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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,155 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,155
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 46
Gots: 76 | 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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1/5  rDev -74%

donquixote, Mar 06, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74%

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1/5  rDev -74%

dmalone, Oct 07, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74%

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1.5/5  rDev -61%

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

damiandev, Oct 12, 2014
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

tbone64, Mar 08, 2014
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

Rmb, Dec 09, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

abeldiaz, Jan 31, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

heytomcat, Aug 22, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

janizzle, Aug 06, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

JHendu, May 10, 2013
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2.3/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz can poured into tulip pint glass; canned on January 15th. Thanks to Jesse13713 for this one.

A: Pours an almost crystal-clear amber-copper with three fingers of frothy, foamy white head, good retention, and great lacing.

S: Lots of citrus hops, a bit of must, and a solid backbone of caramel malts. (It's hard not to devalue this after my experiences with the beer's other categories, but since this was an unbiased reviewing of smell, I'll leave it.)

T: Despite the excitement the smell had built up to this point, my mouth is greeted by a light bitterness and a long, lingering metallic finish. Just a flash of malty sweetness before that finish kicks in, but only if you're looking for it. Something about the taste of this reminds me of the sickening flavor of poppy tea (if you've ever had it, you almost certainly know how disgusting it is).

M: Thin-bodied, with light carbonation and not much texture at all. Thin is the best word to describe this, and it doesn't leave much impression beyond that.

D: Well, it goes down easily, but I don't know that I am too interested in having it again. This glass may be finished slowly.

AwYeh, Feb 24, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

sparx1100, Mar 29, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Nugget_salad, Jul 31, 2014
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2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale, cloudy orange color. White head that fades relatively quickly. Moderate, disconnected lacing. Citrus in the aroma, otherwise faint. Some visible carbonation but not excessive. Thin, but sweet malt initial taste with bitter hops next, and lingering in the aftertaste. The aftertaste is a bit unpleasant and faintly fruity. Not much mouth feel - thin. Not well balanced; the overall impression is thin, watery and hopped. Not very impressive. Even though the brewer calls this a pale ale, with "bitter" in the name, I was expecting better balance, more malt, not watery citrus. Disappointing.

MNAle, Thursday at 11:21 PM
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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

SenorHops, Jul 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

vfedetz, Jan 07, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

nineworldseries, Jun 03, 2013
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2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes 3/11/11. Pours a transparent darkened amber, approximately tangelo, with a puffy white head that dissipates a bit quickly. Aroma is bright citrus hops with some lightly sweet caramel malt. A bit floral. Taste seems a tad off. The hop notes seem kinda soapy and mostly just provide bland bitterness with a touch of citrus. The malt flavor isn’t bad but kinda uninspired and largely hidden by the hoppiness. Mouthfeel starts sudsy but grows watery. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really drink bigger than its abv, which is my standard measure for lower abv beers. This just tastes like a weak APA, though not a bad one.

popery, Aug 14, 2011
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2.91/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - There is a nice appearance to the Bitter American. Head is a little soft and it seemed to be over carbonated.

S - I liked the smell. Nice bold hop scent.

T - Playing off of the over carbonation - little to carbonated for my liking.

M - Light on the mouth. Flavorful. The bold malt and hops had a good taste to it.

O - Bitter American was okay. I enjoyed the purchase but would have like to see it less carbonated allowing the boldness of the hops to come out.

malprep, Jul 06, 2014
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2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at SF brewpub, poured into pint glass. Another I did not like on my way to the fine DIPA they had on tap.

One word for this: Dull. Boring would work too.

A: Light yellow copper color with a modest head and considerable lacing. It looks the part.

S: Bitter and awfully hoppy with nothing else to offer. A weird off putting type hops.

T: Not so much a bitter, too much citrus. Spicy tingling bitterness that again, did not bring anything else to the dance floor. This one appeared to be phoned in.

M: Light body with far too much bubbly. Felt like the burping kid in Willy Wonka after each sip.

D: Light, easy to drink but little flavor other than bland hops. Paired pretty good with the steamers but can be easily destroyed by other flavors or better beers on their lineup.

I feel like I am being harsh but just want to be honest.

marcpal, Dec 05, 2008
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Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,155 ratings.