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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

Bitter AmericanBitter American

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BA SCORE
87
very good

981 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 981
Reviews: 326
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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AwYeh

Ohio

2.3/5  rDev -40.4%
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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bsp77

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Imperial Pint. Julian code that begins with 1010 (I assume January 10, 2011).

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with foamy off-white and pretty nice lacing.

Smell: Spicy, citrusy hop aroma with an emphasis on orange. Some light biscuit underneath.

Taste: Great hop taste with orange, grapefruit and a nice spiciness. Dry malts add to the overall complexity with biscuit, tea and earthiness. Ends spicy and somewhat bitter.

Feel: Light but firm body with moderate carbonation. Very dry finish. Proper Bitter feel.

Drinkability: Fantastic session ale. Brewers really need to make more beers like this - low abv, big taste. And this is not an IPA, not an APA; it is a Bitter that uses a shitload of American hops. Otherwise, it fits the style perfectly.

Serving type: can

02-24-2011 01:37:16 | More by bsp77
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

21st Amendment is releasing some nice looking cans these days, I hope this tastes as nice as it looks.

A- Amber body with a nice frothy head of substantial size. Good retention makes this a pretty beer to look at. Very nice coat and rings of lace.

S- A blast of hops release from the can upon opening. Pouring it allows nice hints of citrus, tropical fruit, pine and floral hops to escape from the beer. A very nice hop profile with just a bit of malt and bread below it. It sure does fade fast once I start to actually drink the beer.

T- Hops shine here but not as much as the aroma. Pine pretty much takes over with big floral hints right behind it. Malt, dark fruit and bread become bigger here balancing out the beer a bit. Some hoppy fruit notes. An off-flavor of tin kicks in but does not ruin the beer completely.

MF- Somewhat creamy feel to an overall light body. High carbonation and a pretty substantial bitterness.

DB- The aroma, at first, had me very excited. After a few sips the beer developed a metallic flavor that didn't ruin the beer but did take away from it. It somehow ended up tasting old but it started off super fresh, very odd experience.

Serving type: can

02-23-2011 02:29:22 | More by cbutova
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can received as a generous gift (not a trade!) from nonstick. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip. Classified on BA as an IPA, but on the can as an extra pale ale - I'm going with the can.

A - Second beer of the night to be under 5% and pour an absolutely crystal clear body...a great thing. This one pours a rich, medium amber color with a finger of loose, rocky white head that falls within a minute or so to a thin surface layer with a nice foamy collar and streaks of lacing.

S - Really good hoppy aroma. Lots of pine, some citrus and also grabbing a hit of earthiness too. Underlying graininess...a bit roasty - very dry aroma.

T - Hmm, getting a flavor up front I'm gonna have to think about to figure what it is...hopefully by the time I'm done with this review I'll figure it out. Lots of hops - flavor is a mix like the aroma, but the earthy character is what I'm getting the most of in the taste. Some pine and citrus do make it into the flavoras well tho and round things out pretty well. The mystery flavor seems to be some kind of fruitiness that is clashing a bit with the grains and the earthy dirt-like flavors around it.

M - A bit thin...crisp, rather dry. Malt contribution is grainy and rather light. Earthiness is very high for me and leaves me feeling a bit like I just slid head first into second base - a little less and this could be quite nice. Still pretty good, but could me a bit more.

D - Alcohol is quite low at 4.4%...great for a session beer. Not my favorite of all time, but very drinkable nonetheless. The aroma is better than the flavor...wish more of the pine/citrus combo came thru instead of the earth...personal preference, no doubt.

Serving type: can

02-23-2011 01:32:01 | More by portia99
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MaltsOfGlory

Oregon

2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
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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brewdoc75

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed as an American Pale Ale

A: Golden yellow. Stronger carbonation. Beautiful, 1 inch white head sits on top. Looks sessionable.

