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Eight Point IPA - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Eight Point IPAEight Point IPA

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BA SCORE
83
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499 Ratings
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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 8
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CrellMoset on 11-27-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Sammy, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Thorpe429, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -17.8%

nmann08, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
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

brentk56, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Texasfan549, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9.6%

kjkinsey, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

GRG1313, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

oberon, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

TMoney2591, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Kegatron, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

oline73, May 16, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -17.8%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

mdfb79, Jun 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -17.8%

beernads, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Gavage, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

oriolesfan4, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

woodychandler, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

orangesol, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

wrightst, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Huhzubendah, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

BillRoth, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

smakawhat, Jun 21, 2012
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Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.