Eight Point IPA - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Eight Point IPAEight Point IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

644 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 16
Gots: 111 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CrellMoset on 11-27-2008

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Ratings: 644 | Reviews: 128
Photo of Jeffreysan
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, golden, amber color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic. Strong aromas of bready, biscuit-like toasted malt, caramel and brown sugar, black pepper, coriander, orange zest, and finally, citrusy, floral, grassy, piney, hops.

Taste: Pretty nice, actually. There is quite a bit of floral, grassy, piney, citrusy, resin-like hops up front, slightly bitter, but not too bad, followed by a good toasted malt backbone and spices of black pepper, coriander, orange zest and maybe a touch of saffron. Finally, there is a touch of caramel-like sweetness to help keep the slightly bitter hops more or less in check.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely effervescent as there is quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.9%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a decent IPA, at least to my palate, which admittedly, isn’t too fond of IPAs. It’s a hoppy, bitter beer, but not too far out of balance. I would prefer more malt and sweetness to keep the hops more in check, but alas, it doesn’t have that. Hop heads should really, really like this beer though.

Photo of Dringus
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad, just nothing special.

Photo of PaulH67
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Everything about this beer is good and within "style" for the most part. Nice color, smell, mouthfeel (mostly), etc. Taste, however, is a different story. Not a whole lot of malt character, nor any presence of late hops, American or otherwise. Only a harsh bitterness, much of which tastes like it comes from improper mashing/sparging. Once again, a
disappointing beer from the "award winning" Devil's Backbone.

Photo of Husky
4.56/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice balanced IPA at a great price.

Photo of reedmn
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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Photo of keywestgourmet
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good for a local brew - sold cheap in MD stores.

Photo of Maxbier
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Light golden pour with white head. Lemon grassy hop aroma. Taste: plenty of citrus bitter, sweet honey malt. Piney finish.

Photo of Pantalones
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Third and last bottle from the variety pack; bottling date is March 6th, 2015.

Pours a light golden/yellow color, much nicer gold once it's in the glass. Very clear, with lots of little bubbles rising up and a pretty significant head of fluffy just-barely-off-white foam, which gradually shrinks away into a coating on top and a ring around the edges of the glass, which hangs around for quite a while. Looks pretty nice!

Smell is not especially strong (especially as IPAs go) -- it's a bit faint actually. But what is there is definitely leaning more toward the hoppy side, a bit of a leafy and piney sort of thing.

Taste is similar to the smell, but noticeably stronger. There's some piney hops, a bit of a grain/bready (maybe almost cracker-like?) malt flavor, and a noticeable bit of leafy/bordering-on-spicy hop flavor and bitterness on the end. A bit of a fruity sort of flavor as well, coming out more in burps than when drinking, though it's present when drinking too (just definitely takes a backseat to the piney/leafy/bitter aspects.) Could be better, but what's there is not bad at all.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Possibly the most repeat-drinkable IPA I've tried so far, including some "session" IPAs -- the first time I had this beer I went ahead and had two, actually, which is a bit of a change for me since with IPAs I usually stop at just one! I'm having a hard time describing exactly what's so nice here, but I'm definitely liking it -- it's lighter than a lot of other IPAs but at the same time doesn't feel watery at all, with a bit of a pleasant fizziness, and nothing about it comes across as harsh even if I take a bigger gulp than usual. Mouthfeel is probably my favorite feature of this beer.

Overall, pretty good -- taste and especially smell could be improved upon (the smell is definitely the weakest feature, just doesn't smell as noticeably "hoppy" as I'd expect an IPA to) but what's there isn't bad... the look is nice, and the mouthfeel might just be my favorite of an IPA so far. It's a bit different from other IPAs in that area, I suppose the lower ABV (a lot seem to be 6-7% with some reaching even higher, while this one is 5.9%) might have something to do with that. And it's ridiculously easy to find in this area, both bottled and on tap, and usually for a decent price -- so I'll most likely end up having many more of them in the future!

