Tuesday, October 26, 2010

21st Amendment Brewery Back in Black IPA

I sat down tonight with a brew from 21st Amendment Brewery.  That's right, this brewery is named after the amendment that overturned prohibition.  This brewery is localized in San Fransisco, but this particular beer was brewed and canned (that right, in a can) in Cold Springs, Minnesota.  Can beer has became a new thing and is growing in popularity, especially with the hipsters.  It is inspired by Paul Revere's midnight ride.  It is a classic American IPA, but only black in total rebellion against the English style IPA.  It is a "Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of the expected."

The malts that were used for brewing are: Rahr Pale Malt, Crystal 45L, Munich, and De-Bittered Black.  Bittering hop is Columbus and aroma hops are Columbus and Centennial.  They dried hopped it with Centennial and Simcoe.  It is 65 IBU at 6.5% ABV.

Aroma:  Smell of sweet roasted caramels, a coffee bitter from the malts, and a face full of hops.  I also smell a dark bitter, sort of like a porter, but with a lot more hops.

Appearance:  The pour is black as midnight with a creamy head that dies down to a creamy layer that sits on top of the beer.  It almost looks like a nitro-pour off of tap and the head stays in-tack to the glass with each sip.

Flavor:  On the tip of the tongue, have this roasted malts, that washes back across the palate.  The bitter from the malts becomes a little sour on the back of the palate.  Very complex malts characteristics, rich and bready.  With each sip, the hops comes out.  I can taste a little grapefruit from the Columbus, but very earthy and piney and not floral at all with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel:  Very full and creamy.  The sour taste sits in the mouth for a while, sort of like a porter, but even better because of all of the hops.

Overall Impression:  The taste that washes back of the palate lingers and lingers.  Very intense hops characteristics and the complex malts will lead me to be intrigued of what else that they have brewed.  I can't wait to try what other treats that they have!

A very smooth beer with a little bit of sourness (to a point that you can hardly tell what it is) that I enjoy.

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