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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,185 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,185
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 48
Gots: 84 | 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 drgarage
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a can.

As 21st claims, this is a pretty decent attempt at a low ABV American Pale hopped like an IPA to make something closer to a session IPA. Nice piney hops with little citrus or tropical character. Substantial head and solid carbonation. A bargain at $9 a six-pack. Worth picking up if you see it.

drgarage, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single from the Village Pump for $1.99. With only 9 reviews in January, I've been slacking, and the $12 I spent there today should get me 5 quick ones. Canned on the 12th of December

A clear amber with a dense, off-white head with pretty excellent retention and lacing, this is a good looking beer. The nose is solid. Bright, fresh and fruity with a blend of Simcoe tropical fruit and the dry, chalky Cascade citrus notes, there's plenty of dry hop character present. There's also a mild toffee and dry caramel malt backbone here, keeping things well-rounded. Looking at the malt bill, there's Munich (which I can't say I pick up) and Golden Promise (which I do, and immediately brings to mind the Dry Dock DIPA), and it seems well done. Nice stuff.

The palate opens with quite a bit of dry, Cascade bitterness with citrus (grapefruit) peel, with a mild herbaceous/chalky character from that hop. Despite the promise of the nose, the malt character is painfully thin, and the lack of hop resins to add to it only makes it more jarring. Watery in the mid-palate and drying on the finish with a mild toffee and butterscotch note, there's a little bit of flavor that lingers. However, it's the Cascades that rule the show here. Light in body with medium-high carbonation, this definitely does foam up in the mouth if you give it a chance. Decent stuff. I'd drink it again, but probably wouldn't buy it for myself.

DefenCorps, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +3.9%

RoryOMoore, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vibrant and hazy gold-orange on the pour, this brew settles to show a clear amber with an off-white head about a finger in height. It recedes to foam, but heavy and consistent foam that leaves itself behind in patches and legs.
Pungent citrus and floral hops balance with caramel and bready malts in the nose. It seems American, so I'm guessing 21A is going for what an American style session ale would be rather than an ESB, which was what I assumed before I picked up the can. Regardless, it works.
There's very little difference between the aroma and the flavor other than a slightly stronger display of herbal notes and pith in the hops profile.
This beer is more crisp than smooth, though smoothness isn't neglected, in a medium body with light carbonation. It goes semi-dry in the finish.
Whatever the style, this is a tasty, balanced beer that I could easily drink several of at a time without getting bored.

Brenden, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of throwback
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

throwback, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of abeldiaz
2/5  rDev -48.1%

abeldiaz, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

BigPlay1824, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

facundoCNB, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of SuperSpy
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

SuperSpy, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of KenC
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

KenC, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +3.9%

ATPete, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

DarthGuitarHero, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of richbrew
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

richbrew, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

wvsabbath, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of rangerred
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

rangerred, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mdfb79, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Ryan1423
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Ryan1423, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Burnsy22
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Burnsy22, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Finn
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Finn, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of jskennedy
4/5  rDev +3.9%

jskennedy, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

bmur112, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

MattyG85, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Lantern, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

ColdPoncho, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of beerman999999
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

beerman999999, Jan 22, 2012
Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,185 ratings.