Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Reviews by JamesMN:
3.45/5 rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Canned on 4/9/12, ten months ago.
Appearance: Slightly hazy orange/golden hue with a thin off-white head.
Aroma: Bread, light pepper, earth, citrus. Not very aromatic.
Taste: Like in the nose. A slightly peppery biscuit flavor as the malt base a bit of earthy hops. There is a hint of orange zest but the hops are quite faded. I'd peg the IBUs at around 35 (listed as 42 on brewery website). Finish is smooth with a little hop after burn. Decent flavor for the low 4.4% ABV. The hops that were used seem to be going for a more hearty flavor rather than juiciness.
Mouthfeel: Thin in body with average carbonation. Easy drinkability and probably sessionable if you enjoy the flavor.
Final Thoughts: A good introductory beer for someone new to craft. It's a decent beer all around that does the most with its flavor given the low ABV. Would I drink it again? Probably not.
Serving type: can
02-07-2013 00:44:30 | More by JamesMN
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3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Can into pint gLASS. canned on 1/7/14, so 6 months along.
Slightly hazy yellow with small head which maintained throughout. Light on carbonation, but decent lacing.
Only thing I was getting on the nose was a slightly mouldy smell, which for osme weird reason, I didn't find too unplesant. Here goes.
Upon tasting, there is some sour bitterness to indicate the hops are still around. A lot of sweetness from the malt, and some slightly funky barnyard hint. (From the yeast?) None of this is unpleasant, just a little odd and jarring.
Mouth is between thin and medium. Overall, has kind of a flat taste to it.
Well, guess it's okay, but not worthy of a recommendation. Can is very cool though, chimp in a spacesuit.
Serving type: can
07-19-2014 02:17:55 | More by MikeWard
3.55/5 rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
With the bridge of British "session ale" to American IPA, it's easy tho think that that the two would never marry together. But in not-so-bitter fashion, 21st Ammendment's Bitter American make it look, and taste, easy.
Bitter American is a dense amber, honeylike color that projects notions of caramel, biscuit and herbal tea. Of course hops help out with that botanical blend as grapefruit, tobacco, sassafras and verbena peak through its bready-sweet upstart.
Creamy in the middle, light caramel and shortbread flavors mount even as the bottom drops out of the malty sweet taste and texture. What's left is faint impressions of malt with an arid honeycomb structure of bread and cake. That paves the way for hops to supplant the sweetness, balancing with resinous pine, citrus ribs and a dried leaf taste.
Its bitter finish comes after a quickly dissolving creamy, medium-light body to start. Trailing hop bitterness is just as broad and woody as it is sharp and citrusy, giving its final impressions as much English character as it does of American ale. Its earthen stem flavor is a curious linger as it leaves this light bodied IPA less clean and crisp as preferred, but not obstructing the likability of the beer either.
Serving type: can
07-17-2014 04:18:07 | More by BEERchitect
Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,075 ratings.