Blah Blah Blah IPA
21st Amendment Brewery

Blah Blah Blah IPABlah Blah Blah IPA
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,910
Ranked #8,126
3.97 | pDev: 8.06%
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
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!
Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 388
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 NotSaussure
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
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 jackass
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
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 jameswaldo
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
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 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 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 CanConPhilly
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Blah Blah Blah - 21st Amendment
IIPA - 8% abv - 65 IBU
Canned 12/6/17 (32 days ago)

L - 1-finger head atop a burnt orange body.

S - caramel malt, citrus.

T - starts out candy-sweet. Some citrus. Bready middle. Bitter finish with a noticeable alcohol burn.

F - medium body and carb.

O - was hoping to like this more than I did. The heavy, overbearing sweetness wallops any hop flavors that were there. Hop Crisis remains 21st’s best ipa.

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Photo of Act25
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm gonna give this higher marks that most BAs. Hate the name, love the look, craft, and the beer. Who wants to recommend Blah blah to friends. Please change the name. PS I used to live half block away so am biased to 21st.
a) Pours a dark amber, murk body, with a lasting puffy head that cascades lace around the snifter. 4.5!
s) Perfectly balanced see-saw of bright, herbal, grassy, and fruity hops over a sweet marmalade, caramel base.
t) Follows smell but amplified, with large flavor corridors of minty, herbal, grassy hops astride a sweet caramel malt and apple base, tempered by a bittering, peppery finale.
f) Tongue friendly, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp with sticky, dry, peppery finish that lands in great place. mouth pleaser.
o) great stand-out DIPA, needs a new name.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Bright yellow with sediment and cloudy. Gorgeous IPA

S - Big citrus aroma, well balanced with a grainy aroma as well

T - Big malty backbone, with loads of citrus hop flavors. Very enjoyable

F - Medium body and carbonation

O - An excellent DIPA, and not overly powering on the ABV

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is surprisingly malty, some pine. Taste is pine, a bit of citrus, malts are present, moderate bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Interesting take on an imperial IPA. Poured from 12 oz can into glass mug. Nice amber colour with a slight off white head. Smells of mild hops and some faint malt. Nice balance in the taste. Nothing overly hoppy, fruity, or citrusy. Good mouthfeel. Prost!

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

Cloudy light-amber colored. Thin head. Moderately flowery, tropical-fruit aroma. In the taste, not as pungent as I expected. Fairly mellow, fruity notes with some bitter citrus pith underneath mild malt sweetness. Some alcohol warmth. A bit below medium body. Fairly dry finish, with lingering citrus. —Reviewed 2017/09/17

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a globe glass the beer is a slightly hazy orange with a white head that leaves a speckled sheet of lacing. The aroma is full of citrus and sweet malt with some with pine scents. The beer is sweet with not as much fruit as is in the nose. Nice mild sweetness with a great bitter pine finish. Solid and tasty beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I realized that #IPADay2017 was approaching, I thought that it behooved me to celebrate in an appropriate manner. This would include drinking an IPA, natch & preferably one deCANted from a CAN in support of The CANQuest (tm). I then turned to my old pal, SeanO, for advice. HIs reply? "Blah Blah Blah #IPADay2017, Bro. Woody!" Blah Blah Blah IPA, it is!

