Diabolical India Pale Ale | North Peak Brewing Company

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Diabolical India Pale AleDiabolical India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of GoldenChild
2.24/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
2.31/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

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Photo of raveskdr
2.35/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One of many beers in a big box exchange with mordormongo. Thanks again, homie. Poured into my Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Whoa. Pours a gigantic billowing head that refuses to dissipate. Just...wow. Haven't seen that in a beer that wasn't an over carbonated homebrew.

S - Tons of malt and very slightly piney.

T - A ton of malt with very little hop. There is a bit of piney and earthy hops that are in there, muddled amongst the overwhelming malt.

M - Decent mouthfeel and not as much carbonation as in the head.

O - Not the best first impression from this brewery. It feels like one of those Saranac-esque IPA's that you'd get in a mix pack at a grocery store.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.54/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 2/1/11

Jan 1911

Amber-brown color with a slight cloudiness. Poured one & a half fingers of foam. A thin layer of retention holds up pretty well. Lots of webbed lace of tiny bubbles.

Balanced nose; maybe leaning a shade in the direction of malty. Spritzing of oily pine & citrus (think lemon zest, grapefruit & orange rind) sit atop a solid backdrop of biscuit, caramel & faint notions of sugar cookie. Undertones of yeast.

This doesn't taste particularly impressive. Piney bitterness upfront with an aspirin-like astringency that moves in mid-swallow & remains until the end. Inklings of citrus are all but buried. The malts are about as one dimensional as the hops, imparting an overall toastiness.

Medium body; not too oily. Prickly carbonation (the second pour has far less carbonation & a plodding feel). Finishes dry & chalky with the aforementioned aspirin bitterness.

The astringency makes drinkability merely ok. With a few tweaks this could be an ok IPA. As it stands, I'd much rather have Vicious.

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Photo of silentjay
2.61/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

my cousin brought this, along with a generous array of beers, from MI for me for an Xmas trade. interested by the stubby bottle, but not expecting too much after that.

pours a pretty standard barely reddish golden with a generous pure white head that sticks around for a few minutes while lacing averagely.

aroma mostly of light malts, white bread (slightly toasted), biscuit, bread dough. some herbal hops and some citrus zest.

flavor is very English-styled with the malts and herbal hops taking center stage. a good amount of grapefruit, as well, but it doesnt help much.

kinda light bodied with ample carbonation and an unpleasing grainy aftertaste.

not great. goes down ok, but strong flavors don't completely mesh well for me.

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Photo of zoso1967
2.69/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

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Photo of gordavidson
2.74/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- A very deep orange/ amber with a bit of haze to it. The light orange head is thick and creamy looking. Very rich and appealing in appearance.

S- Grass, orange rind, and some soap. Pretty unique smelling to say the least.

T- Bitter orange rind, soap, and grass. I have never had anything that tastes like this. Very bitter and soapy.

M- Astringent and dry.

D- This is not really what I look for in an IPA. Overly bitter and soapy. I wish this was more enjoyable because I absolutely love the label and bottle design.

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Photo of adamette
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken 10 15 09. Poured from tap at Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor into a clean, clear glass.

A Amber color with creamy head and nice lacing. 3.5

S Smell of medium malt but also a kick of strong barley and alcohol. 3.0

T Strong amber, like an imperial amber (I did not have the benefit of the internet to see the style) but with a barley harshness that I did not like. 2.5

M Medium feel with lingering bitterness too far into the aftertaste. 2.5

D Fair drinkability with that lingering bitterness and relative strength of alcohol. 3.0

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Photo of nrbw23
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy golden amber color with a nice head. Head becomes a layer of bubbles and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smells is a bit more malty than I like. A bit of tropical fruits, but mainly piney hops. Quite a bit of bready malts here.

T- Seems like a bit of a mess going on here. Pine resin and a touch of citrus battling a medicine and stale bread.

M- Medium in body and carbonation was a on the lighter side of medium.

D- Not really what I'm looking for in my IPA's. Maybe I'll give it another shot down the road.

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Photo of enfield249
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Very clear golden-caramel color, with a off white foam. Pours two fingers worth of foam, and settles to a thick covering that stays with the beer. I like the little bottle that it comes in as well.

