Eight Point IPA - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Eight Point IPAEight Point IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

115 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 115
Hads: 650
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 16
Gots: 113 | 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: 115 | Hads: 650
Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 5/24/14 on vacation in Williamsburg, VA. Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a plastic cup in a hotel. Already drank two quarts (64 ounces) at Chowning's Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden with a thin white head.

Smell: Light citrusy hops and thin malt aroma.

Taste: Nice light hop bite. Not terribly bitter, but enough. Pale ale malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin and no strong aftertaste.

Overall: Fairly light for an IPA. More in line with most standard pale ales. Not bad at all, a good choice whilst in Colonial Williamsburg. (576 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Servign Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan/yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy head. Some thick, sticky lacing.

Smell - Dank, skunky hops. Some Malts, orange, grapefruit, pine. Some sour note near the finish.

Taste - Dank hops, mix with some caramel malts, and even a lager like malt starts this one off. The hops are present but a little buried behind the hops. Actually this one is closer to a pale ale with its strong caramel, and pale malt backbone. Some minor yeasty sugars, and a little spice like orange peel is also noticeable.

Mouthfeel - Pale malts with dank hops coat the tongue. Palate gets more pale malts along with a little spice kick. Aftertaste is a little malty and weak.

Overall - Decent, a nice beginner ipa. Nothing stands out with this one, and its not the smoothest ipa out there. But, it is flavorful and easy to drink. Its a step up from most from the bottom list companies like Samuel Adams and tommyknocker but nothing special. (962 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,051 characters)

Photo of themind
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Underrated! this IPA is really enjoyable. Crisp carbonation, good hop profile and very good drinkability. How this is at its current ranking is beyond me, that said if people only go by ratings...thats more for me. This is a hidden gem and a top notch IPA. It's not a hop bomb, it's not a pine blast, it's just good! If you get a chance grab this easy drinking brew, sit down and relax.

Bottom Line: Very good brew! (416 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale golden amber in color, with a nice white head on top.

S: It smells like a cool spring breeze drifting across an orange orchard. Citrus peel, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. There is almost a slight yeast aroma, and a little earthy bitterness in the end.

T: Nice and hoppy, a bit of orange peel from the smell comes in, but the flavor definitely has some resin and grapefruit in it. A touch of caramel rounds out the finish with some earthy and spicey hop notes.

M: Medium body, the carbonation is probably on the higher side of medium slightly drying finish, and a lingering bitterness.

O: Overall this beer is pretty good. Solid bitterness, good flavor, and enjoyable. (688 characters)

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

S: malty, good hop aroma, light smells. Sweet smelling. Biscuity. Melon smells

A: Transparent. One cm head that took about thirty seconds to dissipate

T: Lightly bitter. Nicely hopped without being overwhelming. Malty breadiness room's it the flavor profile well. Really well balanced

M: Nice carbonation, with good bite. Carbonation lines on the Tommie are swallowing.

I like this beer. It's a nice way drinking IPA with some flavor and Bure. Nothing sets it apart, but it also represents the style well. (510 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of mpyle
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Rich golden color, brilliantly clear. Big white head, creamy and long lasting.

Piney hop notes make it up through the head, some fruity/citrusy/orange aromas as well. Not overpowering with aroma, but the aroma is delicious.

Wonderfully complex hop flavors balance out some malt sweetness. Hints of pineapple and orange. Hop bitterness is present, but is exceptionally clean. Finishes with a nice soft, lingering bitterness. Flavor wise it may be straddling the APA/IPA border.

MF - Medium body and carbonation. No astringency or warming.

Overall - A really nice hoppy American ale. The hops used work together very nicely, and create an eminently drinkable beer. Not overpoweringly bitter - guessing a good chunk of the IBUs are achieved from later hop additions. (769 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of guityler83
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A briliantly clear light copper color with under a finger of bright white foam that quickly fell. A small ring of tiny bubbles clung to the edge of the glass and a dusting in the center.

