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21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment IPA21st Amendment IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,030 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,030
Reviews: 803
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 63
Gots: 110 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oggg on 11-17-2004)
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Scojo2usa

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best beer from a can!
Nice light hazy Gold color, with foamy white head. Very well hopped but your taste buds will still be intact after drinking it. Has enough of a malt back bone to give it good body but it doesn't overtake the hoppy goodness. Pine and grapefruit hop taste.
One of my favorite things about it is an intriguing sweetness to it. All and all great session beer for hop heads!

Serving type: can

01-16-2010 07:29:04 | More by Scojo2usa
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drdang

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had it from Grapevine Travelers in Medford MA. Nice head very hoppy. Paired with Spicy Indian food. This aromatic golden IPA starts with a sucker punch of six different hops to the nose, quickly balanced by a solid malt backbone. Our top selling beer at the pub, this IPA starts big and finishes clean leaving you wanting more

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 16:20:18 | More by drdang
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mdr4669

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App: Very clear-gold. With about a finger of 255, 255, 255 white head and nice fluid lacing.

Smell: Very, very citusy, with predominantly grapefruit nodes coming through. Very strong hop characteristics.

Taste: Initially grapefruit, just like the taste, but it is very well balanced with a hoppy aftertaste.

MF: Very nice, I personally prefer this one straight outta the can, kick back and enjoy friends, this ones a keeper.

OA: Like I said, kick back and enjoy friends, this ones a keeper.

Serving type: can

03-21-2011 16:50:14 | More by mdr4669
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mitchfor3

California

4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the 21st Amendment in SF.

I was expecting a good IPA and what I got was a great IPA. Gosh, I love it when that happens!

First of all, this was one of the freshest beers I have ever had. According to the bartender, this batch was just brewed and some of it is currently being canned.

Pours a transparent golden color with visibly rising carbonation, thick creamy white head and ridiculous lacing.

This beer does not screw around - it is beginning, middle, and end, all about the hops.

Smell is predominantly citric. No malt whatsoever detectable.

This thing smacks your tastebuds around. Yeah, there's some hints of malt in there, but there's also what tastes like entire chunks of grapefruit and pine cones.

Remarkably drinkable at 7.2%ABV. Delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2006 23:24:25 | More by mitchfor3
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Amalak

New York

4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. This has a nice, almost completely opaque, caramel color. It has a big foamy white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S. Mild sweet caramel scent with some hoppiness.

T. This has a beautifully balanced hoppiness to it, and a mild caramel taste...very true to its scent. It has a bit of a rye taste to it. A nice sourness in the back.

M. Carbonated. Very refreshing, but bubbly.

O. This is just magnificently balanced. It isn't overly done and too hoppy. While not completely floral, it has a very tasty sweetness that isn't dominant.

Serving type: can

05-05-2012 20:58:50 | More by Amalak
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cubancigar2000

Idaho

4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hoppy with a beautiful after taste of orange and spice. Love this beer and I am not a can guy. It tastes better from a cold glass but I had a can in the boat and it was fine. The quality of this beer is above and beyond average for sure. my wife works for a beer dist and brought a case home for $2.00 and I am a happy camper

Serving type: can

11-05-2011 18:23:11 | More by cubancigar2000
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brokenleadedcask

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received in a trade from Richbeer. Thanks Rich, always a pleasure. Reviewed from notes

There was no Pst! sound when I popped the top on this one but it did pour a nice blond color with an inch of head and left some good lacing. Wow! Smell of pineapple, grapefruit and citrus, with plenty of malt to back it up. Nice earthy IPA. Hard to believe this comes from a can, time to change some can bigotry perceptions. Powerful hop malt profile, hop candy. Hate to say it, almost too much malt. Creamy, resiny hops coat this inside of the mouth, with a lingering finish and pleasant aftertaste. Superbly drinkable. Having one on a plus 90 degree day was just what the doctor ordered.

Serving type: can

07-12-2009 15:45:20 | More by brokenleadedcask
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YardmanFTB

Maryland

4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

21st Amendment is a great brewery/company and Brew Free or Die is probably my favorite of their offerings. It is a great mix of hoppiness and maltiness. The citrusy taste that you get at the end leaves you coming back for more. Great IPA. Highly Recommend.

Serving type: can

03-22-2013 16:17:21 | More by YardmanFTB
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anotherpg

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice color, good head from a canned beer with a nice lace that follows down the glass. Piney is a good word -- at 70ibus it's not a small bitter taste but it also seems like a single up rather than a blend. I agree with earlier comments re: a summer ipa. Good with fish especially as it is lemony (but not buttery the way Belgian ipas can be). I would guess this is even better on tap. As it is, solid.

