Eight Point IPA

Virginia
United States
Devils Backbone Eight Point IPA Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

This is the first batch of beer we brewed after the conception of Devils Backbone Brewing Company in 2008. Our brewmaster Jason Oliver was thinking about how to design the IPA when he heard a rustle near his fence line (just touching the woods) where he saw two young proud eight point bucks walking along it. He decided to name the beer after those young bucks as it seemed to fit the spirit of the beer,which is proud, brash, youthful, yet approachable.

Profile

ABV: 
5.9%
IBUs: 
60
Hops: 
Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe
Malts: 
Pilsen, Caramel Malts, Torrified Wheat
Judges Review 
Jim Koebel's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This American IPA starts off with a distinctly fruity ester aroma – primarily raspberry – and low citrus rind from hops. Underneath is a toasted malt character and stone fruit aromas. It pours a very clear, orange-copper color and carries a full white head with good retention. This beer tastes dry throughout, and contains an even, smooth bitterness. There are moderate earthy hop flavors and a toasty, lightly bready malt backbone. The hop character is balanced and again has an enjoyably fruity ester component that, although secondary to hops, stands out. Its medium body and moderate carbonation make it smooth and easy to drink. This example lacks much of the prominent hop character that is essential for the style, but pulls off a very nice imitation of something between an ESB and an English IPA.

Brewery Introduction

One might say the spark for the idea behind the brewery happened in 1992 with a visit to Cortina, Italy. Founders, Steve and Heidi Crandall were on a ski trip and were introduced to a German beer called Weihenstephan. This first real “craft” beer experience started a trend in the Crandall... Read More

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