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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 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 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 mitch3114
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
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 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 StoneTSR
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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 +12.7%
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 +10.1%

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 +10.1%
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 ZBowden
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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 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 jbredbeard
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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%
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 +6.7%
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%
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 Phigg1102
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +5.4%
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 +4.9%

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 +4.7%
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 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 Booty
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +3.1%
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 NiceTaps
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +3.1%
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 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 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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Brew Free Or Die IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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