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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,106 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,106
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 45
Gots: 62 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-28-2011 00:51:58 | More by brotherloco
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-25-2011 22:19:13 | More by mrpibb1206
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District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-25-2011 20:27:50 | More by mirrorball
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-25-2011 10:54:35 | More by RyanBeer13
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-23-2011 22:58:52 | More by mdillon86
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-23-2011 18:48:54 | More by beefandbean22
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-23-2011 04:35:11 | More by iguana1010
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-23-2011 03:06:56 | More by Amalak
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-21-2011 01:39:29 | More by PEIhop
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-20-2011 00:26:43 | More by rab53
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-19-2011 05:37:03 | More by DoctorB2B
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-18-2011 21:07:19 | More by halfshell
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-16-2011 20:47:32 | More by codynevels
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-15-2011 19:41:22 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2011 16:03:34 | More by randomdanger
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2011 04:02:35 | More by mcphish22
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-14-2011 21:33:38 | More by THECPJ
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4.4/5  rDev +14%

I love the can design, who would say no to monkeys in space? Right as I opened the can, a huge wave of bitter hops just floated through the air. Very exciting. I'll just start out by saying this was absolutely one of the best ESBs I've ever had. I'll also add that ESBs are a real mood-specific beer for me, so I don't get them too often. There was a nice bitterness in the beer that was balanced really well with a light crisp body. Just fantastic.

11-12-2011 01:22:58 | More by Kranders
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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

12 ounce can poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Clear, golden bronze body with some orange hues in the direct light. A slightly off-white foamy, rocky head forms leaving huge, thick patches of lacing on the glass. Once settled, a rather thick retention cap sticks around for the entire session. Impressive looking beer.

S: Bitter floral hops, grass, a touch of lemon and some sweeter malts (perhaps caramel) make up the nose. It certainly isn't an aggressive nose which I can appreciate for what it is. Although, it does have some quite obvious hop aromas for being such a low alcohol beer.

T: Light bitter hops, touches of pollen and hay up front. Toasted malts and wood come through mid-palate, and finish with a bit of pine on the back end. It's not aggressive on the palate either though there is enough flavor here to know you're drinking a quality, well crafted beer.

M: Light and bubbly, albeit not watery. The copious amounts of tiny bubbles give it a certain creaminess in the mouth. It finishes somewhat sticky but not dry.

In my honest opinion, there isn't enough of these types of beers available in the bigger market. Well crafted, lower ABV but quite flavorful beers. And the fact that these are packaged in cans makes it all the better for transportation and ease of use. Nicely done.

09-19-2011 12:57:35 | More by ShanePB
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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Review dated 2/23/2011.

Can from City Beer in SF. "An American session beer"??? I know a few Brits who would absolutely lose it upon hearing that, as 4.4% > 4%. The inappropriately named "session beer" pours a not too sessionable-looking clear copper color with a large whitish head and great lacing. Looks excellent really. Great hoppy aroma of oranges and fall leaves with sweet tea. The flavor is very nice and balanced. Caramel malt sweetness is offset by hops of the English style, with grapefruit, orange, and herbal notes. Body is on the lighter side of medium, and the beer is rather crisp with some hop resins. Overall I call this a success.

08-25-2011 18:31:21 | More by nickd717
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -6%

A - Nice red-orange color, moderate pour left plenty of head. Retention was good, took quite a while for the head to completely fizzle. Left rings of lacing all the way down.

A - Typical 21Amend. smell, all of their brews seem to have the same smell, but the aroma on this one is less prominent.

T - Tastes like a weaker version of the IPA, which seems to be exactly what this is. With the name "bitter" in the title I was expecting sharper bitterness, but there certainly is plenty of bitterness to overwhelm the relatively light malt profile. Can taste the hop oils. It tastes good, but more of an English-style to me, rather than an in your face APA from the West coast.

M - light mouthfeel, to be expected from the ABV and smell. Not enough carbonation for me, I like my thinner beers to be a bit more prickly on the tongue.

O - Good session beer. Light enough and tasty enough to down a bunch while working late (which is exactly what I'm doing).

Apparently this is a late winter seasonal. so this can is likely well past its prime. I guess that means I'll have to have this again next February. That does not make me sad, in fact, I'm now looking forward to the winter.

08-24-2011 03:57:52 | More by nitro0292
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2.88/5  rDev -25.4%

From notes 3/11/11. Pours a transparent darkened amber, approximately tangelo, with a puffy white head that dissipates a bit quickly. Aroma is bright citrus hops with some lightly sweet caramel malt. A bit floral. Taste seems a tad off. The hop notes seem kinda soapy and mostly just provide bland bitterness with a touch of citrus. The malt flavor isn’t bad but kinda uninspired and largely hidden by the hoppiness. Mouthfeel starts sudsy but grows watery. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really drink bigger than its abv, which is my standard measure for lower abv beers. This just tastes like a weak APA, though not a bad one.

08-14-2011 19:13:53 | More by popery
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New York

3.03/5  rDev -21.5%

From notes. Poured from a 12 ounce can into a standard pint glass.

A- Pours an amber color with a big white head. Lots of tiny bubbles in this.

S- Strong smell of hops with some malts and faint citrusy aroma lingering.

T- Strong hops bitterness which dominated over everything else. There was a malty citrusy sweet taste to it in the background. However latter flavors mentioned were not strong in fact this beer was a little watery.

M- Thin and very carbonated.

O- Not really impressed with this one. This is the blandest APA I've had, even more so than Porkslap. An easy drinker nonetheless, inoffensive if you like hops.

Oddly enough this had some similar characteristics to Abita Purple Haze, in that it was bland, super carbonated, low abv, similar color and had lots of bubbles.

08-02-2011 02:10:37 | More by Derranged
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from the can into pint glass.
A: a straw-colored to full yellow hue, with a moderately sized and fairly thick white head.
S: west coast hop aromas greet the nose, and provide a promise of good things to come.
T: malt sweetness, and a fairly bitter, nicely dry, nicely clean finish.
M: Carbonation serves to lift the flavors and aromas.
Overall, a wonderful session beer, and the craft movement’s truest answer to the mass-market lagers. Excellent.

07-23-2011 20:38:49 | More by MightyCasey
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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

A: a deep, golden-rod in color with a tainted 1 finger thick head....

S: Definite pine characteristics present.

T: Bitter for sure, at the back... some citrus-pine hop mix.... little bit of breadiness..

M: medium to light body...rolls down the palate nicely.

O: Pretty good beer to be sipping on a 92 degree super humid day!

07-10-2011 21:08:58 | More by vande
Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,106 ratings.