From the CAN: "Red IPA, Lime IPA, Dirty Sock IPA, Quad IPA, A Dark IPA, Worm IPA, Brew Free or Die IPA, Maple IPA, Shiokara IPA, Double IPA, Rye IPA, English IPA, We Threw A Hop In IPA, Lemon IPA, Black IPA, Honey IPA, Belgian IPA, Grapefruit IPA, Soap IPA, Chocolate IPA, Organic IPA, Half of an IPA, What's With Another IPA, Fresh Hop IPA, Hoppy IPA, U.S.I.P.A., Strong IPA, Russian IPA, Drought IPA, Single IPA, Agave IPA, Belgian IPA, Basil IPA, Tahoot IPA, Witchetty Grub IPA, Back In Black IPA, Belgian White IPA, Black Rye IPA, Northwest IPA, Rooibos IPA, Tripel IPA, Haggis IPA, Lettuce IPA, Citrus IPA, Orange IPA, Wild IPA, Single Hop IPA, Ghost Pepper IPA, Maple IPA, White IPA, The I In IPA, Coconut IPA, Spam IPA, Tripe IPA, American IPA, Goat IPA, Fresh IPA, Pickle IPA, Wheat IPA, Milk IPA, Magpie IPA, Chocolate Orange IPA, Dead Cow IPA, Experimental IPA, Jalapeno IPA, Procaffeinated IPA, Imperial IPA, Ummm ... IPA, Blood Orange IPA, California IPA, Mosaic IPA, Humulus Lupulus IPA, Another F**king IPA, Jasmine IPA, Hazelnut IPA, Can't Feel My Face IPA, Don't Call Me An IPA, Grass IPA, Bitter American IPA, A Big Fist In the Mouth Escamol IPA, Toffee IPA, Strong IPA, Blueberry IPA, Pizza IPA, Are You Still Reading This IPA, Opening Day IPA, Apple IPA, A Big Fist In Mouth IPA, Seaweed IPA, Hop Crisis IPA, Hop N IPA, Apollo IPA, So Tired of Writing IPA, Li-Fi IPA, Chin*ok IPA, Ero*ica IPA, Noble Hops IPA, Bitter Beer Face IPA, Toffee IPA, Wormhole IPA, Pink IPA, L*ading IPA, Only One Hop IPA, Apple IPA, I'm Running Out of Room IPA, Gigantes IPA, Unfiltered IPA, Pink Peppercorn IPA, Session IPA, Will This Even Print IPA".

I was shaking with excitement & CANticipation as I Crack!ed this CAN open. Being that it was so fresh & I was so thirsty, I CANducted an inverted Glug to kick off the celebration appropriately. I watched in rapt fascination as the dense, rocky, tawny head came puffing up to the lip of the glass before slowly subsiding, leaving tremendous sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a gorgeously solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled almost herbal & tea-like in its pine intensity, but our old blah, blah blah friends, grapefruit and orange were not far behind. Mouthfeel was medium, surprisingly light for the style. The taste began with a cool wash of intense pine, giving 'way to grapefruit, lemon & orange flavors, but with a very dry, toasty malt backbone that put me in mind of Enrico's Biscotti from Pixburgh's Strip District. Is this what they meant by "jammy"? Preserves? Or more closely, marmalade? Hmm. Finish was bitter (65.3015 IBU) & dry & I would not have wanted to kick off my #IPADay2017 celebration any other way. Unfortunately, I also work seCANd shift, so further celebration will have to await my return from work.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a huge fan of Brew Free or Die, so I was really excited with how much I liked this one. A tad bit boozy, but easy drinking and great flavor profile

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

- can SQF 0855 to spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Dense nature with a bit of hazy, juicy, orange coloring is filled with a lively sense of quick moving effervesce. The capping is frumpy and frothy, a consistency is like whipped sour cream, firm in stance and light beige in coloring. Nice full band lacing provides a thick and lustrous coating.

S: Citrus and melon fruit reign supreme right from the cans opening. Grapes and fresh leafy hops mix with some fresh lemon juice flair. Toasted grains bring a bready crusty appeal, with hints of barley and a faint hint of onion grassy hops, all of moderate strength with a lasting impression.

T: Dry and bitter grapefruit peel and dry grassy hops are abundant. Some onion-grass, dry citrus, lemon grind with a dry and bittering of grassy dry orange hops. Lingering dry citrus-grassy pine hops tease the tongue long after the swallow with a solid, strong level of bitterness. Toasted crystal malts with some light background of yeast fruitiness, grapes, and melon.

