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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,071 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,071
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 41
Gots: 49 | 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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brewdoc75

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed as an American Pale Ale

A: Golden yellow. Stronger carbonation. Beautiful, 1 inch white head sits on top. Looks sessionable.

S: Lots of citrus fruit. Orange and tangerines are ever present. Some tropical papaya and mango comes out as well. A light fruitiness sits in the background. The malts really don't add much. A touch of maltiness would have made this perfect.

T: At first drink, this isn't really flavorful at all. As the beer rolls off the tongue, a ton of hop flavors come out. The orange, tangerine and mango flavors really are there after you swallow. The bitterness is really mild for the amount of flavor you get from the hops. There is a lingering piney flavor in the back of the throat. Once again, the malts really do not come out much. There is a light caramel flavor, but it dies out quickly. Unfortunately the flavors die out really quickly.

M: Light bodied. Very clean bitterness. Finishes plenty dry. Stronger carbonation than some pale ales.

D: A very nice beer. A little more flavor would have been great. Otherwise, this beer is great. It is definitely one of the more drinkable pale ales out there. I could have this on tap at my house and be quite happy. However, for the price ($9.99 a sixer), I may be happier with a slightly higher alcohol, more flavorful pale ale.

Serving type: can

02-22-2011 03:30:09 | More by brewdoc75
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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.

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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.

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Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,071 ratings.