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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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1,777 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,777
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 39
Gots: 100 | 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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chcfan

California

5/5  rDev +35.9%

11-17-2011 16:24:23 | More by chcfan
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alk3kenny

Georgia

4.97/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this in a 6pk of 12oz cans poured into my Sam Adams 20oz glass... Pours a decent 1/2 in head great dark black color... Smell is of bitter hops love it... hop bitterness is present followed by roast dark malt flavor exactly what I'm looking for in this style of beer... leaves just a little bitterness on the tongue aftertaste of hops sticks with you which is a plus in my book... mouthfeel is smooth, easily drinkable goes down again and again... I will buy this beer any time I'm looking for a black IPA

Serving type: can

09-29-2011 02:48:21 | More by alk3kenny
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hitshtwithsticks

California

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

05-12-2012 05:20:11 | More by hitshtwithsticks
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juankzas

Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

01-15-2013 19:05:51 | More by juankzas
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mhansen500

New York

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

01-21-2014 23:35:08 | More by mhansen500
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turtlemead


4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

06-02-2012 05:23:59 | More by turtlemead
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

05-26-2013 21:05:50 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

04-09-2012 02:26:02 | More by Beerbuddha
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scot959

California

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

08-09-2012 02:49:25 | More by scot959
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randygreener


4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

08-17-2012 02:24:00 | More by randygreener
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dweeuu

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

02-10-2013 20:23:15 | More by dweeuu
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SarahMackAttack

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

10-28-2012 22:08:03 | More by SarahMackAttack
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dtreindl

Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly creamy smooth mouthfeel on this black IPA. Not too bitter. Nice roasted malt flavor is not overwhelmed by the hops. So well-balanced hops and malt, which I think is essential for a good black IPA. Easy drinking...I could drink several of these, despite the 6.8abv. Black IPAs seem to be trendy now and this example is a good one. I'll be drinking this long after any trend fades as long as 21st A is willing to brew it!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 23:20:28 | More by dtreindl
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque warm sable with a thick, fine-bubbled, light tan head. Strong aroma is fairly hoppy with a firm undertone of citrus, mainly orange and a bit of grapefruit. Strong, hoppy flavor has smoky and nutty undertones and hints of chocolate and licorice. It fairly successfully marries most of the flavors I like in a stout or porter with the hoppy and citrus flavors I appreciate in an IPA. Maybe I should change my favorite sort of beer to black IPA. Texture is fairly smooth and fizzy with a slight tinny undertone.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2010 17:55:03 | More by Cyberkedi
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beer1018

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Appears black with a nice creamy head that takes forever to go away. It smells good, nothing offensive here. The taste is a nice balance between the hops and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is like a less creamy guiness which feels very nice. The alcohol is hidden well. I could drink a whole 6 pack easy and i rarely drink more then two. This will be a new staple for me and one of the better beers i have had this year.

Serving type: can

09-16-2010 02:02:51 | More by beer1018
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vdoz3

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

+1 for being named after a great song. A 32 oz growler in one night, all drank from a DFH pint glass (http://www.sudsgear.com/ProductImages/dogfish/DOGPT_dogfish-l.jpg)

A - Solid black body showing hints of reddish/brown borders at the edges. Head grows beautifully, before settling down and become sticky lacing trailing behind the level.

S - Hops. Tart, citrusy hops. There was also a slight metallic smell earlier on, but I've never noticed that before when I've had this beer before, willing to bet that was because I left it in the growler too long.

T - Citrus hops dominate, leaving a rich aftertaste, competing with the roasted malt aftertaste that creeps in.

M - Thick coating (willing to bet the roasted malt has something to do with this), and you can feel where the beer is hitting your tongue because the hops work at it instantly.

D - Amazing. I could drink this all night.

Up there with Stone's Sublimely Self Righteous (/11th Anniversary Ale), imho.

Serving type: growler

12-27-2009 09:36:10 | More by vdoz3
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EyeOfBuck

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- fitting of its name black with an inch half of creamy tan head poured in a frosty mug. Thin covering of head stays to the last drop.
Smell - definitely smell of hops, that did not translate into the taste
Taste- sweetness that is a bit uncharteristic of an IPA with 65 IBUs followed by a slightly bitter aftertaste that is welcome, but does not linger. It comes back to a roasted malt flavor that sticks with you. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming.
Mouthfeel - carbonation is lasting across the full depth of the tongue. A bit syrupy and fitting for a heavier IPA that makes you want another.

Serving type: can

09-14-2013 16:57:48 | More by EyeOfBuck
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GalenAnderson

New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on draft at the Armsby Abbey in Worcester MA. It was poured into a standard tumbler pint glass with a one finger head.

The appearance was a deep brown, not quite black and not fully opaque. The hoppy and malty aroma is nice but not as strong as the taste of the beer itself.

The taste of the beer is thankfully its best attribute. It was really wonderful and full of complexity. It is neither particularly hoppy nor bitter, but these flavors are present and balanced. The roasted malt flavors that held hints of chocolate and currents provide most of the taste. The beer is just a little sweet which balances with the bitterness perfectly.

Mouthfeel was nice, lightly carbonated, maybe a little bit lighter than expected.

Very drinkable and also very easy to enjoy with food.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2012 14:26:24 | More by GalenAnderson
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dobmaster

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

11-15-2013 17:17:36 | More by dobmaster
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asuburbanman

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

06-28-2014 13:15:16 | More by asuburbanman
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jminch

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

04-22-2012 20:33:31 | More by jminch
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ksiazewski

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

05-19-2012 03:28:56 | More by ksiazewski
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Jordanbryan10

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

01-27-2012 01:52:41 | More by Jordanbryan10
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stampfler07

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

12-23-2011 00:34:36 | More by stampfler07
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DaveEcenrode

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

05-10-2014 00:42:33 | More by DaveEcenrode
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
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