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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Bitter AmericanBitter American

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very good

1,222 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,222
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 49
Gots: 98 | 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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1/5  rDev -74%

Photo of Streetcore
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.

Photo of yergermeister
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of discdueler
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jco3rd
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light to medium amber color. Medium head, which diminishes over time, so medium to low head retention.

Aroma: Sweet malt forward smell, which transitions very quickly to a citrusy hop aroma. Not very strong overall, but definitely easy to notice.

Taste: Moderate hoppy bitterness, like an IPA taken down a couple notches. Malty notes noticeable, which balance well with the bitterness. Somewhat light in body, with a bitterness that lingers on the tongue, along with notes of grapefruit.

Overall, an excellently refreshing bitter brew. As someone who does not generally enjoy APAs, this is one of the few that I truly enjoy. If only it wasn't a seasonal! 21A should think about making this a year-round release, as it would be wonderful during the dog days of summer.

Photo of Mullinger1980
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of KenRapoza
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Cooper
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Suds
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a can that's labeled with a happy chimp-astronaut, this beer pours a clear golden amber color. It's energetically effervescent and has a firm white head. The modest aroma is dominated by a fresh, herbal hop quality. The predominant hop smell is nicely backed by a subtle pale malt aroma. The taste is well balanced, with a fleeting front-end sweetness and a serious dose of hop bitterness. The finish is lingering and the body is medium and firm. All in all, this one is drinkable and fairly good.

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts sweeter than you would expect from a beer with the word “bitter” in its name with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful beer to pound down for a long time.

Photo of lanamj
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can into glass.

A- Amber color with a slight opaqueness to it. Half inch head that dissipates to a quarter inch that holds well with sticky lacing.

S- Faint, not pungent. Fresh hop aroma, bitter sap, biscuit, honey and light malts.

T- Bitter soap flavor meets biscuit and honey. I like it. There is a great hop presence as well as a smooth malt backbone.

M- For a session ale it drinks a lot bigger then %4.4 ABV. For me this is a good thing. Carbonation is spot on and drinkability is amazing. I have a new favorite out-door event beer.

O- This is a great session ale that although doesn't blow me away, has a great purpose. Im a big beer guy and this little ale has made me question the potential of lower alcohol beers. Well done guys.

Photo of RyanGustner
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Mississippi
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Fermenticusrex
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of bashiba
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clean amber with a very creamy and sticky off white head.

The smell is lightly citrusy with a touch of bready malt.

The bready munich malt flavor dominates at first as the light citrus and grassy hop flavors slowly catch up the more you drink, has a pleasant level of bitterness balancing out the sweet malt nicely.

The mouthfeel is light with a touch of resin.

Has a good amount of flavor for such a light easy drinking beer. Could use a bit more dry hopping, but very good.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of flexabull
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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%

Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,222 ratings.