Allies Win The War! - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Allies Win The War!Allies Win The War!

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517 Ratings

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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 49
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: t0rin0 on 05-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 517 | Reviews: 203
Reviews by troysoy2:
Photo of troysoy2
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May I just say that this beer has some really nice packaging. Very cool.

Anyhow, once the beer left the neat-looking can and entered my pint glass, I got a nice, creamy light tan head which quickly dissipated, but continued to leave some good looking, wiry lacing. The body is just what i would have expected, a deep rust-cherry red. A good looking beer, I'd say.

The smell is surprisingly hop forward. Grassy, herbal, plus some citrus. But it's not overly done, and there's an awesome interaction with creamy, tart, fruit and spices over a subtle chocolate malt foundation.

The taste is unique. It starts out with a decently sweet toffee, which melds into grapefruit hops. To the middle of the taste, you really get an awesome tart, citrus-y sensation which continues to develop well into the dry, yet somehow sweet finish. It's all very nicely pulled off, so as to not let any one flavor detract from the others. Mouthfeel is crisp, yet smooth and full bodied. Very little about this beer would lead you to believe it was 8.5% ABV.

I approve, and I'm not entirely sure how this beer hasn't achieved higher ratings. To each his own. I think I may have to pick up more of this one before it's all gone.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off to me this is an American style strong ale with its 52 IBU's but I guess it don't really matter.Poured a rich clear amber with nicely formed one finger head that settled into a creamy mass leaving no lace behind.A healthy dose of left coast citric hops and caramel malt in the nose,a little sweet alcohol come into play as the beer sits more.Sweet dates really play a big role on the palate giving richness and sweetness,some brown sugar notes lend more sweentess but a big shot of citric and earthy hops finish the beer.This is exactly what I like with big northwest hops and a big malt bill,the use of figs is ok but I love the big hops,this is why an American strong is my favorite style.

Photo of VernonKell
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pored from a can into a tulip glass. Dark amber and clear in complexion. Head about one finger and slowly recedes into a thin covering with a middling amount of lacing. Aroma is hoppy and sweet. Bitter and very hop forward but that gives way to a fruity sweetness. Overall very drinkable and the high abv isn't noticeable. A nice wintery brew!

Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with no freshness date.

LOOK: Garnet, clear and heady.

SMELL: Hops slap face, passion fruit, faint biscuit, cookie dough, juicy fruit, citric rind.

TASTE: Pungent hop, warming alcohol, creamy hop oil, toasted husk, bread, dryish, dried grass, mealy, dried figs, spicy, candied oranges, more alcohol.

It is what it is ... a big muscle brew. A moon catch with the timing, cooler New England draws me to darker stronger brews after midnight. Good drinking. Yet another great choice for cans ... and beer in general. Give this one a go.

Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can with "canned on" dating on the bottom of the can. Nice to have some info, but I wonder what percentage of consumers look at the bottom of the can...pours a nice glowing shade of auburn amber, near clear, with a darker tan head that's on the loose side, leaves ample low fine sheeting and moderate bits of lace.

Sniff is of malts, and a hint of some oaky alcohol.

More oak and light smokey malts, again with light alcohol lurking. A bit thin mouthfeel wise, but tasty enough offering...nice cool weather sipper

Photo of frenchblood21
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into Chimay goblet.

Appearance- A very dark ruby red, almost brown. A half finger of light tan head. Pretty good lacing throughout the whole glass.

Smell- Smells like an IPA...the usual hppy, grapefruit, lemon, and pine. Maybe a hint of prunes or dates.

Taste- The taste is MUCH more prolific than the nose. The IPA taste takes a backseat to more pronounced chocolate and dates. An alcolhol/toffee is in the back.

Mouthfeel- Not bad...not too thin, but certainly not thick. The beer hides the 8.5% very well.

Overall- I love that 21st amendment was willing to take a chance on this. Is this a ground-breaking, world changing beer? Of course not. But it is an above average brew. It's like a combo of an IPA and a brown ale.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can.

Rich copper in colour with a cream-coloured, foamy head. Pervasive citrus-hop aroma with sweet-malt and dates. It is very sweet in taste, but also had a nice hop presence. It had a mellow sweetness, with the date-flavour noticeable, and a hop-flavour finish.

Would I buy it again? Probably not... too rich to drink more than a couple.

