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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: 351
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 13
Gots: 11 | 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 SpdKilz


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

02-02-2011 02:23:12 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of Keffa


3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

01-31-2011 06:24:37 | More by Keffa
Photo of boyfromthenorth


5/5  rDev +37.4%

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.

01-29-2011 22:42:26 | More by boyfromthenorth
Photo of cadaugherty


3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

01-03-2011 02:47:16 | More by cadaugherty
Photo of Urbancaver


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

12-27-2010 03:34:28 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of silentjay


2.6/5  rDev -28.6%

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.

12-27-2010 02:48:33 | More by silentjay
Photo of Duff27


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

A- Full inch, slightly off-white head. Murky, amber. Drink by drink lacing.

S- Floral.

T- Pleasantly bitter. Grapefruit. Something kind of off-putting....applish?

M- Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Not bad. I drank this entirely too fast when it came to review this. I'd give it a solid B when overall grade is in question. The grenade bottle is right in front of me and it looks like something I'd want to fill up again.

12-19-2010 08:42:42 | More by Duff27
Photo of ElGrecoVerde


3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

Cloudy copper, like a wheat beer.

Citric and grainy. A little acidic but still nice.

Heavy on the grapefruit, giving it a good sweet/bitter balance. Grain, pine, and a root like flavor I couldn't quite pick out as well. Not as intense as many modern IPAs.

Fizzy and a bit grainy. Does a good job washing the flavor down leaving little aftertaste.

Good beer but not remarkable.

12-15-2010 01:09:11 | More by ElGrecoVerde
Photo of tubacharlie


4.2/5  rDev +15.4%

A frothy, four-finger head slowly settles down to a quarter inch carpet of silky, cream-colored foam with a multitude of bubble dimensions, leaving sticky trailers along the side of the half liter glass mug. The muddy, orange-brown ale is dense and somewhat translucent when held to the light.

Smells like fresh green grapes for some reason, with other citrus notes and a good dose of flowery hop aroma. First sip reveals solid grain bill with good depth of character accented by bright hops. Not as bitter as expected, with a mellow mouthfeel and nicely tapered aftertaste lingering on the tongue. Plenty of flavor and easy to drink, with a nice citrus tang.

Great Lakes whitefish, planked and potato-crusted, comes to mind as a good pairing.

12-08-2010 05:23:48 | More by tubacharlie
Photo of Beejay


3.1/5  rDev -14.8%

A: A hazy medium brown. Head is off white, and looks nice, though it dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Nice hop aroma. Grassy earthy and pungent. There is a hint of something in here that I am not necessarily a fan of. I can't quite pin point it though. Something in the finish.

T: Hops right up front. There is some grapefruit and grassy flavors. Solid bitterness, with a touch of tropical fruit as well. All in all, I want something a little more.

M: Medium in body. Carbonation is a little on the high side.

D: Good but not great. It just doesn't deliver the hop flavor I wanted. There is also something I can't put my finger on, mostly in the smell, but it follows through to the taste. It's not bad. It just isn't amazing either. I am glad I had the opportunity to try this.

11-30-2010 04:37:09 | More by Beejay
Photo of bishopdc0


3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

Cloudy amber with a big thick head lacing remains and coats the whole glass love the bottle me.

Pale malt a a slight crystal sweetness make the aroma not hops though.

Very English in taste all sweet almost artificial although not in a bad way the sweet is of a carapils malt tart and the finishes with a citrus bitter but the taste is all citrus in there end true my unique bujt not really an IPA.

11-26-2010 00:59:56 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%

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,

11-19-2010 04:00:01 | More by Sammy
Photo of Stigs


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

12oz squat bottle from the brewery, served in a 12oz tulip

A - pours with a good amount, almost two inches of frothy loose just off-white colored foam. the beer is clear, turning more cloudy as more is poured into the glass, dark gold in color.

S - very bright, grassy noble hops...hints of lemon and almost a Bretty-like live yeastiness to it. other notes of aspirin, bready malt.

T - begins again with a strong Bretty yeast bite. not sure if this is on purpose but it actually works a bit. strong on the aspirin, with some wet grassy and piney hops finishing out the end.

M - light and thin body with sharp prickly carbonation. finishes very quick and dry, with some lingering piney hops.

