Down To Earth Session IPA
21st Amendment Brewery

Down To Earth Session IPADown To Earth Session IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #4,127
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,558
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 9.14%
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
515
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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 egrapplesberg
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 10/16/15 on the bottom of the can. Poured into a pint glass. Somewhat cloudy golden with a one finger head that leaves mild lacing. Smell is passion fruit, pineapple, lots of mango. Decent carbonation and bitterness hits the tongue followed by a nice pine, grapefruit, maltiness balance. One of my more favorite session ipas. I think "Go-To" from "Stone" still take the cake but this is a close second. Cheers!

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Photo of RJIV
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. can stamped Enjoy by 11/07/15. Sampled on September 13, 2015.

Yellow, carbonated pour with a fizzy white head.

Pleasant malt toastiness to start with floral, grass, and fruity notes on the nose.

Light body.

The taste has a sweet enough pale malt character with a grassy, floral, and tropical hop finish. Decent enough Session IPA but not outstanding.

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

Had on tap. By far my favorite offering for 21st in years. Hops are lighter on the palate, yet still very flavorful. Wonderful citrus finish to go with the crispness of this one. Beautiful lacing on glass as well. Is it out of this world good? No, but it has no weaknesses either.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, enjoy by date 11/07/2015 printed on the bottom of the can. A new session IPA to me from 21st Amendment, acquired a single can of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice golden sienna orange / copper colored body. Over two fingers of thick frothy off-white head with good staying power, leaving nice strands of fluffy lacing as it recedes. Some minor chill haze. No hop or yeast particulate is visible. Looks very nice for what it is.

S - Good balance in the nose with lots of sweetened bready biscuit malts, caramel, cream, tea leaves, and some herbal earthy hopping.

T - Taste follows the nose: a very nice balance of sweetened bready biscuit malts, pale / crystal malt, and earthy, piney hops.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Light-bodied with excellent carb. Supremely easy-drinking stuff.

Overall, a deliciously balanced session IPA from 21st Amendment. Could definitely knock back plenty of this stuff on a hot summer day.

21st Amendment Down To Earth Session IPA -----4/5.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
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.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight out of the undated can. Very pleasant citrus/floral/pine/malt balance, with a mouthfeel on the lighter side but definitely not thin or watery. Dry finish with lingering resin bitterness, nicely balanced by malt and citrus. This is a fine session IPA. Very refreshing. Another excellent offering from 21st Amendment.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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 KTCamm
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

7/23...Pale copper color. No foam presents. Fruity grape nose. Light body. Modest bitter woven in. Good buzz from the carbonation. Tasty. Summer IPA special.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, from the cool confines of the Idaho Pour Authority in downtown Sandpoint, a few weeks ago.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some decent hanging sudsy lace around the glass as it gently ebbs away.

It smells of softly dank pine resin, peppy blood orange and red Texas grapefruit, some hard water minerality, gritty, grainy, and lightly crackery pale malt, and a bit of dusty black pepper. The taste is tame grainy, bready pale malt, mixed domestic citrus bitters, further tropical fruity notes, a small stoney flintiness, muddled pine forest floor detritus, and more soft floral, spicy, and leafy hop bitters.

The bubbles are fairly innocuous in their plain-Jane frothiness, the body on the light side of middleweight, and mostly smooth, those hop kiddies screwing around just enough to get grandpa's ire up a bit. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness of the hops outrunning the malt at this juncture by a good country mile.

Overall, not a bad rendition of this not-yet minted IPA sub-style, the hops large and in charge, while the malt sits idly by, complaining about keeping a roof over everyone's head, and whatnot. Anyways, if you like the hops, and not the boozy-booze, then this one is for you - the can's just a bonus!

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Photo of Antg8989
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium light gold with a 2 finger white head. Aroma is citrus, pine, grapefruit and slightly malty. Taste is grapefruit and malt. Feel is light and "airy". Sudsy carbonation. Overall, I thought this was very impressive for a session IPA. The aroma and flavor are certainly packed in here. At 4.4%, this is perfect for anyone looking for a lower ABV without sacrificing taste or aroma. Well done 21st Amendment.

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

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a golden orange amber color with an off white to white head that settles quickly with no lacing.
The smell started off with tropical fruits leading into some light citrus and adding a light kick of spice.
The taste copied the smell and added a light caramel sweetness.
The mouthfeel was light, but though not a real style just yet, this one was extremely sessionable. I say wet, not watery. Carbonation seems misleading as I feel the harshness from it, but also feel enough of the "IPA" part.
Overall, yeah, though not a true style - "the session IPA", I say this worked for what 21st Amendment is trying to do. I'd have again.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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 RyanK252
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden orange amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Citrus, sweet grapefruit, tangerine, tropical fruit, mango and passion fruit, maybe even a little berry, and plenty of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Fruity, a little berry, tropical fruit mango and passion fruit, citrus, orange and grapefruit, pine, some faint herbal notes, biscuity malt, and some caramel malt sweetness. It does get a little watery on the back end, but not as much as other session IPAs I've had.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Taste is more muted and mellow compared to the smell, and it does suffer a bit from the session IPA curse of being a bit watery on the end, but overall a very nice take.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a lightly hazy, medium golden amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thick film, leaving light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus hops, tropical fruit. Flavor is mild neutral malt, tropical and light stone fruit, grapefruit citrus, finishes with citrus rind hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied with active carbonation. As with many others, this session IPA left me wishing for more. The caramel malt in the aroma would have been a welcome asset to support the fairly respectable citrus bitterness. Hops have an nice citrus and light fruit character, but seemed a little stark in the finish. This delivers what it promises, a low ABV IPA experience, but the whole concept makes these hard for me to review. If I was seeking a session IPA, this is nicely made with an interesting hop bill, but I'd probably go for Bitter American with its more robust malt flavors.

