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

667 Ratings
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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 25
Gots: 294 | 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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Ratings: 667 | Reviews: 78
Photo of fscottkey
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: [4.00] Slightly clouded golden color. The pour formed a 2 finger white head. The can lists ABV (7%) BU (70) and drink by (12/13/14)

S: [3.50] Initial aroma I got was grapefruit then grassy/piney smell.

T: [2.25] Not what I expected. Nothing like the nose. The flavor is there but I am not sure that I like it. Seems like a mild bitter taste with no malty sweetness and no citrus (like in the nose).

M: [2.50] Decent carbonation but the mouthfeel is a little dry due to the bitter front to back on the palate.

O: [2.50] The taste is almost artificial tasting. It is hard to describe - like a mild solvent maybe. I guess that is harsh - but the beer is not one I'd grab for again.

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 KMitch
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A really good IPA. Good bitterness and a nice dry finish. Typical West Coast IPA.

Photo of Justindemino
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Totally translucent and just not that good.

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 zmbgrafx
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale color and mild flavor

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 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.

Photo of Tank880
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I enjoy a good bouquet, but here it's lacking which is strange because there is good flavor. Nevertheless, the taste on this beer is very good in my estimation. Nice hop bounce. I like this very much in a can as well, likely more so. Don't pass this up, give it a try for sure.

Photo of FJ40LVR
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Soft, round flavor for a west coast ipa, note on front is subdued and finish does not linger as expected.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%

Can from Lazy Dog in Warner Robins with a best by 2/14/15 date, so no clue when it was canned. Poured on 12/1/14. Pours hazy golden orange with a huge fluffy white head. Sweet malty aroma, orange peel, lightly floral hop notes, smells like it may be on the older side but still pleasant. Flavor is a big malty mess, some vague hay notes, and a dirty finish. Heavier syrupy body with low plus carbonation. Just going to assume this is on the older side. Will have to try again fresh some time.

Photo of NinjaJesus
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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!

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 far333
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear apricot orangey yellow with an eggshell colored head that settles out slowly. Aroma of citrus and pine, some floral and minty hops.

Flavor is similar to the nose, lots of citrus and piney hops, moderate bitterness, but well balanced with a honey malt backbone. Semi slick mouthfeel, finishes tingly. Good beer.

Photo of BWED
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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 Treyliff
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
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

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 bluehende
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice solid pale ale. The hop combination is nice with citrusy and pine notes.

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very refreshing & soft for an IPA; sort of in the same neighborhood as the Fremont Interurban IPA.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of majorbase2
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky orange-straw color with a decent sized white, foamy head that recedes quickly. Leaves a surprising amount of lacing.

Aroma is bursting with citrus, led by grapefruit, oranges, and a bit of lemon zest. Hints of peach. Sweet. A little bit of yeast.

Taste has more malt than there was in the aroma. Bready malts. Citrus is still there. Mostly orange. Some floral and grassy hops. Pine. Nothing too out there in the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium-light. Pretty easy to drink. Well carbonated.

Overall: First brew from 21st Amendment. Nothing special here. Solid beer, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of BeerBob44
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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 FLima
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber color with a thick head with medium retention and leaving some laces.
Aroma of malt sweetness slightly toasted, passion fruit juice and piñacolada.
Flavor of sweet malt, grapefruit citrusy, peaches, honey, some pine and orange-lime. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Its 70 IBUs are there, but sure partially tamed by its malt.
Bordering full body with appropriate carbonation.
Well, they deliver what they promised: a solid malt backbone and decent level of hops. So, in theory rather balanced, still I usually prefer my IPAs less malty.

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Brew Free Or Die IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.