S - Not much. Can't really smell anything.

T - I think I didn't smell much because all the hops were bittering, and no aroma. Tough to pick out one hop flavor that stands out, but I would have to go with medicinal.

M - Medium light, astringent, cloying.

D - Really good price for an IPA at $1.89, but hardly a great IPA, and not a very good one from Michigan.

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Photo of Cresant
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of bigkingken
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had some trouble with the pour on this one. It was overly carbonated or something, because the first bit to pour was nothing but foam and continued to have trouble with a large amount of head. Hazy deep copper in color with a giant beige head that refuses to subside. Large hop aroma on the pour and afterwards. After the pour, a strong yeast aroma. Wonder if something is a bit off on this one. Taste is a bit off too. Not picking up much of a hop or malt profile. The basic notes are there, but I can’t pick up on any of the nuance. I’ve had it before, so I know it should taste a little different. But for now…

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Photo of TCHopCraver
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
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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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Single purchased at Ale, Wine & Spirits of Powell. $1.99. Dated FEB 1411 so this is pretty fresh.

A- I just reviewed Vicious and this beer looks very, very similar. Lightly hazed, rusty orange with a

S- Pine sap is the first thing you notice as you raise the glass. Other than that there isnt much else but a hint of buttery malt and some citrus.

T- Eh, very strange. Harsh pine sap and rough citrus sit atop a buttery malt foundation. The finish is bitter and vegetal.

M- Initiating Hyperdry, Captain!

D- Not bad, not great.

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Photo of output01x
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (Bottled On JUN 27 11) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that recedes after a few minutes to a decent dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a translucent honey amber with a fair amount of slow-rising carbonation bubbles. Some light lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

Strong pine hops and citrus hops combine nicely. Sweet, bready malts are noticeable in the background, but are shadowed by the dominant hops.

Sweet, grainy malts start the sip with piney hops following quickly after. A decent bitterness comes with the hops flavor, but does not present itself fully. Furthermore, the bitterness comes in to the experience at the same time as the hops and fades quickly, as opposed to being a lingering aftertaste.

Medium bodied with light carbonation, this beer is drinkable, but not by a whole lot. A severe lack of carbonation makes this beer stagnant in your mouth and a little tough to swallow as it warms up.

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Photo of BuckyFresh
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from an 11.5oz bottle into an oversize wine glass. Beer is fairly clear with a deep golden/amber color. There is a large creamy head that is kind of yellowish in color. Good head retention and significant lacing.

Smell: Fairly bitter aroma. Floral hops and citrus fruits are quite prominent. Malt and bit of alcohol are also present to a minor degree.

Taste: There is some pleasant hop flavor here, but the taste just seems a bit out of balance. There is a lot of bitterness, but not much in the way of malt richness. The bitter flavor transforms into a sour puckering sensation as time progresses.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium-bodied, but considering the bitter nature of the Ale, I think that there may have been a little too much carbonation for my liking; it may have added to the dry, biting character as previously described. The bitter aftertaste also lingers a bit too long.

Drinkability: The drinkability is alright, and I think that the beer is pretty close to being a decent IPA, but with the balance as is, I don't think it's a beverage I could tolerate more than one or two of.

Very cool bottle design and a fair attempt for North Peak, but there are many other IPAs I would buy before this one. A couple of tweaks and it's a beer I might give a second go though.

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Photo of samie85
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours an orange, amber color with two fingers of white head.

S-Pineapple and pine with some honey and caramel.

T-Pineapple and pine with light caramel notes.

M-Medium and effervescent with a dry finish.

D-This one uses a hop profile that I'm not terribly fond of, but other than that this is a decent beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours amber with an off white head and some light lacing. The nose brings out some very light citrus and pine hops with a bit of caramel malt in the background. Taste is of very light hops with some caramel and semi sweet malt. Feel is medium with light bitterness. Overall, just an average beer.