S: Lots of citrus fruit. Orange and tangerines are ever present. Some tropical papaya and mango comes out as well. A light fruitiness sits in the background. The malts really don't add much. A touch of maltiness would have made this perfect.

T: At first drink, this isn't really flavorful at all. As the beer rolls off the tongue, a ton of hop flavors come out. The orange, tangerine and mango flavors really are there after you swallow. The bitterness is really mild for the amount of flavor you get from the hops. There is a lingering piney flavor in the back of the throat. Once again, the malts really do not come out much. There is a light caramel flavor, but it dies out quickly. Unfortunately the flavors die out really quickly.

M: Light bodied. Very clean bitterness. Finishes plenty dry. Stronger carbonation than some pale ales.

D: A very nice beer. A little more flavor would have been great. Otherwise, this beer is great. It is definitely one of the more drinkable pale ales out there. I could have this on tap at my house and be quite happy. However, for the price ($9.99 a sixer), I may be happier with a slightly higher alcohol, more flavorful pale ale.

Serving type: can

02-22-2011 03:30:09 | More by brewdoc75
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vfgccp

New York

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright mandarin orange. Almost no head.

S - Nice citrus aroma. Clementine. Lightly floral.

T - Sweet orange with a dry, woodsy, citrus bitterness. Nice malt mid profile with a light floral sweetness. Apricot tang on the back end the profile.

M - Medium-light body with a relatively clean dry finish.

D - Great drinkability with a touch of lingering bitterness.

Serving type: can

02-22-2011 00:14:46 | More by vfgccp
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claspada

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aromas of citrus and pine. Nice lemon and herbal hop notes as well. Really nice.
The taste is initially biscotti and light bready maltiness but quickly shifts back to the extremely well balanced bitterness and full hop flavors. Not too bitter at all, so balanced between hop aroma, taste and bitterness.
Good carbonation helps to balance out the bitterness as well. Overall this is the best session beer I have ever had. So much flavor and so little alcohol. If it was cheaper I would buy it by the pallet.

Serving type: can

02-19-2011 21:17:02 | More by claspada
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a copper color with amber hues. The head is one inch of egg shell colored foam that recedes slowly into a quarter inch cap of lacing. The aroma is very strong. There is a very nice balance of floral, herbal, and citrus notes that creates tremendous complexity. A lover of hops could smell this beer all day without getting bored. The taste is more herbal and floral than the aroma, but there is still a noticeable citrus component in the finish. The malt plays a secondary role. Bitterness is moderate yet firm. This is a very nice tasting beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice light carbonation that allows the beer nuances to be more greatly appreciated. Overall, this is a great beer. I could easily session this all afternoon long without tiring of it. I will certainly drink this beer again.

Serving type: can

02-18-2011 20:30:52 | More by KarlHungus
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chickencoop

California

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Completeley blown away with this beer, not saying it's the greatest but an actual craft producing a session beer with some flavor, sorry full sail. I like the light malts in this with some bitterness, somewhat esb like. Very crisp and easy to drink, maybe it's the can, but this is definateley something to reconsider when pounding some beer at a raider game. Will pick this up again, and good to see 21st make something for the 8+ beers drinker.

Serving type: can

02-18-2011 05:36:31 | More by chickencoop
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark orange/light amber color with a 1 finger, creamy tan head. Great head retention. Reduces a bit but stays put for the most part. Excellent foamy lacing covers the entire glass.

Great aromas from the nose. Nice citrus and slightly piny hops up front. There is also a good amount of sweet malt aroma that makes it way through. Though it doesn't seem that way at first, the nose is actually pretty balanced once you get past the initial blast of hops.

The taste is similar to the nose in regards to the flavors that are present but it is definitely more balanced. The same citrus and piny hops lead the way but the sweet malt character is kicked up a notch. Very smooth finish. I expected more of a bitter element at the end with the hop aromas and flavors as they were.

Crisp and smooth at the same time. Light/medium body with carbonation on the high end of medium. Very smooth finish.