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allies Win The War! opens with a sweet, dark fruit aroma, the fact that the beer has been brewed with dates immediately apparent. The sweet date notes blend nicely with brown sugars, toast crust, molasses, and touches of vanilla from the malts, as well as pink grapefruit spritzer and light pine resin from the hops, the latter two aromas bringing both a nice counter in the brightness of grapefruit and the bitterness of resin. As a whole, the nose is very enticing, the sugars quite aromatic, with just enough breads and hops to balance everything out. The aroma does tend to fade after a few seconds, marking a slight weakness, but still manages to beg to be tasted.

On the tongue, the beer is highly sweet, the dark date sugars immediately noticeable, but blending extremely well with grapefruit and pine hops, as well as molasses, brown sugar, toast crust, toasted nut, pepper, and a mélange of orange, nectarine, and berry from the malts. In subsequent sips the date sugars do fade somewhat, slightly overtaken by the 52 IBUs, but the sugars as a whole still retain enough potency to be delicious. Late in the mouthful a stronger rye bread or whole wheat toast crust comes forward momentarily as the sugars die off, replaced in the aftertaste by grapefruit and pine hops, which linger on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is very good beer, and it’s nice to see an unusual ingredient such as dates being used in such spectacular fashion, blending nicely with the other flavors and enhancing them, rather than becoming the focal point. The fact that the date flavors are overtaken in subsequent mouthfuls by the hops is somewhat of a letdown, but the beer is still very good, and worth trying.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Nose is not big, minty hops, dried fruit, slight alcohol
Brilliant dark mahogany brown under a tan tinted 2" finely bubbled foam cap.
Palate starts malty with dried fruit then gives way to a prominent hop accent and dries out in the finish. Result is well balanced between the malt, fruit, hops and alcohol.
Slightly warming with a medium to medium full body and medium carbonation.

Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a very cool looking 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Canned on 10/26/11.

Appearance: Pours a deep and dark brownish orange with a little ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid four fingers of off white head with very good retention. Lots of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: Aroma is hoppy with a big malt backbone. Bready caramel and toffee malts. Big smell of citrus hops with some hints of grapefruit and orange. Also some spicy pine resin. Hints of sweet dark fruits with some dates and prune.

Taste: Malt forward here. Sweet bready caramel and toffee malts up front with some notes of dates and other dark fruits. Hops start to come through midway with some citrus grapefruit and pine. Also some hints of scotch. Hops may have faded a bit over the past two months but this is still pretty good. Makes for a nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat chewy. Pretty smooth for the abv.

Overall: A pretty solid ale. Good balance of malts and hops. The dark fruit adds a nice touch.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can pours out a purple and ruby liquid, nice sized head, a pretty cool color going on here. Aroma was hops, but the appearance made the mind play tricks on me a la geto boys and I got a dark fruit brown sugar vibe as well. Kind of a good, cool and unique aroma, usually don't get such things brought together in a single brew.

Taste, hides alcohol nice, easy enough to drink during a football game (cans, so nice to sneak in). Big malt presence, but so are the hops and it all evens out pretty much. Its like equal parts American dubbel and ipa. Raisiny hop resin and brown sugar. Mouthfeel was actually thinner than expected, but that was kind of a plus as I was worried this beer would get bogged down in sweetness and malt heft, but no, plenty lively all the way through.

Another winner from 21st amendment.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nicely into when of my oversized Belgian chalice glasses, with a khaki tan head flowing thick and a dark mahogany amber body glowing when held toward the light. Aroma has citrus notes and pine efforts shining through, also some caramelized sugars from the dark roasted malts in here. Deep over ripened dark fruit notes, this says brewed with california dates, I'm also getting tart plum and other dark fruits soaked in some alcohol. Very balanced flavors weighing with a hefty load of pine/citrus hop notes coming through and clocking in 52 IBU's. It's actually a nice strong ale with some dates and dark fruits bringing a nice caramelizd sugar note to the dark malts, and finishes earth/citrus peel/pine hop bitterness that wraps things up quite nicely. Well hidden alcohol really not as boozey as I was first guessing. Not cloying moderate carbonation medium to big bodied ale, happy with the dry balanced finish with big lingering hop bitterness. Overall a beer that I should have bought a four pack of along the way while instead I picked up one can for 5 bucks at a local beer bar. I could have had a four pack for ll dollars.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bold brew is a medium-dark brown with some red highlights. A light reddish-tan head is steady and keeps its form. After diminishing somewhat, it leaves a thick foam that remains and leaves good, patchy lacing on the glass.
The smell is an earthy English hops variety bitterness with a biscuity malts balance and, seemingly, a mix of dark fruits.
These hops are fresh, almost raw, and oily, plenty of dark earthiness without the teeth-grating citric edge of some Americans. I can appreciate the darker, less bright aspect of British varieties, particularly as it works here. Earthy and almost woody notes set up a biscuit malt balance. Dates take a moment to come in and then linger in the background, first on the back of the tongue but eventually moving forward in the finish. I don't find alcohol intrusive whatsoever. This is a nice, balanced brew that, to me, is as the style guide lists: bigger than a Pale Ale yet smaller than a Barleywine.
The body is medium-full and fairly rich, It doesn't have a creamy smoothness but it is smooth and has a nice character and depth to it.
I would say this is what most would be looking for in the style.

