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

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Added by Thorpe429 on 05-09-2012

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Ranking:
#42,964
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
212
pDev:
14.07%
Bros Score:
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, courtesy of the brewery during GABF 2013 and Denver Beer Week.

This beer pours a clear pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, rather loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves some sparse island chain lace around the glass as things slowly drop away.

It smells of lightly grainy pale caramel malt, mildly stale lemon and grapefruit citrus peel, and more floral, herbal hop notes. The taste is biscuity, semi-sweet caramel malt, overly sweet white bread, citrus cream, a bit of tame table-top pepper, and earthy, herbal hops.

The carbonation is rather laid-back and ineffectual, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready pale malt really the only thing interested in prolonging this affair.

A more-or-less above average APA, the hops a little too floral and herbal, versus assertive and bitter for my liking. Easy drinking overall though, but uninteresting enough to engender a desire to move on to something different sooner rather than later.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can at the 2017 Suwannee Roots Revival Festival in Florida.
Bold for style with very good balance and a relatively heavy malt load.
Lively carbonation in a medium, amber body.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico during the Devil’s Backbone NoVA launch. Served in a taster glass. Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head. Good spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries a pretty good dose of American hops and a light touch of bread in the background. Flavor is nice and hoppy, though not at all over the top. Body is light. Good hop bitterness. Nice drinkability.

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of billab914
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into my Devil's backbone glass. Bright golden color with a thin white head barely covering the top. Very clear and clean looking, but the head faded rather quickly.

The aroma shows a mix of wet grains and toasted malts. It's got a good amount of crisp and tart fruits to it with notes of both apple and grape coming out. It's light, crisp and somewhat tart. It feels a lot more like a light lager than a Pale Ale though unfortunately.

The taste shows a little more of the toasted malts to it. Again, the crisp and tart fruits play a big role in it throughout. I'm getting a little bit of a herbal, peppery hop presence, but it's reminding me more of an European style lager rather than an APA.

The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Overall, I wasn't very impressed with this beer. It tasted more like an little heavier and bolder light lager than an APA to me. It just didn't compare very well to most other APA's on the shelves in my opinion and it felt too big and heavy to compete with the light lager beers I thought it was more similar to. The hop profile particularly seemed very off for my preference in the style. I love DB's beers, this one however just didn't work for me at all.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of Kegatron
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can. Pours a crystal clear pale gold with a big frothy bright-white head. This leaves back huge sticky swathes of sudsy lace. Smells grassy and citric with some soft doughy malt along the back. The taste has a bit more going on with it, being grassy and pithy feeling with a resinous edge. Light notes of herbal and tropical fruit character, as well as some bready malt, helps soften the hops a bit. Bitterness and pine stick to the tongue on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow crispness to the carbonation which glides well. This was OK. The nose could have given up a bit more but it definitely had some decent assertive hoppiness going on. You could do worse than packing some cans of this along on a trip.

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
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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2.77/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My fellow CANQuester (TM) and local, in-person trader, tone77, CAN refer to me as "The CAN Man" all that he wants, but he always surprises me with the odd CANs as part of his massive drop-offs. A limited release beer and in a CAN!?! Perfect.

From the CAN: "Great Beer Deserves Clean Water"; "From mountain streams and coastal rivers to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, the water connects us all. Your purchase of Striped Bass Pale Ale helps Devils Backbone Brewing Company and its supporters fund the education and restoration program of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation."; "We thank you for your support!"; The icthyalogically-correct rendtion of the fish in question is also identified on the CAN by its Latin designation, "Morone saxatilis"; "Save the Bay".

I am down with this in so many ways! I am a Piscean by birth and a sailor by trade and I spent many sea and anchor details coming in and out of Norfolk, VA on the Chesapeake Bay while on active duty in the US Navy. In fact, it is the underway time that I miss second-most to the camaraderie in my retirement. This makes me want to have some striped bass for lunch to go with this beer, but I will have to make do with something else.

The Crack and inverted Glug resulted in two fingers of rocky, foamy bone-white head with limited retention in the face of today's humidity. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and Croesus and King Midas sat across from me, drooling, Nose had a delicate grassy hopiness to it, more in keeping with what I expect from the style. I think that the line between APAs and AIPAs has become very blurred and the description somewhat muddled. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the hops were very grassy on the tongue. This seemed to me to be what I expect in the style. I just had Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale, another APA and it seemed closer to an AIPA, as a point of reference. Finish was semi-dry, again quite grassy, especially on the extreme finish. Not only did I like it, but since it does come in a CAN, I would recommend it for a beach fish fry.

BTW, this marks the 800th beer of The CANQuest (TM)!

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Adam for the can.

The beer is clear and pale golden with an inch of dense white head. The aroma offers some biscuit malts, pine, hops, a touch of floral notes. The scent is fine enough. A bit muted, but what's there is ok. Smooth and easy drinking. Balanced with a mild bitterness in the back. An unoffensive middle of the road pale ale.

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of imbibehour
4.05/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real soapy white three finger head with lots of staying power though, with big swiss cheese bubbles. Body color is a real golden brass amber, hints of lager looking classic Backbone brewing here, with slow rising carbonation coming up. Quite not use to looking at this and imagining ale, but it looks like a classic impressive lager.

Bouquet hits with a mild balanced mix of light hop, sweet malts and toasty grains and bread. Spicy. Clove like in nature with a bit more sweetness. Quite nice, a little "perfume" like smelling.

Wonderful texture and palate feel. Feels large and malt rich with a somewhat quick grass, but then the after finish brings a real nice lime astringent character. Bready malts hit with lots of toasty aromas. Nice finishing sweetness with lime hop character too.

Overall, I think I would love to save the Cheseapeake like this more often! Tasty memorable pale ale.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is kind of mild, a touch of hops. Taste is light, refreshing, hops, a bit of malts, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall would be a good beer on a hot afternoon.

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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Striped Bass Pale Ale from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 212 ratings
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