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Eight Point IPA - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Eight Point IPAEight Point IPA

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128 Reviews

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 701
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 31.34%
Wants: 16
Gots: 151 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

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: 128 | Hads: 701
Photo of brentk56
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
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 TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, light caramel coloring with a steady flow of carbonation throughout and a filmy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of toast, tangy caramel, and subtle bitter notes. Light nose. Flavors are roasted and sweet forward, with a toasted and piney hops character throughout. Slight pepper spicing, with a solid caramel presence to keep a sweet overall feel on the palate. The bitterness definitely builds towards the tail end of the palate. Smooth, mid-bodied that is kept light by the carbonation. Great lacing left along the glass as you drink. Well crafted. The aftertaste is bitter and spiced, with a slick, smooth, slightly dry finish. Tasty beer, and it feels heavier than any of the characteristics or ABV would lead you to believe. Very nice.

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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 flagmantho
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium golden hue with no haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam with an OK lace.

Smell: lightly malty with a little bit of toast and some floral, soapy hops. Reminds me a little more of an APA than an IPA, but it's not bad.

Taste: much like the aroma, there's a big dose of floral/soapy hops followed by a drier, toasty malt. Bitterness is relatively low. Not bad, but it definitely doesn't blow me away.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a well-integrated carbonation and a decent creaminess. Here's an area where this beer really appeals to me.

Overall: tasty enough and certainly drinkable, this beer doesn't necessarily inspire me. I think it might be better called a regular pale ale with its particular flavor profile.

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

From 64oz growler filled at the brewpub to Jackie O's stemmed tulip on 7/10/11
*From notes

A: Fair golden hue. A careful pour yields a 1.5 finger head with a nice ring of white lacing.

S: Slightly earthy with a large amount of bittering hops.

T: Very pleasant and approachable. Slightly floral, though it's primarily bitter from the mid to finish. A firm and tasty malt presence lightens the mood.

M: Solid. Creamy and rich for a 5.9% ABV brew. This is quaffable stuff.

O: Devil's Backbone Eight Point IPA is an expertly assembled AIPA that's really easy to put back. Everything you'd want from the style is here, sans some tropical fruit character. If you're looking for a maltier, slightly English style IPA, look no further.

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Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
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 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 avalon07
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A lot of hops in the aroma, with some traces of fruit and malt. Pretty standard for an IPA.

T: Tasted of hops (a great deal of them), some malt, fruit (grapefruit), and a little caramel. The hops content gets a little wild at times - it may be too hoppy - but this isn't a bad flavor. Solid enough.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a bitter finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is a decent IPA, but it doesn't necessarily separate itself from others of the style. Still worth a shot.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 06 July 2012.

A beautiful crystal clear sun-kissed gold, this beer is capped with a thick, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose is pretty good too! Plenty of lemony, floral and perfumey hops are present, along with a modest fruitiness. There is a softness to the hop nose that really does bring to mind a fresh hop beer, especially in its delicate earthy and minty notes. No malt character is present.

The palate opens with a soft bitterness, a blend of earthy, lemon rind, dusty and doughy malts and a moderately fruity hop profile. It feels like the yeast does add a touch of fruitiness as well. The earthy and perfumey notes work really well together. No real malt character is present, but there is a little cotton candy and aromatic honey present. Lightly bitter on the finish, this beer is light in body, quenching and refreshing. The carbonation is soft and gentle too. Rather excellent IMO, this is in some ways an English - American hybrid.

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Photo of Durge
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Carpool Bar find in Herndon, VA, this IPA shows a clear amber color with a decent white head that leaves a generous lace. The aroma notes very subtle citrus and dusty wheat, pretty weak but not offputting. The flavor speaks up with a little more "backbone" including a grassy hop over a caramel malt base. The hops are definitely adequate and the balance works well as you work through this medium bodied brew with delicate but adequate carbonation. Drinkable, refreshing, reasonably hoppy. Not a disappointment and definitely worthy of a try.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium golden color with a huge, just off-white head. The head is thick and beautiful and has wonderful retention. It eventually fades however to give a great level of lacing.

Smell – The smell was a wonderfully sweet and lightly hopped smell. The sweetness was of a nice mango aroma mixed with caramel and some citrus. The hop aromas were of an earthy and grapefruit aroma, which complemented the sweet quite well.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and very lightly caramel sweetened base. At the start there are hop flavors of an earthy and pine nature. As the taste advances toward the middle a grapefruit hop flavor combines with the earthy and pine hops. This bready and hop flavor takes the taste to its finish. In the end a very long lasting bitter earthy and pine hop flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beer is very chewy with a nice creaminess and a slightly below average carbonation level. The creaminess and chewiness is great for the bready and hop flavors and makes for a great feeling brew.

Overall – While the nose is deceiving in its sweetness, it is a very nice feeling bitter IPA. The hop aftertaste is one of the longest lingering I have had for such a low abv brew and is rather pleasant. A very nice IPA.

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Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.