Sixteen Point Imperial IPA | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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3.83/5
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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:
#16,056
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
132
pDev:
10.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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5
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Ratings: 132 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of Proclarush
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | 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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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 kdown
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lillitnn92
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Photo of earlholman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dougwerf
4.48/5  rDev +17%
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 Winfred
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of squonk45
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
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 bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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 GinDC
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Csikic93
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
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 AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz boned on 3-9-15, poured in a snifter. Solid beer, piney taste with a strong bitter finish. Great step up from 8 Point.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LeeEvolved
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of joegard
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of JMUduke
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of MattSharpless
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jbexphys
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of BeastLU
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of argock
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Sixteen Point Imperial IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 132 ratings