Down To Earth Session IPA
21st Amendment Brewery

Down To Earth Session IPADown To Earth Session IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #4,084
Ranked #20,096
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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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 515
Photo of tasteology408
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome session ipa.i crush these. Tastes just as good as a brew free or die ipa but much thinner and lighter. Sucks it costs just as much but 3% less alcohol. Buy this any day. Drink it again for sure. Love it

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by: 7/28/15.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and fermented pineapple aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, light, and easy to drink.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light orange with a dash of haze and basically no effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy foam which doesn't stick around too long. It's OK.

Smell: sweet malty base with a bit of a fruity hop character. It's no secret I'm a fan of fruity hops; not bad!

Taste: similar to the aroma with sweetish malt and fruity hops, with a bit of a raspy bitterness at the end. It's not bad, but it just doesn't resonate with me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a surprising carbonation considering its lack of visible effervescence. Not bad at all.

Overall: this beer doesn't strongly appeal to me, but it is definitely something that can be quaffed in quantity. Maybe a good tailgate beer?

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours clear and golden yellow in color with a white, finger width head. Fair retention, breaking down to a thin film across the surface. Spotty Lacing.

Smell - Light, mellow pineapple and hints of orange.

Taste - A bit more flavor than what's found on the nose. Prominently orange flavor with touches of pineapple and a fair caramel undertone. Light pith bitterness and a hint of butterscotch in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick, silky texture.

Overall - One of the better layered Session IPA's I've had to date. Most I've had just throw in a plethora of hops and use a very generic malt base, but this one has flavor coming in from all angles, and it all comes together nicely. Great summer option. Will buy again.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color. The head is two fingers high, with a shade veering ever-so-slightly off-white. I like the frothy texture and decent retention; even better, plenty of lacing sticks to the glass. This is a very pretty beer. (4.25)

Smell: The nose presents an interesting fruit quality - it has elements typical to other IPAs (like melon, mango, pineapple, and onion-- ugh, this has Mosaic, doesn't it?), but the way they come together is different than your typical light (NOT SESSION, DAMMIT) IPA, and it earns this some more brownie points from me. As it warms up, I get a touch more caramel malt, and unfortunately, more Mosaic. Still, some credit is due: 21st Amendment did a solid job of coaxing out the good Mosaic qualities (even if they didn't perfectly conceal the bad ones...) (3.5)

Taste: The flavor, though, relishes in those 'stalwart' qualities of my least favorite hop: pure fucking scallion. There are some decent caramel malt flavors appearing on the back end, as well as some lemon notes that appear as this hits the tongue. This beer is quite well balanced in general. I can't go lower than a 3 despite how I dislike this beer's flavor - it's not 21st Amendment's fault I dislike Mosaic hops. (3)

Mouthfeel: Typical small IPA feel: the malt sweetness gives this some needed bulk to make it feel bigger than it really is, but there's still the distant sense this is a light IPA. This beer isn't overly dinky, though, nor does it rely on excess carbonation to cleanse the palate. (3.5)

Overall: I am ready for this Mosaic hop trend to die yesterday. I don't like this beer, BUUUUUUUT, it's a well made example of the style. It really is - the balance is there, and it can be sessioned quite easily. Therefore, this still earns a decent score: I'll never buy it again, but this one will have a lot of fans. More for others... (3.5)

3.35/5: Just because I don't enjoy this doesn't mean you won't!

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Photo of Brew_Betty
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma - lemon, melon, dank pine, onion, light malt.

Flavor - similar to the aroma. Relatively low sweetness and more than anticipated hoppyness at 40ibu.

Feel - impressive body for the style without resorting to excessive malty sweetness. Hops provide a pleasant hoppy finish without getting too bitter.

Overall - I bought this beer by accident and was angry about it until I tasted it.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This pours a light tan-gold in the glass. There’s a subdued, slight aroma of faded orange peel. The flavor is lightly bitter, thinly bodied, with a hint of pine and orange that quickly fades. After a few of these I’m warming up to it, but I don’t see myself picking another sixer up.

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Photo of MUTINY
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, everyone's doing a session IPA or session IPL these days, and I love it. One of the new fads I can def get behind. Also yay cans!

