Diabolical India Pale Ale
North Peak Brewing Company

Diabolical India Pale AleDiabolical India Pale Ale
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IPA - American
Ranked #6,432
Ranked #39,234
3.7 | pDev: 11.89%
North Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Diabolical India Pale AleDiabolical India Pale Ale
Notes: North Peak Diabolical IPA has hops from nose to tail. This IPA is unfiltered and dry-hopped with Michigan grown Chinook and Cascade hops. It has a smooth malt character and citrus pine aroma.
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Unknown vintage; drank 8/1/15 @ the Family Compound.

See-through orange appearance.

Huge white head; frothy lace.

Orange citrus & caramel notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Caramel & burnt hop flavors up front; a bitingly bitter finish.

This tastes like a bitter American barleywine, which is to say: never again.

Mar 04, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer that got me into IPAs. This is a great combination of hops and malt. This always settles nicely in a glass and cascades beautifully as you drink it. This is another beer perfect for the sunny summer day as you are cutting the lawn or doing yard work.

Oct 08, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Classic orange-amber with a lumpy off-white foam, this one is sharp and almost boozy with flavors of grapefruit, graham, pepper and orange via a big yet light froth through a medium body and a cotton dry, drinkable finish.

Jun 19, 2018
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Pours mostly clear amber golden. White film for a head.

Smells of bright citrus hops and biscuit malts.

Flavor is of biscuit and maple with citrus and pine hops.

Medium body, tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Very nice, clean IPA. Good balance between the citrus and earthy hops. This is like an IPA you could get a lot of 5 years ago but has gone out of style and is missed. Definitely worth having and coming back to.

Dec 29, 2017
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dcotom from Iowa

3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip. Very pretty clear dark amber-colored pour, with a thick eggshell-colored head that left lots of lacing. Aroma is very malt forward, with big notes of caramel and dark bread and a hint of citrus. Lots of malt sweetness on the palate, with flavors of light caramel, orange, grapefruit, pine resin, and orange zest. Brewer claims 66.6 IBU's, and they're all there. There is a very unpleasant oily and resinous finish that coats the tongue and seems to hang on forever, the only negative quality to what is otherwise a solid beer.

Oct 30, 2017
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Malt over hops. That's how I interpret this little number. The tiny bomber bottles with the cool name drew me in, but was slightly disappointed in the final product. Next!

Aug 19, 2017
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ribby from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Did a head to head tasting of this with Bell's Two Hearted. Overall, two hearted has a better hop flavor; more citrusy and less bitter. Diabolical is maltier, and generally a bit more bitter. Diabolical pours a clear medium brown, with minimal head. Both are well crafted brews, with the style differences the most distinguishing difference.

Aug 06, 2017
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ovaltine from Indiana

3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Every now and then, I enjoy a "maltier than normal" IPA, and this beer checks that box. The pour reveals a copper-colored beer with some hop haze and a light tan head.

The aromas are piney hops with a significant toffee malt backbone, and the taste follows that. This would be a great tailgate beer on a cool October afternoon.

Aug 03, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice hazy golden glazed orange color with a one finger white foamy head that mushroom caps and gently subsides with a nice rocky foaminess hovering above the top of the beer. The lacing was there once the head finally dissipated. It graced the sides of the glass in a speckled sort of manner. The smell had a nice gentle rolling blend of sweet citrus to sweet sharp pine coming through in a pungent way. The taste took those flavors and added a really nice bitterness to assist in the blend of the beer. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionability running about my mouth and tongue. The carbonation seemed appropriately styled as the sharp bitter flavors pummels my taste buds into submission. Overall, what a nice bittersweet AIPA that I would have again.

Jun 27, 2017
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NorthernMichiganLogan from Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

For once a decent local brew. Acquired a single of this, didn't even realize it was brewed within a few miles of me. Initial impression was that I really liked the old school bottle, and nice labeling. Drank it from the bottle so I cant comment on the look. The beer tasted like a typical IPA. Nice earthy taste and feel. I could taste the bitter hops and the malt. The beer had a nice slight citrus balance that an IPA should have. It has a nice crisp smooth finish that is slightly dry. Overall it is a passable beer. It's not the greatest but it's decent. I'd recommend it, and drink it again.

May 12, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold. Thick, medium, off white head lasts a while.

Smells caramel malt, doughy, pine and citrus.

Tastes doughy and caramel malt, some pepper, pine and earthiness. Finish is dry with a bitter pine linger that lasts a short time. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

Apr 17, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My brother in law was kind enough to let me have a bottle of this. The beer poured a clear copper with white head that left some lace. The scent had hints of bitterness. The taste was bitter leaning and not overly easy to drink. There was some sweetness but it was not enough to balance. The mouthfeel was Fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it's decent.

Mar 16, 2017
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep color color with a little head that is off white this dissipates quickly. The nose is not too heavy with hops, but at first drink you can taste the little bunches of hop goodness and from that pint forward I could smell them. The taste is light, almost just a hint of pine resin.

Good Beer for sure.

Nov 20, 2016
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gopens44 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks very hazy orange with a thin little head once receded. Lacing really isn't there either.

Full bodied floral and citrusy nose with a decent dose of well balancing malts.

Taste is exactly the same. Sweet and citrusy with a smooth malt finish.

