“Inspired by Paul Revere’s midnight ride, we rebelled against the British style IPA, embraced the more aggressive American version and then recast it in bold, brave, defiant black. Our Black IPA is a Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of the expected.” 21st Amendment Brewery San Francisco, CA Yes I realize I should be creating this review entirely on my own but I really dig the above quote from 16th Amendment. It really fits the bill, especially when you consider that this beer comes in a can. Yep! Finally a really good craft beer that comes in a 16oz. aluminum can! Cans are convenient, you can take them with you fishing or tail-gating or just chillin’ with friends. In my opinion the best way to enjoy canned beer is to chill it in a cooler of ice. Up until I discovered Back in Black about a month ago (thanks, Mike!) it seemed that the only canned beer was the lighter stuff. Back in Black is dark and heavy. It is very drinkable and full of complex flavors and is a splendid addition to the canned beers out there. I am truly psyched to see more quality beers in cans. As for Back in Black specifics it is 21st Amendment’s year-round beer available in six pack cans in our area. Brewed like an American IPA but with the addition of rich, dark malts, this beer has all the flavor and hop character you expect with a smooth, mellow finish. I usually drink from the can but I poured it into a pint glass for the review. Back in Black pours an almost pitch black color but ends up being a very, very dark brown. Hints of some red are in there as well. It pours a fluffy white head at about two fingers high. The lacing is perfect and lingered on the glass long after I began to drink. The aroma of roasted malt hit me first, followed by hoppy citrus and grapefruit and a small amount of sweet chocolate. When I took my first sip of this beer it had the typical aluminum can hint of metal. But the outstanding flavors of the beer quickly overpower the metal and in no way ruin the flavor. Toasty and roasted malt comes in followed by the sweetness of chocolate and caramel. In the middle, a taste of grapefruit comes through. The finish leaves a bit of a coffee taste on the tongue. The taste of this brew is delicious. The mouthfeel is almost chewy; thick and smooth. All in all I think this beer is so damn good that 21st Amendment could put it in plastic bottles and it would still be awesome. As for those who still doubt the existence of great beer in a can… I think hell just froze over.