Eight Point IPA - Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
3.38/5 rDev -7.4%
A: Pours a fairly hazy golden-orange color, with active bubbles of carbonation. The tall, off-white head has a frothy, densely foamy texture. Retention is sturdy, and a significant amount of lacing sticks to the top of the glass in a thick ring, with lesser ribbons deposited below that one.
S: Mild malty aromas, with a bit of caramel. Hop aromas are balanced; citric and fruity notes are most prominent, but it's not an especially vibrant nose overall. Some fainter herbal/earthy character also seems present.
T: Some sugar cookie malt flavor up front. Light caramel flavor. Hop bitterness rises quickly and lingers leisurely. Hop flavors seem equally citric (bitter rind/pith flavors, especially), herbal, and earthy. There's also a perfumey/fruity background note that never comes to the fore or fades completely.
M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit aggressive for an IPA. Hop bitterness also builds into near-puckering dryness, which ends almost seltzery.
D: This is a flawed, but drinkable IPA. It looks the part and has a good flavor, with enough bitterness for any hophead. The aroma and mouthfeel aren't tickling my fancy quite so much, though. They're not bad, but there are other, more rounded options out there.
10-19-2012 23:35:21 | More by Clydesdale
3.65/5 rDev 0%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.
Appearance: Pours a translucent, bright, golden color. Has a large, fizzy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some decent lacing.
Smell: Citrusy, grassy hops backed by a bit of sweet maltiness.
Taste: Moderately hoppy. It's not as hoppy as I was expecting from an IPA; it seems like more in the range of a pale ale. Still, good citrusy, grassy hop notes backed by a grainy, slightly caramelly maltiness.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and crisp.
Overall: A pretty standard, moderately hoppy IPA. Devils Backbone is a bit of an up-and-coming brewery in Virginia, so I enjoy seeing them making pretty solid brews. I'll be interested to see how they grow and expand.
10-19-2012 01:58:41 | More by mckenziac
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
appearance - a bit clouded with a darker golden colour.
smell - a somewhat citrus smell with an overall balanced feel for an IPA.
taste - one of the best tastes i have ever encountered in an IPA. super yummy. very balanced with the smell and also very hoppy. not as bitter as most but just the right amount of bitterness for an IPA for me.
mouthfeel - just the right amount of bite. not too bitter, not very weak.
overall - if you enjoy IPAs, this one is a must. not my favorite IPA of all time, but it is so enjoyable and i consider myself very lucky to live close enough to be able to buy this wonderful beer. definitely recommended to anyone who loves that bite from a well crafted beer.
09-20-2012 03:02:46 | More by Kyul
3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
Another Carpool Bar find in Herndon, VA, this IPA shows a clear amber color with a decent white head that leaves a generous lace. The aroma notes very subtle citrus and dusty wheat, pretty weak but not offputting. The flavor speaks up with a little more "backbone" including a grassy hop over a caramel malt base. The hops are definitely adequate and the balance works well as you work through this medium bodied brew with delicate but adequate carbonation. Drinkable, refreshing, reasonably hoppy. Not a disappointment and definitely worthy of a try.
09-12-2012 17:56:45 | More by Durge
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a medium golden color with a huge, just off-white head. The head is thick and beautiful and has wonderful retention. It eventually fades however to give a great level of lacing.
Smell – The smell was a wonderfully sweet and lightly hopped smell. The sweetness was of a nice mango aroma mixed with caramel and some citrus. The hop aromas were of an earthy and grapefruit aroma, which complemented the sweet quite well.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready and very lightly caramel sweetened base. At the start there are hop flavors of an earthy and pine nature. As the taste advances toward the middle a grapefruit hop flavor combines with the earthy and pine hops. This bready and hop flavor takes the taste to its finish. In the end a very long lasting bitter earthy and pine hop flavor are left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The beer is very chewy with a nice creaminess and a slightly below average carbonation level. The creaminess and chewiness is great for the bready and hop flavors and makes for a great feeling brew.
Overall – While the nose is deceiving in its sweetness, it is a very nice feeling bitter IPA. The hop aftertaste is one of the longest lingering I have had for such a low abv brew and is rather pleasant. A very nice IPA.
09-09-2012 01:09:41 | More by Darkmagus82
4.08/5 rDev +11.8%
Bottled 06 July 2012.
A beautiful crystal clear sun-kissed gold, this beer is capped with a thick, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose is pretty good too! Plenty of lemony, floral and perfumey hops are present, along with a modest fruitiness. There is a softness to the hop nose that really does bring to mind a fresh hop beer, especially in its delicate earthy and minty notes. No malt character is present.
The palate opens with a soft bitterness, a blend of earthy, lemon rind, dusty and doughy malts and a moderately fruity hop profile. It feels like the yeast does add a touch of fruitiness as well. The earthy and perfumey notes work really well together. No real malt character is present, but there is a little cotton candy and aromatic honey present. Lightly bitter on the finish, this beer is light in body, quenching and refreshing. The carbonation is soft and gentle too. Rather excellent IMO, this is in some ways an English - American hybrid.
08-24-2012 01:25:33 | More by DefenCorps
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
A: Crystal clear, light golden beer with not much in the way of head, or retention, and only a small amount of lacing.
S: Lemony, grassy, and floral hops are about all that is to be found in the aroma of this beer. There is a slight malt sweetness, but not a whole lot.
T: Not a bad beer. The hops are supported but a pretty solid malt base. The malts are first, but are very quickly overtaken by the grassy hops. Not quite as floral as the nose led me to believe.
M: Medium body, slightly oily with a fair amount of carbonation make the beer go down easily.
O: Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of whatever combination of hops that they chose for this beer. Not that's it's bad, in fact it's well balanced between sweetness and doesn't crush the palate, but I don't love the hop choice. Still, it's a solid beer and the more Devil's Backbone I have the more my faith in the state of Virginia's ability to brew is redeemed.
08-20-2012 20:49:52 | More by DaveBlack
Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.