With winter now behind us comes a new session IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery with its new Down To Earth Session IPA. This new low ABV beer will join the brewery’s year round line up of beers in both 12oz cans and on draft.
Down To Earth is replacing 21st Amendment’s popular Bitter American but continues the story of HAM, the space chimp that was the focal point of its Bitter American cans. We hate to see Bitter American go but the new Down To Earth also comes in at the exact same ABV of 4.4% making this a truly sessionable beer.
The main difference between the two beers is in its hop bill. The new Down To Earth uses Cascade, Mosaic and Warrior while Bitter American used Cascade, Warrior, Simcoe and Centennial. Both beers are 42 IBUs.
From our tasting of Down To Earth we found this beer to be similar to many of the other session IPAs that are entering the marketplace. Creating a hop forward beer with lower alcohol is a challenge and in doing so these beers offer less body but in doing so also allows one to drink a few more of these. It’s an excellent choice for the upcoming summer cookouts or one to have with your lunch but will keep you functioning into the evening hours.
“Down to Earth is the natural evolution (pun intended) of our favorite chimp. It’s the second act of Ham’s story. He’s back home and enjoying some well-deserved relaxation,” explains Nico Freccia. “A tribute to unplanned adventures and unsung heroes, this is the ideal beer to enjoy after a long work day or when you have a full afternoon of play ahead.” In case you missed what HAM’s been up to… here’s a look at his pre-departure training and adventures in space. Read More…
This post was written by D.J. Paul on March 24, 2015