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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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Added by kegger22 on 12-20-2009

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Reviews: 154 | Ratings: 512
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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Photo of MBbeerking14
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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 lochef81
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up on a whim during a recent stop at my favorite beer store. It pours a handsome copper color with a thick off white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. Bonus points for the clearly unfiltered sediment floating in my glass, definitely one of my favorite attributes to any beer. The nose is somewhat malty for an ipa but has underlying notes of pine and citrus fruit. The body is a bit thicker than most ipas with a bit of chewy dry finish on the tail. The flavor is quite packed with lemon and pine hops. There is an initial citrus bite followed by a nice malt note then finishing with a bitter pine and citrus bite. This one does seem more bitter than the advertised ibu. I know its a gimmick but I give extra credit for the 66.6 ibus and the 6.66% abv.

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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 jones140
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It's good to be bad... or even evil at times. Don't get me wrong, I love God but I admit I was drawn to North Peak's creative 6.66 ABV and 66.6 IBU's as well as their diabolically different shaped bottle. This brew has a great pour and its color and aroma is unmistakeably tempting; however, this IPA left me wanting more and in my opinion really does not standout from any other APA.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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 barczar
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving minimal lacing.

Caramel malt, resin, and grapefruit form the initial aroma. Hints of lemon and pine add complexity.

Flavor reveals a bready, slightly sweet caramel malt backbone, with sharp notes of lemon and grapefruit underlying the profile. The finish is fairly bitter and resiny. Tea-like hops emerge in the aftertaste.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with a fairly harsh astringency at the finish.

More malty than most, with good citrus hop flavoring, but the finish is a bit too bitter and harsh for my liking.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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 metter98
3.74/5  rDev +3%
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 wingman14
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange with a small head that fades fast but left some lacing behind. The smell is hoppy and sweet, with some citrus notes. It tastes like it smells, hoppy, sweet, mild citrus. It finishes with a hint of bitterness, but nothing overpowering. Some malt comes through in the aftertaste and finishes sweet. A smooth medium mouthfeel, a beer done well with good flavor, but nothing that stands out as an exceptional IPA.

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Photo of Beerdanza
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm drinking out of the bottle, because it's summertime and drinking beer from a stubbie is a summertime activity. Anyway, I will pour one out and tell you how it looks and such.

Poured into a chilled beer mug. Lot's of cream colored foam. The color is a lovely orangey amber, slightly cloudy. Looks like an IPA. Smells faintly of hops, but it's very subtle when poured. In the bottle it smells of flowers and alcohol. Perfect. The head is hanging around nicely as I drink it. Overall the look and smell are very refreshing and satisfying.

The mouthfeel is very substantial. It slides over your tongue and lingers there. Definitely not a light beer. Chewy and satisfying.

The taste is fantastic. Nice bitterness from the hops, and a nice dose of the flowery, resinous flavor I like from hops. The sweetness of the malt balances well with the bitterness, but it's a very subtle maltiness. Not complex, which I enjoy on a warm summer day. The bitter and sweet flavors combine in each sip and neither overwhelms. This beer manages to be both interesting and exciting, and refreshing and subtle at the same time. Be careful! You can put down many of these in a sitting, and the proclaimed 6.66% ABV will kick your butt.

Overall, this is one of my all time favorite summer beers. It's refreshing, and flavorful, and substantial.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Dense hazy golden orange with a thick off white head, about two fingers worth

S: Pineapple hits your nostrils right off the bat. Then comes orange and caramel. It immediately becomes floral and malty towards the end.

T: floral, earthy hops immediately coat your mouth. Earthy as a fall day. Dirty oranges and thick pine dominate the flavors early. Mid mouth is where the toffee malt comes through. Dry bread. The finish is all dry pine with a decent dry hop bite that lingers ever so briefly.

M: Decent mouthfeel. Its quite easy to drink. Nothing in the way of carbonation.

O: A very sessionable IPA. Not standout in any way but something that would be refreshing on a hot day. /83

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Photo of Beerandboards
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Snub nose bottle

A - pours an amber copper color, cloudy. About 2 inches of thick off white foam.

S - piney hop, malt, not bad, but not a whole lot.

T - dense wet piney hop, lots of malt, as it warms some orange peel comes out.

M - standard. Medium carb, good finish.

O - goes down as a passable IPA. Good, nothing bad about it, actually finishes a lot like an amber. Certainly well made.

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Photo of shivtim
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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 elNopalero
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like these stubby bottles. That alone deserves a mention.

This pours with some nice foaming atop a malty orange amber color. There’s a dry straw—grassy aroma which rounds out with some orange peel notes. It’s not a particularly dynamic aroma. The flavor has a upfront bitterness with some piney and orange marmalade flavors wrapping up into a dry bitter finish. Again, nothing dynamic or exciting or worth recommending here (as in, ‘choose this over any number of other incredible IPAs from Michigan’). It’s perfectible acceptable in the middle of the road.

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Photo of Boozeisfood
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
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 Bitter_Echo
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like them all, dark and orange and tannic with a bit of haze. I slipped this in the glass, so no clue on that either, and you know, sometimes I really don't care, but some persistent foam and extensive continents of lacing. Smells really malt forward but also floral and pine and northern outdoors and cool, and some fresh hop aromas. Taste is citrus rind forward, with some gymno-notes (piney stuff), and really strong in the fresh bottle. Mouthfeel is really active, and scrubbing, and refreshing and alive and all that, and but also a bit of syrup with alcohol flavors too, but not too much of a distraction. I think this is a very good to very good IPA when fresh. I had earlier tried, what probably was a bottle long on inventory and may have been stale.

(This is a revision of a previous review)

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dang. Real distinct perfume/floral nose on this one. Flavor profile is more floral and smooth. Unfortunately, things drop off very fast after the start. No staying power on this one. The hops are all there, but it falls off very quickly and does not stick around. It's still pretty decent, imo. Just could be bringing a whole lot more; especially in comparison to a lot I've been drinking recently.

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Photo of blackcompg
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured 2 fingers of thick golden foam, slightly opaque orange amber body, really a gorgeous beer - left nice huge webbed lacing.

Smell - Mango, Huge floral hops, sweet grapefruit and pineapple, smells nice.

Taste - Great semi-sweet citrus & tropical fruits, huge floral hops, clover, natural honey - wow! Grapefruit pith and some bitter/dryness asserts long into the finish, nice.

Mouthfeel - Almost medium, so smooth - carb is on the lower side, foaming and silky, finishes just dry with a touch of pucker.

Overall - What a wonderful treat! Very well balanced, with perfect harmony of natural citrus and honey sewwtness, and ohh the floral hops - a floral hop lovers dream! Highly recommend...

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle while at Jolly Pumpkin brewpub. Pours a light golden color with a big frothy head, lots of fluff and bubbles. Aroma is mostly pine bitter, some light grass. Flavor is a floral pine on the palate, some nice bitterness, and a clean crisp dry finish. Slightly dry mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation, and pretty easy drinking. A very nice, easy to find brew.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Diabolical India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
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