Review: Devils Backbone Brut IPA | Craft Beer & Brewing

Style: Brut IPA

ABV: 6.3 IBU: 26

95/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 4

Devils Backbone Brut IPA

What the brewers say

Very light bodied with a clean dry palate, thanks to lively citrus and white-grape notes from Amarillo and Hallertau Blanc hops. It’s bubbly, sparkly, low carb, and hoppy.

What our panel thought

Mango and nectarine hops aromas jump out of the glass. The fruit continues into the flavor with an initial blast of peach and nectarine and a fruity sweet finish. Dry and somewhat thin despite lively carbonation. Low malt flavor, subtle cracker notes in the finish.

What our editors thought

Subtle yet pointed pinot grigio notes offer a gentle but characterful white-wine nose with a faint citrus in the background. The sip is effervescent and bright, with an airy and weightless body that underscores the subtlety of the experience. It’s difficult to even approach this as beer, as only the slightest bit of malt hints at its beer origins. But the experience is fragrant, tightly nuanced, and thoroughly well-considered—an expertly crafted beer that offers a different vision of what beer can be.

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