Beer Review: 21st Amendment Down to Earth Session IPA

It sure gets dark early these days. Personally, I hate it. But nothing can soothe the stress of a dark, rainy, trafficky commute home like enjoying a beer while I make dinner. And this one should be pretty easy-drinking, so I have high hopes for an overall nice experience.

21st Amendment Down to Earth is a pretty marigold color, going from can to pint glass in my kitchen. It looks heavily carbonated from all of the bubbly activity going on in there. There’s perhaps one finger of fluffy, off-white foam that’s fairly ephemeral. I get a big nose of fresh, green hops with hints of something fruit and citrusy like orange or pineapple. There’s lots to smell here and I hope this beer delivers on taste.

There’s some decent flavor going on in this session IPA! It’s bright and tropical with some grassy notes from the hops. It’s exceedingly refreshing and not dank at all. This really is an easy drinking beer and I could imagine a nicer, sunnier, warmer afternoon with two or three of these highly crushable 4.4% beers to enjoy while watching the sun set. This would be a great spring or summer beer, yet here we are, stuck in late fall. It’s fairly carbonate, but it suits the beer style.

I loved this and I’d buy and sip a few of these all afternoon. Five out of five frosty, relaxing mugs.

Review: 21st Amendment Brewery Brew Free Or Die IPA

Oh, nothing. Just hanging out on a Christmas Eve and making caramel sauce. Like you do.

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While babysitting a pot full of molten sugar, I decided to grab a brew from my fridge. I had a single can (yes, a can! let’s talk about cans!) of this in the fridge and cracked that bad boy open. Some people turn their noses up at canned beer, but I have never had the problem of my canned tasting tinny or off. What’s great about cans is that they are air-tight and allow no light through – so no skunked beer! Plus, cans weigh less so they’re easier to transport, making for a smaller carbon footprint in the end.

This IPA pours a deep honey golden color – maybe a little cloudy – with a sturdy white head that slowly sinks. The nose is fresh, with an emphasis on floral hops all the way. There’s a hint of citrus, too, I could swear. It’s green, even. Piney maybe.

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The first taste is sweet, surprisingly sweet, with malt and caramel flavors with a background note of piney hops. This is a bold, west coast style IPA for sure. Those piney hops really do it. There’s a drier finish to it that is sharp without being unpleasant.