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Eight Point IPA - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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120 Reviews

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 679
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 32.34%
Wants: 16
Gots: 139 | 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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Photo of slusk
3.79/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.


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Photo of flagmantho
3.57/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of obywan59
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Almost clear and golden in color with a 2 finger off white head which dissipates rather quickly but leaves some nice lacing. Pretty decent carbonation.

As expected, very hop-forward in the aroma. Mainly pine and over ripe citrus.

Kind of laid back on the taste compared to the aroma. The bitter aspects of the hops seem to come through more than the aromatics at first, but then some pine shows up a little in the aftertaste. Just a hint of sweet malt to balance the bitter and the light spice.

Medium bodied, with light syrup. Somewhat warming, actually, call it hot.. Almost drying in the end.

Overall, a pretty decent sampling from DB. Appropriate for a hot summer night. I'll try it again.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden with a copper tinge, filtered, little carbonation, a finger of off white head which fades fast.

S: Animal offal, canned peas, clean linen, little hop or floral or citrus or any other ipa quality, more like a lager. Slight hint of spices.

T: Bitter white grapefruit comes to play right at the beginning, light sweetness to balance this, clean linen. Simple, but says it all at once.

M: Medium syrup and powdery balance, medium fine bubbled carbonation.

O: What was lacking on the nose comes in on the tongue, surprising you with a very good tasting ipa. Bought at Trader Joe’s Williamsburg, VA. I’ve been looking for Virginia beers while passing through, and found this amongst a few others.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  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.

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Photo of themind
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

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Photo of Beejay
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of mpyle
4.16/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of guityler83
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of DIM
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of nortmand
4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.57/5  rDev -3%
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

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Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.