Thursday, August 11, 2011

21st Amendment Brewery – Back In Black

Back in black
I hit the sack
I've been too long I'm glad to be back
Yes, I'm let loose
From the noose
That's kept me hanging about
I've been looking at the sky
'Cause it's gettin' me high
Forget the hearse 'cause I never die
I got nine lives
Cat's eyes
Abusin' every one of them and running wild

This beer is NOT inspired by AC/DC, so that’s a shame. Instead they chose to give credit to Paul Revere and his midnight ride, I guess that’s ok seeing that we live in America and all.

I reviewed 21st Amendment Brewery’s Watermelon beer here, so click that for some info on them. This beer represents a rebellion against typical British style IPA’s, black IPA’s are a relatively new addition to the brewing scene. They brew it the same as a standard IPA but add pale, crystal, munich, and de-bittered black malts to change the character. The can clearly states IPA, but I’m still calling this one a porter cause the hop presence was very minimal.

The smell and taste was malty and the finish was very smooth for an IPA. The can drew me in again on this brew, and I noticed the 21st slot at the beer store was picked over, so the can marketing is working for them.

They sell this stuff in 6 packs and solos year round. This stuff isn’t heavy one bit so I suggest the 6, you can really throw these bad boys back. It set me back under 3 bucks a can, so the value was spot on.

Alcohol Content: 6.8% ABV

Bitterness Units (IBUS): 65

Bittering Hops: Columbus

Flavor Hops: Columbus, Centennial

Dry Hops: Sentennial, Simcoe

Drinkability: 7/10

Taste: 8/10

Value: 7/10

Curb Appeal: 8/10

Overall: 7.5/10

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