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Brew Free Or Die IPA | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Brew Free Or Die IPABrew Free Or Die IPA

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
BREW FREE! OR DIE IPA is brewed with some serious west coast attitude. This aromatic golden IPA starts with three different hops to the nose, quickly balanced by a solid malt backbone supporting the firm bitterness. Our top selling beer at the pub, this IPA starts big and finishes clean leaving you wanting more.

Added by stevoj on 03-01-2014

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Photo of Gajo74
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had it on tap at Beer Shop and Tasting Table NYC.
Pours a clear golden color, modest head and a patchy, slightly sticky sudsy lace that deactivates after each sip.
The aroma is primarily hops forward; piny, resiny and slight hints of mango and orchard fruit. The toasted malt is faint and in the background.
The taste is hops forward and on the high side moderately bitter. Piny and grapefruit like. Finish is resiny and dry and leaves a lingering herbal bitterness. However, as the drink warms, some of the malt backbone comes through and provides a sweetness for balance.
Light side of medium bodied, softly bar panted but crisp. Easy to drink.
A decent IPA.

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Photo of StringsAreWings
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a transparent gold with the slightest haze. Nice 2 finger head slowly recedes to a few clouds atop the surface mist with a thicker than expected halo. Beautiful lacing.

S: Wow this smells great. Something is slightly off though. It's hard to explain but a nose of grapefruit and malt with a slightly off scent that is kind of bread meets caramel. I think it's the yeast they used.

T: Taste is great up front. More of that grapefruit and sweet yeast. Slightly bitter though with a lingering somewhat boozy taste...but the grapefruit is still big in the aftertaste too. I like it though.

F: Perfect medium carbonation with a slightly too dry finish.

I think I would buy this again. I wish the finish was a bit wetter and that there was a tad more sweetness (versus bitterness) to balance out the fruit and hop profile. A really good beer though.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a can at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer pours with a pretty big head that dissipates into some patchy lacing and nice retention. Generally amber-yellow appearance and pretty clear in the light. Aromas include spiced hops and some piney citrus with yeast. Taste is pretty decent with a medium citrus sharpness. Mouthfeel helps to make the drink well carbonated and refreshing. Overall, well rounded across all dimensions.

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Photo of brewale4me
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance It pours clear gold with a white fluffy head.

Smell citrus with a piny background .

Taste hop forward with a biscuit background .

Mouth feel medium body clean finish.

Overall it is a good beer and a good representation of the ipa style.

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Photo of babaracas
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold, one finger of soapy white head, spray sticky of lace down the glass. Smell: mildly floral, pine needles, lemon rind, notes of apricot jam and janky astringency. Taste: sugared grapefruit, pine, green herbal note, sugary pale back. Medium-plus bodied, creamy feel ends quickly in astringent finish. Straightforward C-hop IPA yet rough around the edges.

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Photo of HiWire
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellow with 1 finger head. Smell earthy and tea leaf. Tastes of tea leaf and sweet malt. Finishes a mild bitter. Good mouthfeel and lacing.

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Photo of mac31
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the more subtle and balanced IPA's out West. Subtle, sweet malty entry. Malts are clean and cracker-like with a hint of honey detected. Sweet malt backbone transitions to a relatively hoppy bitter finish. The hops, too, are subtle. Hops are floral, moderately spicy, herbal, with a touch of grapefruit. A big flash of clean bitterness in the finish. That bitterness makes its presence known then dissipates, leaving you ready for the next sip. The sweetness of the malt seems to wash away the finishing bitter in this brew. I love that about this beer. Trace bitterness lingers on the palate. Cereal grains in the finish. Body is thin. Carbonation is low, which I enjoy as well.

This beer is by no means an earth shattering, mind blowing beer that will alter your life after having. But what it is is one of the most sessionable 7%, 70IBU beers that you can have of ANY style. The hallmark of this beer (and really any great beer) is the drinkability. I buy a sixer of this beer a couple times a year to be reminded of the above. One of my favorite year around IPA's. This beer really shines when your engaged in outdoor activities. It's also a beer that I like to introduce to people who think they don't like IPA's.

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Photo of FinestCityBeerGuy
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Pleasant combination of hops/fruit/malt. Medium-bodied aroma of fruits, sweet purple grape and bitter grapefruit.

