a nice piney bite finish.

Overall this is a very good IPA. I'll be picking up another sixer in the near future.

05-12-2011 00:39:15 | More by Auslander
Photo of prototypic


3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

05-07-2011 02:19:01 | More by prototypic
Photo of LiverDonor


5/5  rDev +37.4%

I'm not even going to do a standard review here because words can't describe how delicious and perfectly balanced this beer is in nearly every way. You just HAVE to try it! It's everything a great beer should be and I'm extremely impressed that the little North Peak brewery has managed to make something so fantastical, so monstrous in flavor. Yet so refined and so drinkable.

Traditionally, I've always been more of a "malt-head" than a "hop-head". Early this year I started trying many various IPAs and hoppy brews to expand my horizons. When I had Nugget Nectar, Hop Stoopid, and Hop Wallop for the first time, I truly understood this hop craze that's taken the nation by storm. I've since tried about 50+ different IPAs and hop-heavy beers, some of them insanely too expensive for my pockets but amazingly, the Diabolical IPA has been my "Holy Hoppy Grail" so far. I keep going back to it and look forward to trying it on-tap someday soon.

This one now has a permanent parking pass in my fridge.

05-01-2011 20:00:28 | More by LiverDonor
Photo of OnThenIn


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

A: pours with half a finger of off white head on top of a hazy dark copper body.

S: lots of citrus and pine. Really solid.

T: the flavor is very similar to the aroma, but with a serious herbal and grassy flavor that just tastes like chewing a hop pellet. Some bitterness is noticable but by no means overpowering.

M: medium to thick body with pretty low carbonation.

D: the mouthfeel is not really super drinkable and the flavor lacks some complexity.

05-01-2011 01:30:50 | More by OnThenIn
Photo of Spider889


3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

Had this on tap at Brazenhead last night.

Arrived with no head, left no lace. Deep amber color, decent clarity.

Smelled pretty good. Lots of citrus - pineapple and sweet grapefruit with hints of mango and some light pine.

Average bitterness with a good malt backbone.

Dry finish, easily drinkable. Overall not bad for my first North Peak offering.

04-29-2011 04:22:41 | More by Spider889
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

An above average IPA that didn't benefit from me trying it immediately after the TBK White Raja (wow, that's a great beer!).

This beer is a copper/biscuit color with a pretty tall but loosely packed head. Aroma is some nice hop citrus-ness with the Cascade aroma up-front. Flavor is good bitterness, with more citrus packed in. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but not bad. A very serviceable beer - I would recommend it.

I had this on-tap at Rozi's Wine House in Lakewood, OH.

04-25-2011 20:42:56 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of Kelly88


4.15/5  rDev +14%

Had on tap at Fries Cafe. Served in a Good ole pint glass.

A- I would call this beer rubyish orange. The initial glowing white head disappeares to the thinnest ivory head I have seen. Cloudy and murky means yummy hops.

S- s fantastic mixture of grapefruit hops with toffee / caramel hops creates a nice mixture of scents to be explored.

T- juicy fruity hops take control and then sweet hops and malt steal the show to guide You to happiness.

M- about perfect for an ipa. Nice and crisp but encompasses the whole mouth. Really nice.

Overall a wonderful beer. If I saw this beer regularly I would get it. Great balance but also a very hop forward taste. If You like ipas, get this beer

04-23-2011 00:34:06 | More by Kelly88
Photo of Lauthaha


4.13/5  rDev +13.5%

Hahahaha, I get it...6.66%...Diabolical...priceless.

Poured from an 11.5 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer is a light-copper color with almost no carbonation visible whatsoever. Head is super-foamy, leaving very light wispy lacing as it recedes. Dimpled all over. Cute.

