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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 728
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 26
Gots: 327 | 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 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 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. (404 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy orange body with two finger head which left minor lace. A sharp citric hop aroma that is dirty hit me at first and then some minimal malts in the aroma as well. Beer is really smooth and easy to drink, light to medium bodied, the citric hops are prevalent and sharp but they are no overpowering. At times I found a little almost grapelike taste from the hops that gave some sweetness and there is some minor maltiness to this beer for balance. Not too flavorful or complex but not a bad beer. (508 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 BMMillsy
3.36/5  rDev -13%

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. (492 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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 (743 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 far333
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (325 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 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 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. (363 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 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 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 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 Act25
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love the brewer, love the can. This one is not my favorite most because it's that English, bitey style

A: Like all 21st Amendment - a good looker. Cloudy apricot, light head, fast fade, light lace.
S: Best smelling English IPA. Citric, barrel, salt hay, salt, bilge (long trip around the horn).
T: Follows the citric, dirty smell. Easy drinking more hops than malt. Good pub food beer (pizza, burgers)
MF: Above average but no special appeal or body.

All in all, a reliable IPA in a can. Better than Brooklyn, about even with Sierra Nevada Pale. (549 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 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 (893 characters)

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. (323 characters)

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. (1,208 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 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 Apellonious
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (509 characters)

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