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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: 337
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | 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 Cresant


2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.33/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 15:17:26 | More by GordonQuid
Photo of akorsak


3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Red Stripe-esque stubby bottle, from Plum Market in AA (she's a whore). From notes on 5-Jul-10.

A: The IPA is an amber, brown-yellow color that remains hazy throughout. That haziness is yeast-driven, as there are many visible particles suspended in midstream in the glass. A good head, over two fingers and requiring two pours, leaves thick patches of lace behind.

S: A hoppy nose, citrusy with a strong caramel foundation. Surprisingly, the malts are strong enough and hold their own against the hops.

T: The IPA is nicely hopped, especially in the leafy, bitter finish. Not to get too far ahead of myself though. Before the hops, the malts stand out, caramely and chewy. They stand up to the hops initially before yielding near the finish. The citrus hops that come through are nondescript at first, releasing citrus but no nuanced flavors. Near the finish, leafiness becomes stronger, more bitter. That bitterness hangs around for a while.

M: The IPA has a low carbonation level, allowing flavors to linger for a little while longer. The hop bitterness really comes on near the finish.

D: A good IPA, not too boozy or weak.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 00:40:29 | More by akorsak
Photo of hosehead83


4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.5 oz. "stubby" bottle into a dimpled English "pot" pint glass.
Burnt-orange in color, with a nice billowy head of foam
Aroma-Subtle citrus and hops
Taste-Grapefruit and hops with a balancing malt backbone-A bit of honey sweetness mixed with a long, lingering bitterness in the finish.
Tasty, snappy, North Coast IPA, with a "diabolocal" ABV of 6.66! Enjoy, while it wards off evil spirits-like work.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 13:40:27 | More by hosehead83
Photo of TCHopCraver


2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes on 6/9/10.

A: From a stubby little bottle, this beer pours a golden-orange color, which is very pretty and makes me think of autumn. A fluffy, 1.5 finger head sticks around forever. The lacing is splashy and sticky.

S: A very grassy hop aroma combined with a grainy presence meets my nostrils. There is a slight band aid aroma thrown in there, as well. I do not really detect any citrus character from Diabolical.

T: There is definitely a forward hop bitterness standard for an American IPA, but the flavor is somewhat one-dimensional. I taste a lot of the grassy-ness that I smelled (I know; I've eaten grass), but I get only the slightest hint of bitter grapefruit. An earthy, metallic taste is also present, as well as a little foamy, soapiness. I would like a little more sweet malt taste to balance out the bitter hops.

M: Pretty thin. I get a lot of the dry hop, alpha acid bitterness throughout my palate, but none of a sweet, coating sensation to complement the dryness.

D: With so many other delicious IPAs out there, I will not be returning to this one. For me, this beer is too one-dimensional with its hop dominant character. It's not awful, but not good enough to reel me in.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 01:16:34 | More by TCHopCraver
Photo of malty


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz. stubby brown bottle with no best before/bottled date to been seen.

Forcefully poured into a 20 oz. thin walled handled mug. A burnt orange with lots of suspended yeast potion was revealed. It's off-white loose and billowing head settled at 2" after a few minutes. Handsome broken rings and thick globs of lace all the way down.

Syrup-laden apricot and grapefruit were initially inhaled, while raw yellow cake batter surfaced at the back. Smells very sweet, a bit musky and a lot of hop goodness.

Biting and bitter hops sparred with my palate at first gulp. Another big quaff depicted the musky notes I was smelling 2 minutes ago in a kind of rusty, mineral-like way. The flavors hit with pricks and snips, but fade rather quickly, leaving a dry, bitter and chalky ghost behind.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice moderate amount of fluffy carbonation.

Drinkability is very nice. If you like dry & sharp, this is for you.

Overall I'm pleasantly surprised with how well the bottled version replicated the spectacular draft version I initially enjoyed at The Jolly Pumpkin (Old Mission) brew pub in Oct. '08. It makes me want to travel a few hours north and try it all over again at the bar. A very solid IPA from Traverse City. A little pricey ($11/sixer) though.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 22:47:54 | More by malty
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

A - The floating sediment in the stubby RedStripe bottle makes it into the golden dirty pumpkin-orange beer giving it small specks of haze. That still doesn't take away from the outrageous plume of carbonation rising to the bone-colored, three-fingered head. Fantastic retention and rocky, dense lace cling mercilessly to the glass!

S - American hop aroma pours from this beer. Tons of well-balanced pine needle and citrusy grapefruit rind eventually mellow out and find their place sharing the spotlight with delicious smelling toasted caramel malts and a dab of raw honey. As it warms, and interesting but nice and unique touch of spice, like pumpkin ale nutmeg, pokes out. It's different and well-balanced.

T - The light touch of nutmeg and pumpkin spice hits the tongue right away which throws me off slightly. Nonetheless, Diabolical moves into a semi-hoppy, more so bitter, strong malt body. Lots of toasted caramel malt overpowers the actual hop flavor just a bit but the finish is wholly hops in bitterness.

M - With an evil little twist to it, Diabolical starts demolishing the palate with delicious bitter hops. Surprising at firs, it mellows out quite a bit towards the end but continues to be dry. Even with a large plume of carbonation in the beer, it remains rather tame in carbonation feel going down, which makes this medium-bodied IPA generally soft and smooth.

D - It took me by surprise at first which I like. Diabolical is a well-balanced IPA that drinks as well as it smells and tastes. It's always nice to grab an unknown beer like this only to find out it's a gem that was worth getting.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 12:10:21 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of BehindtheFinBrew


3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby brown bottle, great label to an imperial pint
Bottled on February 4 2010

A: A standard pour showed lots of carbonation and resulted in a 3.5 finger cream colored head that left beautiful ring lace down the glass. The head was retained very well eventually reducing to a frothy cap. Color was amber and clear.

