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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Reviews: 157 | Ratings: 525
Photo of Blackop555
3.64/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of WoodBrew
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Korbynlehr
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

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Photo of gopens44
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
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.


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Photo of Texter
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.64/5  rDev 0%
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 -3.6%
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 -1.4%
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 +13.5%
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 -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 spacecake9
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
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 +3.6%
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 +8.8%
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 Raime
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
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 +16.8%
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 +1.4%
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 +1.9%
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%
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%
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 -3%
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 -5.8%
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 +5.8%
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 +5.8%
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 +22.8%
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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Diabolical India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 525 ratings.
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