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Friday, June 24, 2016

21st Amendment Back In Black

92 overall and 73 style scores on RateBeer. 3.75 out of 5 on Untappd. 83 BA score and 72 bros scores on Beer Advocate.

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 a year-round beer available 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.

Alcohol Content

Midnight Black

Bitterness Units (IBUS)

Bittering Hops

Flavor Hops
Columbus, Centennial

Top Fermenting Ale Yeast

Rahr Pale Malt, Crystal 45L, Munich, De-Bittered Black

Recently bought a 6 pack of 21st Amendment Back In Black for $8.99. Yep, I bought it at Savor Pint.

Hadn't had it since early 2013. Thought I have had it many times since then, but I guess I was wrong. Figured over 3 years is long enough to break the not having it streak.

Do really like Brew Free Or Die from 21st Amendment. Had rated Back In Black 4 out of 5 on Untappd the last time I had it.

As with other beers from 21st Amendment, I do like the packaging. The darker colors with the yellow and white do seem to stand out against other packaging.

Certainly beats PBR in terms of packaging.

Actual footage of a PBR swiller doing math.

The only way to greet a PBR dinker.

Did another visit to the Ohio History Center.

The Conway Mastodon

Some smaller Civil War related artifacts.

Civil War drums.

Civil War cannon

Civil War flag

Some artifacts related to Emerson Opdycke of the the 125th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Do really like the colors on the cans/box. Do think it stands out.

Throw in the historical reference to Paul Revere, how could anyone go wrong with Back In Black? Certain people might think of something else.

A rather obscure album by an even more obscure band by the name of AC/DC. PBR swillers will have never heard of of Back In Black or AC/DC.

AC/DC - Back In Black
Attention Pantera fans - This is actual music.

Pantera fans might be more into the Shakira version.

Poured into a Circleville Pumpkin Show glass. Decent head. Plenty of head with just alright lacing. Some roasted malts in the aroma. Citrus notes as well. Aroma is decent.

Taste does have a few things going on. With the dark malts, it does have some stout like notes going on. Add in some citrus and pine. Citrus and pine is a nice counterpoint to the stout like malt. Don't think the IBU of 65 is something that is noticeable. Yes, it does have some bitterness to it. Do think that all the other flavors help cut the bitterness. Actually raised the Untappd rating from 4 to 4.25.

Hipsters Switch To Light Beer Following Increase In Craft Beer Popularity

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Great Lakes Steady Rollin Session IPA

What's on Tap

Inspired by the Great Lakes region (our big backyard), our single hop Session IPA is brewed for days when you can only guess the time based on where the sun sits in the sky.

A vibrant landscape of tropical, fruity Mosaic hop aromas and smooth sailing malt flavors

Fridge Filler Variety Pack



Spicy chicken tacos, fresh salads, and a lazy river

84 overall and 76 style scores on RateBeer. 3.66 rating on Untappd. Beer Advocate lists a BA score of 86.

Recently bought a 6 pack from Savor Pint for $8.99.

Saw Steady Rollin while browsing for new beers. Do like most of the beers from Great Lakes Brewing. Not a big fan of session IPA beers. They always seem to taste like they are watered down. Plus it seems like every brewer has their own definition of what a session IPA is. Is it 4.5% ABV and under? Is it 5% ABV? 5.5% ABV? But why do they always seem to be watered down?

Being watered down is something PBR drinkers are used to drinking.

Like their choice of watered down "heavy metal".

This is the only Pantera that matters.

The band Pantera is the Devil's music.

Recently made a trip to the Ohio History Center. Did have some new exhibits mixed in with some older exhibits.

One of the newer exhibits is the record of escaped prisoners for the Ohio Penitentiary.

Mammoth fossils from Morrow County is another new exhibit.

Another new exhibit is for the journal of John Fisher.

An old fire engine is in a new spot at the museum.

Still have a Lustron Home on display.

Some Civil War related items.

 James Seeva Civil War coat.

 John Grant Mitchell related coat. Mitchell is buried in Green Lawn Cemetery, here in Columbus. His son, Grant Mitchell was an actor.

Austin Church related Civil War coat.

The Adena effigy pipe is one of my favorite items at the museum.

Great Lakes Brewing is one of my favorite beer producers. Certainly in my top 5. Could even be in my top 2 favorite brewers. Columbus Brewing Company is in a fight with Great Lakes on which one is my favorite.

Don't know what to think about all the new artwork that Great Lakes has been using. I know they have been using the updated artwork for awhile, but I still kinda like some of the old artwork they had. But change is good, dollars are better.

4.8% ABV and 50 IBU. Didn't know if 50 IBU, whether it could possibly save Steady Rollin from all the other session IPA beers.

Poured into a plain beer glass. Decent amount of head with little lacing. Some very slight tropical citrus notes.

As with other session IPAs, Steady Rollin does seem watered down. A slight malt presence. Some tropical citrus. Not enough of each to really make it that interesting. The only thing that saves the beer is the bitterness at the end. Bitterness is the only thing approaching a taste that doesn't fade rather quickly. It does linger which is a plus in my book. I place this in with all the other session IPAs, a beer really only worth drinking on a hot summer night. Rated it 3.25 on Untappd.