Catty Wompus - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Treyliff on 05-26-2014

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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by Treyliff:
Photo of Treyliff
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Boned on April 18, 2014, poured into Devils Backbone Snifter

A- pours a bright and clear golden color with a one-finger creamy white head that retains long after the pour with bubbles continuously shooting to the top. Head eventually settles leaving behind some nice lacing, very nice

S- fruity hop aroma up front gives notes mango, papaya and pineapple. Peppery spicy notes with aromas of earth and must

T- fruity hop flavors follow the nose with flavors of pineapple and papaya, peppery spice kicks in mid-palate with some earthy notes and a kick of bready malt, leading to a dry finish with more fruity hops

M- medium body and medium carbonation lead to a foamy and creamy mouthfeel, with a creamy and smooth finish

O- nice fruity IPA, although it didn't have that classic phenolic taste that I like in Belgian IPA's, it was still quite enjoyable

More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in D.C.
Deep amber body with a somewhat small and weak head.
Nice aroma with hints of honey, spices and soft fruits.
Both the aroma and the flavor are less hoppy than expected for style. This seems to have only some Belgian yeast; at least the signs evident in the flavor and aroma are more subtle than strong.

O: not bold but distinct and moderately appealing Belgian Pale.

Photo of Beejay
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful dark yellow color, with a somewhat small white head.

S: Light and fruity, with notes of pineapple, and citrus. Quite a lovely smelling brew.

T: Fruity, with wine like notes. Some light citrus with berries. There is a little bit of an herbal and honey finish, the herbal is light and doesn't take away much of the sweetness.

F: Medium light in body with assertive carbonation.

O: Overall a nice treat with a little Belgian flare. For me this brew would be great when I wanted a Belgian tripel, but didn't want want a 9+ abv beer. Tasty.

Photo of obywan59
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant clear golden orange to orange amber with a 2 1/2 finger whitish head that recedes leaving a ring around the glass and a film over the surface. Little lacing.

Aroma of Belgian yeast with fruity hops. Ripe citrus and mango or maybe cantaloupe. Nice spicy yeast.

Sweet caramel malt with fruity overtones here as well. Hints of ripe cantaloupe and citrus rind. Lemony tart with a pronounced bitterness.

Pretty crisp and medium to medium full in body. Almost a bit fizzy. A considerable drying aspect that makes it seem as if the beer is more sticky than it actually is.

The taste and mouthfeel seemed a bit weak at first, but then showed definite improvement after I'd been at it for awhile. Quite a good beer. I'd definitely try it again.

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I liked it, but not sure I would seek it out again.
More Belgian than IPA - spice and fruitiness up front. Rich and sticky mouthfeel. Not as bitter as I would expect from an IPA, except for a little grapefruit note on the finish.

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden-brown, and clear. Head was a thick finger of off-White foam that quickly faded, leaving little trace behind.

S: Biscuit. Pear. Faint spice. And some hay.

T: Fairly sweet and malty up front, with medium grain flavour. The sweetness lingers as tart apple joins in. There's also a distinctly grassy taste late, as the hops bitterness starts to pick up.

M: Thin and moist, but nicely carbonated.

O: Not my favourite offering from DB, although not bad. It just seemed the mixed styles didn't blend seamlessly -- some hybrids work well, this one was just OK.. I'd say yes to another, but only if someone else was buying.

Photo of sommersb
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 06-26-2014
Freshness: Not readable
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

Clear and golden beer with lots of streaming bubbles. The head is tall and white, with very good retention and a fair amount of lace. Hop aromas are more akin to grass and hay than citrus (as their website indicated). Other smells have a lemon and green grape aspect that remind me of a white wine. The Belgian yeast strain also lends some spices to both the smell and taste. Bitterness is moderate, with a highly carbonated mouthfeel. Flavors are split between the spices and hop bitterness. Finishes fairly dry and spicey, with some piney bitterness as well. Not what I'd call my favorite style and not one I review often, but I did I enjoy this sample.

