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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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very good

1,222 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,222
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 49
Gots: 98 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2007

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
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a nice orange color, slightly hazy, with some towering, fluffy, cream colored head.

S- Light piny hop aroma with some smooth malt notes.

T- Bright hop bitterness in the beginning (oddly) with some nice orangey/malty notes in the middle followed by a crisp, smooth, quick finish.

M- Quite tingly on tip of the tounge. Real nice carbonation throughout as well.

O- It's nice to have a beer with actual FULL flavor that doesn't overwhelm you with alcohol, or price. This is an awesome session beer that is very approachable and a great gateway beer for someone looking to get into craft beer. Definitely an "A" in my book.

Serving Type: 12oz can poured into a pint glass.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 4/9/12, ten months ago.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange/golden hue with a thin off-white head.

Aroma: Bread, light pepper, earth, citrus. Not very aromatic.

Taste: Like in the nose. A slightly peppery biscuit flavor as the malt base a bit of earthy hops. There is a hint of orange zest but the hops are quite faded. I'd peg the IBUs at around 35 (listed as 42 on brewery website). Finish is smooth with a little hop after burn. Decent flavor for the low 4.4% ABV. The hops that were used seem to be going for a more hearty flavor rather than juiciness.

Mouthfeel: Thin in body with average carbonation. Easy drinkability and probably sessionable if you enjoy the flavor.

Final Thoughts: A good introductory beer for someone new to craft. It's a decent beer all around that does the most with its flavor given the low ABV. Would I drink it again? Probably not.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy. Yellowish brown. Very little head even with the last third of the can poured straight into a pint.

S: Nice floral hop aroma with a touch of cedar. Slight lemony notes.

T: Great ipa flavor. Not over hopped but with a good floral tanginess. Another light hint of woodiness.

M: Good mouthwatering finish. Bitterness washes over the tongue and dissipates quickly. A dried leaf flavor lingers on the back of the tongue a little too long.

O: Drinkable and accessible. The fact that it comes in a can says it all. It's a no fuss straight shooting ipa. I like that its not too bitter but still full of flavor. The downside is that it feels like it was a bit too filling; would be hard pressed to drink more than one or two.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,222 ratings.