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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86
very good

665 Ratings
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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 25
Gots: 292 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 665 | Reviews: 78
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.

Photo of raiderob
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz can into a pint glass..foamy head gives way to a light layer and lingering lacing. Murky amber like color..tart citrus flavors..Prost❗

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

- Best by date 9-Aug-15
- 12oz. can poured into Golden Road tumbler on 18-Jun-15

Photo of Beglane
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

American take on an English style IPA. Very good and very drinkable.

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!

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.82 overall rating is accurate.

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 - 3.88)

Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.88)

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

3.82 | 86 | B+

Photo of Odysseyalien
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A solid Ipa. It should have a higher rating on this site.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Spiegelau IPA glass on May 30, 2015.

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.

Photo of justjonas
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wasnt a fan. Smell was downright unpleasant.

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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

Copper colored, orange zest smell and taste. Solid ipa

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.

Photo of Dringus
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not too complex of a beer but a good thing. A little nutty with a kick of orange zest. Sweet and frothy. A good go-to-ipa

Photo of sisterofba
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not bad, wouldn't get it again.

Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can. A nice hop taste.

Photo of ARoman
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Average IPA, drinkable but nothing I would look for again.

Photo of BrewThru_29
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

While this beer is drinkable, its very run of the mill. No off flavors, but not a beer I would seek out or buy again.

Photo of larryarms847
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's nice to have a west coast ipa with some malt behind it for once. Pretty well balanced.

Photo of Ri0
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz can into snifter. Enjoy by 5/6/15.

A - Golden orange with a 2 finger white head that slowly fades. Nice collar and thin webbed lacing.

S - Hop aromas of citrus, grass and tropical fruit. The malts are caramel and honey, but on the lighter side.

T - Starts off semi sweet and finishes with a bitterness. Hop notes of citrus, grapefruit, and pine. Malts are lighter with notes of caramel.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation that finishes dry.

O - Another decent canned IPA.

Photo of THoff94
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Kinda smells like pennies. Tastes not bad.

Photo of drpimento
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Best part of this beer is appearance with lots of a long lasting foamy head and lace plus a clear amber color. Aroma is nice with a resiny, somewhat citrus character. However, in flavor the trend reverses; i get a long lasting resiny kind of medicinal taste. I don't get balance between the flavor and that shows up in palate as well. Overall the finish leaves me with some flavors that I want to wash my mouth out with something else.

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Brew Free Or Die IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.