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Eight Point IPA - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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133 Reviews

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 736
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 31.34%
Wants: 15
Gots: 177 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States | website

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: 133 | Hads: 736
Photo of Tucquan
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2010-07-18 at the brewery, on 2013-09-10 in Front Royal, VA and again on 2013-09-29 at the brewery's production "Outpost".

A - Clear, light gold with a 1 finger, white head

S - Lightly toasted grain, pine, hop cone and mild citrus

T - Echoes the smells but the grain taste is stronger than I expected from the smell. The hop aroma is very floral and the bitterness is nicely forward. The aftertaste is quite nice with a good balance between the malt and bitterness. Not much of an alcohol taste.

M - A somewhat-resinous mouthfeel with light-medium body and medium-heavy carbonation.

D - Very good. I really enjoyed this beer; especially after a long, hot afternoon hiking the hills at nearby Sherando Lake.

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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 argock
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a tapered clear glass goblet-style tasting glass.

A: Golden with nice clarity and ample, 1-finger off-white head with decent retention and skimpy lacing.

S: Big aromatic C-type hops with strong grapefruit citrus and pine hops coupled with solid biscuity pale malts

T: Hops still carry this beer with ripe grapefruit and lemony citrus notes, but the pale malts do a good job of adding heft and light sweetness.

M: Medium body but too much carbonation for the style.

D: Not a bad beer at all except for the mouthfeel with a nice layer of malt spiked by bold West Coast hopping.

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Photo of legatovibrato24
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at South River in Waynesboro, VA. Appearance is very bright with strong orange and amber tones. What a great smell on this IPA as well, strong herby and oily scents, with overtones of citrus, pine and malt.

The taste is excellent, such diversity in flavor, almost reminds me of the cascade hops in Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA. Very light feel in the mouth, but the great and full flavor really makes up for the bite of the thinness and moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a beer I could sit down and drink a growler of, it was above average and kudos to Devil's Backbone for putting out a great IPA that any fan of the genre would enjoy.

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Photo of Deuane
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Very light in color with a pale golden yellow body and a thin white head that left spotty lace.

S-On the maltier side; not a lot of hop aroma present here. Biscuit and caramel meld with a light touch of pine and citrus.

T-A fairly well balanced concerning the malt and hop play with the malt winning by a nose. Flashes of pine and citrus pop out from the base of caramel and biscuit malt.

M-Medium-light bodied sharp and rather crisp. Surprised it isnt more sweet and smooth in the finish.

D-Balanced and decently done but not my cup of tea regarding an American IPA. I can see it being more an English IPA and if so it fits better to that style. Nothing bad with this one but nothing exciting either.

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

Beer pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a nice 1 finger head that dissipates slowly. Decent lacing left in glass. Smell is of pine and citrus hops with a bit of caramel malt in the background. Taste is of pine, and citrus hops followed nicely by caramel malt notes that balance the beer out well. Carbonation if good for the style.

A good all around IPA and one of my favorite beers here. I love the fact that the beer is somewhat balanced, no hop bomb here. A great session IPA that I would not mind buying in the bottle.

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Photo of cbros
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this is growler form while I was on the mountain sking. Pours a nice starw yellow with a small white lace that stayed with each pour. A little cling to the glass was present and there was no activity in the beer after the pour. The taste is a medium hoppy taste, nothing overwhelming but in nice balance with the malt. Overall a good IPA, nothing remarkable but certainly a nice version.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eight Point IPA, 5.9% and 60 IBUs, enjoyed at the grand opening of the Devil's Backbone brewpub in Wintergreen, VA.

Appearance: A crystal clear pale yellow-bodied beer with a snow white head that recedes fairly quickly into a ring of lace and leaves a good number of snowy flecks of lacing. A decent start.

Aroma: Pine, orange zest, roasted, biscuity caramel, a few stray leafy notes. Pleasant and inviting.

Taste: A really great array of delicate hop notes - citrus that tends more towards the lighter end of the spectrum (i.e., orange zest instead of grapefruit zest), sprucey, lightly spicy pine, and a bitterness level that doesn't overpower anything but nonetheless demands to be taken seriously. All this is backed up by a not-overly sweet bready foundation. Really solid.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and medium bodied, though perhaps a little thinner than is merited given the tastes. The bitterness melds well with the crisp effervescence though.

Drinkability: Devil's Backbone's best brew of the five they had ready opening day, in my opinion - this one's just a really solid, drinkable, flavorful, sessionable (abv% is low, even for the style) IPA. I wouldn't mind seeing this one available in bottles.

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Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.