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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,204 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,204
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 47
Gots: 87 | 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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4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.16/5  rDev -17.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Look: A slightly hazy golden straw with a vigorous white head.

Smell: A bouquet of citrus and bitter hops with a mild malted body.

Taste: Citrus hops greet the palate that fades to a bitter piney hops that dominates while a mild honey malt creeps into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. The bitterness beefs up the body a bit but it goes down smooth as the bitter hops linger on the mild finish.

Overall: Just a solid beer. Blurs the line of ESB and pale ale. The ABV suggests it would be watery like some "session ales" but I'd say it was a regular pale ale if I didn't know better. I've had 7% ipas that had thinner bodies then this. Solid beer.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -54.5%

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3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

21st Amendment "Bitter American"
12 oz. can, "Enjoy By: 11/25/14" - looks like I missed that by 5 days
$1.83 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Notes: Hazy golden orange body. Pillowy bright white head drops shortly =. just good retention and lacing. Aroma displays gently resinous, leafy, softly piney, and citrusy (grapefruit, pineapple) hops as well as a gently bready malt. The flavor follows suit, giving the hops a little more emphasis over the malt; and there's a bit of yeasty fruitiness that let's you clearly know that it's an ale. It's solidly bitter, but balanced. As it warms the citrus becomes more evident and opens up displaying mango and papaya. It finishes dry as the malt recedes and the bitterness rises. Medium-light leaning towards medium in body with a crisp carbonation. Session ale? Absolutely, and yet not. Yes, because it's rich and flavorful but not overdone, but also "not really" because at 4.6% abv it's really not that much lower in alcohol. If I hadn't known it, I'd have just assumed it was a standard APA.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

crisp bitter mouthful, great hop linger too, smells good

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,204 ratings.