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A Terrible Idea | 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by Mleblanc25:
Photo of Mleblanc25
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of Apple78
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of petewheeler
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can. 21st. Amendment/Fieldwork brewing

A pineapple and orange juice look except for the white, frothy foam top that holds on tight, drops off with some nice sticky lacing.

Smells like spritzy citrus juice. Orange, pineapple and tangy vodka somewhere in there. The hops have a very, dry and sour earthy range, dried leaves and crispy chared wheat with an herbal blend rounds out the nose.

East meets West...coast! A Terrible Idea doesn't taste like a terrible idea. Luckily, the combo, of grainy, golden but medium bodied malty side gives you that beefy malt feel with crispy edges. The hops are also the perfect blend of East/west. Dry and bitter, higher alpha acidic effect melds with pineapple and citrus, tropical East coast thing. Dry and juicy hops, sharp grapefruit bite, long citrus and black pepper hit ends with a certain dry-grainy style taste meld.

Overall...not such a bad idea.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours hazy and orange in color with an off-white, finger width head. Good retention before dying down to a thin, consistent layer of suds with a frothy ring around the edges. Great amount of lacing which decorates the glass in sheeting, broken lines and small spotting.

Smell - Orange, pineapple and some crackery malt sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Moderately juicy notes of orange and pineapple with a strong crackery malt sweetness. Touch of papaya. Hint of grassy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a smooth finish.

Overall - Decent juiciness, but not especially deep in the flavor. It's a good addition to the variety pack; I just wish they replaced the Blood Orange instead of the Back in Black.

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Photo of woodchip
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drkiwibird
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easy drinking hazy IPA. Got this beer in their IPA variety 15 pack, I got it for 16$ which is a pretty good deal if you like IPAs but don't want to spend too much

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gavilan
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stofko1992
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChuckTom
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RyanK252
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours hazy golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to nice layer and leaves some light lacing.

S: Bubble gum, pine, a little citrus, faint tropical fruit, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Bubble gum, citrus, grapefruit, lemon, and orange, spicy pine, herbal notes, eucalyptus, a little tropical fruit on the back end, passion fruit peach, papaya, and a hint of melon, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness. Something in there comes through as kinda chemical and soapy.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I had some high hopes for this one given the two breweries involved, but it's a letdown. Hop flavors just don't come off right. Just like the triangle wheel, let's just move on and pretend this never happened.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MKrauss
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BB1313
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a "Hazy IPA". 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy and cloudy golden with bubbles racing upwards; fluffy eggshell white head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have some orange along with some pineapple and melon. Malts are there. The flavors have a nice amount of watermelon leading the way. Some citrus in the mix. Some fresh grass. Nice hop flavors with a solid hop bitterness. It's not too sweet. Nice malt backbone. Finishes juicy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid "hazy IPA". It drinks like a beer and not fruit juice. Solid hop aromas and flavors. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. It's probably even better than my "numerical score" might indicate. I like it.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks and smells good, with a big, lacy white head above the opaque neon orange brown hue. Nose is rife with tropical flavors and hop oil.

Flavor mirrors the nose with juicy, tropical, oily notes from stem to stern. Unfortunately, the texture, particularly at the top of the sip falls a bit flat. A little graininess mars the aftertaste. Not bad, but not among the best in the style.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 fl oz can on September 3, 2018. Delicate malt clouds and juicy notes of peach, orange, mango and pineapple.

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Photo of baklo
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can

Pours a silky one and a half fingers of creamy white head into my tulip. The head looks wonderful. Head retention is above average so far, gotta love that specialty malt. Wonderful initial lacing. Body is what would be expected, hazy, looks like an orange milkshake. So far the beer looks really nice.

The nose is super juicy and citrusy, mango, lemon. Dank hops, earthy, zesty. Wheat/oats are present. I'd be surprised if there was lactose in here, it's a very clean, bright smelling hazy, this is how it's done. None of that musty shit you find in this style. Overall it smells very very good.

Unfortunately the flavor is not quite as bright, dank, citrusy, or crisp as the nose. Very malt forward, hard to taste anything else. Not extremely sweet from any lactose, but getting a pretty heavy dose of something like Marris Otter or similar, along with the heavy presence of wheat/oats. Honestly there are very few flavors to pick up on hop wise. I'll let it warm, but this is disappointing.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Relatively thick body, medium carbonation. Bitterness is pretty low, and doesn't linger, sigh, that's the style I guess. Besides the obvious bastardization of the IPA style, and lack of kettle hops, and therefore bitterness - the body is good.

The drinkability is pretty good. Not over the top delicious, but whatever.

The appearance turned out pretty fantastic. The head lasted quite a long time, and I got nice, thick lacing down the glass.

The taste did not improve, and overall, yeah I don't know what happened here. No canning date, but bought from a reputable store. Newish beer, so I doubt it's that old. Not very impressed here.

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Photo of brewme
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked-up a six-pack of cans for about twelve dollars at Bradford's in Plymouth. Have had a couple of brews from these guys before. The name is appropriate, as this is not good.

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

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of matcris
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

LOOKS: A hazy, sort of burnt oj, with a finger of white foam that lasts, and leaves a fair lacing.
AROMA: Smells just like a SN Hazy Little Thing IPA. Over ripened citrus and some tropical fruit. Slight astringency.
TASTE: Ditto, just like a SN HLT, except a bite more of that astringent bite. Bitterness fairly mild.
FEEL: Medium-ish body, dry, a little sticky, and full on carbonation.
OVERALL: Between the two, I'd go with HLT.

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