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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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1,860 Ratings
THE BROS
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okay

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Ratings: 1,860
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 42
Gots: 133 | 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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Photo of argock
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into an oversized clear wine glass. No freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.99.

A: Very dark brown with nice light-beige, 2-finger head with good retention and a short line of lace around the top of the glass.

S: Roasted malts are most prominent with chocolate and char mixed with orange citrus hops. More roasty and less hoppy with warming.

T: Good not great flavor as the roasted maltiness overwhelms the light orange citrus hoppiness and leaves this too much on the maltbomb side of the spectrum. There is char without astringency and a more earthy hops contribution as well.

M: Medium-bodied with clean roasty maltiness in the finish. Carbonation is medium.

D: A good black IPA with a more heavy hand with the hops needed mainly to better balance the roasted malty char flavor that pervades this brew. A slight change to the recipe to put a more citrus hoppy signature on this brew will push this beer higher and make it a big winner I think.

argock, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Because eveyone likes it in the can. Tasty cracked cans." as Niko likes to say. Another one from 21st A, which I've loved most of their beers so far. Here's another in the pipeline.

A: Wow, with a can I'm forced to pour somewhat aggressively and it comes out with a huge head that forces me to stop pouring, with a 50% head to beer ratio, which is fluffy and bubbly and fades semi slowly with a lot of lacing. The beer is a very dark brown, dark raisin brown with hints of light coming through around the edges showing that is it potentially clear.

N: An interesting blend of malts and hops. It has an earthy bitter hop aroma, more like an English bitter almost but adds the American spicy and piny hop aromas with that. There is also a darker malty aroma, with some crystal malts and slight chewy malt aspect.

T: Taste comes on just as strong, with lots of varying flavors. It actually starts with a slight citrus flavor, juicy hops and even juicy malts. Some darker malts and chewy malts line the backbone, with a slight sweetness and even a little sugary flavor. There is a nice bitterness that doesn't overpower, just adds the nice hit. Some spicy and earthy hops make their presence known, but not as much as the aroma. A slight caramel malt flavor starts to shine through later on the taste.

M: Medium body, slightly creamy too (creamy, really?), with tons of carbonation.

F: Still pretty bitter as it finishes. Some grassy hops come out at this point, and bring more slight citrus and pine but very light. A slight sticky syrupy finish but no real sweetness as it dries to a somewhat dry finish. Some lingering earthy and spicy hop pellet flavors, with late hop addition flavors. Not bad for a black IPA, doesn't go overboard in any category, and is pretty clean and tasty. Going on trips with this would be great, cause taking it in the can always works better.

jlindros, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a black color. The head is a mammoth two inches in height, and recedes slowly into a thick cap of foam. The aroma is of grapefruit, pine resin and citrus. It is completely dominated by hops without even a trace of darker malt aromas. The taste is still very hoppy, but there is a solid malt profile too. The grapefruit, pine, and citrus from the aroma are still present with the addition of of nice roasted malt notes. The malt and the hops are well integrated within this beers taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a very good beer that I will certainly drink again.

KarlHungus, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly pine and citrusy hops (grapefruit) along with a bit of sweet malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pine and citrusy (mostly grapefruit, some tropical fruit) hops, bready malt, and some coffee and roasted malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit oily and very smooth. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very easy and enjoyable to drink. I think this is a pretty good IPA, I'd definitely buy this again. Thanks to Joe at Blacklick Wine and Spirits for recommending this to me earlier today!

bluejacket74, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Hefe
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great brew in a can from 21st Amendment. Dark brown to black color with a ruddy tan head. Subtly malty aroma with a titch of herbal hoppiness. Medium body, almost light but with a good presence of flavor, nothing sticks out or overwhelms. Well balanced and eminently drinkable!

Hefe, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of BostonTriggs
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from, awesome, 12oz can to pint glass.

Dark brown in color, around 25 or 26 SRM. Has nice amber hues in the light. Head is a light tan color. It appears to be clear, but hard to tell because of color.

The smell of this has a lot of dark malt. I also pick up orange, biscuit (a little yeasty) and some chocolate. The nicest part is the floral hops I pick up every couple of smells. It's well hidden behind the malt, but somehow balances things out nicely. There's a little bit of a smoked quality to this one.

I'm not sure why I like this beer. There's no particular flavor that wow's me with each sip, but I immediately want another one. The floral hops are hard to find in the taste, but there is a nice little bitter pop to counteract the malty sweetness and acidity. The acidity is kind of milky (not sure if that makes sense to anyone but me) and clings to the palate after each sip. It's very malty, sweet, and buttery. Oddly, it's very IPA-like at the same time. It goes from very sweet, to a big burst of acidity, and then a slightly sharp bitterness blends in with this.