D - well, its not anything like an IPA should be...but i find it oddly intriguing. dont know where the Brett characteristic is coming from, and I doubt it even is that - but it works in a strange sort of way.

11-19-2010 03:54:31 | More by Stigs
Photo of Thorpe429


3.03/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

10-29-2010 23:28:59 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Cresant


2.9/5  rDev -20.3%

Poured this 11.5 oz. stubby brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Date stamped on the label: AUG 310, I hope this is the bottled on date, not the best by date. The slightly hazy body was honey colored with a light tan head. Dark yeast/sediment swirled in the last amount of beer I left in the bottle. Some lacing remained and there was a nice puffy film on top throughout.

The smell was really a one note song - just sour candy.

Taste was like sucking on pennies. A sharp bitterness smooths out in the aftertaste. Pith of white grapefruit. Also a light powdery yeastiness. Green apple peel. I think this one tastes a lot like 21st Amendment IPA, they probably use the same hops. Somewhat drying finish. I attempted to look that up on the North Peak website but this beer is not even listed on their site?

The mouthfeel was slick and medium bodied. Lightly carbonated.

10-15-2010 14:16:15 | More by Cresant
Photo of Wildman


3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

This beer poured a cloudy golden amber and formed a nice foamy off white head that left latticed lace as it slowly subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hop, pine and pepper. The flavor was of malt, hops, pine, candy and pepper. The body was medium light and sweet with a slight bit of hop bitterness. Not a bad little beer.

10-14-2010 02:35:54 | More by Wildman
Photo of beermeblazer99


4.43/5  rDev +21.7%

I combined it with a strain of agent orange and enjoyed a quality evening. With the first sip the hops bounce upon the pallet like rain upon a still lake. Bitter tones tinge the tongue as the amber wave rushes down to cool the throat and soothe one's thirst.

Initially, the brew gives off a crisp, hoppy aroma, which is replicated on the pallet when sipped. While many American IPAs lack a little zest, however, Diabolical India Pale Ale maintains a robust, unique flavor with a rather "drinkable" composition (I detest this adjectival description). Drinking the Diabolical conjures picturesque images of a cool, sunny evening on a dock on the Grand Traverse Bay; truly gifting the drinker with all the subtle nuances of a perfect evening in beautiful Northern Michigan.

09-08-2010 01:07:27 | More by beermeblazer99
Photo of maximum12


2.33/5  rDev -36%

Thanks to malty for an in-person trade. Never even heard of this brewery, always good to find a new face in the crowd.

Well, first off, points awarded for the sportin' old style bottle. Very cool. Points removed for the 11.5 ounces. Not cool! But points reinstated for the bottle date, 4/13/10, so this one might be at the edge of its freshness. Pours very IPA, that indistinct orange-faded-cum-red that speaks to the soul of an IPA. The nose is squatting in sweetness, with a bit of an off, sharpyly sour note that doesn't bode well.

My wife pronounces it "has that Rolling Rock aftertaste" which I divine hasn't been meant as a compliment. Diabolical is grainy & gritty as an old black & white reel-to-reel, with a splash of bitterness that doesn't entice any further flavors from the hops. Big malts surge in behind the vague gesturing bitterness, leaving this brew foundering in a bit of confusion.

The hops couldn't have faded that much, that fast, but this brew packs the hops punch of a six-year old. Glad I split this slightly height-challenged bottle with my wife. Dull.

08-31-2010 02:07:08 | More by maximum12
Photo of zoso1967


2.65/5  rDev -27.2%

This beer is a rusty medium amber and an ordinary pour yields a quite extraordinary amount of foam that ended up filling the top third of a pint glass. The head was parchment in color and had nice staying power, leaving equally nice lace. This really is a lovely looking beer. The aroma, however, is not so lovely. Orange citrus hops are present, but predominantly I am getting caramel malt and some funky esters. The flavor is not nearly as hoppy as one would hope in an IPA. Orange, pine and spicy herbal hops are there, but once again, the somewhat caramelized malt seems to be the main player here. There is also a flavor that reminds me of unfermented wort or malt extract and is not appealing at all. It does not taste like an infection, but it also does not taste good either. This beer also has a pretty sever bitterness that is a bit bracing. The body is medium, but perhaps a little on the thick side for a single IPA. The finish is bitter and a bit sticky, but not terrible. This beer does not leave me with the desire to drink another one.

