Blah Blah Blah IPA | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Blah Blah Blah IPABlah Blah Blah IPA

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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

Style: American 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!

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Reviews by tedho21:
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4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the growler into an impy pint glass a clear bronze color with a minimal white head atop.Fresh fruity hops jump out at ya in the nose,alot of grapefruit and tangerine.Flavors of the before mentioned grapefruit and juicy tangerine hit upfront with some lighter sugary sweetness and alcohol in the finish,the hops are the main show.The hops are big and the sweetness is in check,just neads a little more carbonated feel and in the body and this would be top notch,as is its very good.

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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Pour Taproom (Greenville, SC). Revisited with a 12 oz can in August 2018.

Pours with a hazy amber body and a generous, creamy off-white head that has good retention and lacing.

Aroma: Complex and adequately hoppy with dried fruits and vanilla pound cake.

Flavor: [8.5] hops dominate but a good mix of bready malts is present, leading to low bitterness and high complexity for style. Higher ABV generates some detectable alcohol esters. Juicy citrus with some pine followed by lingering grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: near medium body with soft, medium+ carbonation.

Overall: A well crafted, distinctive American IPA with partially hidden, DIPA level, ABV.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Clear, slightly hazy, translucent golden orange with some speckled floating sediment, a thin, foamy white head, and sheets of sticky lacing.

S: Orange zest, orange marmalade, biscuits, honey, and caramel; dried papaya, apricot, and pineapple; some pine needles, and dank resinous herbs.

T: Sweet candied orange peel, orange marmalade, biscuit malt, hints of alcohol warmth; dried lemone peel, papaya, and apricot; with a lightly bitter finish of pine and lingering bitter orange peel.

F: Medium-full, smooth, almost thick and creamy, an well-carbonated.

O: Another solid West Coast interpretation DIPA. Juicy, citrusy, strong, and dank. Solid beer.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best beer I've had from 21st Amendment.

This company has been insanely hit or miss for me. I've loved, liked, didn't care for and outright hated some beers from them.

This ones really cool and unique. Looks good enough and has this funky potato chip and papaya aroma that I've never really noticed before.

Taste is a tropical slurry of fruits spread on a nice toasted cracker. Enjoyable

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

On tap at beer revolution the other day.

I thought this a pretty tasty IPA/DIPA, and while the sweet malt and tropical fruit flavor were a bit much for me, the finish was on the dry and hoppy side, and I think the low alcohol (relatively speaking) helped with the beer's drinkability. I'm assumng 21st amendment must have made a fair amount of this beer, as after I got back from a trip to the bay area, I saw it all over the place in Portland and Eugene. Anyway, I thought this was otherwise a solid, enjoyable effort from the folks at 21st. (maybe not quite as good as hop crisis, but considerably better than any of the other IPA's/DIPA's I've had from 21st amendment).

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
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 superspak
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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 BlurryVisi0n
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
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 kaseydad
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single and here we go...

Pours a nice amber colored ale with a decent amount of white foam that disappates rather quickly and leaves good sticky lacing.

Whiffs of big malt, dank pine, and melon.

Tastes of caramel, pine and big lime. Very citrusy with a very hoppy swallow and rind on the aftertaste.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised with this. Good citrus flavor and malt combo. The 8% is deceptive though it is very refreshing. Definitely will try again and you should too!

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Photo of Nephilium
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Starts with a big pine and resin aroma, pours a hazy amber with a thin cap of white head. There's a slight bit of chewy caramel backbone, which exists just enough to blunt the pine and bitterness from the large hop blast that comes in the finish. Slightly sticky mouthfeel with a full body. Very solid IIPA.

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Photo of 52Skiman
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
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 in a pinch but nothing special.

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Photo of ledouge
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopAttack3
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of generalraider
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacrza1
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
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 TheSixthRing
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours semi-clear, but with plenty of fine sediment floating about, and is orange amber in color. Sandstone colored, one-finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds and a ring around the edge of the glass. Good amount of lacing, with ringed sheets and spots of various sizes decorating the glass.

Smell - Aroma hits on notes of melon, ruby red grapefruit, massive leafy character, hints of pine and an underlying caramel sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Hoppy upfront with notes of citrus and leafy character; hints of pine and melon. Malts come through mid-taste with caramel sweetness and lesser toasted notes riding beneath. Fairly balanced finish, with lingering notes of caramel, toast and grapefruit marmalade riding strongly in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair, slightly bitey carbonation. Slick texture makes this one a fairly easy drinker.

Overall - Looks like they took what they did with Toaster Pastry and built upon it. I really like it. Very balanced, but with a strong, unique hop profile. Not sure what a sixer runs (bough a single) but this may be buying a lot more of this in the future. It might be my favorite 21A beer to date.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skabiski
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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