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Eight Point IPA - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Eight Point IPAEight Point IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

615 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 12
Gots: 101 | 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: 615 | Reviews: 119
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.

Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 12oz bottle poured into a tumbler with a mostly clear golden body. A white head forms to just over one finger with pretty good retention. The frothy cap falls to a medium ring leaving a few big sheets of lace as well as spots and webs.

S- Mostly zesty citrus hops with bitter orange peel and grapefruit coming to mind. Yeast is just about clean and there is just a hint of fresh cracked base grains.

T- Bitter citrus zest driving the flavor and carrying over nicely from the aroma with grapefruit and orange in the forefront. A resinous pine element opens up with some floral notes as well. Just a hint of malt sweets for me with a clean yeast profile.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a smooth creaminess and a crisp overall feel. Carbonation is puffy and smooth at a fairly high level. Finishes with a medium-high bitterness especially for 5.9%.

No gripes about this one from me. Delivers a fairly bitter, aggressive citrus hop profile atop clean yeast and just a tad of malts backing it all up.

Photo of rjs246
4/5  rDev +9.6%

This is my go-to for local IPAs. Consistent, hoppy, delicious, sessionable. Yes.

Photo of JR_Williamson
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

Very tasty for only 5.9% ABV!

Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's raining, it's pouring and it would be dampening my spirits if it weren't for all of the nice beers that my local, in-person trader, tone77 has dropped off for me! I inherited some horns, but they are not as big as eight-points, and I would prefer beer anyway.

My aggro pour got things going in a big way! I watched as the pseudo-cascade settled into three fingers of dense, eggshell-white head that slowly began to fall, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was a pretty Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was primarily of grapefruit-citrus hops, although I caught a whiff of some malt giving it a measure of balance. Ah, as a hophead, I could sit here and inhale deeply all night and have no regrets, but that would not further this review. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching full. The taste was very fruity in terms of its hops, but I was getting a lot of tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, papaya) to go with the grapefruit citrus flavor. Wow! I was not expecting that, but it was a welcome change from all of the oddball beers that I have been drinking lately. Finish was more tropical than citrus but it was a really tasty beer as long as you like that sort of thing. I know that I do.

Photo of hophugger
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expected a lot from this beer. While the beer did not disappoint, I was expecting a tad more. That's ok, though, this beer had a nice head and color. Head laced well. Flavor had citrus, maybe grapefruit and a nice balanced pine hop taste. Wanted a little more hop flavor, but overall a well done beer that the brewery should be proud of

Photo of neenerzig
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was recently on a vacation with my wife and her family visiting some of her extended family in Virginia and there was a Wegman's located close to the hotel we were staying at so I went in there and grabbed some singles of beers from Virginia breweries that I have never seen in Cleveland before (or anywhere else that comes to mind for that matter). This is one of the ones I grabbed. Poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours quite a clear, medium golden/copper color with a bit of an amber hue. Has a nice enough looking head that is about 1/2 to 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured and that settles to a fairly thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice surface coating film layer of foam and pretty solid lacing on the inside of the glass. Aromas of grapefruit and piney hoppyness followed by a hint of some caramel malty sweetness. I found the aroma to be underwhelming overall though. Not pungent enough for me. The taste is pretty much the same, only stronger than the smell, with some mild caramel, bready/biscuity, malt sweetness on the front of the tongue that gives way to big hop flavors with citrus and pine notes on the back of the tongue. While not overly bitter by any means, the citrus and pine hop flavor certainly is the dominant one here. Has a crisp and smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the manner that a well crafted beer ought to be!

Eric

Photo of Cylinsier
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz

Pours clear amber with sudsy white head.

Smells of biscuit malt and piney hops.

Tastes of biscuit malt with a touch of honey and piney hops.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A pretty good stronger IPA that is just a tad boring but drinks easy. Worth a try.

Photo of avalon07
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A lot of hops in the aroma, with some traces of fruit and malt. Pretty standard for an IPA.

T: Tasted of hops (a great deal of them), some malt, fruit (grapefruit), and a little caramel. The hops content gets a little wild at times - it may be too hoppy - but this isn't a bad flavor. Solid enough.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a bitter finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is a decent IPA, but it doesn't necessarily separate itself from others of the style. Still worth a shot.

Photo of slusk
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: pours amber with a nice persistent thin white head. Fair lacing.

S: Hop forward as expected. Mostly pine and a bit of citrus. Some grapefruit and a touch of onion/garlic aroma I'm guessing from summit or possible simcoe late hopping. Hints of caramel malt are definitely in the mix.

T: Pretty much matches the aroma, nice complex floral and grapefruit hop flavor with an ever-so-subtle onion flavor I the background. Caramel malt comes through nicely but takes a back seat to the hops. Bitterness isn't overwhelming but adequate and balanced to the hop flavor. A short bitter aftertaste lingers along with some bready flavor in a relatively dry finish

M: medium light body, clean mouthfeel, not harsh at all.

O: I like this IPA. It's lighter on the bittering hops and shows a very good use of multiple hop flavors. I'm not a big fan of overusing the onion/garlic flavored hops, but I do like a bit in the mix with some brews. This is a prime example of this. It adds a level of complexity that balances well with the malt and bready flavors on the backend. Overall a well done IPA.

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Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.