Flavor: Significantly hop-forward, although malt character is pleasant. Malts are more of charred/caramel flavor, not much fruit, aroma had more fruit character than flavor.

Mouthfeel: light-bodied, not very heavy coming in at 7%. Gets fairly bitter after a few swishes, but sweet enough to enjoy.

Overall: A bit too bitter for my palate. This IPA would be exponentially better with more fruit/citrus flavor. Still, just opened the first of a 6pack, and I'm satisfied to drink the rest, at least as a casual drinking-while-watching-TV-after-dinner treat.

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Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, gold color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of fresh citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of earthy malt, and resin. Fits the style of an American American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of fresh citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of earthy malt, and resin. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy/hazy yellow golden color with white head. Citrus, pine, and some floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes much like it started. Decent but average IPA.

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper/gold look. One inch head with an aggressive pour into pint glass. Smell of aggressive hops, some pine, faint citrus and tropical fruit. Tastes follows the nose almost exactly. Oily mouthfeel, but finishes dry. Very easy to drink. Nothing offensive. If you are a hop head, you'll really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of gandres
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured to glass enjoy by 05/07/2016
Appearance: Light yellow, a bit hazy, medium head, some lacing
Aroma: Very good, Hoppy
Taste: Very Good, bitter but balance with malty flavors
Mouth feel: Creamy
Overall: Very good IPA
Drank March 6, 2016

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I first experienced the 21st Amendment Brewery last summer (2015) and tried their Back in Black which I really liked. I haven’t tried this IPA until now. It is like a 70 minute IPA…7.0% ABV and 70 IBUs. They use Columbus hops for bittering and finish with Centennial and Cascade.

Look-It pours a harvest gold color with some brilliant orange and light copper hues. There is a mild hop haze attenuating what would otherwise be clearer. The head is fluffy white foam that diminishes quickly, but leaves some sticky thin white lacing on the glass.

Smell-The aroma is strong hop bitterness up front with plenty of malt sweetness. But if you take a big careful whiff you’ll pick up on some mango, citrus, orange, and clementine.

Taste-The taste isn’t as complex as the nose indicated. However, I still do pick up on the orange citrus and some hints of mango and pineapple, but the malts are a bit stronger than the hops. I’m not complaining, but just making a note. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a bit syrupy, but not overwhelmingly sweet.

Overall-It is a great beer, but not the best. I’d definitely drink this many more times, but perhaps only under the right circumstances. Cheers!

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can marked best by 5/4/16. Pale orange color, two fingers of fluffy white head. Smells of west coast hops - notes of pine and citrus. Soft and light feel. Taste is mostly hops and hop bitterness, though it's not as bitter as I expected given the 70 IBU. A good, balanced IPA.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: February 28, 2016... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: the Oscars, while staving off what seems to be a virus haunting our home... APPEARANCE: a robust orange amber body with fissures of bubbles blasting upward... the head is snow-white, lush and creamy, with thick cumulus pillows clinging as the glass drains..... AROMA: bright, brilliantly bitter citrus--orange peel, grapefruit, and melon make a powerful entrance...the pine and resin are earthy and righteous... nice caramel and bread suggests a balanced profile... PALATE: smooth, creamy and highly drinkable... the draw is biting at the teeth, and the finish lingers with zest and weight... at 7% ABV, the right amount of drinkable for a session or a stand-alone... TASTE: the citrus and pine soar, with enough fruitiness from the orange and melon to make this definitively West Coast... the caramel is strong, and the balance is struck--this could be an all-day sipper... OVERALL: definitely a nominee for best IPA, as it explodes with flavor, balance, strength and drinakbility--paradoxes that nonetheless are apropos.... delicious hoppiness, and the epitome of what is the stereotypical BIG IPA....

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Photo of DavidS333
4.64/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brew Free or Die, is a tasty ale. Its relatively high alcohol and IBU count lend it a nice double/imperial quality.

Its color is sort of harvest gold, its smell is crisp and refreshing, the head is somewhat minimal, perhaps in keeping with this style of beer.

Its body is refreshing and on the medium to light side I would say. The taste has the sort of hop shell phenomenon going on, with the sort of interior of the hoppy shell having a sort of gingery zing/citrusy quality to it that is very crisp, tasty, and refreshing.

