Blah Blah Blah IPA
21st Amendment Brewery

Blah Blah Blah IPABlah Blah Blah IPA
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,011
ABV:
8%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,527
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 8.04%
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
399
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21st Amendment Brewery
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  12
Gots
  110
SCORE
89
Very Good
Blah Blah Blah IPABlah Blah Blah IPA
Notes: Blah Blah Blah IPA is a maltier, amber-colored take on a traditional IPA. We incorporate some interesting malts including Baird Caramel 80, a darker, sweet crystal malt. Belgian biscuit malt give it a toasty flavor; and German dark Munich malt for body and color. We also hopped this ale a bit differently than we normally do with most of the hops being added at different times very late in the boil for a full hop "jammy" flavor and brighter aroma. We then dry-hopped it very aggressively using five different hops including a new experimental varietal to pack the flavors and aromas of pine, citrus, grapefruit and jam. Blah Blah Blah, just try it!
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz can dated "packed on" 5/27/20 into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly murky brownish yellow with about a finger and a half of white head. Great retention, average lacing.

Smells of pine, orange and grapefruit peel and a bit of sweet floral-ness.

Tastes mainly of bitter pine and resin with just a touch of citrus sweetness. A bit of alcohol heat in there as well.

Alcohol taste makes a little bit of a tougher drink. Strong bitter and alcohol aftertaste. Low carbonation.

Overall, well, I bought it for the name (see Rush's Alex Lifeson's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction speech). The beer is ok but wouldn't seek this one out.

Jul 09, 2020
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BFCarr from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a thick white head from 12oz can. Aroma is fruity and a touch herbal. Flavor is malt forward with some hop bitternes. Feel is good, kind of thick for an IPA. Coating with a fine aftertaste. Onerall, not what I expected with a label of west coast IPA, but given the description, right on point.

Jul 03, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

When poured from a can into a clear pint glass, there's a clear amber hued liquid with almost no head. There's no appreciable lacing. It smells pretty tasty, with both hop and malt aromas present. The taste is just as the nose promises, a very nice dose of malt and alcohol sweetness and a solid hoppy aftertaste. The mouth feel suffers a bit because the alcohol is noticeable. At 8% ABV, that's not a terrible flaw and can be overlooked.

Jun 29, 2020
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kimcgolf from Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice our to a hazy reddish orange with thick frothy white head and lacing that remains throughout. Aroma a little faint, but what is there is devoid of citrus, but rather a slight caramel and nuttiness...not what I expected from an IPA. TAste is definitely one of carame with almost a finsih of very slight chocolate. Full mouthfeel that leaves a pleasant aftertaste that is different from many of the IPAs I drink. A surprising, yet enjoyable beer.

May 27, 2020
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can't remember where or when I obtained this can as it's not dated but this was the first beer from 21st Amendment that I've had in quite a long time. This was a sweet and heavy beer that went down relatively easily as it had nice balance to it. This never felt Imperial although the alcohol was certainly pleasant as I could feel a buzz come across me by the time I finished this off...

This had a decent pour to it as the rich amber hue had a lot of dark, fine sediment floating in it although that was probably my fault and not theirs. The head was enough to fill up the remainder of my pint glass as the lacing left behind was quite extensive. Out of all the beers I've reviewed on here, this may have been the first one with bent rings as they curved up at the right edge. That was the feature of this beer - not quite heavy, not quite light, as it was almost an American Pale Ale with just a bit of extra heft to it. Caramel, biscuit, bread, earthy pine, and deep orange blossom was in the nose as the taste contained a lot of the first two attributes from that list. Moderately slick, chewy, a bit sticky, and somewhat crystalline, the complexity truly emerged as it warmed up. Lots of baked bread emerged as it warmed up as there were hints of an American Amber/Red Ale that emerged before I finished this out.

The light carbonation and subtle heft were proof that this was *almost* categorized incorrectly on here. Marmalade and earthiness took a hold of me as I finished off the last sip as this had me thinking back to the days where I fell in love with the Troegs Nugget Nectar. That was a beer that helped me get into the scene as this turned out to be a pleasant surprise that crept up on me. Tough for this to stand out in a category full of big-time beers but I enjoyed this as it was far superior to anything I've ever had from 21st Amendment. This was easily worth seeking out!

