Another State Of Kind
Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Cream Ale
3.91 | pDev: 7.16%
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Collaboration with Sun King Brewery. Double Dank Cream Ale. Pale in color and loaded with Simcoe and Columbus hops, this beer is an unlikely marriage of a cream ale and a double IPA.
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12iz bottle poured into a tulip

A- bright clear golden, nice frothy white head that retains nicely

S- toasted grains, floral/grassy/spicy hops, light vanilla, toasted bread

T- sugary sweet up front with some herbal/grassy hops, vanilla cream mid-palate, granulated sugar on the finish, reminds me of the dipping stick from a pack of fun dip

M- medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and a silky finish, high drinkability

O- a nice change up to a typical simple/mundane style

Jul 17, 2016
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rjs246 from Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a revelation. Cream ale is a hot day beer for me. Beyond that, I never touch the stuff. So I wasn't expecting much from this. Wow was I pleasantly surprised. It's light colored and crystal clear, just like a traditional Cream Ale, but with so much more flavor and alcoholic zip. Very tasty. Too bad it's a limited release collaboration because I would drink this year round.

Apr 28, 2016
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delta490 from Virginia

3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, a medium light gold, with a thin smear of white head. It still manages to leave smaller amounts of sticky lacing. The aroma is lighter but has some citrus and pine. The taste is much the same. The body is lighter, steadily carbonated, with a slightly crisp finish.

To me it was an attempt to blend two styles that just missed the mark.

Apr 24, 2016
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Hilarytheguy from Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A dank cream ale that combines the hop forward flavor of an IPA with the smooth clarity of a cream ale. A great idea that pays off in a very drinkable, flavorful beer that takes the best of both styles.

Apr 18, 2016
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jmasher85 from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks just the way a cream ale ought to look - crystal clear and pale, dull gold.

Smell is just great - dank and resinous. It's like breathing in a hop vineyard. Pine trees, hints of grapefruit peel, mild malty backbone.

The taste is totally there too - mildly sweet on the front end, but it quickly gives way to floral, grassy, piney hops. They set out to make a hoppy cream ale and they nailed it. The finish is bitter, but not too much so, and it hangs out gently on the tongue with a thick, oily, creamy texture long after the head has faded.

Also, goes really well with the tortilla chips I'm eating now.

Apr 13, 2016
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OldSwampy from Virginia

3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although called a cream ale, I kept thinking IPA. It's said to be a blend of the two styles, which I get intellectually, but drinking it, I kept experiencing it as an IPA. Color is basically straw to a bit darker. Minimal pale head. The nose was hoppy and a bit fruity; it made me anticipate IPA flavors, and that's a lot of what I got on tasting it. There is a "cream" aspect which is not found in every typical IPA... but the IPA impact is mainly what I got from this one. The floral and somewhat fruity nose was probably the highlight for me here. An almost sudsy mouthfeel emerges after a moment. There's a bit of aftertaste that's not to my taste but might be fine for IPA enthusiasts.

My bottle was bottled ("boned") on 21 Jan 2016, consumed on 7 Apr 2016.

Apr 07, 2016
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Jimmys from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

someone boned this beer on 12/10/15.

A: slight haze on a straw, blonde hue. some bubbles form a small white head. not much to it lacing or retention wise.

S: smells sticky. dank even.... piney, citrus, woody, and some earthiness. in conclusion, really hoppy aroma but not like your usual citrus bombs this days. inviting.

T: flavor starts off all hops. woody for sure. some green tea hop flavor. some mild grain bite towards the finish, nicely balanced. bitter finish. resinous and lingering.

M: moderate body with moderate carb. standard.

D: pretty good brew, definitely rich in hop character. not getting a ton of Cream Ale qualities as this is mostly hoppy, but there is some semblance of malt and hop balance so I am not going to argue with it.

Mar 26, 2016
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one is another collaboration brew by Devil’s Backbone and Sun King Breweries. This beer has 6.8% ABV and 68 IBUs. It is a Double Dank Cream Ale style.

Look-It pours a brilliant and very light yellow golden color. The head although fleeting is very white and foamy and silky. The lacing is drooping and wet.

Smell-It smells grainy, like corn and wheat, as well as grassy and piney.

Taste-It starts out with a blast of carbonation and then I get a wave of floral components like lilac, clover, and dandelion. I then get some mild bitters from the hops and some grassy/earthy hops and some very mild citrus like clementine and tangerine. It has a medium-body at most and significant carbonation.

