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Sixteen Point Imperial IPA - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Sixteen Point Imperial IPASixteen Point Imperial IPA

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: nmann08 on 08-02-2013

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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. Bottled on 2/20/14 on bottle neck. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA).

A: LIght copper with respectable 1-finger, oatmeal colored head with average retention but no lacing.

S: Strong caramel malt aromas blended with hops notes of honeysuckle, grapefruit, orange, and pine

T: The flavor is a little crystal malt heavy for me but not bad by any means. The caramel note is medium-dark with a light burnt quality, like toffee, and unfortunately a little too sweet like toffee is too. Hop character is pretty varied with orange, lime, grapefruit, pine, light resin, and herbal honeysuckle qualities. Bitterness is medium and a bit on the juicy side owing to all the citrus character. There is no easily perceptible yeast character. THe alcohol is a little warming.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty drinkable for the ABV.

O: A middle-of-the-road DIPA -- nothing really wrong with it except for the heavier-than-average crystal malt component, but nothing really distinguishing it from the pack either.

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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4 pack purchased at Rodman's in DC tonight. Good deal.

Pours a yellower copper into my tulip glass with a big sticky head. Nice even lacing. Nose is citrusy hops, sweet malt, and something a bit earthy and slightly metallic. Think like you put a couple basil leaves into a can of pineapple and took a big whiff. Taste is big, sticky, citrusy hops and that pineapple sweetness. Finish is bitter and a little metallic, with a tannic/herbaceous note as well. Actually gets better as it warms a little-- instead of getting more sticky, like some do, it mellows out and is just a bit more metallic and piney if anything. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy but fairly well carbonated. As some have said, it does finish a little rough, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Overall, it's good to check out if you're a fan of the brewery and/or can get your hands on it. Victory Dirtwolf and DC Brau On The Wings of Armageddon are both fairly plentiful and a bit better, but this is more than respectable as it is and would be downright glorious with just a little tweaking.

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A: This poured a clear gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like citrus zest and herbal hops, with some light biscuit malt.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and pine and copper, with some herbal hops and earthy malt. It had a mostly clean and lasting bitter aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It was a little thick with lots of carbonation. Lively body.
D: This was a decent double IPA with a bold bitter scent and taste. But the body was a little weak, and the finish was hot and rough. So it wasn't very easy to drink. Not bad, but not top tier.

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Sixteen Point Imperial IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.