tmoreau (4818) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2009
One of a number of 11.5 oz. Grain Belt type barrel bottles brought back from Traverse City labeled North Peak Diabolical IPA. Poured to a high ball/sampler glass a clear, copper/amber color with an average, off white head and periods and commas for lacing. The aroma was some caramel sweetness, grain, and a touch of fruit esters. The flavor was malt based with some moderate hop bitterness. Not all that diabolical but a nice, smooth IPA in the English style to me. ogglethorp (919) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2009
On tap at JP Cafe. Poura clear, dark copper color with a small off-white head. Aroma is piney, malt, earth. Flavor is malt, piney hops, earthy notes. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finished bitter. Decent, nothing exceptional here. Malt forward, more like a APA than IPA. masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Poured a deep orange color with a nice head. Aroma was sharp piney hops with nice balacing malt. Taste was much the same, lots of piney and earthy hops, with a nice malt backbone, sharp bitter finish. A nice non funked beer from JP served at their new brewpub in Ann Arbor. BeerandBlues2 (14408) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 3, 2009
GABF 2009. Pours clear orange with an average, fizzy off-white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (hay, straw, cereal, meal), average hop (grass, herbs), heavy yeast (sweat, horse blanket, barnyard, earth, leaves) with notes of apple and pear. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness. notalush (5985) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2009
GABF2009 - I came to this beer expecting some kind of funky, JP style variation on this rather done-to-death style, so I was really surprised when I was greeted with a straight up IPA, and a really good one at that - as I said, we all know this style is done to death, so it is really hard to make an IPA stand out, especially at GABF, but JP managed to do it - first of all, it really is diabolically bitter and aromatic - I never though JP could satisfy the hophead in me, but it really was intense - the malts were lean and dry, really letting those hops explode onto the palate, but somehow not letting them overburden it - I don’t have much else to say - it really says something about the state of american craft brewing when a brewer does something "different" by making a solid IPA.