Overall-This is a very refreshing beer. It is crisp, moist, and refreshing as well as unique and versatile.

Mar 21, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Pale golden in color, perfect clarity with some bubbles. Thin lacing but it stays. Big hop nose, same on the palate. Catty and grapefruit rind, more hops than anything else here but that must have been the point. Perfect crispness, very easy to drink. Estery with some dry graininess in the back. Lots of fun to drink and I most certainly received my hop fix with this one.

Mar 15, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color capped by an inch or so of froth; a few clumps of foam stick here and there

Smell: Grainy, with a hint of corn syrup sweetness; grassy, piney hop elements

Taste: Corn syrup sweetness mixed with a grainy base commences the flavor parade and then underpins the growing piney bitterness; really dank through the finish, with onion and aspirin tones lingering

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I like the concept but I was not thrilled by the hop bill; while I don't mind the dankness, the onion and aspirin tones detract from my enjoyment

Mar 13, 2016
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Pantalones from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My second bottle of this one. Bottling date is a little smudged but seems to be December 16th(?), 2016.

Surprisingly pale golden-yellow color, very clear and shiny, with lots of bubbles rising up; looking a bit like a nice pilsner. There was a thin layer of foam on top when I first poured but it has now shrank into a few scattered bits and a thicker ring around the edges. Overall it looks really nice.

Smell: HOPS!... with a bit of a sweetness hiding in the background. Specifically, it's coming across as a sort of piney-spicy, maybe a little fruity mixture of hop smells. This is even with a bit of a stuffy nose... definitely an extremely hoppy-smelling beer, even a few months past bottling.

Taste is also very hoppy, similar to the smell with the piney/spicy/"green" sorts of flavors going on. There is a bit of a sweetness in the background here too. This time around the taste isn't standing out quite as much as the smell, interestingly enough, but it's still nice for sure. Bit of a lingering leafy-grapefruit-bitter thing for a while after taking a drink, along with (interestingly) a bit of that sweetness that hangs around for just a bit, then fades into the leafy/grapefruit-ish flavor and bitterness. After the halfway point, starting to pick up a sort of earthy thing in the hop flavors that I wasn't getting much of before; definitely seeming like a "walking through a pine forest" sort of beer now that that's present.

While smell and taste-wise this is good, mouthfeel-wise it's GREAT. Not seeming fizzy or prickly despite the visibly fast, bubbly carbonation, more of that "soft bubbly carbonation" thing that I like. There's also a bit of an almost oily thing going on, would have to guess that the sheer amount of hop oils involved might have something to do with that but am not entirely sure.

Overall, this is a tasty beer that I'm glad to have had the chance to try, though I imagine it'd probably be even better if my nose wasn't stuffy (and/or if I was able to have it on tap at the brewery! I did have their Double Pacific Ale from the same pack that way, and that one was amazing when I had some fresh on draft.) I'm not sure what a "regular" cream ale is like, but am assuming the pale color/background sweetness/mouthfeel may have been influenced by the cream ale side of this one, with the hoppiness from the double IPA side? However the two styles combine, it seems to work pretty well. Am definitely impressed with the collaboration beers this year; anyone in Devil's Backbone's distribution area who hasn't had a chance to try them out yet should definitely go for it before they're all gone.

Mar 13, 2016
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Zraly from Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty, clear straw color with a two finger, white head. Nice hop aromatics.

Body is a bit thin and grainy. Corn-like sweetness. Grassy and resinous hops play along with each other. Carbonation helps lift some of the sweetness off the palate. Finishes dry.

Not crazy about this beer. The hops are nice but the melding of a cream ale and an IPA seems unnecessary.

Mar 10, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy creamy white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dank/resin hops with a light aroma of citrus/grapefruit rind and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy malts with a hint of corn adjunct sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of hops - dank/resin, citrus/grapefruit rind, tropical/peach, and herbal hops which impart a moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Very interesting... a hopped up cream ale - I think I am a fan of this hybrid style. Easy to drink and refreshing, would be very nice on a hot summer afternoon. Well hidden alcohol and enjoyable, I would definitely have another.

Mar 07, 2016
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, smudged date

clear yellow golden color, white head that fades. earthy, pine hop aroma. very little malt flavor, slightly bitter hop bite. thin body, medium to high carbonation.

