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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,163 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,163
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 46
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This American session ale packs a lot of hop and malt flavor into a refreshingly lower-alcohol brew, making it the perfect beer to have on hand when you have a little history to make.

42 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2007)
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Ratings: 1,163 | Reviews: 345 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%

12 oz can into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color. The head is two fingers high, with a shade barely off-white. Retention is somewhat low, and the texture is a bit rough. However, it does leave behind a good amount of lacing behind. (3.5)

Smell: Grapefruit-laden hops and sweet caramel malts comprise the majority of the aroma. Touches of herbal, piny notes also come through. But come to think about it, it does a good impersonation of a standard 6% pale ale - even if it's a standard issue aroma, managing to come across larger than it really is gives it bonus points. (3.5)

Taste: The flavor profile is more in line with its actual gravity. Grapefruit and pine open it up, while some maltiness finishes it off. Holy crap, not only does the nose impersonate a bigger pale ale, the flavor also has the excessive crystal malt presence most standard pales do! I jest, I jest. This one is alright. (3)

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light and dry, but there's also some lingering sweetness which seems to beef up its body. There's also a huge amount of carbonation which is honestly distracting. (3)

Overall: This really tastes like a regular 6% pale ale - the grapefruit hops, the crystal malt sweetness, everything! It's fairly standard, but the lower ABV makes this solid for session duty. (3.25)

3.18/5: Nothing too special, but gets the job done as a session ale

ThisWangsChung, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of utopiajane
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy and yellow with a lovely pastel orange blush. A fat head of off white foam that falls pretty quickly and leaves some sticky rings of lace. Nose it outrageous grapefruit! The juicy and tart fruit, the pith and the peel. Some herbal for the background and a sweet but light scent of malt. Forceful yet graceful nose. It's vibrant and enticing. The taste is fruity and lively with that grapefruit. Just enough malt to feel it on the palate more than really taste it too much. Bit it is a feather light biscuit with a bit of dryness. Lively juicy fruit and the herbal kicks in on the backnotes to make this one drink easily and with plenty of taste. Some earthy pine on the palate brings it to a dry finish with a well done bitter. it's a bitter that is not shy and it lasts and lingers a bit. Balanced to the flavors and to the drink but it does stand out. It does not succumb to the malt at all and lingers just long enough to show you the splendid crispness of the beer. It has ample carbonation and finishes tart. Really one of the best session ales.

utopiajane, Jul 31, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -2.3%

Brendan1984, Today at 12:05 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

carmike813, Tuesday at 03:01 AM
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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Lard_City, Oct 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Renegawam, Oct 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

R11415, Oct 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

hophugger, Oct 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Ludwigkpa, Oct 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Smileitsfreetobehappy, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of fscottkey
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: [3.75] An apricot orange color. The beer is not transparent (slightly cloudy looking). After a typical pour it forms a 1 1/2 finger head. The head is pretty thick and attractive but goes away after a few minutes. The head leaves lots of nice lacing. The can lists ABV (4.4%), IBUs (42) and the Drink By (11/08/14). All good info!

S: [4.25] Nice piney nose. Not a whollop or overwhelming - but decent for a 4.4% beer.

T: [4.25] I get tropical fruits and apricot up front. There is a nice breadiness in the middle and the finish is a sligh bitter kick. The front and the mid share a pleasant sweetness too.

M: [4.25] Not bad for a low ABV beer. The carbonation is right and the beer feels a little buttery and rich on the tongue.

O: [4.00] Do not be fooled by the crazy Space Monkey on the can - or the name ("Bitter" 21st Ammendment is planning to change the name). Really nice flavor profile for the ABV - they really pack it in there. I am really impressed. This is my top 2 session beers. Kudos to 21st Ammendment.

fscottkey, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of ShepardCommander
3/5  rDev -22.1%

ShepardCommander, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of MNAle
2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale, cloudy orange color. White head that fades relatively quickly. Moderate, disconnected lacing. Citrus in the aroma, otherwise faint. Some visible carbonation but not excessive. Thin, but sweet malt initial taste with bitter hops next, and lingering in the aftertaste. The aftertaste is a bit unpleasant and faintly fruity. Not much mouth feel - thin. Not well balanced; the overall impression is thin, watery and hopped. Not very impressive. Even though the brewer calls this a pale ale, with "bitter" in the name, I was expecting better balance, more malt, not watery citrus. Disappointing.

MNAle, Oct 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Very, very solid session. Still plenty hoppy.

Mulligan, Oct 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Kyrojack, Oct 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

KFrank729, Oct 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Oct 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Zetcha7x, Oct 12, 2014
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

damiandev, Oct 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

En29356, Oct 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

clausr, Oct 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

LarryMyers, Oct 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

fossage78, Oct 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

SamKetchum, Sep 27, 2014
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Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,163 ratings.