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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: 371
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 13
Gots: 17 | 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 EricCioe
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +9.9%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of linnymtu
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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
Photo of StoutHunter
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

StoutHunter, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Thanby
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Thanby, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

MbpBugeye, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Brenden, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of CaptCleveland
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CaptCleveland, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of damndirtyape
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

damndirtyape, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

schoolboy, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ShogoKawada, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of Bierguy5
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Bierguy5, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

nrbw23, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 2/1/11

Jan 1911

Amber-brown color with a slight cloudiness. Poured one & a half fingers of foam. A thin layer of retention holds up pretty well. Lots of webbed lace of tiny bubbles.

Balanced nose; maybe leaning a shade in the direction of malty. Spritzing of oily pine & citrus (think lemon zest, grapefruit & orange rind) sit atop a solid backdrop of biscuit, caramel & faint notions of sugar cookie. Undertones of yeast.

This doesn't taste particularly impressive. Piney bitterness upfront with an aspirin-like astringency that moves in mid-swallow & remains until the end. Inklings of citrus are all but buried. The malts are about as one dimensional as the hops, imparting an overall toastiness.

Medium body; not too oily. Prickly carbonation (the second pour has far less carbonation & a plodding feel). Finishes dry & chalky with the aforementioned aspirin bitterness.

The astringency makes drinkability merely ok. With a few tweaks this could be an ok IPA. As it stands, I'd much rather have Vicious.

Ryan011235, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of BB1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on Jan. 19, 2011, pretty fresh! Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice hazy burnt orange with a huge white head and great sticky lacing. Great looking brew! Lots of orange and grapefruit up front. Tastes pretty bitter with lots of pine and resin in the mix. Once again picking up some orange and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated, smooth, but not immaculate; medium-bodied. Drinkability isn't the best, I found myself nursing it and became less enjoyable the more it warmed up.

I'm all about IPAs, but this kind of flavor profile usually turns me off. It's a nice effort, and I'm sure this beer is enjoyable for some, but there are far too many options out there for this style. North Peak Vicious is more enjoyable by leaps and bounds.

BB1313, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Natural510
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle, dated Dec 22 2010.

Pours a hazy, pale orange-amber with a half-inch of creamy off-white foam.
The nose is sweet & fruity reminiscent of tangerine and blood orange.
Sweet citric apricot and tangerine flavor right up front, with a juicy, rind-like bent. Citrus is met with tea leaf and pine notes from the hops. Sweet, sour and bitter in the finish. The elements blend and balance well together.
Body in-line with the style, lightly creamy and astringent in the mouth.

I quite enjoyed this IPA. Tropical IPAs seem to be the rage right now, especially in this area, and I haven't found a bad one yet.
Looking to try more from this small brewery (and its reused Red Stripe bottles!)

Natural510, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of sitarist
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy apricot color. Various size bubbles rise up to a fingers worth of white head, the head falls to a ring, and dusting that leaves spots of lacing.

The smell is sweet, and herbal. There are hints of orange, biscuits, green tea, candy, and wet dog. Balanced with nothing overpowering.

Flavors are spicy, and sweet. I taste faint hints of citrus, green & black tea, caramel, and pepper.

Medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. It coats my tongue, and has a slightly astringent finish.

An easy drinking traditional IPA, well balanced with nothing over the top. An all around good beer that I could enjoy anytime.

sitarist, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of jampics2
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an apricot color with hazy brown and orange notes. There's a good amount of lace left behind by the white head. A nice stream of active carbonation is visible through the somewhat cloudy body. Not a bad start!

The smell is full of notes of earthy, flowery hops as well as a nice citrus kick. The hops give impressions of orange and pine. There's also a nice caramel base to all of this, which is a bit on the heavy side for my liking but has a nice scent.

The taste is interesting and I'm torn. Much more of an East Coast style IPA about where to score it at first. There's a great juicy hop character to this which makes me think of orange marmalade. The caramel malt is sweet; even though I prefer a bit less of that substance, it works. The part of this beer I don't love is the lingering bitterness which is earthy and very puckering and drying.

The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. It features a medium body and ample carbonation that avoids any stickiness. That makes the beer more drinkable that some, but the heavy lingering bitterness makes this just above average. Still well crafted and something fans of the East Coast IPA would love.

jampics2, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of BradDurbin89
4.78/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Standard pour with a nice 2 finger white head. Nice dark orange/amber color.