Feb 27, 2016
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ChrisKayler from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Herbal spicy hops. Some piney bitterness and sweet fruit notes as well. Corny slightly sweet but completely clean cream ale lays beneath. Super refreshing. Really liked it.

Feb 22, 2016
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2016-02-14 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz bottle.

A - Clear yellow-gold with a 1-finger white head and light lace.

S - Mild aromas of melon, grass, hop bud and honeysuckle floral.

T - Grassy/herbal hop forward with a good dollop of bitterness. Middle of the mouth sees some fruit and grain sweetness with a bit of roasted corn sprinkled with pepper. Finish is dry with some pine and quite bitter for a cream ale although by no means a tongue scraper.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Crisp.

O - This is a differently-flavored beer that I quite enjoyed. Kudos for stretching styles.

Feb 14, 2016
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear light gold with a white head and little to no lacing. The smell is sweet malt, grapefruit and a big dose of weed. The taste is reminiscent of grapefruit and bitter hops with some floral tastes in there as well. The piney bitter finish is really nice. I really enjoyed this one.

Feb 11, 2016
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JamieDuncan from Maryland

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer, I would call it an India Pale Cream Ale. Clear golden appearance with a limited white head. Good hop aroma, mostly pine with some tropical fruit in there. Mostly bitter, with some fruity sweetness in the taste. Very light mouthfeel, bitter lingers somewhat. Overall, mixed bag, interesting but nothing outstanding.

Feb 10, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip appears clear golden yellow color with a white cap.

The aroma is herbal and slightly fruity to rindy.

It tastes bitter and rindy with fruit, grass and almost a canteloupe character.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. Rindy and resinous but easy drinking. Not a bad brew but not great by any stretch either.

Feb 10, 2016
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is the wildcard out of the Adventure Pack Collaboration Sampler: a dank-hopped cream ale (brewed by Devils Backbone in conjunction with Sun King). It pours to a large, brief-lived, rocky white head on a crystal-clear, sparkling straw-colored body. Lacing is sparse, and manifests as irregular animalesque clouds. The aroma is big and hoppy: a delicious blend of weed, grapefruit and perfumey florals, topped by modest alcohol overtones. Up front, the flavor is bitter pineapple and florals; mid-palate the florals emerge even more, along with some citrus, more subtle weedy notes and a bit of IPA soapiness. What malt is discernable is grainy/lagery. The bitterness builds to middling for an IPA, leading to a finish that is a bit soapy/perfumey, then dry, followed by a modest grassy hop bitterness that lingers for quite awhile. Retrogustative olfaction is grassy/weedy. The mouthfeel is commensurate with the light body, and the texture is medium-creamy and moderately peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 50 days after pkg)

Feb 06, 2016
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SFNC from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look; very pale yellow with a loose white, one finger head that lasts a minute of two. Plenty of bubbles visible.
Smell; Like a very good IPS, lots of nice hops.
Taste; Light, and hoppy. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, maybe not a typical Cream Ale, but pretty tasty.
Feel; Light, mid to high carbonation.
Overall; Quite enjoyable, again maybe more IPA than Cream Ale.

Feb 05, 2016
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Beejay from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Pale yellow, mostly clear with a white head.

S: The name says it. Dank resinous hops with pine and grapefruit following.

T: Taste follows aroma, resin, pine, and citrus, with a touch of earthiness in the finish.

M: Medium light in body, with high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

O: Overall vary tasty, but more so as a IPA. The booze is really well hidden, not a lot of cream ale character is noticeable past the hops, but still a good beer.

Feb 03, 2016
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oldn00b from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap into a small snifter. Looks like a cream ale, nose is a bit more hoppy than expected. Flavor is definitely more on the hoppy side that would be expected - more like an IPA than a cream ale. It is in no way bad but not exactly what I was expecting.

Feb 01, 2016
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bluehende from Delaware

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The description says cream ale, but the hops overpower any semblance of a cream ale. It is basically a decent IPA. The smell is fairly low, but it tastes pretty good. Nice mouth feel too.

Feb 01, 2016
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed, tulip style glass. Golden color with lacy, white head. Collaboration with Sun King Brewery labeled as "Double Dank Cream Ale", and dank it for this style. I tend to find cream ales smooth and well balanced. This one is definitely more hop forward, and smooth at 6.8% abv.

Jan 30, 2016
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