Eight Point IPA - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Eight Point IPAEight Point IPA

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 679
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 32.34%
Wants: 16
Gots: 140 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: CrellMoset on 11-27-2008

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Photo of DuffDaddy
1/5  rDev -72.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Didn't care for the IPA....
Many pints with the brewery reps visiting Winston Salem for tap takeovers at The Bull Tavern and Carlisle's. We hooked up with the reps and the distributor and they bought our drinks for the night! Great beer and great fun - lots of swag!!

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Photo of hdf561
1.84/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Bought this beer in a make your own 6 pack after hearing good things aboutt he brewery.

The smell was not appealing at ALL. The tatse was horrific very very bitter, left a horifc aftertatse and just was no very good.

I could not even finish this beer, and I usually never pour one out but this one was a no go. Gonna give IPA's a rest for a while as I just do not seem to enjoy the style. The only one I have been able to enjoy is Long Hammer by Red Hook.

Devils Backbone is a solid brewery so I hear and the 10 and 12 point IPAs as well as Vienna Lager are supposed to be great but I just know this one wasnt my style at all and I wont be getting it again.

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Photo of orcsinspace
2.42/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is one of the worst IPAs that I have ever had. I really, really wanted to like this, because I am a fan of Devil's Backbone, but this beer tastes like soap. I have given this beer several tries, but it always tastes the same--detergent-like with notes of astringent.

This beer seems like it has everything going for it until you taste it, and I know that I am not alone in the adverse reaction to the taste--nearly everyone else that I know that has tried this beer has come away disappointed. On the plus side the beer does finish well and surprisingly has no after taste at all, or at least not like you would expect. I rated the taste a little higher than it deserves, because of the cleaner finish--at least it does not punish you by lingering like a bar of Ivory will.

The mouthfeel is a little more watery than I would like, and the pungent soap flavor takes away from it. The mouthfeel is also a little sudsy, which makes it feel even more like soap.

After three tries, this beer strikes out. It brings back my days of youth when I said a cuss word, and my mother washed my mouth out. Not exactly what I would expect from a beer, much less one I would drink willingly.

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Photo of TheLostGringo
2.54/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a small Troegs Mad Elf snifter. Was a recent extra in a trade and could not find a freshness date.

A: Just a slight tinge of orange of what would be otherwise straw colored.

S: Literally no nose at all, maybe a slight hop freshness if I really buried myself in it.

T: Slightly hoppy with a bit of a cheap perfume taste.

M: Fine for the style.

O: Not real good, not offensive but certainly nothing I would buy myself.


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Photo of chilly460
2.64/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A crystal clear honey colored beer with a pure white head. Very little retention, flecks of lacing remain behind.

S: Whoa, cat piss comes to mind. Rotting vegetables maybe. Yuck.

T: Hmm, having a tough time with this, get that rotten vegetable kind of taste, hard to describe. Very earthy hops as well, not much malts.

M: Well carbonated and medium bodied.

0: Not quite experienced enough but this may be oxidized or otherwise compromised, this was a growler so it's possible.

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Photo of guityler83
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A briliantly clear light copper color with under a finger of bright white foam that quickly fell. A small ring of tiny bubbles clung to the edge of the glass and a dusting in the center.

S: Very light grapefruit, with a hint of citrus for hop aroma. A notable amount of fruity esters maybe from the yeast. and bready base malt aroma.

T: The same grapefruit and citrus flavors comethrough in the begining to provide a modest bitterness that leaves a bit of a harshness on the pallet as it washes over. Malt profile comes through with toast, caramel and toffee notes that holds the bitterness niceley but the balance is on the hop side (as it should be for an IPA). A

M: Carbonation is on the low to mild side with a light body. The harshness of the hop character lingers on the pallet after a few sips and becomes slightly oniony.

O: This boarders on a Pale Ale in modern times and with the hop flavor being similar to alot of APAs (SNPA, cascades maybe?) not a bad APA but when categorized as an IPA it falls short.

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Photo of PaulH67
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of ctjoumas
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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.

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Photo of PaulBenjamin
3/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of adapt313
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal-clear golden color. This produces lots of head, about three fingers high, and shaded barely off-white. It fades to about one finger in a short time, featuring a decently frothy texture. Nice sheets of lacing are left behind.

S: I note a lot of Simcoe hops, providing mango, melon, pine, and catty notes. Biscuity malt comes out the more it warms up. A good aroma, not an amazing one.

