Diabolical India Pale Ale | North Peak Brewing Company

157 Reviews
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: 157 | Ratings: 525
Photo of blackcompg
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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%
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 -4.7%
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 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 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 CliffBrake
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerhan for the bottle. Dated Oct 31

Hazy reddish orange color with barely a one finger head achieved with a vigorous pour. Little lacing.

Aroma is very light but with inviting citrus notes. The taste combines citrus with spicy hops on a bready malt base.

Good body and mouthfeel. A bit light but very drinkable. A tasty IPA. I would like to try it again with a fresher bottle. This one seems like it has some potential.

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Photo of beerman207
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Saw Diabolical on the shelf at Jungle Jims and couldn't resist a beer with 66.6 IBU and 6.66% ABV. Seems like a winner

A: Pours a hazy orange in the glass with about 2 fingers head with some lace left behind.

S: Nose is lemon, pepper, citrus, and malt

T: Taste is strong citrus and a bit of pepper as well as some lingering bitterness that mellows after a short while.

M: Mildly carbonated and easy to drink

O: It isn't my favorite IPA but it certainly would make a great 6 pack to drink in the summer.

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Photo of rangerred
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a nice cap of off-white foam. Pretty good lacing.

Smells is very citrusy with pineapple and grapefruit being dominant. A tiny bit of grain is present as well.

Flavor is pineapple and grapefruit up front followed by a bit of tartness. Some earthyness and grain is present towards the finish.There is a strong bitterness throughout. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky.

The whole beer just seems a little rough around the edges. It is a little bit harsh and would probably be a one and done for me.

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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 HuskyinPDX
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a cream colored head. Two fingers, good retention and lacing.

S - Sweet malts, orange, grass.

T - Lemons, oranges, grass.

D - Good carbonation and body. Tart on the back of my tongue.

O - Sweeter and fruity. Light like a saison.

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Photo of nukem5
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice hazy amber color, with a solid tan cap of foam. nice lacing down glass.

S: Sweet malt and intense hop hit the nose immediately.

T: Taste is of the same, sweet malt and intense hop flavors wash over the taste buds. Really great balance of flavors.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a great carbonation level.

O: Overall really good offering from north peak, really like this IPA. Great flavors all over, 1 of my new favorite IPA's of the year.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. I love the funny little medicine bottle it comes in.

3.0 A: First pour was nearly asll head. It took a long ass time to get a full glass. Opaque amber brown color. Three fingers of off-white, airy froth. Retention is great, but the head itself is ugly. Some lacing left.

3.0 S: Floral and citrusy hop aroma, though the overall vibe is more earthy. Caramel maltiness with a heavy yeastiness. A little soapy. Bready from the yeastiness.

3.5 T: Taste is well balanced with malts and hops. Fairly strong caramel flavor with a strong malt backbone overall. Orange citrus from the hops with some herbal and earthy notes. The yeastiness is again strong, but it somehow works well in the taste.

3.5 M: Medium body. Surprisingly not overcarbonated (and I didn't even aggitate it much). Reasonably creamy and fairly smooth.

3.0 D: Not a bad IPA, but heavy on the yeast. If you like that kind of brew, you'll love this.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber Orange - nice two finger thick of creamy head. Good Retention.

S - Mild hoppy smell - with a little sweetness at the back end.

T - Excellent balance of hops and a faint sweet finish. This borders on a american amber ale that I could drink all night.

M - nice mild hoppy characteristics. Doesn't punch you in the mouth, but still has a little bite on the tongue.

O - I love this beer. It doesn't have the balls that a big hopped IPA does, but it has a great balance of an IPA and amber beer. I could drink a sixer of these and call it a night.

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Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I haven't had a beer that smells this much like weed in a while. There's a strong, initial pot aroma, and taste, but not enough flavor until the finishing grapefruit bite. It's not a bad IPA, and it's certainly not your average hoppy ale. Especially if you like pot.

