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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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86
very good

47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 729
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 26
Gots: 328 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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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.

Others:
Batch 0001 (favorable) (192 characters)

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 (203 characters)

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 (171 characters)

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. (314 characters)

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. (301 characters)

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! (181 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.82/5  rDev -1%
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+ (1,164 characters)

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. (1,631 characters)

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 (848 characters)

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. (161 characters)

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. (609 characters)

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. (826 characters)

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. (169 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of BeerBob44
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rating based on 1/2 can: Had tonight in a nice restaurant. The waiter poured 1/2 can which I drank. Good beer I thought but a little less crisp than maybe it should be. I poured the rest and found the "enjoy by" date as 01/20/15. Mentioned to waiter who quickly apologized and offered another but all from case had same date. I'll try again. My wife (not a beer drinker) commented on the nice yellow gold color. (411 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into pint glass, enjoy by 3/15

A- pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a small creamy and foamy white head that reduces to a layer of film floating on top, no lacing

S- caramel biscuit malt with some piney, grassy and floral hop aromas

T- floral and grassy hop flavors up front with a hint of citrus, sweet caramel and bready malt backbone closes it out with a sweet linger

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- pretty balanced for an Ripa, easy drinking and hides the alcohol well (575 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a glass. Huge floral aroma. Nice darker golden body. Much bigger malt backbone than I was expecting, but it was good. Semi sweet taste with a nice touch of hoppy bitterness. (196 characters)

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. (606 characters)

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. (424 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can into pint glass at Rocklands. Pours hazy gold with a good head and strong lacing. Aromas are grapefruit peel, floral, and biscuit. Flavors are typical west coast ipa hoppiness, caramel malts, medium pine bitterness. Crisp carbonation with medium body. (255 characters)

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. (315 characters)

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 (153 characters)

Photo of NinjaJesus
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised by the grapefruit hop notes were so present in this beer. It had been a few years since I had one and I am happy to say it will not be so long before the next! (175 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A- Golden orange. with a faint haze. Head is just off white. With some great sticky lacing. Head holds at half an inch.

S- Fairly mild nose. Toasted malt background, with an earthy, floral and faint citrus hop character.

T- Well balanced toast and some sweeter citrus. Just a faint bitterness. Pretty sweet.

M- Very smooth and wet finish. Body is medium light. Just faintly bitter. Goes down so easy.

O- Solid. Doesn't stand out too much in the IPA crowd, but it doesn't slouch. Drinkable and a decent flavor. (562 characters)

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Brew Free Or Die IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.