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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,133 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,133
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 44
Gots: 70 | 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 morimech
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Clear, light amber color with just over one finger of head that had decent retention before settling to a thin cap. A little bit of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Smells terrific. Citrus and citrus rind from the hops. The malt gives off some toasted bread aroma but the hops are the star of the aroma.

Almost like 21st Amendment made this beer with me in mind. The one fault in the beer that I can find is that the malt does not give enough flavor. Clean citrus hop flavor. I would describe it as having grapefruit and orange rind flavor. The malt is bready with just a note of toast. Overall has a dry quality. Moderately bitter despite all the hop goodness.

Light body and this is where the low ABV is evident. Would of liked some more heft to carry the bitterness. Nothing remarkable about the carbonation.

Very impressed with this self-described "session" beer. Very enjoyable drinking several of these in a session.

morimech, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

12 ounce can - Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a crystalline, dark golden body with a tall, proud, off-white head. Tiny blots of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Moderate maltiness, predominately throwing off a whiff of crisp grains followed by a fresh, inviting scent of flower petals and juicy citrus fruits.

Taste: A light treacle-like sweetness given to the grainy maltiness, scantly toasty, chased by floral hops, citrus tastes of citric lemon and grapefruit juices. Medium-plus bitterness. Drying, lemony finish with a lingering citrus presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Bitter American is somewhat along the lines of the Stone session ale awhile back. Somewhat. Always happy to see some lower alcohol options.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of towlea25
3/5  rDev -22.3%

towlea25, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of clydefromiceland
4/5  rDev +3.6%

clydefromiceland, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev -6%

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A very large off white foamy head, pretty uniform off the pour, but recedes slowly. Body color is a nice crystal clear amber orange and red, thre is alot of fast rising sized cola carbonation in places.

Nose is a nice breaded malt. Pretty straightforward, got that baking dryness thing going on. Smells solid and simple.

On the palate most of the flavor is in the finish. Simple dry grain and malt forward, with a bit of a wet body, even for such a low abv I didn't think this would be that wet. Dry baked bread action in the mid with a small hop bitter that adds a small touch of pleasure.

Overall pretty easy drinking, but I wouldn't call this ideally sessionable. Strangely enough I thought this had a little less body than expected for a 4.4 abv beer. But certainly a good beer to be had.

smakawhat, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Golden amber color and crystal clear. Modest head that settles to a thin layer of bubbles. Leaves some streaky lace on the glass.

Biting grapefruit-ish and peppery hop smell.

Starts with largely pale ale malt. The body is relatively thin for the style. But the hop jumps in with a vengeance--spicy and raw. The best part of this beer is the balance with a flavorful contrast between the dry, almost grainy malt and the bitter bite in the swallow and lasting aftertaste.

smcolw, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Dope, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jak, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

psychotia, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

dejrrma, Dec 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Eriktheipaman, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of GrizzlyBrew
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%

A - wow! lol. this beer is ridiculously brilliant. I feel like I could use as a magnifying glass... beautiful medium amber color with a just-off-white head that settles rather quickly into a foamy blanket.

S - Nice hop presence right up front. Typical C-hops. I feel like I can almost smell the bitterness that is about to embrace me (I hope). Malt is clean with some slight caramel character, smells dry... I guess we're about to find out. There's also a hint of dry toast in there.

T - The beer is certainly dry. In fact, maybe too much. I'm missing a certain level of malt I was looking for in the first sip. The bitterness is assertive - I like it, but would be afraid it may be too great for some. The lack of malt means the bitterness immediately reaches the middle and sides of the tongue and then drags itself across the back of the palate. It is very clean however. The hops are nice and can be found both at the beginning and ending of the sip (not always the case). I'm not quite getting that "bold malt" advertised on the side of the can, but the dryness is the key to its sessionalbility.

M - very nice, especially for a 4.4% ale. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. nice balance.

O - Very clean, well-made beer that lends itself to its intended purpose - a session ale. I could drink this all night and not really miss anything other than the buzz I'm accustomed to.

GrizzlyBrew, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

A: Pours out a nice honey color toped by a frothy off-white head that lingers until the end and leaves it's mark on the glass by providing nice lacing.

S: I get a lot of pine, it's a very resiny beer throughout with a nice malty sweet backbone.

T: There really is a lack of flavor upfront, but mid palate gets a kind of sweet bready goodness and finishes with a punch of pine resin. Quite tasty, the flavor lingers quite long.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation - feels a bit thing honestly, but the nice thing is that I can have so many of these!

D: This drinks superbly! I'd have no problems about polishing off a case of this.

tlazaroff, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep golden hue with thick, frothy white head that takes forever to settle. Very good head retention, and lacing is very good as well. Clarity is almost pilsener-like, with large bubbles making up the carbonation.

S: Floral hops dominate the aroma, with some toasty malt notes lingering in the background.

T: Malt lends hints of toffee, honey, and biscuit, with hops giving the beer fruity, floral notes. Finish is extremely clean, and quite dry.

Notes: Lots of flavor, with great balance and superb drinkability. It reminds me more of a hopped-up bitter than an American pale ale. Might be my favorite release from 21st Amendment. A very well-done session brew.

WYVYRN527, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of PerHops
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

This one poured a very light copper color. Bubbles are present and there is a thin layer of head. Also, the can/box is pretty awesome (although I won't add points for that.) The smell when you open the can is very fresh. The hops are evident right away and their is a nice piney, citrus scent. The taste is a little more bitter than I expected, but as I drank the beer the balance seemed better than the initial sip. Drinks like a pale ale, but a touch drier. Overall I thought this beer was really nice and I am glad I have a few more of them. I can safely say this is one of the better brews these guys have made.

PerHops, Dec 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,133 ratings.