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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Bitter AmericanBitter American

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,235 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,235
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 50
Gots: 104 | 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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Photo of tjkinate
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this APA!

A: 2 fingered, white frothy head with great retention tops this transparent orange bodied brew.

S: Loads of hops, subtle, but pleasant malt profile and pine. Tropical fruits follow and truly round out this impressive beer.

T: Not quite as robust as the smell indicated, but that doesn't mean I still didn't enjoy the beer. On the contrary, this is the best tasting APA I've had in awhile.

M: Well carbonated, light bodied, nice and crisp.

O: I wish I had more!

Photo of rogerthegill
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of hosehead83
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper/amber in color, with a short head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, faint hop note
Taste-Toasted malt,nice fruit hop flavor comes through, some trailing hop bitterness in the finish. Overall, great flavor for a 'sessionable' brew. Great portability and convenience of a can. Would make a fine beer to take fishing or camping.

Photo of rcatalano
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of DiscGolfRobot
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of tdm168
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Village Draft House

Pours an orangish color with a soft layer of dense, white head that has good retention. The nose has intense aromas of florla and citrusy hops. The flavor has a mild note of crystal malt up front with a strong, robust hop character that features intense floral and grapefruity, citrus notes. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with decent carbonation.

This is a solid APA. This in my opinion rivals Dale's Pale or SN Pale Ale. It's hoppy, balanced, drinkable, and overly enjoyable. I will definitely have this again.

Photo of BigMike
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DMCNAC
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Jordanbryan10
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a beatiful one finger off white heading. Leaves tremendous lacing throughout the tasting.

Awesome floral and citrus hop notes in the nose. Slight caramel backbone with a nice biscuit following.

Taste is the same. Good crisp floral and citrus flavors with a solid carmel drizzle malt backbone. Very crisp ,very clean

Medium bodied , great carbonation. Excellent balance and great retention.

Wow this one blew me away. I love the excellent balance of hops and crisp clean malts. This is quite refreshing.

Photo of Kopfschuss
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of argock
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into a Duvel tulip. Freshness date stamped on bottom of can. 6-pack purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.99.

A: Clear golden amber with wispy nearly white, 1-finger head with good retention and plenty of spots of lace.

S: The earthy and citrus, slightly resiny hops rise and are accented by the soft pale malt and light caramel notes.

T: The flavor is more malty with a good dose of pale malt grain and some fruity sweetness. The hoppiness is also more pronounced than in the aroma with a resiny character couple with citrus and plenty of earthiness too.

M: Nice light-medium body with clean and crisp feel overall with even-handed moderate carbonation.

O: It's a pretty nice beer and have to love the ABV/flavor ratio. It is worth a try but I think people in Minnesota will be laughing all the way to the Surly brewery to buy Bitter Brewer instead.

Photo of sneth019
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of stewart124
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light copper in color with a foamy white head.

Nose has plenty of citrus and floral notes with some biscuity/malty characters.

Clean and crisp is the first thing that comes to mind. Plenty of malty characters with just the right amount of hops to keep it interesting. Some light caramel and biscuit malt backbone. Tangerine hop notes with a slight resiny feel and a light pine character.

Finishes very dry. The biscuit and a piney hop bite linger on the tongue. Nicely done.

Photo of keithwalk
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap last night at the Old Winston Social Club.

A-Pours gold with a thing white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no head.

S-Citrus hop notes, but nothing overpowering or complex

T-Much like the nose as citrus hops stand out but are quickly balanced out by some graham cracker like malt. Nothing complex, just a nice balanced pale ale. Not a whole lot of flavor.

M-thin and over carbonated, which was a big problem I had with this beer.

D-A true session beer no doubt.

Overall, this was just an average pale ale in my opinion. What really bothered me was the high level of carbonation. I would like to try this in a can sometime and see if it was just the tap hook up.

Photo of EStreet20
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can, 16 oz shaker pint.

A - A very nice copper color. Head is near white, about one finger then dissipates.

S - The nose has hop aromas, Centennial or Cascade and Simcoe I think. Some pine behind floral and citrus notes.

T - A nice firm bitterness is present here, but the brew does have a nice touch of malt backbone. The hops provide more floral, citrusy flavors.

M - Light body, with moderate carbonation. Keeps it sessionable, which is obviously the goal of this brew.

O - 21A hit their mark here. Whether you buy into the "session IPA" saying, or just consider this a low ABV APA with big hop character, this is an excellent session beer.

What I love here is that homebrewers have been cranking out sessionable brews with big hop character for a long time, and I'm glad 21A is taking it mainstream. I also like the "bitter American" name. I've made many batches of what I've called "American Bitter", or "American Mild" by using US ingredients but staying within style guidelines for those traditional English styles. Cool to see a craft brewery releasing a similar creation to the public.

Photo of KDawg
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from can into a pint glass. Pours a solid orange color with a semi-foamy head

very balanced with good bitter aromas of malts, hops, citrus and some bitter tones

medium/full bodied with a real smooth feel and flavors of caramel, malts, and some citrus

A real good pale ale. Balanced with quality flavors and aromas

Photo of abcramer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of HomeGrownThirst
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At 42 IBU, this American pale ale has a nice balance of bitter hops and grainy malt. It has a long bitter aftertaste. Bitter American comes in a can, a feature becoming more popular with some microbreweries. It is the reviewer's opinion that while this does not negatively affect the quality of the beer, one should transfer to glass for serving. (Unless of course the pool does not allow glass!) Overall, this is a quality beer even though it would not make my list of lifetime favorites.

Photo of JustinQ
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured From can into pint glass

Appearence - Copper colored with a slight red hue

Aroma - Soft, Spicy hop aroma. Background Malt Complexity

Taste - Tastes like your average pale ale, only a little bit less harsh. Their hop selection produced a very smooth hop character

Mouthfeel - Light, Not much body at all.

Overall - Damn good beer. Probably my first choice Pale ale from now on.

Photo of Rhen19
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of joex444
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of weaselchew
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,235 ratings.