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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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50 Reviews
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Reviews: 50
Hads: 785
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 38.02%
Wants: 29
Gots: 367 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

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 lapsoo
5/5  rDev +30.2%
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 +27.1%
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 +24.7%
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 StoneTSR
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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 +13.3%
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 +10.7%

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 ZBowden
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
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 jbredbeard
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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 +7.6%
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 +7.3%
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 Phigg1102
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +6%
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 +5.5%

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 +5.2%
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 Booty
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. I'll have it again. Good aroma and taste. This would be a great summer beer, chill'n on the deck under my hops.
Worth a try. Cheers

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Photo of Roguer
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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 NiceTaps
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Golden amber color, bright yet slightly hazy. Big fluffy white head, spider web lacing.

S-Citrus, earthy, malt, onion.

T- Juicy citrus taste.

M-Good body and carb. Citrus hop zing, hoppy finish. Not bitter.

O- Flavorful and a good drinker. The aroma was just slightly off for me.

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A great looking brew. Lots of caramel sweet malts, and citrusy grapefruit aromas. This IPA has an apparent malty backbone but it works well IMO. Lots of caramel sweetness combining with a juicy citrus sweetness and a slight grapefruit pucker on the end. Some call it a malt bomb IPA, but I say it's nicely balanced.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy By: 01/01/15

A: Pours a golden color with 2+ fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves sticky lacing down the glass

S: Some earthy and citrusy hops balanced out by a sturdy maltiness. A bit of fruity yeastiness as well

T: Follows the nose. Balanced from the start, with a mix of citrus, fruitiness, grassy/earthiness, and a bit of breadiness. Bitter throughout

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little on the prickly/abrasive side

O: A solid IPA that is very well balanced and extremely easy to drink. The IBUs definitely smack you around a little towards the end, as there is almost no residual sweetness to counteract the bitterness. If you're really into juicy IPAs, stay away. Otherwise, pick some up

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Apellonious
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can enjoy by 3/15/15 poured into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy amber orange with a one finger head that moves to a thick lace that retains well.

S - Mango, pineapple, tomato soup?

T - More muted than the aroma. Some tropical fruit, toasted grains, bread. Bitter finish.

M - Average carbonation. Mouthfeel is a touch sticky.

O - Tomato soup aroma, definitely a first. Maybe the taste buds were jacked, but regardless, a well put together beer that has considerable depth and some nice tropical notes.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep golden body, thick fluffy white head. Strong aromas of pine, lemon and grainy toasted malts. Flavor comes through the same, pine, toasted malt, hints of citrus, balanced IPA, but good bitterness. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, good drinkability for 7%. Solid IPA.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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 ordybill
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured rom a 12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.
Aroma- Basic IPA aroma of hops and more hops, might have a little floral essence tossed in also.
Appearance- Nice looking brew, a fairly clear golden orange with a small white head.
Taste- Has a nice hoppy flavor with a wee bit of citrus.
Palate- A medium bodied brew with moderate to light carbonation. has a nice dry finish.
Overall- A nice IPA, I would drink this again.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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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Brew Free Or Die IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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