Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery
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3.5/5 rDev -4.9%
A 12 oz. can, poured to a pint glass. Label is heavy on the black and, therefore, tough to make out; looks like a Revolutionary War-era minuteman riding a motorcycle - am I close?
'American IPA brewed with
rich dark malts
A: Very dark, pretty well impenetrable until held to a strong light - then richer mahogany shows (not quite 'black', but close enough). Ridiculously gargantuan head, nearly 4 fingers of pillowy khaki creampuff that falls steadily but stays lumpy; terrific lace in jigsawed fragments.
S: Allowed to sit for many minutes out of the fridge, aroma never really develops. A dusky sort of toasted malt, dark rye and some muddled spice. Pine, too, but really subtle. Not much to get excited about.
T: A fair amount of wood char and spicy dark malt, all with a reasonable citrus/pine hoppiness. Something like burnt caramel before mineral drying and a gluey stickiness.
M: Not exciting at all, a muted carbonation and general mellowness that's kinda boring... then gets more boring. Thinner than a beer that nears 7% probably should be. The plus side is 'creaminess' - no complaints there.
O: I'm no big fan of 'Black Ales' [see previous], but I try to never let that bias enter into my reviews. I've had some of the style that I thought were pretty good, and this is among them. Not too burnt/roasted, nor too bitter/hoppy - both of which are reasons to NOT dismiss this entirely. Alcohol level seems pretty well enveloped, which helps overall likability.
03-30-2011 00:45:49 | More by msubulldog25
3.5/5 rDev -4.9%
From a 12 ounce can, not freshness date. Poured into a shaker glass.
A: Looks fantastic only the slightest bit of garnet shines through the light, other than that it's opaque. Near 2 finger foamy thick, rocky looking head. It looks a lot like a stout actually.
S: Light pine or citrus hop notes with some other faint hints I can't pick up. Light roasted malt notes make an appearance too.
T: Slight roasty bitterness, a tad earthy. It's easy to drink, but it's not what I was expecting, more like a light coffee stout really. Not what I was expecting really, especially not when labeled as an IPA, not enough hop presence.
M: Medium bodied with some light sharp carbonation.
O: This is not what I was expecting, not enough hop presence here. I like it, but it doesn't seem to match the style.
01-03-2012 04:13:21 | More by keanex
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,823 ratings.