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Four Point Pale Ale | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by on 04-26-2009

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by rugerj:
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4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer pours a slightly hazy copper color with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing left in glass. Nice citrus hop aroma up front with hints of earthy hops that complement one another nicely. Taste is almost of all hops, citrus and grassy with hints of grapefruit, slight fruitiness. Nice carbonation and very refreshing.

A really good beer, especially for the ABV. Nothing like getting your hops fix without having to sacrifice your ability to drive after a few beers. Could be more balanced with the malty side but who cares. A very nice session beer that I would not mind seeing become a mainstay on their draft list.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub last weekend.

Pours a slightly-hazy golden color with a two-finger white head and some nice sticky lacing on the way down. Thin cap throughout. The nose carries loads of Columbus hops with a light herbal quality and a very nice citrus presence. Lots of citrus in the flavor and a really nice finishing bitterness. Light body with good carbonation. Very refreshing and drinkable, would certainly have this again.

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3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Deuane
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A 4% hop attack? I sure hope it lives up to it's billing. Thanks to fellow BA Ffejherb for sharing some of his pint with me.

A-Slightly hazed copper with a medium off-white head that retained well and left nice lace.

S-Bright and popping citrus hop notes of orange, tangerine and grapefruit along with some melon and a slight floral quality.

T-BAM! You don't need ABV to give you a big old hop smack in the mouth! This one is full of the the sharp citrus flavour that I love. The supporting sweet biscuit is present but doesn't overwhelm the hop goodness.

M-Medium-light bodied sharp and crsip with a long lasting hop bitterness.

D-Wow--I have to say I am impressed. This is quite the beer, right up my alley. All the intense hop character one could ask for in a nice, low 4% ABV package! I would be happy putting plenty of these away!

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a frosted pint glass at Brixx. Listed as "Four Point Imperial Ale." Brewer describes it as "a single hop varietal mini-IPA session beer" and "Four Point Pale Ale (Single Hop Imperial Session beer)." Apparently the 2011 version uses Amarillo hops. From notes. Reviewed 11 July 2011.

A: Nice inch of creamy head. Some visible bubbles inside a very murky-translucent beer. Honey-yellow-brown. Good lacing.

S: Pretty nice. Lots of nice (Amarillo) hops. Pleasant pine. Yum.

T: Meh. Lots of hops, almost harshly so. Tastes a lot more alocholic than it is. No real pizazz or strength of flavour. Brief and boring; not very good. As objectively interesting a strongly single-hopped session beer is, I think the 'sessionability' kills it.

M: Some sort of carbonation going on. Rubust and piney/citrus/astringent.

O: Disappointing, perhaps because of the misleading 'imperial' designation. Drinkable, yes, but not very good. I'd try one in a bottle. Not recommended like this.

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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Four Point Pale Ale from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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