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Four Point Pale Ale - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Four Point Pale Ale
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87
very good

12 Ratings
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: on 04-26-2009)
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Reviews by rugerj:
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rugerj

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +13.4%

Beer pours a slightly hazy copper color with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing left in glass. Nice citrus hop aroma up front with hints of earthy hops that complement one another nicely. Taste is almost of all hops, citrus and grassy with hints of grapefruit, slight fruitiness. Nice carbonation and very refreshing.

A really good beer, especially for the ABV. Nothing like getting your hops fix without having to sacrifice your ability to drive after a few beers. Could be more balanced with the malty side but who cares. A very nice session beer that I would not mind seeing become a mainstay on their draft list.

04-30-2009 23:58:40 | More by rugerj
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HuntDaddy540

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-28-2014 20:14:03 | More by HuntDaddy540
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-28-2012 01:21:04 | More by Rhettroactive
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

On tap at the brewpub last weekend.

Pours a slightly-hazy golden color with a two-finger white head and some nice sticky lacing on the way down. Thin cap throughout. The nose carries loads of Columbus hops with a light herbal quality and a very nice citrus presence. Lots of citrus in the flavor and a really nice finishing bitterness. Light body with good carbonation. Very refreshing and drinkable, would certainly have this again.

07-20-2011 11:36:50 | More by Thorpe429
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

A 4% hop attack? I sure hope it lives up to it's billing. Thanks to fellow BA Ffejherb for sharing some of his pint with me.

A-Slightly hazed copper with a medium off-white head that retained well and left nice lace.

S-Bright and popping citrus hop notes of orange, tangerine and grapefruit along with some melon and a slight floral quality.

T-BAM! You don't need ABV to give you a big old hop smack in the mouth! This one is full of the the sharp citrus flavour that I love. The supporting sweet biscuit is present but doesn't overwhelm the hop goodness.

M-Medium-light bodied sharp and crsip with a long lasting hop bitterness.

D-Wow--I have to say I am impressed. This is quite the beer, right up my alley. All the intense hop character one could ask for in a nice, low 4% ABV package! I would be happy putting plenty of these away!

12-03-2009 08:25:52 | More by Deuane
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1%

02-26-2014 21:11:52 | More by Boone757
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seanchai

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1%

11-29-2013 04:35:21 | More by seanchai
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

10-13-2012 14:59:43 | More by ncaudle
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AgentMunky

California

3.23/5  rDev -20%

Served in a frosted pint glass at Brixx. Listed as "Four Point Imperial Ale." Brewer describes it as "a single hop varietal mini-IPA session beer" and "Four Point Pale Ale (Single Hop Imperial Session beer)." Apparently the 2011 version uses Amarillo hops. From notes. Reviewed 11 July 2011.

A: Nice inch of creamy head. Some visible bubbles inside a very murky-translucent beer. Honey-yellow-brown. Good lacing.

S: Pretty nice. Lots of nice (Amarillo) hops. Pleasant pine. Yum.

T: Meh. Lots of hops, almost harshly so. Tastes a lot more alocholic than it is. No real pizazz or strength of flavour. Brief and boring; not very good. As objectively interesting a strongly single-hopped session beer is, I think the 'sessionability' kills it.

M: Some sort of carbonation going on. Rubust and piney/citrus/astringent.

O: Disappointing, perhaps because of the misleading 'imperial' designation. Drinkable, yes, but not very good. I'd try one in a bottle. Not recommended like this.

08-22-2011 18:52:23 | More by AgentMunky
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +4%

From notes at Devils Backbone Brewpub last night...After the sampler ordered a pint of this and a couple others with my wife.

A: Very nice look with a very hazy orange hue and a great finger of fluffy head that stays around and leaves amazing lacing. Perfect look for a pale for me.

S: Nice fresh raw hop aroma with lots of vegetable like fresh notes. Some citrus flesh and light bready malts with some other grass and kitchen spice.

T: Nice taste with hefty bread (fresh) malt supporting a short burst of grassy hops thats again somewhat green and raw in character. Some banana (ripe), kitchen spice and maybe apricot. All well balanced and refreshing lemon zest. Nice overall but seems a little green!

M: Very creamy and great carbonation, medium right on Pale feel.

Overall it's definitely good and memorable.

07-08-2011 13:13:26 | More by Dreadnaught33
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +13.4%

Medium amber color, slightly hazy with modest head and light lacing.

Aroma of citrus hops with some malt biscuit. The flavor is very hop forward, featuring citrus, with some herbal and piney hops on the sides. Not a very bitter beer, but very hoppy and flavorful.

Nice juicy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light but not bad for the lightish body.

A hop lover's pale ale with better hop character than many IPA's. And at only 4% alchohol, very drinkable. One of the most interesting beers of its size I have ever met.

02-21-2011 02:49:45 | More by CliffBrake
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

On tap at Devil's Backbone on 11/30/09.

A - Hazy golden/orange body with a hefty one-finger, off-white head that reduced to a thin, patchy veil and spotty lace. However, the head regained its stature with each swirl of the glass.

S - Pretty strong citrus hop aroma with caramel and toasted grainy notes to balance. A hint of spice also creeps into the mix.

T - Flavor is quite hoppy for a straight-up Pale Ale, with lots of citrus character backed by sweet caramel and toasted grainy malt. Finishes with a fairly aggressive dry hopped character with citrus and peppery spiciness, as well as a slight medicinal quality.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Residual hop oils give the mouthfeel a slick, somewhat sticky character. Finish is on the bitter end of the spectrum with a slight metallic sting on the tongue.

D - Four Point is a surprisingly hopped-up version of a classic pale ale with an apparent dry hopped character. While the finish was a bit metallic, this was ultimately quite enjoyable overall.

12-18-2009 20:51:53 | More by ffejherb
Four Point Pale Ale from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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