Eight Point IPA | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Eight Point IPAEight Point IPA

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by CrellMoset on 11-27-2008

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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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Photo of ManlyWealth
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoy this one folks. It's got all the characteristics of an outstanding IPA! Eight Point IPS smells, looks, tastes and feels outstanding! It's that simple. This is a classic brew Devils Backbone!

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Photo of tillmac62
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

BOD 11/14/16. Slightly hazy light amber pour - similar to a fairly new copper penny. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of mixed hops covering nearly the whole range. Intensity is moderate but complexity and balance are superb. Light citrus (orange, a touch of zest, subdued grapefruit), tropical (light mango and even lighter pineapple), soft pine and a touch of both grass and herbs. Dank is the only main missing trait.

Medium bodied with a smooth texture with a touch of slick oiliness. World class carbonation / body balance. The middle a rousing perky effervescence that roils through to the finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is good but does not live up to the potential of the nose. Flavor separation is muted with soft flavors arriving first (citrus, tropical) and the middle being grassy and herbal. Bitterness is light for the style and is well balanced with a light bready sweetness in the middle. The heavier flavors (zest, pine) arrive as the sweetness fades towards the finish. The finish is a slow fade of zest and pine. A residual bitterness remains that is mostly zest. The lingering finish provides the highest level of bitterness, which is moderate.

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Photo of Nemesis1735
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- golden w/ a 3/4" creamy white foam heam w/ slight amount of lacing
S - grapefruit, orange, peach,
T - slight amount of malt, fruity hops, and bittering on the front, with a strong bitter finish
F - dry, correct amount of carbonation, light
O - this is an ok IPA. It may be a bit too bitter on the backend for me. With the insane amount of IPA's on the market, I don't think I would purchase this again

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: pours a goldenrod typical clear ipa with visible bubbles rising to the top, a frothy head and lacing on the glass

S: aromas of stale pale malt with some ibus. Slight pine and tiny hints of citrus

T: bitter and unbalanced mostly just straight bitter and a malt backbone. Perhaps the brewery is named for the backbone in this beer because that is almost all I get here. Just bitter and malty backbone.

M: medium bodied with a high level of carbonation

O: overall not that great. It's decent but I would seek elsewhere given any number of choices

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a stemless wineglass in the mountains of West Virginia.
Lightly-clouded clear straw yellow. Sticky lacing, light head.
It smells herbal and hoppy and bitter. Citrus edge and English sensibility.
Strong spearmint on the malt-forward flavor. Earthy hops. Decent amount of earth. Clean, soft finish. Eminently drinkable.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good but unremarkable. Malt backbone is present but little on the lighter side. Hops tend more towards pine than citrus and are subtle. Moderately bitter but clean. Finish is lingering.

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Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lumpy head which lasts throughout the tasting. Light amber color. Mild haze. Good chunky lace on the glass.

Malty start to the nose -- caramel and toasted biscuit.

The malt is brief and completely dominated by the bitter hop. Very dry finish with a black pepper bite. Long aftertaste. Low carbonation with a moderate body. One dimensional with the bitterness being that one dimension.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clearish amber with medium head that leaves a film on the top and some webbing. Nose is a muted earthy hops with a bit of pine and citrus in the background. Somehow doesn't quite work together...like is isn't fresh ( Taste is earthy as well with the expected bitterness and pine following in after and lingering aftertaste. Again, doesn't quite come together. Overall, okay but probably not going to be a repeat.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This buck-themed IPA is a moderately hazy, slightly effervescent gold beer with a giant, pebbly off-white head that leaves fair bands and caverns of lacing; head retention is modest. The aroma is a light, undifferentiated pineapple/citrus aroma. Up front, the palate is dominated by a style-medium earthy bitterness, with hints of pineapple; mid-palate the malt foundation begins to manifest as modest bittersweet nutty notes and a bit of a bready character, tempering the bitterness a bit. The back of the palate shows a boozy undercurrent that is pretty significant given the relatively low ABV. The finish is fairly bitter and quite astringent; the linger is a considerable earthy bitterness that lasts for a good while. Mouthfeel is on point for the light body, and the texture is slightly creamy and prickly from some enthusiastic carbonation. The light, non-distinct aroma and one-dimensional flavor make me think that this particular beer is past its prime, suffering from hop fade, but given the lack of a code date this is just speculation. (16 oz can, no code date)

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Photo of bft1
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I live in VA. Have had their lager multiple times. Awful. Had the IPA on tap few months ago and thought it was pretty good. Decided to give these folks another chance and bought a 12pc on sale. Drinkable but not great. Pine, resinous aftertaste. Weird. Still can't figure how this brewery does so well. Then again I don't know why there is an Applebee's in every town either....

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brown bottle "BONED" on "03.02.16" poured into a clear glass. Amber with an orange cast, creamy head with some durability. Piney and floral hops dominate the nose, not sharp, a fairly mellow blending. Taste more sharply hoppy, true to style with hops popping out after a second or so. Mouthfeel clean, a bit astringent, but also a hint of creaminess. Overall, a solid IPA but with so much competition, not exceptional.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, pours a clear orange-gold. A finger of white head leaves ample lacing. Smell is grapefruit, orange and pine, with some backing malt. Tastes the same, with substantial bitterness, which I personally like. Medium feel with good carbonation. Overall a very nice IPA .

