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Eight Point IPA - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Eight Point IPAEight Point IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

515 Ratings
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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 8
Gots: 62 | 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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Photo of cyclonece09
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a light amber color with a nice white head with staying power. Smells of floral and earthy tones, with a slight hint of lightly roasted malt. Tastes of earthy and floral note with a great malt taste, very well balanced. This light/medium bodied beer is carbonated perfectly and is extremely drinkable. Overall, a very good beer.

cyclonece09, May 03, 2012
Photo of BeerForHokie
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

BeerForHokie, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of BleauxLeaux
4/5  rDev +9.6%

BleauxLeaux, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of PGVG
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

PGVG, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of DarthMalt
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[This place is looking like the real deal, Folks! FINALLY! A SW Va. brew (since the demise of Shooting Creek) that doesn't suck!]

This IPA pours (wait for it)...PALE! Fathom that! Clean filtered (Beer-scaping is in, People!) and ridiculously pale golden. It's like they worked on the pale thing. What's that about?

Bubbles up. Bubbles down. Nothing to write home about there.

Pungent grassy notes jump out and grab the foretaste. Quite unexpected, but also pleasing. (Might have to try this for lawn mowing.)

Soda bubbles tingle and fade to reveal a rich, sweet body with a stealthy hop mix in the mid-taste that pops the bitters out, just before descent, to high five the tall grasses.

This is a serious-good IPA! John Boy would be proud.

Darth (don't-incur-my-wrath) Malt

DarthMalt, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of tlazaroff
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma comes off as a nice floral and grassy potpourri with hints of sweet baking pies.

Perfectly clear light amber/orange with nice carbonation bubbles and a crisp white head that leaves thin, but decent lacing.

The flavor is amazing! After two sips, I was ready to declare this as Virginia's Finest IPA. Assertive bitterness holds throughout the experience while your taste buds are assaulted with floral, pine, bread (crust), and lychee flavors.

Carbonation is just right at a medium level, the body is actually a tad on the light side while the drinkability remains extremely high as the ABV resides on the lower side for the style. Overall I am really enjoying this beer, and I just wish I could find it locally.

tlazaroff, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of thatguy757
4/5  rDev +9.6%

thatguy757, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of MQ4188
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from 12 ounce bottle. 1/4 inch head and a nice golden copper, clear hue. Tastse starts out much like a pale ale like Sierra Nevada. It get excitingly more complex as it hit your palate. Begins hay like then to grapefruit and pine.

I really lIke it. With the lower .abv (5.8), it is a nice ipa to have as a go to. The shame of this beer is that ipa aficionados have developed a palate for big, complex, high specific gravity ipa's and that is not what this one is.

BTW - When was the last time you had a pale ale with his much Simcoe hops?

Nice job Jason Oliver at Devil's Backbone.

Best session ipa in our area, by far!

MQ4188, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Wmbolling
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Wmbolling, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of hyoung41
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

hyoung41, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip.

A: very clear golden blond brew. deep gold. head consists of dense white bubbles. starts strong with good retention and plenty of lacing.

S: really pleasant grapefruit/pine notes on the nose. there is a little bit french-toast-like smell in there as well, but this is mostly american hops.

T: there is a chalky/gram-cracker/toffee flavor that adds a nice level of balance. bitterness is very thorough and remains throughout the palate. finish consists of a chalky bitterness.

M: definitely a decent amount of carbonation on a medium body.

D: more of an american pale than an american IPA, but either way this is a pretty drinkable brew. the lower abv makes it possible to put away a few.

Jimmys, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

AndrewMichael, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of mbarnes0
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

mbarnes0, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of AGK
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a light gold color with a thin head. Smells of pine with a touch of oranges. It's extremely hoppy for 5.9 ABV. It has quite a bite, though it also has a smooth mouthfeel. I agree with others that the aftertaste leaves much to be desired. It's just plain bitter.

AGK, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Crazyale
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Hoegaarden glass.

A: Pours a solid gold color, completely transparent with barely any bubbles. A nice pillowy 2 finger head, with thick splotches of lacing all over the glass. Nice looking beer.

S: Citrusy hops jump out at first, with orange, strawberry, grapefruit, maybe even a little tropical fruit. There's a hint of pine as well, but the fruit definitely dominates.

