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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,106 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,106
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 45
Gots: 62 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-13-2013 02:25:25 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-10-2012 01:21:21 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

07-04-2012 01:16:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

10-10-2012 23:40:56 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

09-29-2010 10:42:03 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-14-2011 04:23:32 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1%

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.

02-11-2011 01:47:09 | More by metter98
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-04-2014 19:40:55 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-02-2012 04:14:09 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

05-27-2013 02:16:52 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -8%

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.

07-17-2014 04:18:07 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

01-06-2013 23:45:52 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-15-2013 04:04:58 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-07-2012 18:26:33 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-08-2013 00:49:52 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

07-27-2012 03:23:05 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

01-08-2012 04:56:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-22-2014 18:31:59 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

07-07-2012 01:01:18 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

02-10-2012 22:09:23 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

08-13-2010 21:37:23 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-15-2011 19:41:22 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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zeff80

Missouri

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%

12-25-2013 19:04:20 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-18-2013 04:00:10 | More by largadeer
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

An interesting apa. I have to wonder if the whole "Bitter American" thing means it is a mesh between a pale ale and a bitter? Either way, that is what I take away from this one. It's a pale ale with bitter tones. There is hop spiciness to it with an earthen malty thing mixing it up as well. I feel like this wasn't meant to be the typical pale ale, and it comes across that way. It's a session ale, and I like it.

08-07-2012 05:46:12 | More by RblWthACoz
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Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,106 ratings.