Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery
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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
2.91/5 rDev -24.6%
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.
07-06-2014 01:54:36 | More by malprep
Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,111 ratings.