Saturday, April 9, 2011

21st Amendment Brew Free! Or Die IPA

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:

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (624) - Albany, USA - APR 9, 2011
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.

Grade: 7/10

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