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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,105 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,105
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 45
Gots: 62 | 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 abeldiaz


2/5  rDev -48.2%

01-31-2012 05:07:54 | More by abeldiaz
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1%

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a very clear golden color with just the slightest amber hue, has a ton of carbonation bubbles and a nice fine bubbled two finger head that is a bit of a more tan off white which lingers very nicely and leaves very thin and silky yet ample lacing
S: a nice citrus hop aroma, very clean and fresh
T: begins with the nice citrus notes which linger right through the middle and begin to peter out towards the end, leaves a nice grassy hop taste on the palate, nice but just not enough depth
M: its an interesting one, its pretty thick and creamy, very gentle carbonation and leaves the palate just slightly silky and a bit dry
O: pretty impressive one for a can, i spend alot of time at the saratoga race track during the summer and they do not allow glass bottles so i have decided to begin finding some good canned beers for the summer, this one has made the list

01-30-2012 01:10:08 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -17.1%

A - transparent copper color, constant carbonation going straight through the middle of the glass, constant 1/2" of head throughout

S - copious amounts of hops, you can definitely smell the bittering hops, slight floral scents as i took the first sip

T - a little on the sweet malty side with a nice amount of slight bitterness

M - very easy going down, nice and crisp finish

O - this is a pretty good ale with slight complexion, which makes it the perfect beer for a lazy sunday afternoon.

01-29-2012 23:19:53 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of SuperSpy


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Golden honey colored with a thick off-white head and lots of lace.

The aroma is immediately full of citrusy and floral hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, and a hint of lemon. It smells just like an American pale ale should smell.

Light bodied with a creamy texture from the head and a spritzer like tingle on the tongue from the carbonation. The citrus hops are right up front in the flavor. The grapefruit and pineapple are prominent but sit upon a biscuity malt base that's joined by leafy hops and a hint of lemon peel.

01-29-2012 22:48:02 | More by SuperSpy
Photo of KenC

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-29-2012 21:06:59 | More by KenC
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-29-2012 19:41:11 | More by ATPete
Photo of DarthGuitarHero


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-29-2012 15:05:33 | More by DarthGuitarHero
Photo of richbrew

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-29-2012 02:48:25 | More by richbrew
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Light golden yellow/tan, 1 inch creamy head and good lacing.

Smell - Hops, palt malts, yeast, some sweet fruits like orange, pineapple and lemon.

Taste - Pretty much tastes like it smells, light hops mixed with malts, pale yeast and added spices. Hops are mild and citrus tasting. Has a wheat-like flavor to it from the malts. Spices and some added sugars add a little balance.

Mouthfeel - Light, and very easy on mouth. Tounge and mouth get some hops and malts but there is no challenge to either. Palette gets some light hops and a little suagar at the end.

Overall - Good, soild and very smooth drinker. Honestly this is how bud or miller should taste. A great starter beer for the typical macro drinkers. A little to light and easy for me but its for sure solid.

01-28-2012 23:35:26 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of rangerred


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a fluffy two finger beige head.

Smell is quite citrusy with grapefruit and pineapple. There are also some piney notes.

Taste is much like the smell with citrus and piney hop flavors taking center stage. There is a pleasant caramel malt backbone along with a moderate bitterness throughout. A nice drying finish. Mouthfeel is a tad on the watery side but that can be expected from a beer of this strength.

For only being 4.4% there is a lot of flavor in this beer. This is truly a beer you could drink all night. One I will definitely seek out again.

01-28-2012 22:27:23 | More by rangerred
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

From 01/27/12 notes. Had on tap at Bier Baron in DC. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear yellow amber color with moderate carbonation evident and one inch of white head.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, herbal notes, tea, wheat, and light earthy notes.

t - Taste of citrus hops, fruity malts, pale malts, tea and herbal notes again, bread, and some oranges. Very nice.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice beer, and a great, easy drinking APA. Some definite citrus hops to it, though it isn't overly hoppy. Could definitely see myself having a few of these.