Photo of HattedClassic
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a nice appearance. The head has a nice look with white small bubbles covering the surface as it clings to the glass. The beer itself is a clear medium gold.

The beers smell is a bit simple and very hoppy with very little malt sweetness. The hop is kinda of a musty, floral, and earthy hop. The malt also comes out as a bread note.

The taste is the same as the smell. The hop is a floral and musty note but the malt is a bit sweeter. There also apparently is a metallic note in the aftertaste from the water, which isn't bad.

The mouthfeel is a bit light for the beer type. While the feel is smooth, the beer has a slightly watery feel to it. However, it is still a bit refreshing.

Overall, a decent IPA and worth getting. The overall experience is nice at a very good price with excellent availability in Virginia.

Photo of Nishriver
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really nice balance with hints of floral and a lil citrus. Very refreshing and not overly powerful for an ipa. Very smooth and clean.

Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Very sudsy, lots of stickage on the glass. Bright deep golden hue. Pithy aroma with piney and herbal overtones. Assertive bitterness, smooth with a slightly creamy body. Dry cracker-like maltiness, grainy with a hoppy citrus pith and rind flavor. I can see the balance here, a good IPA overall but no real wow factor. Most certainly worth a go as it could be a go to beer for anyone that likes hops.

Photo of PaulBenjamin
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent enough IPA. Good hop taste, not too watery, smooth finish. Good beer for those who either don't know IPA's well or have had bad ones in the past.

Don't take my "3" the wrong way. I use that to denote beers I do like, but just don't stand out from most. Would definitely buy again in a pinch.

Photo of ordybill
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the Hooters in Chester, VA.
Aroma- Has a strong hop aroma with some citrus tossed in.
Appearance- Pours a fairly clear golden color with a large white head.
Taste- A real big hop flavor with some malt added.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate to heavy carbonation, has a big hop finish.
Overall- This is a good example of a very hoppy IPA, i enjoyed it.

Photo of Lettsgo3
4.48/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A great go to beer for all

Photo of adapt313
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The look of this beer is the most appealing thing about it. The smell is just very basic ipa, nothing seems to stand out. First taste is rather nice but then it lingers and not in a good way. Almost soapy. Very average ipa, nothing terrible but far from great.

Photo of Csikic93
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special just a typical run of the mill ipa.

Photo of BMFR1811
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Oh the ipa fad- everyone making money by selling ipas and trying to separate the over hyped, the good, the mediocre and the bad. I got this as part of a mix and match 6 pack of different dc area brews when I was recently visiting the area. Just a kind of "bleh" ipa. Not Really an ipa, more of a pale ale. No real aroma, no discernible hop flavor, just kind of bleh.

I love me some ipa's but wouldn't try this one again

Photo of ranchosdancingbull
1.09/5  rDev -70.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

It is exactly like having your mouth washed out with soap. Not in a good way.

Photo of MattR2014
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Liked it better on draft then bottle

Photo of BltByKrmn
2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Below average all around, not something I would drink again.

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled thirty nine days ago.

Photo of ctjoumas
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Clear, light copper color. Smell is slightly of pininess but not very strong. Taste is an earthy hop flavor with an aftertaste of a cheaper beer actually...almost as if it's a session ipa. Overall a lighter ipa with decent flavor but nothing I'd go out of my way to get.

Photo of Samb2323
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%

Malty / musky taste - below average American style IPA

Photo of Jaredy89
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Good hop flavor. This is what I like in an IPA.

Photo of ChestSplitter
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Just had this for first time yesterday
Bottle into a glass
Color is gold
Smell is citrus hops
Taste is mostly hops. Not so much malt balance here, but does not devolve into dish soap.
Mouthfeel is not oily or heavy in any way
Overall, if you want a good hop bite in a beer that is lighter overall and therefore session material, this isn't bad.

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Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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