Updated: I originally gave this an A- but I kept thinking about it again and again. Sure enough, I have to raise my rating. This is excellent and my enjoyment has grown with each one.

Serving type: can

12-19-2010 03:28:51 | More by anotherpg
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer came my way as part of Secret Santa 06. Fartingdog you are the man for sending this beer my way! This beer was served in the handy Haufbrau stein that Fartingdog sent my way.

Appearance: This beer pours a very delicious looking golden amber coloration. The head of the beer is a creamy biege coloration. The head has perfect retention and leaves thick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a sweet grapefruit juicyness that joins well with pine cone hops.

Taste: The beer delivers a very smooth sweet grapefruit juice and zest combo with excellent pine oily hops. Dam good stuff!

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is velvety smooth. The body is just shy of medium and lightly carbonated. The pleasant oilyness of the hops last a long while. This beer is super easy to drink. At 7% this beer is dangerously drinkable. This may be the finest IPA I have drank this year.

Thanks! Fartingdog for sending this very tasty and pleasing beer my way. I must have more!

Serving type: can

12-17-2006 17:34:11 | More by nlmartin
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz can into nonic.

Hazy golden hue with a one finger barely off-white head that slowly settles to a thin cap. The head is nice and pillowy.

Lots of soft citrusy notes, with a little bit of a berry aroma. Very floral. The malts add a bit of sweetness in the background.

Biscuity malts add a very basic table for some complex hops. Citrus, mint, and a little bit of sweet fruit (plum, strawberry). Full bodied.

This is a somewhat short review, but I'm having trouble describing how well the hops are combined. The IPAs have a very sweet quality to balance the bitterness they add. I really enjoyed every beer in this six pack. I'll for sure be returning to this one sometime soon. This is certainly a beer to rival the other canned beer: Dale's Pale Ale with its more tart profile. Recommended.

Serving type: can

06-01-2009 02:13:45 | More by BeerSox
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GRPunk

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to woodychandler. My first review from my first trade.

Can (packaged as Brew Free! or Die IPA) poured into a nonic pint.

A- Awesome can art. Lincoln coming out of the Mt. Rushmore about to give a left hook (or is it a jab, hard to tell). A normal pour left a 2-finger, off-white head that sustains at about 1/2-finger for the duration. The body was a clean, golden color just short of copper. Medium-heavy carbonation. Great stick left on the glass. Just a touch clean.

S- Oh so hoppy! They were fresh, floral, and earthy. There's an underlying, sweet malty profile that comes across as a little sugary (not a bad thing). Sweetened cereal, perhaps?

T- That's good. Bold flavors. Good mix of sweet malts and a solid hop punch (though not as hoppy as the aroma would suggest). I get some distinct tropical fruit. Pineapple? Mango? Underlying cereal/grainy malts. Multiple hop characteristics come off as herbal/medicinal, earhty/tobacco, and some citrus. There's a lingering sweetness the more I drink.

M- Hops are biting, but not abrasive. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Sweetness plays a tug-of-war with the drying hops. Does it want to linger or finish bone dry? Ends up in between.

O- This is a darn good IPA. If available in my market, it would be a "go-to." Everything is bold, but works together so nothing is overdone. I could easily put back a couple of these in a sitting.

Serving type: can

07-19-2011 03:14:46 | More by GRPunk
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ash111

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking lots of IPAs this spring and summer, and this is one of my favorites. It pours just like you'd expect from an American IPA. Golden red/orange color and nice hoppy, citrus smell.

I like the balance of this beer. It is a little bitter initially and then seems to get sweeter as you swallow it. I find that very refreshing. A nice jolt of flavor that goes down smoothly. I would put this beer right up next to Bell's two hearted ale.

Serving type: can

05-31-2011 00:46:13 | More by ash111
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joshnovaski

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

09-07-2012 17:32:36 | More by joshnovaski
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Milkysunshine

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

08-21-2012 21:31:56 | More by Milkysunshine
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juicebox

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

07-17-2012 23:50:18 | More by juicebox
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briandaube

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

06-02-2012 22:44:13 | More by briandaube
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Mybeercanbeatupyourbeer

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

10-05-2013 01:19:28 | More by Mybeercanbeatupyourbeer
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Jordanbryan10

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

02-25-2012 09:01:46 | More by Jordanbryan10
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avisong

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

04-06-2012 01:05:10 | More by avisong
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trocketsauced

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-02-2014 19:46:20 | More by trocketsauced
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

04-04-2013 23:44:09 | More by ChrisL24481
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MalcolmWhy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

06-20-2012 02:08:20 | More by MalcolmWhy
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hanlonrn


4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

07-10-2012 12:00:32 | More by hanlonrn
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sonomaroma

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

12-25-2011 19:05:46 | More by sonomaroma
21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,030 ratings.