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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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 nortmand
4.58/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Could be a bit more brilliant in color. Light orange, closing in on dark yellow.
Resinous pine aroma overtakes a forward pungent grapefruit. Excellent. The stuff of dreams.
Front flavor matches the aroma. A huge burst of resinous hops balances to nice smooth grapefruit. The finality is a bitterness that is a bit too resiny and full. Could use a bit more balance, which explains the light color.
Fills the mouth, but not cloying. Lingers, but doesn't ruin.
Excellent beer from an excellent brewery. It's fair to say that DB is the best, if not the most exciting brewery in VA.

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Photo of samtallica
4.39/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear, pale golden color. Very little head due to the 4 hour car ride and overnight stay in my fridge. I have no doubt it would've been better fresh. Still left decent lacing on the glass.

S: Strong citrus and pine with a bit of caramel malt in the background.

T: Piney, resiny and slight grapefruit upfront, finishes with a bit of sweetness and very little aftertaste.

M: Medium to light in body, carbonation is a little lacking due to aforementioned time between growler fill and consumption.

D: Typical for an IPA, not overbearing in alcohol or body. I could easily drink 3 or 4 (in fact, i just did!)

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Photo of themind
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Underrated! this IPA is really enjoyable. Crisp carbonation, good hop profile and very good drinkability. How this is at its current ranking is beyond me, that said if people only go by ratings...thats more for me. This is a hidden gem and a top notch IPA. It's not a hop bomb, it's not a pine blast, it's just good! If you get a chance grab this easy drinking brew, sit down and relax.

Bottom Line: Very good brew!

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Photo of KevinK441
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Average color for an IPA, light orange. Head disappears pretty quickly.

S: Nothing overwhelming here but it's not faint either. Smells of pine and grapefruit.

T: Nice amount of bitterness up front with a good hop balance, bordering on a pale ale more than an IPA.

M: Medium body mouthfeel which makes this very drinkable.

O: Maybe a bit biased here but I'm very pleased I can get this beer anytime I want a solid IPA and want to buy local. This beer is very drinkable and refreshing and quite sessionable as well at just about 6%.

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Photo of TomCat11
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good Virginia IPA and probably my favorite Devil's Backbone brew. Normally, I find Virginia IPAs to be lacking on flavor but this one has a very strong IPA presence when it first hits your nose. Goes down very dry towards the end as the strong hop flavor evaporates away which is refreshing.

Overall, a great effort by DBB and strongly recommended VA I.P.A.

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Photo of delta490
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a cloudy light gold with a creamy white head that doesn't last two long but does linger and leave nice lacing. Aroma is strong hops with citrus notes. As the beer warmed the strong grapefruit dialed back and blended nicely with the malt backbone. Has some strong carbonation and a thinner mouthfeel. A nice, not overpowering IPA.

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Photo of TechTriumph
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 03/31/12:
No freshness date, but straight from the restaurant/brewery; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Standard pour yields almost overflowing two inch off-white billowy head with excellent retention; Dark gold to light copper in color with a crystal clear appearance; Nice clumps of lacing left all down the glass

S - Notes of potent pine resin, a bit of sweet citrusy fruit, and floral qualities; Just a subtle hint of caramel that takes focus to find amongst the hoppy notes

T - Loads of fresh pine with a touch of apricot-like fruit and a bit of pepper; Floral-like sweetness steps forward just a bit for most of the taste; Fairly mild wave of bitterness lasts well into the finish; Very subtle caramel tasting malts - the hops certainly steal the show here

M - Moderate carbonation; Medium bodied; Pretty dry finish that leaves the mouth feeling a bit on the sticky side

O - This is certainly one of the better IPA's I've had from the state of Virginia. It brings a nice dose of piney hops with a bit of pleasant bitterness that tags along as well. For an IPA, the drinkability is quite high as I could have consumed quite a few of these and look to do so in the future. Many thanks goes out to the fine gentleman working at Devils Backbone for giving me a bottle of this after he had difficulties filling my growler. Very generous!

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Photo of DarthMalt
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[This place is looking like the real deal, Folks! FINALLY! A SW Va. brew (since the demise of Shooting Creek) that doesn't suck!]

This IPA pours (wait for it)...PALE! Fathom that! Clean filtered (Beer-scaping is in, People!) and ridiculously pale golden. It's like they worked on the pale thing. What's that about?

Bubbles up. Bubbles down. Nothing to write home about there.

Pungent grassy notes jump out and grab the foretaste. Quite unexpected, but also pleasing. (Might have to try this for lawn mowing.)