S: Very light grapefruit, with a hint of citrus for hop aroma. A notable amount of fruity esters maybe from the yeast. and bready base malt aroma.

T: The same grapefruit and citrus flavors comethrough in the begining to provide a modest bitterness that leaves a bit of a harshness on the pallet as it washes over. Malt profile comes through with toast, caramel and toffee notes that holds the bitterness niceley but the balance is on the hop side (as it should be for an IPA). A

M: Carbonation is on the low to mild side with a light body. The harshness of the hop character lingers on the pallet after a few sips and becomes slightly oniony.

O: This boarders on a Pale Ale in modern times and with the hop flavor being similar to alot of APAs (SNPA, cascades maybe?) not a bad APA but when categorized as an IPA it falls short. (1,022 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled not quite two months ago.

a: Clear, bright golden color; pours with a medium sized sticky head.

s: Spicy, herbal hops with just a hint of pithy grapefruit. Sugar cookie maltiness.

t: Kind of English in character. Spicy, earthy hops that leave a medicinal tingle in their wake. Sugar cookie and light toffee malt sweetness.

m: On the heavy side for a relatively small IPA.

o: An okay IPA, plenty of better options out there though. (443 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from a six pack from the meadows of dan gstore.

A - pours a clear orange with a pale white half finger head.

S - grapefruit, pine, sea salt

T - more of the same. There is a hint of sweet malt that lurks beneath.

M - above average. Good balance between crisp and smooth.

O - first time I've come across it, so I thought I would give it a go. Overall, a decent true to roots IPA. (394 characters)

Photo of nortmand
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Could be a bit more brilliant in color. Light orange, closing in on dark yellow.
Resinous pine aroma overtakes a forward pungent grapefruit. Excellent. The stuff of dreams.
Front flavor matches the aroma. A huge burst of resinous hops balances to nice smooth grapefruit. The finality is a bitterness that is a bit too resiny and full. Could use a bit more balance, which explains the light color.
Fills the mouth, but not cloying. Lingers, but doesn't ruin.
Excellent beer from an excellent brewery. It's fair to say that DB is the best, if not the most exciting brewery in VA. (577 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a nice clear gold, one finger of foamy white head, medium lacing.
S - Smells of burnt caramel malt, rye, some toasted grains, a little floral notes, some darker earthy hop tones to it.
T - Malt up front, at first its a tad sweet then evolves rapidly into a bitter rye like taste with some floral hop notes coming out, but its very acrid, almost soapy in taste.
M - Too bitter in a bad way, that weird flavor lasts too long.
O - Not an American IPA by any means, for sure and English style with too much dark soapy rye like bitterness to be really enjoyed. (588 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
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 (637 characters)

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

single from the Caboose, Ashland

a: single bottle into a wide chalice, the beer is an attractive golden amber in color, topped witht a healthy layer of white carbonation that shows decent retention and some light lace, a swirl of the glass brings out a full, creamy head

s: bready pale malts make up the base, with a mild caramel addition - I much prefer things this way...cleaner and drier, citrus peel and young pine combine with some juicy tropical notes (passionfruit) to form a very pleasant hop aroma - not particularly aggressive or pungent, but very well balanced, and solidly into ipa territory

m: carbonation on the lower end of moderate, delicate and creamy, body around the lighter side of medium

t: the flavors here are similar to the nose - hop notes of citrus and green pine with a lightly malty character and sweetness, bitterness grows from light to full in the finish

o: a really solid, good ipa overall, that could stand some tweaking but does well for itself as is

4, 375, 4, 375, 4 (1,008 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone is a great IPA. Clean, hoppy and pretty dry.

A: Yellow colour and a 4 mm head that lasts very well. 4.5

S: There is a kinda pear flavour along with piney hops. 4

T: Malty with tangy grapefruit hops. Again, I taste pear for some reason. The finish is dry. 3.75

M: Nice and foamy. 4

O: 3.75 (330 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Last bottle of a six pack from the brewery.

