Lower De Boom Barleywine | 21st Amendment Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
21st-amendment.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 09-12-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
813
Reviews:
186
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
95
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 813 |  Reviews: 186
Photo of jsh420
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of timmos1
2.81/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I'm frankly dismayed by the glowing reviews of this beer. I'm having it on tap at the brewery. It doesn't taste good. It's like a piney orange creamsicle. Forget the beauty of the brew, do you really want a barley wine that tastes like an alcohol infused tangerine orange peel? I guess people must l like that, but I'm not digging it in a barley wine. Cudos to the brewing, at 11% it's not overly hot. I can't imagine it aging well. Good for ipa fans and anyone who has to have all their brews massively hopped. The sweetness turns citric hops into orange candy flavor, not good to me. Just saying....

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Photo of chard_wells
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timtac
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beef_Curtains
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothmanscott
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a murky medium-deep amber (the brew clears as it warms), producing a shy 2 fingers of somewhat lasting, frothy tan head that leaves a thin wash of splotchy lacing. Aroma brown sugar, caramel & vanilla with citrus, floral & resinous hops. Taste is caramelized malt sweetness, fruity & well balanced with cedar wood, orange & pineapple hops up front with hops dominating by the finish & becoming full throttle & tongue numbing delightful in the aftertaste. Noticeably boozy nose & mouth. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, moderately carbonated, a dry-sweet tug of war, drawing on the tongue, syrupy, oily, chewy. Puts me in mind of Avery's Hog Heaven barley wine. But unlike that brew this one is slightly sweeter & thus more balanced, still lopsided but more balanced.

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Photo of swierczt
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 Vintage consumed in late 2016, so this beer has a year of age on it. It also comes in a slim 8.4 ounce can, so thank goodness for a portioned serving size for this 11.5% ABV monster. On to the beer:

This beer has a muddy look and an orangish-brown color, topped with a light soapy head above. The aroma explodes on you; big on the toffee and big on the grapefruit, with a few trickles of booze running through. Despite its age, the hops still show plenty of life. Orange and grapefruit and among the biggest flavors around, with an all around citrus aura. The base of pleasing sweet toffee keeps the beer in check and onto the pathway of American Barleywine, as does the present booze. With its full body and full flavor, Lower de Boom is a beer best sipped with a small plate of snacks on the side.

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Photo of Bitburger
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dannycohen62
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rangerred
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Prost76
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Celtics76
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st Amendment Brewery "Lower De Boom"
8.4 fl. oz. can, "Canned on: 12/17/15" and sampled on 10/10/16

"Lower De Boom" pours a clear deep copper (almost mahogany) body with orange highlights beneath a short head of white foam that drops readily to a creamy collar. Lacing is slightly better than average.

The aroma is floral and fruity (citrus, ripe red fruit, some dark skinned fruit) over a gently caramelish and bready malt base.

The flavor is wider than the nose suggests, adding notes of dark fruit, pine, subtle sweet red berries, and a little bit of toastiness to the malt. Of course there's alcohol as well, but it doesn't step too far forward; and along with solid bitterness (probably close to 90 IBUs) it helps to bring it to a dry finish.

In the mouth it's medium with a dextrinous edge that leans it towards medium-full but doesn't quite get there, and it's livened by a gently tingling, moderate carbonation.

Overall it's fairly impressive, and well balanced, but in the end the 11.5% ABV cuts into its drinkability just as it cuts through its maltiness. My sample is also almost a year old, so I'm guessing that the hops have diminished a bit, although I feel if they were a little bit brighter that would only help, and certainly not hinder. Worth trying.

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Photo of rawfish
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MTKATL
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LAp
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Impressed by this one. The four pack of small cans is a neat idea, and one that suits barleywines particularly well. This had a strong balance of sweet malt and dark fruit, dates, and figs, without being overly saccharine. A strong brew from a brewery that I've not been blown away by historically.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hman43
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look: It pours a caramel cloudy color with a large tan head.

Smell: There are aromas of molasses, citrus, plums, grains, figs, and alcohol.

Taste: The flavors are dominated by the molasses and alcohol with the citrus, plums, grains, and figs in the background.

Feel: It has a full body with a slightly hot alcohol feel to it with strong bitterness.

Overall, this is a strong alcohol beer that finishes a bit hot with a good combination of citrus and dark fruits combined with molasses and grains.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 813 ratings.
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