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Monday, March 30, 2015

21st Amendment Down To Earth Session IPA

85 BA score on Beer Advocate. No official scores on RateBeer as of this post. But on 7 ratings, it is 3.33 out of 5.

Down to Earth is the natural evolution (pun intended) of Bitter American, our original session ale. We thought it would be fitting to bring our space chimp home and let him chill. Whether you have a long mission behind you or a full afternoon ahead, this session IPA will help keep things real. More relaxed than an IPA, but with all the hop aroma and flavor, Down to Earth is our tribute to unsung heroes and unplanned adventures.
Down to Earth is available year-round in six-pack cans and on draft and pairs nicely with a variety of things, including lunch.

Alcohol Content
4.4% by volumeColor
Pale GoldBitterness Units (IBUS)
42Bittering Hops
WarriorFlavor Hops
Cascade, MosaicYeast
Ale YeastSpecial Ingredients
Golden Promise, Munich Light, Crystal 45, Caramalt

Down to Earth is an updated version of another 21st Amendment beer.

87 BA and 88 Bros scores on Beer Advocate. 91 overall and 91 style scores on RateBeer.

What is the best music option to pair with Down To Earth?

If you said Pantera, than you are wrong.

And you people need to be off my planet.

The only option is the deluxe edition of Down To Earth by Rainbow.

Rainbow - Since You've Been Gone.

C'mon, it's one of the best lineups of Rainbow. Graham Bonnet on vocals, Ritchie Blackmore on guitar, Cozy Powell on drums, Roger Glover on bass and Don Airey on keyboards.

Let's see, various members of Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Michael Schenker Group and Alcatrazz. Not too shabby.

Rainbow - All Night Long

Picked up a 6 pack for $8.99 at Savor Pint. Brew Free! or Die from 21st Amendment is in my top 10 of beers.

One of my big complaints against session beers are that they tend to have a rather thin body. Meaning they tend to seem a bit watery to me. For a session IPA, some flavors seem to be right, while others seem to miss the mark. Session IPA beers tend to be good on the bitterness, but not so much on the citrus. While I tend to like bitterness, do wish session IPAs had a tad more citrus to them.

There is one group of people that should be used to bitterness.

Those people would be Cleveland Indians fans. Indians fans seem to be more bitter than day old coffee.

Their best player existed in a movie.

This is the most often used line used about a Cleveland Indians fan. They get around. Hell, they are bitter people and need some "stress relief" to ease the bitterness.

Indians fans are also a very awkward type of person.

Of course, don't ever mix Indians fans with Reds fans. Look what they did to the poor Phillies guy. Have they no soul?

Both groups try to make up for their lack of baseball taste with a lack of beer taste.

Yep folks, all PBR drinking hipsters should be put down. At least spayed or neutered.

PBR is good for one thing though.

Giving calories to damn hipsters to want to move into the same production room as I work in. They have to pedal a bike to power the computer. Doesn't sound so good now does it?

Do have to admit that I like the color scheme on Down To Earth. Even like the chimp on the can as well. Who doesn't like a medium sized ape that could possibly rip your face off if they had the chance? Wish the Indians had that type of power. Maybe, if they did they would be able to swing a bat to hit a ball to score some runs.

Indians have heard stories about winning streaks. The stories have been passed down from generation to generation. Those stories have entered myth status now.

Poured with a decent enough head. Actual pretty decent lacing. Aroma does have some citrus notes to it. Some pine like hoppiness to it. A bit of malt as well. Taste does some a bit of cracker like malt to it. Some lemon like citrus to it. Pine like citrus comes in at the backend. The bitterness seems to betray the lower 42 IBU. Seems to be a bit higher. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Just wish citrus was a little bit more upfront than what it is. As with many other session beers, body is a bit thin. Does seem to be a bit watery. It is a decent drinking beer though. Rated it 3.5 out of 5 on Untappd.

21st Amendment Hell Or High Watermelon

76 BA and 80 bros scores on Beer Advocate. 30 overall and 58 style scores on RateBeer.

Like Lady Liberty, we stand for independence and perseverance. In the pursuit of innovative beer, there is no obstacle too great. No journey too long. No fruit too gigantic. This American wheat beer is brewed with real watermelon, for a flavor that’s surprisingly crisp, dry and refreshing—summer in a can.

Hell or High Watermelon Wheat is our summer seasonal beer available from April through September in six pack cans and on draft. We start by brewing a classic American wheat beer, which undergoes a traditional secondary fermentation using fresh watermelon. A straw-colored, refreshing beer with a kiss of watermelon aroma and flavor.

Alcohol Content
4.9% by volumeColor
Pale StrawBitterness Units (IBUS)
17Bittering Hops
Top Fermenting Ale YeastFlavor
100% Fresh Watermelon PureMalts
Two-Row Pale, White Wheat

Bought a single can today at Savor Pint. Been avoiding this one like people at work. Figured it was time to give it a chance.

Wanted to know if it worse than a certain goat urine beer.

Or even worse than what is played by a certain "mlb" team.

Last good Indians player was Rick Vaughan, and he was fictional.

So the Indians have a Cy Young award winner.

Cy Young is dead.

Been dead since 1955.

Cy Young is dead and still can throw a baseball better than what the Indians can.

Maury knows whats up.

Pittsburgh Pirates do have a MVP player. Andrew McCutchen puts on a baseball clinic everytime he plays. The Indians should take notes.

He is so good, he floats along the bases.

Take that you mother fudger Indians fans.

What the Pirates fans are doing to the Indians fans.

Never been much into the fruity beers. Never saw much of a point to them. Firstly, I consider them girly beers. Much like PBR. Secondly, any beer that has to add fruit to it makes it seems like it is trying to cover up a bad beer. Thirdly, fruit beers tend to be drunk by a certain scary crowd - damn hipsters.

They also use special hipster soap. What a waste of bacon and beer.

While I usually like beers from 21st Amendment, there are some beers from them that I don't care for. Monk's Blood is an example. Have a feeling this will be another one of those oh god why beers.

Any beer that has watermelon in it is rather suspect. Who thought watermelon to beer was a good thought.

Have a feeling that person was on drugs. Or something even worse, PBR.

Poured with a fizzy head. Have I mentioned that I'm not a fan of fruity beers? Have I also mentioned that I'm not a fan of wheat beers either? Both are scourge of the earth. Beer is extremely cloudy. Aroma is something I don't know how to describe. Smells like 2 day old vomit. Taste is not any better.

Tastes like someone dumped some watermelon jolly ranchers into a PBR. But only worse. Can't believe someone actually brewed this. Gave it 0.5 on Untappd. Would give it a negative rating but that isn't posiible.

This beer even makes Johnny Cash mad.

Current Reading;
Meet You In Hell.

I have been to Henry Clay Frick's grave in Homewood Cemetery in Pittsburgh. Yep, there are cemeteries in other parts of the country.