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Eight Point IPA - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

117 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 117
Hads: 666
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 16
Gots: 131 | 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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Reviews: 117 | Hads: 666
Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (189 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 (302 characters)

Photo of qchic
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (1,314 characters)

Photo of PaulH67
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of Pantalones
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
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! (2,395 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of PaulBenjamin
3/5  rDev -19.1%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of ordybill
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the Hooters in Chester, VA.
Aroma- Has a strong hop aroma with some citrus tossed in.
Appearance- Pours a fairly clear golden color with a large white head.
Taste- A real big hop flavor with some malt added.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate to heavy carbonation, has a big hop finish.
Overall- This is a good example of a very hoppy IPA, i enjoyed it. (403 characters)

Photo of adapt313
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of BMFR1811
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
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 (425 characters)

Photo of ctjoumas
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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. (270 characters)

Photo of ChestSplitter
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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. (345 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 12oz bottle poured into a tumbler with a mostly clear golden body. A white head forms to just over one finger with pretty good retention. The frothy cap falls to a medium ring leaving a few big sheets of lace as well as spots and webs.

S- Mostly zesty citrus hops with bitter orange peel and grapefruit coming to mind. Yeast is just about clean and there is just a hint of fresh cracked base grains.

T- Bitter citrus zest driving the flavor and carrying over nicely from the aroma with grapefruit and orange in the forefront. A resinous pine element opens up with some floral notes as well. Just a hint of malt sweets for me with a clean yeast profile.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a smooth creaminess and a crisp overall feel. Carbonation is puffy and smooth at a fairly high level. Finishes with a medium-high bitterness especially for 5.9%.

No gripes about this one from me. Delivers a fairly bitter, aggressive citrus hop profile atop clean yeast and just a tad of malts backing it all up. (1,000 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (1,218 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
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 (336 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was recently on a vacation with my wife and her family visiting some of her extended family in Virginia and there was a Wegman's located close to the hotel we were staying at so I went in there and grabbed some singles of beers from Virginia breweries that I have never seen in Cleveland before (or anywhere else that comes to mind for that matter). This is one of the ones I grabbed. Poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours quite a clear, medium golden/copper color with a bit of an amber hue. Has a nice enough looking head that is about 1/2 to 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured and that settles to a fairly thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice surface coating film layer of foam and pretty solid lacing on the inside of the glass. Aromas of grapefruit and piney hoppyness followed by a hint of some caramel malty sweetness. I found the aroma to be underwhelming overall though. Not pungent enough for me. The taste is pretty much the same, only stronger than the smell, with some mild caramel, bready/biscuity, malt sweetness on the front of the tongue that gives way to big hop flavors with citrus and pine notes on the back of the tongue. While not overly bitter by any means, the citrus and pine hop flavor certainly is the dominant one here. Has a crisp and smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the manner that a well crafted beer ought to be!

Eric (1,446 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz

Pours clear amber with sudsy white head.

Smells of biscuit malt and piney hops.

Tastes of biscuit malt with a touch of honey and piney hops.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A pretty good stronger IPA that is just a tad boring but drinks easy. Worth a try. (305 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of Gregaroo
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update:

7-20-2015 - Not sure when or where I had this the first time. This time we were at Sam Snead's Tavern in Hot Springs, VA. On tap here and served in a chilled pint glass. Nice VA IPA served at an historic location the first night of our stay at The Homestead. It somehow tasted so much better tonight! (309 characters)

Photo of slusk
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: pours amber with a nice persistent thin white head. Fair lacing.

S: Hop forward as expected. Mostly pine and a bit of citrus. Some grapefruit and a touch of onion/garlic aroma I'm guessing from summit or possible simcoe late hopping. Hints of caramel malt are definitely in the mix.

T: Pretty much matches the aroma, nice complex floral and grapefruit hop flavor with an ever-so-subtle onion flavor I the background. Caramel malt comes through nicely but takes a back seat to the hops. Bitterness isn't overwhelming but adequate and balanced to the hop flavor. A short bitter aftertaste lingers along with some bready flavor in a relatively dry finish

M: medium light body, clean mouthfeel, not harsh at all.

O: I like this IPA. It's lighter on the bittering hops and shows a very good use of multiple hop flavors. I'm not a big fan of overusing the onion/garlic flavored hops, but I do like a bit in the mix with some brews. This is a prime example of this. It adds a level of complexity that balances well with the malt and bready flavors on the backend. Overall a well done IPA. (1,088 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Eight Point I.P.A. has a thin, off-white appearance, a somewhat hazy, orange appearance, a few stray, ascending bubbles, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, white bread and grapefruit hop resin. Taste is of upfront bitterness, resin, grapefruit, sweet, white bread, and some sugariness. Mouthfeel is on the medium side, and Eight Point I.P.A. finishes mostly dry and pretty easy drinking.

RJT (411 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (819 characters)

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Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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