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Eight Point IPA - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Eight Point IPAEight Point IPA

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133 Reviews

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 735
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 31.34%
Wants: 15
Gots: 171 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Reviews: 133 | Hads: 735
Photo of SLeffler27
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazy (SRM 6-8) amber with a fluffy white head that reaches three inches before slowly receding to an off-white, rocky pillow, leaving thick patches of lace on a Cisco fisheye pint glass.

The aroma is dank with herbal pith similar to damp pine straw. Some alcohol fumes with warmth bring out grain similar to WASA crackers and caramel.

Quite bitter with grain flavors, again similar to WASA crackers. Lots of pine resin, but no citrus. Earthy and dry throughout. The finish is long, dry and bitter, putting a pall over the tongue. Overall the flavors are muddy. Warmth brings out caramel.

Smooth and soft with a full body. Astringency and carbonation are modest, while the alcohol is as expected in this very dry beer.

Eight Point is a different take on the style. It kind of feels like a dreary, cold, humid, drizzly day. This beer should be paired with a bold, rich and creamy cheese.

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Photo of bonterra69
2.22/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 is bottle poured into a tulip glass. This one is not well balanced - too bitter overall and lacking freshness. Appearance is Nice clear and golden. Aroma initially floral and citrus. But then a hint of something not so fresh. Hits the palate completely bitter and finishes even more bitter. Missing notes of freshness and not well balanced.

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Photo of drtth
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear dark amber color with a 1/2" ivory head that slowly recedes leaving patches of lacing and eventually creates an island of foam on the liquid. Sipping creates lots of small speckles of lacing. By the end of the beer there's still lots of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass and some thin patches of foam remain on the surface of the liquid.

Aromas include a definite presence of some caramel malt, some pine and some herbal notes.

Flavors include the strong malt backbone with the herbal and piney hops present but not in charge.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with light crispness from the light carbonation. The finish begins about mid-way through as the malt backbone and sweetness disappear into earthy bitterness on the back of the palate that then fades and dries away, inviting another sip.

This seems an interesting IPA and while I've enjoyed trying it the beer doesn't really stand out from the field for me and so I'll not be going out of my way to have another. On the other hand I'd not turn it down and would be willing to have another.

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Photo of rjd722
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pours a hazy orange-yellow color, big three-finger foam and nice lacing. The foam dissipates to about one-finger and lasts for a while.

Aroma: Primarily English malts with a backdrop of citrus (grapefruit and slight lemon zest).

Taste: Malts and peppery, bitter, hops form the flavor profile. Minimal citrus, less than you'd expect given the aroma.

Feel: Lingering bitterness and astringency finish the experience on the palate. The bitterness really does last a while and it's probably more harsh and unbalanced than I would typically go for.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Orangish amber in color with a nice crisp off white head that last a really long time. Smell is mild for an IPA but pleasant none the less. Maybe the mildness is due to a sinus issue I got going on. Very typical IPA but also very good. Lot's of grapefruit flavors with a wonderfully bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp. Not earth shattering but this is a good solid IPA. I look forward to having this one in the future.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear golden color with a 1" white head. Mild retention, pretty good amount of lace.
Smells of earthy hops with a small amount of piney hop present.
As said in a previous review, taste is a bit muddled and unbalanced. Bready malts and some bitterness but just kind of all over. Not meshing well.
Feel is rather light and somewhat crisp. Bitterness disappears before the finish.
Overall, I grabbed this just to try it. Probably wouldn't grab this again.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I think I'll avoid the courtesy of giving this one a proper review. It looks serviceable, clear light copper with maybe 1/2" of white head that disappears in an instant. Lacing & retention are poor. It smells malty with only a trace of piney hops & tastes harsh & unbalanced. The feel is about average. As an overall IPA, this is pretty bottom-tier.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant copper gold under a 1” white foam cap that dissipates moderately fast. Produces medium levels of lace. S: Tropical fruit, citrus, mint, vegetal. Hop aromas medium to medium high, malt aromas low, clean fermentation character. T: A light, fruity sweetness starts the drink embellished with traces of caramel. It has medium to medium low malt and a clean yeast character. Medium light fruit hop flavor. Medium high bitterness with an assertive, lingering bitter finish with a slight astringent aspect. F: Medium to medium light body, medium carbonation O: An assertive, hop forward bitter elixir.

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Photo of Bruvar
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle this was not my favorite IPA. The smell and initial flavor is pretty thick and malty but also very bitter, hops were present but were a bit hidden in the flavor of this beer. To me it had no standout flavor, but I know plenty of people that like it and will give it a second try at some point.

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Photo of hman43
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It is a clear golden color with a full white head. It has citrus aromas. It has flavors of citrus, pine, and floral notes. It is moderately bitter on the palate.

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Photo of jimdalton
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear copper. About 1 inch head with some moderate lacing.
Odor: Malt with some subtle grapefruit notes.
Taste: Predominantly smooth malt flavor up front fading to citrus/pine/floral hops at the end.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body with moderate carbonation
Overall: Devils Backbone Eight Point IPA is great for those who prefer malty, bitter IPAs with a little more subtle hops, which deviates from the very upfront hop flavor found in other IPAs.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

10/7/15 Marriott Bethesda

Pours orange yellow with ok head and ok lacing. Maybe a little above avg.

The smell is a little malty which at first made me think it was a little old but the date on the bottle was 7/30 so shpd still be on the hoppy side and not malty aged IPA.

The taste is a very dry hoppy taste and feel. There really isn't any distinct flavor but it's more of a bitter dry hop taste. The overall feel isn't that bad but ion for more notes of anything in an IPA.

Just a slightly below avg IPA. Don't care if I ever have it again.

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

The Eight Point is a decent more English style ipa. The beer poured copper clear with thin white head that is leaving some lace. The scent is bitter.....the taste is bitter through the drink. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its good.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear golden orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium sized medium thick patch surrounded by a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith, citrus/orange rind, and pine hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of grainy + caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of cracker, grainy, and caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, citrus/orange rind, and pine hops which imparts a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy upfront with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: I found this one to be pretty enjoyable though a touch sweeter than some of the other IPAs that I have tried. I like the more aggressive citrus bitterness from the hops in the flavors of this beer. Easy to drink and one that I would grab again.

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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 tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a nice golden color with a good head that leaves nice lacing

Smell: Piney and herbal hops

Taste: More piney and herbal hops, good bitterness with nice cracker and grain malts to balance it

Feel: Medium body with good carbonation

Overall: A good IPA that I'm glad to have where available

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Photo of qchic
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
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 Zach136
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden body, white head, solid retention and lacing.

Aroma: Medium intensity pineapple hop aroma.

Flavor: Hop dominant with flavors of pine, and pineapple from the nose. A hint of slightly overdone toast.

Mouthfeel: medium+ body, low apparent bitterness.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of PaulH67
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
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 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!

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of PaulBenjamin
3/5  rDev -18.3%
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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Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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