Eight Point IPA - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 10
Gots: 68 | 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:
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(Beer added by: CrellMoset on 11-27-2008)
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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kuestegg
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of tanner1980
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of fitz284
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DaveBlack
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DonFrap
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of GFish
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a translucent orange tinted amber with two fingers of off white head. Good retention with some lacing stickage. Ah, the allure of a good looking brew!

S- not the worlds most aromatic IPA but very good layered floral and orange citrusy hop blend with biscuity malt backbone. A little aspriny on the nose as well.

T- juicy citrus hop flavor with notes of orange and lemon zest. Woody pine and earthy hop flavors with zesty bitterness in the middle. The delicious hoppiness all to soon fades and transitions into a biscuity malt finish with a touch aspriny leafy hop. A bit more staying power with the initial hop combo would put this over the edge.

MF- slick smooth mouthfeel with a light medium body. Great almost creamy carbonation.

D- very drinkable

Overall a very solid IPA.

Photo of boudreaux
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of TomCat11
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good Virginia IPA and probably my favorite Devil's Backbone brew. Normally, I find Virginia IPAs to be lacking on flavor but this one has a very strong IPA presence when it first hits your nose. Goes down very dry towards the end as the strong hop flavor evaporates away which is refreshing.

Overall, a great effort by DBB and strongly recommended VA I.P.A.

Photo of Momar42
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - slightly hazy deep yellow. Mild, white creamy head that dissipates with ok lacing.

S - floral hops with some sweetness. Not a strong nose at all.

T - taste makes up some of what the nose lacks. The sweetness is there again but its fairly balanced. This is no hop bomb but a solid IPA. Unsure of the freshness of the bottle so it may have faded.

M - smooth, not too creamy. Finishes nicely coating the insides of your mouth just enough.

O - A pretty good East coast IPA. Nothing that will make you sit up and say "Wow" but still quite tasty. My first offering of theirs and look forward to trying others.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good soft, and slightly earthy IPA.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Label with a relatively naturalistic drawing of an eight point buck drinking water. Notes bottling on July 06 2012, and 5.9% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear pale amber pour, good frothy head and retention with a good surface ring and nice touches of lacing.

S - Soft nice nose, earthy with some resinous and citric hints.

T - Lightly hoppy, soft spicy bitterness, with a herbal and spicy touch over light caramel.

M - Medium/light body with medium carbonation, a bit thin at some points but the bitterness and lingering finish hold it up nicely.

O - Good regional IPA...

Notes: …not a hidden gem like it has been promoted recently but a decent IPA.

Photo of jacewg
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Mississippi
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of TechTriumph
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 03/31/12:
No freshness date, but straight from the restaurant/brewery; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Standard pour yields almost overflowing two inch off-white billowy head with excellent retention; Dark gold to light copper in color with a crystal clear appearance; Nice clumps of lacing left all down the glass

S - Notes of potent pine resin, a bit of sweet citrusy fruit, and floral qualities; Just a subtle hint of caramel that takes focus to find amongst the hoppy notes

T - Loads of fresh pine with a touch of apricot-like fruit and a bit of pepper; Floral-like sweetness steps forward just a bit for most of the taste; Fairly mild wave of bitterness lasts well into the finish; Very subtle caramel tasting malts - the hops certainly steal the show here

M - Moderate carbonation; Medium bodied; Pretty dry finish that leaves the mouth feeling a bit on the sticky side

O - This is certainly one of the better IPA's I've had from the state of Virginia. It brings a nice dose of piney hops with a bit of pleasant bitterness that tags along as well. For an IPA, the drinkability is quite high as I could have consumed quite a few of these and look to do so in the future. Many thanks goes out to the fine gentleman working at Devils Backbone for giving me a bottle of this after he had difficulties filling my growler. Very generous!

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of BryanCarey
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eight Point IPA pours to an orange color with a clear, see- through body and a rocky head of foam that holds up well and leaves some lacing. The nose on this beer is one of earthy malts and citrus, and it is quite enticing.

This IPA has a flavor profile that combines tastes like toasted malt and caramel with a nice, snappy hop taste that brings citrus and floral flavors to the forefront. The beer finishes bitter with a pleasant aftertaste of hops and a hint of vanilla.

Eight Point IPA was my first drinking experience with Devil’s Backbone and it rates as my favorite from this brewery thus far. I like the intensity of the flavors present and the big hop taste that, while obviously present, knows when to let go and allow some other flavors to shine. The beer is clean and, dare I say, even refreshing, at least for an IPA.

First impressions are important and Eight Point IPA left me with a very positive feeling about this Virginia brewery and its products. I can’t wait to try more of them the next time I visit the state.

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 06/26/12 notes. Picked up a 6er of this at the Whole Foods in Clarendon for $9.99. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pale malts, citrus hops, fruity malts. Nice but not as hoppy as I was expecting.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, pale malts, grains, wheat, floral hops. A little more hoppy but not better, better taste than nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness at all.

o - Overall a decent local IPA. I liked the taste quite a bit, but would have liked more of a hop presence in the nose. Would have it again.

Photo of GatorHopper
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of dcbdc1
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real gorgeous truly crystal clear body of orange and bronze pale amber with slow rising tiny carbonation, and no cola bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass. Three finger deep off white head, totally uniform with pin head size, huge retention and not going anywhere. This beer is nearly perfect. Heck I'd score it 5 if I was in the right mood.

Nose is a soft toasty sweet malt, with mild hop pine. Incredibly toasty sugar action on this, giving a very malt toast presence with a simple hop if subdued hop presence.

Taste seems turned down. Even the malt action on this seems subdued from the nose, but it's still a nice toast aroma of sweetend toasty burnt brown sugar. Hop angle comes towards finish with a tiny pine action. Mouthfeel is simple and really subtle but strangely doesn't add much to the brews taste.

Overall it's a good tasting beer, but not a hop seekers IPA. It gives me the impression this brewery is about malt than hops, I would like to really try their Vienna Lager after this having had Gold Leaf.

Photo of JEdmund
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and golden yellow, good head formation, light lacing.

Aroma reminds me a bit of Celebration Ale. Sharp and pungent, also tropical fruit (Citra?) and even a bit vegetal. Lots at play.

Flavor is equally as layered hop-wise. Throughout it all is a sharp pine bitterness that really stings on the finish and dries my tongue. Slight fruity flavor but it's primarily a sharp hop flavor that predominates the spectrum. Body is light-medium--not a big IPA. Very little malt sweetness.

Overall it's a slight break from all the super citrus IPAs and a return to fairly bracing bitterness to my seasoned palate. Not sure I'd want more than one or two in a sitting though. Enjoyable and by no means a weak or bland IPA.

Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Terrapin glass. It poured golden amber in color with two full inches of frothy head covering the top. Very good lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma seems to have a pretty nice range variety of hop flavors to it. Earthy, herbal hop flavors come together with some juicy, citrusy ones. I get a little grapefruit, pine and orange to it. Moderately bready with a little caramel sweetness to it. Pretty good aroma overall.

The taste shows a little more of the caramel flavors, giving it a bit of a candied orange like flavor when it mixes with the hoppiness. Pine, grapefruit and a bit of a herbal quality all come out in the hoppiness. It's definitely got a pretty noticeable, but good malty base to it as well. Some bitter citrus rind lingers into the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it's a pretty good tasting and easy drinking beer, but it just doesn't really stand out in the style for me. I have really enjoyed a lot of DB's beers on my trips down to the brewpub, this one though I just don't think stands out among it's direct 6 pack IPA competitors in this market.

Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.