That this beer can be found in can multi-packs is pretty cool I think, and I think its a great beer; refreshing, crisp, hoppy, flavorful, a nice body and color and a nice silkiness to it.

For similar beers, this beer/ale brings to mind the Double/Imperial IPA "Resin" by Sixpoint Brewery.

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Photo of AdamAlway
1.87/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

L: Orange with slight cloudiness sporadically throughout. Cream colored large head with lots of lacing that dissipates quickly leaving an semi-opaque layer on top.

S: Mostly bitter up front with a sharp sweetness in the background. Lots of orange and hops and when I breathe in deeper distinct grapefruit and mango comes through.

T: Very disappointing, flat taste of bland, bitter hops. It seems a lot of the great flavors were spent on the smell.

F: Dry and light with a good amount of carbonation. Feel takes a hit due to the taste.

O: Very intriguing until the flavor. Obviously that really drops my opinion here. Below average IPA with no creativity.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours clean medium golden with finger white head, lots of lacing. Citrus pulp and cracker malt aroma. Balanced IPA that has light malt sweetness and citrusy hops. Semi dry bitter finish. Medium soft mouthfeel. Solid, balanced IPA I would drink again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Brew Free or Die is a solid IPA. It poured a hazy yellow with thin white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is bitter hops with a pine lean. The taste is bitter with a pine resin presence. The Mouthfeel is fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it's agood beer.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st Amendment Brewery - Brew Free Or Die IPA. 7% ABV. 12oz can poured into snifter. Enjoy by 3/31/16.

Look: Pale orange unfiltered looking body, with a white finger sized head from aggressive pour.

Smell: Floral hops, sweet and toasted malts, and juicy fruits.

Feel: Light body, smooth and carbonated.

Taste: A lot of bitter hops and piney resin up front, with some sweet toasty malt and juicy fruit following it. Finishes sweet and bitter.

Overall: Pretty good malt and hop balance, nice balanced finish, but also pretty bitter throughout; I've had less bitter double IPAs.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. can that says Enjoy by 12/19/15. Sampled on Jan. 21, 2016 so it is more than a month past date.

The color is nice with its slightly hazy orange-yellow and lingering off-white head.

The aroma brings out some floral and fruity characteristics with a but of toasted malt underneath.

Medium body.

Good floral, fruity hop bitterness in the taste but also a mild to moderate sweetness from the malts.

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Photo of do_ob
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into a New Belgium snifter. Medium gold in color, with good clarity despite a somewhat unfiltered look. About 1 finger of white foam on top initially that bubbled down to a lacing after a couple minutes. Mild aroma, yet well balanced. I get bready malt, grass, grapefruit, mango, and peaches on the nose. Fairly sweet up front on the taste with nice notes of sweet tropical fruit present. A little bitterness creeps in middleways, and by the finish, it's an all-out battle between malty, sweet fruit and citrusy, bitter hops. Great feel; this beer is very smooth and drinkable.

Overall, pretty darn good. It's maltier than I'd prefer, but it is balanced very well.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unique IPA from San Fran. Not your typical west coast IPA, boasting a very floral fragrance. Hop does not bite as much as your traditional west coast IPA, with a tropical fruit essence. The malt backbone does not back down to the hoppiness, creating a very enjoyable balance. Will try again!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$ 18/12pack ($ 0.125/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA
Can BB 1/1/16 at 42 degrees into shaker
Aroma of some flora and some citrus peel
Head enormous (10 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to heaped frothy layer
Lacing good – thick frothy partial rings
Body medium yellow, slight haze
Flavor starts moderately bitter with some malt coming through; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance 3.75: Light golden color with a good head (1/2"). Excellent lacing.

Smell 3.75: Very nice nose. Pineapple, mango, chlorophyll.

Taste 4.25: Front is somewhat dry, but there's a level of bitterness at this level that is refreshing. Middle is dry, but very well balanced with hops and a slight biscuit taste. No hint of sweet malts, which is also refreshing. Finish is a very nice tanginess with a great hit of middle-palate hops. Aftertaste is short, dry and clean.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Great mouthfeel. Smooth and even.

Overall 4.0: Really great IPA. Excellent with food, but also excellent as a big sessioner, this baby will not let you down. Smooth, refreshing and expertly balanced, this would be an excellent "threshold" IPA for people who have been disappointed in the past or have never tried an IPA before.

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Brew Free Or Die IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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