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Striped Bass Pale Ale - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 05-09-2012)
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schmelby, Jun 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +44.4%

beerrat, Nov 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright, pale golden color. Has a large, fizzy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Smells of musty, earthy hops with a bit of grainy maltiness.

Taste: Moderately hoppy with a sort of musty, earthy taste. Has a nice, balancing maltiness to it with some toasty notes. All in all, a nicely balanced APA.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and a little chewy.

Overall: A really pleasant surprise. I see Devils Backbone as a sort of up-and-coming brewery in Virginia and it's nice to see that they can brew quality beers like this one. I definitely wouldn't mind seeking this one out to have again.

mckenziac, Oct 10, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real soapy white three finger head with lots of staying power though, with big swiss cheese bubbles. Body color is a real golden brass amber, hints of lager looking classic Backbone brewing here, with slow rising carbonation coming up. Quite not use to looking at this and imagining ale, but it looks like a classic impressive lager.

Bouquet hits with a mild balanced mix of light hop, sweet malts and toasty grains and bread. Spicy. Clove like in nature with a bit more sweetness. Quite nice, a little "perfume" like smelling.

Wonderful texture and palate feel. Feels large and malt rich with a somewhat quick grass, but then the after finish brings a real nice lime astringent character. Bready malts hit with lots of toasty aromas. Nice finishing sweetness with lime hop character too.

Overall, I think I would love to save the Cheseapeake like this more often! Tasty memorable pale ale.

smakawhat, Oct 17, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My fellow CANQuester (TM) and local, in-person trader, tone77, CAN refer to me as "The CAN Man" all that he wants, but he always surprises me with the odd CANs as part of his massive drop-offs. A limited release beer and in a CAN!?! Perfect.

From the CAN: "Great Beer Deserves Clean Water"; "From mountain streams and coastal rivers to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, the water connects us all. Your purchase of Striped Bass Pale Ale helps Devils Backbone Brewing Company and its supporters fund the education and restoration program of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation."; "We thank you for your support!"; The icthyalogically-correct rendtion of the fish in question is also identified on the CAN by its Latin designation, "Morone saxatilis"; "Save the Bay".

I am down with this in so many ways! I am a Piscean by birth and a sailor by trade and I spent many sea and anchor details coming in and out of Norfolk, VA on the Chesapeake Bay while on active duty in the US Navy. In fact, it is the underway time that I miss second-most to the camaraderie in my retirement. This makes me want to have some striped bass for lunch to go with this beer, but I will have to make do with something else.

The Crack and inverted Glug resulted in two fingers of rocky, foamy bone-white head with limited retention in the face of today's humidity. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and Croesus and King Midas sat across from me, drooling, Nose had a delicate grassy hopiness to it, more in keeping with what I expect from the style. I think that the line between APAs and AIPAs has become very blurred and the description somewhat muddled. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the hops were very grassy on the tongue. This seemed to me to be what I expect in the style. I just had Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale, another APA and it seemed closer to an AIPA, as a point of reference. Finish was semi-dry, again quite grassy, especially on the extreme finish. Not only did I like it, but since it does come in a CAN, I would recommend it for a beach fish fry.

BTW, this marks the 800th beer of The CANQuest (TM)!

woodychandler, Jun 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

tugdriver7, Jul 22, 2013
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jep4vt, Aug 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

gopens44, Oct 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

geryeb624, Apr 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

Kaiyotee, Jul 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

Seanecy, Jan 13, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +17.9%

Aprice34, Aug 15, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No decipherable freshness date -- smudged. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.79.

A: Clear very pale amber with 1-2 fingers of off-white frothy head with below-average retention but some scraps of lace.

S: Bready, crackery maltiness with some dry toast aromas mixed with honeysuckle and orange citrus hops and a little floral character as well. Pretty soft aroma profile overall.

T: This APA definitely fits the balanced, dry form of the beast, and it does a good job of pushing this agenda. The bready, slightly toasty, smooth malty flavors are nearly equal to the rosy, floral, and orange blossom citrus notes. I really enjoyed this ale -- very smooth and very drinkable with great body and dryness.

M: Firm somewhat slick medium body with even carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Best part of this beer.

O: A hop-bomb of an APA this is not -- it fits the balanced, dry form of pale ale and does a wonderful job of it. If you are looking for a hoppy APA, definitely stay away. If you like a smooth, drinkable, well-brewed pale ale, then go for it. This was a nice surprise for me as I think of DB as a better lager brewery generally. This is a good brew that's worth a try as long as you realize what this is -- a balanced APA.

argock, Oct 17, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +15.5%

Dur921, Aug 27, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico during the Devil’s Backbone NoVA launch. Served in a taster glass. Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head. Good spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries a pretty good dose of American hops and a light touch of bread in the background. Flavor is nice and hoppy, though not at all over the top. Body is light. Good hop bitterness. Nice drinkability.

Thorpe429, May 09, 2012
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Striped Bass Pale Ale from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.