Soda bubbles tingle and fade to reveal a rich, sweet body with a stealthy hop mix in the mid-taste that pops the bitters out, just before descent, to high five the tall grasses.

This is a serious-good IPA! John Boy would be proud.

Darth (don't-incur-my-wrath) Malt

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Photo of mpyle
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Rich golden color, brilliantly clear. Big white head, creamy and long lasting.

Piney hop notes make it up through the head, some fruity/citrusy/orange aromas as well. Not overpowering with aroma, but the aroma is delicious.

Wonderfully complex hop flavors balance out some malt sweetness. Hints of pineapple and orange. Hop bitterness is present, but is exceptionally clean. Finishes with a nice soft, lingering bitterness. Flavor wise it may be straddling the APA/IPA border.

MF - Medium body and carbonation. No astringency or warming.

Overall - A really nice hoppy American ale. The hops used work together very nicely, and create an eminently drinkable beer. Not overpoweringly bitter - guessing a good chunk of the IBUs are achieved from later hop additions.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2010-07-18 at the brewery, on 2013-09-10 in Front Royal, VA and again on 2013-09-29 at the brewery's production "Outpost".

A - Clear, light gold with a 1 finger, white head

S - Lightly toasted grain, pine, hop cone and mild citrus

T - Echoes the smells but the grain taste is stronger than I expected from the smell. The hop aroma is very floral and the bitterness is nicely forward. The aftertaste is quite nice with a good balance between the malt and bitterness. Not much of an alcohol taste.

M - A somewhat-resinous mouthfeel with light-medium body and medium-heavy carbonation.

D - Very good. I really enjoyed this beer; especially after a long, hot afternoon hiking the hills at nearby Sherando Lake.

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Photo of ebby82
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hat on tap in Charlottesville. From notes:

Appearance is an very light amber. There was little head retention, but this might have been because of the pour from the tap.

Aroma is really great. Hops, hops, and more hops, a little bit flowery, and sweet.

Taste- Again, some straightforward hop aggression. Quite nice.

I liked this beer a lot, and would drink several if the opportunity existed.

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Photo of legatovibrato24
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at South River in Waynesboro, VA. Appearance is very bright with strong orange and amber tones. What a great smell on this IPA as well, strong herby and oily scents, with overtones of citrus, pine and malt.

The taste is excellent, such diversity in flavor, almost reminds me of the cascade hops in Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA. Very light feel in the mouth, but the great and full flavor really makes up for the bite of the thinness and moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a beer I could sit down and drink a growler of, it was above average and kudos to Devil's Backbone for putting out a great IPA that any fan of the genre would enjoy.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium golden color with a huge, just off-white head. The head is thick and beautiful and has wonderful retention. It eventually fades however to give a great level of lacing.

Smell – The smell was a wonderfully sweet and lightly hopped smell. The sweetness was of a nice mango aroma mixed with caramel and some citrus. The hop aromas were of an earthy and grapefruit aroma, which complemented the sweet quite well.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and very lightly caramel sweetened base. At the start there are hop flavors of an earthy and pine nature. As the taste advances toward the middle a grapefruit hop flavor combines with the earthy and pine hops. This bready and hop flavor takes the taste to its finish. In the end a very long lasting bitter earthy and pine hop flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beer is very chewy with a nice creaminess and a slightly below average carbonation level. The creaminess and chewiness is great for the bready and hop flavors and makes for a great feeling brew.

Overall – While the nose is deceiving in its sweetness, it is a very nice feeling bitter IPA. The hop aftertaste is one of the longest lingering I have had for such a low abv brew and is rather pleasant. A very nice IPA.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Eight Point I.P.A. has a thin, off-white appearance, a somewhat hazy, orange appearance, a few stray, ascending bubbles, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, white bread and grapefruit hop resin. Taste is of upfront bitterness, resin, grapefruit, sweet, white bread, and some sugariness. Mouthfeel is on the medium side, and Eight Point I.P.A. finishes mostly dry and pretty easy drinking.


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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange in color with a 3" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Some spots of lace develop on the glass.

Smell: orange citrus and floral hops are easy to detect by the nose.

Taste: caramel, big floral bitterness, orange, and some hint of pear. Bitterness is not overbearing but nicely balancing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: this is an IPA anyone will enjoy. Refreshing and satisfying, this is a beer you should seek out.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, 9/15/10.

A-A very pale gold with a frothy white head and some spotty lacing.

S-Nice citrus notes, grapefruit and orange, with some pine.