T: Tastes basically like it smells, with quite a lot of bitterness on the back end. This is quite hoppy for only 5.9% abv, and the alcohol is apparent in the throat. However, with the relatively low abv, you're getting a taste nearly as big as a DIPA with fewer calories, so this is an interesting beer in that regard.

M: It's a bit on the thin side, which is a bit of a problem because this is not a beer you can or should gulp. But it's very smooth and drinkable.

Another good beer from Devil's Backbone. I first had this on draft and couldn't wait for it to come out in bottles - now that day has come and it's just as good in the bottle as it was on draft.

Crazyale, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap @ the brand spanking new Devils Backbone Outpost Brewery (Lexington, VA) on 3/9/12. Served in a clear plastic cup.

Pours a clear gold, with a thin covering of bright-white head. This stays rich, leaving back a robust cascade of spotty froth. The aroma smells fresh and floral, with notes of light spice and green citrus. Bready feeling pale malt sweetness sits along the back and keeps the focus of the nose on the hops, as I’m really digging the vibrancy of them here.

The taste has an assertive hop bite to it up front that spreads out softer citrus and a herbal feel that helps temper things a little bit. Sweet doughy malts ride along the back of the profile but are barely balancing this though, as a pithy bitterness hangs a bit too harshly in a relatively dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an initial softer creaminess that firms up in the front and then carries a steady crispness throughout the rest of the carbonation, while an underlying herbal slickness helps keep this smooth.

I wanted to like this more but that raw vegetal bitterness in the finish of this just got to be a bit too much to take to really make this enjoyable. It’s a shame too, as the look, aroma, and feel were all pretty much up to snuff for the style. I’d be willing to give this another shake though down the line and see if this progresses at all, seeing how it is being brewed now on a new system.

Kegatron, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Shilt
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Shilt, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of bcchimp
2/5  rDev -45.2%

bcchimp, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of horrorspecialty
4/5  rDev +9.6%

horrorspecialty, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of bluetrevian
4/5  rDev +9.6%

bluetrevian, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of legalpete19340
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Came looking a clear palish yellow with almost no head. Lacing and retention were nil.

S: Faint aromas of floral and herbal hops are present. There is a distinct malt that pushes forward with toasted white bread. As it warms the floral and herbal notes are a bit more present.

T: Comes on early with a pleasant herbal hops then screams towards bitterness where the finish is almost a puckering bitterness. There is a solid malt backbone smacking of buttermilk biscuits that hold things together. I get a welcome grain note throughout.

M: Pretty good, full and carbonated with a bit of chew.

O: This is a bitter beast from start to finish. Seemed like Sierra Nevada PA after a night in Vegas. The bitterness never made me want to stop drinking it, but it dominated the experience. Kind of nice to find a beer like this if you need a bitter bomb. I would swing at it again but wont actively seek it out.

legalpete19340, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of chilly460
2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A crystal clear honey colored beer with a pure white head. Very little retention, flecks of lacing remain behind.

S: Whoa, cat piss comes to mind. Rotting vegetables maybe. Yuck.

T: Hmm, having a tough time with this, get that rotten vegetable kind of taste, hard to describe. Very earthy hops as well, not much malts.

M: Well carbonated and medium bodied.

0: Not quite experienced enough but this may be oxidized or otherwise compromised, this was a growler so it's possible.

chilly460, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 64oz growler filled at the brewpub to Jackie O's stemmed tulip on 7/10/11
*From notes

A: Fair golden hue. A careful pour yields a 1.5 finger head with a nice ring of white lacing.

S: Slightly earthy with a large amount of bittering hops.

T: Very pleasant and approachable. Slightly floral, though it's primarily bitter from the mid to finish. A firm and tasty malt presence lightens the mood.

M: Solid. Creamy and rich for a 5.9% ABV brew. This is quaffable stuff.

O: Devil's Backbone Eight Point IPA is an expertly assembled AIPA that's really easy to put back. Everything you'd want from the style is here, sans some tropical fruit character. If you're looking for a maltier, slightly English style IPA, look no further.

Rhettroactive, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub last weekend.

Pours a moderate golden-copper color with a two-finger white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose says right from the start that this is going to be different from most American IPAs. It has a nice herbal and earthy quality that is bordering English-style. It almost reminds me of a wet-hop ale with the type of spice it has going on. The flavor is no different, bringing a nice herbal feel and a good bitterness to the finish. Well done.

Thorpe429, Jul 20, 2011
Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.