Down To Earth Session IPA | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Down To Earth Session IPADown To Earth Session IPA
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3.83/5
Very Good
Down To Earth Session IPADown To Earth Session IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Down to Earth is the natural evolution (pun intended) of Bitter American, our original session ale. We thought it would be fitting to bring our space chimp home and let him chill. Whether you have a long mission behind you or a full afternoon ahead, this session IPA will help keep things real. More relaxed than an IPA, but with all the hop aroma and flavor, Down to Earth is our tribute to unsung heroes and unplanned adventures. 

BEER STATS
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
515
pDev:
9.14%
 
 
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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 515
Photo of MichaelProcton
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'll go out of order here and tell you that the first thing I noticed from the moment this beer hit my tulip was the HUGE pine and citrus notes coming off the hops in the nose. Interesting, though, they provided more of a sharpness than the occasionally bitter sensation that I sometimes get. Circling back, this is a good-looking beer: it's a hazy gold/dark pineapple with a decent fluffy white head. The flavor is more subtle than the taste on the front end; though there is definitely hoppiness leading the way (and more citrus than pine in that aspect), it doesn't get aggressive or bitter until the back. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and perhaps even a bit thin, but that's also what you'd expect from something marketed as sessionable. Overall, as somebody who isn't looking for an IPA the vast majority of the time, I get what they were going for, but it's less than the sum of its parts for me.

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Photo of nhdjinn
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice session ale a tad bit too hoppy for the abv. there are better beers in this session IPA on the east coast
Lord Hobo - hobo life

Still its a good session ale worth a try

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Photo of Spaaarge
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On the fence of 4 or 4.25. I am a big IPA fan and am generally disappointed with session IPAs. I like the idea of lower alch but they tend to leave me... unsatisfied. I gotta say, with this one - if I'm already there, this is a great one to have to top off the evening! Like the flavor

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Photo of SeattleConservative
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like high ABV IPAs so I recognize the fact that I am biased, that being said, this is one of the best low-abv beers I have had in my life. Has the crispness and light finish of a lager, but the bitter hoppiness of a true IPA.

Good starter IPA for someone who drinks PBR. Pours nicely and great head retention. I connected to wifi, logged into this site and wrote this review and only lost 1/2 of the head from my pour.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorge
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

So good that, after I bought the single can, I went back and bought a sixer. I like session IPA's (since you can go through a few without slowing down), but they are often weak in taste and thin in body. Some are too spritzy and overly hopped. This was none of those things. Dark gold with amber hues in the glass, a nice frothy head and a moderate mouthfeel were pleasant surprises. A somewhat one-dimensional piney hops flavor prevailed, but it was a good balance of bitterness and ctirus that rendered the beer, on the whole, extremely easy to drink and worth looking for. I liked it a lot!

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Photo of Beerwarlock
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I generally am not a fan of session IPAs. They never seem to have the malt backbone that the double, imperial, and triple IPAs normally have (which obviously is there to help hide the booze). But, this may be my favorite in this class of IPAs. Much better than All Day IPA, which seems to be one on the top of this styles list.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A murky gold, with scarce lacing & tiny monkey head.

Malty and rather subtle hints of West Coast IPA.

A slightly sour, creamy-crisp IPA taste.

I could imagine enjoying a six pack of this.
Dig their artwork, as ever.

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Photo of 52Skiman
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 12 oz. can from seasonal variety IPA pack
Poured into Weizen glass

Appearance: Pours an obviously unfiltered deep gold, almost a dirty apricot color, with lots of sediments, thin cream-colored head quickly dissipates to a white film, sparse lacing

Aroma: Light citrus (mango, peach), piney, more hops than malts

Taste/Flavor: Well-balanced, citrusy with a sense of grapefruit, slightly bitter; slightly sweet, not cloying

Mouthfeel: Medium body, mild carbonation, refreshing, nice dry finish, not too much aftertaste

Overall: Overall, a quite refreshing drinkable beer. It might be described as a light IPA if there is such a thing. If one likes this style, it is highly recommended

