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Diabolical India Pale Ale | North Peak Brewing Company

151 Reviews
Diabolical India Pale AleDiabolical India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 151 | Ratings: 503
Photo of THSdrummer
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of HighGravityMan
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of carlborch
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of Roby923
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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 spacecake9
3.52/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of cjohns73
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
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 SometimesIfart
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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 Ozzylizard
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5/11/15 at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma of pine and some citrus
Head average (four cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishes to eight mm frothy head
Lacing fair – partial curtains and some islands of tiny to medium bubbles
Body orange, clear
Flavor slightly piney, slightly bitter; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.5

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Photo of Seejae
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very hop forward offering from North Peak. The Malt is subtle but leans towards caramel/toffee. The citrus notes mingle with pine and stay at the forefront throughout. Finishes sharp, but the complexity is two-note at best. Still a very solid IPA.

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Photo of MarkDeming
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid IPA. Good amount of citrus balances the maltiness. Crisp and amber with good lacing on the glass. Poured at Jolly Pumpkin in Ann Arbor. Will pick up some bottles to go.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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 entenduintransit
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not exactly related to my opinion of the beer itself, but it is absurd to think the quality control could be good enough to maintain an IBU to a decimal place and an ABV to two decimal places.

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Photo of Mikus
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 3/3/15 so it might have been a bit out of the optimal freshness zone. Sediment in the bottom of the bottle, so I settled on a gently decanted 4oz pour. Fairly standard light amber hue with no noticeable head (admittedly small pours though). Pine, some rather generic citrus, and a bit of ripe melon on the nose. Aromas brighter than I was expecting based on dating, and a hint of alcohol comes through. Looking up. Orange juice, some pine, and ripe melon move around the palate. General flavors, but pretty well done. Slight sweetness on the finish, and a hint of alcohol lingering. Not a bad brew, no off flavors, however, a little conflict in how the entire experience of this brew came together... maybe a case of slightly lesser than its parts? Maybe the way the alcohol comes through? Quite good, not quite great.

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Photo of mchegash
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4/5
Deep orange color, slightly hazy. Several fingers of light beige head. An average amount of carbonation is visible in the brew

Smell - 4/5
Pine hops with some subtler spicy notes

Taste - 3.75/5
A very slightly bitter citrus-pine flavor with some mellow resin notes as well.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, fairly smooth, quite crisp, nice level of carbonation.

Overall - 3.75/5
This was a decent IPA, nothing special

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Photo of Rclem2010
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong on the nose, great hoppy flavor, but not too sharp. Strikes a nice balance between being an all-nighter and a one-and-done. Hit my sweet spot on the IBU spectrum and it didn't leave me feeling heavy after a couple.

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Photo of EmGM
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: yellow gold
Smell: hoppy
Taste: can taste the hops but it's a lighter hop than others tried. Light citrus notes, tasted a touch of caramel
Aftertaste: not a bad aftertaste, the hops linger a little
Overall: not bad, i would have it again.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a one-finger whet head. Lots of spotty lacing.

S - Aromas of orange, grapefruit, and floral hops.

T - The flavor starts with some nice sweet citrus followed by a a big wash of piney hops. The is a faint amount of sweet malts midpalate. The finish has a nice mix of piney hops and grapefruit rind.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy. dry finish.

O - This is a nice IPA. Very drinkable with a nice mix of floral hops and citrus.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a teku)
A-This beer pours a hazy deep tangerine body with a yellow hue to the white head that fades to a sticky film.

S- The soft green hops has a light toast hint that comes through as it opens. The hops take on a green cinnamon note in the finish.

T- The juicy green hops takes on a pine resin flavor in the finish with a nice full pale malt support and some unripe citrus hops lingering with just a touch of bitterness after the dry finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz to support the hops.

O- This is a nice solid IPA with a full hops profile and some good depth with the malt holding its own.

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Photo of zdk9
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- It's a little difficult to pour out of the red stripe style bottle without a lot of agitation down the sides of my Duvel glass. So there's a little more head than I would've intended, though it really ends up being just a bit over finger. Maybe it's a feature not a bug. Color is very cloudy bright orange-close to orange soda. Lacing is nice- spots, lines and terraces.

S- Hops are at the forefront. They're danky- wet grass, old litterbox, slightly browned flowers. The dankness is almost intoxicating if that's possible. I feel like I'm walking through a fantasty world swamp.

T- Similar to the aroma. The bitterness comes out if good force with a lot of the dank quality. Some grapefruit pith towards the aftertaste and especially in the back of the mouth.

F- Some lingering bitterness. Less lingering sweetness. Eh it doesn't leave me begging for more, but not really any problems here.

O- It's a strong hoppy IPA- just what you'd expect. Nothing too special about this beer, but nothing wrong either. Certainly I'd take it at a bar when I'm in the mood for an IPA.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Loved the Jackalope on the label I wanted to try it.

A -Great copper color. Nice white head with nice lacing. Mostly clear but can tell there was some dry hopping.

S - Good NW hops bouquet. Mostly citrus hop character with some pine, tropical, and herbal notes. Some malt but the hops sit high.

T - Flavor is good with the hops holding true. It's a nice IPA that has everything you would desire in an IPA. Light hints of malt and a subtle ale character that make gives it some balance but definitely a hop heavy brew. Nice moderate bitter finish make this a good drinking beer.

M - Moderate mouth-feel in the middle but the hops linger and the bitterness quenches. Great carbonation making the beer really pop.

Overall, a very solid NW IPA. This was a very middle-of-the-road IPA but that being said I still enjoyed it. I'd recommend this if you are in the mood for an IPA and want some diversity.

Glass- Imperial Nonic

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass, shared with buzzlitebeer

A: medium copper color, thin head, decent carbonation
S: aroma is floral, lightly hoppy; a bit of honesuckle
T: honeysuckle; hops more herbal than floral; English hop profile (?), bright notes in the flavor, well balanced; more malty than hoppy; low lovenbond malt

definitely worth having again!

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My bottle is dated 6-04-14 clearly on the back of the bottle.

A - Pours out a slightly hazy golden with a half finger white head that died off relatively fast. Look really carbonated with bubbles streaming up really fast. Leaves great lacing.

S - Smell comes off nutty, piney, grassy, herbal, not sweet and smells dry. No sign of alcohol and not super fragrant.

T - Follows the nose with a nutty, piney, lemony taste, a nice bitter bite, a slight sweetness and a slight bitter bite on the finish. No sign of alcohol and the taste seems to go pretty fast.

M - Highly carbonated, soft full mouth feel, with a high drink-ability.

O - Over all this is a pleasant IPA, which i find more enjoyable the more I drink. Not really super impressive but it still has some great qualities. If you like to try enjoyable IPA's that are not to over the top give this one a try, Cheers!

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