Jan 30, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quite a nice bracing, hoppy IPA with good flavors. No date on can. Pours a slightly darker golden color with some fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of some strong grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, guava and melon fruity hops. Also some malt, caramel, vanilla and floral hops in the background. Taste follows the nose, good balance and a nice strong hoppy bitter bite. Smooth, mild, slightly thin mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Quite an enjoyable beer.

Oct 25, 2019
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Six pack of 12oz cans grabbed at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington.
Dating says 'San Leandro' and Sept 11. Served in a pint glass.

Look- Light haze on a bright Copper color, uneven, small, frothy off-white head that lingers, leaving a good amount of lacing. A lot of carbonation visible in the glass as it sits.

Smell- Tropical fruits, citrus, HEAVY sweet malts, berries and melon. Pine in the tail end.

Taste- A nice juice box that gets a little piney in the finish. Almost sweet, nice.

Feel- Medium bodied. That's the best way I can describe it. Not heavy, not light. the carbonation doesn't really pull it either up or down in the mouthfeel.

O- Hey, this is pretty good! A lot of what they offer is iffy to me. This is pretty solid.

Aug 16, 2019
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Gold in color; off-white head.

S: Floral, earthy, dank...barley-wineish.

T: Slightly sweet, almost barley-wineish...dank fruitiness in the background, kinda boozy; mild bitter finish.

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation.

O: Not bad, glad I tried.

Jul 15, 2019
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Marraybay from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Presents nicely; Shiny copper orange with 2 fingers of white foam on top;

Smell: Fruit and pine

Taste: Nice orange / tangerine citrus upfront that builds as the beer warms;
closes with pine and bitterness.

Feel: somewhat syrupy; No discernible alcohol

Overall: I liked this a lot; It had a very round / full malty / orange juice sweetness that pushed to the
edge of overload--(for me)--but did not cross it. Finishes with plenty of hop bitterness and pine. Will
keep some of this on-hand for the foreseeable future.

Jun 30, 2019
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evanwoertz from California

4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the selection of rich malts in this imperial IPA make the taste almost perfectly balanced. it has the bright bite of an IPA, the smooth, warm richness of a darker ale and the strength of a double. this beer is special not because it has an obscure ingredient, crazy hops or trendy style; this beer is special because it’s simple, straight up, masterfully crafted and exactly what an IPA should be. this one’s refreshing.

Jun 04, 2019
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mactrail from Washington

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is brewed in San Leandro, as stamped on the bottom of the 12 oz can. Clear orangey amber brew with plenty of foam in the snifter. Prickly on the tongue and a malty body. Quite lush but tempered with the serious load of hops. Citrus fruit and lime peel emerge.

Just nicely sweet to start with a dry finish. This is quite bitter, though it doesn't catch up until after some sipping. Aroma is more austere, but a long, long grapefruit peel nose. I haven't had a DIPA from 21st Amendment before, but they seem to have some good hops.

May 27, 2019
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly and leaves some lace. Almost clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is grapefruit hops and flavor grapefruit hops and some caramel, grapefruit aftertaste. $2.48 for 12oz can from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

May 16, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with a light haze, and moderate carbonation. Topped with a finger of yellowish head.

It smells of pine and citrus, orange and Carmel.

The taste follows the nose.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Really covers the ABV. Nice malty back bone. I got List today in Redding California and I’m drinking it here at home. It’s May 14, 2019.

May 15, 2019
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Beaver13 from Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours hazy orange yellow with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet fruity caramel malt with some resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malt and fruit with a piney bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice old school DIPA.

May 04, 2019
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can

Poured into a Tired Hands glass a pretty nice hazy dark golden yellow/orange color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), nice pineyness. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew, nice to see it around here.

Feb 21, 2019
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AleManDan from California

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid! Great strong smell of citrus and malt, taste is sweet malts and tons of piney, citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is medium-thick. Definitely get some honey and jam.

This would pair great with some spicy, grilled food. I’m drinking it straight in front of the TV.

