Eight Point IPA
Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #6,628
Ranked #41,347
3.66 | pDev: 12.84%
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
Eight Point IPAEight Point IPA
Notes: The thing about bucks is, they’re big, strong, and they make their presence felt. That notion sorta inspired us to brew Eight Point IPA, the first beer we ever brewed at Devils Backbone. It’s got a nice hoppy presence but is approachable. It’s gold, medium-bodied, and made with four malts, plus brash American hop varieties like Simcoe, Centennial, Comet, Amarillo, and Citrus.

We don’t have any proof that a buck would like it, but we’re pretty sure they’d respect it.

Malts: Pilsner, Vienna, CaraStan, Torrified Wheat, Black Malt, Dextrose
Hops: Simcoe, Centennial, Comet, Amarillo, Citra
IBU: 45
Reviews: 182 | Ratings: 960 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Rschis16 from Maryland

3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Semi transparent yellowish orange in color with a foamy white head and some nice lacing down the glass. Smell has some earthy hop notes, maybe a touch of dankness. Not a big punch in the nose. Taste features resiny and piney flavors, but neither are super bold. There's some floral and herbal stuff going on in their too, making for a unique hop profile, albeit a little confused. The malt bill does a pretty good job of adding overall balance but the finish is a little odd, bordering on hoppy bitterness but landing actually somewhere closer to just being kind of bitter. Carbonation level is right on for the flavor profile, but maybe a touch more could have led to a cleaner finish? Overall it's an ok IPA, but maybe not one that I would seek out on a regular basis.

Aug 01, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber appearance with an average size white head and good lacing. Spicy, resinous hop aroma paired with bready malts. Taste is more hop focused, with pine and citrus characteristics, but a bit lower on the IBU scale. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel.

Jun 04, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

2.99/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a lightly golden amber color, with a small head and lots of lacing.

It smells primarily malty, with some zesty orange and pine hop notes.

This is somewhat of a bitter malt bomb. It’s old school East Coast in execution, and is just kind of boring, honestly. The hop character - light sweetness and heavy piney bitterness - is non-compelling. It’s much too malty, as well.

This is light bodied, very dry on the finish, with a lower level of drinkability.

This is not really worth a look.

Jun 15, 2019
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gestyr from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear gold color with a long lasting white head of close packed bubbles. The first sniff was of very catty hops. Tastes of citrus hops and malt. Mouth feel was light. Very drinkable

Feb 10, 2019
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an American IPA with 6.2% ABV brew. Let’s take a look.

Look-It pours an orange gold with a thin foamy white head. The lacing is wet and sparse.

Smell-I pick up a subtle aroma of citrus and bready malts and maybe some grapefruit peel zest.

Taste-It has a prominent citrus flavor with bread and caramel malts. I pick up on some subtle notes of rind like cactus rind and orange peel zest. I also notice some floral hop components. It is medium-bodied with a decent carbonation fizz.

Overall-This is a nice IPA, because it isn’t trying too hard to be very loud and strong. It is good on its own attributes that are a tad more subdued than most IPAs that I usually have tried. Cheers!

Jan 18, 2019
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours very clear golden color with thin white head. Few spots of lacing.

Aroma - Light malt, citrus hops, grapefruit, light orange.

Taste - Pretty citrus forward orange, citrus peel, floral hops with a nice malt undertone.

Feel - Medium bodied nice carbonation

Overall - Decent IPA, nice citrus notes really easy drinking.

Dec 23, 2018
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TheSixthRing from California

3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had on-tap at Club Level Grill in the Ricmond Intl Airport in Richmond, VA

Appearance - Served up in a 20oz glass, crystal clear and bright gold in color with a thin, broken layer of suds. A few broken lines and spotting make up the lace.

Smell - Light hoppy aroma with hints of citrus, floral character and a hint of cattiness. Faint caramel malt sweetnes.

Taste - Follows the nose. Fair hoppy flavors of citrus and floral character. Faint caramel malt base. Turns a bit watery in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Okay drinker with a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Pretty meh IPA. While the 16 point was too aggressive with the flavor, this one is a bit on the watery side. Neither are particularly chuggable.

Nov 10, 2018
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Kinger22 from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is pretty much a see-through golden color with hastily rising bubbles and a small head. Not much of a nose to this one - the smell is subtle hints of citrus and caramel malts. The taste is much of the same with the caramel and malts overpowering any hoppy, citrus or floral flavors.

Oct 08, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Club Level Grill, Richmond Airport Terminal B, Richmond, VA

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a large patch of beige bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar of the glass that hardly died down.
S: Faint aromas of fruity yeast are preset in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste follows the smell and has muted flavors of caramel malts along with notes of fruity yeast. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is morel like an old school, traditional IPA that is more malty than it is hoppy.

Serving type: on-tap

Aug 12, 2018
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Maybe not the best IPA, and a tad mild, but a solid IPA.

Look: golden semi-clear hue with a half-inch thick white head

Aroma: caramel, grapefruit and floral pine

Taste: It's toasted bread, caramel, grapefruit, mango, and some pine resin.