T: This opens with slight mango and melon notes. Touches of biscuity malt fills out the middle, before it finishes with a moderate hop bitterness, both piny and herbal. The back end in particular offers a strange grassy bitterness to it; this quality is probably why I don't like this more.

M: Good crispness, but a bit heavy in texture. This would be quite drinkable if the herbal finish didn't rub me the wrong way. Carbonation is non-intrusive.

O: While I'm thankful to see a relatively local IPA hit the market, it just can't compete with the heavy hitters in the style. There's too much weird bitterness for me to love this. Not horrible, but I wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of BMFR1811
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
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

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Photo of Kegatron
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap @ the brand spanking new Devils Backbone Outpost Brewery (Lexington, VA) on 3/9/12. Served in a clear plastic cup.

Pours a clear gold, with a thin covering of bright-white head. This stays rich, leaving back a robust cascade of spotty froth. The aroma smells fresh and floral, with notes of light spice and green citrus. Bready feeling pale malt sweetness sits along the back and keeps the focus of the nose on the hops, as I’m really digging the vibrancy of them here.

The taste has an assertive hop bite to it up front that spreads out softer citrus and a herbal feel that helps temper things a little bit. Sweet doughy malts ride along the back of the profile but are barely balancing this though, as a pithy bitterness hangs a bit too harshly in a relatively dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an initial softer creaminess that firms up in the front and then carries a steady crispness throughout the rest of the carbonation, while an underlying herbal slickness helps keep this smooth.

I wanted to like this more but that raw vegetal bitterness in the finish of this just got to be a bit too much to take to really make this enjoyable. It’s a shame too, as the look, aroma, and feel were all pretty much up to snuff for the style. I’d be willing to give this another shake though down the line and see if this progresses at all, seeing how it is being brewed now on a new system.

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Photo of ChestSplitter
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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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Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some light malts, not much going on. Taste is bitter up front, piney, some caramel malts at the finish. Decent, but nothing special. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall isn't bad, but nothing to go looking for.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden with a copper tinge, filtered, little carbonation, a finger of off white head which fades fast.

S: Animal offal, canned peas, clean linen, little hop or floral or citrus or any other ipa quality, more like a lager. Slight hint of spices.

T: Bitter white grapefruit comes to play right at the beginning, light sweetness to balance this, clean linen. Simple, but says it all at once.

M: Medium syrup and powdery balance, medium fine bubbled carbonation.

O: What was lacking on the nose comes in on the tongue, surprising you with a very good tasting ipa. Bought at Trader Joe’s Williamsburg, VA. I’ve been looking for Virginia beers while passing through, and found this amongst a few others.

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Photo of teromous
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy gold with hints of orange. Sparse white head with no lacing.

S: Catty with some grapefruit, and a rustic kind of smell.

T: Much like the scent, it has that catty tinge followed by strong grapefruit rind bitterness, followed up with that rustic bread-like tinge. It has good bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is very nice. It has enough bitterness to pinch the mouth a bit, but not enough to drive the palate into overdrive. There's a dryness at the end.

O: Overall it's a good AIPA, but it does lack a lot of malt character and the flavor is strongly grapefruit rind. I wasn't a fan of the flavor choices, but it's not bad or anything. I personally wouldn't drink it again.

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Photo of jmutoml757
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a golden, almost honey color with a one finger, off-white head, which dissipated fairly quickly leaving minimal lacing.
S-Several smells come through: I detected a peppery/spice aroma along with some lemon and faint floral hoppiness. A distinct malt aroma is present as the beer warms up toward the bottom of the glass.
T- The lemon, or some citrus, comes through, and there is a pepper note that is present. There is a pine or floral flavor present too; I assume it is from the hops. But at any rate, it has a nice hoppy bitterness that is expected in the IPA style.
M- The lemon and bitter hops sit on your tongue, but it is not too heavy. The mouthfeel is medium but nice. The carbonation is balanced and not too overbearing.
O- I enjoy this offering. It is a middle of the road IPA, but it has a nice mix of bitterness to go with the flavors. It is an IPA that would go well at a summer cookout or a tailgate.