M: Full bodied feel, creamy and frothy with a dry and bitter feel. Luscious depth and a strong point of the drink.

O: Tons of malt depth here, with a dry and bittering hop serving as well a nice spectrum of hop flavors. High bittering levels, outstanding overall, blah , blah, blah, but you already knew that. Another strong ipa showing from this brewery that keeps the hop heads juiced for more. Case worthy, share it with friends and some blah, blah, blah conversation. cheers.

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Photo of TwoThreeBrews
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8.0% ABV | 65 IBU

A hazy cooper look that pours a nice thick foamy head that fades as quickly as it comes on and it has a nice lacing throughout the beer.

The smell is overpowering with bittery hops and an earthy ton.

The taste to me was underwhelming. It is full of hops and bitter with hints of fruit but the bitterness just overpowered it for me. I caught some caramel from time to time but this beer just lacked flavor.

The feel on this beer has a lasting taste and was medium to bold with a lasting taste.

Overall, this is a bold beer that really leaves a lot to be desired. If you like a beer that is hoppy and bitter give this one a try. I was just hoping that there would be more flavor here but the hops just overpower any taste you can take from this beer. Personally, I would prefer something a little smoother and juicy for a double.

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought 21st was falling off a little and then I tasted this one.
Great IPA, nice bitter hop taste, piney aroma
clean, clear orange color. really drinkable at 8%. Will revisit.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent creamy smaller head that fades fairly quickly, a little lacing, murky orange-red color.

Nose nice hop profile, some citrus, orange juice, grapefruit, grassy floral and a bit spicy hops, stone fruit, apricot, tangerine notes, plenty of candy sweet malts, a little toasted reddish candy, sweetness brings more orange marmalade and candied fruit like aromas.

Taste brings more of the sweet malt, toasted reddish malt with caramel and a touch of toffee like, sweet caramel candy malts, into some hops, little citrus, some stone fruit, candied apricot preserves, a little tangerine and citrus, a bit spicy and floral notes, herbal notes, sticky finish, balanced bitterness and sweet malts.

Mouth is med bod, lighter but decent carb.

Overall OK but not great, an IPA by 10 years ago, east coast style of what it used to be when it was about malt to hop balance and now IPAs are so much more than that.

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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 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 garymuchow
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has an interesting mix of sweet fruit, citrus fruit and earthy hop aromas. Some hop oil intensity, but not too much.
Kinda' cloudy and darker golden towards amber. Full fluffy head that is sticky on the glass.
The earthiness dominates the hop flavor with reduced citrus and no fruit. Strong bitterness but it doesn't overpower.
Good fullness in feel but not sticky.
Drinks really well. Smooth full with a rich flavor. A little too dominant on the earthy hops but they are not distasteful, just not preferable, for me.
Still a worthwhile DIPA.
Hey thanks brother.

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Photo of atr2605
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a golden, not quite copper color with floating sediment throughout and an off white foamy head with good retention and lacing
S-apricot, overripe pear, pineapple, honey
T-more apricot, pear, white grape juice, with big sweet malty backbone, subtle resin in the finish
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-very well balanced IPA with unique hop profile.

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Photo of Ricochet
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy and dark, more on the brown side than orange or yellow. Small hear and good lace.
S: Floral. Maybe a little Jujyfruit.
F: Creamy. Little bitter. Sweet wash.
T: Mellow. No real bitter stick in there. They say it's more malty and I'll say that. It makes a unique IPA and mutes some of the bitter to make this smooth to drink and satisfying on the swallow.
O: This was the best of the 21st Amendment sampler I had. I'd get this again a whole lot. Unique, different, tasty.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Citrus and piney hops with caramel malt up front, along with a light floral note

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and pine and goes into some of the caramel malt and floral notes. On the bitter side. Finishes with lingering bitterness, pine, and caramel

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid IIPA that is very well balanced but definitely packs that West coast bitterness. Nothing really too special, but solid

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Blah Blah Blah IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 388 ratings