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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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83
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1,768 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,768
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 37
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV varies around 7%.
65 IBU

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 11-23-2008)
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Cooker_stp

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

01-22-2014 16:22:37 | More by Cooker_stp
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Vdubb86

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for providing me with my very first BIPA.

This one pours a nice blackness with ruby shades when penetrated by light. There is a nice white frothy head upon it which is interesting to me for usually beers this dark produce a tan or brown head. The smells are intriguing as well. There is the obviously citrus and floral notes from the hops that comprise an IPA, but it's mixed with (and to a lesser degree in this instance) roasted caramel malts to give the beer a different dimension on the nose. The taste is of a pretty hoppy IPA. The main flavor is citrus specifically lemon. This causes the brunt of the bitterness that is experienced. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for what the beer actually is, and it does a service to the beer in my opinion. If you like the hops, this is highly drinkable. If you're like me and are indifferent, it's still a pleasant brew.

Serving type: can

09-20-2010 03:49:46 | More by Vdubb86
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Mosstrooper

California

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Not quite black, but more of a darker coloa color. Large, foamy off-white, slightly tanned head dissipates very slowly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace.

Smell: Prevalent cascade hops backed up by buttery and roasty malts.

Taste: Begins with a buttery sweetness and a light hop flavor, finishing with intense (though not overly bitter) resiny hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with light carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: A highly drinkable and sessionable IPA. Nothing outstanding, but still very solid all-round. This is a beer I would enjoy drinking again and would recommend to others readily.

Serving type: can

10-18-2010 23:01:27 | More by Mosstrooper
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tastymug

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-29-2013 19:13:29 | More by tastymug
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CarolinaKev

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-20-2012 05:47:36 | More by CarolinaKev
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stevoj

Germany

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty and hoppy, near black body with creamy. silky beige head. Nice dark roast grain flavor comes through to accent the hops, elements of burnt toast, wood. Hops add more bitterness to the roast flavor, but still smooth on the finish. Some lingering bitterness on the palate.

Serving type: can

03-01-2014 04:12:47 | More by stevoj
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seanchai

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-24-2014 19:36:57 | More by seanchai
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-04-2012 02:16:21 | More by DrFunkenstein
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JakeDebus

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-15-2013 18:06:51 | More by JakeDebus
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-28-2013 11:21:29 | More by JakerLou
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

12oz can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Very dark with a solid 2 finger head and favorable lacing.

S: Citrus hops and roasted malt.

T: Very strong citrus hop flavor upfront. Bitterness of the hops follows which compliments the roasty malt flavor well. Not as much roast as I would expect but decent.

M: Well carbonated and rather full.

D: Extremely drinkable.

Overall Back in Black is a good representation of the style. I would recommend to a friend.

Serving type: can

Reviewed on: 01-13-2011 17:21:59

Serving type: can

01-28-2012 17:40:26 | More by hopfacebrew
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Back in Black comes straight out of the can smelling mainly like an IPA, heavy on the grapefruit and pine notes, the emphasis being primarily on a more sugary version of the grapefruit notes. Hints of lemon and lime add extra citrus zest to the nose. All this lies atop a darker bed than is normally found in an IPA (this is a Black IPA, after all), which brings black malt, ash, and tobacco to the mix, albeit in far lesser proportions, compared to the hops.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a good shock of hops, here the flavors moving more toward grapefruit zest and pine than the sugary notes found in the nose. Again, lemon zest brings a heavier citrus burst. The beer isn't particularly bitter--only 65 IBUs--but the hops bring good flavor. The "black" part of the IPA--that is, if the hops were removed or lessened to only showcase the malts--tastes much like a weaker, watery stout geared almost exclusively towards ash, coffee, tobacco, and black malt flavors, though toasted pecans also come into play. Some sugars play in the background, and a few fruit esters (apricot, orange) peek their heads around the corner meekly. Late the in mouthful, especially if the beer is held on the tongue long enough, the ash and tobacco flavors largely take over. The aftertaste is mainly ash and tobacco, with a remaining runnel of grapefruit hops and pecans, and lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is good beer in terms of flavor, the hops and malts each bringing a good series of tastes, and all of which meld together fairly well. At times the ash and tobacco flavors can slightly outshine the rest of the beer, and the medium-light mouthfeel is strange, given the potency of the flavors. Still, this is a far better-than-average Black IPA, and worth trying.

