21st Amendment Back in Black

21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, California
Back in Black IPA
6.8% ABV
“a Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of the expected”

I’m in New York, and word has it that a blizzard is possible tonight. So, I hit the beer store and picked up a six-pack of Back in Black IPA, 21st Amendment’s latest year-round selection. As you may recall, we sampled a trio of Black IPAs at the Michigan beer fest this year, so I was eager to taste a West Coast attempt for the sake of comparison.

Back in Black is medium bodied and heavily hopped. It has the chocolate malt flavors and sweet coffee elements that one associates with a black ale, but the bitterness of the hops outpaces all elements of sweetness. B-in-B concludes with a sour finish. Unlike other Black IPAs, this one is like a heavy-hitting IPA that just happens to be cloaked in black.

Supposedly this is the first-ever Black IPA in a can?


~ by Perry S. on December 27, 2010.

4 Responses to “21st Amendment Back in Black”

  1. it looks pretty. what is its relationship to, say, nightstalker?

    (sudden revelation: this is now a comic books blog)

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  3. Ooopsies. I thought they’d look like beercans. Instead pithouses? Sorry.

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