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 Kegatron
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap @ the brand spanking new Devils Backbone Outpost Brewery (Lexington, VA) on 3/9/12. Served in a clear plastic cup.

Pours a clear gold, with a thin covering of bright-white head. This stays rich, leaving back a robust cascade of spotty froth. The aroma smells fresh and floral, with notes of light spice and green citrus. Bready feeling pale malt sweetness sits along the back and keeps the focus of the nose on the hops, as I’m really digging the vibrancy of them here.

The taste has an assertive hop bite to it up front that spreads out softer citrus and a herbal feel that helps temper things a little bit. Sweet doughy malts ride along the back of the profile but are barely balancing this though, as a pithy bitterness hangs a bit too harshly in a relatively dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an initial softer creaminess that firms up in the front and then carries a steady crispness throughout the rest of the carbonation, while an underlying herbal slickness helps keep this smooth.

I wanted to like this more but that raw vegetal bitterness in the finish of this just got to be a bit too much to take to really make this enjoyable. It’s a shame too, as the look, aroma, and feel were all pretty much up to snuff for the style. I’d be willing to give this another shake though down the line and see if this progresses at all, seeing how it is being brewed now on a new system.

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Photo of legalpete19340
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Came looking a clear palish yellow with almost no head. Lacing and retention were nil.

S: Faint aromas of floral and herbal hops are present. There is a distinct malt that pushes forward with toasted white bread. As it warms the floral and herbal notes are a bit more present.

T: Comes on early with a pleasant herbal hops then screams towards bitterness where the finish is almost a puckering bitterness. There is a solid malt backbone smacking of buttermilk biscuits that hold things together. I get a welcome grain note throughout.

M: Pretty good, full and carbonated with a bit of chew.

O: This is a bitter beast from start to finish. Seemed like Sierra Nevada PA after a night in Vegas. The bitterness never made me want to stop drinking it, but it dominated the experience. Kind of nice to find a beer like this if you need a bitter bomb. I would swing at it again but wont actively seek it out.

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Photo of chilly460
2.64/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A crystal clear honey colored beer with a pure white head. Very little retention, flecks of lacing remain behind.

S: Whoa, cat piss comes to mind. Rotting vegetables maybe. Yuck.

T: Hmm, having a tough time with this, get that rotten vegetable kind of taste, hard to describe. Very earthy hops as well, not much malts.

M: Well carbonated and medium bodied.

0: Not quite experienced enough but this may be oxidized or otherwise compromised, this was a growler so it's possible.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 64oz growler filled at the brewpub to Jackie O's stemmed tulip on 7/10/11
*From notes

A: Fair golden hue. A careful pour yields a 1.5 finger head with a nice ring of white lacing.

S: Slightly earthy with a large amount of bittering hops.

T: Very pleasant and approachable. Slightly floral, though it's primarily bitter from the mid to finish. A firm and tasty malt presence lightens the mood.

M: Solid. Creamy and rich for a 5.9% ABV brew. This is quaffable stuff.

O: Devil's Backbone Eight Point IPA is an expertly assembled AIPA that's really easy to put back. Everything you'd want from the style is here, sans some tropical fruit character. If you're looking for a maltier, slightly English style IPA, look no further.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub last weekend.

Pours a moderate golden-copper color with a two-finger white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose says right from the start that this is going to be different from most American IPAs. It has a nice herbal and earthy quality that is bordering English-style. It almost reminds me of a wet-hop ale with the type of spice it has going on. The flavor is no different, bringing a nice herbal feel and a good bitterness to the finish. Well done.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at The Edge on top of Wintergreen Mountain in Wintergreen VA (The brewpub is at the base of the hill, there will be more reviews to come from them).

A: The look is a solid orange color that is clearer than I normally like to see in IPA's, looks sort of thin. The lacing is kingly though, so the look is still good.

S/T: Both the smell in the taste have more of that old school 'east coast' approach to the IPA: sort of malt forward with enough hop character to call it an IPA, but it almost seems like a bigger amber ale with more hops to me, though it's definitely drinkable. Bready notes with some floral grassy hops up front, some semi sweet to slightly bitter citrus rind notes in the back.

This tastes sort of like a IPA you'd expect from a non professional brewery or a good homebrewer to me, with more hops this would be tons better and would make it much more complex.

Mouthfeel is good for an IPA, crisp and refreshing with enough body to make it feel good over the palate. Overal this is OK but I've had some many amazing IPA's that this is one I probably wouldnt go to again.