The texture is rough and chalky. However, it's not viscous like I expected it to be. It's thin, just a bit thicker than an IPA. The carbonation is at about a medium level; I only really noticed it at the beginning of a sip.

I found this very drinkable for a beer with such assertive malt flavor. I found it refreshing, and I don't understand how that works. I could probably have 2 or 3 before I wanted to move on.

Overall, not too shabby. I enjoyed it both cold and warm. My big complaint is the lingering flavors it leaves on your palate. It tastes like the bitterness and acidity have mixed together and glued themselves to my palate.

BostonTriggs, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paul Revere

A-Looks like a porter.

S-smells like a hoppy porter.

T-sweet and roasted. hops follow the stout qualities. Not bad. not awesome. Definately caught some metallic flavor. From the can? Maybe?

M-nick and thick but isn't hoppy enough to stick around

D-Got a sixer, drank four...

VelvetExtract, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce aluminum can poured into a flared pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown with some glimmers of bronze showing through when held to the light. A fat creamy, foamy, bubbly light tan head shows excellent retention, sticking in patches along the walls of the glass.

The initial pour sends a wafting of grapefruity hop notes into the nose, though sadly the aroma fades away, becoming very subdued.

Medium-full in body with a moderate, prickly carbonation and a rounded mouthfeel. Kicks off with sweet caramel and molasses up front, leading into a showcase of hops all the way through: fruity, citrusy and quite bracingly bitter, melding with a bit of roasty malt character in the middle that leads to an exceedingly dry finish with a bit of lingering burnt brown sugar and spicy rye-like character on the back of the tongue.

Quite drinkable, this is definitely a showcase of the style that just happens to be available in a stylish package. No complaints here.

superdedooperboy, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of mcann2pu
2.58/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: pours a surprisingly dark color, about a finger's worth or so of a fairly thick head, good amount of thick / heavy lacing remained on the glass.

Smell: a little bit of hops, I couldn't smell too much, some malt.

Taste: for an IPA I have to say I was unimpressed by the lack of overall hop taste, there was a good taste of dark malts, but overall it tasted far lighter than expected.

Mouthfeel: seemed a little watery, it was a bit too smooth in my opinion,

Drinkability: it wasn't my favorite but if you like lighter beers maybe it's for you.

mcann2pu, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a New Belgium stem.

A: Pours dark brown, almost black, with very little light shining through. Head is an inch thick and cream-colored. Lacing sticks to the glass and stays put.

S: Coming straight from the can to glass, there is a metallic hint at first, but it blows off quickly. brady, roasty malt is present. Hops seem a bit overly tangy on the nose, but floral and fragrant.

T: On the palate, the first noticeable trait is citrus, followed by roasty, coffe-like malt character. Hops soon show again with some grapefruit, fresh greens, and pine. Bitterness lends the beer a pleasant, dry finish.

M&D: While lighter than other black IPAs that I have tried, BiB still has some structure. It's silky mouthfeel also makes it a clean, easy drinking brew. It's a solid effort by 21st Amendment, and definitely wrth trying.

WYVYRN527, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of charmcityboh
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into Sam Adams Perfect Sensory glass.
Pours a dark reddish brown, black in the center, red showing at the edges of the glass. Good thick head with peaks and valleys, forming little tan mountain ranges popping out of the glass. Sinks down leaving nice lacing before I even sip.
Smell of pure hops. Think intense piney smell. Not getting any malts in the nose, all hops.
Chocolate, toasted malt flavors. Hops pop in very nicely on the back end of the flavor. From beginning of sip to end, this beer really runs the gauntlet! I can't think of another beer off the top of my head that changes so much within each the sip. Little to none on the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, more like a stout than a black IPA. Maybe a bit too thick for the style.
A bit heavy, but plenty tasty.
A very complex beer in my opinion. Again, more stout than other BIPA's I've had, but very much an IPA at the same time as well. Very nice can as well. As far as I'm concerned, another solid showing from 21st Amendment (on a tangent, what a great name for a brewery!).

charmcityboh, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark chestnut with reddish hints. Vigerous dark tan head with good retention and sticky lacing.

S - Scent is slightly bready and malty with only hints of spicy hops. Bits of a nutty aroma as well.

T&M - More malty then hoppy. Dark roasted malts with some nutty and bready character. Spicy and herbal hops play on the back of the tongue and in the finish. Carbonation seems to aid in enhancing the hop character. Medium to full body

D - Tasty brew with a reasonable ABV. Decent balance, and easy on the palate.

ZeroSignal, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of Beejay
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark black with nice tan head.

S: A weird mixture of dark malts, and hops. I am picking up a little onion, or cheese. Not sure if I am digging this so far.

T: Not sure how I feel about all this. Starts a little tart, then hop notes come in. It ends nice and malty, with roasted flavors, and a nutty finish. I am still picking up a hint of onion.[-w

M: Fairly highly carbonated. Fairly light in mouthfeel.