S: Aroma was quite one dimensional with grassy and pine-like hop. Not too unexpected for an IPA.

T: Hop-forward of course with a mouth gritting grapefruit bitterness that is highly assertive as soon as you taste it and lingers a long time. Malt character is overpowered to the point where its almost non-existent leaving a very sharp hop bite and overall an unbalanced flavor.

M: Medium-high carbonation with a sharp hop bite. The finish is flat oily and bitter, no doubt a result from the copious amount of lupulin in this beer. Medium bodied.

D: Diabolical indeed. In my opinion this is bordering over-hopped. Malt flavor, if any, is hard to find as a result of the immediate twinge of grapefruit hop. More balance in the future please because this beer has great potential but as I mentioned earlier the hop sharpness leads to a 1-D beverage

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 15:24:44 | More by BehindtheFinBrew
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy amber color and a modest head that fritters away, leaving just a few shards of lace

Smell: Grainy and malty, with a touch of pith

Taste: Opens with a caramel flavor that moves in a bitter pithy direction by mid-palate; finishes with a grainy bitterness though considerable malt sweetness lingers as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I prefer a drier, more citrusy IPA; this is a bit more like a very hoppy amber

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 21:30:34 | More by brentk56
Photo of MIMicrobrews


3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured into the glass, this brew pours a wicked head with great lacing and retention. Looking at the glass, it's a nice copper color; apparently filtered as I can see right through it. Upon first sniff, there's a very mild scent - almost like a lager. At first sip, there's a pleasant hop bitterness; increasing as I go. As I continue to enjoy, the aftertaste is slight, but lingering. I can enjoy it now and later.

I wouldn't call this brew an uber-hoppy concoction, but more mild. It is definitely one that's enjoyable again and again. I will plan on keeping a couple bottles of this in my fridge from here on out.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 23:56:40 | More by MIMicrobrews
Photo of GoldenChild


2.2/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance--- it has a nice copper color great whit 2 finger head nice lacing.

Smell--- the smell is kind of week for and ipa i expected more hop aroma.

Taste--- all hops here no malts did not seemed very balanced at all
just bitter

Mouthfeel--- seemed a bit watered down on the mouthfeel to me

Drinkability--- this is a alright beer i can only drink one or two then i have to move on to something else. i have had the six pack in my fridge for a month now that never happens. just needs more malt to help balance it out. one more thing what is with them cheating us out of .5 of an ounce? im sure that adds up well for them over time especially because it still cost 9.99 for a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 01:48:12 | More by GoldenChild
Photo of JordanEllwanger


3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber with a thick caramel colored head lacing it's way down slowly. A moderate amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Smells like an IPA, hops and a malt undertow. Has a metallic taste to it, which lends it to a cold sharp feel. Not a horrible attempt at an IPA but not the best.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 00:25:40 | More by JordanEllwanger
Photo of BierFan


3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.5 ounce stubby bottle into a pint glass. First time I've ever seen an 11.5 ounce bottle.

Appearance: Big creamy looking off-white head. Hazy light amber body. Stiff head and good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and citrus peel. Smell is kinda weak. I expected it to have a fruitier kick. This is very subdued.

Taste: What I said about the smell applies here as well. Good bitterness, it just seems to be lacking the hop flavors that people love in IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 06:01:32 | More by BierFan
Photo of GRPunk


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stubby bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- A normal pour left 2 fingers of foamy, khaki head. The body was a slightly hazed, copper color. The head is maintained at about a finger or more until the near the end and leaves huge, fluffy, rings. I'm really impressed with the head retention and lacing. This glass normally doesn't do beers any favors in the head retention department.

S- It's quite balanced. There was some sweet caramel malt mixed with some citrus and grassy hops. What's there is good, but it's a bit muted (a little warmth brings out a little more character).

T- There's pretty good balance again. The malt has a cereal-like quality while the hops provide a grapefruit-like flavor. The hops really clean up the finish with a definite grapefruity flavor.

M- My first sip was through the considerable, foamy head. It's moderately viscus, comes off as pretty clean, and has a bit of a hop and carbonation bite.

D- It's perfectly drinkable. It doesn't have any "bells and whistles." There just isn't anything to separate itself from the pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 20:19:22 | More by GRPunk
Photo of plaztikjezuz


3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stubby bottle, neat marketing gimmick.

pours a medium amber with a lot of carbonation. my bottle was over carbonated for an IPA.

the aroma is malty with hints of citrus, grass, and fruit.

the flavor is a quick flash of malt sweetness followed by a sharp bitterness the lingers and coats the tongue.

the mouthfeel is a little tough with the extreme bitterness.

it is an alright beer. there are better IPAs from michigan but these just started bottling and they should get it together soon enough.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 03:06:27 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of Frosty80


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: sits a clear, burnt orange. small head but decent retention and lacing

Smell: a bit lacking and mellow. hops are light with a grassy, citrusy and almost meaty (?) character. light caramel malt sweetness

Taste: very solid and balanced. hops and malt provide a good balance and are all pretty mellow. malt does well hiding the bitterness as well until the finish, where the bitterness kinda pops out and lingers

Mouthfeel: medium to full-medium with moderate carbonation

Notes: similar to an English IPA, very well balanced and drinkable. a great IPA if youre looking to pair with food

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 21:42:55 | More by Frosty80
Diabolical India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.