Back in Black is a Black IPA from 21st Amendment Brewing; The same folks who brought us the exceptional Brew Free! Or Die IPA I reviewed not long ago. The packaging (again, fabulously done but not quite as ornate as the box the Brew Free! came in) tells us that this is an Americanized IPA, recast in black. It’s certainly a sweeter, maltier version of an IPA. The nose has a lot of roasty caramel notes. The middle has a lot of caramel and toffee early on, but more piney hops start to come through as it warms…The first hops I’ve tasted in this beer. The finish is slightly bitter, starting with coffee overtones that also change to pine as it warms. It’s an interesting beer, particularly how completely the flavor profile changes from start to finish, but on the whole, I preferred Brew Free! by a substantial margin.
I give it a 3.7 out of 5.