Pours a decent fluffy fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, bit of messy lacing, clear nectar orange color.

NOse nice fruity hops, some citrus, candied orange peel, a little stone fruit, touch of rind, mild toasty sweet like amber malt with hint of caramel, a mild floral hop note.

Taste brings sweet malts out front, more malty than I expected, amber toasty malts, with a little toasty grainy note and a little caramel as well. Then hops, quite fruity, lots of various generic fruits, almost a fruit punch of flavors, hint of citrus, a little rind, candied orange peel notes, pineapple, stone fruit, little tropical fruit, etc. Mild grassy floral hop in the background that turns a little spicy and pretty bitter on the dry finish, a little sticky though, malts are gone or drowned by the fair bitterness and mild fruity hops still lingering behind the spicy hops.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, a little soft, decent a bit lighter carb.

Overall not bad, hop profile has some great notes and some so-so notes, a bit on the amber malty side, but still crushable and enjoyable for sure.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. At less than two weeks old, this is the freshest hop-forward beer I've reviewed so far. :)

LOOK: Clear gold with about a finger of creamy off-white head, and steady streams of visible carbonation. A good amount of lacing is left along.

SMELL: Sweet, juicy, tropical and stone fruits. Mango, peach, and pineapple. The aroma is very similar to Sculpin, though not quite as intense. Subtler notes of citrus, pine, and herbs linger in the background.

TASTE: Initially, there's a pop of hoppy bitterness, immediately followed by the sweet fruity notes present on the nose. Mango, peach, pineapple, and papaya. On the mid palate, more typical citrus notes of orange and grapefruit take over, followed by a glimpse of sweet, grainy malt. The citrusy hop bitterness from the beginning carries all the way through uniformly to the end, where it finishes slightly dry and resiny, although the bitterness is pretty crisp and doesn't linger as long as the taste would suggest.

FEEL: Thin and watery. This is only part of the beer that's slightly disappointing, but I suppose that's to be expected from such a low-abv IPA. I think Bitter American had a slightly heavier body. However, the saving grace is the carbonation, which is pretty crisp and makes the mouthfeel a little more interesting.

Overall: I'm not sure how to compare this to Bitter American, since I've only had this once, but I think this has a better taste and aroma but worse mouthfeel. Overall, this is pretty darn good beer, though, and would be refreshing on a hot day or to quench your hop cravings without getting smashed. It's definitely something I would buy again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Near clear with a light amber color. Modest head that settles to rim bubbles. Only a couple of spots for lace.

Lots of pine and grapefruit to the nose. Clean.

Neutral start with some pale malt. The hop bite comes strong as straight bitterness. Long, lip-smacking aftertaste. Expected body and carbonation.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by 7/15/15.

Appearance: Nearly translucent burnt orange color with a thin topping of off-white suds.

Aroma: Orangey, earthy hops. Touch of sweetness.

Taste: Big smack of hop bitterness upfront that carries throughout and well into the aftertaste. Hop character of earth with a touch of pine and some citrus on the back end. No malt flavor because of the IBU onslaught. Not enough hop flavor (perceived sweetness) to counteract the bitterness. Basically hop water at 4.4% ABV, though true to the style in that regard.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body and highly effervescent. Only average drinkability because of the harsh bitterness.

Final Thoughts: I've had several different session IPAs in the last year and all of them taste basically the same, too bitter and completely lacking any body. This type of palate wrecking does not a session make. Would I drink it again? Probably won't spring for a sixer.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Semi see thru golden brown orange like color with a half inch white head slowly depleting.

Smell - MANGOS! you get hit with huge grapefruit citrus notes up front. smells like mango juice. Not picking up much of anything this smell though. hope the flavor pulls through.

Taste - Not much of a hoppy bite at all..fairly mild with the bitterness as i expected with only a 42 ibu count...super smooth, easy drinking session beer. the nose of this beer says it all....there isn't much complexity to this beer...but at the same time its super drinkable..and tasty..exactly what a sessionable beer should be.

Mouthfeel - Light, crisp, well carbonated perfect spring or summer brew.

