Catty Wompus | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Catty WompusCatty Wompus

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Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Treyliff on 05-26-2014

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Ratings: 123 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by Treyliff:
Photo of Treyliff
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Boned on April 18, 2014, poured into Devils Backbone Snifter

A- pours a bright and clear golden color with a one-finger creamy white head that retains long after the pour with bubbles continuously shooting to the top. Head eventually settles leaving behind some nice lacing, very nice

S- fruity hop aroma up front gives notes mango, papaya and pineapple. Peppery spicy notes with aromas of earth and must

T- fruity hop flavors follow the nose with flavors of pineapple and papaya, peppery spice kicks in mid-palate with some earthy notes and a kick of bready malt, leading to a dry finish with more fruity hops

M- medium body and medium carbonation lead to a foamy and creamy mouthfeel, with a creamy and smooth finish

O- nice fruity IPA, although it didn't have that classic phenolic taste that I like in Belgian IPA's, it was still quite enjoyable

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Nversobr
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold moderate carbonation and 1/2 inch head. Taste is tangerine, hay, Belgian spices, and sharp citrus hops. Makes for a really nice sipper. One of the better domestic versions of the style that I have had.

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Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in D.C.
Deep amber body with a somewhat small and weak head.
Nice aroma with hints of honey, spices and soft fruits.
Both the aroma and the flavor are less hoppy than expected for style. This seems to have only some Belgian yeast; at least the signs evident in the flavor and aroma are more subtle than strong.

O: not bold but distinct and moderately appealing Belgian Pale.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of tempest
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very juicy with a mild, spicy edge for the Belgian character. The aroma reminds me of sweet canned peaches, but the finish is balanced and a touch dry. There's a bit of citrus and hint of pine, but the peach is all I can think about when my nose is over the glass.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The label text ("A BELGIAN INSPIRED INDIA PALE ALE") is an accurate description. Although IPA is the dominant style, both smell and taste have some of the yeasty and bready notes associated with Belgian ales. Color gold, head white and fairly thin. Nose moderately strong and combining yeast with IPA hops. Taste bigger than nose suggests. Enjoyable. Drank one 3 May '16, bottled 6 April 2016.

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Photo of hophugger
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RandalFlagg
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GapingMcNulty
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of SpectrePLUS
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great alternative IPA! The "Belgian" aspect really mellows a solid hoppy base; tasty through and through. Reminds me a lot of Matt Hackner's mom, but sweeter and not as dirty (unfortunately)...

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

-Belgian inspired ipa served in a spiegelau vessel.

A: Bright orange coloring, with a good clarity, has a soft, and slow rise of effervesce, medium density. A solid, foamy capping is firm in its stance, lacing is minimal.

S: Sweet and spicy hops combine with a small Belgian yeast funk. Some wet lemons, finished off by some funky, green melon fruit. Light to medium range intensity, quickly dissolving stamina.

T: Musky flowery hops, touch of tart lemon and toasted grain for flavor. Muksy citrus, dry catty flowery hops, with the biggest moment arriving shortly after the swallow. Better late then never. Nice toasted malting, belgian influence is soft, yeastiness is restrained, some musky nature.

M: Body seemed a bit thin at the start, water, with a carbonation factor that really doesn't come through or add texture or life. Frothy and washy feel. One of the low points of this drink.

O: Aptly named with some musky and catty flavors, offers only a small introduction into the world of Belgian ipa and hardly stands among the most notable. Biggest sense of hop flavors come on the dry finish of the swallow. Mouthful I felt was a weak point lacking body and crispness.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a light golden with a thin head.

Aroma is light Belgian esters.

Taste is more Belgian pale ale than IPA and the alcohol disappears between light malt.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RAFH
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beejay
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful dark yellow color, with a somewhat small white head.

S: Light and fruity, with notes of pineapple, and citrus. Quite a lovely smelling brew.

T: Fruity, with wine like notes. Some light citrus with berries. There is a little bit of an herbal and honey finish, the herbal is light and doesn't take away much of the sweetness.

F: Medium light in body with assertive carbonation.

O: Overall a nice treat with a little Belgian flare. For me this brew would be great when I wanted a Belgian tripel, but didn't want want a 9+ abv beer. Tasty.

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Photo of DavidHume
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of robebo44
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Guppy314
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It has a spicy hop and citrusy flavor that is more fulsome than I would have expected from an IPA. But that also means that it has less light and crispy refreshingness. I don't taste the "honey" that other reviewers praise.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gambreeno
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of obywan59
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant clear golden orange to orange amber with a 2 1/2 finger whitish head that recedes leaving a ring around the glass and a film over the surface. Little lacing.

Aroma of Belgian yeast with fruity hops. Ripe citrus and mango or maybe cantaloupe. Nice spicy yeast.

Sweet caramel malt with fruity overtones here as well. Hints of ripe cantaloupe and citrus rind. Lemony tart with a pronounced bitterness.

Pretty crisp and medium to medium full in body. Almost a bit fizzy. A considerable drying aspect that makes it seem as if the beer is more sticky than it actually is.

The taste and mouthfeel seemed a bit weak at first, but then showed definite improvement after I'd been at it for awhile. Quite a good beer. I'd definitely try it again.

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