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Diabolical India Pale Ale - North Peak Brewing Company

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 14
Gots: 24 | 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 Vonerichs
3.65/5  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.

Vonerichs, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of raznug
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a deep golden to light copper with a half inch of head that dissipates quickly.
Smell: The hop aroma isn’t over powering but has a nice subtly to it. It is different from a lot of beer I can think of.
Taste: For an IPA the flavor is more malt than hops not really what I expect but maybe it is an English IPA then it would make sense.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is just like I would expect, it has the ability to not overpower but still lets the flavor linger.

raznug, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber color with a thin white heaf that has good retention and very good lacing. The nose is the hops and some grains. The taste starts out with some grapefruit followed by some floral and pine hops, The aftertaste is a mix of grapefruit and pine. The mouthfeel is smooth, but also semi-dry on the tongue and cheeks. Overall this is a rather nice and very hoppy IPA that has a nice flavor that stays with you from the first sip to the last. Highly recommended.

DannyDan, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of mattcrill
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Fresh citrus zest up front. Light bready and caramel notes that appear in the background. Low fruity esters. Overall clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Hazy amber pour with sticky off white head. Head retention is good.

Flavor: Lots of piney and citrus-like hop flavors. Bitter orange peel is well-knit with the other hop characteristics. Very light caramel background that off-sets the American hop bitterness and flavor. Aftertaste is quick, refreshing, and bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with medium-high carbonation. No alcohol heat or astringency noted.

Overall impression: A well-done straightforward American IPA. Nice to have another MI example in Ohio. Recommended.

mattcrill, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of output01x
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

output01x, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of rapayn01
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This micro-brewed beer has pleasant citrus-hop bitterness and a mild smell, but it is not an especially hoppy IPA. The color suggested a full-bodied taste experience, but its looks were somewhat deceiving. It was a nice beer, but not especially diabolical. The alcohol content is 6.66%, which suggests something more sinister.

rapayn01, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

scruffwhor, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden amber, with a puffy 2.5 finger head that dissipates rather quickly.

S - Lots of piney hops with a firm malt backbone. Some notes of fruit, but seems bitter, like grapefruit

T - A decent amount of hops, but there's actually a full maltyness to this one. It's a bit smokey with a biscuity aftertaste. In fact, the aftertaste sort of tastes like the same aftertaste you get after downing a glass of milk. It's not unpleasant, just a little odd.

M - Leaves the mouth pretty dry, good bit of carbonation, a bit sticky in the throat.

Overall - I thought it was decent. The beer was a little too malty for an IPA and the aftertaste was just a little off. I didn't think anything was particularly bad, but not particularly good either.

BeerBuckeye, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

sixerofelixir, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

wvsabbath, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

ColdPoncho, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

CFHMagnet, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Auslander
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Auslander, May 12, 2011
Photo of prototypic
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

prototypic, May 07, 2011
Photo of LiverDonor
5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

LiverDonor, May 01, 2011
Photo of OnThenIn
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

OnThenIn, May 01, 2011
Photo of Spider889
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Spider889, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

BeerBelcher, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Kelly88
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Kelly88, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Lauthaha, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

EricCioe, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of linnymtu
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

linnymtu, Mar 26, 2011
Diabolical India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.