Tasting: March 19, 2014
Beer #: 523
Eight Point IPA
It has been more than a week since my last post. Honestly, I find myself in a conundrum when I open my beer refrigerator. Right now, I am lucky enough to have ample quantities of some of my favorite beer like: Bell’s Hopslam; Troegs Nugget Nectar; Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout; Founders Devil Dancer, Great Lake Chillwave and Ballast Point Sculpin. Do I crack open something that may disappoint or do I crack open a sure thing? This one is particularly hard because it was a gift from fellow Pop – John. He brought this bottle of Eight Point IPA back from a trip to Virginia. However, he didn’t give it a ringing endorsement and the fact that he gave me two bottles tells me that he probably is ridding himself of what remains of a six pack he purchased. So, I’ll go with a standby beer.
Dank flavor in the form of caramel, bread and some tangerine-like hop flavor. A bit thin and it gets clunky quite fast. A few sips in and it has an overly dry impact. You don’t taste anything for a second or two – just cold. Then comes the crashing tangerine flavor. Really harsh on the palate. Eight Point IPA has slightly elevated carbonation and an alcohol by volume of 5.9%. This is okay – but the negatives outweigh the positives. I’ll peg Eight Point IPA at 80 points. I can understand why I inherited two bottles from John.