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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,132 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,132
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 44
Gots: 70 | 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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Reviews by gpogo:
Photo of gpogo
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%

A- Cloudy orange body with lots of carbonation. Small white foam cap and a light lacing.

A- Sweet bitterness. Orange and a touch of pine.

T- Sweet lightly sour plain malt flavor. Kindof empty. Constant bitterness, but not unpleasant.

M- Light body, moderate-high carbonation.

D- Quite an enjoyable session beer. Taste and aroma are far from amazing, but it is a decent brew.

gpogo, Jun 02, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

oberon, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of GameOfBeers
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

briang01, Jun 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

csmartin6, Dec 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Lazaro, Feb 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

TTripp725, Apr 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

dgfool, Sep 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

TimoP, Feb 09, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +15%

Doomcifer, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

Jason, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

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

Billolick, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

tigg924, Mar 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

KolbMarley, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

JupiterJesus, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +3.6%

ryancl, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

bsp77, Feb 24, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ImFlyerThanYou, Apr 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

JDVance742, Nov 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

tuowl74a, May 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Bike2work, Jun 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

juicebox, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Canned on 12/12/11.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with good retention and lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell: Sweet bready caramel and toffee malts with some wheat grains. A nice citrus and earthy hop presence. Hints of grapefruit, pineapple, pine resin, and grassy hops. Smells nicely balanced and full for a lighter beer. Pretty nice.

Taste: Very good bite of hops upfront with some citrus grapefruit, pineapple, and orange with a little pine resin. Also some earthy, grassy tasting hops. Midway comes a good taste of bready biscuity malts with some caramel and toffee. Full flavored and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, creamy and very easy drinking.

Overall: A pretty solid "session" beer. Nice hop presence for a smaller beer.

MattyG85, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Doc_Hops
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

A- Pours a nice orange color, slightly hazy, with some towering, fluffy, cream colored head.

S- Light piny hop aroma with some smooth malt notes.

T- Bright hop bitterness in the beginning (oddly) with some nice orangey/malty notes in the middle followed by a crisp, smooth, quick finish.

M- Quite tingly on tip of the tounge. Real nice carbonation throughout as well.

O- It's nice to have a beer with actual FULL flavor that doesn't overwhelm you with alcohol, or price. This is an awesome session beer that is very approachable and a great gateway beer for someone looking to get into craft beer. Definitely an "A" in my book.

Serving Type: 12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Doc_Hops, Feb 11, 2013
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Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,132 ratings.