Feel: light and refreshing

Jun 15, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Devils Backbone Brewing Company "Eight Point IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "12.08.17 08:37 85" and sampled on 05.13.18
$2 @ Wegmans, Collegeville, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Mostly clear deep golden body beneath a massive head of foamy off-white that becomes rocky as it settles. The aroma is fairly bright with hops, citrusy and piney, over a lightly caramelish malt base. Not surprisingly the flavor follows. What's this? An old school IPA? Haha! Well I like it. It's solidly bitter as well. The malt and hops and bitterness all work together, and it's neither over-done nor under-done. It's dry and bitter in the finish with pine, some light citrus, and some emerging earthiness lingering. OK let me finish this up. It's medium bodied with a standard, gently bristling carbonation; and that leads to pretty good head retention. The lacing could be better, but it's still OK. It could also be clearer if you want to be perfect but that's OK, it's probably from dry hopping anyway so that's a fair trade-off, and most IPAs are hazy these days anyway, so there. Overall it's a solid, nicely done American IPA just like those you used to find in the 90's, copying Sierra Nevada but going a little bigger and switching up the hops a little bit. I won't complain! I'd like another one!
Review# 6,013

May 13, 2018
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Mandpasbury from North Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, this is a fairly straightforward IPA. Has a nice Aroma even if it is a little on the light side. The Taste is standard for a good IPA. I would certainly have it again but it is not quite a top tier IPA in my opinion.

May 07, 2018
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kagee from Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is everywhere in Virginia and when in the state if you must have an ipa to drink this should be had at least once or three times. Eight Point isn't remarkable in every aspect but very smooth and pulls off a solid hop taste without much ibu's. The carbonation seems to be on point and the taste is refreshing with a tiny bit of malty aftertaste that is missing from some other local virginia-brewed ipa's. A good everyday ipa but not the best by far what this brewery has put out there. A good go-to beer when you are looking for a refresher to start out the evening when it gets warm outside.

May 04, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straight ahead east coast IPA, that borders on EIPA and APA. Good.

a) Nice golden amber color with 1 finger of froth with lots of lace arcs.
s) Earthy, herbal hops remind me of EIPA, and the gentle hopping and sweet malt of APA. Bready with caramel sweetness.
t) Taste jumps higher, with more pine and orange marmalade in it. Bitter hop and citrus rind cleans up the finish nicely. Great food beer. Great with seafood, shrimp, oysters.
f) Beer carbs and mouthfeel are medium weight but its finish raises it to great pub and seafood beer.

Mar 18, 2018
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eight Point IPA brewed by Devils Backbone Brewing Company, with an ABV of 6.20% This American IPA pours out a deep golden amber color with a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell of Eight Point IPA is rich with earthy grains and malts. There is also some mild hop bitterness in the smell as well. Was hoping for more hop bitterness in the smell. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You pick up on nice mild hop bitterness and earthy grains and malts. This is a nice mild American IPA, not saying that is a bad thing. The body of this brew, Isa solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. This brew would go good on any occasion. The mouth feel of Eight Point IPA is Bold, Clean, Smooth , Hoppy, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Eight Point IPA a 3.75 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Devils Backbone Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this American IPA.

Feb 23, 2018
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Handsome_Steve from North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my favorite tulip glass. It is an orangey-amber clear pour with about an inch of foam on the top that quickly dissipated. Has the expected grapefruit smell thanks to all the hops. The taste is good and becomes bitter at the end. It needs a second taste; the first was pretty forgettable.

Jan 25, 2018
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Caveworm from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eight Point IPA | Devils Backbone Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head's two fingers thick, with solid lacing, and a deep gold body.

I smell milder hops than most IPA's.

The taste is kind of a weaker representation of the style.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll rate Eight Point IPA | Devils Backbone Brewing Company with a 4.

Nov 16, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, glowing orange, pale amber producing 2 fingers of frothy, lasting, white head that leaves webs, streaks & blothes of clumpy lace, receding to a nice surface cap & collar ring. Generous effervesce rises from the bottom after the pour. Aroma is grain, toast, honey, cracker, caramel, tropical fruit, spice, black pepper, stiff egg whites, cat urine & weak citrus. Taste is caramel, honey, cracker, tropical fruit, spice & thin orange/citrus. Sweet fronted & fruity it finishes bittersweet and remains so we'll into the aftertaste where all fades but the bitter on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, juciy, creamy & tongue coating.

Oct 11, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a clear light amber with a modest head. Eventually, the head reduces to a big ring and a continent. Hops in the nose...malt and hops in the mouth. Decent IPA..

Oct 07, 2017
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can into glass. Phrase on can is "CITRUS, PINE, SNAP".
Slightly hazy, dark golden body color, with persistent white, foamy head, and some lacing.
Smell and taste are straight forward piney, bitter IPA, with a touch of citrus.
Full mouth feel, with some stickiness.
A solid, okay American IPA.

Oct 01, 2017
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a small chalice: color is gold, fairly transparent, good effervescence; head is off white that presents 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to ring on the glass with some lacing.

Smell is toasty, light biscuit good malt presence with an earthy/herbal hop presence.

Taste is similar to the aroma with light biscuit and pleasant malt flavors.

Sep 19, 2017
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haines710 from Delaware

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Found a bottle at the supermarket and decided to give it a try. Pours a nice Amber with solid thick head that sustains. Smelled like a cheap beer but flavor is more complex. Peppery with very faint citrus. A little malty. Not my favorite IPA and not one that I will seek out. It was better with food.

Sep 02, 2017
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated 1/26/17 poured into a pint glass
A: Orange with a frothy two-finger head
S: Citrus rind, herbs
T: Malt, citrus, herbs
M: Medium-bodied
O: An average IPA. No flaws but nothing to stand out

Aug 27, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy maize color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of spicy hops, floral hops, sweet malt, hint of tea, slight yeast, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level and average bitterness. Tastes of spicy hops, floral hops, sweet malt, hint of tea, slight yeast, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, complexity, and blend.

Jul 23, 2017
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in an IPA glass

This beer pours a brilliant amber color. It is topped with several inches of beige head that leaves some lacing rings as I imbibe.

I get some biscuit and citrus along with a little tea and pine.

The taste is a balance of bready malt and citrus hops. There is some pine in the finish.

Medium mouthfeel

It is better than I expected. I expected a huge turd. I got a small one.

Jul 08, 2017
Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 960 ratings