Thanks to Treyliff for the extra!

Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear orange gold color with good head and minor lace. Aroma is slightly grainy at first, bits of yeast and dry hops and hints of fruit and caramel sweetness. Medium bodied but gets sticky at times, fuller body from yeast and has sweetness coming from a little bit of caramel malt and tropical fruit. Balance is held with bitter, citric like hops. Also touches of spice to go along with hops. Not a bad beer but just doesn't nail any particular style.

Photo of argock
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle. No obvious freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Very clear light amber with 1-finger of big-buggled, frothy head that fell quickly and left no lacing. (3.25)

S: Aroma is pretty light for the style with a little bit of tart Belgian yeast character but mainly herbal, floral and orange and lemon citrus hopping with some pilsner malt with a little toasted note in there. (3.25)

T: The flavor is a big improvement with a nice crackery pilsner malt base with a nice toasty note to increase the complexity and a touch of honey sweetness in the finish. The hopping is herbal, orange and lemon citrus, and a little bit of floral and spice too. Bitterness is low-medium. Yeast character is there with some tartness but is muted, and that's not a bad thing at all. No alcohol noted. (3.75)

M: Mouthfeel is a bit sticky but the body is light-medium with medium carbonation. (3.5)

O: Not a bad but subtle Belgian IPA. It kind of treads the line between Belgian IPA and Belgian pale ale. Nice beer but nothing too notable.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a beautiful amber color, with a head that's a finger high and white in shade. Retention is absolutely terrible - I think the head lasted 5 seconds, max. Minuscule lacing is left behind. The lower score is for the lame head and clarity (I don't like perfectly clear Belgian-style brews).

S: Thanks to the pitiful head, the aroma is quite weak. Nor is it really that "Belgian". Having said that, what's there is quite nice. There is a pleasant fruit note which blends nicely with the biscuity malts. None of those annoying band-aid phenols are to be found, either.

T: The first flavors are really nice. Tons of fleshy tangerine, apricot, grapefruit, and white grape to start. Initially, the finish isn't very good, blending the annoying band-aid phenols I didn't miss on the aroma with plenty of biscuity malts. Key word being initially. The back end improves drastically after a few sips, losing some of the negative phenolic notes and gaining some of that lush opening fruitiness. Not bitter in the least - I have to give DB some props, they did a decent job of pulling out some fruity hop flavor without the bite.

M: For a Belgian-style ale, it's too sweet and (dare I say?) too heavy. I'd even suggest it's more of a sipper than a chugger. The powerful carbonation gives it some drinkability, however, and the full body puts a damper on the fizz being too harsh.

O: The flavor is the best part of this beer, and really, that's what matters. Ultimately, it's a good beer, but it's also about as Belgian as me after eating a plate of french fries (fun fact: french fries are actually a Belgian invention!) It could still use a couple tweaks, but I'd gladly drink it again.

Photo of hops202
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/22/14 - Consumed 5/30/14

A - Nice clear golden hue

S - lots of Belgian yeast, bread and malt. not too much hops.

T - bitter hops, yeast, bread, slight hint of honey and fresh cut grass. Some sort of faint earthy taste I cannot place. Bitter and sweet mix on the finish.

M - certainly medium bodied, but goes down fairly smooth.

O - a decent Belgian IPA done right here in the Common Wealth of VA.

Photo of StoutHobbit
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Deep honey color, good head that disputes to a lacing
Smell: Floral with hints of fruit, strawberry and traces of lemon
Taste: Herbal and hoppy, with a fruity back and citrusy finish. A complex beer a couple tastes changes the game for this one
Feel: Fresh and forward taste
Overall: to quote my friend "A damn good brew"

Photo of Tilghman
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

A nice very drinkable Belgian style IPA, but there are others I simply prefer. Oh well, variety is the spice of life. Still a nice IPA with a cool name.

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