Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,207 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,207
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 47
Gots: 87 | 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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of flexabull
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold color with a fine fluffy white head, nice lacing too.

Aromas are grassy, with some light citrus, and pine.

Taste is clean, simple and straight forward. Light cracker and caramel malt sweetness, while the finish has a subtle crisp citrus bite.

Mouthfeel is smooth with plenty of body.

Overall, a very solid "session" beer. Very easy drinking and tasty enough to be interesting.

Photo of banjofred101
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with quickly dissipating rocky white head. Great carbonation. Light bodied, almost transparent. Looks appealing.

Smell: Fresh and clean. Toasted caramel malts and citric hops. Grapefruit and pineapple. Sugar.

Taste: Soothing citric bitterness. Light caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Light and balanced. Slightly chewy. Slightly zippy.

Overall: A well constructed session pale ale. Very refreshing. I enjoy this a lot.

Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of leprakhan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of mooseo
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into Victory pint glass.

A - Bright clear copper with a foamy 2 finger head. Lively carbonation.

S - Floral and juicy citrus hops blended with strong notes of sweet caramel malt.

T - Grapefruit and piney hops in the foreground, backed by sweet, bready caramel malt. Mild bitterness throughout. Finish is a bit grainy with lingering spicy hops.

M - Light-medium body. Crisp feel with high carbonation.

O - A flavorful, balanced pale ale. Light and refreshing. At 4.4 abv this is definitely one of the best session ales money can buy.

Photo of dylancraver
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of jeanphony
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of sparx1100
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of EricCioe
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a full clear gold with a thin white head. On the nose there is citrus riding over a bready backbone. In the mouth there is a sharp citric bitterness with the malt backbone strong but not taking centerstage. The body is perfect, it goes down easy, with a nice medium finish of general bitterness.

Overall, I can only think of one or two beers in this abv range that I'd rather sit down with. What a great beer.

Photo of SHCC
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GeoffreyM
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of EZE123
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dickroop
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The can is informative and entertaining: 4.4% ABV and 42 IBUs, plus a chimp in a spacesuit!? Pours a golden not-too-pale amber with a head that produces good lacing. Lots of carbonation apparent. The aroma is very promising. Excellent nose of floral and grapefruit hops and some toasted malt,

Taste is hops of course, with some nice light sweetness to balance. Very tasty. The malts and hops are both up front, and the malt is biscuity, but a nicely toasted biscuit at that. Hops persist, and there is a peppery spice to it. Very crisp and gentle. The finish is modestly bitter on the back palate with a slight metallic graininess, but it is just fine. Mouthfeel is fairly light body, tangy, a little malt stickiness for slight chewiness, but mostly very easy going.

Drinkability is excellent overall. It's a highly enjoyable brew. I may even prefer it to 21st Amendment's IPA, because it is so clean, uncluttered. The 42 IBUs go a long way in this recipe. I think this brew deserves praise. Says it's a seasonal release, I'd like to have this available year round, especially in the summer at the pool (where bottles are out and cans are a must.)

Photo of muletrane
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of 1mrbeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of beerslushy
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of hendge
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of rondufresne
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Clear bright orange with little carbonation. Head is very foamy with excellent retention.

Smell - Strong Yeast notes combined with some sweetened floral hops and mild citrus notes. The malts in here also pretty strong as well.

Taste - Sweet Floral Hops and Sweet yeasts. There's a good malty backbone in here, which compliments the flavor perfectly. Simple tasting, but good at the same time

Mouthfeel - Light in body and the carbonation is barely noticeable, which makes it easy to drink and gives it a refreshing quality.

Overall - It's a beer that is perfect for any occasion, thanks to it's drinkability and simple flavor. I'll definitely be having this again around winter next year!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,207 ratings.