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Catty Wompus | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Treyliff on 05-26-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
96
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
28.91%
 
 
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3
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31
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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 96
Reviews by Treyliff:
Photo of Treyliff
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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 -0.5%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 -8.2%
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 -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of tempest
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +2.1%
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 -7.2%

Photo of Barracudas
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GapingMcNulty
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of SpectrePLUS
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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 +6.1%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beejay
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +6.1%

Photo of robebo44
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Guppy314
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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 gambreeno
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of obywan59
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of canterburylm
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Milquetoast
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an exceptional Belgian IPA. Slightly bitter, very smooth, great taste & a little kick

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Photo of jimpyle48
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lillitnn92
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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Catty Wompus from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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