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Old 06-21-2011, 11:45 PM   #1
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I can't get 21st Amendment beers at home in CT. I'm in Atlanta for work right now and, after hearing of them on the Brewing Network, decided to pick up a 6 pack of their IPA to take back to the hotel.

Holy crap it tastes like metal. I mean bad. To be sure it wasn't just in my head, I changed glasses and opened another. Same taste and it's not subtle. It's like licking a metal fence or something. I then went and got a Sweetwater IPA (love that beer) just to compare and be sure. The Sweetwater tasted great.

Is it the can? Or did I just happen to get a bad 6 pack (I've opened 5 now and they all have the same taste).

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Old 06-22-2011, 12:18 AM   #2
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If it tastes like metal, I wouldn't blame the can. Oskar Blues stuff comes in cans and tastes excellent. And with macros, you can't taste the difference if you pour it between a can and a bottle.

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Old 06-22-2011, 12:22 AM   #3
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I've had 21A IPA and it's never tasted like metal to me. Maybe you got a bad batch...

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Old 06-22-2011, 12:29 AM   #4
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A metallic taste can't be a good thing. I have had a lot of canned craft, (ska, tallgrass) and have never had one with a metallic aftertaste.

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Old 06-22-2011, 12:45 AM   #5
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I'm thinking I must have a bad batch as well. Just strange that I would get that with the first good beer I ever tried out of a can. Oh well.. My luck I suppose!

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I know there is a movement towards canned beer in the craft scene but i have not been a fan so far. Sly Fox seems to do a decent job on their canned product but the others that i've had, specifically six point, have been disappointing and have had an unquestionable metallic taste to them (if only faint).

with that said, i've picked up a case of 21st amendment bitter amierican in a can and am hopeful that i have a better experience.

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I've had a bad experience or two with canned beer. But, it was more of an issue with cans being damaged either in distribution or by the seller. Mainly, it involved a can or two I. Six packs being dented or punctured to the point the beer suffered. I think both times it was Dale's Pale Ale.

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If it tastes like metal, it was probably left in the heat for too long. That happens a lot.

I agree with other posters that craft beer can taste fantastic in a can if it is handled properly before it gets in your hand.

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Yeah, there is nothing subtle about the metallic taste in this. It's undrinkable (and that is a word that rarely comes out of my mouth!) I just wonder if distribution issues could really cause this. I mean... I've drank bud light and other crap back in the day (early 20's, college, etc) that sat in a cooler for days hot, cold, maybe frozen, hot again, etc. It may have been off the charts ****ty but never had a metallic taste so prominent that it was undrinkable.

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Are you drinking directly from the can or pouring into a glass? Depending on your hotel you may or may not have any decent glasses, but in my experience even a cheap plastic cup tastes miles better than drinking from the can.

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