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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Bitter AmericanBitter American

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very good

1,224 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,224
Reviews: 355
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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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap; served in a pint glass

Appearance – A deeper golden color with a little bit of haze. The white head that was present upon pouring slowly dissipated leaving a moderate amount of lacing, which for a 4.4 % was of pleasant surprise.

Smell – The smell is of nice hoppy nature. Mainly piney and floral, there are ever so light citrus notes which mix with a very light biscuit and toffee malt backbone.

Taste – The pine and floral hops are the first to come followed quickly by some biscuity malts. The malt backbone then sweetens as some toffee and a bit of citrus hop flavors come into play. These flavors take the taste to its end. Quite a nice transition and refreshing taste.

Mouthfeel - While I would classify it as a light to medium bodied beer, for the light abv. this beer has a much creamier more satisfying body then would be expected. The carbonation seems to suit the body quite nice, leaving a rather satisfying feel on the mouth.

Overall – While not the most potent and definitely not a “warmer”, for the very light abv it is surprisingly very flavorful and delicious. It is a very good brew to sit and sip on summer months while having a nice conversation with good friends (or when making new ones)

Photo of derricksmalls
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of mikeg67
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled growler at Joe’s Canal. Pours orange with a fluffy, long lasting, white head and lively carbonation. Nice aroma is of orange fruit, citrusy hops and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Wonderful brew.

Photo of JayS2629
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful light amber with great clarity, a frothy white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

The aroma has tons of spicy hops, black pepper, herbal notes, hints of pine and citrus on a caramel backbone.

Caramel and nutty notes are the underneath that has a huge boquet of hops flavor, pine and citrus with herbal and spicy notes. Bitter throughout with a nice clean overall flavor.

Clean, crisp, refreshing

Very nice, easy drinking, balanced IPA

Photo of Donsmitty
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rdub
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, crystal clear copper coloring with a thin, foamy, frothy, off-white head that starts around an inch and a half, and eventually settles into a sparse, frothy, filmy coating. Aromas are bold, green, fresh hops on a smooth, sweet, toffee sweetness, with some oregano spicing throughout. The beer has rich malt and spicy hops all over the forefront, with a caramel and toffee sweetness balanced evenly with the resiny, peppery, bitter hops. Very smooth flavors, but extremely robust, which was a pleasant surprise. The flavors ride a light, thin body that leaves a slight cling along the glass as you drink. The aftertaste is light, with some rich toffee and slight citrus sweetness. The finish has a bit of a linger, with a filmy, slightly drying feel. Extremely easy to drink, and the low ABV makes it extremely sessionable.

Photo of peensteen
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale copper colour, one finger of white head, light lace on the glass. Smell is quite hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, mango, orange, malty biscuit scents, some pine as well, quite the hop bomb though. Taste is dry and citrusy, tangerine, pineapple, lots of citrus fruit, fairly bitter throughout , some malt comes in to keep the hops in check, citrusy finish and aftertaste. Slick and oily feel, medium body and medium carbonation. I didn't look at the ABV until about halfway through the glass and when I realized it was only 4.4% I was blown away, I cant believe that something so flavourful is so light, really good stuff here and will seek more of this out next time I'm stateside.

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of brown2cu
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of JackieTH
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a half inch of white foam that leaves copious lacing. Smell is a delicious tropical-tangerine something like that old fruit stripe gum that Juicy Fruit used to make. I got my nose wet at least three times trying to soak up the delightful scent.. The taste is decent too, but not on the same level as the nose. There is a fleeting citrus pith bitterness that is quickly damped by malt. The overall effect is a mildly bitter, dry, tremendously easy to drink beer that really keeps the mouth wet, and the palate interested. It would have to be a perfect accompaniment to almost any meal or activity.

Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a peach infused medium golden with a thin white head atop,citric hops really stand out nicely over top of a dryer malt base,not overly complex but the hops are nice.Citric hops are predominant on the palate with crisp dryer malt base,hops are not bitter but provide nice sweeter fruitiness.An ale I would drink all day so it is true to its sessionable name.

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

I really like this beer.
It is golden in color with a bright white head.
It tastes just like it smells. From start to finish its grapefruit flavored hops. The hops aren't over done either.Just about perfect.
Can's wait to have this one around once the weather gets a little warmer.

Photo of mscott1975
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

A: If I was adding the can into this appearance rating it would definitely be a 5 but I decided to keep it out. Poured into a mug, it is a light amber color with a 2.5 finger head. Crystal clear.

S: Some flowery and piney notes up front followed by a little biscuit.

T: Biscuity up front with some flower and citrus toward the back end. Finishes dry.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

O: Really great. Sessionable (as they say) and easy to drink. Flavorful but not enough to wreck your palate. They hit this one right on the head.

Photo of gcotts
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of pajeff
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of PaBeerLover
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of ahbaggins
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of ninner00
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Aewachiw
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another interesting new tap at City Bev recently. The pour yielded a slightly hazy dark orange/gold. A massive frothy milk-shake looking head topped it off. Retained superbly, leaving cascading drippings of lace along the glass. The nose is fresh with a mild citrus zip, mashed hops, faint spice. The creaminess in look carried over to the feel as hoped. Ultra-smooth beer. Very pleasant feel. Subtle hop bitterness, sweet tangerine, orange. Dry finish. Nice beer. Easy drinker that reminds me why I like to revisit this standard American-style beer.

Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,224 ratings.