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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Down To Earth Session IPADown To Earth Session IPA

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

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. 

Added by jhartley on 01-20-2015

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Reviews by Denotoole:
Photo of Denotoole
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MUTINY
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of RJIV
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Came in a standard pint a burnt orange infused golden with a nice full one finger crown atop that was gone pretty quickly.Some grapefruit and grainy notes in the nose,on the lighter side but pleasant enough.A decent splash of citrus up front on the palate with underlying pine and a dryer bready base.Like many of the style the malt bill needs to be amped up a little but the hops were well defined and the lighter beer was nice after a hot day at work.

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Photo of jcarbs
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with a thin and creamy white head.
The aroma is citrus and pine with a bit of underlying grassiness and a little hint of cattiness.
Taste is citrus and juicy with hints of grapefruit. Slightly puckering with a finishing slight pith and resin bitterness.
Mouthfeel is thin and bubbly.
Overall, quite refreshing and very good.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.99/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not great, not bad - but you can say that about most Session IPA's. Nothing really wrong with it, but nothing that special either.

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Photo of 52Skiman
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Billolick
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can with "enjoy by " dating

Pours lightly clouded lighter honey amber, typical head and leaves nice fine and hig on the glass lacing.

Muted citric hop nose.

More citrus and some resiny hops here, pleasantly flavorful. Nicely crafted.

Worthy take on this style that everybody seems to be brewing these days

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Photo of ledouge
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of asuburbanman
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This brew has quite a bit of hop bite and bitterness, but it doesn't seem to have the hop finish that I look for in a session. The initial burst of flavor satisfies, but the after taste is very one dimensional. Maybe needs a dry hop or something.

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Photo of Nfiorini513
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of virinow
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +11%
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 GOBLIN
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

These session ipa's are getting better and better I do believe.

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

Photo of moundbz
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of briandaube
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can near BB date stamped on bottom.

Pours light amber in color with very slight haze. The white head has good retention and leaves decent lacing.

Fruity-herbal aroma is quite hoppy.

Flavor: fruity-floral-herbal hops dominate. Hints of lemon peel and mango. Subtle toasty malts. Nice mildly bitter finish with plenty of hops.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with medium carbonation.

Overall: a session IPA that drinks like a good West Coast style IPA excepting the thinner body.

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Photo of DarrellK
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy orange pour with white foam which leaves small traces on the glass. Hints of citrus and mildly bitter. Mouthfeel is a little thin and seltzer like which is slightly off putting but altogether an easy drinking summer pale ale.

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Photo of acurtis
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Down To Earth Session IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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