D: Meh.. Not amazing, not terrible.

Beejay, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of 404UGA
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came from a can poured in your everyday beer glass

The beer looks really nice, its very dark with a thick brown head. A but of it seems to linger over the course of the beer. It does smell a little bit cakey but that not necessarily bad. Has a malty flavor to it, almost to the point of tasting a little bit like whoppers. Its certainly not bad, just not really what I expected. The mouthfeel is alright. For such a dark beer it didn't seem terribly smooth. It was drinkable and if I were to drink a dark beer on a hot day, this wouldn't be a bad one to start with. All in all an enjoyable drink.

404UGA, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of Buebie
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single last week.

Poured from the can into a pub glass. A light brown 2" head is formed, taking its time to recede. Leaving sea foam consistency froth and sticky lace.
Color of the beer is black at the wider portion of the glass, but a glowing red can be seen at the tapering bottom and edges.

Aroma does not seem to follow the style, there really is not hop aroma to be found. But dont get me wrong, aroma is quite good. It smells like chocolate cake batter, sweet and delicious. For the style though it lacks.

Hops are citruss filled in taste and provide great leafy fruit forward flavors. Not too bitter though, but very good. Through the swallow an almost woody, semi charred grain flavor follows, as does mineral water and a bit of husky grains.
Finishing with bittering grains and a dash of pine.

Mouthfeel is light, with just the right amount of slick feel and carbonation.

Definatly a good beer all around, except for the husky grains. Does not seem to follow the style it is listed under here on BA, of an american ipa. But for a black ipa it does the trick. However, hop aroma does suffer. An interesting brew, but not somthing I could see myself drinking again.

Buebie, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into imperial pint glass

A: Good think I used my imperial glass for this one, pours with a massive tan head, has that Guinness effect of the carbonation turning the head into beer which is always fun to watch, it takes forever to come down at all, looks like a massive dollop of whipped cream on top of my beer, no light gets through at all, super super dark brown (could be black), some light gets through bottom revealing the brown, leaves huge amounts of lace

S: Not much different than a normal IPA aroma, floral and resin hops, maybe a touch more sweetness from the malt but I can't smell any roast or smoke

T: Same basic theme as the aroma, floral and resin hops, but not super flavorful, the malt comes through a lot more than the aroma, but doesn't quite live up to what it could be, a light roast comes through which is better than aroma but not much

M: A little thin, I wanted the malt to help the mouthfeel a little, but it still ends up a tad thin and slick, dries in the finish

D: High, despite slight let-down it is a solid beer

Notes: This beer is kind of all over the map. The appearance is definitely its best best attribute. It looks amazing. The color is as black as I expected and the head is crazy big. The aroma is pretty bland, but a little better than average. Overall it ends up making a good beer, but nothing earth changing.

dpodratsky3, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

pours a dark, cola-like brown with 2 fingers of head, noteworthy lacing. settled in the glass it has a look reminiscent of a stout, so it's funny to take in the citrus and pine evident in the nose. taste is, as you would expect, more malty than a traditional ipa but the citrus and pine notes are certainly present. quite tasty, actually. medium to highly carbonated with a velvety sort of mouthfeel. 6.8 ABV is a bit high for a session beer, but i could see having a few of these without much trouble. not un upper eschelon beer but definitely a keeper.

perrymarcus, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of prototypic
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Back in Black is a dark mahogany color. Looks a bit like cola. It's not opaque, and has strong burgundy highlights when held to light. A tan head caps it and rises to about a finger and a half in depth. It dissipated somewhat slowly. A very sticky coat of lace lined the glass.

The nose is good. It kicks off with a nice hoppy punch. Citrus grapefruit and pineapple are in the mix. Pine is secondary to the citrus scents, but is noted. Dark malts are notable. Smells mostly like roasted malts to me. There might be a touch of cocoa or chocolate, but not much. Alcohol is buried pretty well. All in all, it smells good. It's fairly simple, but good nonetheless.

Mmmm. This is tasty stuff. The dark malt base works very well with the hops. It does taste like roasted malts to me. A little cocoa is here, but it's mostly just a nice roasted flavor. Hops add a ton of flavor. Grapefruit and pineapple flavors are delicious. A hint of pine rounds it out. It is bitter, but not all that much. I wouldn't mind a little more. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all. It finishes hoppy and a little dry. It's not perfect, but it is very good.

The body is somewhere between light and medium. Carbonation seems quite active and is a tad buzzy. It's not quite smooth. Drinkability is quite good. Back in Black is tasty beer that goes down easy and is quite refreshing. Good stuff on a hot day.