Excellent drinkability. Crisp, clean and smooth. Great flavors with a lighter body. Definitely a beer that I wish was released in the spring or summer instead of the winter because you could sit outside and drink it all day.

Serving type: can

02-18-2011 05:27:04 | More by ms11781
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MADhombrewer

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Clear, light rust color. Nice fluffy white head. Lots if lacing left behind.

Aroma- Beautiful piney, floral aroma. Little malt in the background. I haven't had a taste, but am expecting great things.

Taste- More malt in the taste then in the smell. Not as much bitterness as the nose would suggest. There is also a prominent "tinnyness" to it that is different, and not really in a good way.

Mouthfeel- Mouthfeel is good. I would expect this from a bitter.

Drinkability- At 4.4% this is easy enough to put down, but the "tinnyness" really takes away some of the enjoyment.

At first pour and smell I had high hopes for this one, but it fell short after the first drink. After about half the glass the "tinnyness" went away somewhat. Drinkability is much better.

Serving type: can

02-18-2011 03:08:45 | More by MADhombrewer
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - bright orange, clean and clear. Very well formed head with some lacing. Part of this pour is definitely the aroma, it comes streaming out of this can at full force and is a lot more pungent than one might expect for a beer this low in alcohol.

Aroma - lots of grapefruit, wow. All that resiny, piney, citrusy goodness is in present. This just smells heavenly. For a hoppy, sessionable pale ale I don't think one could ask for a better smelling beer.

Taste - nice bitterness, piney and grapefruity hop flavors with some malty undertones. Not too sweet, not too bitter. A nice balance and a very light body. This one skips along the tongue leaving you satisfied and not weighed down by either flavors or booziness. I absolutely love the amount of hoppiness this beer presents, its a very nice surprise as I wasn't expecting quite so much.

Overall - one sip and you'll be hooked. I know I am. Big flavors and low ABV. We need a lot more of these. I am not exaggerating when I say that this one is off the charts when it comes to "drinkability". This should be available all year round.

Would I buy more of it? - definitely, there are not enough of these low ABV, hoppy brews on the market. I think we've almost forgotten about the type of beers you can drink one after another and not get burned out.

Serving type: can

02-18-2011 00:56:54 | More by indiapaleale
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden/amber with a good bubblyhead. Some lacing. Nice clarity.

Big grapefruit nose, some fruit, and toasted malt.

This is the surprise of the century. Hops are all in the nose. Hops are tasty and present, but not overly assertive. Medium toasty malt flavors, then some fruit and citric hop bitterness, and then this dries out a bit. Real real easy drinking. No booze at all.

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Good.

Easy drinking and tastes great. Mild in some areas, better in some others. At $10/6 pack, it is worth it. I'd drink this at the grill or with pizza any day.

Serving type: can

02-18-2011 00:20:34 | More by OtherShoe2
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoying on-tap at Smokin' Joes in the southside of Pgh. Crystal clear orange amber with some bright golden amber highlights. The head is egg-shell white and leaves some swirling lace and sticky wisps after receding. A truly classic looking APA.

Bready biscuit malt and toffee mix with sweet and slightly piney citrus hops. Superbly well balanced. A hint of caramel but not too sweet, balanced with cereal grain and candied orange peel. A hint of pink grapefruit and cumquat. Distinctly American hop varieties but exercising restraint nicely.

Sweet biscuity malt with a tangy bight up front mix with lush citrus hops and mild floral notes. Decidedly smooth throughout and sublimely drinkable. The buttery sweetness takes a minute to fade but makes way for mellow yet pronounced floral/earthy hops kissed by a touch of citrus. The malt is lightly toasted and sticks around. This beer's flavor characterizes fluctuate and resurface; a feet few drinkable beers can accomplish.

