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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Bitter AmericanBitter American

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very good

355 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 355
Hads: 1,258
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 22.31%
Wants: 50
Gots: 126 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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
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Reviews: 355 | Hads: 1,258
Reviews by ghengisflan:
Photo of ghengisflan
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a nice thick white head. Beer itself is a fairly cloudy but light honey blonde.

Smell: Citrus-ey hops are very prominent on first whiff.

Taste: The first sip is malty, but as you keep drinking there is a cumulative bitterness with a grassier hop flavor than the smell would indicate.

Mouthfeel: It has a pretty average body for an ale: Not too light or heavy.

Overall: A good beer, maybe a little too bitter for my taste. If that's what you like, give it a try.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of utopiajane
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy and yellow with a lovely pastel orange blush. A fat head of off white foam that falls pretty quickly and leaves some sticky rings of lace. Nose it outrageous grapefruit! The juicy and tart fruit, the pith and the peel. Some herbal for the background and a sweet but light scent of malt. Forceful yet graceful nose. It's vibrant and enticing. The taste is fruity and lively with that grapefruit. Just enough malt to feel it on the palate more than really taste it too much. Bit it is a feather light biscuit with a bit of dryness. Lively juicy fruit and the herbal kicks in on the backnotes to make this one drink easily and with plenty of taste. Some earthy pine on the palate brings it to a dry finish with a well done bitter. it's a bitter that is not shy and it lasts and lingers a bit. Balanced to the flavors and to the drink but it does stand out. It does not succumb to the malt at all and lingers just long enough to show you the splendid crispness of the beer. It has ample carbonation and finishes tart. Really one of the best session ales.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%

12 oz can into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color. The head is two fingers high, with a shade barely off-white. Retention is somewhat low, and the texture is a bit rough. However, it does leave behind a good amount of lacing behind. (3.5)

Smell: Grapefruit-laden hops and sweet caramel malts comprise the majority of the aroma. Touches of herbal, piny notes also come through. But come to think about it, it does a good impersonation of a standard 6% pale ale - even if it's a standard issue aroma, managing to come across larger than it really is gives it bonus points. (3.5)

Taste: The flavor profile is more in line with its actual gravity. Grapefruit and pine open it up, while some maltiness finishes it off. Holy crap, not only does the nose impersonate a bigger pale ale, the flavor also has the excessive crystal malt presence most standard pales do! I jest, I jest. This one is alright. (3)

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light and dry, but there's also some lingering sweetness which seems to beef up its body. There's also a huge amount of carbonation which is honestly distracting. (3)

Overall: This really tastes like a regular 6% pale ale - the grapefruit hops, the crystal malt sweetness, everything! It's fairly standard, but the lower ABV makes this solid for session duty. (3.25)

3.18/5: Nothing too special, but gets the job done as a session ale

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a peach infused medium golden with a thin white head atop,citric hops really stand out nicely over top of a dryer malt base,not overly complex but the hops are nice.Citric hops are predominant on the palate with crisp dryer malt base,hops are not bitter but provide nice sweeter fruitiness.An ale I would drink all day so it is true to its sessionable name.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of briang01
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of EastBay_Nick
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a pint glass. Pours a hazy copper-orange with an off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing.
Nice aroma full of tropical fruits and toffee.
The taste is hoppy, bitter tangerine up front backed up by a nice balance of sweet malt.
Mouthfeel is medium to thin with carbonation just right for a pale ale.
Really tasty and refreshing. Good beer.

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Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Lazaro
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of TTripp725
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of dgfool
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can with no freshness date.

Clear pale brassy color, sudsy topping ... looks like a beer! ;-) Fruity and floral hop nose with a hint of biscuit and caramel malt. Crispness over smoothness, moderate dry-ish body. Semi-pungent hop flavor lends a heavy hand of bitterness; oily, minty, orange peel, leafy / bark, sage. Dry malt character pushes through the hops a bit with bone dry biscuit flavors. Vaguely fruity and the alcohol is tame obviously.

Well within the definition of the American session beer, pretty bold with the hops ... this beer really is starting to grow on me, sadly this 12oz can is not even close to what I would want right now.

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Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with no freshness info available.

Pours clear, lighter amber, under a larger medium tan head. Thick collar, minor sheeting down low and moderate lace.

Biting citric nose, tangarines come to mind.

Hopped up ale, yet on the lighter side bodywise.

Caramel malts with more then some persistant hops. A bit watery in the mid section. Not bad, nothing special, decent session beer in a can, this stuff has its purpose....would work great at the beach, at a tail gate, music fest or for those days (rare no doubt) when you wanta have way more then one

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: pine and grapefruit hops and some caramel

Taste: a sweet bready and caramel start that goes quickly to sharp pine and floral hops with a bit of melon. Grapefruit and caramel come back at the end.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, sweet start with a bitter middle and a less bitter end, high carbonation

Drinkability: It is amazing to find this many complex hops in such a low abv beer. One of the better beers I have had lately, I could easily session this. Very much a California IPA that is nice and layered. A treat.

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Photo of KolbMarley
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jamesmk48
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JupiterJesus
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of asuburbanman
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Imperial Pint. Julian code that begins with 1010 (I assume January 10, 2011).

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with foamy off-white and pretty nice lacing.

Smell: Spicy, citrusy hop aroma with an emphasis on orange. Some light biscuit underneath.

Taste: Great hop taste with orange, grapefruit and a nice spiciness. Dry malts add to the overall complexity with biscuit, tea and earthiness. Ends spicy and somewhat bitter.

Feel: Light but firm body with moderate carbonation. Very dry finish. Proper Bitter feel.

Drinkability: Fantastic session ale. Brewers really need to make more beers like this - low abv, big taste. And this is not an IPA, not an APA; it is a Bitter that uses a shitload of American hops. Otherwise, it fits the style perfectly.

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Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.