Description: “Inspired by Paul Revere's midnight ride, we rebelled against the British style IPA, embraced the more aggressive American version and then recast it in bold, brave, defiant black. Our Black IPA is a Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of the expected. Back in Black is our newest year-round beer available now in six pack cans and on draft. Brewed like an American IPA but with the addition of rich, dark malts, this beer has all the flavor and hop character you expect with a smooth, mellow finish." — 21st Amendment Brewery
The tasting: Color was dark brown—not quite black. It had a tan colored head with good retention. Aroma was mostly hops, along the lines of grapefruit. After it warmed up, I could smell the malts. The first flavors I noticed were some roasted malts and coffee. Then the taste of the hops came through and left a slightly bitter aftertaste, which was pleasant. There was a touch of sweetness, that I could have done without. Body was light. Carbonation level was nice. Very drinkable.
Comparison: I've tried two CDA's so far—and liked each of them. Deschutes' Hop in the Dark reminded me of an over hopped Porter. Alaskan Double Black IPA was more of a malty IPA. But Back in Black is unique, in my opinion, because it tastes like a distinct beer style, rather than a combination of two existing styles.
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again. The only reason I didn't award it 5 stars is because of the subtle sweetness. That minor point aside, this is a great beer and I highly recommend that you try it! Men's Journal magazine agrees—they recently called Back in Black one of the 25 Best Beers in the WORLD! My reviews and ratings are not intended to replicate the views of professionals. They're simply a reflection of my personal tastes—nothing more. But my tastes tell me to try more of 21st Amendment's beer soon!
Oh, I almost forget the whole "can" thing. Let's just say this....after trying Back in Black, I CAN say that good beer CAN be CANNED. The moment I poured it into a glass and got a whiff of the aroma, I totally forgot about the can hullabaloo. I think we'll being seeing more cans in the future, so get over your bottled beer snobbery already.
Have you had Back in Black or any of 21st Amendment's other beers? If so, please let me know what you think.