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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,065 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,065
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 41
Gots: 49 | 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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JRed

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours transparent orange in color with white head that stays around. Aroma of citrus, slight bubblegum, grass and lemon and some caramel. Tastes of citrus, grass, pine, lemons. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Tasty session, goes down easy but pretty big on flavor. I love sessions.

Serving type: can

07-26-2012 23:18:49 | More by JRed
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

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

Had this on 2012-07-25 in Columbia, PA. It smells and tastes just about the same as it did on-tap yesterday.

A - Clear new-penny-copper with a 2-finger head and good lacing.

S - Floral and lightly dank hops, touch of citrus and biscuit. A little more aromatic than from a fresh can.

T - Lots of flavor for a low ABV brew. There's a tang of hops up front followed by biscuit, citrus flesh, pale and caramel malt and reasonable citric bitterness. It dries nicely.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation with a crisp feel. Quenches the thirst nicely.

O - Lots of flavor, refreshing and enough bitterness to suit my hop demon. Satisfying without packing on the calories.

Serving type: growler

07-26-2012 20:08:28 | More by Tucquan
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-26-2012 03:26:20 | More by WDJersey
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear deep golden orange to copper in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fluffy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit/citrus hops with some lighter notes of pine/resin hops and malts.

T: There is a light caramel malt body with this beer but the dominant flavors are grapefruit/citrus hops. There is a moderate amount of bitterness but it does not linger.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is very light in body for the style and quite easy to drink. Refreshing and sessionable - with the low ABV and non-lingering bitterness, it is a beer that you really want to put a couple away. Very pleasant on a hot summer day. Nice flavors and inviting aroma.

Serving type: can

07-24-2012 20:18:01 | More by dbrauneis
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gpawned

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-24-2012 18:54:48 | More by gpawned
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bonz696


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-22-2012 20:09:11 | More by bonz696
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meanmutt

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-19-2012 12:29:36 | More by meanmutt
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jereb33

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-18-2012 22:37:38 | More by jereb33
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juicebox

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-17-2012 23:49:21 | More by juicebox
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Gobzilla

California

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

A: poured orangish yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and a nice finger worth of foamy head that left plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: citrus hops were apparent in the aroma with slight grassy, lots of sweetness from the malts, detected a little caramel, and was pretty grainy.

T: mostly it was sweetness from the malts paving the way alongside a mild hop profile, citrusy grassy character and grainy accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with plenty of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, grainy, very mild hoppy, and faint bitter finish.

O: honestly its just ok but expected more from a hoppy west coast beer. Can't win them all I guess

Serving type: can

07-17-2012 09:56:24 | More by Gobzilla
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-16-2012 16:04:02 | More by ShemRahBoo
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JohnBender

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-14-2012 20:24:20 | More by JohnBender
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

07-12-2012 02:25:15 | More by OriolesFan1008
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-11-2012 00:12:06 | More by rolltide8425
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hanlonrn


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-10-2012 12:01:31 | More by hanlonrn
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Sudsanonymous


3/5  rDev -22.3%

07-10-2012 02:38:24 | More by Sudsanonymous
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swh1972

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-08-2012 13:54:34 | More by swh1972
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: can

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

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-05-2012 23:27:02 | More by hannaho
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-03-2012 19:34:41 | More by kaunshelly
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jkbusman

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-30-2012 01:42:34 | More by jkbusman
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-28-2012 04:02:20 | More by macrosmatic
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valarking

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

06-28-2012 02:03:49 | More by valarking
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice a clear redish yellow. There is about a finger and a half of pure white head that takes awhile to settle. Nice lacing as it drinks.

S: This beer smells of citrusy hops with a nice malty backbone. Neither scent is overpowering. It's a nice balance.

T: I get a bit of malt up front that quickly changes into some bright hops notes. The bitters are nice, but it doesn;t last long. This beer gets quite malty for my taste in the middle. The finish is sweet and then lingering bitters.

M: Light bodied beer. Good carbonation, nice mixing of malt and hops, a bit of linger bitters in the finish.

O: This is a good beer, and something that you could session, but I don't know if I would want to sit around drinking only this.

Serving type: can

06-27-2012 20:13:37 | More by trxxpaxxs
Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,065 ratings.