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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

Bitter AmericanBitter American

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very good

979 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 979
Reviews: 325
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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Photo of vkv822


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
Photo of walkinginplace

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden orange with a decent head

S: Pine hops and citrus, pretty standard for a pale ale.

T: It has an easy citrus taste with a strong and bitingly bitter hoppy finish.

F: Fairly light and crisp. A thin and refreshing feel.

O: Bitter and very hoppy but easy to drink. Sessionable as hell.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 04:44:29 | More by walkinginplace
Photo of Goosehunter75


3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy deep honey with one finger white head. Good example of what an APA should look like in my opinion

S - Very earthy smelling up front with hints of citrus and pine in the back. Hoppy smelling APA!

T - Oddly enough, the faint citrus from the aroma is more prevailant than the earthiness. Well balanced beer

M - A very easy drinking APA. It is light to medium in body. Has a silky smooth feel in the mouth

O - Great APA. Goes down smooth with good flavor. If it were available in Missouri i would pick it up every so often.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 21:31:38 | More by Goosehunter75
Photo of patpbr


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright orange with a nice foamy head.
S - Citrus, pine and Pleasant malts
T - mild bitterness throughout and like the scent. A bit sweet and a little hint of lemon.
M - Medium body and carbination. Finish is smooth.
O - An easy to drink session ale with nice flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 22:45:46 | More by patpbr
Photo of ckollias


3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with thin white head that slowly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a decent trail down the glass.

S: Hoppy aroma with malty edge.

T: Equal mix of bitter hops and sweet malts. Finishes on the dry side of hoppy.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Really good APA. Great mix of the hops and malt.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 02:58:57 | More by ckollias
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt golden color. Craggy very sticky off white head. Semi-hazed. Biscuit malts and nice hoppiness. Bit of soapiness. Raw herbal hoppiness.

Earthy hoppy flavor through out. On the lighter side of medium bodied. Moderately carbonated. Light dry biscuit flavor. Bright herbal hop charter, slightly minty with a hint a soap. Really nice though. For an american beer one of the few that seem to stay more true to the english style.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 00:12:32 | More by jtierney89
Photo of seand


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy light amber with a nice bed of white foam on top. The head dissipates to a thin but solid layer and leaves nice lacing.

S: Citrusy and slightly floral hops, with noticeable grapefruit.

T: Just slightly sweet to start, leading into a full hop flavor through the mid palate and finish. Finish is dry and the hops linger for a while on the aftertaste. Quite nice, and good flavor especially at 4.4%.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Really quite nice as a session ale. Good flavor at a low alcohol content. I'll buy a 6 pack of these again.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 22:01:30 | More by seand
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a nonic tumbler- pours a slightly hayzy golden copper color with two plus fingers of cream colored head, decent retention and lacing.

Smell is nice and citrus hoppy. Pretty simple- a little malt but mostly the citrus hops.

Taste is also very simple but great for such a low alcohol content beer. Pale malt sweetness backbone with notes of grapefruit hops. Sweet and simple.

Mouthfeel is fantastic- cracked one of these open after a long day of playing music and running errands and it's incredibly refreshing. Light body, light carbonation. Very smooth. I prefer session beers to have a 5-6 ABV but this is a nice one if you're looking for something lower that still has flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 23:17:55 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with quickly dissipating rocky white head. Great carbonation. Light bodied, almost transparent. Looks appealing.

Smell: Fresh and clean. Toasted caramel malts and citric hops. Grapefruit and pineapple. Sugar.

Taste: Soothing citric bitterness. Light caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Light and balanced. Slightly chewy. Slightly zippy.

Overall: A well constructed session pale ale. Very refreshing. I enjoy this a lot.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 04:13:31 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of JayS2629


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful light amber with great clarity, a frothy white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

The aroma has tons of spicy hops, black pepper, herbal notes, hints of pine and citrus on a caramel backbone.

Caramel and nutty notes are the underneath that has a huge boquet of hops flavor, pine and citrus with herbal and spicy notes. Bitter throughout with a nice clean overall flavor.

Clean, crisp, refreshing

Very nice, easy drinking, balanced IPA

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 14:41:37 | More by JayS2629
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/27/12 notes. Had on tap at Bier Baron in DC. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear yellow amber color with moderate carbonation evident and one inch of white head.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, herbal notes, tea, wheat, and light earthy notes.

t - Taste of citrus hops, fruity malts, pale malts, tea and herbal notes again, bread, and some oranges. Very nice.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice beer, and a great, easy drinking APA. Some definite citrus hops to it, though it isn't overly hoppy. Could definitely see myself having a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 17:09:31 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Derranged

New York

3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes. Poured from a 12 ounce can into a standard pint glass.

A- Pours an amber color with a big white head. Lots of tiny bubbles in this.

S- Strong smell of hops with some malts and faint citrusy aroma lingering.

T- Strong hops bitterness which dominated over everything else. There was a malty citrusy sweet taste to it in the background. However latter flavors mentioned were not strong in fact this beer was a little watery.

M- Thin and very carbonated.

O- Not really impressed with this one. This is the blandest APA I've had, even more so than Porkslap. An easy drinker nonetheless, inoffensive if you like hops.