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Photo of ebby82
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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 sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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 deereless
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin layer of head with decent retention, medium gold in color with a hint of orange, a few pieces of spotty lacing along the edge of the glass - 4.00, S: Grapefruit really dominates the nose, there is also a mild floral aroma as well as a slight biscuit - 4.25, T: Sharp hop bite - again grapefruit and also some orange zest, there is also a bit of spruce in the back of the beer, all the hops are relatively balanced by a thin layer of pale malts which impart a mild sweetness - 3.50, M: Soft prickle on the tongue and medium mouth feel - 3.50, D: A nice IPA all around, quite drinkable - 3.50

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Photo of samtallica
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
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 Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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 MetalHopHead6
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Devil's Backbone Eight Point IPA is citric and balanced with a dry finish.

Had a pint at the brewing co. and restaurant outside Charlottesville, VA. It was light in color with very little head or lace. The flavor was very good with citric/grapefruit dominating. The feel was balanced with an unaggressive but good bitter presence and a dry finish.

Eight Point is a very solid flavorful everyday IPA.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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 TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Eight points? What is this, some sort of octagonal brew? Regardless, it pours a clear golden straw topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises ruby red grapefruit, coconut, pine needles, and caramel. The taste holds notes of pine, watery citrus, and a firm hunk o' caramel. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda creamy feel. Overall, a decent IPA, a bit on the malty side, but still pretty good.

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Photo of argock
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a tapered clear glass goblet-style tasting glass.

A: Golden with nice clarity and ample, 1-finger off-white head with decent retention and skimpy lacing.

S: Big aromatic C-type hops with strong grapefruit citrus and pine hops coupled with solid biscuity pale malts

T: Hops still carry this beer with ripe grapefruit and lemony citrus notes, but the pale malts do a good job of adding heft and light sweetness.

M: Medium body but too much carbonation for the style.

D: Not a bad beer at all except for the mouthfeel with a nice layer of malt spiked by bold West Coast hopping.

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Photo of legatovibrato24
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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 Deuane
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Very light in color with a pale golden yellow body and a thin white head that left spotty lace.

S-On the maltier side; not a lot of hop aroma present here. Biscuit and caramel meld with a light touch of pine and citrus.

T-A fairly well balanced concerning the malt and hop play with the malt winning by a nose. Flashes of pine and citrus pop out from the base of caramel and biscuit malt.

M-Medium-light bodied sharp and rather crisp. Surprised it isnt more sweet and smooth in the finish.

D-Balanced and decently done but not my cup of tea regarding an American IPA. I can see it being more an English IPA and if so it fits better to that style. Nothing bad with this one but nothing exciting either.

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Photo of rugerj
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a nice 1 finger head that dissipates slowly. Decent lacing left in glass. Smell is of pine and citrus hops with a bit of caramel malt in the background. Taste is of pine, and citrus hops followed nicely by caramel malt notes that balance the beer out well. Carbonation if good for the style.

A good all around IPA and one of my favorite beers here. I love the fact that the beer is somewhat balanced, no hop bomb here. A great session IPA that I would not mind buying in the bottle.

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Photo of cbros
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this is growler form while I was on the mountain sking. Pours a nice starw yellow with a small white lace that stayed with each pour. A little cling to the glass was present and there was no activity in the beer after the pour. The taste is a medium hoppy taste, nothing overwhelming but in nice balance with the malt. Overall a good IPA, nothing remarkable but certainly a nice version.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eight Point IPA, 5.9% and 60 IBUs, enjoyed at the grand opening of the Devil's Backbone brewpub in Wintergreen, VA.

Appearance: A crystal clear pale yellow-bodied beer with a snow white head that recedes fairly quickly into a ring of lace and leaves a good number of snowy flecks of lacing. A decent start.

Aroma: Pine, orange zest, roasted, biscuity caramel, a few stray leafy notes. Pleasant and inviting.

Taste: A really great array of delicate hop notes - citrus that tends more towards the lighter end of the spectrum (i.e., orange zest instead of grapefruit zest), sprucey, lightly spicy pine, and a bitterness level that doesn't overpower anything but nonetheless demands to be taken seriously. All this is backed up by a not-overly sweet bready foundation. Really solid.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and medium bodied, though perhaps a little thinner than is merited given the tastes. The bitterness melds well with the crisp effervescence though.

Drinkability: Devil's Backbone's best brew of the five they had ready opening day, in my opinion - this one's just a really solid, drinkable, flavorful, sessionable (abv% is low, even for the style) IPA. I wouldn't mind seeing this one available in bottles.

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