Back in Black

American Black Ale 21st Amendment Brewery


Back In Black, an American Black Ale by 21st Amendment Brewery

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Back in Black is an American Black Ale brewed by 21st Amendment Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip pint glass from a can.


The dark malt gives the brew its mahogany color. A finger-thick head of tan foam lingers briefly and leaves but a spittle of residue on the glass.


The aroma is floral with a slight sweetness of caramel.


A hop-forward palate is backed subtly by roasted malt and finishes semisweet with dark chocolate.


The feel has a medium body with moderate carbonation.


The Back in Black is an enjoyable brew and one that steadily improves as the beer warms when the dark malt becomes more pronounced.

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About the American Black Ale

The American Black Ale may also be referred to as a Black IPA or a Cascadian Dark Ale, and the ales of this style range in color from dark brown to pitch black. Its palate features malty notes of light to moderate roast and are often very hoppy from a liberal use of American hops. Its alcohol can range from average to high depending on whether or not the brewery is crafting a “Double” or “Imperial” version. Historically, this is a relatively new style. Depending on whom you speak with the style either originated in the late nineties or after the start of the new millennium.