Down To Earth Session IPA
21st Amendment Brewery

Down To Earth Session IPADown To Earth Session IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #4,120
Ranked #20,564
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. 
Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 515
Photo of tjwarren
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this several times and now that we are getting it fresher I have been seeking it out more. Hazy, yellow orange appearance. Citrus smell peach, papaya, mango, taste follow with some firm bitterness and a touch of funk at the end. Smooth but not slick mouthfeel, not oily but firm. A winner.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Gavage
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours a light orange color with a 1/2" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: little citrus aroma is all you can detect here.

Taste: light malt presence with some orange, mango, and a soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Short lived aftertaste.

Overall: a mild mannered IPA that hits the spot if you want a lower alcohol beer.

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Photo of Denotoole
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.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is slightly sweet mango/tangerine and dank hops. The flavor is slightly sweet mango/tangerine, citrus/fruit, a background of malts and a dryish/mildly spicy finish.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ordered this not really knowing what it was. The menu just said down to earth IPA.

First taste was mild tangerine hop notes with a solid but subdued bready malt. Low bitterness. It was a little on the low end of medium carbonation bit finished fairly clean. No lingering flavors.

Pretty decent for a session IPA but it falls more into a solid pale ale style. Mice balance and just enough hoppiness.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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 OldSwampy
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

OK, I admit that I chose it partly because of the the chimp.

Nice orange-gold color with an ample off-white head; head dissipates moderately quickly, leaving some lacing. Pleasant if mild nose with citrusy hops dominant. Taste mild but reasonably if not impeccably balanced, with hops and malt both taking part. The lightness I associate with session IPAs shows up in the front end of the taste profile, and again at the exit. Lean overall, though pleasant with no off notes.

Bottom of can says "Enjoy By: 07/22/16" and I had this on 23 May 2016.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a can at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer pours with a rather large, bubbly head that does dissipate over time with good retention and lacing. The color is a lightly murky amber. Aromas include spiced hops, light biscuit, and rich some earthy pine. Taste is a bit more mellow than the aromas, but still rich and good. Taste is mostly bittersweet with some orange citrus and mild hops. Mouthfeel is light, giving the beer a watery, refreshing taste. Overall, I enjoyed the presentation and aromas of this beer the most.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is hoppy, pine, some floral, fresh. Golden yellow, above average white head. Taste is hops, hair spray. But of stale aftertaste. Feel is light, medium carb. Ok beer. Something is Slightly off."

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orangish golden color with white head. Light aromas on the nose of citrus and pine; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Kind of a watered down version of an IPA. Finishes with much of the same.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Light amber color with slight haze, finger white head fades leaving lots of lace. Fruity floral aroma. Fruity taste, mango and light citrus with a little toasty malt sweetness. Nice bitter finish with floral hops. Thin to med mouthfeel, not slippery or creamy. Decent session IPA, a little on the sweet side.

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Photo of daizee
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a piney malt-backed pale ale with very little lingering aftertaste - in a good way. This has become one of my go-to brews due to availability. I'd prefer to drink local, but the locals are having freshness problems.

The only thing wrong with this beer is that they call it an IPA. It's smack in the middle of the Pale Ale category, and if you approach it that way it won't disappoint.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The Down To Earth Session is a decent session ipa. The beer poured a slightly hazy copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent has waifs of grapefruit. The taste follows the scent where grapefruit is mostly present. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer and should be tried.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Hazy off-amber. Decent head with minimal lacing.
S - light citrus smell. Nice
T - Slight grapefruit.
F - Semi-dry
O - Pretty tasty beer. Really liked it

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Photo of breardon1776
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

My tongue is doing cartwheels and backflips.

Had my first 21st amendment while vacationing in Newport, RI w/ the wifey. Enjoyed the IPA.
Picked up this at my local craft brew store (Craft Beer Cellar in Port Washington, NY).

Sweet and creamy. Really this beer is buttery smooth in flavor and texture.

Is a little less hoppy and def. less bitter those others in this genre.

Wish there was a better glow (3.0 on look) and more complexity to taste (thou i did give 4)

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

L - amber, slight haze, white head settles to a thin layer

S - mild but good: mango, citrus, floral

T - lots of citrus, fairly sweet but not cloying, mild finish of pith

F - syrupy for a session beer, round, light carbonation

O - good for its purpose

I compared this side-by-side with Founder's All Day, which has similar color, ABV, IBUs, and is one of my go-to session beers. The All Day had the better nose, but this one tastes better. All Day is more floral, while this is more tropical. This one is sweeter and has a thicker mouthfeel. In the comparison I liked this one better, but I think sweeter beers tend to win side-by-side, while if you're having lots of the same beer you adjust to the sweetness and might prefer something more dry, so I'm not sure I would prefer this one long-term. But at the moment the tropical flavors win me over.

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Photo of Act25
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.

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Photo of Beejay
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: And orange amber in color with a small white head. Hazy in the glass.

S: Grpadefruit, with citrus peel following. Slight sweetness and a hint of tangerine in the finish, perhaps making it's way to a tropical fruit aroma, but not quite getting there.

T: Tropical fruits, grapefruit, and light caramel. Lots of citrus with a decent amount of bitterness.

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

O: An easy drinking enjoyable IPA. Flavorful enough that I would want another, and low enough abv that I could have another.. and another... and a couple more.

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Photo of meson13
2.03/5  rDev -47%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

placing the word "session" before "ipa" does not allow you to brew any beer you please so long as it is pale and low in abv. this beer doesnt have a hop forward bone in its body. malty corny grossness with a faint hint of nondescript hops. it is not only not good, its offensive to the mouth. there are plenty of beers i dont like because of their lack of goodness, but very few that my entire face hates this much. after each sip my mouth perfectly replicates that of a puking cat, minus the puke; for now anyways. this is a truly shitty beer that shouldnt exist.

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Photo of pkalix
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

meh... decent.... nice hops, decent bitterness. a little sweeter than i prefer, but then, it IS a crafted brew- and in this case, a 'session' brew.... it's an alright brew, and probably great for the all-day kind of guy, and i appreciate this... i liked it, but not in the place of a more superbly crafted brew..... with higher abv.....

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had to stop at a random liquor store before a get together - ended up with Enjoy by 8/28 in October. Normally don't review this stuff but this is still pretty damn good. Tropical and citrus hop, solid texture. Top of the list to enjoy next year.

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3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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 bigbluebeerguy
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose starts with a light brown sugar and toasted bread crust before being subdued by sweet citrus. On the tongue is more brown sugar and overripened pineapple, then a building citrus peel bitterness that becomes sharply grassy and a bit soapy on the finish. Good, not great.

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Photo of ordybill
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap at the Blue & Grey Pub in Gettysburg, PA. the brew has a murky orangish color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is pretty big on citrus and hops. The flavor matches the aroma and has a really good flavor. This was a great beer and it matched the hot wings I was eating while watching football. Another strong offering from 21st Amendment.

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