Eight Point IPA
Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Eight Point IPAEight Point IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #6,387
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,177
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 12.84%
Reviews:
180
Ratings:
953
From:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
 
Virginia, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
83
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

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Photo of gestyr
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

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Photo of hopphead31415
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!

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Photo of Dragginballs76
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
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.

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Photo of Kinger22
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.

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Photo of metter98
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

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
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

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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

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Photo of Mandpasbury
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.

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Photo of kagee
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.

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Photo of Act25
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.

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Photo of nicholas2121
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.

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Photo of Handsome_Steve
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.

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Photo of Caveworm
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
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..

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
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.

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Photo of haines710
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
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

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Photo of Tone
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
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 +4.9%
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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Eight Point IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 953 ratings