Down To Earth Session IPA
21st Amendment Brewery

Down To Earth Session IPADown To Earth Session IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #4,485
Ranked #25,044
3.83 | pDev: 9.14%
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
Very Good
Down To Earth Session IPADown To Earth Session IPA
Notes: 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. 
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Denotoole from Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a terrific beer. Just terrific. I could drink it all day, but if I did I would be a poor father and husband since it contains alcohol albeit not very much alcohol.

Down-to-Earth is aptly named since its glory is a mundane one. “Not Reinventing the Wheel” is a bad cliché and a worse name for a beer, but that’s what is going on here. It simply takes a good idea—a somewhat hoppy session ale—and nails it. It pours a sort of muted gold. Not sure what the hops are—Galaxy or Amarillo maybe, or maybe Citra since even my mom cooks with Citra lately. But it’s citrusy and good. ABV is 4.4% but feels even lighter than that going down. A few weeks ago I accidentally drank one in four sips while barbecuing.

First time I had this beer I was at a dope rooftop party here in Chi-burg, and befitting the summer vibe there were no glasses available. Even still I’m a gentleman and way into lacing, so rarely drink directly from a can. What to do? I drank from the can. Glasses were all the way downstairs, and who would I be to rebuke the host by fetching one? That’s when I discovered the hoppy but not dry mouthfeel. I liked it and had another.

The next day I got a six pack and a glass. Much different, more the smooth, light experience of the first paragraphs above (and that’s light as in easy not light as in Lite). Since then I have stuck with a glass and I guess I prefer that, though it sacrifices that bite somewhat.

Sep 22, 2016
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MUTINY from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

A: Clear, pale gold with about 1" bone-white head that settles down pretty quick. Retention & lacing fairly minimal here.

S: Big, big citrus & tropical fruit. Smells like I want to drink it!

T: Bit of a letdown - thin, metallic hop-bitterness & only traces of the fruit bouquet. There's a bit of a grainy malt counterpoint to the hops on the palate, but nothing really jumps out as special.

M: This beer get plus points from me for managing to have a pretty solid body. Carb is right where I like it (medium to a bit high) & there's enough malt to give this brew some heft. Arguably one of the 'bigger' session IPAs that I've tasted.

O: Went out to pick up some Bitter American & came home with this. I've got nothing but love for 21st Amendments other IPAs & this is a pretty decent addition to the lineup. Plus, like with all their cans, I'm loving the artwork.

May 06, 2015
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RJIV from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange hazy color.
Smells of sweet, orangey / tangerine notes.
Nice head of about one and a half fingers width.
Hops pop with a nice citrus tropical burst up front. There is a nice sweetness that comes in and follows through to the finish.
The malt backbone on this session is very nice and eliminates the watery and light taste that many sessions suffer from.

Sep 15, 2015
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mattcrill from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Fresh melon, moderate lemon notes, low bready notes, and clean fermentation character noted.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber pour with a low white head. Head retention is good. Appears moderately effervescent in the glass.

Flavor: Firm earthy bitterness up front. Moderate melon and stone fruit flavors with an underlying biscuit malt base. Balance is firmly to the hop bitterness. Finish is clean, crisp, and dry. Aftertaste lingers with a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with high carbonation. No oiliness, heat, or astringency.

Overall impression: A light and refreshing pale ale. It's not an IPA and the "session" thing is gimmicky. Still, a well done beer that would work on a hot day.

Mar 29, 2015
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jtransel from Illinois

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

Mar 26, 2016
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Eman17 from Illinois

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

May 24, 2015
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ScottyB515 from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jan 09, 2021
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fairly quickly fade down to a tiny cap

S: Some citrusy and grassy hops up front along with a solid maltiness and usual 21A yeast profile. Nice for 4.4%

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a good balance between the malt and some grassy/citrusy hops. Goes into a light bitterness with matching sweetness. Finishes with a mix of the yeast/malt profile and an all too typical taste that most (if not all) session IPAs have

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A touch watery, but that's expected with the pseudo-style

O: Definitely a solid addition to the session IPA bandwagon, with some nice flavor and good balance. Not too watery, which is nice. Crushable as expected. Worth a shot

Mar 27, 2015
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BlueSpader from Washington

3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aug 09, 2017
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Apr 09, 2015
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wulfie85 from California

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 17, 2015
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sharpski from Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

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

Jul 09, 2015
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rfoltz53 from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 23, 2015
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 28, 2015
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Kinger2425 from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best sessions I've had. Love me some 21st Amendment!

Jun 02, 2015
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tkdchampxi from New Jersey

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

I thought this beer was very fully-flavored and nicely hopped for a session ipa. I was happier with this than I was with many big name session IPAs I've had, and as happy with this as some of the super fresh session beers and pale ales I've had from great local breweries.

Sep 07, 2015
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PianoManKD from Connecticut

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.

Apr 17, 2017
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vfgccp from New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aug 02, 2015
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McMatt7 from Pennsylvania

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

Apr 06, 2015
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deonreds from New York

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Apr 20, 2015
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Donkster46 from Washington

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

Apr 28, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 18, 2017
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jmartinger from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 09, 2015
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Love this brewer. This is an adequate session IPA. Not quite up there with Carton Boat beer or their own BITTER AMERICAN - which I liked better.

A: Hazy orange amber in color with low white head. A bit of lace. Limp.

S: Mostly grapefruit, with citrus peel, rising to grass, herbs, tropical fruit.

T: Follows smell, but much more abundant: tropical fruits, grapefruit, and light caramel. Finishes with a decent amount of bitterness.

M: Light in body with medium high carbonation... dry finish.

O: As good as most session IPAs, but a little bland.

Nov 04, 2015
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Jemes21 from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 24, 2015
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