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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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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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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 901
Photo of lapsoo
5/5  rDev +29.9%
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 Oh_Dark_Star
4.88/5  rDev +26.8%
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 mitch3114
4.79/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from can to pint glass

A- A fluffy off-white head that rose and steadily declined, revealing the beautiful golden glowing contents of the beer. It looked on the light side but seemed to be enchanted with the light shining through...Cool can art

S- Sweet fragrant fresh hops, sweet sugary esters

T- This is very hoppy but also quite malty. It is jam packed with flavors that are quite complex. The hop profile is very resinous and very in your face-in a good way. The hops are very fresh and citrusy but not bitter in the least bit to me. The strong malt backbone does a great job at balancing out this brew

M- Slightly carbonated, medium bodied brew thats relatively thick and silky sooth

O- Overall this may be the best beer I've had in this style. It is highly balanced and the amount of flavors and complexities rival some of the higher end DIPAS. A great IPA! Highly recommend

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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 Kinger22
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
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 StoneTSR
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE: Mostly clear and golden in color. The initial head is pretty huge...about three full fingers, but it settles swiftly into a quarter-inch cap on the surface. The lacing covers a fair amount of the back of the glass, but where it sticks it is quite thick.

SMELL: Juicy and zesty. Orange and lemon zest are all over this, but a little grapefruit also comes through. A bit of pine and just a touch of grass also make themselves known.

TASTE: Grapefruit comes through much stronger than it did in the nose. The orange (especially) and lemon are still here. Pine is strong and the grass is present. Also, that weird onion flavor (see Stone Enjoy By) brings in a nice hoppy touch.

MOUTHFEEL: I guess this is what the ideal balance is like. I truly can't tell if this is more sweet or more dry. Either way, the carbonation provides a solid, but not-to-intense tickle and the body is right down the middle, medium. Pretty much perfect.

OVERALL: This beer is so well balanced. It's difficult to say anything bad. It truly carries some of the characteristics of a big, bold Double IPA while maintaining a lower ABV and more of that intense hop character. Amazing beer.

EDIT: This beer is fresh as fuck.

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Photo of Hoppy-boy12
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden color in a pilsner glass with a hoppy/citrus aroma. A clean refreshing taste.

Overall a very good IPA. I differently recommend this beer!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Nose: well balanced between citrusy, resiny hops and rich malt. Hops exhibit some grapefruit notes and you can also smell some caramel from the malt.
Pours brilliant amber under a 2" bone white finely bubbled foam cap.
Medium to medium high carbonation, medium body.
On the palate the hops are medium high with big grapefruit flavors riding on a caramel seasoned malt backbone.
Drinkable and refreshing.

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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 ZBowden
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden honey with a thick white head, smells of citrusy hops and Carmel malts, tastes of creamy Carmel malts and floral hops smooth creamy mouthfeel.

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

Good banana and pine aroma followed by a piney hops bitterness all the way through. Not a lot of alcohol for the 7.0% abv. All together a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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 RyanK252
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep golden yellow with a frothy off white head than hangs around for a while and laces well.

S: Citrus hops, grapefruit, a little orange, a hint of tropical fruit, some caramel malt sweetness, and maybe even light herbal notes.

T: Sweet caramel malt, citrus, tangerine and a little grapefruit, some hints of tropical fruit, and a little light spiciness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation that keeps it from getting too syrupy thick.

O: A little under rated in my opinion. Not a world beater, but very drinkable and a solid stand by.

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Photo of vikinggary28
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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 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 Phigg1102
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp clear amber with tons of white frothy head that dissipated quickly sticking to the glass. Mostly malt in the aroma with a touch of citrus hop. More malt in the taste, but a bit more pronounced floral character and a great piney bitter finish that hangs around just long enough. Medium bodied with a touch of carbonation to carry the hops to the end.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can to a special ipa glass, enjoy by 12/13/14

Pours three fingers of head. Geeze. Very clear, solid golden yellow. Pretty high carbonation helping sport good retention, good lacing

Smells really good. Strong grapefruit and citrus mixing with pine apple and tropical notes. A sweet caramel malt, some bready malts. Finishes with a little bit of alcohol

Taste doesn't follow quite as well, a bit more malty, fruits more submissive. Still citrus and tropical notes, not as much grapefruit or tropical notes. Finishes with a touch of alcohol

Feel is moderately bitter, a bit of a wet finish. Alcohol is concealed, it's pretty easy to drink

Overall a solid beer. Not the best, far from the worst. One of my go to canned IPAs

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Photo of macher0
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Golden color with excellent clarity. Fine bubble egg shell head. Strong nose of citrus and some pine. The palatte is very well balanced between hops and malts. The taste is mostly resin with floral notes. Smooth, light, and crisp.

This is good, not excellent. Typical of west coast IPAs.

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Photo of tasteology408
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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 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 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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