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

21st Amendment Brewery "Down To Earth Session IPA"
12 fl. oz. can, coded "SAN LEANDRO, CA SAU05 1521" and sampled on 04/05/2018
$1.83 @ Cherry Hill Liquor, Wine & Beer (Wegmans), Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It pours a hazy deep gold/light amber body beneath a creamy head of white. Unfortunately the head seems to be dwindling before my eyes. Perhaps it's a dirty glass. The aroma is citrusy, piney, and tropical with some pineapple and mango. It's not that bold or bright, but it's nice. On to the flavor... as suspected, it's the same with some added grainy and gently caramelish malt. There's just a hint of sweetness to the malt and that's balanced by a firm bitterness; 42 IBUs according to the can. The hop flavors are pleasant, and fairly strong, but they don't overcome the malt and the two components blend together nicely into one. So the head is completely gone now, there's just an average collar, but it's left some, as in "some", nice lacing behind. In the mouth it's medium-light in body and crisp. It's refreshing. The malt gives it a little bit of a connection to an English ale, but the hops seem completely American, or at least American in nature. It's nice but in all honesty I see this as an American pale ale. They can call it a "session IPA" if that'll help sell it but the wool's not been pulled over my eyes. Not bad. Nicely balanced. Worth trying.
Review# 5,926

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Photo of FLima
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber orange color with a fluffy head with short retention.
Aroma with predominant notes of mango, pine, oranges and caramels.
Flavor with notes of pine, oranges, grapefruit, coriander, lemon drops, melon, mango, a bit of spices and malt sweetness. Dry and bitter aftertaste. It feels lower than its 42 IBUs.
Bordering light to watery body with mild carbonation.
Citrusy American IPA with traditional US hops notes. I found it a bit too thin and with lack of passion.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I suppose this qualifies as a session IPA, but I would consider this boring. Not a lot going on here. Muted hop profile and a weak body. I understand this is supposed to be an easy beer, but come on.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE: November 3, 2017... OCCASION: Cavs/Wizards--will the Cavs lose five in a row?... GLASSWARE: Stoudts pint... an instant barrage of white bubbles cling around the glass's base, while its half-finger head bogs down quickly to a smear... the body is opaquely dark orange, almost like a dirty mango... first waft is intense mango and peach--for a session, quite prolific... light malts make for a suggestion of balance... light flowery hops as well... the sip is smooth, reasonably chewy, and easy drinking... lively, too, and bubbly... not aggressive at the teeth, but the lingering aftertaste is welcome... lemon, mango, bright peach and a bit of pine makes this a pretty righteous ale... could drink a lot more of these, but as it came courtesy of a break pack mix, one will have to suffice... a twelve or eighteen pack would do nicely!

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Photo of BubbleChamber
2/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light amber colored. Head dissipates to a film. Unusual nose with a "spicy" citrus aroma—and a strong note of celery. Apologies to the brewery, but the taste is not good, in my opinion—a bit nauseating: what tastes like vegetable adjunct with some hop bitterness dominates; the overwhelming celery taste fits the aroma. I do find the picture on the can entertaining, however. —Reviewed 2017/09/11

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a 16oz Spiegelau IPA. Pours golden. Aroma is light GF, citrus and dare I say dank? Taste is mildly bitter, mildly malted, with a nice balance of citrus and fruit, with a tad pine influence late.

It's not an IPA, it's just a great tasting session beer!

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into mason jar.

Look: Clear, bright gold with a decent head.

Smell: Pine and grapefruit (American hops) with clean pale malt underneath.

Taste: Clean and balanced. For all the hops in the aroma, the taste of the beer is not particularly hop-forward. Pale malt is present and provides a fairly neutral backbone for grapefruit-like bitterness, piney, and spicy hop notes. Finish is clean and slightly bitter. Minimal sweetness from the malt.

Feel: Light and easy drinking.

