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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,142 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,142
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 45
Gots: 73 | 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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Ratings: 1,142 | Reviews: 342 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of rprinz22
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

rprinz22, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of ThomasG19
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

ThomasG19, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a Chimay goblet...that's right...a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a reddish amber color with just a small layer of off white head. The head goes away quickly.

Smell: This one is malt forward with some citrus peel hops. The hops definitely back up the sweetness.

Taste: This is a rather mild one. Some bready malt along with a citrus peel hop bitterness that builds to the finish. The flavors compliment each other well.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thinner side of medium. The carbonation is fluffy with a dry finish.

Overall: This one is better than I thought it would be. A nice session ale.

oline73, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ncstateplaya, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of cantfindme
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

cantfindme, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red-amber color. Frothy topper. Blanketing lace. Some haze. A few streams of cascading bubbles.

Citrusy hops, toasty malts, and some tinniness. Unimpressive. Smells like an Anchor Liberty Lite.

Taste follows the nose. Heartily bitter, as the name suggests. All hop bitterness. Pithy and a tad piney. Not as toasty as I thought it'd might be, which works to showcase the hops. Pretty nice, after all.

Medium body... maybe a tad lighter than medium. Swishy feel with appropriate carbonation levels. Feels nice.

Liked it better this time around than when I first had it. Decent session ale.

thecheapies, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

AndrewMichael, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

TrickkyGangsta, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of GaryMarkle84
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

GaryMarkle84, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.6%

t0rin0, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of ltdantheman
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

ltdantheman, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of scot959
3/5  rDev -22.3%

scot959, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of RHIN0002
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

RHIN0002, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Nordicsk8er
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Nordicsk8er, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev +3.6%

tbeer40, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of janizzle
2/5  rDev -48.2%

janizzle, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jfcaa193, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of bootsandbeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

bootsandbeer, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of russwaddell
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

russwaddell, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of TheBronze
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

TheBronze, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Tpsauer
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Tpsauer, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

kylehay2004, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

nickfl, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of JRed
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.

JRed, Jul 27, 2012
Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,142 ratings.