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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

Bitter AmericanBitter American

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BA SCORE
87
very good

980 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 980
Reviews: 326
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)
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Ratings: 980 | Reviews: 326 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by buschbeer:
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It has an amber body with golden highlights. A generous beige head almost overflowed my glass.

S - I get a noseful of citrus and pine with ample caramel malt to balance things out.

T - It opens up with some citrus hops. The caramel malt comes through then, and it finishes with a mild pine that lingers in the aftertaste.

M - It has a moderate mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation.

O - This is a solid everyday beer. It provides enough flavor to keep me interested, but it has a lower ABV to keep me from calling off work due to hangover.

Serving type: can

12-14-2012 21:51:53 | More by buschbeer
More User Reviews:
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at Bar of Soap Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before lowering to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full bubbly sheet of surface foam. Sudsy semi-resilient lacing.

S- Sweet, piney hop aroma that's signature 21st Amendment.

T- Big hit of hop flavor and bitterness that has a sweetness to it foowing close to the aroma but then it lets up mid-palate and turns bready, trailing off into a slight lingering hop bite. There are fruit notes of dried mango, pineapple and grapefruit.

M- Slightly sharp from the hops but has a smoothness that solidifies its categorization of "pale ale." Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A "Session IPA" that came out before Session IPA was a thing. Better than all the other Session IPAs I've had (With the exception of maybe Founders All Day). One of 21st Amendment's best beers IMO. Packs a punch of hop flavor/aroma without filling you up or wearing you down.

Serving type: can

04-21-2014 22:30:34 | More by Immortale25
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shigg85

Japan

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

04-19-2014 23:08:21 | More by shigg85
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heerboth

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

04-19-2014 04:54:22 | More by heerboth
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Whiteweasel

Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the unmistakable 21st Amendment-style can, drank from a pint glass.

Appearance: Very nice, appetizing thick rich orange/goldenrod colour, looks almost like a hefeweizen, cloudiness and all. Good amount of white head, and plenty of residual carbonation in the beer itself. Perfect score on appearance, even disregarding the awesome can design/art.

Smell: Sweet munich malt, plenty of aroma hops without being overpowering. Full and citrusy, it smells refreshing and appetizing with nothing remotely off or negative.

Taste: Munich malt really comes out here, citrusy and bitter like a grapefruit. Malty sweetness is on the higher side but still in balance. Crisp and refreshingly solid. Very well hopped without any coppery aftertaste; clean. Almost a little peppery. Doesn't get old, but could perhaps have a little more complexity (though I can't begrudge it, since it gets literally nothing wrong).

Mouthfeel: Only 4.4%, so no alcoholic burn, or any trace of it really. Right balance between heaviness/complexity and lightness/crispness. Neither viscous nor thin. Pleasantly, it retains a lot of carbonation in the glass after the pour.

Overall: Great session beer. Would love to drink this a LOT more, but sadly it's not sold where I am now living. Top, top bitter, nice American take on the style. Maybe only one other bitter keeps this off the #1 spot for me, but they're different enough.

Serving type: can

04-19-2014 02:45:14 | More by Whiteweasel
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Dizzy242

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-18-2014 21:22:13 | More by Dizzy242
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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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Limanti

New York

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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JayO

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

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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Filthyfloor

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

03-09-2014 22:01:39 | More by Filthyfloor
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Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 980 ratings.