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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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2,072 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,072
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 49
Gots: 219 | 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:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 11-23-2008

ABV varies around 7%.
65 IBU
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Ratings: 2,072 | Reviews: 669
Photo of brpendergast85
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mattcrill
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Slight roasty notes up front with piney, sticky resiny hop aromas that dominate. Clean American yeast character.

Appearance: Clear chocolate brown pour with leather edges. Tan sticky head that retains well.

Flavor: Lots of earthy, piney hop character. Balance is firmly bitter. Background roasty notes but just hints. All dominated by the American hops. Finish is clean, roasty, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Slight hop and grain derived astringency.

Overall impression: An easy drinking American Ale. Love this interpretation. Very glad we can get 21A in Central OH now.

Photo of Jason1337
2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of tedho21
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of chefduff2
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to jyoungsbcp for this. 12oz can into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Really like the can art on this one!

A: Pours a deep brown, that is almost black, lots of garnet highlights when held up to the light, cream colored head about an inch worth that is sticking around nicely. Lots of lacing left behind.

S: A fair amount of citrusy hops really dominate the nose, not blatantly in your face but definitely there. Kind of a strange soapy like smell as well, not really liking that.

T: Has a pretty nice balance of citrusy hops and roasted malts, not as intensely bitter as some of these can be with roast and hops compounding the bittering effect. Some pretty nice flavors, but it seems a bit mellow. Slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation, pretty dry finish which helps it go down. Can feel just a touch of booze heat as it goes down.

D: Pretty easy to drink really, I could definitely have a few of these in a night. Nothing extraordinary, just a well made beer that is fairly easy to drink. Very enjoyable. If the nose didn't have the soapy smell I think it would work a lot better for me.

Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark like black walnut with a crimson hue deep within the beer. A fat khaki head of foam falls slowly and leaves lace. The nose is bright with grapefruit. Really tart smelling and earthy with a bit of the peel. Some toasted sugar comes forward as it warms and a bit of dark malt scent like coffee. The taste is excellent. The mouthfeel is thin and has the quality of a good light IPA. The malt takes center stage in the drink as it comes forward with a touch of bitter roast and some weak coffee. A light caramel and some citrus take up the mid palate where the grapefruit has been tamed but still very much present. Finishes dry and roasty with a bit of the malt sweetness and a hint of char to linger at the back of the throat with a bit of the bright citrus peel. What it does not do is blast away at the finish with hop bitterness and that lets those roasted malts linger a touch with the citrus as a gentle compliment.

I really liked this one and this style can be somewhat elusive for me. I usually find that the stout like qualities of the malt clash and are too heavy alongside the citrusy IPA flavors. Not so in this beer. The malt is as light as it could possibly be and still be roasted almost black. Light and drinks lightly I love it!

Photo of danwho
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz can poured into a tulip glass

A- Black in the can with red around the edges. A one finger off tan head.

S- The nose is extremely hoppy. The hop profile in mine is quite aged, I can tell mine isnt too fresh. There is some pineapple, overly ripened fruits. I can smell the carafa malts and some caramel.

T- There is a slight bitterness up front followed up by a roasted malt. I get a bit of the carafa malt as well. The hop flavor is not as strong as I would like, there is a slight grapefruit. The hop profile in my beer has definitely faded with age.

M- This is a good sized beer and has a nice feel to it. Its sticky and only a little bitter. Cleanish finish.

O- This beer is only ok, I can tell mine isn't fresh and I think that may have a lot to do with it

Photo of hopkrid
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of tastybeer
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive beer...close to black with an inch high pile of dense foamy goodness on top. Looking carefully I see little bits of sediment around the bottom edge of my glass. Good lacing as the head fades too. Aroma is a pleasant mix of dark, caramelly malt and pine/citrus hops. Toasty bread, cocoa, vanilla, and a minty kind of pine. Taste matches rather well, and there's nice play between sweet and bitter. The texture reminds me of melted chocolate. I like the residual bitter hop dryness that lingers after the finish. This is a very likable beer.

Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ortie
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of hozersr
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of baklo
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of BigMike
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very dark ruby red. Barely see through when held up to the light. A thin tan head of maybe 1/4 inch.

S: Lots of citrus and a strange nuttiness in the background.

T: lots of bitter citrus notes up front with a roasted coffee/nuttiness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a touch much carbonation. A little less would have helped smooth things out a bit.

Overall: An ok "black" ipa. A better mouthfeel and replacing the nuttiness with some chocolate and more roasted coffee would have helped things a lot.

Photo of PaBeerLover
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of SFLpunk
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz black can with "0183 0644" stamped on the bottom. Black IPA.

Appearance is unbelievable! Pitch black with thick creamy sudsy tan head with GREAT retention! Lots of lacing and spotting and sheeting. Perfect.

Nose is fairly muted. Some faint roasted notes and some dry leaves.

Palate is crisp and sharp, lots of bitterness right off the bat. Not a lot of IPA flavor here though. Some faint roasted malt/coffee like notes.

Body is spot on, bitterness and roasted qualities are in check, but the flavor is missing to make this a true IPA-style beer.

Photo of ttylicki
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of seanchai
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of scootny
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice crisp Black IPA with a dry hoppy profile. Lots of lace in the glass but retention is average with a light covering on the glass. Aroma has lots of toasted grains and roasted caramel malt. Hops are piney and back in the mix. Taste showcases the hops with a lighter malt body. Nice chocolate malt shows up as it warms. In fact this should be consumed at English ale temperature, cool not cold to be appreciated. A bit of charcoal and burnt grains. Some grapefruit and hop oil as the main player with a darkly roasted grain profile underneath in the finish. Feel is on the lighter side of style with a mild but velvety carbonation. Dry finish leaves an astringent hoppiness. A nice drink overall. Sessionable and yummy.
While not a standout it is a solid offering that makes for a good winter IPA.

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Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 2,072 ratings.