Naughty Or Nice
Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
New England IPA
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3.87 | pDev: 14.99%
Jan 05, 2022
Nov 10, 2021
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Notes: Forget that creepy elf on a shelf – let the deer on this beer tell you what list you’re on. Each pack contains a different mix of our Naughty and Nice deer cans (not: deer bottles for 12-packs). Mostly Naughty deer? Who cares – being nice is overrated! Better start making plans for all that coal in your future. Sounds like the makings for a toasty winter bonfire! Nice deer? Congrats. You fooled everyone. May all your gifts come with receipts so you can get what you really wanted in the first place. Truth is, everyone comes out on top with our hoppy holiday IPA pack. Tell us which list you landed on using #DBNaughty or #DBNice.

Malts: Pilsner, Vienna, Malteurop Wheat, Special Aromatic, Acidulated Malt, Briess Blackprinz
Hops: Simcoe, Hallertau Blanc, Comet, Sabro, Mosaic
Dry Hop: Simcoe, Hallertau Blanc, Comet, Sabro, Amarillo, Citra
Recent ratings and reviews.
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Reviewed by argock from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
DB BEST BY 02/22/22. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Clear golden hue with 1-2 fingers of foamy, large-bubbled head with below-average retention but copious layers of sticky lacing.

S: Aroma is general fruitiness with maybe more stone fruit and berries with a hint of pine. I get the sense that the fruitiness is more esters than hop character. The malt presence is mostly somewhat grassy pilsner malt.

T: Flavor is pretty close to the aroma but even more generally fruity — indistinct and muddled. Some candied orange, peach, blueberry, and pine round out the hop flavors. Malt flavors are lightly bready pils maltiness with light toasted character. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden. Esters are present, medium intensity, and fruity. Bitterness is medium at most. There is a lighter overripe fruit note in the aftertaste.

M: Light-medium body with dry finish and medium-high carbonation which leaves a relatively clean feel.

O: Not what I was expecting with my first experience with “cold IPA.” I think the traditional pine, citrus, and herbal hop character of traditional WCIPAs will work better with this style than the more fruit-forward versions that this beer showcases. I look forward to brewing one of these soon to see. It is a nice dry beer but could use more bitterness and more edge.
Jan 05, 2022
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Rated by Jstbkoz

5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is my new favorite beer. If you want an alternative to a "heavy" IPA, with good taste and enjoy more than one, then this one's for you.
Dec 20, 2021
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Reviewed by NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap in a standard pint glass.

Clear golden color with nice bubbles. Thin white cap, wavy lacing.

Mostly light malt aroma with a touch of pine needles and winter berries.

Pilsner and Vienna malts dominate the taste. Floral and berry hops. Some citrus rind.

Lighter side of winter brews. Strong carbonation. Hops come through to a lingering bitterness.

Not naughty but could be nicer.
Dec 15, 2021
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Rated by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3.02/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Billed as a new cold ipa style, not sensing this style will be next trend. Was OK but not something good enough to re-order in quantity.
Dec 13, 2021
Rated: 3.68 by MGibbons from Maryland

Nov 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Shenandoah

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I really enjoy the Devil's Backbone beers, this one is just okay. I don't love it as a winter seasonal(being an IPA), but not bad. High ABV is good. Probably will buy a different DB selection next time.
Nov 19, 2021
Naughty Or Nice from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 7 ratings