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Eight Point IPA | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Eight Point IPAEight Point IPA

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by CrellMoset on 11-27-2008

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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 765
Photo of OldManMetal
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This buck-themed IPA is a moderately hazy, slightly effervescent gold beer with a giant, pebbly off-white head that leaves fair bands and caverns of lacing; head retention is modest. The aroma is a light, undifferentiated pineapple/citrus aroma. Up front, the palate is dominated by a style-medium earthy bitterness, with hints of pineapple; mid-palate the malt foundation begins to manifest as modest bittersweet nutty notes and a bit of a bready character, tempering the bitterness a bit. The back of the palate shows a boozy undercurrent that is pretty significant given the relatively low ABV. The finish is fairly bitter and quite astringent; the linger is a considerable earthy bitterness that lasts for a good while. Mouthfeel is on point for the light body, and the texture is slightly creamy and prickly from some enthusiastic carbonation. The light, non-distinct aroma and one-dimensional flavor make me think that this particular beer is past its prime, suffering from hop fade, but given the lack of a code date this is just speculation. (16 oz can, no code date)

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Photo of bft1
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I live in VA. Have had their lager multiple times. Awful. Had the IPA on tap few months ago and thought it was pretty good. Decided to give these folks another chance and bought a 12pc on sale. Drinkable but not great. Pine, resinous aftertaste. Weird. Still can't figure how this brewery does so well. Then again I don't know why there is an Applebee's in every town either....

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brown bottle "BONED" on "03.02.16" poured into a clear glass. Amber with an orange cast, creamy head with some durability. Piney and floral hops dominate the nose, not sharp, a fairly mellow blending. Taste more sharply hoppy, true to style with hops popping out after a second or so. Mouthfeel clean, a bit astringent, but also a hint of creaminess. Overall, a solid IPA but with so much competition, not exceptional.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, pours a clear orange-gold. A finger of white head leaves ample lacing. Smell is grapefruit, orange and pine, with some backing malt. Tastes the same, with substantial bitterness, which I personally like. Medium feel with good carbonation. Overall a very nice IPA .

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Photo of thebeers
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale orange-tinted gold with strong white head and decent lacing. Muted aroma with sweet malt and a little pine hops. Fairly malty up front in the taste with a bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Pretty middle of the road.

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Photo of KidDoc
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Medium copper color with nice head and decent lacing. Subtle aroma. Decent balanced flavor with nice lingering bitter finish. I would have no problem drinking it again but would probably not go out of my way to seek it out

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.66/5  rDev 0%
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 dingy and unpleasant, 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 -39.3%
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 +3%
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 -10.1%
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 +8.2%
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 -9.6%
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 -13.1%
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 +9.3%
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%
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 -9.3%
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 -4.4%
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 -3.3%
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 +2.5%
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 +3%
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 -72.7%
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 -4.4%
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 +9.3%
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 -9.3%
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 +10.1%
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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Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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