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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,186 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,186
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 48
Gots: 84 | 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: 1,186 | Reviews: 348 | Display Reviews Only:
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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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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

crisp bitter mouthful, great hop linger too, smells good

moundbz, Yesterday at 02:46 AM
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Andrew24, Sunday at 07:16 PM
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

asmangat, Nov 21, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

tappangordo, Nov 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

JMUduke, Nov 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

lillitnn92, Nov 18, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -5.5%

poohbearzeccola, Nov 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

BuddyZ, Nov 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

21st Amendment did a great job on this beer. It clean crisp and refreshing. Its smooth and has that hoppy bitterness I love. You can smell the grapefruit aroma. The beer is a little hazy but I usually drink this one straight from the can. Great beer to have after mowing the lawn or BBQ'N with the family.

Double07Inc, Nov 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

asuburbanman, Nov 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

scuttlebutt21, Nov 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Trashcat, Nov 15, 2014
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3.12/5  rDev -19%

whitewhine, Nov 14, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

Reds76, Nov 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Hopstronaut, Nov 08, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

ryho, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy By: 01/15/15

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a very thin cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: A good mix of malt and hops up front, with some grassy notes and light sweetness. Lightly fruity as well

T: Follows the nose. Grassy hops up front with some light malt sweetness and cereal notes. Fruitiness is light and towards the middle. Finishes with a light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice and easy drinking brew that provides some nice grassy hop notes and bitterness. Quite quaffable and well priced. Definitely a nice beer to session

BEERMILER12, Nov 06, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

T1i1m1, Nov 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

KG710, Nov 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

BabaBeer, Nov 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

pgregoryCA, Nov 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Laklimell, Nov 03, 2014
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Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,186 ratings.