Overall: a good session IPA.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a slight golden color with a decent transparency about it. Some carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. Some messy lace. The aroma had some melon, light pine and some citrus hop bitterness, not much, but it’s there. The flavor blended the prior mentioned aromas together sweetly to grace a tender bitterness rolling about. Aftertaste wasn’t much and the finish seemed somewhat sprtizy. The feel was obviously light bodied with the intended crushability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt as intended by the brewer. Overall, pretty nice session IPA that I could go at again, probably be nice by my grill.

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Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours hazy gold amber under a frothy 1" off-white foam cap with moderate to good retention.

S: piney hops with a trace of biscuit, melon and berry.

T: Lightly sweet berry starts the flavors supported by biscuit and melon. It dries on the finish.

F: The beer is light with medium to medium high carbonation.

O: Down to Earth Session IPA is a very pleasant, drinkable light yet full flavored beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, no clear date from the code on the bottom.

Golden in color, white head. Well rounded hop aroma. Taste is somewhat bitter but thin bodied, fizzy.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look: Pours a dark yellow color with a bright white, two finger head of foam that fizzles away quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma: Tropical. Notes of bitter grapefruit, sweet tangerine with orange and sticky caramel.

Taste: Well balanced. Bitter, but not overtly so. Sweet but not cloying. Goes down easy with notes of orange sorbet, grapefruit pith and caramel malt. Mild notes of mango and honey, maybe even some vanilla if you look hard enough.

Feel: Full bodied for a session IPA, with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Okay, but not quite special. It's not that remarkable or outstanding, but it certainly isn't a bad brew. The flavor is on point if a little congested at times, and the body is a little too heavy for my taste, but that's just an opinion. I tend to like my session IPAs a bit more crisp. Still a solid beer at a dollar fifty a can.

Rating: [B-] Decent. 3.32/5

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Photo of HellsRanger
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

it came across to me as a weak IPA and near a pils... was not happy at all with taste...it was off-putting to me and had no real color or head to it. nothing lasted very long... taste, the head/lace nor finish taste. The only thing that lasted was the after taste and to me was to over bering to the smell or initial taste. it did not match well.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Cloudy, brownish orange. Head fades fast leaving sticky lace. Many tiny carb bubbles.

S: Light juicy fruit. Not as pungent as other IPA's. Actually smelled a bit like a gumball or like a sweet fruit cocktail.

F: Hole in the middle. Not particularly bitter, but other than the foam at the edges, no burn and a faint juice reminder. Almost like drinking watered down grapefruit juice.

T: Sweet but not overly. Again, the weak fruit juice asserts itself. Almost a little rope flavor and very little tar flavor. Because it's brewed to be a "session" IPA, I really see what they did and perhaps it was achieved.

O: To me, it's as if they took a really good IPA and scraped 40% of the depth out of it to make a really light IPA. I don't think I'd get this again, but I wouldn't not accept one. I never think "session" when I have an IPA. Pale Ale maybe....

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Photo of PianoManKD
2.99/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L - Orange-yellow pour into the glass. Hardly any head to it.
S - The tropical smell is there, but it's not powerful or strong.
T - There is a very light citrusy taste to it, but it quickly goes away.
O - I probably won't be grabbing this off the shelf in the store again by choice, but it's an easy drink.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden pour with a white head. Big citrus and tropical aroma with papaya and mango standing out. Taste follows the nose with tropical flavors backed by a nice mild grassy bitterness. Very light bodied and crushable.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color with off-white head. Aroma is dank and grassy, not very intense. Taste is slightly grainy with a light hop bitterness. Some grapefruit notes on the aftertaste. Light body and carbonation. Easy drinking but a bit watery.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very solid session ale that goes down easy but still satisfies. I know the idea of a light "IPA" isn't popular but sometimes you don't want to blast seven and a half percent bottle after bottle. Decent balance in the nose, with the hops taking on a more medicial quality than the pure pine and citrus route. The carbonation seems too much at first but then disappears like magic, and you are left with tasty, if not overly bitter, hop nectar. clean and crisp in the aftertaste. For what it is, it is really nice.

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Down To Earth Session IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 515 ratings