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Photo of thebeers
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale orange-tinted gold with strong white head and decent lacing. Muted aroma with sweet malt and a little pine hops. Fairly malty up front in the taste with a bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Pretty middle of the road.

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Photo of KidDoc
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Medium copper color with nice head and decent lacing. Subtle aroma. Decent balanced flavor with nice lingering bitter finish. I would have no problem drinking it again but would probably not go out of my way to seek it out

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazy (SRM 6-8) amber with a fluffy white head that reaches three inches before slowly receding to an off-white, rocky pillow, leaving thick patches of lace on a Cisco fisheye pint glass.

The aroma is dingy and unpleasant, with herbal pith similar to damp pine straw. Some alcohol fumes with warmth bring out grain similar to WASA crackers and caramel.

Quite bitter with grain flavors, again similar to WASA crackers. Lots of pine resin, but no citrus. Earthy and dry throughout. The finish is long, dry and bitter, putting a pall over the tongue. Overall the flavors are muddy. Warmth brings out caramel.

Smooth and soft with a full body. Astringency and carbonation are modest, while the alcohol is as expected in this very dry beer.

Eight Point is a different take on the style. It kind of feels like a dreary, cold, humid, drizzly day. This beer should be paired with a bold, rich and creamy cheese.

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Photo of bonterra69
2.22/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 is bottle poured into a tulip glass. This one is not well balanced - too bitter overall and lacking freshness. Appearance is Nice clear and golden. Aroma initially floral and citrus. But then a hint of something not so fresh. Hits the palate completely bitter and finishes even more bitter. Missing notes of freshness and not well balanced.

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Photo of drtth
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear dark amber color with a 1/2" ivory head that slowly recedes leaving patches of lacing and eventually creates an island of foam on the liquid. Sipping creates lots of small speckles of lacing. By the end of the beer there's still lots of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass and some thin patches of foam remain on the surface of the liquid.

Aromas include a definite presence of some caramel malt, some pine and some herbal notes.

Flavors include the strong malt backbone with the herbal and piney hops present but not in charge.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with light crispness from the light carbonation. The finish begins about mid-way through as the malt backbone and sweetness disappear into earthy bitterness on the back of the palate that then fades and dries away, inviting another sip.

This seems an interesting IPA and while I've enjoyed trying it the beer doesn't really stand out from the field for me and so I'll not be going out of my way to have another. On the other hand I'd not turn it down and would be willing to have another.

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Photo of rjd722
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pours a hazy orange-yellow color, big three-finger foam and nice lacing. The foam dissipates to about one-finger and lasts for a while.

Aroma: Primarily English malts with a backdrop of citrus (grapefruit and slight lemon zest).

Taste: Malts and peppery, bitter, hops form the flavor profile. Minimal citrus, less than you'd expect given the aroma.

Feel: Lingering bitterness and astringency finish the experience on the palate. The bitterness really does last a while and it's probably more harsh and unbalanced than I would typically go for.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Orangish amber in color with a nice crisp off white head that last a really long time. Smell is mild for an IPA but pleasant none the less. Maybe the mildness is due to a sinus issue I got going on. Very typical IPA but also very good. Lot's of grapefruit flavors with a wonderfully bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp. Not earth shattering but this is a good solid IPA. I look forward to having this one in the future.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear golden color with a 1" white head. Mild retention, pretty good amount of lace.
Smells of earthy hops with a small amount of piney hop present.
As said in a previous review, taste is a bit muddled and unbalanced. Bready malts and some bitterness but just kind of all over. Not meshing well.
Feel is rather light and somewhat crisp. Bitterness disappears before the finish.
Overall, I grabbed this just to try it. Probably wouldn't grab this again.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I think I'll avoid the courtesy of giving this one a proper review. It looks serviceable, clear light copper with maybe 1/2" of white head that disappears in an instant. Lacing & retention are poor. It smells malty with only a trace of piney hops & tastes harsh & unbalanced. The feel is about average. As an overall IPA, this is pretty bottom-tier.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant copper gold under a 1” white foam cap that dissipates moderately fast. Produces medium levels of lace. S: Tropical fruit, citrus, mint, vegetal. Hop aromas medium to medium high, malt aromas low, clean fermentation character. T: A light, fruity sweetness starts the drink embellished with traces of caramel. It has medium to medium low malt and a clean yeast character. Medium light fruit hop flavor. Medium high bitterness with an assertive, lingering bitter finish with a slight astringent aspect. F: Medium to medium light body, medium carbonation O: An assertive, hop forward bitter elixir.

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Photo of Bruvar
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle this was not my favorite IPA. The smell and initial flavor is pretty thick and malty but also very bitter, hops were present but were a bit hidden in the flavor of this beer. To me it had no standout flavor, but I know plenty of people that like it and will give it a second try at some point.

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Photo of hman43
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It is a clear golden color with a full white head. It has citrus aromas. It has flavors of citrus, pine, and floral notes. It is moderately bitter on the palate.

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