Double Pacific Ale
Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Double Pacific AleDouble Pacific Ale
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Strong Ale - American
3.93 | pDev: 9.41%
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Double Pacific AleDouble Pacific Ale
Notes: Collaboration with Thunder Road Brewing.

A strong Australian-style ale. Pacific ale is an emerging style that uses fruiter hops grown in Australia and New Zealand, for this US brew the team used Aussie galaxy hops and a combination of malts for smooth, tropical notes.
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip
Boned 12/7/15

A- pours a clear bright straw color with a thin foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass

S- fruity hop aroma with notes of red berries, green melon, mango & guava. Bready malt undertones

T- plenty of fruity hop flavor follows the nose; ripe melon, guava, mango, passionfruit and some grassy notes. Mid-palate brings some alcohol and slightly sweet malt, the finish gives more fruity hop notes and a bit more booze

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- pretty unique hop profile and one that I enjoyed, hops have help up nicely after 9 months

Sep 09, 2016
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delta490 from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly cloudy medium-light gold with a moderate amount of meringue-like head. It has good retention and leaves small amounts of tight sticky lacing. The aroma is a little light but still offers some nice sweeter malts and a hint of tropical fruit. The taste is much the same but just a little bit more robust. The body has a lighter weight to it and a steady carbonated feel.

Apr 25, 2016
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2016-04-18 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz bottle

A - Somewhat-hazy straw-yellow with a 3/4-finger white head that fades quickly leaving mild lace.

S - Pineapple, blueberry, light toasted white bread, floral. Pleasant but not real strong.

T - Holiday spice, pineapple, blueberry, white pepper, toasted sourdough bread with white grape jam, sour yogurt drizzled with honey, oak. The finish is moderately bitter mixed with the rest of the flavors.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Somewhat prickly and lightly resinous.

O - This is a unique beer. Never had this combination of flavors before. Kudos for originality. I enjoyed it but wouldn't want it every day.

Apr 18, 2016
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Beejay from Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale yellow, slightly cloudy with a white head.

S: Pineapple, orange zest, mango, and grapefruit

T: Just a lovely spread of delicious juicy fruit flavors, pineapple, orange zest, perhaps a touch of spice, and a hint of pear, finishing with a light grapefruit juice flavor. Good bitterness.

M: Medium to medium light with an interesting soft texture. Damn near effervescent carbonation, and a dry finish.

O: This beer is fantastic.

Apr 06, 2016
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OldSwampy from Virginia

4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Smell this!" was what I said when I first took a whiff. This ale delivered a clear blast of pineapple when I first poured it and had a sniff. I wasn't sure what to expect from the "Australian-inspired" tag on the label, but the overall taste delivered. Unlike some others who have compared the various beers from the Devils' Backbone Adventure Pack, I much preferred this to the Session IPL. The flavor of this ale did not quite match the "wow" factor of the aroma, but it was still a great beer. Color, gold, perhaps tending a bit to amber (I am tempted to call it "pineapple..."). Head essentially white. A wonderful balance of malt and hops with a clean, firm mouthfeel. Refreshing and interesting. As with some others in the collaboration pack... it will be too bad when it's not around any more.

Bottled 29 Jan 2016 (bottle), consumed 3 Apr 2016.

Apr 04, 2016
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gopens44 from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks only slightly hazy through this golden beer, sporting a stark white frothy head. Lacing is moderate, as is the head after having settled in a bit.

Nose has a striking earthy, almost rotting vegetables smell right away with a latent rubbery, dankness upon exit.

Taste is a good ways better than the smell as I do get that rubbery thing but it opens up into something more mango-ish until massive medicinal heat comes pounding in. Much like Risen, the heat brings on the feel in a wicked dryness. Aftertaste does have some sweetness lurking about.

Overall, this is messy. The heat just rips apart any hint of balance.

Mar 28, 2016
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slusk from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a short lived white head.

S: Nice and hoppy. Pine, spicy, floral, citrus. some light malt comes through.

T: Mostly late hop additions. Not too bitter. Pine, light citrus and a wee bit musty and earthy in a slightly sweet finish.

F: Medium body, low carbonation. Smooth and slightly acidic.

O: A great beer. The 8.4 ABV is well hidden. Hops are well balanced with malt sweetness. Love the complex hop flavor and aroma. A good Beer for hop lovers. Wish they brewed more.