Lighter bodied but substantial. Although the beginning is crisp, the malt backbone is substantial and doesn't thin out too much. Some lingering bitterness and toasty, raw grain breadiness leaves a hint of abbreviated sweetness behind. Remarkably drinkable yet doesn't fail to keep my interest. Flourishes in the underappreciated aspects of a stellar APA. Coupled with an ABV of 4.4%, I could drink this all day with getting sick of it for a moment.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2011 21:00:52 | More by letsgopens
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Jesse13713

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a brilliantly carbonated sunset orange. A huge frothy head presents itself in a creamy fashion. It tends to have problems lacing to the glass until it settles a bit more. Upon looking further, it has tints of caramel in it as well. The whipped froth begins to cling to the glass after a few drinks.

Smell - Smells a bit like an IPA. Slightly bitter with hints of banana chips. A slight citrusy pine with hints of malt. Sort of a light bread smell.

Taste - An oddly bitter pale ale that truly surprised me with it's taste. At first, you get a slight bitter hop-filled bite. But immediately after you are overcome by an extraordinarily strange taste that is hard to pinpoint. My first thoughts were that it was very watered down. But then I started to notice the more caramelized malts. I got hints of grapefruit and orange peel as well; especially in the aftertaste. All in all, a very smooth and clean beer.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Extremely light bodied. It comes off as a little too dry and I immediately wanted a glass of water. At the same time, this sort of reminds me of drinking Gatorade. Not because of taste at all, but because of the sodium in Gatorade; it just makes you thirstier and you immediately quench more Gatorade as soon as your glass hits the table. Same story here. As soon my last drink would settle, my brain would tell me drink more. Definitely easily drinkable in any fashion.

Serving type: can

02-17-2011 19:02:36 | More by Jesse13713
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SirSketch

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - Big, big sticky head. Pale orange color.

S - Strong piney, resinous hops. Really nice malt profile brings aroma of fresh waffles.

T - Clean, toasty malt tastes 'darker' than the color suggests. Less hop in the flavor, but still assertive. Ends dry.

M/D - A little thin, though probably appropriate for a session beer. I would definitely pick this over Fat Tire for a picnic, round of golf, boat outing, or any other activity that calls for canned beer.

Serving type: can

02-17-2011 03:20:00 | More by SirSketch
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aerozeppl

New York

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Really nice clear light copper color. Quite a bit of white head with some really impressive lacing.

S: The nose is of earthy and piney hops. Quite a bit of malt in the nose as well. One of the more pungent examples of the style I have had.

T: The bitterness comes across nicely without being overwhelming. The malt is crystal clear as well. Quite balanced.

M: A little on the thin side but for the ABV it is fine.

D: This would be a great summer beer. Wish it was available where I live. Quite a bit of taste and complexity for such a small beer.

Serving type: can

02-16-2011 22:51:07 | More by aerozeppl
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Billolick

New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with no freshness info available.

Pours clear, lighter amber, under a larger medium tan head. Thick collar, minor sheeting down low and moderate lace.

Biting citric nose, tangarines come to mind.

Hopped up ale, yet on the lighter side bodywise.

Caramel malts with more then some persistant hops. A bit watery in the mid section. Not bad, nothing special, decent session beer in a can, this stuff has its purpose....would work great at the beach, at a tail gate, music fest or for those days (rare no doubt) when you wanta have way more then one

Serving type: can

02-15-2011 03:20:57 | More by Billolick
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beertunes

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in bubble pint glass. Poured a clean, clear golden amber color with 1/4 inch of off-white head that had medium retntion and lacing.

The aroma was a bit grainy and spicy for an IPA and had a medium hop presence in the nose. The tastes were about the same, a nice grain base, notable, but not overpowering, hops and a bit of spiciness.

The body was good, fairly typical for the style. Drinkability was very good, the beer went down smooth and easy and I could see having several.

Overall, a nice little brew. Try it when you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 22:47:04 | More by beertunes
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chumba526

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears clear orange like red in color with a slightly off white head.

It smells of nutty roasted malts, slightly sweet caramel malt, I also get a bit a grassy citrusy hop flavor to the beer as well.

