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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,138 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,138
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 44
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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Photo of bonz696
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

bonz696, Jul 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

meanmutt, Jul 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

jereb33, Jul 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

juicebox, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Gobzilla
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

Gobzilla, Jul 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

ShemRahBoo, Jul 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

JohnBender, Jul 14, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

OriolesFan1008, Jul 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

rolltide8425, Jul 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

hanlonrn, Jul 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Sudsanonymous, Jul 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

swh1972, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Jul 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

hannaho, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

kaunshelly, Jul 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

jkbusman, Jun 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

macrosmatic, Jun 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

valarking, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
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.

trxxpaxxs, Jun 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

dcbdc1, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz can dated 4/9/12

A - A clear golden copper color, nice head and lacing.

S - malty biscuity flavor, slight hop bitterness present

T - Malty, bready, pilsner taste. damn tasty, and a lot of body

M - light bodied, crisp. Oily aftertaste

O - an amazing session ale. Vert tasty, which is hard to do with a session. Perfect beer for a hot summer day or a tailgate party. Impressed with what 21st amendment is able to do with this one, as I don't care for most session beers

BeerDawgs, Jun 23, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned 12/23/2011(hoping for the best). Pours slightly cloudy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big orange, grapefruit, pine, herbal, floral, citrus rind, caramel, light tropical, grass, and honey. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, orange, pine, herbal, grass, bread, caramel, honey, floral, and light tropical. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, herbal, floral, rind, and light pine on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of bitterness and sweetness; with a very nice balance of hop flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel. Zero alcohol presence as expected for 4.4%. Overall this is a really nice pale ale! Despite the age of this can, it still turned out to be a highly enjoyable brew. Great balance and a lot of flavor given the ABV.

superspak, Jun 20, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to vonschplieffen for tossing this one my way.

A: A straight pour results in a mildly bubbling, crystal clear amber body beneath almost two inches of frothy, rocky tan head that leaves plenty of chunky lace as it slowly recedes. Simply gorgeous.

S: More malty than hoppy, with a really nice, clean toastiness being the dominant aroma. What hops there are are leafy, herbal, and slightly citrusy. Pleasant.

T: Opens with a brief shot of herbal hoppiness, followed closely by dry, toasty, almost nutty malt. Hops return on the balanced finish, lending some clean bitterness and just a touch of pleasant grapefruit. Dry, bitter, mostly flavorless finish. Very crisp. Excellent.

M: Light, airy, and hugely frothy. I thought the big head might have taken much of the life out of it, but surprisingly it's still a bit overcarbonated. Some liveliness goes well with its refreshing character, I suppose, but I don't want a session beer to fill me up with too much gas.

O: Really enjoyable brew. It does exactly what it sets out to achieve - balance, drinkability, and solid flavor. I'd be quite happy to attend a cookout and find a cooler stocked with nothing but these.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jun 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

IPAaron, Jun 18, 2012
Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,138 ratings.