Diabolical India Pale Ale | North Peak Brewing Company

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Diabolical India Pale AleDiabolical India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
northpeak.net

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kegger22 on 12-20-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,347
Reviews:
165
Ratings:
561
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
114
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 561 |  Reviews: 165
Reviews by Dalem:
Photo of Dalem
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite a dark amber shade to it. The head is light and study taking it's time to melt away leaving a thick and sticky lacing behind. The scent is very earthy with pepper with a burst of lemon peel.
A tart hop bite jumps out a bit in the first sip. Though it is definitely a Michigan take on the IPA style with it's grassy & pine notes nuances there are things about the particular bitters here that might remind some of an ESB. The malt backbone stands strong bringing a smokey & toffee meatiness to the affair. This medium body brew finishes with a nice mix of the flavors about. Bitter but not too sticky.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Bitter, Toffee, Bold

Serious suds, clear brassy hue. Thick hop resin and a toffee malt backbone line the nostrils. It has the bitterness of an IPA (with 66.6 IBUs), but balanced by the malt character. Some mellow harshness from the Cascade hops sticks to our palates from start to finish. Bready wheat flaunts some crispness. Not your usual IPA, but it sure is a hell of a lot of fun to drink.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 6.6% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Enjoy!

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Photo of ovaltine
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Roby923
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TCHopCraver
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
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

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Photo of mikejonze
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of iparules
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rsquared59
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xdefeatsy
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of mikerap100
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant deep amber under a 3” fluffy white foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Malt and earthy herbal hop aromas
T: Features a balanced interaction of rich hops and malt with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Melon and biscuit. A little drying in the after taste from the hops.
F: Medium body and carbonation, very soft in the mouth.
O: A full flavored India Pale Ale.

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Photo of juicebox
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of rwilde
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Diabolical India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 561 ratings