Sixteen Point Imperial IPA | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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3.83/5
Very Good
132 Ratings
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by nmann08 on 08-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,297
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
132
pDev:
10.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
28
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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Big Hunt.

Pours a dark golden yellow, fizzy, Frothy white head that seems to hang around, leaving good lacing.

Smell is pine, grass, citrus, a bit sweet. Definitely tropical fruit.

Taste is sweet up front. Piney bitter hops mix in. Resin, melon, pineapple. A bit too sweet for my double ipa's. Takes away some of the other characteristics of the beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, alcohol is hidden, overall pretty nice for their first batch.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of REVZEB
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of VeganUndead
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of imbibehour
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexFields
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, caramel-copper coloring with a filmy, clingy, foamy, bright white head. Aromas of rich caramel blended with sweet tropical fruits, including pineapple, melon, and mango. Subtle pepper and piney notes, too. Flavors are rich and heavy forward, loaded with a solid caramel and toffee backbone, all to support the fruit salad of tropical sweetness and pepper, piney, resinous hops this beer brings to the table. Cut grass and dank vegetal undertones, too. This is big and robust, but well balanced enough to keep the drinkability up. Hop heavy, even through the aftertaste, rich in dank and sticky notes. Smooth, layered finish with a dry undertone and bitter linger. Good beer.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear copper body with little head and the aroma is grainy, airy, hoppy with minimal citric bitterness. Thicker, medium-bodied beer with a citric floral burst that has a mix of hoppy booziness and heated finish. Notes of citric/grapefruit hops with minimal maltiness and is overall a not-too-shabby IPA.

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Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, gold, with one inch head and medium-high carbonation. Taste is herbal and leafy hops, grapefruit, and sweet butterscotch malt at the end. Sweetness pops up briefly, but leaves a dry bitter end. Makes for an interesting sipper. I might get this again, but I prefer other DB beers better. I would seek this out if I was more of a hophead.

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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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Sixteen Point Imperial IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 132 ratings