superspak (6015) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2017
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/6/2017. Pours crystal clear golden/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, light honey, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, light honey, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/grassy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt bitterness balance; slight lingering hop astringency, but not overwhelming. Moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous/rindy, and fairly bready/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 6.2%. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink; despite the increasingly bitter/drying finish. Great vibrant hop flavors, with a solid malt backbone with minimal residual sweetness. Just a tad too aggressively bitter/drying, this was still really enjoyable. ChiGuy68 (616) - Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2017
Tasted from a 12oz. bottle. It poured a golden hue with a light beige head. Aroma of hops, pine, and a bit of grapefruit. Bitter hop taste with a bit of grapefruit. A rustic outdoor type of IPA. Not bad, but not outstanding. DialSquare (5133) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2017
12oz bottle from Savor Growl: clear amber pour, thin white-ish head. aroma of malty, pine, grass. tastes are caramel malt, moderate bitter, pine, grass, herbal, biscuity. good balance. fairly bitter finish. rollinsr (818) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - APR 2, 2017
Pours clear and gold with a finger and a half of off-white head. Aroma is estery spruce sap and dank citrus hops. Flavor is floral and hoppy with enough malt backbone to carry a sweetness on the back end of the palate.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Skallish (20) - Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2017
Outstanding! Smells, looks, tastes and feels like an outstanding IPA. It’s that simple! Enjoy this one folks. It’s got all the characteristics of an outstanding IPA!
tillmac62 (759) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2017
BOD 11/14/16. Slightly hazy light amber pour - similar to a fairly new copper penny. World class head volume, lacing and retention.
Outstanding nose of mixed hops covering nearly the whole range. Intensity is moderate but complexity and balance are superb. Light citrus (orange, a touch of zest, subdued grapefruit), tropical (light mango and even lighter pineapple), soft pine and a touch of both grass and herbs. Dank is the only main missing trait.
Medium bodied with a smooth texture with a touch of slick oiliness. World class carbonation / body balance. The middle a rousing perky effervescence that roils through to the finely bubbled prickly finish.
The flavor profile is good but does not live up to the potential of the nose. Flavor separation is muted with soft flavors arriving first (citrus, tropical) and the middle being grassy and herbal. Bitterness is light for the style and is well balanced with a light bready sweetness in the middle. The heavier flavors (zest, pine) arrive as the sweetness fades towards the finish. The finish is a slow fade of zest and pine. A residual bitterness remains that is mostly zest. The lingering finish provides the highest level of bitterness, which is moderate.
ffaoe (922) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2017
light hoppy aroma. gold and clear in color with light head. taste is hop forward and piney but short lived, taste fades quickly. very blah drowland (9080) - Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2017
3/13/17. 12oz bottle from Publix. Clear golden orange pour with a small khaki head. Light floral and grainy aroma, old skool. Same on the flavor - old skool American IPA. Floral, grainy, meh. Not awful at least. R4N5H (1326) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2017
On tap at Oceanaire Seafood Room, Washington DC on 09-Mar-2017. Clear golden amber colour with a medium sized white head. Aroma of sweet malt, citrus and pine. Medium body and carbonation. Taste of biscuit malt, caramel, orange-peel and grapefruit. Lightly hopped and bittersweet finish. OK, but nothing special. eRock_2013 (511) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2017 Excited to sample another Devils Backbone brew, although this one was not a personal favorite. On tap, poured a nice deep orange copper appearance, with a strong piney hop aroma. Up front seems to be predominantly a lot of hoppy bitterness, resin and piney grapefruit notes, not as much malty balance. True to the West Coast style i suppose, so I can’t fault it for that. Also doesn’t have the dankness of certain West Coast style IPAs, no value judgment there. Pleasant round medium-bodied texture, with a hop resin finish and some caramel malt. I enjoyed this overall and would drink this again, but could use a little more balanced maltiness. Nice medium body to it and a good flavor intensity, a decent but relatively standard IPA.