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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Bitter AmericanBitter American

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very good

1,233 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,233
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 Philousa
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imbibed on tap at Harry's Hofbrau on 2/10/12.

Poured a very pale copper, metallic color with rocky, dense looking head. Strong piney hops with a hint of citrus. Malt is hiding somewhere in the nose ready to pounce the tongue. Taste starts with a hint of sweetness in the malt but mostly bready (not biscuity, lighter than that). Balanced mouthfeel. Hops come through citrusy on the tongue. Bitterness is clear since this beer is so light.

Hits all the right notes. I would compare this to a hoppy Pilsner dressed as an ale. Everything comes through clear like a Pilsner, but it's hopped like a West Coast Pale. A great session beer.

Photo of natemort13
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden strawlike orange with a pillowy white head that sticks around for a bit.

Smell is of bright pine bouyed by some citrus. Orange, slight grass.

Taste follows the nose at first then fades into some minty characteristics and citrus rind. Tiny bit of caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with heavy carbonation.

Overall: nice sessionable bitter APA

Photo of Metalmonk
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge, fluffy, slightly off-white head. It lasts forever and paints thick web-like lace on the glass. Liquid is bronze, clear and beautiful.

Aroma gives clean hops mostly, veering between citrus and pine resin, with just a kiss of caramel underneath.

Taste-wise, hops are still the main focus, and are more herbal on the tongue than what the aroma hints at. There's a pleasant, bready graininess at its foundation. Almost-rough bitterness hangs out for a long time in the finish. It's simple, but successfully straddles the simple old-school pale ale style and the more hop forward offerings of cutting edge new school brewers.

Feel is very nice, achieving smoothness and softness despite very healthy carbonation.

Hugely drinkable. Love these kinds of beers that don't KO the liver after two or three servings, yet bring with them plenty of pizazz and flavor, as this one does.

Photo of poopsmitherson
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of srandycarter
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice, fairly clear copper, good solid white head, slow to leave. Lots of cling.

S - Medium dollop of malt, hops circle around it.

T - Thin on the malt. The hops are kind of tinny against the watery malt.

M - Light body,good carb, twang at end not completely pleasant.

D - Easy to drink and low ABV.

Photo of theformula
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of DocAJ
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear. Nice light copper in color. Head is bright-white and clings to the glass. Drops to a thin cap pretty quickly. Carbonation looks to be on point.

Smell: Citrus and tropical fruit. Orange, grapefruit, and pineapple. fleshy fruit. Very delicate malt presence hints at bread crust with a touch of caramel sweetness.

Taste: Bread crust with a kiss of citrus. Smells hoppier than it tastes, by a significant margin. Citrus rounds out the back, hitting mostly to grapefruit with a little tropical magic thrown in on the back. Malts are bready and faintly earthy. Touch of sweetness rounds the whole thing out.

Mouthfeel: Moderate leaning toward thin. Carbonation is moderate and makes things work.

Overall: So easy to drink. Just enough flavor to keep it interesting. I could drink a solid dozen of these and feel like a champ. Solid all around.

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.

Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,233 ratings.