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

I prefer the retired Bitter American to its apparent spiritual successor, but this is a good session IPA right up there with All Day, Even Keel and Left of the Dial. A little more hops and a little less bitterness than Bitter American, this is a solid session IPA.

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Photo of glass_house
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Definitely would have pegged this as an APA if I hadn't looked closer at the can. Such is the blurred line and mostly arbitrary separation of the styles, I suppose. Either way I thoroughly enjoyed it. Nice blend of sweet, floral and bitter hop notes. On the light side, obviously, but never gave the impression of thin or watery. It's like this beer was brewed for the golf course in July. I'll buy this again.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into a 20oz ipa glass.

Bright golden orange color with a 2f dense white head. Fat rings of lacing were left in its wake.

Mostly pale malt and caramel aroma. Faint citrus smell, too.

Citrus hop flavor shines with the malt backbone.

Plenty of malt body and citrus hop tang. Nice clean finish.

I'll put this a the top of the list of session IPAs that I've had so far.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2015-06-30 at the brewery in San Francisco at the original location on 2nd street. On-tap.

A - Clear golden-orange with a 1.5-finger white head and very nice lace.

S - Very tropical and floral, citrus. Not oniony at all. Fresh and inviting.

T - Orange, melon, biscuit, very light touch of caramel, pine, hop resins. Finishes appropriately bitter.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Crisp.

O - I was a fan of their Bitter American and at first, was disappointed to learn it had been replaced with this; until I tasted Down to Earth. I'm impressed. It retains the malt qualities that I liked in Bitter American but the hop profile is much different' catering to current taste preferences. One to the best Session IPAs I've had. Worth having some on-hand this summer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a glass.
4/4/4/3.75/4.25
Pellucid honey brown. It smells initially like Mosaic hops. Earthy bitterness, citrus zest top notes, yeasty backbone.
Okay. It was gonna be hard to justify eliminating Bitter American, but this is damn fine beer. Emphasis on the fruit and citrus, with the same malty beautiful backbone I loved in BA.
The aftertaste is sweetish and smackworthy.
This is an understandable and acceptable progression from Bitter American. But it's not a replacement. If you want a trendy beer, definitely buy this.

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

On tap. Festival pour. Pours a bit hazy and orange in color. Malt is a bit fuller than most session IPAs. At least it is on the nose. The hops are balanced with said malt. They smell quite citrusy and there is a graininess there, too. The flavor is pleasant and balanced. Citrusy and floral hops. Bread and grain malt and a bit of fruity yeast. Has more body than many of this style. Not overly bitter. I enjoyed Botter American and I imagine this is nearly the same beer. Pretty good.

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice slightly hazy orangey-amber with a nice little cap of creamy white head. Nice retention and small sticky lacing. There's a nice bit of citrus and pine hops and a bigger hops blast for the taste. The taste has just enough malt to support it. The body is lighter but not watery with just a little bit of bitter bite on the finish.

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Photo of kevanb
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, best before July 28, 2015, poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

The beer pours a fairly clear apricot color, copper and gold hues, light haze with a thick, white head, about two fingers high that has fantastic retention and leaves behind large striations of sticky and soapy lace. The aroma is pleasant, lightly bitter hops, earthy pine and bright citrus, a touch of fruitiness, but balanced by plenty of cereal grains and pale malt. The flavors are right in line with the nose, lightly bitter pine forward hops, a bit grassy, a touch of citrus peel but ample crusty bread, pale and biscuity malt profile. The mouthfeel is pleasant, decent coating, moderate carbonation that has a tinge of prickliness, mild finish that is a bit dry.


Verdict: A decent session style IPA from 21st Amendment, crushable and moderately refreshing, but for a style that is already dumbing down the IPA, this doesn't really stand out from the crowd. It serves its purpose though, a light, mildly hoppy beer that is good for summer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful amber pour with a fine-grained foam in the Troubadour tulip. Light bodied but with a surprising malty substance. Pleasant hint of mango in the nose. A mouth-filling carbonation with every gulp.

The modest fruity hops give this a very inviting flavor. A hint of apricot and pineapple. It's not very bitter, which seems appropriate for a light-weight brew. Overall this is zesty and refreshing, not too bitter, and reassuringly beery. Definitely one of the best "session" IPAs I've had. From the 12 oz can purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Wash.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy and tropical fruits are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of orange citrus and mangos along with a light amount of bitterness. No underlying malts are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down very easily and is perfectly sessionable. It has some interesting aromas and flavors for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

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Down To Earth Session IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 515 ratings