Tasting: May 27, 2011
If you didnâ€™t know, the 21st amendment to our constitution repealed the 18th amendment to the constitution (prohibition). Prohibition remains a perfect example of the unforeseen consequences of cramming virtuous intentions down the publicâ€™s throats (kind of reminds me of today’s proposed healthcare reform). It was held by the “temperance movement” that alcohol was evil and made people do evil things and that in time people would come to realize that truth. Yet â€“ the absence of alcohol spawned organized crime, a period of vast political corruption and a general lack of respect for the law. Iâ€™d like to think that the 21st amendment was a victory of personal freedoms over special interests. Of course these personal freedoms should be enjoyed in moderation.
This ale from 21st Amendment Brewery is packaged in a pretty cool can that caught my eye. It portrays Abe Lincoln bolting his place on Mount Rushmore. Also off the can — 70 IBU with 7% ABV. 21st Amendment Brewery is located in Cold Spring, Minnesota. I know of a Cold Spring Brewery in Cold Spring, MN. Minnesota is brewing hot bed and it wouldn’t be unusual to see multiple breweries in mid-sized cities — but Cold Spring is a small town of only 4,000 people.
The pour is light colored. not much of a head — but a lot of carbonation action . Nose floral and sweetness. First few sips, I get butterscotch — to me not a good trait — some view it as a brewing flaw. To me, sweetness needs to come from grains and even the hops. The rest of the beer gives me bread and a not so pleasant aftertaste. It’s really lacking in depth and character. I’ll give it 65 points.