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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,902 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 1,902
Reviews: 652
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 44
Gots: 141 | 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 Mosstrooper
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

Mosstrooper, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of ambruns1979
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ambruns1979, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of drdiesel9483
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

drdiesel9483, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of costanzo_mike
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

costanzo_mike, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of kevanb
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a snifter.

Pours a cola brown color, noticeable amount of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A nice off white head, about a finger high rises to the top of the glass, moderate retention with a fair amount of lacing left behind. Aroma is of roasted coffee and piney hops, a bit of citrus is detectable but sweet, rich dark grain is the big finisher here, very simple aroma and not that hop forward. The flavors are of toasted grain, burnt coffee, resinous bitter hop, pine, dirty grass with some sweet alcohol in the finish. The body is a bit thin, and heavily carbonated for the style, could be a bit richer and smoother, nice dry crisp finish.

Verdict: Decent at best. It has all the hallmarks of a good Black IPA, but the balance of flavors really poor and the malt and roast really dominate what could be a nice earthy hop forward beer.

kevanb, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of CarolinaKev
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

CarolinaKev, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Hypersomnia
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Hypersomnia, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Bockerdoppel91, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of neckbeered
4.5/5  rDev +22%

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
Photo of damndirtyape
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

damndirtyape, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of speedvagen
4/5  rDev +8.4%

speedvagen, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of JRed
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.  

JRed, May 30, 2011
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
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

hopfacebrew, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of IronLover
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black in color with a deep brown hue around the edge of the glass. Pours with a thick beige head that leaves lots of wet sticky lacings on the glass. Looks like it would be thick and chewy, but is surprisingly medium bodied with lively carbonation. Roasted malt and coffee aromas with a faint hint of citrus and dark fruit. Flavors are similar to aromas, with roasted malt and coffee flavors in the front, a bit of tangy citrus in the middle, and a dry finish with a slight piney hop finish. Pretty unique combination of flavors. Although I enjoyed it, I probably wouldn't be having 3 or 4 of these at one sitting.

IronLover, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

jondeelee, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of MNBeer1017
3/5  rDev -18.7%

MNBeer1017, Jul 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

psoriasaurus, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of brpendergast85
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

brpendergast85, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of Dogleg
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Dogleg, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of hayesjw
4/5  rDev +8.4%

hayesjw, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

ColdPoncho, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

sixerofelixir, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of mbs11
4/5  rDev +8.4%

mbs11, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Jeffrey2310
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Jeffrey2310, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of crowsnest
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

crowsnest, Oct 18, 2013
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,902 ratings.