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21st Amendment and Ninkasi Allies Win the War

21st Amendment Allies Win the War

21st Amendment Allies Win the War

A collaborative brew, this merger between 21st Amendment and Ninkasi is an English Stong Ale. Firmly between a Pale Ale and Barleywine. While it seems to be marketing more as a 21st Amendment brew, it’s not on their website. But it is on Ninkasi’s.

Color is an orange/brown, thin beige head. Malt is a bit on the sweet side with a big hit of hops. Nutty finish. Dates come through even more as it warms.

Busy and tasty. I’d be interested to see more collaborations between these two.

Grade: B

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21st Amendment Back in Black

21st Amendment Back in Black

We return the Black IPA. One of the newer and definitely hotly debated styles. Personally, I like them a lot. The trouble, of course, is the balance. Neither the hops nor the roasted malt can overpower the other. Does 21st Amendment pull it off with Back in Black?

The pour is, indeed, black. The nose is mostly citrusy hops. Thankfully, the roasted

21st Amendment Back in Black

characteristics come through in the taste and the finish. It’s almost like both the roast and the hops get their own part of the show in the finish. Flavor is full of roasted malt, some sweet caramel, and more citrus and pine hops.

Tasty, but the hops are definitely more powerful than the “black”. Not particularly complex.

Grade: B

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21st Amendment Monk’s Blood

21st Amendment Monk’s Blood

How could I resist a beer called Monk’s Blood? This offering from 21st Amendment is also canned. More on that later.

Not red like you might imagine, but more of the brown of a Monk’s Robe, keeping with the Abbey style. While the nose is nothing but sour, it would be nearly impossible to pick out all the subtleties. Cinnamon, vanilla, wood, caramel sweetness, clove spice, sweet malt. There is some sourness at first and at the very finish, but not as much as the smell would have you expect. A ton going on with this one, and at 8.3% ABV, by the time you figure it all out, you won’t be able to figure anything!

The can throws me, though. I took the first couple of drinks in the can and it just didn’t feel right! Too much of the metal taste, as well.

Give it a try and hold on!

Grade: A

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