01-28-2012 17:09:31 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Ryan1423


4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-28-2012 02:19:56 | More by Ryan1423
Photo of Burnsy22

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

Appearance: Light Characteristics

Smell: Hoppy with a slight citrus twist

Taste: Smooth Hops with a bold hop profile

I was lucky enough to pick up a six pack that was less than two weeks old. The hop profile was still very strong. I appreciated the smooth malty undertones with the hoppy kick unusual to most American light beers with such a low ABV. I think overall, this is a beer that could transition the average bud/miller/coors drinker to craft brews because of its underlying smooth malty taste, while still demonstrating the complexities that can exist in a craft brewed session ale.

01-27-2012 02:47:38 | More by Burnsy22
Photo of Finn


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

Canned on 1/05/12 - Fresh

Pours a light orange into a pint glass, with minimal wispy foam. Nice hop aroma of citrus, pine, and herbs, with a hint of sweetness in the background. A taste reveals bright, citrusy hop and herbal hop flavors with just enough sweet malt to balance it out. Overall though, a hop-centric flavor profile. Overall a very well-balanced but hop-forward beer. And very drinkable. I dig it and I'm usually not in the mood for a beer that is all about the hops.

01-27-2012 01:39:06 | More by Finn
Photo of jskennedy


4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-25-2012 05:33:59 | More by jskennedy
Photo of bmur112


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-25-2012 01:54:03 | More by bmur112
Photo of MattyG85


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Canned on 12/12/11.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with good retention and lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell: Sweet bready caramel and toffee malts with some wheat grains. A nice citrus and earthy hop presence. Hints of grapefruit, pineapple, pine resin, and grassy hops. Smells nicely balanced and full for a lighter beer. Pretty nice.

Taste: Very good bite of hops upfront with some citrus grapefruit, pineapple, and orange with a little pine resin. Also some earthy, grassy tasting hops. Midway comes a good taste of bready biscuity malts with some caramel and toffee. Full flavored and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, creamy and very easy drinking.

Overall: A pretty solid "session" beer. Nice hop presence for a smaller beer.

01-24-2012 05:50:42 | More by MattyG85
Photo of Lantern

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-24-2012 01:09:48 | More by Lantern
Photo of ColdPoncho


3.73/5  rDev -3.4%

Packaged April 22 2011? I doubt it...we shall see, though, I suppose.

A - Really lovely copper body with a loose but thick white head.

S - Some nice pungent hops of grass earth and grapefruit. Does not smell old.

T - Crisp, a touch sweet, bitter hops, but not a lot otherwise. Decent.

M - Medium bodied, somewhat drying, and a bit coarse. Not too shabby.

O - a fine, easy drinker. I have no qualms, but I won't seek it out again.

01-23-2012 20:05:14 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of beerman999999

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-22-2012 19:46:34 | More by beerman999999
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, nutty, citrus, fruit, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, nutty, and citrus hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The aroma on this one was pretty nice as was the flavor. The balance was pretty nice and the citrus/fruit character in this one made it really easy drinking and enjoyable. While good, it wasn’t otherworldly which kept its score where it is, but I would definitely not mind drinking this one again given the chance.

01-22-2012 18:20:45 | More by thagr81us
Photo of Flounder57


3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

12 oz can was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the side of the glass. A clear orange color wih signs of tiny bubbles coming up through the center of the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel and bready malts. Slight pine aroma. Maybe more will come out in my firts sip.

Taste: Same malts, but the hop profile is a little weak for this beer. Some pine and bitterness, but not as bold as the can says for the hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Not another shabby PA. Goes well with the other canned PA that I had from a Denver brewery. Cans are here to stay and will be looking forward to this again in the future.

01-22-2012 07:09:32 | More by Flounder57
Photo of brstls4drmrs

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Pours a translucent blonde/amber color with a 1" pale white froth. Head sticks around for quite a while with good lacing.

S - Wonderful fruit, citrus tones on the front with some pine and fresh hops on the finish . Pineapple, pear, mango....nice! A very good distribution of scents.

T - Lots of pine, hop, bitter goodness but lacking on the fruit. Was expecting more fruit after the smell.

M - Mild-Medium carbonation with a semi-sweet, dry aftertaste.

O - Good stuff. Glad they are now here in NC>

01-21-2012 05:42:14 | More by brstls4drmrs
Photo of tatums1984

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-20-2012 21:26:54 | More by tatums1984
Photo of LostInTheFlood


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-20-2012 18:19:27 | More by LostInTheFlood
Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,105 ratings.