Tuesday, June 24, 2014
21st Amendment Brew Free or Die IPA
Brewery: 21st Amendment Brewing
Location:San Francisco, CA
Style: English India Pale Ale
Beer Apostle' Grade: B
West Coast IPAs sometimes get mislabeled for being "all hops and no balance." While there's a time and place for everything on the IPA spectrum, I generally seek IPAs that have a nice malt foundation to help digest some of the bitter hop flavors.
Brew Free or Die IPA was recommended to me by a friend who knows what I like. I rarely turn down an opportunity to try a new beer, so I quickly took him up on the offer!
Appearance: The design on the can is patriotic and fun. I'd like to think the artwork on the can and his country. The beer pours a pale yellow with a nice creamy head.
captures the raw emotion and passion that every American craft beer drinker feels about his beer
Aroma: Fruit odors with a mild malt presence. The hop aroma provides a pleasant dose of grapefruit and earthy notes.
Taste: The citrus hits the palate first, followed by a bready and caramel malt backbone. The back of the palate contains some lemon zest, a dry earthiness, and more sweet caramel flavors.
This is a well-balanced IPA. Sessionable. I enjoyed the paleness of this beer. It's bready with a nice blend of hops and malt that make this beer quite drinkable.
Special shout out to Ryan for sending me this can to check out! Keep 'em coming, buddy!
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