Diabolical India Pale Ale | North Peak Brewing Company

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Diabolical India Pale AleDiabolical India Pale Ale
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3.69/5
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549 Ratings
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:
#32,729
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
549
pDev:
11.92%
Bros Score:
3.75
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
112
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 549 |  Reviews: 164
Photo of npendres
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mwade5
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Griphon
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cylinsier
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap

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.

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jim67
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a fan of the bottle but other than that nice!

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Photo of C_Adams
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcotom
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of cmukid87
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of foundersasap
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
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!

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Photo of ribby
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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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 ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jduprey007
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stu_Grimson
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Eammon1920
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.43/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of NorthernMichiganLogan
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Diabolical India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 549 ratings