Overall...not an INCREDIBLE beer.not complex..very simple...but if I'm sitting outside and trying to enjoy 4 or 5 beers...or 10..haha....this beer would be a fantastic choice...light and refreshing. For a session beer....and thats exactly what we have here, its very good. ( I always rate my beers going based off of the style of beer we are drinking, not my personal taste)

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Photo of Maxbier
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy dark golden color with off white head. Aroma is very tropical, orange-mango and pine. Taste is light body, malt flavor but the emphasis is on the hops; pine, some grapefruit and nice bitter character. A nice session IPA.

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Photo of cbutova
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- 12oz can poured into a giant snifter with a ever so slightly hazy pale copper orange body. A frothy, foamy head is white and forms to over one finger retaining decently. Medium ring drops large pillows as legs but only small sheets stick.

S- Hops make up the vast majority of the aromatics with floral, stone and tropical juicy fruit (especially mango) notes followed by hints of tangerine, citrus, herbs and melon. Lacks just a bit of strength overall.

T- Some of the juicy fruits are lost from the aroma as I find it shifts towards floral, bitter citrus and earthy herbal tones. Oranges, lemon zest, mango, tangerine, pine resin and melon come to mind. Mild pale caramel grains come alive with time and some yeast bread. Later on some fruit esters appear.

MF- Overall the body is rather light on the palate but it foams up with a borderline chewy creaminess. Carbonation moderately high and it packs a clean bitterness that a lot of session IPAs lack (possibly intentionally).

Nothing wrong with this one as it delivers fresh, flavorful hops in the citrus, stone fruit and floral spectra. Certainly not my favorite example of an ever-growing style but solid all around.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the can in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Now that 21st Amendment is distributing to Illinois, I can try the rest of their offerings, having been cut a bit short back in NoVa. This stuff pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, mild pine resin, light orange zest, and some sweet caramel in the back. The taste brings in more of the same, with less caramel and more orange, though now it's shifted to that particular part of the orange, that part right near the rind that gets too much of the peel's white stuff attached to it before you take a bite. You know the part. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this is one of those rare specimens in the "session IPA" genre that actually tastes good, that doesn't come across as a watered-down version of "normal" IPAs. Not bad at all, people.

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Photo of Billolick
3.87/5  rDev +1%
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 JRed
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden body with soapy white head. Fresh aroma of grass, mint, light lemons in the background. Tastes of grass, pine, mint, lemon rind, stale hops, bitterness from middle to end. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Not much malt complexity but to be expected in a session IPA. Doesn't taste as good as it looks and smells.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, Enjoy by 07/19/15. I'm not crazy over any of these session IPA's but this was one of four offered in a beer-store-made mixed 4pack of new 21st Amendment brews to the area, so why not try it
A - pale amber body with a creamy ivory head dissipates quickly to a thin foam
S - plume of citrus fills the room when the can is cracked. Closer inspection hints at juicy orange and mango with some caramel
T - fresh, juicy, tropical, citric: mandarin orange, mango, pineapple, caramel, faint toasted grain
M - thin and watery body, finishes moderately bitter and semi-dry with a bit of pine lingering
O - one of the better session IPA's I've tried, but I'll stick to regular IPA's if I'm craving some hops. I prefer classic lower ABV styles, like pilsner, if I'm in the mood for low ABV rather than one of these watery IPAs. Just my opinion.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and hints of lemon yellow + golden honey highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light beige head that reduces to a pillowy thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/tangerine, floral, and grassy hops over the top of light aromas of grainy + caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy + caramel malts with a light hint of sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/tangerine, floral, and grassy hops which impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very slightly on the thin/watery side.

O: Very refreshing, enjoyable, and easy to drink. Definitely a very nice beer for the summer and one I will likely grab again a few more times. I'll be drinking this one as I grill some food for Easter dinner.

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Photo of mattcrill
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
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

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A fine canned pale ale. The body is a touch lighter than Bitter American and the hops are more floral. The aroma has juicy tangerine and ripe peach from the Mosaic hops with a hint of herbal pine from the Cascade. The flavor veers more toward the classic grapefruit bitterness, with a touch of toasty barley jumping out. Go buy a 6-pack.

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