Eight Point IPA - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Eight Point IPAEight Point IPA

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 679
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 32.34%
Wants: 16
Gots: 140 | 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 chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle date stamp indicates bottling In June 2013: about 6 weeks ago.

Pours a clear, light amber with a generous, thick and very durable head.

S: Quite hoppy, as expected for a recent vintag IPA, The piney and citrus components are strongest, buth there are some earthy and herbal notes too. Some malt shows as well.

T: Hop forward, as expected, but if anything more hoppy than expected.

M: Smooth, medium+ body with good carbonation. Clearly above average for style.

O: A bit too piney for my taste but recommended.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal-clear golden color. This produces lots of head, about three fingers high, and shaded barely off-white. It fades to about one finger in a short time, featuring a decently frothy texture. Nice sheets of lacing are left behind.

S: I note a lot of Simcoe hops, providing mango, melon, pine, and catty notes. Biscuity malt comes out the more it warms up. A good aroma, not an amazing one.

T: This opens with slight mango and melon notes. Touches of biscuity malt fills out the middle, before it finishes with a moderate hop bitterness, both piny and herbal. The back end in particular offers a strange grassy bitterness to it; this quality is probably why I don't like this more.

M: Good crispness, but a bit heavy in texture. This would be quite drinkable if the herbal finish didn't rub me the wrong way. Carbonation is non-intrusive.

O: While I'm thankful to see a relatively local IPA hit the market, it just can't compete with the heavy hitters in the style. There's too much weird bitterness for me to love this. Not horrible, but I wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of Budinetz
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into a thistle glass...

Appearance - Light amber in color and has decent head retention. THick white head that stays for a good 7 minutes. I did pour pretty aggressively...

Smell - Sticky sweet, resinous hop aromas enter the nostrils with this one. An earthy hop smell, with a citrus finish

Taste - Pretty well balanced I.P.A. if you ask me. It is only clocking in at 5.9% which leaves room for another immediately following. The hop flavor is not as overwhelming as some other I.P.A.'s I have had, but it definitely has great character.

Mouthfeel - Very Light body, with a sticky, lip smacking hop finish. It has a smoothness about it as you sip it and it almost seems like a pale ale, until you are finished swallowing and lick your lips....then all that hop flavor presents itself in full swing.

Overall - A really drinkable, flavorful I.P.A. unlike any other I have had in a long time. My mouth is still craving another and my taste buds are not destroyed. An interesting I.P.A. that keeps me yearning for another.

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Photo of JayQue
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

More like an English IPA than an American. Still well-crafted and worth a try. Pours a completely clear, dark gold color with a good sized white head. Head retention is good. Rings of lacing around the glass.

Aroma is fairly subdued but both bready malts and grassy hops are noticeable.

Taste is good. Straightforward bready malts and grassy hops, nicely balanced and flavorful. If you are only looking for a hop bomb, this isn't it, but it is tasty and refreshing all the same.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a good amount of bitterness. Very refreshing and light enough to quaff more than one. or two.

Overall a pretty solid offering as a balanced IPA.

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Photo of KevinK441
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Average color for an IPA, light orange. Head disappears pretty quickly.

S: Nothing overwhelming here but it's not faint either. Smells of pine and grapefruit.

T: Nice amount of bitterness up front with a good hop balance, bordering on a pale ale more than an IPA.

M: Medium body mouthfeel which makes this very drinkable.

O: Maybe a bit biased here but I'm very pleased I can get this beer anytime I want a solid IPA and want to buy local. This beer is very drinkable and refreshing and quite sessionable as well at just about 6%.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at DC. Pours orange with long lasting white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, passion fruit, orange marmalade and biscuit malt. Body is medium and tangy. Citrusy hops dominate the palate; with tropical fruit and biscuit malt provide some balance. Finish is long and very hoppy. Nice IPA.

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Photo of teromous
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy gold with hints of orange. Sparse white head with no lacing.

S: Catty with some grapefruit, and a rustic kind of smell.

T: Much like the scent, it has that catty tinge followed by strong grapefruit rind bitterness, followed up with that rustic bread-like tinge. It has good bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is very nice. It has enough bitterness to pinch the mouth a bit, but not enough to drive the palate into overdrive. There's a dryness at the end.

O: Overall it's a good AIPA, but it does lack a lot of malt character and the flavor is strongly grapefruit rind. I wasn't a fan of the flavor choices, but it's not bad or anything. I personally wouldn't drink it again.

