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Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewery

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very good

1,204 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,204
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 47
Gots: 87 | 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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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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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.

Photo of KuehneBe
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting lite pale ale.

Clear amber colored beer with a short yellowish white head. It is fairly orange looking like an AIPA.

Smell is strong Northwestern style hops hops with a strong citrus scent. Smells of grapefruit and wood with a little toffee. Biscuit malt aroma.

Starts out sweet and hoppy with a grapefruit and toffee taste. Caramel and vanilla are in here and it tastes a little like some oak chips were involved somehow.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer with a really great looking graphics on the can. A beer I can recommend, you won't miss the alcohol.

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A super tall head right out of the can and a nice clear amber color. very little in way of carbonation. Aroma is fantastic with a bold citrus bouquet. Malts are secondary. Its all about the hops here. Super hop flavor while not being overly bitter. Good malts tone down the bitterness just a bit. Smooth and clean with good body. It's amazing that there is as much flavor here as one might expect from an IPA or DIPA. Easy drinker.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jujigatame
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't comment on the appearance since I had it right out of the can with my pizza tonight, so the 3 in that category is a default.

This has a really nice fresh smell. Pine and citrus (grapefruit mostly) are the main points and I got some floral bits in there as well.

Taste is more of the pine and citrus for the most part. The bitter notes are there too. I felt the longer I savored it the more the malt kicked in. Took a while for it to come out but it made a good enough counterweight.

Good body with enough carbonation and crispness to feel, well, refreshing would be the best word I think. Quite easy to drink. Paired nicely with the pizza.

I was very pleased with this beer. It's got a lot of flavor and for something low ABV that's presented as a session beer that counts a lot in my book. I picked up the can as a single since I was interested in trying it and I'd be more than happy to grab a six pack for watching the Super Bowl this weekend.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: rust orange body, white trace head, nice lacing

S: light grapefruit, caramel/nut, malt, pine

T: grapefruit, pine, malt, grain, light bitter
semi-crisp finish

M: light body, semi-dry mouth/hint of oily

O: Nice session brew, another fine
21st beer. Don't know if I would get
again, but would recommend. Nice
summer beer.


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.

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.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,204 ratings.