Back In Black | 21st Amendment Brewery

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3.7/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
21st-amendment.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV varies around 7%.
65 IBU

Added by tpd975 on 11-23-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,131
Reviews:
724
Ratings:
2,430
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
3.1
 
 
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of match1112
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: dark coffee colored body with half a finger of tan creamy head.

s: roasted malts, citrus, pine.

t: starts out roasted then quickly turns to a citrusy hop presence and finishes with a some what dry and bitter finish.

m: seems kinda thin, but that could be because my eyes are telling me this is a stout and it should be thicker. good carbonation with a touch of resin on the finish.

o: very drinkable. wouldnt mind having another. thanks laxer8811!

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Photo of BostonHops
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

pours a dark, cola-like brown with 2 fingers of head... some decent lacing left behind. once settled in the glass it has a look reminiscent of a stout, so it's funny to take in the citrus and pine evident in the nose.

taste is, as you would expect, more malty than a traditional IPA with some roasty elements common of a stout or porter, but the citrus and pine notes are certainly present as well. not bad, actually. medium to highly carbonated with a velvety sort of mouthfeel. mid-range 6.8 ABV is not much of a player, as i could see having a few of these without much trouble. not un upper eschelon beer, and while typically i prefer keeping my roastiness et al confined to my stouts and porters while the big hoppy notes stay in my PAs, IPAs, DIPAs, etc, i'd still say that this one's worth keeping around.

original review on: 07-27-2010

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark, nearly opaque brown with puffy 2 finger head.

S - Some bright hoppiness, grapefruit and pine. Good amount of malt in the background.

T - Much more malty in the taste. Almost drinks like a porter, some rich toasted malt, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. A little bit of hop kick on the end.

M - Smooth, good amount of carbonation present.

Overall - Not a bad beverage at all. Definitely more malty than an IPA (even a black IPA) would suggest, but I found the flavors present good.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of tweeder263
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out from a can a dark brown beer with a fluffy 2 finger head. Has a light cascade hop smell, some malt is evident. Taste is also fairly subdued, hops are fairly noticeable, some slight roasted notes show themselves towards the end. Mouthfeel is nothing special. Overall a drinkable brew,nothing special.

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3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a black hops, this is my fav so far. They call this a hybrid of beers (subtle chocolate, coffee and hops). It's hoppy but a little thicker, deeper, darker and richer than the usual hop beers. Reminds me of a Guinness but you'll be surprised after the hops hit you. 6.8 etoh and 65 IBU's. Good job on diversifying the hop beers, 21st Amend!

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Photo of JimmyTango
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

EDIT: On a second pass at this I found it way too rich. Not sure what makes it an IPA, downgraded to OK.
Original: I liked this better than any of the other Black IPAs I’ve had lately. Very session-able, balanced, roasty and toasty. Med bodied, carmel malty, good hops (but not really IPA level) and a cleanish bitter finish. Check it!

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gotta love shit in a can. Not literally, of course. 12 oz. can from Primanti Bros., poured into a pint glass on April 14th, 2012.

A - Dark semi-clear brown coloring. Huge, 4-finger soapy, whipped tan head. Decent retention, good lacing. Not truly black but close enough.

S - East coast hop profile. Sweet, strong malt backbone adds in a stout-like quality of roasted coffee beans and grains.

T - More of the same really. Blending of light cocktail fruit, sweeter hops, and heavily roasted grains.

M - Light body, medium-high carbonation, semi-sweet finish.

D - Peculiar. Very malt-forward for the black IPA designation but decent contrasting notes of a more mild, sweeter IPA and a lighter, coffee-highlighted stout. Props for creativity.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,430 ratings