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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,071 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,071
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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waller

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-12-2012 12:46:05 | More by waller
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jesus808

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-11-2012 20:10:35 | More by jesus808
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djschnabel

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

05-09-2012 23:22:15 | More by djschnabel
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PuFtonLyfe

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-09-2012 05:35:16 | More by PuFtonLyfe
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raynmoon

California

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It looks golden out of the can, with a decent head that is disappearing as I type this, but looks nice. But it smells GREAT! Lots of sweet caramel malts, with some pine. really nice.

It has a really full flavor and feel. Lot's of nice malts with a little bitterness as it goes down, sort of like the smell but more fruity.

Overall this is really appealing and refreshing. It has the flavor and feel of a much bigger beer, but the 4.4% abv keeps this one session able. I recommend this one

Serving type: can

05-09-2012 03:57:18 | More by raynmoon
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julian89

Georgia

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

Ahh the wonders of working at a beer store...

Appearance: Pours a golden amber with a tall white head and tiny bubbles. Great retention with a little lacing.

Smell: Light wheat scent, grainy nature. Subtle bittering hops followed by a stronger flowery and citrus nature.

Taste: A very light/subtle mix of aromatic and bittering hops mixed quite well with a citrusy nature. It's so well balance for an APA, the bittering is not as strong as an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A great sit on your porch session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2012 04:08:47 | More by julian89
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Mickodell


1/5  rDev -74.1%

05-06-2012 22:59:57 | More by Mickodell
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The description on the can says it all. This is a blend of bitter and somewhere between American IPA and American pale ale. You get the bitter style with english bittering presence. The IPA/Pale style works through with the citrus hoppiness and light malts.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. The balance is surprisingly there. I am happy with how the elements worked together. The smell was a little muted, while still being pleasant. This is a very easy to drink session beer.

While this is a good beer, it does not stay with you much after finishing it. I could easily drink these through the afternoon on a summer day.

Serving type: can

05-04-2012 23:57:15 | More by ummswimmin
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.3%

05-04-2012 15:49:48 | More by Rekrule
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voidrunner

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-02-2012 20:53:07 | More by voidrunner
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Dunkelhund

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-02-2012 20:16:23 | More by Dunkelhund
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hayesjw

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-28-2012 17:44:21 | More by hayesjw
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flagmantho

Washington

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

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a clear body and a nice, big effervescence. Head is a finger of pillowy ivory foam. Quite good.

Smell: rich hops with a dank, citrusy and mildly funky quality. Malt is also surprisingly sweet and present for a beer of such low ABV. I like it.

Taste: medium-sweet malt with a good, citrusy and dank hop character. Well-crafted and tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good effervescence. Not creamy, really, but bubbly and refreshing.

Overall: an easily drinkable, tasty pale ale. I like the trend toward lower-ABV sessionable ales in cans, and this is a big step in the right direction.

Serving type: can

04-26-2012 22:26:26 | More by flagmantho
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tempting aroma is malty with a firm hoppy overtone and a fruity underpinning. It pours a pretty clear golden-orange with a fairly thick pale yellow-tan head. Flavor is quite hoppy, more like an IPA than a session beer, with malty and subtle fruity notes and just a tad bitter. Smooth texture has good body and good fizz, leaving behind a nice hoppy tingle. Gotta love the picture on the can.

Serving type: can

04-26-2012 00:08:52 | More by Cyberkedi
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acat25

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.3%

04-25-2012 22:25:32 | More by acat25
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

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

Poued from a can into a CCB snifter. Canned on 3/5...so, about six weeks of age

A- pours a clear shade of orange with a two finger slightly offwhite head. Looks nice

S- mild aroma of citrus. A little weak, but then again, it's a pale ale

T- mild bitter citrus, but not much else

M- medium bodied, on the light side. Approved

O- it's a good, sessionable beer....don't think it's going to knock off my current summer session choice, though

Serving type: can

04-24-2012 22:08:04 | More by bigfnjoe
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flayedandskinned

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-24-2012 01:22:19 | More by flayedandskinned
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moneyfunnel

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

04-24-2012 00:59:24 | More by moneyfunnel
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Lob

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-23-2012 12:53:57 | More by Lob
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

04-22-2012 21:28:17 | More by JohnK17
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ALLISON01

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-22-2012 19:09:03 | More by ALLISON01
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strongaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-22-2012 02:44:42 | More by strongaf
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jmalko

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-21-2012 21:31:58 | More by jmalko
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Crstumpf

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

04-21-2012 04:45:42 | More by Crstumpf
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Frankieteardrop


1/5  rDev -74.1%

04-20-2012 21:35:48 | More by Frankieteardrop
Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,071 ratings.