Mar 25, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation swirling + rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to

S: Moderate aromas of tropical/mango, tropical/guava, tropical/pineapple, and pine/resin hops over lighter aromas of sweet biscuit malts and sweet fruity yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit malts with a moderate amount of honey-like sweetness and moderate sweet fruity yeast. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of tropical/mango, tropical/guava, tropical/pineapple, and pine resin hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades away quickly leaving a lingering sweetness. Hints of alcohol in the finish as well.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and something a little different than other beers - doesn't really fit a style with the aspects of a strong ale and the pacific hop presence. Definitely showcases the hops. More of a sipping beer due to the presence of alcohol.

Mar 24, 2016
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This 8.4% ABV 50 IBU Strong Australian-Inspired Ale is delicious.

Look-It pours a clear golden yellow.

Smell-It smells of vanilla malts and alcohol.

Taste-The alcohol isn’t over-powering, but is noticeable. The carbonation is mild, but fizzy. It tastes of nutty roasted almonds, vanilla, and some hop bitters. Definitely medium-bodied at least.

Overall-A refreshing beer, but the alcohol sneaks up on you so be careful. Cheers!

Mar 21, 2016
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Lucular from Maryland

2.8/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Can't get past the metallic flavor. A boozy mess. Very disappointing, not drinkable. Rather than a second bottle of this in the collaboration pack (or a first bottle for that matter), I would have MUCH preferred another Vienna lager which is actually an enjoyable beer.

Mar 07, 2016
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

2.87/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle, date on neck

Pale yellow, white head, decent lacing. Aroma is grassy, earthy, and some corn sweetness . Similar flavor, tastes like a scaled up adjunct lager to me, not good. Overall not a fan.

Mar 06, 2016
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jmasher85 from Maryland

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal, sparkling clear gold with just a bit of head that lasts forever. There's a whiff of garlic on the nose, but you also get some cut grass, lemon zest, sweet citrus, only a bit of hoppy bitterness. The flavor is refreshing and smooth in a sweet, light, grapefruit and pineapple kinda way. I agree with a lot of The Bro's assessment on this one - fruity and malty with a finish that gets drier the more you drink. Another solid offering from the DB Adventure Pack collaboration set.

Feb 25, 2016
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Pantalones from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First bottle out of the collaboration pack; bottling date is December 7th, 2015. I've had a sample on tap at the brewery previously, but this is my first time having a full glass -- looking forward to it!

The beer is light golden in color, and mostly clear but with some VERY visible floating particles when a light is shone through it -- that's pretty interesting, and I'm not sure I've seen that feature in a beer before, usually it's either very clear or too hazy to see distinct particles. Also, lots and lots of rising bubbles in there. Didn't pour this one very hard so not a great deal of foam was formed, but what was there was a nice layer which has now shrunk into a thin coating (fading away entirely in a few spots) with a thicker ring around the outer edge. Some trails are left behind on the inside of the glass as the beer is drank.

Smell is tropical-fruit hops right away -- literally the moment I pried the cap off the bottle I got a good whiff of hops, and sniffing more closely now I get all sorts of tropical-fruit type smells, particularly pineapple and that "mixed fruit skins" sort of thing that Galaxy hops always come across as to me. I want to say there's a bit more than that in there too, maybe something almost mango-like? A good bit of sweetness in the background, too. Basically, this smells really good. Very similar to what I remember it being like up at the brewery actually, which is pretty impressive with this going on 3 months in age -- I suppose this being a "strong ale" rather than an IPA might mean it's better at withstanding a bit of age?

Taste is unfortunately not coming across nearly as sweet or tropical-fruity as the smell did for me this time -- I suppose my taste buds are still not quite in a "hoppy" mood. Some nice background sweetness still comes through, along with flavors that are mostly coming across as leafy-bitter and a bit of tropical-fruit-skin; I was occasionally still picking up a bit of that mango-ish flavor early on but unfortunately the pineappley thing isn't coming through clearly this time at all. A little bit of a spicyish, almost oniony thing popping in from time to time. Some lingering leafy bitterness in the aftertaste starting to be noticeable around halfway through the glass. Burps have more of the tropical-fruit flavors missing from the taste. Yeah, either 2-and-a-half months of age has not done good things for this one or my taste buds are off when it comes to hops today -- I'm guessing probably more on my taste buds than the age, as I had a similar experience with one of the other hoppy beers in this box the other day (and the first time I'd had that one it was from this very same box not long before that, so no significant difference in age.)

