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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

Bitter AmericanBitter American

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BA SCORE
87
very good

975 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 975
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 975 | Reviews: 324 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by JamesMN:
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JamesMN

Minnesota

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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bubseymour

Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this can on 4/17/14 but canned date is 9/25/13 (so over 7 months old). Didn't realize that when I bought it.

So it has a nice light brown color with 1 finger head but good retention and lacing.

Has a very nice hop and grain smell to it.

Taste - Darn. it has some old/staleness going on here but still very drinkable though. Has a very floral taste (sort of reminds me of 2-Hearted) and malty with some hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy for such a low ABV beer.

Overall - I think fresh, this would be a beer I would absolutely love. I still like it, but 7 months old is way past its prime and I can taste the age on it. 7 weeks or less would be alot more enjoyable.

Serving type: can

04-18-2014 00:10:05 | More by bubseymour
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smithj4

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-17-2014 19:31:41 | More by smithj4
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delta490

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly cloudy orange/amber. The head is thick and creamy with great retention and soapy/sticky lacing. The aroma is mild hops, with citrus (grapefruit) and a hint of caramel malt sweetness. The taste is similarly mild, but not lacking in flavor. The malt is much more forward in the sip, but the hops kicks in almost immediately and provides a pleasant balance. It has a nice weight and a crisp finish. A great flavored session ale.

Serving type: can

04-16-2014 21:22:23 | More by delta490
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Twal

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-16-2014 03:38:29 | More by Twal
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Radiosox

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

04-16-2014 00:31:52 | More by Radiosox
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-15-2014 17:11:02 | More by TTripp725
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BrooklynPanch

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-12-2014 03:52:16 | More by BrooklynPanch
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-07-2014 03:51:57 | More by UltimateLivewire
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-05-2014 23:12:48 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-05-2014 21:45:14 | More by Limanti
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Irish57

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-02-2014 21:41:03 | More by Irish57
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MaddenDalyBrokaw

Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pale but not particularly translucent. Lovely lace.

Aromas of resinous pine, then citrus. Then malt body.

Fairly light on the tongue. First a mild but full malt flavor, then a second or so of hops, then a short linger back on the malt.

Refreshing. Not highly alcoholic. Went well with a pepperoni pizza.

Serving type: can

03-31-2014 00:48:22 | More by MaddenDalyBrokaw
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Kgrubb1224

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-30-2014 23:00:32 | More by Kgrubb1224
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Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.3%

03-27-2014 22:55:04 | More by JayO
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Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-23-2014 19:18:52 | More by tabascosigned
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Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-14-2014 01:43:11 | More by GRFounder
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-12-2014 19:54:04 | More by ArtZan
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vkv822

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip
canned: 11/07/13

Hazy, golden orange with a fizzy, whispy white head.

Resiny, piney, citric, grapefruit hops with a bready caramel malt backbone.

Medium body, fizzy, foamy mild carbonation.

A very well done lower ABV pale ale. The ABV makes it very easy drinking, while still maintaining a tasty, hoppy flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 09:00:20 | More by vkv822
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Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

03-09-2014 22:01:39 | More by Filthyfloor
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tbone64

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -48.2%

03-08-2014 14:12:58 | More by tbone64
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Furley80

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

03-07-2014 16:48:46 | More by VeganUndead
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dharmabum1102

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-06-2014 21:37:07 | More by dharmabum1102
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jbeervt

Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 975 ratings.