Blah Blah Blah IPA | 21st Amendment Brewery

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by tkdchampxi on 10-06-2014

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#5,097
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
299
pDev:
8.27%
Bros Score:
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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can in a flute glass at the brewery.

Appwarance: Semi cloudy Amber with medium bubbles and an off white headed rising just about half a finger's legnth.

Smell: Grapefruit and light citrus skin but super light.

Taste: Malty and little Sweet citrus with heavy hops. Bitter and a bit sweet.

Mouth: Sticky and dry. Bread, oranges and grapefruit finish.

Overall: Nice pick up, worth grabbing again if I ever see it when I get back home. Salud.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can

Pours out looking very active with a wild honey color, amber and gold highlights. The slightly off-white, thick and bubbly foam cap is very healthy and very slow to recede. Major, sticky lacing is leftover in it's wake.

Take one whiff and you can smell the big malty complexity. Caramel, bready sweetness and toasty oats is most impressive. The hop aroma is very deep as well, with a fine mix of sweet fruits, earthy herbs, citrus and pineapple aspects. The overall effect is very impresssive.

The hop flavor is very complex here, as a sharp and earthy bitterness hits first, tangy orange citrus, grapefruit, followed by a rich, earthy, wheat and oats effect. The malty side is equally as impressive and combines with the hops to deliver a serious "wow" factor. A zippy, golden pilsner type malty feel and flavor is quickly followed by some sweet honey and caramel, toasty oats and dried golden wheat. I must say the malty side of the mouthfeel is most impressive, sharp and jazzy with a juicy hop feel and then slightly slick and smooth in the finish. You get some very "green" grassy, dry hop flavor's in the aftertaste and the overall complexity in the taste just seems to change and mutate as the session goes on.

Eventhough the malt is complex and simply delicious, it does not ever overwhelm the hops. They hold their own with fun flavor's and multidimensional complexity. Together, ......Blah, blah blah.......but seriously. Wow. Blah, blah blah.....

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Photo of Billolick
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, some info on the bottom of the can, which I can make no sense of.

Pours with a light haze, medium amber, light khaki cap, leaves low froth, sheeting and strands of lacing.

Sniff reveals notes of lemony/resiny hops and some vanilla malts.

Tasty IPA on the "old school" side of the spectrum....resiny hops and balancing maple/vanilla malts...respectable...worth a try...works in a pinch but nothing special.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kmoen
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Since the acceptance of pacific northwestern hops in "Americanized" ale, there's been a slew of IPA's to hit the market, to the point of fatigue, boredom and redundancy. So the 21st Amendment team reach their paws into the goodie sack of brewing history to pull out an old school IPA recipe with a new age hoppy charm.

Blah Blah Blah pours a slightly deeper hue than the average amber or toasted golden IPA of the style, but equipped with a similarly frothy off white crown. A radiant perfume of citrus, tropical and herb draw the senses near along with a mildly savory and toasted caramel nuttiness. And that savory character transfers directly to the early palate with a sweetness of honey, caramel and light marmalade.

The middle palate shows tremendous balance, similar to that of amber ale except with the flavor components of IPA. Sweetness renders down on the tongue while the hop flavors abound with orange, grapefruit and a medley of tropical fruits that span mango, pineapple and eventually an apricot finish. Bitterness creeps on to finish, laced with a host of grassy, piney and peppery flavors that grip the gullet firmly.

Full bodied for an IPA, but still reasonably drinkable, the IPA isn't nearly as old school or rich as the brewery described, but its a newer and more radiant character that draws comparisons to the Hopslams of the world. Spicy gin-like alcohol keeps the finish malty dry and deeply resinous for an IPA with a hefty malt balance. A long linger of fruit peels and pepper pine register late on the after palate.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2/16/18...pours semi bright gold, patches of white foam cluster on top. Resin backed pine nose. Hints of citrus concentrated orange bitter flavor. Thick and chewy malt. Tightly managed and never falls out of check.

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Photo of generalraider
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 52Skiman
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchase container: 12 oz. can from 15-can seasonal variety IPA pack
Served in: Weizen glass

Appearance: Pours an obviously unfiltered, murky deep gold color with lots of sediments, long-lasting foamy cream-colored head, decent lacing

Aroma: Surprisingly light nose for an IPA. Mostly malts. Citrus, if any, is well-hidden to my nose, seemingly surprising for an Imperial IPA

Taste/flavor: Very complex brew, malty sweetness at first, but with a grapefruity finish; it is exceptionally well-balanced. Its high ABV is very well-hidden

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, yet dry finish

Overall: High rating for aforementioned reasons despite its high ABV. This is an exceptionally drinkable Imperial IPA

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skabiski
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pyramidhead37
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of NotSaussure
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: A nice, hazy orange color, kind of reminiscent of the color of Blue Moon if you want something to compare it to.