It tastes initially of citrusy and grassy hops. I get a mild grapefruit and orange like flavor. There is a slightly pine like hop flavor as well. I then get a bold bread like and caramel like malt flavor. The beer ends with a nice bitter aftertaste. I had this on tap one time and was not that impressed but today trying it I am quite impressed.

There is a crisp mouthfeel with a medium high carbonation level.

This is a very drinkable ale that is easy to drink. I could drink this all day.

Overall a great low alcohol hoppy pale ale. Worth getting a six pack or two.

Serving type: can

02-14-2011 00:55:08 | More by chumba526
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Mdog

Minnesota

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

Appearance: Clear amber, big head.

Smell: Mild citrus, dry.

Taste: Very big, very dry citrus. Like biting into and chewing on the pith. Not much else to balance it out.

Drinkability: Low ABV with lots of hops means this could be a good one to get the hop fix on.

This was really bitter and really dry, but that's not a bad thing. Reminded me somewhat of Bitter Brewer from Surly but without the orange flavors, just the big bitterness in a little beer.
Worth a try.

Serving type: can

02-13-2011 20:05:10 | More by Mdog
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Comes out a clean golden yellow. A small amount of head but a good ring around the edges.

Smells resiny crisp. A slight pine twist. A very light malty body. Faint fresh bread slightly sweet.

A nice punch at first good little hop bite that finishes quick and leaves you with a clean very light malt finish. Crisp malty faintly bitter.

Extremely drinkable beer. Light body but great hop and malt characters. refreshing and smooth. If only the commercial breweries could think like this.

Serving type: can

02-13-2011 18:16:33 | More by DrinkingDrake
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought a 6pk, ended up having a few of these last night. Poured a few pints into a Deschutes pint glass.

This pours a nice golden color with some orange tones. 2-finger head and some mild lacing, head settles out eventually.

Nose is pleasantly hoppy- zippy, fresh pine hops.

T- Substantial bitterness, although it quits after a few seconds. Pine sap, resiny... some floral hops. Pale and dry bready maltiness. Big blast of initial flavor that subsides in the finish.

M- Light, very quaffable. Nice hop snap. Good carbonation keeps it lively.

D- Very very high. Wow. I am diggin' this one... great flavors in a lower ABV beer. One I will for sure buy more of.

Serving type: can

02-13-2011 16:18:04 | More by ShogoKawada
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TheShaunsie

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into La Fin Du Monde Tulip

Appearance: Quite a beautiful copper-orange hue, with an ivory head. Thin, dainty lacing following the first sip. Looks like an enticing IPA or copper ale.

Smell: Perhaps the most admirable part of this brew. Picking up hop oil, slight pine, itty-bit of candied caramel, and after swirling several times, a bit of grapefruit and acidic citrus.

Taste: Somewhat akin to an English-Style Bitter. Hops are present, but only reveal their agenda in the finish, and it doesn't last quite as long as you think it should. You'd think by the color of the beer that it should have a bit more malt complexity, but surprisingly, there isn't much complexity to be found.

Mouthfeel: The aroma of hop oil doesn't translate to a smooth, coating mouth on the Bitter American. It feels light and skittish, never hanging around for long enough to make a decent lasting impression. Good carbonation, but it seems to dissipate any lingering flavor too quickly.

Drinkability: Despite most of the complaints, I will be finishing a few of these beers this fine, 35 degree MN evening. Perhaps it's the want of this brew to be bigger, better. Perhaps it's the tantalizing hop profile like a gal showing a bit more leg every time you cast your eyes her way. Or it could be the damned astronaut monkey on the label.

This would be a great substitute for a sporting event beer, simply because it has more character than some of the swill. They call it session beer, and rightly so. The 4.4% is perfect for exploring 3-4 cans in an evening, and it just might take you that long to really hunt down what this beer might have to offer.

Serving type: can

02-13-2011 02:40:40 | More by TheShaunsie
Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 981 ratings.