Sixteen Point Imperial IPA | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Sixteen Point Imperial IPASixteen Point Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by nmann08 on 08-02-2013

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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of squonk45
4.69/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Strong alcohol after taste nice Double IPA Pricey thought

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Photo of imbibehour
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau Dogfishead IPA glass.

Easily one of the most perfect IPAs I have ever seen. An unbelievably crystal clear body, of shiny gold and orange, literally the perfect hue of orange and lemon yellows. Thin carbonation comes up, not overly excessive, slow at the bottom, faster at the top. It moves like liquid honey in a glass. Head is a perfect three to fingers tall, clumpy off white foamy and large. Not too big, not too small. Basically the perfect looking IPA.

Real interesting nose. Dank aromas, and a hint of mushy over ripe fruit. Hints of faint tropical hop notes, papaya mango also. Some woody like character to match. Real varied.

An extremely large and in control IPA. Large almost hop pine and dank aromas, with just the perfect amount of caramel sweetness poking through. Large hints of grapefruit crush on the finish, zesty, oily and long aromatics. Wonderful controlled honey like sweetness that doesn't get too boozy either, and brings out the liquid grapefruit in spades. Large controlled bitterness on the finish, and real lip coating soft sugars.

This is easily the best beer I have had from this brewery to date, they absolutely just nailed this.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of funcooker78
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Dougwerf
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Every winter I long for the best beer I've ever had, which was Snow Goose Ale from the now defunct Wild Goose Brewing on the Eastern Shore of MD. This past Saturday, I found Sixteen Point from Devils Backbone - and it's the closest I've found in ages. Terrific beer; thank you Devils Backbone!

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Photo of slhuggy
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Winfred
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Csikic93
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was expecting this to be really hoppy as the bottle had stated and it didn't deliver on that. Pours a beautiful Amber, tastes refreshing with a smooth finish. A good pick up if you have the chance

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Photo of bmjivi221
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeastLU
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of dfconnor
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A very nice big double. Resiny and floral. Very good.

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Photo of JMUduke
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Fargrow
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of davet100
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of 21Maestro8
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of zdeck37
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of joegard
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Stutz
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very crisp and refreshing for a 9.1. Light color is deceptive.

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Photo of Curt3
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greencovesteve
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oldn00b
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear amber, frothy white heady and some spotty lacing.

Nose is dank, piney, full of the bitter to follow.

Flavor is a bit different. Big bitter bomb with malt supporting well. Pine, resin, dank. Nice and full flavor.

Body is full, can tell this is a big abv. It's nice, I'd enjoy it again. So glad to see DB do things like this.

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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ChefHopMeister
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured heavy down the side of a chilled pint glass

Appearance: A rich golden amber. Filtered, so its a see thru brew. White foamy head if poured with a somewhat heavy hand. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Mute, some caramel, malt, hints of cereal

Taste: Malty backbone, sticky, nice hoppy bitterness as citrus rind reigns supreme, honey note

Mouthfeel: Nicely balanced carbonation, creamy and moderately thick

Overall: This was a very enjoyable DIPA*. While looking for Hopslam earlier in the month, one of the beer guys at TW recommended DB Sixteen Point as an alternative. Not wanting to buy the 4-pak without any review knowledge, I opted to test drive a single bottle (which is nice about TW and their impressive single bottle selection). My only major let down was the nose/smell. Very muted and subdued.

Yep, I'll be back to get the 4-pak. Devils Backbone Brewing is beginning to make some noise and Sixteen Point should help bring some attention to their offerings. This is a solid DIPA and didn't disappoint!

*Chef_Hop_Meister Recommended

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours as very nice white and clean head. The head is foamy with very tiny white bubbles. The beer itself is beautiful. The beer is a clean and clear medium gold color that is very pleasing to look at.

The beer has a rather bitter note to it with sweet and malty smell to it with a strong note of bitter pine and ripe grapefruit citrus hops to balance things out. The smell is pretty nice and different for a DIPA. Most DIPAs have a stronger sweet smell but this one is more bitter and pine. The malts do a good job of taking the hops down a little.

The beer taste is pretty good and similar to the smell. The taste has a bitter ripe grapefruit and pine note to it with a sweet malt backbone to balance things out. The beer also seems to have a sweet and bready aftertaste to it.

The mouthfeel is a bit heavy but closer to medium bodied. The carbonation is biting, which makes it feel lighter than it probably is.

Overall, a very good beer and worth getting when it's available. Highly recommend.

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Sixteen Point Imperial IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 125 ratings.
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