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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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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: nmann08 on 08-02-2013)
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2/5  rDev -46.4%

brother_kenneth, Feb 04, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

ygtbsm94, Feb 02, 2014
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2.33/5  rDev -37.5%

The smell of this beer is unappealing and honestly smells like the water used to brew this beer came from the potomac river.

The taste hits okay at first but the back end of it finishes in skunky hops. I honestly feel like I may have over rated the hops..

Devils Backbone definitely needs to up their game to compare even with the average of IPAs from the 8 point and 16 point selection that I have tried.

I do not recommend at this time. Hopefully they changed their recipe in the future so that I can change my rating..

BrandonN24, Mar 07, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Damian74Shensky, Mar 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Hanzo, Feb 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

VonZipper, Mar 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

PaulsBrew, Feb 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Rhettroactive, Feb 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

ZachKelly, Feb 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

JohnathanColeman, Feb 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Swift989, Apr 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

KCBeerNerd, Mar 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

PGVG, Feb 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

markgugs, Apr 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

cody4prez, Apr 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

jbexphys, Jul 09, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

A- Clear dark yellow with a small head that doesn't lace.

S- Sweet, slightly funky, with alcohol notes.

T- Sweet upfront and piney/resiny in the middle. The alcohol makes an appearance at the end along with spicyness.

M- Thick bodied with moderate carbonation.

O- An average IIPA, nothing special, but not bad.


y2jrock60, Mar 11, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

argock, May 26, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

Pencible, Apr 16, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

Purchased a 12 oz bottle at Grape and Gourmet in Virginia Beach.. Pours a clear dark gold color with a medium size white head. Good head retention and several bands of lacing on the pint glass.

Aroma is fairly mild, mostly grassy hops.

Flavor is more robust. Good bitterness but with some malty balance. The hops are mostly grassy with some piney hops as well. Good flavor, welcome bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp with good bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden and there is nothing weak or watery about it.

A pretty solid DIPA.

JayQue, Mar 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

HopAttack3, Jan 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

HuntDaddy540, Apr 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Moses_Malone, Apr 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

DrBier, Jul 13, 2014
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Sixteen Point Imperial IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.