Oddly enough this had some similar characteristics to Abita Purple Haze, in that it was bland, super carbonated, low abv, similar color and had lots of bubbles.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 02:10:37 | More by Derranged
Photo of bluejacket74


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber color with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly citrusy (grapefruit, some tropical fruit) and pine hops, along with a bit of sweet malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there is more balance between the hops and malt in the taste compared to the aroma which is hoppier. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink. I think it's a good overall brew. It's a nice choice if you're like me and you're looking for a good lower alcohol beer to end the night with when you still want another beer but don't want to drink something a lot stronger. I'd buy this again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 23:51:31 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Whiteweasel


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
Photo of bubseymour


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
Photo of delta490


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
Photo of MaddenDalyBrokaw


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
Photo of Legend_of_Troybrau

Rhode Island

4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into snifter.

Upon cracking the can, a strong pineapple and grapefruit aroma is present.

A) 4-It pours a quarter inch head that settles into a fine misty layer on the surface with a bit of glass lining. The beer is an orangy-peach color, initially was very cloudy. It clarifies some, but not completely.

S) 5-It's a session, extra pale that smells like your finest double ipa. Pineapple, citrus, grapefruit and a fine pine, great outdoors rush.

T) 3.75- Bitter in the fore, and bitter in the finish. Not as sweet as was anticipated. Very piny, but more bitter than pine, with a touch of lemon in the finish. The beer boasts a modest 42ibu, but you'd guess higher.

M) 3.5- The beer is very light in its consistency. It has a fine carbonation to it . The beer has a light to medium malt profile, that goes largely unnoticed, the main focus being the hops. The beer has a dry finish, with a lingering bitter and belches that reignite the hop receptors of the brain.

O) 4.0625- Nuff said

Serving type: can

01-30-2014 19:28:54 | More by Legend_of_Troybrau
Photo of MarioM


3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into snifter.

A: Slight hazy orange with a bright white head composed of small creamy to medium sized bubbles with good retention and some nice lacing. Good looking beer, glad I poured it.

S: A very nice mild and slight dank hop aroma right off the back with with some good malt and citrus to hold things together.

T: Not so much like the nose, much more maltier but I do get some citrus and dryness, finished nice and dry.

M: Dry and a refreshing lingering bitterness that leaves you wanting more, and at 4.4% abv you can pretty much have as much as you want...

O: A great and sessionable APA that I wouldn't mind drinking everyday, especially during summer or at a bar trying to keep a hold of myself while surrounded by 8% abv + DIPAs while still having some good flavors.

Serving type: can

12-23-2013 00:57:11 | More by MarioM
Photo of anarchia


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale orange ale with moderate carbonation, sticky lacing on the glass. Strong pine / grapefruit hop aroma. Thick body with citrus hop flavors and Caramel/English-y malts. Firm hop bitterness with a dry finish. Definitely what it says it is, excellent American-style session ale.

Serving type: can

12-22-2013 00:40:27 | More by anarchia
Photo of Omnium


3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can > Pint Glass

A - Murky gold with two fingers of big fluffy white head, silky patches of lacing.
S - Grapefruit, pine, grass, some grains.
T - Taste follows the aroma, light bitterness, some pine and grapefruit juice, cut grass, a little floral.
M - Crisp, light feel.
O - Decent session APA, but there's better out there for the price you'd spend.

Serving type: can

12-09-2013 02:41:36 | More by Omnium
Photo of Nugganooch


3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can dated 01/26/13 – purchased at Boynton Liquors San Jose, CA
Hotel tumbler glass – 11/20/13

A: Golden amber body with brilliant clarity. Has a straw gold like appearance. Thick staying khaki cream top that never fully subsides leaving a film of sticky lace down the glass.

S: Smells of bread and grains, lightly toasted. Not particularly sweet. Grassy hops with a dash of citrus and melon fruit. Earthy minerals on the finish. Nice and pleasant nose for a Bitter.

T: Bready cracker malt is prominent with some light grassy floral and piney citrus hops underneath. Faint buttery flavor there with a noticeable mineral quality presenting towards the finish. The malt stays dry rather than sweet and there is a low level of actual bitterness to this Bitter. Alcohol is all but completely masked in flavor. Nice and drinkable from the can.

M: Frothy cream like texture. Lower moderate filling and a touch watery thin. Finish is dry and crisp with a very clean departure.

D: A nice session from the can this American style Bitter offers up some favorable American hop flavors over a classic ESB style malt base. Nothing of major significance however well balanced with nice drinkability.

Serving type: can

11-25-2013 22:30:01 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of mpedara429


4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A slightly hazy dark amber color with a solid two fingers of off white head. Retention that won’t quit and lacing covering pretty much the whole glass.

S: Citrus and piney hops. a hint of spiciness in there too.

T: Floral and earthy hops with just a touch of sweetness from the citrus and pine in the nose.

M: Medium light body with medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O: Holy crap, Batman! It’s light on the ABV but this is the flavor profile I’ve alway wanted to see in pale ales. A six pack session of this would be fantastic.

Serving type: can

11-19-2013 00:07:43 | More by mpedara429
Photo of jmdrpi


3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, canned on 9/05/13 stamped on bottom.

pours a hazy golden color, slightly orange. bright white head - great head retention and lacing. smell is a bit hoppy. earthy with a bit of citrus. taste is mild biscuity bready malt. herbal, slightly bitter hops. medium body and moderate carbonation, easy drinking. overall - a good everyday beer, goes well with food.

Serving type: can

11-15-2013 05:03:31 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of tkelley


3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

A - medium orange bronze. Slightly hazy. Light tan head. Good lacing.

N - light hops and malt. A little citrus.

T - bitter and tasty. Hoppy and malty backbone.

M - very drinkable. Solid level of carbonation.

O - really enjoyed this. Very solid, drinkable beer.


Serving type: can

10-20-2013 19:54:04 | More by tkelley
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Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 979 ratings.