Sixteen Point Imperial IPA | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Sixteen Point Imperial IPASixteen Point Imperial IPA
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by nmann08 on 08-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
102
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.83%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Photo of nmann08
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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 westcoastbeerlvr
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of ZEB89
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexFields
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of smakawhat
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
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 GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of VeganUndead
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Latarnik
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of markgugs
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Pencible
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a clear gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like citrus zest and herbal hops, with some light biscuit malt.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and pine and copper, with some herbal hops and earthy malt. It had a mostly clean and lasting bitter aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It was a little thick with lots of carbonation. Lively body.
D: This was a decent double IPA with a bold bitter scent and taste. But the body was a little weak, and the finish was hot and rough. So it wasn't very easy to drink. Not bad, but not top tier.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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 cjgiant
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: very clear golden beer with a tinge of orange to darken it more than a light lager. The head films the surface throughout.
S: very pungent, with papaya, melon, and a little apple perhaps. Early on, before the beer warms slightly, there was some moldy notes to the smell, but they subsided
T: quite malty, definitively sweet up front, perhaps a little too much so to get a higher rating.
M: there is a dryness in the end, a dirty kind of bitterness the tries to cut the sweetness, but not quite.
O: I don't mind a malt-forward beers, so I liked this beer ok. I loved the powerful nose for it power, but had an internal battle on the scents it offered. The bitterness was a bit too subdued to take this beer up a notch or two.

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Photo of argock
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. Bottled on 2/20/14 on bottle neck. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA).

A: LIght copper with respectable 1-finger, oatmeal colored head with average retention but no lacing.

S: Strong caramel malt aromas blended with hops notes of honeysuckle, grapefruit, orange, and pine

T: The flavor is a little crystal malt heavy for me but not bad by any means. The caramel note is medium-dark with a light burnt quality, like toffee, and unfortunately a little too sweet like toffee is too. Hop character is pretty varied with orange, lime, grapefruit, pine, light resin, and herbal honeysuckle qualities. Bitterness is medium and a bit on the juicy side owing to all the citrus character. There is no easily perceptible yeast character. THe alcohol is a little warming.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty drinkable for the ABV.

O: A middle-of-the-road DIPA -- nothing really wrong with it except for the heavier-than-average crystal malt component, but nothing really distinguishing it from the pack either.

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Photo of buzzy
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Sixteen Point Imperial IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 102 ratings.
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