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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
84
good

117 Reviews
THE BROS
81
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Reviews: 117
Hads: 660
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 16
Gots: 127 | 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

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 117 | Hads: 660
Reviews by Mattyb79:
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a clear medium golden with a sticky half finger white head that left a broken thick ring of lace behind as it settled very slowly.Lighter leafy and citric hops in the nose,more leafy than anything,a bit of toast and caramel malt as well.I really like the subtle hop complexity to this beer,almost every quality of a a hop comes through in the flavor profile.Apricot and mango notes along with leafy/minty flavors that meld into a grapefruit rind flavor,all over top of a caramel biscuit base,it's even a little boozy for how "small" iot is.A pretty solid IPA from the commonwealth to the north,pretty complex and flavorful. (643 characters)

Photo of woodchipper
2.94/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of supa0525
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jonphilipp
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of nesielheum
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of HerbMeowing
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold, with minimal head and low carbonation. Taste is citrus rind, husk, and light malt backbone. A well crafted sipper. I have other American IPAs that I prefer, but this is solid. (189 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of virinow
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Appears a copper clear hue with a big white head, this brewed down in VA...the hops have not evolved to the east coast to the point where they have on the west coast. No worries, I'm glad to try an IPA from VA...especially one that features a badass depiction of an Eight Point buck. Aroma has a nice citrus, hints of grapefruit/lemon notes with a sweet biscuit malt base that's about it on the aroma, but solid overall. Flavor has alcohol notes that collide with the hop notes, big grapefruit/citrus peel, fruity quality with a bit of fusel alcohol notes. Medium bodied oily textures, hot finish from the alcohol lingering bitterness. So many smoother IPAs with twice the hops out there, but this is a fine beer that I'm willing to trip on...on my way to beers like Three Floyd's Permanent Funeral or Zombie Dust. It's the growing pains of having a craft revolution, imagine though for some folks down in VA, this may be the closest beer to them with actual hop expression we will see how this brewery grows and develops beyond this introductory IPA. (1,051 characters)

Photo of JMY5000
3.6/5  rDev -3%

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle date stamp indicates bottling In June 2013: about 6 weeks ago.

Pours a clear, light amber with a generous, thick and very durable head.

S: Quite hoppy, as expected for a recent vintag IPA, The piney and citrus components are strongest, buth there are some earthy and herbal notes too. Some malt shows as well.

T: Hop forward, as expected, but if anything more hoppy than expected.

M: Smooth, medium+ body with good carbonation. Clearly above average for style.

O: A bit too piney for my taste but recommended. (531 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcbeers
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (1,314 characters)

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Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.