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RATINGS: 1064   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   IBU: 78   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Deep golden color. Citrus and piney hop aromas. Assertive malt backbone supporting the overwhelming bitterness. Dry hopped in the fermenter with four types of hops giving an explosive hop aroma. Previously known as 21A-IPA.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Clear golden yellow color with a small head. Aroma has some citrus hops and grapefruit. Flavor has citrus hops and more grapefruit. Draft and can, both pretty similar, not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2009
12 oz can. Aroma of citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit, caramel malt. Tastes is fresh with grapefruit and lemony hops, caramel, light pine. Nice body and mouthfeel. Quite a nice IPA in a can.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 28, 2009
12oz can, out of one of their fancy new (?) brown boxes... either way, this seems very very fresh. Pours a deep, hazy copper-orange color; very light tan head, fluffy, with excellent retention, mixed-bubbled lacing; a lot of texture on the top. Huge, juicy, citrus hop aroma: not oranges or lemons, this one shows huge pineapple and grapefruit notes, lime, along with a bit of tangy citrus tartness present from the beginning; a beautiful, very lively aroma; like living in a pink grapefruit. Lively, spritzy in the mouth; plenty of effervescence without being sharp; juicy, generous orange and pink grapefruit bitterness carries things here: lightly oily, very tangy and alive, this tastes like it came straight out of the fermenter; lots of tongue-numbing hops at the front; a delightfully fresh IPA with a nicely dry core; very very impressed by this. If anything, too forward with the pink grapefruit hoppiness - it treads that line. Long-lasting finish of grapefruit, orange bitterness, with a nicely toasty end.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2009 Amber pour with a moderate off-white head. Hops, citrus, and a little sweet aroma. Flavor is hops, smooth and a little malt at the end. Very good stuff in a can.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
keidjxz (183) - Fullerton, California, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Heavy sweet malty aroma with a bit of hops. Huge malt flavor that even overpowers its strong bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Guerde (1218) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2009
(can from bhensonb, thanks!) Pours hazy orange with a thick white head that leaves considerable lacing and retains well. Aroma of grass, a lot of pine, orange, mint, and some caramel as well. The flavor is lightly sweet, with some light orange, grapefruit, pepper, and pine showing up on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and full, with appropriate carbonation. This is alright, but both the hops in the aroma and flavor are very restrained for an IPA. Thanks again Bill!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALCOHOLNIZM (165) - WARWICK, Alabama, USA - OCT 22, 2009
THIS IS SUPER CLOUDY, GOLDEN ORANGE, BEER WITH A TYPICAL CITRUS IPA FLAVOR THAT IS BALANCED WELL WITH A TASTE OF PINE, NICE HEALTHY AMOUNT OF BITTERNESS THAT IS ALMOST BUT NOT QUITE OVER THE TOP. IM A HUGE FAN OF IPA AND NOT SUCH A HUGE FAN OF CANNED BEER, BUT THESE GUYS GOT IT RIGHT, MAYBE THE BEST CANNED BEER IVE TASTED....YET

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
olilitewu (4) - Seattle, USA - OCT 22, 2009 does not count
The high IBU sacrifices the complex flavor that a good IPA should have. The aroma is fine, it is great to smell, but I can’t really seem to find the evidence of "assertive malt backbone" in this beer. Also I think it also seems too highly carbonated, which does not help with increasing flavor. It is a bit overly smooth. Seems like the only thing that prevents me from chugging this is the bitterness. However, the hop characters in this beer allows for some sweet taste after drinking this beer. Overall, I would say 21stA brew free or die IPA feels more like an overly hopped bud lite rather than an IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2009
bottled, medium golden with thick white head, huge grassy/citrus hop aroma with no malt/bread notes, big hop flavors from up front carrying all the way to the end with nice light body, fairly clean/crisp finish with no hop bitters on palate, true hop bomb!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (6042) - Utah, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Orange in color with a light copper head, with a nice lace left on the glass. It has a nice floral aroma that Is backed up with that first sip. This is well balanced with a heavy malt bill to back up the amount of hops.


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