Serving type: can

10-16-2011 15:28:55 | More by jondeelee
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes, 7-24-2010

A - deep mahogany/black body, thick tan head with good retention

S - spicy hops and a hint of toasted malt

T - mild malts, light on the hops. Supposed to be an IPA?

M - dry, medium-full body

O (D) - not that great, but still very enjoyable.

Serving type: can

03-27-2011 18:20:33 | More by ColdPoncho
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-12-2012 11:51:15 | More by tedho21
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. My first can of craft beer! The mostly black can has a sweet picture of a patriot on a motorcycle.

Beer pours a very dark, almost opaque brown. A nice billow of tan head sticks to the glass. Smell is unique, high-pitched malts combined with an herbal hops. All-in-all sharp, but very nice. Taste is nicely complex as well. Dark, toasty, campfire malts meld into a pleasantly bitter finish. Feel is nicely carbonated, and deceivingly dry and thin at the end. The only drawback is that this beer is so "varied" that I could only have a few at one sitting. For that though, a good beer, and a great introduction to craft beer in a can.

Serving type: can

09-28-2010 04:54:51 | More by sixerofelixir
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mbs11

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-14-2012 01:15:46 | More by mbs11
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JRed

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with frothy off white head that lasts. Roasted malts, earth, hop spice in the nose. Tastes of cocoa, earth, hop spice, roast, slight medicinal, hop bitterness and a echo of citrus. Medium body with medium carbonation. Roast and hop bitterness lasts in the palate. Well balanced between hops and roast.  

Serving type: can

05-30-2011 03:19:58 | More by JRed
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, nearly black pour with a two finger beige head with good retention and great lacing. The nose was a bit subdued for the style. Roasty up front with hints of black licorice, mocha, and soy sauce with a touch of citrus and pine emerging as well as a touch of smoke. The taste is a bit more bold with roasty coffee and chocolate complemented nicely with citrusy, piney hop notes with some cola on the finish. The mouthfeel is a tad bit fizzy and a little thin, but has a nice finish. Overall a solid Black IPA, but not quite up there with Sublimely. Very sessionable though...

Serving type: can

11-19-2012 15:50:00 | More by beerdrifter
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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-28-2011 18:33:02 | More by fuzzcherry
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Beeradelphia

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

10-15-2012 08:10:14 | More by Beeradelphia
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JimmytheSaintPSU

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-15-2011 21:50:45 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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1424IpA

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

04-06-2013 18:47:49 | More by 1424IpA
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single can poured into a shaker pint glass. I know the company is in San Fran, CA, but my can says made in Cold Spring, MN. Huh? Maybe they contract brew there.

Appearance: On the table, black, with a light tan foam with lacing all over the place. The foam dies down to a thin 1/16" head across the top, but the foam will be more persistent if you give it a hard pour. Held up to the light, the beer is a very dark ruby red. The artwork on the can is very appealing...I have to admit it was what made me decide to pick it up. Nice work to whoever came up with this one.

Smell: An interesting combination of grapefruit/citrus hops up front and roasted malts at the end. Nicely appealing.

Taste: The beer is an odd clash of flavors. Not bad, just kind of odd. The citrus/grapefruit collides with a roasted malt and bitter coffee finish (probably from the roasted malts). It's okay cold, and better when warm. For the blend of hops and malt I think I prefer the Indian Brown style. It's good though - just not "wow" fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation, but not too much on the tongue. Does stick to the teeth a bit.

Drinkability: Interesting, but a one at a time beer for me. I've had it by itself and also with a meal...but I don't think I've found the right food to go with it yet.

Serving type: can

08-15-2010 22:14:00 | More by damndirtyape
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Bockerdoppel91

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-15-2012 19:25:27 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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woodchip

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-16-2014 00:42:52 | More by woodchip
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,768 ratings.