T-Like most DB beers, the malt base is quite light. Still tasty, with good citrus and pine, and a nice bitter finish.

M-Medium bodied with a good lingering bitterness.

D-Delicious. I could drink these all night.


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Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Ledo's Pizza right across the street.

Served in a pint.

A: Poured a little more than slightly chill-hazed, golden in color, and with about a 1/3 finger head.

S: Nice piney component, which I totally wasn't expecting based on the reviews. Also, this had a nice fruit component as well. Bitter... nice.

T: Again, much more hop forward than I was expecting, Hoppy and piney, with a slight bit of clean linen mixed in.

M: Fresh, fresh, fresh! Bitter, plant-like, and with just the right amount of sweetness. Nice carbonation bill.

O: Underestimated in my area around every turn. I'll definitely have this again and recommend in to my friends.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a clear medium golden with a sticky half finger white head that left a broken thick ring of lace behind as it settled very slowly.Lighter leafy and citric hops in the nose,more leafy than anything,a bit of toast and caramel malt as well.I really like the subtle hop complexity to this beer,almost every quality of a a hop comes through in the flavor profile.Apricot and mango notes along with leafy/minty flavors that meld into a grapefruit rind flavor,all over top of a caramel biscuit base,it's even a little boozy for how "small" iot is.A pretty solid IPA from the commonwealth to the north,pretty complex and flavorful.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 06 July 2012.

A beautiful crystal clear sun-kissed gold, this beer is capped with a thick, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose is pretty good too! Plenty of lemony, floral and perfumey hops are present, along with a modest fruitiness. There is a softness to the hop nose that really does bring to mind a fresh hop beer, especially in its delicate earthy and minty notes. No malt character is present.

The palate opens with a soft bitterness, a blend of earthy, lemon rind, dusty and doughy malts and a moderately fruity hop profile. It feels like the yeast does add a touch of fruitiness as well. The earthy and perfumey notes work really well together. No real malt character is present, but there is a little cotton candy and aromatic honey present. Lightly bitter on the finish, this beer is light in body, quenching and refreshing. The carbonation is soft and gentle too. Rather excellent IMO, this is in some ways an English - American hybrid.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack at a Food City in Galax, VA. Poured straight from bottle dated 9/2/15 into red Solo cup (yeah, I know - on vacation with wife and we didn't pack any glassware...) Nice amber color as it pours, with a decent off-white head that stays around awhile.

Very malty for an IPA, but there is enough resin/citrus tang to it to nicely balance the initial malt sweetness. Medium mouthfeel - actually on the heavy side for an IPA but then again I kind of like it. Slightly bitter finish.

Very drinkable. Would certainly buy it again if I can find it in Pennsylvania.

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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 cyclonece09
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a light amber color with a nice white head with staying power. Smells of floral and earthy tones, with a slight hint of lightly roasted malt. Tastes of earthy and floral note with a great malt taste, very well balanced. This light/medium bodied beer is carbonated perfectly and is extremely drinkable. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Crazyale
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Hoegaarden glass.

A: Pours a solid gold color, completely transparent with barely any bubbles. A nice pillowy 2 finger head, with thick splotches of lacing all over the glass. Nice looking beer.

S: Citrusy hops jump out at first, with orange, strawberry, grapefruit, maybe even a little tropical fruit. There's a hint of pine as well, but the fruit definitely dominates.

T: Tastes basically like it smells, with quite a lot of bitterness on the back end. This is quite hoppy for only 5.9% abv, and the alcohol is apparent in the throat. However, with the relatively low abv, you're getting a taste nearly as big as a DIPA with fewer calories, so this is an interesting beer in that regard.

M: It's a bit on the thin side, which is a bit of a problem because this is not a beer you can or should gulp. But it's very smooth and drinkable.

Another good beer from Devil's Backbone. I first had this on draft and couldn't wait for it to come out in bottles - now that day has come and it's just as good in the bottle as it was on draft.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma comes off as a nice floral and grassy potpourri with hints of sweet baking pies.

Perfectly clear light amber/orange with nice carbonation bubbles and a crisp white head that leaves thin, but decent lacing.

The flavor is amazing! After two sips, I was ready to declare this as Virginia's Finest IPA. Assertive bitterness holds throughout the experience while your taste buds are assaulted with floral, pine, bread (crust), and lychee flavors.

Carbonation is just right at a medium level, the body is actually a tad on the light side while the drinkability remains extremely high as the ABV resides on the lower side for the style. Overall I am really enjoying this beer, and I just wish I could find it locally.

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