Feel is very bubbly -- definitely pretty highly carbonated it seems. Almost prickly at times, but not so much that it becomes a problem. Has a bit of a sticky, oily sort of feel to it which is interesting.

Overall I feel kinda bad about rating this one today since I'm pretty sure my taste buds are not in a hoppy mood and that's causing the flavors to shift away from the really great tropical fruity things that I know are in this beer normally. This was a very, very good beer the first time I had it, and I'm pretty sure if my taste buds weren't doing that annoying "make all hoppy beers seem way more bitter than normal and taste pretty much the same" thing it would be just as good today as I remember it being before (I imagine I'd give it probably at least a 4 in the taste department along with a higher "overall" score -- this one really impressed me the first time around.) If my taste buds decide to behave by the time I get around to my second bottle, I'll be re-reviewing to reflect that.

EDIT: Taking little sips, I can pick up just a bit of that almost pineappley thing I liked so much when I had this the first time, and the "my tongue isn't in the mood for hops tonight" effect seems to be lessened. Bumping up the taste score a notch here to reflect this discovery. Doesn't bring it up to the level I would've wanted to rate it when I first tried it, but I'm glad to have a partial workaround to my taste buds' current hop aversion at least! And now I'm tasting a little bit of that sweet candied-pineapple type thing when I breathe out. Yeah, I really hope my taste buds start cooperating with hops again soon so I can experience this one tasting the way it's supposed to again before it goes away...

Feb 25, 2016
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm a bit surprised by the murky straw color - normally, strong ales are darker copper in color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Retention is middling, but the great texture leaves behind a lot of lacing.

This has a lot of Galaxy hops floating around in the aroma. Having said that (perhaps not too surprising given DB is calling it a "strong ale" instead of a DIPA), I also get plenty of malt. White bread, cracker, sugar cookie, lemon sherbet - the usual conglomerate of notes, basically. Going by the nose, its malt backbone works very well with the subtle fruit qualities coming from my favorite hop, Galaxy.

Oh, this is interesting. Flavor-wise, it opens up with nice tropical fruit notes like mango and papaya. Some additional notes of pineapple, lime, and lemon also comes through. After that, this shows off a lot of malt, but in a pleasant manner. Instead of caramel or toffee, I taste plenty of sugar cookie and white bread - and its relative intensity works so well here. Where this beer succeeds is how well the main elements work together.

While it tastes malty, and even feels malty, by no means is this beer overly heavy or sweet. It's not bone-dry, either. In short, the finish is wonderfully neutral - of course, easygoing carbonation plays a role in that. It's more of a sipper than a chugger, though.

Given the color, and the Galaxy-laden aroma, one would expect this to be little more than a hop showcase, but it's not. Luckily, the hop/malt balance of this brew is excellent. Right now, this one is my favorite in the Adventure Pack.

3.83/5: It could cynically be called a malty DIPA; I just call it tasty

Feb 15, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip appears pale golden yellow color with some fine particulate finding its way into the glass despite a careful pour. A white cap fades to thin film across the top.

Aroma is hoppy with almost a vinous fruity character, grass and mild solvent alcohol.

It tastes fruity to vinous with some pulp and lemony notes as well.

This is light in body with moderate to light carbonation. Some boozy warmth and overall pleasant.

Feb 10, 2016
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bubseymour from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My beer guru Jr. pal (who's about to overtake me in beer ticks/reviews), gave me this one from the Adventure pack. This beer is quite a unique bird. Its very light in color and looks more like a pilsner in the glass than any other style. Smell has fruitiness to it, but not quite like any IPA or Pale Ale hop scents I've noticed, but its definitely a hop smell. Taste again is quite different. Smooth and sweet finish with some "fruit salad" mixed flavors in there. Finishes slick and clean and minimal bitter. Not sure if American Strong Ale is proper description, but at 8.4% and how strange the one is, perhaps that is best category after all.

Feb 09, 2016
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Mongrel from Maryland

3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells like garlic and onion and cheese, with some tropical stuff in the background. Pretty intense.

Tastes alllmost like Dirtwolf, but stops short both in the aroma and flavor departments. Definitely evocative of those tropical/southern hemisphere hop flavors, with some dank/savory notes to back it up. Pretty aggressive lime and persimmon. Sort of lacking in depth, but it's growing on me as this beer comes together and warms. Nice lightness of body and color for an 8.4 ABV brew.