Body travels between light and medium bodied with a particularly dry finish.

Aug 22, 2016
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at a Meijer in New Baltimore MI. $10 for a mix a six from the fridge. 12oz stubby bottle served at 7deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a small 1/2" high white head this is gone within a minute. Medium gold colour and filtered clear

S- Not a lot of hops here. Some malt

T- Traditional APA. Sweet and with heavy malt. Some good bittering hops and well wet hopped. Nice break

M- Creamy going down then dries out

O- Nice brew. Nice to try but will not buy again

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with........ Lobster Po'boy sandwiches.


Aug 07, 2016
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Texter from Texas

3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer on Tap at the Jolly Pumpkin in Traverse City so it was very fresh, I also had the bottled version up in Mackinaw City, I preferred the draft. Overall I thought it was a very good IPA and I'll drink it next time I'm up in the area.

Aug 01, 2016
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy straw orange with a thin off-white head. Head retention is moderate-strong with good lacing starting in the upper parts of the glass. Resin, pine, and earthy hop notes mix with biscuit malts in a so-so fashion. The malts are heavy, but the bitterness really shines through. Biscuit and bread malt notes open up the flavor profile with bitter pine and earthy hop notes. Mouth feel is carbonated and aggressive, with a medium-thin consistency. Overall, it's a so-so beer. The name and ABV percentage is amusing, and the bottling is cool, but the brew doesn't have much to offer outside of that.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Jun 23, 2016
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HighGravityMan from Kansas

3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy copper. Head less than one finger tall dissipates to foamy blanket quickly. Sticky lacing on sides of glass. Appears to be low in carbonation

S: sweet and grassy. Somewhat musty. Not too dissimilar to wet dog. Not entirely off-putting though.

T: piney and citrus hops come through. Grassy bitterness present. Estery ale yeast leaves a nondescript fruit flavor. Malt barely present but adds a nice sweetness to balance.

F: medium-full body and low carbonation. Feels nice in the mouth.

O: decent ipa. I wouldn't go out of my way for it. I will say it pairs nicely with the chicken and waffles that were ordered with it. Sweet and bready dishes go well with this beer because of the strong hop bitterness and the result is a nice balance of flavor.

Jun 06, 2016
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NateDyk47 from Michigan

3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

drank out of a 12 oz bottle.

this is a very bitter IPA. light citrus & malt tastes, but most of what came through was straight bitterness. still an enjoyable beer, but nothing memorable. i may have to give it another try out of a glass and see if that adds anything to the experience.

Mar 13, 2016
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carlborch from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich golden pour with a 2-inch white-gold, creamy head. Forward hops in the nose. Some sweetness and citrus (pith?) as well. Medium-full body with dramatic bitter hop notes enveloping the palate. Nice, long, lingering hops and resin in the finish. Some tropical fruits in the background. Belgian lace does form. This IPA is moreish. While the ABV is 6.6, it is not evident. I am not certain what makes it diabolical! Tasty, bright, well-made IPA. I will return for one of these.

Jan 21, 2016
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Roby923 from Canada (AB)

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Heavier on the malts, lighter on the hops. The IBU/ABV listing is creative, have to give these brewers some points for quirkiness (66.6 IBUs / 6.66 ABV). Overall ok IPA that's worth a try, but nothing too memorable. Bottled on July 28 2015, bought from Trader Joes Grosse Pointe.

Sep 27, 2015
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spacecake9 from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the name and the stubby bottle.
A - Pours a copper color with nice head. No lacing.
S - Mostly malty on the nose.
T - Not a strong flavor, a little citrus, slightly bitter on finish.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - I found this to be a very average IPA. Not bad at all, but not something I'm dying to have again, either.

Aug 18, 2015
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cjohns73 from Delaware

3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Jolly Pumpkin in Detroit. Color is deep copper, not too much smell. Taste is pretty typical. Hoppy bitterness, a touch of juice, and a relatively straightforward maltiness. All-in-all, a fairly standard IPA.

Aug 17, 2015
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Billolick from New York

3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby bottle

Pours hazed medium almond Amber and lifts a one inch and lasting frothy medium khaki cap. Loads of thicker lacing left behind on the glass.

Nose is of grapefruit peels, some light pepper and as expected some bready malts.

Pleasing and well hopped IPA, more grapefruit, light mango, lime, fruity goodness. Good stuff...go get some

Aug 14, 2015
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Raime from Greenland

3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of those beers I've passed by on the shelves a few hundred times and could never quite pick it up as I had more choices available to me that I knew were tasty over a random I knew nothing about.

Finally got a single for $1.99 the other day.

Look - A copper amberish mixed color with a one finger off white head that sticks around throughout the duration and doesn't leave any lacing.

smell - Grapefruit pith and moderate amounts of malt. Slightly resinous.

Taste - Grapefruit piths and a touch of resin. The malts mix into it as well providing a well balanced flavor that isn't too overpowering on either side. A touch watery.

Feel - Well-rounded mouth filling body with moderate carbonation and a tad creamy.

Overall - A very solid standard IPA and very drinkable and session-able. Not quite a beginner beer. reminded me a lot of a two-hearted ale with a tad less flavor.

I will surely be giving this brewery some more chances with their beers.

Jul 15, 2015
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