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Eight Point IPA - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Eight Point IPAEight Point IPA

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 9
Gots: 66 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CrellMoset on 11-27-2008)
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

1up, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of hef
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

hef, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of delta490
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a cloudy light gold with a creamy white head that doesn't last two long but does linger and leave nice lacing. Aroma is strong hops with citrus notes. As the beer warmed the strong grapefruit dialed back and blended nicely with the malt backbone. Has some strong carbonation and a thinner mouthfeel. A nice, not overpowering IPA.

delta490, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Dave1999
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a very pale amber with a foamy white head.

The smell is piney,dampness and cat piss. Sounds terrible but it's not bad.

The taste is piney, sweet citrus and bitter. Really coats your tongue with hops and lasts in your mouth a while.

The body is medium with medium carbonation.

Overall a pretty good ipa, I enjoyed this, was a little different.

Dave1999, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of SerialHiker
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a very clean straw yellow…a few bubbles rising in the middle, but mostly a very crisp, clean looking brew…minimal off-whitish head forms leaving a lingering thin layer…the head look creamy…(3.5/5)

Smell: Fresh, crisp pine and citrus hops up front…it’s very light, very airy…I’m also getting some grassy bitterness…the more head there is (say after I swirl it around a little), the creamier the smell is for sure…creaminess comes with a caramel, toffee combo…a very well balanced aroma, clear fresh hops notes combining with a creamy caramel maltiness…(3.75/5)

Taste: Crisp pine bite and bitterness up front, then mixing with light citrus hops and sweet caramel malts…it’s got a very fresh, zesty taste…when it was colder, I got more grassy bitterness, but now that it’s warmed a bit, there’s more creamy malt flavor throughout…still has some tinges of grassy bitterness, but it’s mostly pine and lemon citrus hops mixed with creamy caramel malt…it’s good, not mind blowing, but good…(3.65/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium to full carbonation…fluffs up bring light lemony bitterness to the palate…mild creaminess, some bitter bite on the edges, finishes with a mild dryness…(3.75/5)

Overall: This is a solid brew…while it doesn’t blow me away, it is very drinkable and is worth a try…I definitely found the flavor to improve as it warmed a bit out of the fridge…this brewery is located in Virginia near the Appalachian Trail and will actually come pick up hikers and let them tent in their open field for free…we did this in the summer of 2012…very fun…anyways, this is definitely an above average brew worth picking up and sharing with friends or catching on tap as you hike 2200 miles thru 13 states…(3.75/5)

SerialHiker, Apr 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

RyanAU, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

JohnK17, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of hdf561
1.81/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Bought this beer in a make your own 6 pack after hearing good things aboutt he brewery.

The smell was not appealing at ALL. The tatse was horrific very very bitter, left a horifc aftertatse and just was no very good.

I could not even finish this beer, and I usually never pour one out but this one was a no go. Gonna give IPA's a rest for a while as I just do not seem to enjoy the style. The only one I have been able to enjoy is Long Hammer by Red Hook.

Devils Backbone is a solid brewery so I hear and the 10 and 12 point IPAs as well as Vienna Lager are supposed to be great but I just know this one wasnt my style at all and I wont be getting it again.

hdf561, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of TheLostGringo
2.54/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a small Troegs Mad Elf snifter. Was a recent extra in a trade and could not find a freshness date.

A: Just a slight tinge of orange of what would be otherwise straw colored.

S: Literally no nose at all, maybe a slight hop freshness if I really buried myself in it.

T: Slightly hoppy with a bit of a cheap perfume taste.

M: Fine for the style.

O: Not real good, not offensive but certainly nothing I would buy myself.


TheLostGringo, Mar 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

chaseG, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

grahamboudreaux, Mar 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Greensean, Mar 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

drperm, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of devilben02
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a golden yellow-orange that is bright and inviting, with only a thin white film of a head because of an overly-generous pour, but the beer leaves a great amount of lacing on the glass as I emptied it. The aroma is very muted but good, with a light fruity, fresh citrus hop character being most pronounced. The flavor is more assertive, with some pine, a little citrus, and an earthy bitterness in the finish. This beer has a great mouthfeel, with a resinous, substantial body that lets the flavor linger in the finish. Overall, this is a fairly commonplace IPA without any special characteristics, but it is solid.

devilben02, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

VTWicked, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

kjkinsey, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Texasfan549, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of orcsinspace
2.3/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is one of the worst IPAs that I have ever had. I really, really wanted to like this, because I am a fan of Devil's Backbone, but this beer tastes like soap. I have given this beer several tries, but it always tastes the same--detergent-like with notes of astringent.

This beer seems like it has everything going for it until you taste it, and I know that I am not alone in the adverse reaction to the taste--nearly everyone else that I know that has tried this beer has come away disappointed. On the plus side the beer does finish well and surprisingly has no after taste at all, or at least not like you would expect. I rated the taste a little higher than it deserves, because of the cleaner finish--at least it does not punish you by lingering like a bar of Ivory will.

The mouthfeel is a little more watery than I would like, and the pungent soap flavor takes away from it. The mouthfeel is also a little sudsy, which makes it feel even more like soap.

After three tries, this beer strikes out. It brings back my days of youth when I said a cuss word, and my mother washed my mouth out. Not exactly what I would expect from a beer, much less one I would drink willingly.

orcsinspace, Mar 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Dave_Treat, Mar 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Boone757, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of droomyster
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden body with fingers of white foam with good retention and nice lacing. Hoppy aromas are primarily citrusy in character, with floral notes and hay bales registering more lightly. Hops are most assertive on the front and back palates, but grainy and caramel like notes play a strong role in the middle. Not very complex but its extremely pleasant flavors intermingle in perfect proportion, intensity, and order of emergence to create a beautiful drinking experience. Quite nice.

droomyster, Mar 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Eriktheipaman, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

rturn2, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

4Socialanxiety, Feb 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

ChadA83, Feb 22, 2013
Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.