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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:
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(Beer added by: nmann08 on 08-02-2013)
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Photo of nmann08
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Big Hunt.

Pours a dark golden yellow, fizzy, Frothy white head that seems to hang around, leaving good lacing.

Smell is pine, grass, citrus, a bit sweet. Definitely tropical fruit.

Taste is sweet up front. Piney bitter hops mix in. Resin, melon, pineapple. A bit too sweet for my double ipa's. Takes away some of the other characteristics of the beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, alcohol is hidden, overall pretty nice for their first batch.

nmann08, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

ygtbsm94, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau Dogfishead IPA glass.

Easily one of the most perfect IPAs I have ever seen. An unbelievably crystal clear body, of shiny gold and orange, literally the perfect hue of orange and lemon yellows. Thin carbonation comes up, not overly excessive, slow at the bottom, faster at the top. It moves like liquid honey in a glass. Head is a perfect three to fingers tall, clumpy off white foamy and large. Not too big, not too small. Basically the perfect looking IPA.

Real interesting nose. Dank aromas, and a hint of mushy over ripe fruit. Hints of faint tropical hop notes, papaya mango also. Some woody like character to match. Real varied.

An extremely large and in control IPA. Large almost hop pine and dank aromas, with just the perfect amount of caramel sweetness poking through. Large hints of grapefruit crush on the finish, zesty, oily and long aromatics. Wonderful controlled honey like sweetness that doesn't get too boozy either, and brings out the liquid grapefruit in spades. Large controlled bitterness on the finish, and real lip coating soft sugars.

This is easily the best beer I have had from this brewery to date, they absolutely just nailed this.

smakawhat, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

DrBier, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

billab914, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Rhettroactive, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -33%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Boone757, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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
Photo of argock
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

argock, May 26, 2014
Photo of Hanzo
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Hanzo, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +7.2%

lupercmda, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of VeganUndead
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

VeganUndead, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of markgugs
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

markgugs, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of JayQue
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
Photo of Tucquan
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-03-05 in Front Royal, VA

A - Clear, golden orange, with a three-quarter finger white head that fades quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Musk melon, ripe peach, pineapple, straw, moderately dank, touch of caramel malt. Nice but not a bit too much over-ripe fruit sensation.

T - Much like the aroma initially with melon and overripe pineapple. This is quickly surpassed with a strong influx of a combination of sweet toasted biscuit and moderately dank bitterness. The finish is chalky and bitter with some malt and citrus sweetness.

M - medium body and carbonation. Resinous and quite prickly.

O - This Beer reminds me of a three stage rocket! The aroma and initial taste is melon and pineapple but then the strong bitterness and dankness kicks in, followed by the chalky, bitter-sweet aftertaste. It really could use better balance but if you want a combustible brew; you'll like this. I did like it more further into the brew as my ravaged taste buds moderated the onslaught.

Tucquan, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Damian74Shensky, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev +7.2%

jacewg, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of JISurfer
4/5  rDev +7.2%

JISurfer, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of jaymo18
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

jaymo18, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of brother_kenneth
2/5  rDev -46.4%

brother_kenneth, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of VonZipper
3/5  rDev -19.6%

VonZipper, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Mattyb79
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Mattyb79, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Treyliff
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip

A- Pours bright, clear and golden in color with lots of carbonation bubbles shooting up to the top, producing a nice thick foamy and sudsy head, that retains long after the pour

S- Cantaloupe and melon fruitiness up front, some tropical mango and pineapple. Citrus, floral and herbal hops with some earthy hemp, grassy and spicy to close it out

T- Very sweet and sugary up front with a slightly bready malt, nice mix of citrus, herbal and grassy hops. Tropical hop flavors close it out with more sweetness on the finish

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel, ending with a smooth finish, alcohol is contained well

O- Quite possibly the sweetest DIPA that I've tried, but it's still very good. It does make it a bit hard to finish a whole bottle though. Still a good hop bomb and worth a try

Treyliff, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of cjgiant
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: very clear golden beer with a tinge of orange to darken it more than a light lager. The head films the surface throughout.
S: very pungent, with papaya, melon, and a little apple perhaps. Early on, before the beer warms slightly, there was some moldy notes to the smell, but they subsided
T: quite malty, definitively sweet up front, perhaps a little too much so to get a higher rating.
M: there is a dryness in the end, a dirty kind of bitterness the tries to cut the sweetness, but not quite.
O: I don't mind a malt-forward beers, so I liked this beer ok. I loved the powerful nose for it power, but had an internal battle on the scents it offered. The bitterness was a bit too subdued to take this beer up a notch or two.

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