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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

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 835
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 35.49%
Wants: 31
Gots: 384 | FT: 1
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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stevoj on 03-01-2014

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.
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Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +1.6%
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 -0.3%
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 +1.8%
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 +7.5%
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 +10.1%
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 +4.4%
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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Photo of vikinggary28
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their typical 12 oz can into glass. Nice amber colour with white head. Hop aroma hits your nose immediately. Tastes the same as the aroma with some malt creeping through. Not as piney or citrusy as a typical west coast IPA. If you love a hoppy IPA then you should enjoy this one.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a glass. Golden color. Given the rather high IBU I expected it to be more hoppy/bitter but it turned out to be about right for my taste. A good NC brewed IPA worth trying.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.88/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is one of my WA state go-to's along with Topcutter, all the bitter beauty I'd expect of an northwest IPA, but with a bit of a sweet and malty side (just a bit). You crack this can and catch a wonderful aroma, and the best part is there's plenty more where that came from - year round.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bitterness matches the scent of this hoppy, citrusy, and slightly earthy modern IPA. When drinking a nationally known IPA, this is one of my favorites.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(draft, 21st Amendment Brewery, San Leandro 8/13) Had previously tried this beer in a can which was very good. This is a very solid IPA which I will have again.

Batch 0001 (favorable)

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Photo of lapsoo
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolute beer. Centenial hops is my favorite so I smell it first. Well done well balanced for IPA lover. All 5's for this: Beer keep on toungue for a while = 15 to 30 minutes, and fullfeeling my senses

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Photo of tlema1
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: golden, with a fluffy head
S: maltier than I like my IPAs
T: light body, malt forward, nice hop presence
F: coats the tongue nicely
O: very drinkable, I'd recommend it

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer from a can and then on tap from the source and it holds up either way. Had a blind tasting of 10 IPAs and this was the winner against some strong competition. Good hop presence both in smell and taste. The smell needed a little more citrus and floral notes for me but taste was very smooth and crisp.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden pour with lingering, clingy bright white top. Looks great. Aroma of pine with some citrus. Mid-sip blast of pleasant hop bitter, fading off quickly with some malt balance and finishing... almost clean. Just a slight ding for some a little lasting back-of-the-throat roughness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of tasteology408
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of my go to ipa's. Buy this by the flat. Hoopy with an almost creamy malty finish. Love it. Pick this up asap. Looks like an ice teacan so you can drink it at beaches and parks!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.67
Purchased: June 5, 2015
Consumed: June 5, 2015
Misc.: Enjoy by Aug. 19, 2015

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with 7-to-8 fingers of khaki, white, frothy head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Tons of foamy spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Very thick retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled Cascade, earthy rye, iced tea, caramel, light floral, grassy, Citra rind and light honey. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted pretty close to the nose, maybe slightly better. More bitter for sure. Got Cascade, earthy rye, caramel, iced tea, light grapefruit rind, Citra, honey and grassy notes. Doesn’t taste 7 percent. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Unfortunately this was a bit warm when I reviewed it. Luckily I’ll have another five to confirm. Liked it though. (Overall - 3.75)

3.75 | 85 | B+

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a can at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. I just saw the best by date, and it suggests this one is past its prime by about two months. Oh, well. Poured right from the fridge into my pint glass.

L: Pours a slightly hazy light amber with about an inch of eggshell head that drops fairly quickly but has some good stick. Very fine particulate visible in this brew with little visible carbonation.

S: Earthy/herbal hop notes in the nose, along with some tropical fruit. Just a bit of pine and citrus rind coming through, as well. There's a bit of the bready malts coming through--sourdough-like. This has got a pretty great bouquet for being past its prime.

T: Bright hop flavors right out of the gate: grapefruit rind and grassy notes. The front has a very nice malt presence--some sourdough bread and caramel malts holding up all those hop flavors. The middle has some clear alcohol emerging, along with some herbal/floral and earthy hop notes. A bit buttery. The back end is very bright--almost tart. There's some very bitter citrus rind hop flavor that closes everything out.

F: Bright, effervescent, and just a bit sticky. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Despite being very bitter at the close (with quite a lingering aftertaste), this one is not at all syrupy.

O: I'm very curious, now, to see how this one would taste fresh. As it stands, I like the big and complex hop flavors it brings. I also like the significant malt presence. This one is a little more bitter than I like at the close, and I wish that the fruit notes popped a little more. It's likely that a fresher can would yield much different results.

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Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a thick collar around the edge, a thin head in between, and lots of lacing coating the edges of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy, earthy, floral, and spicy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has a moderate amount of bitterness and strong notes of earthy hops. The bitterness lingers through the finish. Slight hints of underlying malts are also perceptible.
M: It feels a little crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation; the finish is a little clean.
O: This IPA is rather bitter and has a lot of different aromas and flavors from the hops.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Roguer
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear copper-gold IPA.

Very classic profile of grapefruit pulp and peel. Exceptional drinkability.

This is a very solid modern take on a classic IPA.

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Photo of ARoman
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap, poured into a sampler. The aroma is a bright, sweet tropical character (namely passionfruit), with a bright, grassy and pine undertone. The beer is oily and sparkling clear with an amber hue and an abundant, dense white head that retain and lace moderately well. The taste is a medium high bittersweet, balanced. The texture is oily and creamy, with some fuzz for carbonation. The medium body is composed of pine, tropical fruit, and bread on the palate with a crisp finish of pine, bread crust, and bitter citrus peel. It leaves an aftertaste that's dry and astringent with flavors of bread and pine.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazy and golden amber in color with a solid finger of frothy off-white foam.

Grapefruit, guava, orange zest, piney/grassy hops, and a subtle toasted malt note. Nice, but not mind-blowing.

The overall taste and flavor of this beer is where is starts to fall off. While the aroma was subtle, it was only slightly above average and the flavor is definitely only average. The toasted malt comes out to play a bit more and the tropical and citrusy flavors fade, but the grassiness remains. Just average. Good, but not great.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, soft, subtle, some prickly carbonation.

Overall, I was slightly impressed with this beer, but I definitely feel it could use some tweaks to the recipe to really make it stand out over the plethora of other IPAs out there to purchase instead.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was a very solid, albeit not spectacular, IPA. I prefer this over the other selection I had from this brewer. Love the artwork on the can and packaging.

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid IPA that presents a more balanced approach to the malt/hop flavor profile. Drinks easy with a smooth taste throughout and a nice bitter finish that lingers.

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Brew Free Or Die IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.