Photo of GilGarp
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 10/26/2011.

Served cold into a goblet, Allies Win the War! Is a dark chestnut brown color with good clarity. Almost no head is formed as it's poured, unfortunately.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a dark fruit character. I was expecting it to be more like a Belgian strong dark ale but it's clearly English.

Flavor is strong but balanced with flavor from the dates coming through better than expected. It is sweet, nutty, and slightly toasty with a nice warming finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and low in carbonation, which is good for the style.

Overall a solid American version of the style but not up to par with the English originals.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a huge fan of 21st Amendment generally, so I'm excited to give this one a try.

Pours a rich ruby-brown with a thin layer of off-white bubbles. Aroma of hoppy bitterness and dark fruit.

The bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the dates play together nicely here, giving this big beer a good balance and depth. This is much lighter on the tongue than I expected -- and it's great.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a mountain of brownish, cappuccino-like head that has great retention. The nose has a strong citrusy hop character with some faint, caramelly malt notes. The flavor is lightly malty with a hint of bread followed by some dark fruit and a hint of caramel. There's a slight citrusy hop bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable but faint. The alcohol adds some faint esters to the finish and some warmth in the mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

This is an easy drinking, enjoyable, relatively high ABV beer. The flavors are mellow and balanced. The hops are more than expected and the malt is forward. I will revisit this one for sure.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

21st Amendment "Allies Win The War!"

Appearance: clear, dark-mahogany brown body beneath a creamy head of tan foam. The head retention is good, and although it settles it still retains a full surface covering. The lacing is good as well. Could the retention and lacing be better? Yes, but for a beer of 8.5% abv I think it's pretty decent.

Smell: Surprisingly hoppy. Nice. Citrusy and a touch floral. Dark sugar. It's a pretty solid, welcoming aroma.

Taste: Rich. It's really quite nice. I like to let it warm to truly get all of its character. Tasted cold it loses quite a bit, and this is an English-style ale anyway, right? The malt displays lots of sugary dark caramel that borders upon becoming burnt-sugar-like; and the grassy, floral and citrusy hops round it out. There's a very pleasant note of raisin that appears at the swallow (apparently they're dates... I should read the label more often), and then the hops come up and it's a bit citrusy and then spicy. There's a light spritz of alcohol to it, and once that passes you're left with a nice bit of lingering toastiness that nudges you to take another sip. So even though there's a lot of malt going on, it still stays in balance and even finishes dry. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel: Residual dextrins leave it pretty full-bodied, and the carbonation is kept in check, just lending a gentle caress to the tongue.

Overall: An interesting beer... it's very basic in many ways but it mixes citrusy hops into an otherwise traditional ale at just the right proportion so as to give it a little bit of magic. As noted, however, you do need to enjoy it at around cellar temperature to really get it. Probably my favorite from 21st Amendment.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger tan head. Laces decently. Ruby body.

Nose is deeply malty with some English hops. Faintly boozy.

Taste has some tang at the beginning and end, hoppy and bitter. I could categorize this as an American barleywine. There's some wood on the aftertaste. I taste pretty much no dates.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth.

I kinda regret buying four, and for these reasons: the hopping is consistent with American beers (which this is) not English (which is purports to be), the dates with which it was brewed are non-evident, and since it's canned, I feel really apprehensive about cellaring it. Maybe worth a shot anyway.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to huadog for this one. 12oz. can poured into a pint glass. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger fluffy, off-white head with good retention. Beer is a clear, copper red. Lacing is stringy and sparse with little cling. Very solid.

