Of all the beers I got in NYC in my huge beer haul I decided to start with THIS one!? Yup. I've heard pretty good things about 21st Amendment Brewery, and I'm a Libertarian Constitutionialist Conservative Historian and something of a hophead so naturally this beer appeals to me. One of the few IPAs in a can I've reviewed on the show. Let's see how this beer turned out:
3.6AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Bright orange, mostly clear with slight hop haze. Forms a generous, white, frothy head - retains well and leaves decent lacing.
Smell: Orange citrus and slight tropical fruit. Some tea leaves evident as well.
Taste: From beginning to end there is noticeable bitterness to the palate, but there’s also noticeable taste. Orange and tangerine citrus flavors combined with light addition of mango gives it a slightly juicy flavor. There’s also a distinct tea-like maltiness to impart subtle sweetness, maybe even to dry out the palate a little. Despite all these flavors, this is not exactly a super robust beer, as the overall taste weakens rather quickly and the palate becomes much less bitter than it started. Nothing off-putting about it at all, though.
Mouthfeel: Most carbonation is gone just a few swigs in. Not what I would consider a crisp palate, but not thin, either. Perfectly medium-bodied. Head adds a touch of creamy-like texture. Slight dryness in the aftertaste, but easily tolerable.
Drinkability: The can indicates this beer is 70 IBUs, but I’d estimate it much lower. Brew Free drinks more like a traditional pale ale than an IPA, as it’s somewhat refreshing while it’s in the mouth. I suppose it could stand up to a fairly average dinner, but probably not ideal for anything spicy or bold. The 7% ABV is perhaps a tad higher than the body would indicate.
Overall, a good IPA but it doesn’t do anything to make it stand out among the style. I’d definitely recommend it for less experienced drinkers or those who aren’t fans of hops.