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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Bitter AmericanBitter American

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very good

1,244 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,244
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 50
Gots: 109 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2007

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
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Ratings: 1,244 | Reviews: 358
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4.02/5  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

Photo of julian89
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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1/5  rDev -74%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can

A: Orange hue with a sticky white head

S: floral, citrus, sweet malt, caramel

T: Hoppy bite, citrus, bread, sweetness from the malt, well balanced

M: Crisp, some lingering hops

O: Great option for a session beer. With the low ABV and hop forward flavors, this beer is a go to for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
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