Smell: Slightly above-average for an AIPA. A light floral hop vibe along with a gently toasted malt backbone; but not a great deal of power in this area. I was kinda hoping it'd be a touch stronger. Let's see how she fares.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very original for an AIPA! Beer goes in gently, and foams up about medium-softly. Taste is slightly nutty, with a big emphasis on spices! Nutmeg, light cinnamon, maybe even a dash of anise...and then the gentle, floral bouquet coming back around to pull this beer together. Finishes smooth, rinses marginally clean, and leaves a soft, subtle and sweet reminder in the back of your throat. Surprisingly refreshing!

Overall: Don't know if I would have called this "Diabolical." It's angelic. Really good beer here from a previously unheard of (by me) brewery. Kudos!

04-21-2011 03:55:57 | More by Lauthaha
Photo of EricCioe


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

This pours a hazy burnt orange with a chunky two finger offwhite head leaving chunky lace. On the nose there are big orange and grapefruit notes, with lemon zest, and raw grains. In the mouth there is a nice base of caramel malt that I didn't get in the nose, a nice sweet floor that the citric notes hang over the top of. Whereas on the nose there were a few separate pieces that hung together well, in the mouth they blend a bit more into a general citrus note. The finish is long with the sweet caramel malts hanging out up front on the tongue while the decently bitter orange peel and lemon zest ride further back. The body is medium with good but not overwhelming carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer, one of my favorite thus far from a mixed 12 my sister picked up of MI beers.

04-21-2011 01:29:53 | More by EricCioe
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

04-02-2011 05:00:08 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of linnymtu


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

I'm not the hugest fan of ipa, but do enjoy them. The beer is a rich orange with a thin layer of head. The smell was citrusy and the taste was as well. I'd say it was medium on the hops for an ipa.

Overall an enjoyable beer. I had it at the jolly pumpkin in ann arbor.

03-26-2011 13:43:50 | More by linnymtu
Photo of StoutHunter


4.08/5  rDev +12.1%

I picked up a single of this at the Lager Mill for $1.99. I tried Furry a couple months ago and I really liked it, so when I saw another North Peak offering on the shelf I knew I should try it. Bottled November 30th 2010. Poured from a 11.5oz stubby brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- Nice old school look to these bottles, I also like the name, first furry, then diabolical, whats next? This beer poured a nice amber/copper color with three fingers worth of nice fluffy white head that left lots of nice lacing.

S- The aroma is a nice mix of sweet malts and fruity hops, mainly grapefruit with a little bit of mango and some pine at the end.

T- At first I get a good amount of mango that blends into some grapefruit with a touch of pine, pretty similar to the aroma just in a different order. The sweet malts provide a nice backbone for this beer. It has a nice bitter finish that doesn't stick around too long.

M- Medium bodied, crisp, and perfect carbonation.

Overall this was a good IPA, I pretty much liked everything about it. The hops imparted a nice flavor of a mix of tropical fruits and thats what stuck out the most about this brew. It had a good malt backbone to balance out the hops and did not come off as overly bitter. When I tried Furry I liked it alot and it made me want to try more North Peak beers, and this beer makes them two for two in my book. I would buy this again and would love to try more beers from this brewery. I wonder what else they have in their bag of tricks besides kick ass IPA's.

03-20-2011 03:21:00 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of Thanby


3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours a hazy amber-straw with couple fingers of off-white head that sticks like glue.

Smells of citrusy hops, orange peel, coriander, yeast and toasted barley. Nice mix of hops, smells like a pretty solid IPA so far.

The taste is a nice burst of piney and citrusy hops followed by a slightly sweet and dry malt body, some cloves and peppercorn mingle in the middle and a little brown sugar brings up the rear.

Medium body, good carbonation to keep it lighter and very well blended overall. Definitely a solid and drinkable IPA.

03-13-2011 01:37:15 | More by Thanby
Photo of MbpBugeye


2.9/5  rDev -20.3%

Single purchased at Ale, Wine & Spirits of Powell. $1.99. Dated FEB 1411 so this is pretty fresh.

