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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,205 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,205
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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Photo of Smileitsfreetobehappy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of fscottkey
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: [3.75] An apricot orange color. The beer is not transparent (slightly cloudy looking). After a typical pour it forms a 1 1/2 finger head. The head is pretty thick and attractive but goes away after a few minutes. The head leaves lots of nice lacing. The can lists ABV (4.4%), IBUs (42) and the Drink By (11/08/14). All good info!

S: [4.25] Nice piney nose. Not a whollop or overwhelming - but decent for a 4.4% beer.

T: [4.25] I get tropical fruits and apricot up front. There is a nice breadiness in the middle and the finish is a sligh bitter kick. The front and the mid share a pleasant sweetness too.

M: [4.25] Not bad for a low ABV beer. The carbonation is right and the beer feels a little buttery and rich on the tongue.

O: [4.00] Do not be fooled by the crazy Space Monkey on the can - or the name ("Bitter" 21st Ammendment is planning to change the name). Really nice flavor profile for the ABV - they really pack it in there. I am really impressed. This is my top 2 session beers. Kudos to 21st Ammendment.

Photo of ShepardCommander
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of MNAle
2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale, cloudy orange color. White head that fades relatively quickly. Moderate, disconnected lacing. Citrus in the aroma, otherwise faint. Some visible carbonation but not excessive. Thin, but sweet malt initial taste with bitter hops next, and lingering in the aftertaste. The aftertaste is a bit unpleasant and faintly fruity. Not much mouth feel - thin. Not well balanced; the overall impression is thin, watery and hopped. Not very impressive. Even though the brewer calls this a pale ale, with "bitter" in the name, I was expecting better balance, more malt, not watery citrus. Disappointing.

Photo of Mulligan
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Very, very solid session. Still plenty hoppy.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.2/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of mikenotchey
5/5  rDev +29.9%

A perfect session beer. The first can is great, but the ones following only improve. Aromatically balanced, a slight spiciness on the tongue, great carbonation.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,205 ratings.