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Photo of MBbeerking14
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Coming once again from the cold north, Traverse City MI, is Diabolical India Pale Ale

Pours a majestic copper gold, and is quite hazy. The smell is that of strong pine and hints of floral hops that emanate from this gem. Bitter is an understatement, and its devilish name is symbolic of the punch that it gives. To the tastebuds it is both refreshing and abrasive, but has a nice smooth aftertaste that overflows with hoppy goodness. Pours a medium head, and the taste is reflective of the smell.

Drinkability: This is a solid IPA from the folks in Northern Michigan, but is not a beer that could be drank in an quanitity (unless one wanted to end up on the floor with a headache the next morning). Happy drinking!

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Photo of DrDoitchbig
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a few shades darker than I'm used to seeing with an IPA. It's a sort of uninspiring middle ground between ruby red and a muddled brown color. The one finger head had a yellow hue to it. It retreated to a cap before I could take a sip and left no lacing.

Smell: Floral hops that have a spicy twang to them. I can't quite put my finger on the exact spice that I'm picking up on, but it almost seems somewhat medicinal. There's also a bit of cloying alcohol hiding in the background.

Taste: Again there's the same mysterious note of spice. It doesn't have the same medicinal quality of the aroma though. I'm getting a toffee flavor from the malt buried amongst the forest of hops. I feel like there is something lacking here. The hops have this dull droning bitterness to them. There is no bite to them, no crispness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, mildly under carbonated. Slight coating resiny slick feeling.

Drinkability: There's just not much that would make me come back to this IPA. Not when there's such a plethora of superior offerings, including many that currently take up residence in my fridge.

I can't help but feel that something got lost in translation here. I'm fairly confident that North Peak is new to bottling. This is blatant assumption but this beer could be a different monster on tap. The building blocks seem to be here, but there is this roped off feeling about it all. Everything just seems held back and dull.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-amber with one finger of rich and creamy light tan head.

Aroma of citrus and grassy hops, malt, and an almost plastic-like note.

The taste hits you with a bitter twang of grassy hops and burnt malts. Not too pleasant.

Medium bodied, slick, and lightly carbonated.

A fair IPA from the folks at North Peak. This could work if they'd dial down the bitterness and bump up the hoppiness a bit.

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Photo of Beejay
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A hazy medium brown. Head is off white, and looks nice, though it dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Nice hop aroma. Grassy earthy and pungent. There is a hint of something in here that I am not necessarily a fan of. I can't quite pin point it though. Something in the finish.

T: Hops right up front. There is some grapefruit and grassy flavors. Solid bitterness, with a touch of tropical fruit as well. All in all, I want something a little more.

M: Medium in body. Carbonation is a little on the high side.

D: Good but not great. It just doesn't deliver the hop flavor I wanted. There is also something I can't put my finger on, mostly in the smell, but it follows through to the taste. It's not bad. It just isn't amazing either. I am glad I had the opportunity to try this.

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Photo of Boozeisfood
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was very interesting because of the name "Diabolical" and the IBU/ABV number (666)
It wasn't just an ordinary IPA for me, i loved it infact. It had the regular color, the regular smell and a 1&1/2 finger head on it. I just did really like the taste. It was real good and i get it quite often. I have no problem drinking the whole six in a 3-4 hour sitting, don't get tied of the taste like i have with previous beers. Try this stuff out it's a treat and it's from Michigan if your'e from here aswell you will appreciate such a good beer coming out of this state.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: golden orange color. almost clear but just a touch of haze. a finger or so of a whitish head that leaves behind a spotty lacing.

Smell: grassy/musky aroma. resiny hops, maybe some citrus. sweet malts

Taste: again dominated by a grassy, musky taste, that is slightly bitter. hops are there but almost tasteless but slightly citrus. good amount of caramel malts

Mouthfeel: fairly light, a little bitter and a little bit sweet

Overall: ehhh. with all the ipas out there this one falls way short for me. too much grass and musk rather than nice hoppy flavors.

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Photo of shivtim
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a little bottle (red stripe style) of this while visiting Michigan. Poured into a pint glass.
Slightly hazy orange/copper. Dense off-white head that sticks for a while.
Nose is good. Lots of grapefruit. Fresh hops. Malts waft through.

Taste is astringent hops. Malt is lost. Some citrus flavors, but not much balance. Slight metallic flavors.

Average IPA.

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