Some notes from their website. They obviously use a ton of different hops and a unique malt bill:

Main hops:
Chinook
Flavor Hops:
Centennial, MandarinaBavaria, Cascade, Equinox, Moteuka, Mosaic, Citra
Dry Hops:
Citra, Mosaic, Idaho 7

Yeast:
Ale Yeast

Malts:
Pilsner, Golden Promise, Honey Malt, White Wheat, Vienna

Jan 24, 2019
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pizzabutt from Maryland

3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

appearance: a somewhat hazy darker golden body with a beautifully big and chunky head. head stays throughout the drink and leaves very nice lacing behind.

smell: peach, apricot, a little funk, and some citrus. has a slightly sourdough-like aroma.

taste: starts out as a sort of peachy citrus with soft sourdough accents. the fruitiness gives way to a mellow bitterness which remains until the aftertaste, at which point the strongest flavors are of a slightly piney resin and very gentle nectarine.

feel: fairly thick, definitely has more body than expected. nice lively carbonation but it seems these brewers knew exactly what they were doing and didn't go too much on the carbonation. definitely feels more like a beer you drink to enjoy rather than pound.

overall: solid imperial/double IPA. very hoppy, very malty, thick, and delicious. although i tend to prefer the fruitier DIPAs, i found this enjoyable and i would say it's a great example of a DIPA.

Jan 17, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a pint glass. Unhelpful coding when it comes to freshness. So no idea how old this one may be.

hazy, light amber, syrupy looking body. small white head leaves decent lacing. Steady carbonation.

slightly sweet aroma.

little bit of a hop bite. A touch sour. Kinda bitey. Ok malt background.

Mouth closer to full than medium. finish somewhat bitter/sour. Some warmth from the abv.

Overall, an average lower end abv dipa, which given the name, might be what 21st Amendment was going for.

Jan 01, 2019
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada

4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber orange color with a giant chunky head. Citrus, pine, apricots, caramel in the nose. The taste is hop forward with big citrus and eucalyptus. Pale and caramel malts are in the mix too. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation. Moderate bitterness in the long finish.

A nice, straightforward DIPA. Definitely worth a try.

Dec 31, 2018
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MichaelProcton from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very nice-looking cloudy amber, with a full, fluffy white head that leaves a decent cap and some stout lacing. There are some sharp hops on the nose, but they're not overpowering. The balance of the hops in the flavor profile is tremendous. I get a lot of pininess, but there is a good citrus balance in there, too. Not bitter at all. Mouthfeel is full, yet smooth, and there is hardly a hint of the 8-point ABV. I am not an IPA guy at all, but I would come back to this over and over.

Nov 22, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into an Accomplice IPA glass

L: Slightly hazed golden peach pour with 2 fingers of white head. Falls fast... nice ring of lacing.

S: Citrus and pine... light fruit and grains.

T/F: Biscuity malts/grains. Sweet fruit followed by bitter hops. Strong pine/evergreen and citrus. Grapefruit... light pepper/spice. Medium bodied and sticky. ABV a little noticeable... warming.

O: A solid DIPA. Not elite, but a good drinking beer.

Sep 30, 2018
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 2 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: floral, earthy, dank;

T: earthy for a moment, then minty, then floral; aftertaste is floral with mint in the background; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: an interesting take on the style;

Aug 23, 2018
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SHDoyle from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Description: Light golden/orange appearance and hazy with white head and lacing that linger a bit. Smell is citrus, orange, grapefruit and little to no pine or dankness. Taste is a little dank with more grapefruit and orange along with some floral notes. The ABV is pretty normal here, but I thought I still tasted some alcohol. Feel is medium to heavy bodied for an IPA and smooth with low to medium carbonation.

Overall: 4 (This beer is good and I may or may not drink it again) Not bad. Nothing really outstanding or impressive about it but nothing objectionable. Maybe tone down the alcohol a bit.

Jul 11, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has fruity and hoppy hints
T-The taste follows the nose with fruity and hoppy flavors
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A nice refreshing beer

Apr 29, 2018
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Stoutmaster9 from California

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice murky ochre yellow, thin head of fine bubbles,
& tuns of bubbles rising swift, almost appears like a Saison's 'junk in the trunk' .
Lacing? Check.

Smells like a delicious, mouthwatering West Coast IPA; citrus sweet & malty sour! A grapefruit-pine delight!

Yep, tastes about the same. Creamy crisp too. The malt is strong in this one, yet not dominant.
The lemon-ish flavor hangs about on the mouth's roof.
Dose not taste like an 8% er. Well-concealed.

Half surprised I have not seen this this offering apart from Twenty-First's mixer (fifteen pack).
It could easily hold it's own, however market saturation IPA style is .... what it is.

Apr 28, 2018
Blah Blah Blah IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 399 ratings