Devils Backbone Eight Point IPA

Tonight’s selection is from a brewery that is now owned by AB In Bev. I’m not sure what is going to change about the brewery distribution given the new ownership, but when I had this beer, it wasn’t available in Jersey.


ABV: 6.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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. Citrus, Pine, Snap. Basecamp Favorites represent our core brewing principles: balance, approachability and trueness to style.”

Random: I think at some point, I need a new computer. I think the one that I’m using is almost 10 years old.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. There was a slight crown left on top of the hazy, copper body. I couldn’t see much carbonation through the hazy. The nose had a burnt hop quality with old pine sap and dried grapefruit zest. It didn’t have much malt, but the hops were not pleasant. The taste had an aged taste, like an old basement. Needless to say, I wasn’t thrilled. It also had pine sap and old
pine needles that you would find in July from Christmas. There wasn’t any citrus on it. I also picked up a musty, light malt and caramel. It had a thick body with high carbonation. The finish was quick, with old and musty hops. This was a beer that Val picked up for me as a gift, so no idea on price, but I wasn’t a huge fan of this one. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


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