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Sixteen Point Imperial IPA | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Sixteen Point Imperial IPASixteen Point Imperial IPA
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3.83/5
Very Good
129 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by nmann08 on 08-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,761
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
129
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
26
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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 23
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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Photo of IPhantom
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4 pack purchased at Rodman's in DC tonight. Good deal.

Pours a yellower copper into my tulip glass with a big sticky head. Nice even lacing. Nose is citrusy hops, sweet malt, and something a bit earthy and slightly metallic. Think like you put a couple basil leaves into a can of pineapple and took a big whiff. Taste is big, sticky, citrusy hops and that pineapple sweetness. Finish is bitter and a little metallic, with a tannic/herbaceous note as well. Actually gets better as it warms a little-- instead of getting more sticky, like some do, it mellows out and is just a bit more metallic and piney if anything. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy but fairly well carbonated. As some have said, it does finish a little rough, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Overall, it's good to check out if you're a fan of the brewery and/or can get your hands on it. Victory Dirtwolf and DC Brau On The Wings of Armageddon are both fairly plentiful and a bit better, but this is more than respectable as it is and would be downright glorious with just a little tweaking.

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Photo of ubenumber2
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Sixteen Point Imperial IPA from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 129 ratings
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