Eight Point IPA - Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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Reviews by TechTriumph:
4.25/5 rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From notes on 03/31/12:
No freshness date, but straight from the restaurant/brewery; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
A - Standard pour yields almost overflowing two inch off-white billowy head with excellent retention; Dark gold to light copper in color with a crystal clear appearance; Nice clumps of lacing left all down the glass
S - Notes of potent pine resin, a bit of sweet citrusy fruit, and floral qualities; Just a subtle hint of caramel that takes focus to find amongst the hoppy notes
T - Loads of fresh pine with a touch of apricot-like fruit and a bit of pepper; Floral-like sweetness steps forward just a bit for most of the taste; Fairly mild wave of bitterness lasts well into the finish; Very subtle caramel tasting malts - the hops certainly steal the show here
M - Moderate carbonation; Medium bodied; Pretty dry finish that leaves the mouth feeling a bit on the sticky side
O - This is certainly one of the better IPA's I've had from the state of Virginia. It brings a nice dose of piney hops with a bit of pleasant bitterness that tags along as well. For an IPA, the drinkability is quite high as I could have consumed quite a few of these and look to do so in the future. Many thanks goes out to the fine gentleman working at Devils Backbone for giving me a bottle of this after he had difficulties filling my growler. Very generous!
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2012 10:58:06 | More by TechTriumph
More User Reviews:
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Servign Type - Bottle
Appearance - Light golden tan/yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy head. Some thick, sticky lacing.
Smell - Dank, skunky hops. Some Malts, orange, grapefruit, pine. Some sour note near the finish.
Taste - Dank hops, mix with some caramel malts, and even a lager like malt starts this one off. The hops are present but a little buried behind the hops. Actually this one is closer to a pale ale with its strong caramel, and pale malt backbone. Some minor yeasty sugars, and a little spice like orange peel is also noticeable.
Mouthfeel - Pale malts with dank hops coat the tongue. Palate gets more pale malts along with a little spice kick. Aftertaste is a little malty and weak.
Overall - Decent, a nice beginner ipa. Nothing stands out with this one, and its not the smoothest ipa out there. But, it is flavorful and easy to drink. Its a step up from most from the bottom list companies like Samuel Adams and tommyknocker but nothing special.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 01:00:43 | More by wvsabbath
3.65/5 rDev 0%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 03:33:28 | More by WVbeergeek
Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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