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

Too bad there is not a category for style points - when I first saw the beer, I assumed it would be a Belgian strong pale ale, playing on the customary devil/demonic theme (i.e. Duvel). I was surprised to see it was an IPA, but 66.6 IBU's and 6.66% abv - clever.

Up front a firm bite of hops grabs hold, with some raw hops oil at the edges and an herbacious character. Nicely balanced malt with a touch of toast. Finish is just slightly rough, but not enough to be a problem.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark and hazy rusty orange-brown with small floaters. Short head with average retention.

It has some interesting scents for an ipa. There's a fruity aspect to it that includes apple and pear. The hops are earthy and there's a heavy dose of bready malt.

The taste reminds me more of an English IPA. It's bitter with a heavy bready malt aspect.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and chewey.

The scent was the best part of this beer and the taste was ok, but the malt dominates. An ok beer, but nothing I'd seek out again.

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Photo of raznug
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a deep golden to light copper with a half inch of head that dissipates quickly.
Smell: The hop aroma isn’t over powering but has a nice subtly to it. It is different from a lot of beer I can think of.
Taste: For an IPA the flavor is more malt than hops not really what I expect but maybe it is an English IPA then it would make sense.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is just like I would expect, it has the ability to not overpower but still lets the flavor linger.

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Photo of DannyDan
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber color with a thin white heaf that has good retention and very good lacing. The nose is the hops and some grains. The taste starts out with some grapefruit followed by some floral and pine hops, The aftertaste is a mix of grapefruit and pine. The mouthfeel is smooth, but also semi-dry on the tongue and cheeks. Overall this is a rather nice and very hoppy IPA that has a nice flavor that stays with you from the first sip to the last. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Fresh citrus zest up front. Light bready and caramel notes that appear in the background. Low fruity esters. Overall clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Hazy amber pour with sticky off white head. Head retention is good.

Flavor: Lots of piney and citrus-like hop flavors. Bitter orange peel is well-knit with the other hop characteristics. Very light caramel background that off-sets the American hop bitterness and flavor. Aftertaste is quick, refreshing, and bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with medium-high carbonation. No alcohol heat or astringency noted.

Overall impression: A well-done straightforward American IPA. Nice to have another MI example in Ohio. Recommended.

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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 rapayn01
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This micro-brewed beer has pleasant citrus-hop bitterness and a mild smell, but it is not an especially hoppy IPA. The color suggested a full-bodied taste experience, but its looks were somewhat deceiving. It was a nice beer, but not especially diabolical. The alcohol content is 6.66%, which suggests something more sinister.

Updated July 2015: Bottle a bottle in a mix 6 while in Michigan. It tasted ok.

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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 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 scruffwhor
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always grateful to my buddy Nate for picking this beer up from his trip to Michigan.

Light khaki head that is an easy two finger thickness. This retains to about one finger through all twelve ounces with sticky lacing. The bubbling inside this copper colored AIPA is very good.

Musty earth and orange hop resin mixed with well toasted barley bread. Caramel and bitter citric and damp earth and pines.

Smooth caramel and Wonderbread crust malt flavors mixed with somewhat musty, piney, earthy, and orangey hop bitterness. The palate is a little oily, but pretty flavorful and sessionable.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden amber, with a puffy 2.5 finger head that dissipates rather quickly.

S - Lots of piney hops with a firm malt backbone. Some notes of fruit, but seems bitter, like grapefruit

T - A decent amount of hops, but there's actually a full maltyness to this one. It's a bit smokey with a biscuity aftertaste. In fact, the aftertaste sort of tastes like the same aftertaste you get after downing a glass of milk. It's not unpleasant, just a little odd.

M - Leaves the mouth pretty dry, good bit of carbonation, a bit sticky in the throat.

Overall - I thought it was decent. The beer was a little too malty for an IPA and the aftertaste was just a little off. I didn't think anything was particularly bad, but not particularly good either.

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Diabolical India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
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