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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,204 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,204
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 47
Gots: 87 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is of malt, citrus zest, and some grapefruit flavors. There is a medium level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is very tasty and easy to drink.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Rustico a few weeks back.

Pours a nice golden apricot that was fairly light. Nice white head and some lacing as it went down. Smell is really nice strong citrus hops coming over just a tiny bit of underlying malt sweetness. Taste is similar and blew me away for a bitter. Incredible how much flavor has been packed into this uber-sessionable beer. Super hop flavor without too much accompanying bitterness. Mouthfeel really hits the spot in this regard, as there's enough bitterness--and perhaps a bit more--than is needed to counteract the sweetness, and the hop flavors really jump out. This is one exceedingly drinkable brew. Hoppy, sessionable beers are right up among my favorites, and this one is near the top.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a pint glass with a finger high foamy off white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Staying true to its name, the beer has a strong dose of bitterness in the taste along with flavors of grapefruit and some hints of the underlying malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly; the low alcohol content makes this particularly suitable for being a session ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

With the bridge of British "session ale" to American IPA, it's easy tho think that that the two would never marry together. But in not-so-bitter fashion, 21st Ammendment's Bitter American make it look, and taste, easy.

Bitter American is a dense amber, honeylike color that projects notions of caramel, biscuit and herbal tea. Of course hops help out with that botanical blend as grapefruit, tobacco, sassafras and verbena peak through its bready-sweet upstart.

Creamy in the middle, light caramel and shortbread flavors mount even as the bottom drops out of the malty sweet taste and texture. What's left is faint impressions of malt with an arid honeycomb structure of bread and cake. That paves the way for hops to supplant the sweetness, balancing with resinous pine, citrus ribs and a dried leaf taste.

Its bitter finish comes after a quickly dissolving creamy, medium-light body to start. Trailing hop bitterness is just as broad and woody as it is sharp and citrusy, giving its final impressions as much English character as it does of American ale. Its earthen stem flavor is a curious linger as it leaves this light bodied IPA less clean and crisp as preferred, but not obstructing the likability of the beer either.

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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a dark golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus floral hops with light dry caramel malt notes. Taste is dominated by floral hops with clear citrus presence and some semi-sweet malt notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice refreshing APA with nice citrus floral notes and limited bitter notes.

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4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head with excellent head on a hazy golden and crimson body.

S: nice strong aroma with floral notes and candied citrus. Aroma is both sweet and earthy.

T: what I really like about this one is how the bitterness is obvious but held at bay by the degree of sweetness. Neither dominates but rather component each other. Grassy bitterness and grapefruit and orange citrus sweetness well balanced. Light caramel Malta throughout.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is an excellent pretty much perfectly balanced sessionale beer.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice look clear amber color. The head is foamy and white in color. The smell of the beer as a really nice aroma of hops on the nose. There is a balance of malt there too. The taste of this beer is really quite nice, it's sweet and bitter all at the same time. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall this beer is exactly what they describe it as. This is one you can drink anytime and feel satisfied I think.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can - Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a crystalline, dark golden body with a tall, proud, off-white head. Tiny blots of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Moderate maltiness, predominately throwing off a whiff of crisp grains followed by a fresh, inviting scent of flower petals and juicy citrus fruits.

Taste: A light treacle-like sweetness given to the grainy maltiness, scantly toasty, chased by floral hops, citrus tastes of citric lemon and grapefruit juices. Medium-plus bitterness. Drying, lemony finish with a lingering citrus presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Bitter American is somewhat along the lines of the Stone session ale awhile back. Somewhat. Always happy to see some lower alcohol options.

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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Paradiso.

Even the tap handle was a can. Nice. It pours a clear straw topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises citrus hops (heavy on the grapefruit), stinky flowers (now, that's what my notes say, and I think I can explain: you know those stenchblossoms that show up every now and again? Smells like those, a combination of sweet petals and death...something like that...), and a very light caramel. The taste consists of a mostly floral, only partially citrus-y bitterness mixed with a light, sweet toffee. The body is light, with a heavy-moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a nice bitter, easy to drink and definitionally sessionable.

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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

21st Amendment "Bitter American"
12 oz. can, "Enjoy By: 11/25/14" - looks like I missed that by 5 days
$1.83 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Notes: Hazy golden orange body. Pillowy bright white head drops shortly =. just good retention and lacing. Aroma displays gently resinous, leafy, softly piney, and citrusy (grapefruit, pineapple) hops as well as a gently bready malt. The flavor follows suit, giving the hops a little more emphasis over the malt; and there's a bit of yeasty fruitiness that let's you clearly know that it's an ale. It's solidly bitter, but balanced. As it warms the citrus becomes more evident and opens up displaying mango and papaya. It finishes dry as the malt recedes and the bitterness rises. Medium-light leaning towards medium in body with a crisp carbonation. Session ale? Absolutely, and yet not. Yes, because it's rich and flavorful but not overdone, but also "not really" because at 4.6% abv it's really not that much lower in alcohol. If I hadn't known it, I'd have just assumed it was a standard APA.

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Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,204 ratings.