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Photo of qchic
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice appearance, but I keep getting Pilsner from the aroma and flavor. When I reached into the fridge, I was craving an IPA. It does deliver bitterness, but only very mild citrus flavor, and the body is more IPA than Pilsner. I could also go for a more malt sweetness, which is a rare criticism from me.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a fairly hazy golden-orange color, with active bubbles of carbonation. The tall, off-white head has a frothy, densely foamy texture. Retention is sturdy, and a significant amount of lacing sticks to the top of the glass in a thick ring, with lesser ribbons deposited below that one.

S: Mild malty aromas, with a bit of caramel. Hop aromas are balanced; citric and fruity notes are most prominent, but it's not an especially vibrant nose overall. Some fainter herbal/earthy character also seems present.

T: Some sugar cookie malt flavor up front. Light caramel flavor. Hop bitterness rises quickly and lingers leisurely. Hop flavors seem equally citric (bitter rind/pith flavors, especially), herbal, and earthy. There's also a perfumey/fruity background note that never comes to the fore or fades completely.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit aggressive for an IPA. Hop bitterness also builds into near-puckering dryness, which ends almost seltzery.

D: This is a flawed, but drinkable IPA. It looks the part and has a good flavor, with enough bitterness for any hophead. The aroma and mouthfeel aren't tickling my fancy quite so much, though. They're not bad, but there are other, more rounded options out there.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a six pack of the recently launched bottle run by Devil's Backbone in Virginia, I have just a couple more of these and feel that they warrant a review. There is no date on the bottle or label, but the bottles were launched in mid March, which would put these as no older than 2 months.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Devils Backbone Snifter. Served at 45º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) An aggressive pour yields a bold creamy eggnog white head about two fingers deep with thin frothy lacing unbroken all around. Retention is above average but sticks around better than the average IPA, thickening as it recedes slowly. Lacing clings evenly at key points consistently. Color is a very hazy golden orange with peach champagne tones all around. Carbonation is abundant. This is an impressive appearance because of the head quality presentation and the depth of the color. It is nearly perfect, but the head retention could improve a tick although it's nearly there. 4.5

(Smell) Aroma is a combination of piney and floral hops, citrus notes take a back seat but are evident in small doses. Hop character donates a spicy and resiny profile to the nose. Lesser malt presence but there is an ever-present pale malt and mild honey foundation that the hops rest on. Small whiffs of lingering alcohol peek through now and then, but overall the aroma is an enthusiastic blend of hops and appealing for any hophead's nose. 4

(Taste) Taste comes through as a bit shallow, although a substantial crisp bitterness comes through in the end, there really is a limited defining front, not as much hop flavor as I had hoped for. Malts are limited, complimenting the hops but not forming a solid body. The mild spicy and resiny bitterness on the finish is refreshing and exciting but I had wished that there was enough of a flavor profile in the beginning and middle of the beer. It is sad to say that the malt subtleties of the nose carry less to the mouth, resulting in a limited flavor and a lacking body. It comes through as an average tasting IPA. 3

(Mouthfeel) Slicker than I would have thought, there is a recessed carbonation presence that keeps the texture of the beer laid back. I think it should be turned up a notch to accent the subtleties of the malt flavor. It certainly wouldn't impact the hop bitterness by much. Body is light, a bit too light. There should have been a slightly heavier body to round out the hops in this beer. Alcohol presence is light, both masked and accented by the untamed bitterness of the finish, it suggests that a bigger body could alleviate these problems. 3

(Overall) While an excellent appearance and a promising aroma can be two great attributes to a beer, it's the flavor that can severely make the grade on how well a beer is received. Eight Point IPA manages to appear as a really promising beer, but falls through on taste and mouthfeel. My two criticisms are a limited hop flavor (although bitterness is spot on) and a lacking body to balance it all out. All in all, it's a light drinking and sessionable beer, but with an excellent hop presence for those who love bitterness. I would't discount it to anybody willing to try it, but with a few recipe tweaks this could outshine some of the best year-round IPAs. 3.5

Devils Backbone Brewing Company's
Eight Point India Pale Ale

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Photo of beer2day
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Near straight gold pour with 2 fingers of near white head. Decent retention and nice lace coverage over the back half of the glass.

Nose is bread malt citrus/herbal hop mix. The hops are fairly light and don't balance enough against the stronger malt.

Hops make a stronger presence in the taste, with the same herbal/citrus mix. A bit more herbs than fruit. Finish is fairly dry, though there is a residual fruity sweetness that comes through.

Feel is surprisingly a bit on the thick side, with a nice oily hop feel.

Overall, worth a shot but not one I'd seek out again.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
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

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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