S: Sweet, malty, a bit of citrus, a bit of peppery hops, but nothing amazing.

T: A lot of malty sweetness, nicely balanced out by a lightly bitter hop finish. Delicious and very drinkable, especially for its 8% ABV.

F: Medium-bodied and full without being slick. Nice mouthfeel.

O: A pretty damn good beer which I wouldn't hesitate to pick up again.

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Photo of gspeer711
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edthehead
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dextermcgurk
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jackass
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice. Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, orange, pomegranate, kiwi, melon, watermelon, musk melon, lemon, lemon rind, lemon zest, grape, grapefruit, grape nuts, monk fruit, coconut, rhubarb, raisens, strawberry, blue berry, raspberry, lingonberry, carrot, yams, banana, avocado, cilantro, green pepper, red pepper, ghost pepper, banana pepper, Anaheim pepper. Malt backbone is biscuit, waffle, leather, pancake, French toast, wheat, buckwheat, rye, Wonder Bread, sorghum, millet, spelt, oats, ancient grains, English muffin, Cinnabon, Tasty Kakes, Krispy Kreme. Spoke DIPA.

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Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinSirWilliamGus
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jameswaldo
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz can high into Spiegelau glass, getting a porous 2-inch head that subsided gracefully, sinking gently around the bigger bubbles to a lumpy persistent foam scum. Scum in a Good Way! This ale has a turbid, apparently gelatinous tiny white-flecked SRM 6, and leaves beautiful lacing on its way down.

Smells floral, vegetal, nearly greenish fresh hoppy. Or is that psychological after-effects of the very entertaining packaging? This can is the most fun to read of just about any package of consumer joy I've ever studied. The "Look" gets extra points for the long list of metaphorical IPA flavors; Blah Blah Blah™ pokes fun of beer snob jargon, the can listing an IBU of 65.3015, with a "wetness factor" of .0528! If only the can had admitted a brewing or canning date! (It does have some sort of code on the bottom, but no clue how to interpret "SQB11 0920" Such a fine IPA travelling all the way from San Leandro CA to Ithaca NY ought to admit when it was canned, shouldn't it?)

Taste is just plain delicious with a nearly rhythmic balance of floral, bitter, and malty juicy baked roll body. Mouth feel full and tongue-coating, aftertaste just perhaps a dozen IBUs not quite bitter enough for me, though all the other well-orchestrated elements don't leave me unsatisfied.

For sure this beer would be one I'd like to keep in my fridge year-round if it weren't brewed too far away.

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Photo of tkolterman
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasty, I'll buy it again.
You'll like it, go for it

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Photo of dacrza1
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE: February 1, 2018... OCCASION: basketball Thursday... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... pours a hazy auburn body, with an active, effervescent forest of bubbles... the two-finger white head sinks to a clumpy cluster, ringing the glass with arcing, undulating waves... powerful resin and pine, with the peach, mango, and pineapple striking a fruity refreshment--haven't had the Ahtanum hop before (to my knowledge), but that could be part of the intense citrus... dank, doughy biscuit malts provide a balanced draw, though the jelly-like concentrate rises above the other competing aromas... first sip is smooth, creamy, and alarmingly not at all suggestive of its 8% ABV... almost evil in its medium-bodied mouthfeel... my goodness, this is a hop-forward brew, bitter and rewarding in its long-drawn finish... the grapefruit, bitter and puckerish, big and encompassing... a beer that fulfills its promise by mocking the proliferation of IPAs available while providing a unique profile to muse... without throwing platitudes, this beer makes quite a satisfying experience...

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Photo of BAsbill
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 8/23/2017. Pours slightly hazy golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, light caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, light caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and slightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly warming 8%. Overall this is a very nice DIPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink; with the mellowly bitter/drying finish, never aggressive. Tastes like a classic C hop deal, even though the site lists way more varieties. Not very tropical. Balanced juicy/dank hop complexity; nice sized bready malt backbone, never overly sweet/heavy feeling. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Bustersuess
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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