San Francisco, CA - A little while ago, we mentioned the newly released beer from 21st Amendment, Back in Black Black India Pale Ale. Initially released in kegs this, Black India Pale Ale, soon garnered attention, enough to convince the brewery to can and release this beer to thirsty drinkers. Featured next to their Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Ale and Live Free Or Die IPA, Back in Black was a welcome sight amongst the slew of India Black Ales.
As someone who continues to give lip service to this beer style, we had to try this beer. With that said and much as we have done in the past we judged the beer first as an India Pale Ale and second on it's color.
21st Amendment Back in Black India Pale Ale, is a beer that pours dark (with a ridgeline near the bottom of amber) while not allowing any light to shine through it.
As the beer rests a strong and foamy, mocha colored head rests on the surface, which disappears over time leaving a strong, 'antique curtain', of lace inside the glass.
A sip of this beer one cannot help but reminisce about burnt toffee, which gives way to minor fruitiness, before a strong overall earthy hop character takes hold, while still letting in a bready finish. Overall Back in Black, rests on the tongue with a medium to strong weight.
Inspired by Paul Revere's midnight ride, we rebelled against the British style IPA, embraced the more aggressive American version and then recast it in bold, brave, defiant black. Our Black IPA is a Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of the expected.
Back in Black is our newest year-round beer available now in six pack cans and on draft. Brewed like an American IPA but with the addition of rich, dark malts, this beer has all the flavor and hop character you expect with a smooth, mellow finish.
You Should Try. Another in the saga of "is it a Cascadian Dark Ale or an India Black Ale", and while this one comes off tasting more like an India Pale Ale with a identity crisis of color, it's definitely another one to demonstrated we aren't through with this style by a longshot. Don't wait too long though, even if this beer is now apart of 21st Amendments regular lineup.
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About the photos’ author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.
In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.