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Photo of delta490
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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)

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Photo of hdf561
1.84/5  rDev -50%
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.

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Photo of TheLostGringo
2.54/5  rDev -31%
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.


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Photo of devilben02
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of orcsinspace
2.42/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

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Photo of droomyster
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Ledo's Pizza right across the street.

Served in a pint.

A: Poured a little more than slightly chill-hazed, golden in color, and with about a 1/3 finger head.

S: Nice piney component, which I totally wasn't expecting based on the reviews. Also, this had a nice fruit component as well. Bitter... nice.

T: Again, much more hop forward than I was expecting, Hoppy and piney, with a slight bit of clean linen mixed in.

M: Fresh, fresh, fresh! Bitter, plant-like, and with just the right amount of sweetness. Nice carbonation bill.

O: Underestimated in my area around every turn. I'll definitely have this again and recommend in to my friends.

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Photo of ALBuff
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried straight from bottle and poured into a glass. Pours a clean golden orange color with ample effervescence and a substantial, foamy head. Pink grapefruit and grassy aroma is bolder from the glass than from the bottle, but still fairly subdued. Bitter pine and grapefruit notes hit the front of the tongue hard, but coat the remainder more favorably as a subtly sweet malt flavor becomes apparent before quickly dissipating.

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Photo of beer2day
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Near straight gold pour with 2 fingers of near white head. Decent retention and nice lace coverage over the back half of the glass.

Nose is bread malt citrus/herbal hop mix. The hops are fairly light and don't balance enough against the stronger malt.

Hops make a stronger presence in the taste, with the same herbal/citrus mix. A bit more herbs than fruit. Finish is fairly dry, though there is a residual fruity sweetness that comes through.

Feel is surprisingly a bit on the thick side, with a nice oily hop feel.

Overall, worth a shot but not one I'd seek out again.

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Photo of BeastLU
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle

A - Very light in color with a head that pours thin but sticks around for the entire beer..

S - Not a huge hop nose by any means. A clean, crisp, citrusy hop smell is apparent but faint.

T - Great tasting single IPA. At 5.9% it has a great flavor and abv that is light enough for a heavy session and tasty enough to know your drinking a quality beer. Citrusy hop taste with a little bit of maltyness on the back end.

M - Good carbonation with a slightly dry finish. Feels light in your mouth and doesn't leave you with that sweet, wet aftertaste higher abv brews do.

O - Great, easy drinking IPA. This beer is good at what its trying to be.

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Photo of jmutoml757
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a golden, almost honey color with a one finger, off-white head, which dissipated fairly quickly leaving minimal lacing.
S-Several smells come through: I detected a peppery/spice aroma along with some lemon and faint floral hoppiness. A distinct malt aroma is present as the beer warms up toward the bottom of the glass.
T- The lemon, or some citrus, comes through, and there is a pepper note that is present. There is a pine or floral flavor present too; I assume it is from the hops. But at any rate, it has a nice hoppy bitterness that is expected in the IPA style.
M- The lemon and bitter hops sit on your tongue, but it is not too heavy. The mouthfeel is medium but nice. The carbonation is balanced and not too overbearing.
O- I enjoy this offering. It is a middle of the road IPA, but it has a nice mix of bitterness to go with the flavors. It is an IPA that would go well at a summer cookout or a tailgate.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a clear medium golden with a sticky half finger white head that left a broken thick ring of lace behind as it settled very slowly.Lighter leafy and citric hops in the nose,more leafy than anything,a bit of toast and caramel malt as well.I really like the subtle hop complexity to this beer,almost every quality of a a hop comes through in the flavor profile.Apricot and mango notes along with leafy/minty flavors that meld into a grapefruit rind flavor,all over top of a caramel biscuit base,it's even a little boozy for how "small" iot is.A pretty solid IPA from the commonwealth to the north,pretty complex and flavorful.

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Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Orange and fruity hops, resiny sweetness, some toasty malt character behind the hops.

L: Crystal clear, golden yellow, white creamy head that dissipates. Good lacing.

T: Resiny and citrus hops with a slightly sweet, toasty malt character. Medium bitterness, fairly smooth but present. Dryness follows leading to a dry, hoppy finish. Smooth, resiny, almost spicy hop flavor.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, fairly light.

Really solid IPA. I enjoyed the malt character which wasn't too head and complemented the hops nicely.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mckenziac
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Kyul
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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