Beer Wednesday – Back in Black
Welcome back to Beer Wednesday! This week I’m really happy to be reviewing 21st Amendment’s black IPA, ‘Back in Black.’
The rich head and deep color certainly suggest much more than the style, American IPA, would, and wow was I ever glad to be wrong. “Back in Black” is a full, flavorful, hoppy ale, with little of the bitterness that can be so prevalent in Americans, and especially in traditional IPAs. Instead, 21st Amendment figured out how to blend the hoppiness of an ale with the flavor depth of a porter.
While I haven’t had it, I imagine that this is what Guinness was going for when they released their black lager (not vegan-friendly, BTW).
At just 6.8% ABV, Back in Black is a really drinkable beer, without the heaviness of a porter or stout, but with the depth of flavor that you would hope for from the same. If this were a stout, I’d be upset, but as an ale, I couldn’t be much happier.
As a side note, I love the artwork on 21st Amendment’s cans, and, to be honest, if their beer were mediocre (which it totally isn’t) the cans would make it worth my while.