April 25, 2010

Brew Free or Die IPA

This is my second experience with 21st Amendment. Brew Free or Die IPA is unlike any IPA I've had before. Pours a hazy golden-yellow (not deep orange... the photo is a little dark, sorry) with a thick white head. Huge citrus on the nose, grapefruit, pine, apricot, and even a little mango. I was amazed how the "citrus" aromas of this brew were different than so many others of the same type. Prickly carbonation on the tongue, making it very refreshing, but leaving a sticky feeling in the mouth after each sip. It left some nice, thick lacing down the glass. From looking at the can, you'd think this beer would be in your face, at 7% ABV and 70 IBU's. However, this has got to be one of the most subtle IPA's out there. You can't tell that it's 7% at all, and as for the bitterness, it practically isn't there. If you were a real stickler for IPA's, you may consider Brew Free or Die to be "bland", seeing as it doesn't have the kick most IPA's are known for. But, if you enjoy beer as much as I do, you'll enjoy this interesting take on the style.

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