Eight Point IPA | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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83
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858 Ratings
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Eight Point IPAEight Point IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
dbbrewingcompany.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by CrellMoset on 11-27-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
858
Reviews:
156
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
13.08%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
249
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 858 |  Reviews: 156
Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Nace4
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buschbeer
3.56/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of FrancisM12
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Redman414
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of seakayak
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of farrago
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid finger head with adequate retention, even surface, cream white color, the lacing is thick and splotchy. Dark metallic orange colored liquid, fully transparent, active and quite huge bubbles, looks like someone is blowing through it. Arch and aggressive nose, very grainy with pine, quinine, earth and leafy matter, very raw with no softness, hard to register anything beyond very basic white pit fruit scents. Full-bodied, dry and sticky texture which tends to interrupt flow through the mouth. Mouth entry allows for some caramel and orange citrus pulp but after that it’s back to the unprocessed grains, metal shavings, minerally earth and green matter. The astringency and bitterness get tiring after awhile and here too the lack of peach, apricot to apple fruit lessens enjoyability. Touch of malted milk balls to Ovaltine powder. The carbonation gives it a steady churn but its presence is not close to what you’d think it would be based on visual inspection. Seems like a polarizing offering, gonna love it or hate it type. It’s a pass here.

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Photo of Billolick
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Quite typical presentation, almond Amber, near clear,lite khaki cap, leaving some low froth and ringed sheeting.

Resin hop nose

Middle of the road and respectable IPA...nothing special...but this is drinkable and tastes like a million other IPAs, nothing here really standing out

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Photo of gamblebc
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NiceTaps
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in an IPA glass.

Pours a bright and clean golden color with a 2F foamy head that tapers to a sturdy film and leaves lots of sticky foam lacing. Non-stop small bubbles.

Mixed hop aroma. Some light pine and light citrus; herbal. Some light caramel malt, dry grain-like. The aromas are gentle and subdued - so why the 4 rating? Because it's so clean.

Pine and citrus rind with a fair caramel malt backbone. The clean citrus flavor lingers.

Smooth drinking medium body. Hop bitterness throughout.

Well rounded drinker.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

spiegelau ipa glass

A: A very good clarity shows a rapid assault of effervesce of medium density. A firm and frumpy light beige capping has a mashed/whipped consistency with a relatively long rate of duration. Full sheet coating graces the glass.

S: Citrusy pine hops first greet the nose with some speciality light toasted grains. Some pungent flowery raw hops, columbus??? give off some raw and juicy moments along with some sour lemon and peppery flair, all of moderate strength.

T: The flavor was peppery pungent hop flowers, spiked with some wet citrus and lemon pepper. Solid level of bitterness going on here, spicy and dry hops linger with good results. Some dry toasted bread and grains provide support.

M: A nice crispness is derived from the carbonation, a lighter body style with an oily texture teases the tongue.

O: Very good hopping, some spicy and pungent raw flower hops and citrus linger on giving you much appreciation and respect after the swallow. Crisp mouthful, easy light body ensures repeat factor and a strong rate of bitterness and lemony pepper spicing gives respect and reason for one more.

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Photo of Merticois
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smcel371
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GoochVa
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Radome
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Sin-e Irish Pub in Pentagon City, VA. This was one of their two rotating taps, so I tried it. The beer was competently made but totally uninteresting in aroma, flavor and mouthfeel. Aroma and flavors were muted and hops bitterness was a medium level at best. Seems more like a pale ale than IPA.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CUBeerBuff
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerSexLove
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nothing especially notable about this beer but it's a old reliable since it's available almost everywhere in my neck of the woods and I don't mind supporting local.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LukeB
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of strYkn14
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

it certainly wasn't what i had expected. not bitter\hoppy, seemed more like a bock than an IPA

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Photo of eddiestep
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TTripp725
2.34/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of superspak
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/6/2017. Pours crystal clear golden/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, light honey, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, light honey, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/grassy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt bitterness balance; slight lingering hop astringency, but not overwhelming. Moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous/rindy, and fairly bready/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 6.2%. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink; despite the increasingly bitter/drying finish. Great vibrant hop flavors, with a solid malt backbone with minimal residual sweetness. Just a tad too aggressively bitter/drying, this was still really enjoyable.

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Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 858 ratings.
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