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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by stevoj on 03-01-2014

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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 901
Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Tone
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, gold color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of fresh citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of earthy malt, and resin. Fits the style of an American American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of fresh citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of earthy malt, and resin. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of stevoj
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful looking IPA, slightly cloudy golden with nice thick, silky head. Gentle aroma of hops, pine and citrus. Medium weight mouth feel, slightly lagerish taste with hops flourish. Light lingering hops on the palate at finish. Smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. can that says Enjoy by 12/19/15. Sampled on Jan. 21, 2016 so it is more than a month past date.

The color is nice with its slightly hazy orange-yellow and lingering off-white head.

The aroma brings out some floral and fruity characteristics with a but of toasted malt underneath.

Medium body.

Good floral, fruity hop bitterness in the taste but also a mild to moderate sweetness from the malts.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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 TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy/hazy yellow golden color with white head. Citrus, pine, and some floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes much like it started. Decent but average IPA.

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Photo of drpimento
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
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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Photo of FLima
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of BMMillsy
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 - 3.75)

Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.75)

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

3.75 | 85 | B+

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Photo of Roguer
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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 babaracas
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold, one finger of soapy white head, spray sticky of lace down the glass. Smell: mildly floral, pine needles, lemon rind, notes of apricot jam and janky astringency. Taste: sugared grapefruit, pine, green herbal note, sugary pale back. Medium-plus bodied, creamy feel ends quickly in astringent finish. Straightforward C-hop IPA yet rough around the edges.

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Photo of far333
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Phigg1102
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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 ordybill
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Ri0
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.81/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Brew Free Or Die IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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