Feb 05, 2016
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ever so slightly hazy pale gold. White head that leaves some spotty lacing. The nose reminds me of pineapple but definitely has a pungent hop aroma. There is the faintest sense of sweetness in the smell too. The taste is full of fruits like pineapple and mango with a nice bitter finish that lingers. There is a nice little warming effect in this one. The body seems medium to me with low carbonation. Interesting beer.

Feb 05, 2016
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oldn00b from Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on tap. Golden ale, nearly crystal clear. White foamy head with some lacing.

Nose is like a strong lager, lots of yeast and malt with some hop notes. Definitely comes across more like an IPL than an IPA. Fine, but nothing fantastic.

Edited: Poured from a 12 oz to an IPA glass. The hop notes are far more present than I had on tap - almost like a different beer (and maybe it was and they poured me something wrong).

Pours gold, crystal clear, with minimal head that fades quickly but a bit of lacing.

Nose is tropical, juicy hops with some malt poking through.

Flavor follows - slight boozy note I don't mind but juicy tropical hop profile, light and muted. Pretty nice overall.

Feel is nice, well rounded, a touch of heat from the booze but nothing abrasive good or bad. Would enjoy again for sure.

Feb 01, 2016
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bluehende from Delaware

3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. The smell had the simcoe cat pee aroma. Not horrible at all. It just doesn't contribute at all. The taste was actually good with a normal IPA quality that was above average.

Feb 01, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very bright, slightly hazy, goldenrod coloring with a ton of carbonation in the body, and a fluffy, dense, bubbly, clingy, white head. Aromas of bright tropical fruit notes, heavy in mango and pineapple, blending with solid grassy and floral hops characteristics. Flavors are bold and fruity forward, like a tropical fruit salad, with mango, pineapple, and apricot on the forward tongue. The hops characteristics are more subtle, providing peppery and floral highlights. Solid biscuit backbone. Overall, very sweet and fruity. The body is surprisingly smooth despite the levels of carbonation visible. Solid aftertaste of toasted notes, fruity highlights, and subtle bitterness. Smooth, slick, slightly cloying finish. Very good beer.

Jan 31, 2016
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed, tulip style glass. Pale golden color. Untappd classified this as a Pale Ale - Australian style beer. Devils Backbone collaboration with Thunder Road, a brewery in Australia, so I see the connection. Either way, an outstanding beer, as Australian hops when I've had them in IPAs or pale ales really stand out with a distinct hoppy flavor.

Jan 30, 2016
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stephenjmoore from Maryland

4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale golden body with the slightest haze to it. Thick, foamy bone-white head that hangs around and sticks to the glass. Big tropical hop aroma, with tons of pineapple and a big grassy/herbal note. That grassy/herbal note comes through even more in the flavor, with the tropical fruit and pineapple coming through as well. Big and hoppy, with just the slightest malt presence. The feel is medium bodied, with a noticeable stickiness and a well-carbonated, with a lingering tingle. Drinks like a DIPA and is a really nice beer with the New Zealand/Austrailia hop influence.

Jan 26, 2016
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This austral-hop-driven straw-colored ale is crystal clear and quite effervescent; its medium, pebbly white head shows modest retention but leaves good lacing, consisting of fine-grained, spiky slabs and ladders. The nose is big and strongly vinous in character: green and scuppernong grape notes dominate, supported by a less intense white wine character and some perfumey florals, with modest alcohol overtones riding atop everything. Up front, the palate is predominately bitter pine, but mid-palate the vinous character emerges and eclipses the pine, trailing booze and hints of bittersweet nuttiness across a well-displayed bready malt foundation; bitterness would be middling for an IPA, certainly enough to provide a nice counterpoint to the fruit character. The finish has a significant bittersweet/nutty character, then ends slightly dry, followed by the onset of a medium grassy hop bitterness that lingers for a few minutes. The mouthfeel is slightly warming and biggish for the light body, and the texture is slightly creamy and moderately peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 47 days after pkg)

Jan 24, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/7/15.A collab with Thunder Road.Pours into a nonic a clear sunshine color with a thin but well sustained bone white head atop.Big pine resin and citric hops in the nose.This is a big time Pacific ale with it's citric and resiny hops dominating the palate over top of sweet biscuit malt malts,the hops win out big time.What can I say the hops are the show case and they truly are,great job.

Jan 22, 2016
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