Striped Bass Pale Ale | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
dbbrewingcompany.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Thorpe429 on 05-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
204
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
14.03%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
40
For Trade:
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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.61/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours crystal clear golden color with thin white head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma - Very light hops with a touch of malts and sweet caramel.

Taste - A mixture of bitter hops and malts with a slight floral aftertaste. There is also some orange peel in the flavor.

Feel - High side of medium little heavier than a normal pale ale with a dry bitter finish.

Overall - A decent pale ale slightly more bitter than expected but a nice flavor.

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Photo of thebeers
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with a finger of dense white head.

Light earthy hops in the aroma. Light tasting, with a mix of earthy, tea-like malts and hops and a slight caramel sweetness. Fairly dry, dully bitter finish.

Medium to heavy bodied for the style, with relatively low carbonation.

Refreshing enough, but not much going for it beyond that.

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Photo of BabaBeer
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Adam1993
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcbeers
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duvel1979
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Speedihd
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dextermcgurk
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One-finger thick, off-white head. Mild haze to the dark gold color. One initial ring of lace then there is a mixture of spots and streaks.

Semi-earthy, semi-pale malt initial aroma. Light, fresh hop nose.

This is a strong pale ale with a solid malt base with a prickly hop kick. This is strongest at the swallow but it creates a very long aftertaste. The body is richer than most but the carbonation level is also high. There’s a touch of earthiness to the aftertaste but not too much.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap 10 June 2016 at the Devil's Backbone Outpost north of Lexington, Virginia.

Straw beer with a white head. Nose dominated by mild leafy hops, not particularly strong. Taste profile: the hops rise and fall smoothly over a lean malt base, but rather uncomplicated overall. Leaves a lightly oily, bitter aftertaste. Nothing out of character with the style, just not too exciting. Hard to find anything more than 3.5 scores across the board here. Competent, but I know this place makes more exciting beers. On the other hand, for fun I would like to do a blind comparison with this, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and one or two other "true" pale ales.

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Photo of MattXT
3.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Lelampp
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of vabeerguy
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a nonic glass. The color was a slightly hazy orange/yellow. The smell was somewhat light. I enjoyed the taste. It is exactly what I expected from a pale ale.

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Photo of Kvanwhy
2.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Lucular
3.89/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I don't understand the low ratings on this beer. It's nothing extraordinary, but it has nice citrus and pine flavors from the hops with a balanced crackery malt backbone.

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Photo of bft1
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one few times. Brewery is nearby here in Va. Light, crisp touch of pine resin flavor. No head, bubbly. Overall better than the awful DB lager, which seems to be everywhere around here some unknown reason. Nothing special but I'd certainly not turn one down if offered.

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Photo of BPMeyer27
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of luke12345
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dankjohn
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bfitzge2
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scbeerman
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is an underrated retro-style APA (think SNPA or Sweetwater 420). It's a true pale ale rather than a mislabeled IPA like many well-known examples of the style.
L: Clear orange/gold color with half a finger of foamy white head, ok but not good retention. With a better head would be rated higher.
S: light orange scent from the hops mixed with slightly sweet malt, toasted grain and some grassy scent. Light but pleasant.
T: much like the nose, I get a little citrusy hop flavor reminiscent of candied orange along with refreshing gentle bitterness and grassy flavors which balance the mild malt character well. Not going to blow your mind but this is a tasty beer.
F: extraordinarily drinkable and this is by far its best characteristic. Smooth, crisp, everything a pale ale should be.
O: this beer is underrated because it's not a monster beer, but it doesn't need to be one. It's light but not too light and eminently drinkable; better than the sum of its parts. Kind of hard to find because it's not their most popular beer, but I buy this every chance I get and keep it in the fridge almost constantly.

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Photo of tigg924
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours gold, with moderate carbonation and 1/4 inch had. Taste is herbal hops and English pale malt. Above average pale ale, but nothing I would rush out to get again.

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Striped Bass Pale Ale from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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