08-29-2010 19:17:51 | More by zoso1967
Photo of tpd975


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

A: Pours a murky orange brown with a nice tall rocky off white head. Excellent retention and thick chunky lace.

S: Aromas of bready malt, caramel, pine and grassy green hops.

T: The malt is there up front. Sweet and bready with hints of caramel. The hops are mostly citric with a big bitter green dank finish.

M: Medium in body, very bitter finish.

D: Good I really liked this one.

08-28-2010 21:35:21 | More by tpd975
Photo of kbutler1


3.78/5  rDev +3.8%

Draft. Stopped in the Jolly Pumpkin brewery and had a little sampler of several beers. Orange opaque pour with a slight head. Fruity, citrus notes. Citrus hop taste. Smooth with a slight alcohol bite. Medium mouthfeel. Not bad and better than I expected.

08-19-2010 18:24:36 | More by kbutler1
Photo of alexgash


3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

11.5 oz. bottle.

Partly cloudy orange juice body. Two fingers of thick, creamy, light beige head. Great lacing. Hoppy nose, with notes of pine and citrus. Cookie dough malt and a little fruit as well.

Citrus and pine hop bitterness right up front. Bitterness becomes more astringent and aspirin-like through the palate. Fruit (tropical) and caramel malt fill out, with mild sweetness. Finish is bitter and dry with the ghost of fruit past. Medium-full body with a creamy feel. A little rough around the edges, but not too bad.

08-06-2010 02:36:49 | More by alexgash
Photo of jmich24


3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

Had originally @ Jolly Pumpkin in Traverse City. Bottled under North Peak Label for
some odd reason. I don't think the brewpub "North Peak" serves this... I'm guessing it is a legal issue.

Poured from a 11.5 oz Red Strip style bottle. Dated June 210.

A: Nice two finger head. Not very clear due to bottle conditioning and bottle style let some yeast in glass. Nice dark golden almost amber in color. Lacing is pretty good.
S: Some grassy hops, malts and bready yeast. Fruity esters.
T: Crisp bitterness from start to finish. Hops are a bit spicy and floral. Not picking up much citrus or grapefruit(which I normally enjoy in a IPA)
M: Mouth feel is just okay for me not super thin but a little thin for the style. Carbonation is light. Nice Bitterness up front but dose not linger.
D: This is drinkable for a 6.66% ABV beer. Seems lower alcohol is well hidden.

This was just okay for me. I didn't review when I had on tap @ Jolly Pumpkin in Traverse City, but seemed better than this bottle. I'm a sucker for a lot of citrus hops and a more lingering bitterness. Would not purchase in a bottle again.

07-28-2010 22:04:57 | More by jmich24
Photo of decadance


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

A - Orangish-Amber hue with a good two inches of head which laces throughout. This looks like a beer I want to enjoy.

S - A small hunt of citrus, but dominated by hops with a slight grain presence.

T - Maybe I like my IPAs hoppier than most, but this did not have as much of a bite as the nose lead on. The citrus is there, with the some sweet caramel bits. The hops build throughout the glass, and do get a tad better.

M - It is rich and carbonated, but it only leaves a slight bite from the hops, mostly left behind is a sweet feel.

D - On the other hand, the drinkability is nice. The hops are mild enough as not to slap around your palate, so this could be enjoyable over the course of a day.

07-18-2010 23:49:34 | More by decadance
Photo of GordonQuid


4.2/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured from a stubby 11.5 oz bottle into a Spider Lake Pub Mug whilst over looking the lake in all it's summer splendor.

Clear orange-gold with a rocky one inch head, thick lace. Very inviting.

Smells of caramel malts, noble-spicey hops and citrus rinds freshly ground.

Taste is a smooth spicey collaboration of noble and high alpha hops blende with caramel and honey malts. Smooth as hell and delisciously refreshing on a hot day. A good session beer at the Diabolical percet of alcohol 6.66%; clever chemistry.

This brew reminds me of a Great Lakes Commadore Perry with less of grain bill. Lighter and more quaffable. Cheers!

Seek this one out when in Traverse City!

07-07-2010 15:17:26 | More by GordonQuid
Diabolical India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.