This is my first beer from 21st Amendment Brewing, and I must say I'm quite impressed. Back in Black certainly has no shortage of flavor and is a very enjoyable beer. I'll nitpick and say it would be a little better with more hop bitterness. It's very good stuff as it is though. Cool can, too. Definitely recommended.

prototypic, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of pvsob
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Cola colored with a two finger head (tan) that has excellent staying power and leaves great lacing.

S- Citrus hops, roasted malt, and some pine.

T- Chocolate, caramel, citrus and pine bitterness, and a flavor that reminds me of blood.

M- Very smooth and silky. The best part of this beer.

D/O- Standard American IPA, but wait, this one's black. It looks great and feel great, but other than that, this one's not worth seeking out. Get in your car/truck/bike, pick a direction, drive 45-60 minutes, and there's a good chance you'll find a better IPA at one of your local breweries/brewpubs. Cheers.

pvsob, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not quite black in color so the name is misleading. Dark brown with a large tan head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is really weak. I just pick up some citrus hops. Sufficiently hoppy flavor giving citrus hints. The dark malt is used more than just color. I do get some roasted malt in the flavor. Bitterness is moderate and at 65 IBUs, well represented. The body is a little more thick and chewy than most IPAs and I credit that to the dark malts. Nice carbonation. Available in cans so the drinkability automatically goes up. Has a couple of weaknesses but otherwise a solid IPA.

morimech, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a deep dark brown with chestnut brown and ruby highlights around the edges. A one and a half finger of creamy khaki head sits on top. As the head recedes at a nice moderate pace, it becomes rocky and leaves thick clumps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of dark, roasted malts and a good amount of citrus, grapefruit hops.

T: Taste starts with a dark, roasted almost burnt malt flavoring. Notes of milk chocolate come through with some mild hints of caramel. Finish begins with a coffee flavoring and then sharply switches to a burst of grapefruit hops. Milk chocolate comes through again and hangs a bit.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean body with a dry finish.

D: Goes down easily, well blended, really enjoyed the malt/hop blend on this. Mild kick, nice representation of the Black IPA style. Definitely worth sitting with for a while.

Jayli, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter on 7/21/10

Dark scorched brown settles black. The head is just shy of two fingers & rather billowy. It drops in a modest amount of time with nice swaths of lace left behind. Ok retention, hardly any lace.

Smells like a hoppy Porter to me. Roasted notes abound - dark malts & hint of coffee. Maybe a spot of baker's chocolate. The roastiness is the focal point, intentional or not. Still, the hop profile seems decent. Piney with some citric aromas, grapefruit & lemon zest.

Hmm, the aroma set the stage for the taste. Hoppy Porter, indeed. Moderate hop bitterness upfront. Muddled citrus & pine give way to plentiful dry, roasted flavors. Quite similar to the nose - dark malts, coffee. Maybe not the chocolate. Not bad, but kind of messy, overall.

Rather full bodied. Moderate carbonation; close to spot on. Slightly resinous with a mild grittiness. Roasted residuals. Standard fare.

Seems more like a hoppy porter than a Cascadian Dark Ale. It's definitely a hoppy Porter, though it's pretty decent. Nothing spectacular though. I'll just stick with Edmund Fitzgerald.

Ryan011235, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of GrizzlyBrew
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black is right alright. (well, dark, dark red it seems when held up to the light) Has a beautiful tan, well-supported head that collapsed fairly quickly, but left a thin layer on top.

S - To me, it was nothing but hops, citrus hops to be exact, typical for IPA and a nice level at that. I'm not getting much roast or toast to boast, if any.

T - Hops on the front and back, roast I was expecting in the middle

M - A little light on viscosity, carbonation fairly high (which I like)

D - It's good and if you really like the roast/hops thing of DIPA's or CDA's (take your pick), this one one is definitely a sessionable one

GrizzlyBrew, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark with clear, coppery brown edges and a fluffy tan cap. Good head retention with spotty, clumpy lace. Hoppy aroma, lots of grapefruit and citrus pith. Chocolate notes, some brown sugar, slight alcohol. Sharp, piney bitterness, juicy grapefruit flavour, malty sweetness and cocoa towards the end. Very creamy texture with fine carbonation, but the body felt a bit light. I liked it and I'm glad I picked up a six-pack.

DrJay, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Thur123
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours an opaque black with a light khaki head about two fingers high. The smell is a well blended aroma of light toasted malts and a sweet and fruity hop edge that both blend together as to restrain both. In other words smells good and balanced, not too hop strong.

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The flavor is burnt caramel and coffee flavored malt with a juicy ride like hop profile on top. The prominent flavors are bittersweet grapefruit and a sharp herbal flavor to the hoppiness as well. Overall this beer is a well balanced and excellent example of a black IPA and also would serve as a good introduction to this style for those more tuning off by the idea of hops and roasty malts.

Thur123, Jul 22, 2010
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,860 ratings.