Nose is tree sap, beet juice, strawberry, and maybe unripened sweet potato. Subtle and pretty strange. Not bad though.

Opens tea leaves, sweet tree sap, and dried autumn foliage. Yam skin and more tea towards the middle. Hop bitterness and grainy brown sugar at the end. Finish is hoppy with a harsh toffee sweetness in the aftertaste. A bit weird but again, decent.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly and coarse in the mouth and harsh and lively going down. Messy finish with a sticky aftertaste. Could use some smoothing out here.

Overall not a bad beer but because of the awkward flavor profile present here, not one I would revisit. Worthing try though as its very different from what one would consider the norm.

Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, bottleworks

appearance: pretty sweet can design - served in a brooklyn brewery shaker pint, garnet body, light white ring

smell: biscuit malt, toffee, caramel, red apple

taste: interesting concoction - toffee, biscuit malt, waves of tropical fruit and citrus hops, nice sweetness from the dates, earthy, nutty and well spiced. Interesting flavor profile - definitely content with the purchase

mouthfeel: oily, medium-light body

overall: interesting brew

Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brilliant amber, with 2 fingers of off-white (almost a light tan) head. This retains with a smooth and creamy ½ finger that slathers the sides of the glass with thick sticky swathes of lace. The aroma smells grassy and spicy in the nose, with underlying notes of bitter fruit, caramel sweetness, and buttered toast. There is a bit of a faint metallic character here, as well as a touch of stiff warmth that emerges as this warms.

The taste has a mostly smooth feeling base to it of caramel, doughy sugars, a dab of butter, and green citrus flavors. The hop also adds a moderately spicy bitterness to this, which what mostly hangs in the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and lays a light prickle on the tongue, while more of a smooth creaminess fills out the corners of the mouth. I’m enjoying the feel here, as it is very easy drinking for the size.

Some of these 21A canned offerings have been hit or miss lately but this one worked rather well for me. This had straight forward ESA flavors with a bit of extra fullness to them but I was most impressed by just how drinkable this was for an almost 9% beer. I’d gladly have another can of this.

Photo of jmerloni
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Mahogany-amber, translucent, one-finger off-white head that laces pretty well.

S - Brown sugar malts, yeast, hops.

T - Follows the nose pretty closely. The malt flavor is really nice, and it's balanced by a decent hop profile. Finishes with a bit of a metallic aftertaste that is reminiscent of blood (which is both a little gross and a little badass).

M - Even and balanced sips, pretty damn well carbonated, a tiny bit weak at the very end.

D - Drinkable. Doesn't taste like an 8.5%er. I can see myself getting this again if I were looking for an ESA.

Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 10/26/11.

Pours a brownish amber color with two fingers of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Large amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Quite a bit of hops in the aroma. I pick up mostly citrus. Caramel malt is also featured in the aroma.

Interesting flavor profile. The dates can be tasted and adds some interesting sweetness. It goes well with the caramel malt. Citrus from the hops also fits in well. There is a little earthiness in there as well. Listed at 52 IBUs. Bitterness balances the sweetness very well.

Feels a little overcarbonated. The body is on the lighter side.

Dates do fit into a hoppy beer. A bit surprising actually. A succesful collabortive beer.

Photo of bum732
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Citrus hoppiness, some dark fruits, sweet toffee, some caramel, some herbalness.

L: Crystal clear dark red, light tan head that dissipates slightly. Ok lacing.

T: Toffee like malt with some notes of green apple. Low herbal like bitterness with figs or dates complimenting. Finishes semi-sweet with some honeydew melon. Slight sherry notes as it warms.

M: Medium full body, medium low carbonation.

Not bad, has character, but not overpowering. Dangerous at 8.5% alcohol. Fairly well balanced and something i would drink again.

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice and clear deep garnet hue with an off white head. Smells of earthy and herbal hops. Very forest like. Some caramel malts underneath.

Sweet caramel toasted malts and honey with a thick and full body. Piney hops on the finish, slight warming alcohol on the swallow but no detectable alcohol taste. Nice bitter bite. Flavors are layered very well and go together well. Makes for one nice smooth sip. Sweet biscuit flavors and herbal hops, with some hay mixed in. Very complex beer with lots of good flavors that go well with eachother. First can beer I truely enjoyed a lot.

There's some rye like quality to this as well that i figured I'd point out. Great lacing. Flavors aren't crazy and in your face but they are subtle and complex.

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Allies Win The War! from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.