Nice earthy hop nose and bitterness. Pine, light citrus, and a touch of caramel.

Great bitterness and really well balanced beer. I tasted some caramel and piney notes, and really, really enjoyed the balance across my mouth.

Great mouth feel with medium carbonation and a hint of cream.

Wonderful drinkability. Nice crisp and dryness. I could have more than one of these.

Overall, this is a great beer. It is very well balanced IPA and I look forward to enjoying more.

I have to admit, I tried this beer earlier in the year and this one is better. It is a fantastic IPA!

BradDurbin89, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another great beer provided by Kevin (kzoobrew). Cheers buddy!

Appearance - Pours a slight cloudy hay color into my SA Perfect Pint. About a finger of quickly dissipating head is achieved with a moderate pour that leaves spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - A heavier malt profile followed by the typical spicy peppery hops, pine, and slight citrus.

Taste - Similar to the nose, however, there is a heavier IMO presence of the caramelized malt. There is a slight bitterness, and the hops fight to overpower the malty backbone but it really doesn't happen. However, it oddly works. The beer ends on a slight bitter citrus note.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Easy to quaff. Now that I think about it, I believe I had this over the summer (in a sampler) while visiting the JP Traverse City brew pub. It has a definite familiar flavor to it. Not bad and a nice beer to just throw a few back.

SpdKilz, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Keffa
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a stubby bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: Poured a dark orange, hazy, with a nice 2 finger white head that settled into a small ring on the outside edge. Leaves sheets of lacing at each drink, and it stays in place. Beautiful start.

S: Bread, pine, orange, and caramel in almos equal parts. Some herbal and slightly bitter hop notes as well. Nice.

T: Not nearly as bitter as the Vicious was, this one is slightly sweet, caramel and toast notes, orange and pine. A little bit more laid back if you will compared to the Vicious.

M: Decent carbonation, a little oily, slight creaminess. A little thin though.

D: Not bad. Clean, dry finish invites to drink more, lack of real alcohol heat helps too. Being an IPA that isn't excessively bitter, this one will appeal to the IPA noobie.

Overall, this one is a more refined, mellow IPA compared to the Wheat IPA that is Vicious. A good IPA, and an excellent starting point for IPA's.

Keffa, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of boyfromthenorth
5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm telling you - watch out for this brewery. Up and down for the first year of their young life. Sometimes this beer was as good as Two Hearted but other times blah. I buy this at least a few times a month and the last two months this has been unreal. If you have had it prior to December it is a total crapshoot on whether the beer will be good or not . Try it since then and crazy good. They have the stuff together. Hop Aroma (Late January the most pronounced) not cause its new but because they are doing something different, is amazing. Hop flavor is so smooth and consistent in your mouth. Like a hop blossom that slowing melts throughout your sip. Crazy cool logo, sweet bottle and the nectar inside is what it should have always been- Awesome.

boyfromthenorth, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of cadaugherty
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting bottle courtesy of kzoobrew- poured in a pint glass

Pretty standard look/pour with lots of cream colored head. The smell is a little underwhelmeing with small notes of pine, a hair of skunk, and some light malt smell. The taste is a bit better with some citrus up front and pine in the finish, decent bitter bite, sweet bready malt throughout. Decent mouth with strong drinkability. Not one of my favorite offerings but it is always nice to try something from a brewery I have never heard of.

cadaugherty, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer overall but certainly not as hoppy as I would like... It's fairly average in appearance with a vigorous head that is gone in a minute or two. Smells more like a pale ale but definitely got some hops. Tastes a bit hoppy with some citrus kicks! Decent mouthfeel and very drinkable.

Urbancaver, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of silentjay
2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

my cousin brought this, along with a generous array of beers, from MI for me for an Xmas trade. interested by the stubby bottle, but not expecting too much after that.

pours a pretty standard barely reddish golden with a generous pure white head that sticks around for a few minutes while lacing averagely.

aroma mostly of light malts, white bread (slightly toasted), biscuit, bread dough. some herbal hops and some citrus zest.

flavor is very English-styled with the malts and herbal hops taking center stage. a good amount of grapefruit, as well, but it doesnt help much.

kinda light bodied with ample carbonation and an unpleasing grainy aftertaste.

not great. goes down ok, but strong flavors don't completely mesh well for me.

silentjay, Dec 27, 2010
Diabolical India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.