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Monday, March 4th 2013

Lower De Boom
(21st Amendment Brewery)

21st Amendment's new Lower De Boom Barleywine is another example of good things coming in small packages. The San Francisco-based craft brewery is the first in the industry to go with 8.4 oz. cans and with this being an 11.5% American-style Barleywine it only makes sense. The packaging is actually done with four cans laid sideways so the box looks even smaller on shelves. Small cans yes, small taste no. 

From the 21st Amendment site:

"Lower De Boom is a powerfully balanced American-Style barleywine packed with citrusy Pacific Northwest hops. Chestnut brown in the glass with notes of toffee malt, fruitcake, toast, piney hops and more than a hint of alcohol. Our liquid gold is the first American craft beer in a can offered in the traditional barleywine “nip” size. Perfect to enjoy sipped at the end of a long day. More than that and you might feel like the boom has been lowered on you."

Here we go...

Pour - beautiful auburn color in appearance with an inch of rich, off-white head on top. Viscous coming out of the can with some legs inside the glass. A thing of beauty in the glass.

Aroma - toffee, citrus, caramel, bread dough, stewed apples, grilled pineapple, and pine needles. All served up with some slight eye tingling hints of alcohol.

Taste - certainly a sipper. You'll find that out right off the bat. A cool burn hits the back of the throat as the tongue picks up a boat load of rich, toasty, malty, biscuity, toffee and caramel sweetness. Along the way there are some citrusy notes, muted tropical fruits, and faint butterscotch flavors. Not too boozy but certainly packing some heat. 


Overall - a ton of flavor and intensity is packed into each of these little cans. If your palate is up for the challenge of a huge beer then you'll definitely be pleased with the results this one provides. Potent and pleasureable. 


More from the 21st Amendment site:

"In 1859, Shaun and Nico arrive in San Francisco for the gold rush. Ten years late. That was Shaun’s fault. They stop in Cornelius De Boom’s supply store. Cornelius pegs our boys as suckers and sells them a forged “treasure map.” Shaun and Nico find themselves in a dinghy in the middle of the Bay. “Curse you Cornelius!” Jumping in anyway, Shaun finds two boxes of riches: In one, gold ingots; in the other, a rare and perfectly preserved beer. Suddenly, the dinghy springs a leak! They leave the gold and grab the beer. With this “liquid gold,” they become beer barons. They acquire De Boom Supply and throw Cornelius out the back door. Today whenever anyone gives them trouble, they exchange a look across the pub and say, “Lower De Boom.”

Lower De Boom
Style: American Barleywine
Brewery: 21st Amendment Brewery
San Francisco, California  
United States  
Container: 8.4 oz. can
Malts: Pale, Vienna, Munich, Crystal, De-bittered Black and Belgian Candi Sugar
Hops: Amarillo, Cascade, Warrior
ABV: 9.9%
IBUs: 92
Date: March 4th, 2013

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Labels: Barleywines