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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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84
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | 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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cjgiant

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 02:25:29 | More by cjgiant
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%

03-11-2014 02:18:54 | More by lupercmda
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y2jrock60

Pennsylvania

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-

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 01:03:54 | More by y2jrock60
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JayQue

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 00:51:48 | More by JayQue
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ChipMurray

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

03-09-2014 23:08:42 | More by ChipMurray
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KCBeerNerd

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

03-09-2014 20:00:57 | More by KCBeerNerd
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BrandonN24

Maryland

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..

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 05:09:45 | More by BrandonN24
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VonZipper

New York

3/5  rDev -19.4%

03-07-2014 03:16:20 | More by VonZipper
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 23:11:01 | More by Tucquan
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.4%

03-04-2014 23:12:40 | More by Damian74Shensky
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JISurfer

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%

03-01-2014 04:28:17 | More by JISurfer
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.5%

02-28-2014 21:59:36 | More by Boone757
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ChefHopMeister

Virginia

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

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 22:30:25 | More by ChefHopMeister
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Mattyb79

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.5%

02-24-2014 03:09:20 | More by Mattyb79
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PGVG

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

02-24-2014 00:28:07 | More by PGVG
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McBraniel

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.5%

02-22-2014 01:36:28 | More by McBraniel
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zdeck37

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

02-19-2014 01:51:29 | More by zdeck37
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jaymo18

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

02-17-2014 19:41:01 | More by jaymo18
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Hanzo

Virginia

3/5  rDev -19.4%

02-15-2014 03:20:28 | More by Hanzo
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Treyliff

West Virginia

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

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 01:58:05 | More by Treyliff
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funcooker78

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +21%

02-10-2014 23:51:26 | More by funcooker78
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ZachKelly

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

02-10-2014 08:29:20 | More by ZachKelly
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JohnathanColeman

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

02-09-2014 01:07:43 | More by JohnathanColeman
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billab914

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

02-09-2014 00:24:44 | More by billab914
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

02-08-2014 05:22:45 | More by Rhettroactive
Sixteen Point Imperial IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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