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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,106 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,106
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 45
Gots: 62 | 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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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-12-2012 20:22:07 | More by GaryMarkle84
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-10-2012 01:21:21 | More by t0rin0
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ltdantheman

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

08-09-2012 17:59:24 | More by ltdantheman
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scot959

California

3/5  rDev -22.3%

08-09-2012 02:50:55 | More by scot959
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RHIN0002

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-08-2012 12:56:44 | More by RHIN0002
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Nordicsk8er

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-08-2012 02:01:21 | More by Nordicsk8er
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

An interesting apa. I have to wonder if the whole "Bitter American" thing means it is a mesh between a pale ale and a bitter? Either way, that is what I take away from this one. It's a pale ale with bitter tones. There is hop spiciness to it with an earthen malty thing mixing it up as well. I feel like this wasn't meant to be the typical pale ale, and it comes across that way. It's a session ale, and I like it.

08-07-2012 05:46:12 | More by RblWthACoz
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tbeer40

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-06-2012 23:46:01 | More by tbeer40
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janizzle

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -48.2%

08-06-2012 04:03:32 | More by janizzle
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-30-2012 22:35:38 | More by jfcaa193
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bootsandbeer

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-29-2012 22:20:48 | More by bootsandbeer
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russwaddell

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-29-2012 18:20:21 | More by russwaddell
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TheBronze

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-28-2012 23:41:58 | More by TheBronze
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Tpsauer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-28-2012 19:59:03 | More by Tpsauer
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

A: single finger head with excellent head on a hazy golden and crimson body.

S: nice strong aroma with floral notes and candied citrus. Aroma is both sweet and earthy.

T: what I really like about this one is how the bitterness is obvious but held at bay by the degree of sweetness. Neither dominates but rather component each other. Grassy bitterness and grapefruit and orange citrus sweetness well balanced. Light caramel Malta throughout.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is an excellent pretty much perfectly balanced sessionale beer.

07-27-2012 03:23:05 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +19.2%

A - Poured with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy, copper colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves great lace.

S - Pungent, fresh hop aromas of pine and grapefruit. Some bready malt in the background.

T - Clean, bready malt up front with green pine hops. Some orange and grapefruit notes come out in the middle. Finishes with more, sweeter citrus and a thicker malt profile of bread and toffee.

M - Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a really great hoppy session ale and while I have found that few of the 21a beers I have had live up to the reputation this one does and then some. really great hop aroma and flavor with a deceptively robust malt profile that makes it seem like a much strong beer than it is. There is a lot of bang for ones buck in this beer.

07-27-2012 03:15:31 | More by nickfl
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JRed

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

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%

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.

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
Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,106 ratings.