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Eight Point IPA - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Eight Point IPAEight Point IPA

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128 Reviews

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 701
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 31.34%
Wants: 16
Gots: 151 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CrellMoset on 11-27-2008

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Reviews: 128 | Hads: 701
Photo of nortmand
4.58/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Could be a bit more brilliant in color. Light orange, closing in on dark yellow.
Resinous pine aroma overtakes a forward pungent grapefruit. Excellent. The stuff of dreams.
Front flavor matches the aroma. A huge burst of resinous hops balances to nice smooth grapefruit. The finality is a bitterness that is a bit too resiny and full. Could use a bit more balance, which explains the light color.
Fills the mouth, but not cloying. Lingers, but doesn't ruin.
Excellent beer from an excellent brewery. It's fair to say that DB is the best, if not the most exciting brewery in VA.

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Photo of Omnium
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a nice clear gold, one finger of foamy white head, medium lacing.
S - Smells of burnt caramel malt, rye, some toasted grains, a little floral notes, some darker earthy hop tones to it.
T - Malt up front, at first its a tad sweet then evolves rapidly into a bitter rye like taste with some floral hop notes coming out, but its very acrid, almost soapy in taste.
M - Too bitter in a bad way, that weird flavor lasts too long.
O - Not an American IPA by any means, for sure and English style with too much dark soapy rye like bitterness to be really enjoyed.

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Photo of brentk56
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A gusher from a 12 oz bottle - not something you often see; pours clear, with the amber liquid capped by a modest head that leaves a few splashes of lace

Smell: Herbal and piney with a strong base of caramel malt

Taste: Malt forward, with caramel tones establishing the base in a big way; herbal/piney hops layer on top and linger through the finish but this is quite a malty beer

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation - not sure why it was a gusher with this mouthfeel

Overall: Tastes more like a malty amber ale than an IPA and certainly rather English in style; not bad if that is the type of beer one likes

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Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single from the Caboose, Ashland

a: single bottle into a wide chalice, the beer is an attractive golden amber in color, topped witht a healthy layer of white carbonation that shows decent retention and some light lace, a swirl of the glass brings out a full, creamy head

s: bready pale malts make up the base, with a mild caramel addition - I much prefer things this way...cleaner and drier, citrus peel and young pine combine with some juicy tropical notes (passionfruit) to form a very pleasant hop aroma - not particularly aggressive or pungent, but very well balanced, and solidly into ipa territory

m: carbonation on the lower end of moderate, delicate and creamy, body around the lighter side of medium

t: the flavors here are similar to the nose - hop notes of citrus and green pine with a lightly malty character and sweetness, bitterness grows from light to full in the finish

o: a really solid, good ipa overall, that could stand some tweaking but does well for itself as is

4, 375, 4, 375, 4

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft in Georgetown.

The beer is clear and golden with an inch of white head. The aroma brings bitter hops, pine, a touch of floral character. Certainly a hop forward offering with ample bitterness throughout, finishing dry. Alcohol presence is noticeable and I was surprised to find that this beer was less than 6% ABV. A decent offering and example of the style, but not something I feel I need to have again. A middle of the pack IPA with no distinguishing traits.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone is a great IPA. Clean, hoppy and pretty dry.

A: Yellow colour and a 4 mm head that lasts very well. 4.5

S: There is a kinda pear flavour along with piney hops. 4

T: Malty with tangy grapefruit hops. Again, I taste pear for some reason. The finish is dry. 3.75

M: Nice and foamy. 4

O: 3.75

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Last bottle of a six pack from the brewery.

Bright copper body. Slight chill haze. Two fingers of white foam breaking down quickly. Busy carbonation streams. Minimal lace.

Citrus nose, featuring plenty of apricots. Fresh and clean.

Firm semi-sweet malt base, but it neves rides solo. From the first sip a truck load of citrus jack-knifes on the tongue. Bitter snap follows quickly. Dries out the mouth in the afterglow.

Somewhat prickly mouthfeel.

A solid tasty everyday IPA.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Crystal clear golden body with a big fluffy white head.

S- Piney hops come through very nicely, with a nice citrus around present as well.

T- Nice wave of piney hops up front, followed by some sweet malt presence. Finish has the piney hops coming back in with a dash of malt and citrus.

M- Smooth and drinkable. Medium carbonation, medium body.

O- A very good IPA. One you could drink a few of.

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Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
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%
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 +5.2%
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 +1.6%
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 +18.5%
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 +4.9%
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 -10.1%
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 +15.3%
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 +4.6%
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 +1.9%
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 -49.9%
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 -30.8%
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 -2.5%
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 -34.1%
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 +7.4%
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 +11.7%
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 +1.9%
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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Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.