Bright copper body. Slight chill haze. Two fingers of white foam breaking down quickly. Busy carbonation streams. Minimal lace.

Citrus nose, featuring plenty of apricots. Fresh and clean.

Firm semi-sweet malt base, but it neves rides solo. From the first sip a truck load of citrus jack-knifes on the tongue. Bitter snap follows quickly. Dries out the mouth in the afterglow.

Somewhat prickly mouthfeel.

A solid tasty everyday IPA. (481 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Crystal clear golden body with a big fluffy white head.

S- Piney hops come through very nicely, with a nice citrus around present as well.

T- Nice wave of piney hops up front, followed by some sweet malt presence. Finish has the piney hops coming back in with a dash of malt and citrus.

M- Smooth and drinkable. Medium carbonation, medium body.

O- A very good IPA. One you could drink a few of. (403 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +3%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal-clear golden color. This produces lots of head, about three fingers high, and shaded barely off-white. It fades to about one finger in a short time, featuring a decently frothy texture. Nice sheets of lacing are left behind.

S: I note a lot of Simcoe hops, providing mango, melon, pine, and catty notes. Biscuity malt comes out the more it warms up. A good aroma, not an amazing one.

T: This opens with slight mango and melon notes. Touches of biscuity malt fills out the middle, before it finishes with a moderate hop bitterness, both piny and herbal. The back end in particular offers a strange grassy bitterness to it; this quality is probably why I don't like this more.

M: Good crispness, but a bit heavy in texture. This would be quite drinkable if the herbal finish didn't rub me the wrong way. Carbonation is non-intrusive.

O: While I'm thankful to see a relatively local IPA hit the market, it just can't compete with the heavy hitters in the style. There's too much weird bitterness for me to love this. Not horrible, but I wouldn't seek out again. (1,115 characters)

Photo of Budinetz
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into a thistle glass...

Appearance - Light amber in color and has decent head retention. THick white head that stays for a good 7 minutes. I did pour pretty aggressively...

Smell - Sticky sweet, resinous hop aromas enter the nostrils with this one. An earthy hop smell, with a citrus finish

Taste - Pretty well balanced I.P.A. if you ask me. It is only clocking in at 5.9% which leaves room for another immediately following. The hop flavor is not as overwhelming as some other I.P.A.'s I have had, but it definitely has great character.

Mouthfeel - Very Light body, with a sticky, lip smacking hop finish. It has a smoothness about it as you sip it and it almost seems like a pale ale, until you are finished swallowing and lick your lips....then all that hop flavor presents itself in full swing.

Overall - A really drinkable, flavorful I.P.A. unlike any other I have had in a long time. My mouth is still craving another and my taste buds are not destroyed. An interesting I.P.A. that keeps me yearning for another. (1,043 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

More like an English IPA than an American. Still well-crafted and worth a try. Pours a completely clear, dark gold color with a good sized white head. Head retention is good. Rings of lacing around the glass.

Aroma is fairly subdued but both bready malts and grassy hops are noticeable.

Taste is good. Straightforward bready malts and grassy hops, nicely balanced and flavorful. If you are only looking for a hop bomb, this isn't it, but it is tasty and refreshing all the same.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a good amount of bitterness. Very refreshing and light enough to quaff more than one. or two.

Overall a pretty solid offering as a balanced IPA. (651 characters)

Photo of KevinK441
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Average color for an IPA, light orange. Head disappears pretty quickly.

S: Nothing overwhelming here but it's not faint either. Smells of pine and grapefruit.

T: Nice amount of bitterness up front with a good hop balance, bordering on a pale ale more than an IPA.

M: Medium body mouthfeel which makes this very drinkable.

O: Maybe a bit biased here but I'm very pleased I can get this beer anytime I want a solid IPA and want to buy local. This beer is very drinkable and refreshing and quite sessionable as well at just about 6%. (537 characters)

Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.