A- I just reviewed Vicious and this beer looks very, very similar. Lightly hazed, rusty orange with a

S- Pine sap is the first thing you notice as you raise the glass. Other than that there isnt much else but a hint of buttery malt and some citrus.

T- Eh, very strange. Harsh pine sap and rough citrus sit atop a buttery malt foundation. The finish is bitter and vegetal.

M- Initiating Hyperdry, Captain!

D- Not bad, not great.

03-12-2011 22:40:05 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of Brenden


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

03-09-2011 19:35:45 | More by Brenden
Photo of CaptCleveland


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Unique stubby bottle, poured in SA glass.
Thin off-white head atop orange/tan liquid.
Fragrance of oranges and biscuit/malt. Minimal hops.
Nice citrus, hops with strong malt presence. Medium body goes down smooth.
Certainly a drinkable brew, but not in the category of most IPAs.
I think the brewers hit their mark, but some who read "IPA" on the bottle may be a bit dissapointed.

03-05-2011 20:52:11 | More by CaptCleveland
Photo of damndirtyape


3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

11.5 oz bottle (dated 12 22 10 - either best by or bottled on- don't know which) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: This bottle has yeast in (bottle conditioned) and despite a slow pour some yeast got through yielding a translucent orange-yellow beer with an off-white head. It poured a 1/4" thick foam initially, but this died won to a thin ring around the edge and a very thin film in the middle of the beer not always connected to the sides. Some fine (small) lacing noted here and there. I must say - I like the look of the stubby bottle and quirky label.

Smell: Very very faint piney hop with something sweet. Not a lot going on here. With a good swirl I can get some citrus grapefruit and pine, but then it is gone again.

Taste: Mango up front moving quickly into some grapefruit and pine flavors, then a nice malty middle, then a pleasant bitter finish that does not linger long. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation on the tongue with a little bit of a lingering sensation on the teeth. Thicker than water and goes down easily.

Drinkability: Well, the only diabolical thing going on here is the ABV content, otherwise I view this as a very polite American IPA. Hoppy - but not slap-you-about-the-face hoppy, and I could see myself having another. The only disappointment is the smell really - just not a lot there without a good swirl. Went well with Chili and buttermilk biscuits and I could see this going with a lot of other food as well. Cheers to the Jackalope - may you visit my glass again!

02-16-2011 23:11:06 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of schoolboy


4/5  rDev +9.9%

Ah. What a relief. The last beer I had was bogus, with a sour taste. This one is more the way they should be. So compared to the last (which was supposed to be an IPA), this is great.

It does have some issues, though. Almost no head, and what there is looks funny. But it has a nice combination of tastes and it works.

They are brewing this stuff way up in moose country and you have to give them credit for trying. Give it a try. I would have another if I had any. I will try their other stuff.

02-13-2011 00:17:09 | More by schoolboy
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

12oz into pint thanks to kzoobrew. much appriciated! bottled 9.24.10

A- Big rocky off-white head on a hazy brown body.

S- Sweet, slightly malty, good tropical/melon rind.

T- Caramel malt and fruity hops. Not terribly bitter but very flavorful. Bit zesty/peppery... fleeting though.

M- Well balanced... tasty. Lower than average carbonation, but I'm nitpicking.

D- This is a pretty tasty IPA. I could burn through a 6er in an evening. Good stuff.

02-11-2011 02:02:53 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of Bierguy5


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

02-10-2011 23:17:40 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of nrbw23


2.83/5  rDev -22.3%

A- Pours a hazy golden amber color with a nice head. Head becomes a layer of bubbles and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smells is a bit more malty than I like. A bit of tropical fruits, but mainly piney hops. Quite a bit of bready malts here.

T- Seems like a bit of a mess going on here. Pine resin and a touch of citrus battling a medicine and stale bread.

M- Medium in body and carbonation was a on the lighter side of medium.

D- Not really what I'm looking for in my IPA's. Maybe I'll give it another shot down the road.

02-09-2011 11:31:05 | More by nrbw23
Diabolical India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
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