Eight Point IPA - Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +9.6%
On tap at the brewpub last weekend.
Pours a moderate golden-copper color with a two-finger white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose says right from the start that this is going to be different from most American IPAs. It has a nice herbal and earthy quality that is bordering English-style. It almost reminds me of a wet-hop ale with the type of spice it has going on. The flavor is no different, bringing a nice herbal feel and a good bitterness to the finish. Well done.
07-20-2011 11:28:21 | More by Thorpe429
3.56/5 rDev -2.5%
Appearance: A gusher from a 12 oz bottle - not something you often see; pours clear, with the amber liquid capped by a modest head that leaves a few splashes of lace
Smell: Herbal and piney with a strong base of caramel malt
Taste: Malt forward, with caramel tones establishing the base in a big way; herbal/piney hops layer on top and linger through the finish but this is quite a malty beer
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation - not sure why it was a gusher with this mouthfeel
Overall: Tastes more like a malty amber ale than an IPA and certainly rather English in style; not bad if that is the type of beer one likes
09-15-2013 22:54:24 | More by brentk56
4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
11-19-2012 00:53:41 | More by oberon
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.
Eight points? What is this, some sort of octagonal brew? Regardless, it pours a clear golden straw topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises ruby red grapefruit, coconut, pine needles, and caramel. The taste holds notes of pine, watery citrus, and a firm hunk o' caramel. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda creamy feel. Overall, a decent IPA, a bit on the malty side, but still pretty good.
07-11-2010 02:59:51 | More by TMoney2591
3.65/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-09-2014 03:33:28 | More by WVbeergeek
3.1/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
03-13-2012 17:10:18 | More by Kegatron
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
From 06/26/12 notes. Picked up a 6er of this at the Whole Foods in Clarendon for $9.99. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of pale malts, citrus hops, fruity malts. Nice but not as hoppy as I was expecting.
t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, pale malts, grains, wheat, floral hops. A little more hoppy but not better, better taste than nose.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness at all.
o - Overall a decent local IPA. I liked the taste quite a bit, but would have liked more of a hop presence in the nose. Would have it again.
06-27-2012 14:16:51 | More by mdfb79
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
Appearance: orange in color with a 3" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Some spots of lace develop on the glass.
Smell: orange citrus and floral hops are easy to detect by the nose.
Taste: caramel, big floral bitterness, orange, and some hint of pear. Bitterness is not overbearing but nicely balancing.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is short lived.
Drinkability: this is an IPA anyone will enjoy. Refreshing and satisfying, this is a beer you should seek out.
08-20-2010 15:19:46 | More by Gavage
4.01/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
08-13-2014 02:28:03 | More by woodychandler
District of Columbia
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
On draft in Georgetown.
The beer is clear and golden with an inch of white head. The aroma brings bitter hops, pine, a touch of floral character. Certainly a hop forward offering with ample bitterness throughout, finishing dry. Alcohol presence is noticeable and I was surprised to find that this beer was less than 6% ABV. A decent offering and example of the style, but not something I feel I need to have again. A middle of the pack IPA with no distinguishing traits.
08-18-2013 01:55:40 | More by Huhzubendah
4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A real gorgeous truly crystal clear body of orange and bronze pale amber with slow rising tiny carbonation, and no cola bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass. Three finger deep off white head, totally uniform with pin head size, huge retention and not going anywhere. This beer is nearly perfect. Heck I'd score it 5 if I was in the right mood.
Nose is a soft toasty sweet malt, with mild hop pine. Incredibly toasty sugar action on this, giving a very malt toast presence with a simple hop if subdued hop presence.
Taste seems turned down. Even the malt action on this seems subdued from the nose, but it's still a nice toast aroma of sweetend toasty burnt brown sugar. Hop angle comes towards finish with a tiny pine action. Mouthfeel is simple and really subtle but strangely doesn't add much to the brews taste.
Overall it's a good tasting beer, but not a hop seekers IPA. It gives me the impression this brewery is about malt than hops, I would like to really try their Vienna Lager after this having had Gold Leaf.
06-21-2012 01:49:11 | More by smakawhat
3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
12oz bottle poured into my Terrapin glass. It poured golden amber in color with two full inches of frothy head covering the top. Very good lacing on the glass as I drank it.
The aroma seems to have a pretty nice range variety of hop flavors to it. Earthy, herbal hop flavors come together with some juicy, citrusy ones. I get a little grapefruit, pine and orange to it. Moderately bready with a little caramel sweetness to it. Pretty good aroma overall.
The taste shows a little more of the caramel flavors, giving it a bit of a candied orange like flavor when it mixes with the hoppiness. Pine, grapefruit and a bit of a herbal quality all come out in the hoppiness. It's definitely got a pretty noticeable, but good malty base to it as well. Some bitter citrus rind lingers into the finish.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it's a pretty good tasting and easy drinking beer, but it just doesn't really stand out in the style for me. I have really enjoyed a lot of DB's beers on my trips down to the brewpub, this one though I just don't think stands out among it's direct 6 pack IPA competitors in this market.
06-16-2012 20:28:20 | More by billab914
Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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