Another State Of Kind
Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Another State Of KindAnother State Of Kind
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Style:
Cream Ale
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 7.16%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
94
From:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
 
Virginia, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
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  10
SCORE
87
Very Good
Another State Of KindAnother State Of Kind
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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Reviews by OldManMetal:
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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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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled 12/14/2015.

Giant bright 14k gold body color, crystal clear and beaming. Very little rising carbonation at all while the beer sits, sets with barely a two finger bright white head that dissolves slowly but steadily. Manages a soapy puck and crown while resting.

Dank yes, but not the biggest nose on the aroma. Hop forward tropical notes but with a dank angle that goes to mushy over ripe tropical fruit character. Hints of pineapple a bit, maybe a bit of sweetness in the background but quite small. Decent bouquet.

Palate shocks quite a bit. So THERE's that cream ale sweetness which hits with a WALLOP at first, but is quickly washed away in a flurry of excellent hop flavors. Malt sweet front, with a mid palate that hits with earth and tropical hop bombast. Juiced pineapple, an an interesting quick finish that goes straight into lime and almost Italian bitters Campari territory. There's just the right amount of sweet malts and adjunct? possibly countering the hop angle on this to really make an excellent touch of sugar fruit like quality.

Is the new deal? Hopped up cream ales? Watch out folks its coming for you! So far 2 beers in to the DB Adventure pack and it's swinging gangbusters.

Jan 17, 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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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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oberon from North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/7/15.A collab with Sun King.A "Double Dank" cream ale....hmmm ok.Pours in to a standard pint glass a clear light gold with a thin wispy white head that is gone pretty fast.Some for real dank hops in the nose,almost like a summer garden,I really like this.Iam not sure if I have had a beer like this before,normally a lightly hopped style but the dank hops are the main component here,again like a summer garden on a hot day if you know what I mean.not very much sweetness and slightly grainy.Damn this is good....much better than expected,this is a cream ale turned upside down.Great to drink during the "Snowmageddon",the workers are going home....

Jan 22, 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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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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jak from North Carolina

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

Feb 10, 2016
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Budlum from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Feb 15, 2016
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rangerred from Tennessee

3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mar 13, 2016
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

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

Mar 01, 2016
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argock from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. Bottled on 12.19.15 smeared on bottle neck.

A: Crystal clear hay yellow with short-1/2 finger of off-white tightly bubbled head with decent retention but only spare lacing.

S: Very DIPA-like aroma with lime, grapefruit, pine, and guava all there with slightly sweet, almost pilsner-like malty aromas. No yeast or alcohol.

T: Very hoppy and bitter with bright grapefruit and lime citrus, pine, floral, and melon early on. I only get the cream ale in the finish, which is slightly sweet and tangy. Bitterness is medium+. The alcohol is well-hidden. The hop flavor degrades a little with warming to more soapy and minerally.

M: Very dry and light despite the near 7% ABV. Carbonation is bright and body certainly light to light-medium at most. A little minerally and tacky in the finish.

O: Another interesting beer from the DB 2016 winter adventure pack, although Another State of Kind doesn't come off quite as well as the first 3 I tried (Session IPL -- amazing, Risen -- solid coffee ale, and Australian Ale -- hoppy and drinkable) but no crying in the beer here -- this is still very good and a unique take on two popular styles.

Jan 20, 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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kell50 from North Carolina

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

Mar 19, 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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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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fehrminator from North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Feb 11, 2016
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Feb 26, 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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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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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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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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2dogbrew from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 24, 2016
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seanchai from Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 23, 2016
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dbc5 from Arizona

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

Jan 31, 2016
Another State Of Kind from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 94 ratings