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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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87
very good

1,079 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,079
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 42
Gots: 52 | 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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donquixote

North Carolina

1/5  rDev -74%

03-06-2012 22:04:30 | More by donquixote
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Frankieteardrop


1/5  rDev -74%

04-20-2012 21:35:48 | More by Frankieteardrop
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dmalone

California

1/5  rDev -74%

10-07-2012 01:27:22 | More by dmalone
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Mickodell


1/5  rDev -74%

05-06-2012 22:59:57 | More by Mickodell
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SoCaliC8

California

1.25/5  rDev -67.5%

01-17-2014 04:55:10 | More by SoCaliC8
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tbone64

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -48.1%

03-08-2014 14:12:58 | More by tbone64
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Rmb

Virginia

2/5  rDev -48.1%

12-09-2013 05:44:58 | More by Rmb
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abeldiaz

Washington

2/5  rDev -48.1%

01-31-2012 05:07:54 | More by abeldiaz
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heytomcat

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -48.1%

08-22-2013 02:37:12 | More by heytomcat
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janizzle

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -48.1%

08-06-2012 04:03:32 | More by janizzle
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JHendu

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

05-10-2013 15:27:08 | More by JHendu
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AwYeh

Ohio

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.

Serving type: can

02-24-2011 07:51:22 | More by AwYeh
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sparx1100

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

03-29-2012 02:44:13 | More by sparx1100
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

07-12-2012 02:25:15 | More by OriolesFan1008
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rprinz22

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

08-17-2012 23:41:17 | More by rprinz22
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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

07-31-2014 19:03:37 | More by Nugget_salad
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SenorHops

Rhode Island

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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vfedetz

Delaware

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

01-07-2014 15:31:21 | More by vfedetz
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nineworldseries

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

06-03-2013 00:05:18 | More by nineworldseries
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popery

California

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.

Serving type: can

08-14-2011 19:13:53 | More by popery
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malprep

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

07-06-2014 01:54:36 | More by malprep
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marcpal

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2008 06:05:28 | More by marcpal
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illidurit

California

2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. Dark gold color with a creamy tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is C-hops galore, a total mockery of the style. Flavor is mostly Cascade citrus hops with some mild toffee. Slight bitterness. Tastes like an American Pale Ale. Appreciable robustness for such low alcohol. Completely over-Americanized and over-hopped. I don't dislike the beer, but they ought to call it what it is: an APA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2008 08:23:41 | More by illidurit
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MaltsOfGlory

Oregon

2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is very clear, not a cloudy IPA at all, looks kinda like an amber really, still has some IPA orange in it though. The head is about one and a half fingers, it dissipates very quickly though, looks like it's leaving good lacing though. Super hoppy on the smell, very hoppy for only a 4.40% IPA, it smells like a legit IPA. Maybe picking up hints of pine on this as well. Oh man, taste is unbelievably disappointing, very very little flavor here. Wow, this might be the weakest "IPA" I have ever had. I mean this just tastes like half a bottle of an IPA mixed with a half a bottle of water. The taste really just sucks, tastes like water mixed with a tiny bit of hops. The smell and the taste are completely on the other site of the spectrum from each other. I would think the drinkability would be somewhat high due to the water aspect, but it actually makes it taste pretty gross. Disappointing beer here.

Serving type: can

02-22-2011 05:01:50 | More by MaltsOfGlory
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dylancraver

California

3/5  rDev -22.1%

03-30-2012 05:27:46 | More by dylancraver
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Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,079 ratings.