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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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BA SCORE
84
good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 0
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: nmann08 on 08-02-2013)
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Photo of smakawhat
4.59/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Photo of dsshuck
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jspaner
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of bryanbullock
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Any redneck would covets the chance to throw down a 16 pointers so I was instantly drawn to this beer. Poured a caramel amber with a two finger head, the head and froth did not last throughout the beer but maintained mild carbonation. Aroma is malt and strong notes of pine can not detect other flavors. Strong hop and malt taste at the start build odd finish leaving something of a chalky taste. Smooth mouthfeel with mild carbonation. A quality imperial IPA.

Photo of cjgiant
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of y2jrock60
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

O-

Photo of JayQue
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of ChipMurray
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of KCBeerNerd
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BrandonN24
2.33/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

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..

Photo of VonZipper
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Tucquan
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of JISurfer
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ChefHopMeister
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured heavy down the side of a chilled pint glass

Appearance: A rich golden amber. Filtered, so its a see thru brew. White foamy head if poured with a somewhat heavy hand. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Mute, some caramel, malt, hints of cereal

Taste: Malty backbone, sticky, nice hoppy bitterness as citrus rind reigns supreme, honey note

Mouthfeel: Nicely balanced carbonation, creamy and moderately thick

Overall: This was a very enjoyable DIPA*. While looking for Hopslam earlier in the month, one of the beer guys at TW recommended DB Sixteen Point as an alternative. Not wanting to buy the 4-pak without any review knowledge, I opted to test drive a single bottle (which is nice about TW and their impressive single bottle selection). My only major let down was the nose/smell. Very muted and subdued.

Yep, I'll be back to get the 4-pak. Devils Backbone Brewing is beginning to make some noise and Sixteen Point should help bring some attention to their offerings. This is a solid DIPA and didn't disappoint!

*Chef_Hop_Meister Recommended

Photo of Mattyb79
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of PGVG
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of McBraniel
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of zdeck37
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of jaymo18
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Hanzo
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Treyliff
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Photo of funcooker78
4.5/5  rDev +21%

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