Diabolical India Pale Ale | North Peak Brewing Company

BA SCORE
82
good
526 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kegger22 on 12-20-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
526
Reviews:
158
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.09%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
105
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 526 |  Reviews: 158
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Champagne Cellars. Very heady lacey orange coloured body. Slightly pleasant aroma. Median mouthfeel, a tad creamy. Very very drinkable tasty C hop orangey IPA. Just a drop astringent in those last drops of the bottle.Kiss of sweetness refreshing. Very good.Drying aftertaste,

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/13/14.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid, slightly earthy citrus forward hop presence all around.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think this one is real underrated here on BA. I mean, this is an interestingly hopped, crisp and clean, drinkable ipa that is outstanding when fresh. to each their own though I guess. this pours a crystal clear lighter shade of bronze, with a fluffy white head, pure in color and long lasting. the nose is fruity and citrusy hops in equal proportion, with a mix of English style and American barley malt. the caramel factor is low, but its there in aroma and taste, giving a little body and a little class to this otherwise hop heavy brew. the flavor balances nicely between the different hop varieties, bouncing between sweet and bitter and fruity and oily and pungent and mellow. its kind of an all in one brew, stagnated in such a way that all aspects can be enjoyed in isolation. maybe too discordant for some? I liked the punctuation, and I found its feel to be majorly refreshing. medium body, maybe just under, upbeat carbonation, and a crispy finish. magic when ice cold, less impressive as it warms up. give this a try, its something a little different and I liked it a lot.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at Boston's Bistro & Pub, Dayton, OH

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down and left a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has light to moderate aromas of pine resin hops. There is a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA isn't overly bitter and isn't that difficult to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy amber color and a modest head that fritters away, leaving just a few shards of lace

Smell: Grainy and malty, with a touch of pith

Taste: Opens with a caramel flavor that moves in a bitter pithy direction by mid-palate; finishes with a grainy bitterness though considerable malt sweetness lingers as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I prefer a drier, more citrusy IPA; this is a bit more like a very hoppy amber

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/20/2013. Pours moderately cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, lemon zest, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a fair amount of malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, wheat, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, and bread on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of bright citrus/floral hops with a moderate malt balance; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA! All around good complexity of citrus/floral hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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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 jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer, thanks to everlast223 (reddit).

Pours a nice creamy pillowy 2 finger head that fades at a med to slower pace and leaves nice soapy lacing all over the place, a super hazy murky orange-red colored beer that even seems to block the light.

Nose is very fruity, fruity hops everywhere, mild tangerine and clementine citrus, hint of grapefruit, fruity bubblegum, little apricot and stone fruit, hint of pine and sap, mild spicy hop, and into candy malts with a little syrupy note, caramel candy.

Taste brings sweet malts at first, a little candy like, syrupy candy with a little caramel. Then hops come in big, spicy and chewy right off, quite bitter too, with an earthy note. Hops bring a little fruit but not nearly like the nose, hint of stone fruit and fruity bubblegum, into a mild pine and sap too. I also get the slightest hint of a buttery diacetyl feel I think, it's the slightest bit but I really think it's there. The finish is sticky and fairly sweet still, hint more buttery diacetyl, but a big chewy spicy hop that seems to linger forever, touch of orange rind too.

Mouth is med bod, lots of fluffy carb.

Overall not bad, the nose was good, appearance great, taste was OK but the hops turn a bit meh, spicy and chewy rather than that nice fruity flavors, and that hint of diacetyl I think turns off a bit. Otherwise nice.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A VERY foamy pour eventually yields a hazed copper color topped with a thick dollop of frothy white head. This maintains a sudsy looking finger or so, leaving back sticky lacing that coats the sides of the glass. The aroma smells leafy and dank with some pine thrown in, which is undercut by an underlying tangy mix of green grapefruit and tight grainy sweetness. Maybe just a smidge of warmth then undercuts that a bit.

Grapefruit and pine give the taste some zestiness across the tongue, which is brought down a bit by a combination of softer fruit accents and the light sweet doughiness of the malt before finishing with some lingering resins and pith on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp with some underling slickness and a bit of alcohol warmth on the tail-end. Overall it’s a little over carbonated which isn’t surprising at all considering that big foamy pour.

Despite the over carbonation and this not being the freshest bottle of IPA I’ve ever had, I still though that this was pretty decent. It had some quality hop flavors to it and came off as being fairly well balanced and easy drinking as well. I’d be willing to explore a fresher bottle of this down the line sometime.

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

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber with a nice one inch head that formed on top. Decent retention left behind a nice quarter inch layer of sticky lace behind.

Nice citrus/pine blend of aromas balanced against a sugary grain back. Good balance between the two actually. The level of the aroma was also quite decent as it was not hard to pick up or discern between the different smells. orange peel like bitterness that hit pretty quick in the front. Once you moved past that a touch of lemon perhaps, pineapple or grapefruit started to shine through and mixed in with more of a fresh cut grass. A touch of earthen like malted grains balanced out with a candy like sugar. Very nice, not too bitter or overall hoppy on this one, just a nice well balanced IPA.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of womencantsail
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sending me this one, Mike.

A: The pour is orange in color with a small white head that fades away quickly.

S: The hop aroma is slightly floral with a little bit of bread. There is a strange apple note to the beer as well as some grassy hops and a mild skunk. The back end has a bit of sweet malt.

T: Starts off with semi-sweet bread and malt. The beer is only somewhat hoppy, especially for an IPA. The same green apple, grass, and just a touch of sweet citrus. There is only a mild bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: Pretty lackluster, underwhelming IPA. I wasn't a big fan of this one.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 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 PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Diabolical India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 526 ratings.
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