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Allies Win The War! - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

513 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 47
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: litheum94 on 11-05-2011)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 4/6/2011 at the brewpub.

Pours dark red/brown, hazy, tall beige head, good lacing and retention.

Aroma is roasty, nutty, toffee, old hops, and a little booze.

Flavor is a roasty sweet old ale with some bubble gum and stale citrusy hops. Nice balance between the toffee and the roast flavors. Medium bitterness.

Body is heavy, underattenuated. Drinkable, decent.

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t0rin0, May 12, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, candied fruit, brown sugar, and caramel. Taste is much the same with some slight spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild level of bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors that make it quite drinkable.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

djrn2, May 06, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

zestar, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light but well balanced aromas of citrus and pine resin hops along with notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell with some notes of date flavors and hints of sweetness. A light amount of bitterness persists through the finish and leaves your tongue tingling.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer has good drinkability because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste and the strong hop presence prevents any cloying sweetness.

metter98, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fusion in style; is it a strong ESB or a hop-forward American Amber- or maybe a somewhat imperialized version of both? What's not debatable is that this is a mightily tasty ale!

The 21st Amendment drum marches on with this war cry- pouring a deep amber with bronze appearances, the beer builds a dense light tan head that surprisingly reduces to a thin sheet rather quickly. But alas, the foam cover holds and reveals classic lacing of English Ales. Allies Win The War is a handsome beer!

Hoppy aromas abound with a mix of citrus, spruce, earthy spice, and woods/grasses. Not to be outdone is a balance of toffee malt that nearly equals that of the hops. Any esters or yeasty spice is burried deep behind the hops and malt and are difficult to pick out.

Flavors do much the same, only in reverse. First the malty rich taste of straigh-up toffee create a sweeter impression. But where the flavor of toffee exists boldly, only a low-level sweetness that's normally associated with toffee presents itself- flavorful, but not overly sweet. Malty richness subsides at mid palate, just as the rise of hoppy flavors take command: grapefruit pith, orange peel, spruce or pine sap, stemmy and grassy vegitation from hops all commit to the compex malt make-up. All of which quickly develop into a slightly resiny bitter taste that closes the beer and allows for a clean and crisp malt-hop balance in finish and aftertaste. Alcohol flavor creates an almost-cherry, red apple flavor that brings out an essence of esters while the bite of hops also leek an impression of phenolics.

Medium bodied, especially early on. But the beer's malty sweetness and creamy onset quickly releases and a dry, minty hop character carries the beer from mid palate to finish where a warming alcohol sensation creates a malty-dry finish and feel.

An exquisite beer that nearly makes you dismiss the 8.2% abv. The full flavors of malt and hops give a larger-than-life impression while the rush to dryness and bitterness make it much more drinkable than it should- dangerous for a guy like me.

BEERchitect, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice amber red color with a good looking cream colored head on top. The lacing was sticky and held a good retention. The smell of the beer was hoppy and malty, nicely balanced aroma I thought but didn't really spark my interest too much. The taste of the beer was hoppy, it's got the elements of a Hoppy Amber Ale instead of an English Strong Ale to me. The mouthfeel was drinkable, moderate carbonation and medium bodied. Overall I found the beer to be pretty good but I wasn't blown away by it either.

Knapp85, Dec 22, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can - $2.79 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Canned on: 10/26/11.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber-brown body with a finger or so of light, light beige foam. Acceptable lacing.

Smell: Fragrantly spicy hops with a firm backing of dry-hopped grassiness and blistering resins atop biscuity, pale malts and a hint of dark fruit and chocolate powder and caramel (the caramel only as it warms a smidge).

Taste: Toasty Munich malts given a thin brushing of sweet-tasting caramel. Crumpled biscuit tops. A slim portion of bitterish chocolate. Any initial sweetness is low and quite brief. Spicy, earthy, resinous, grassy hops with a full bitterness that embodies the majority of the overall taste. Maybe a hint of dates, but could just as easily be some esters from the English yeast used. Warming alcohol presence, though not intrusively so. Finishes quite dry, a little warm, and with a lingering spicy, bitter quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A slow-sipping brew, more from there being plenty of oomph in the alcohol and hop department than being deeply satisfying or indulgent.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

oberon, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

NeroFiddled, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Jason, Nov 05, 2011
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, dark fruit, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts with a decent burst of hops bitterness. Then some mildly sweet flavors of dark fruit, honey and spices come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are other beers I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Kegatron, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice strong ale. Sweetish malty nose on there. Flavor carries a higher sweet tone with a mild level of spices on it that gives just a touch of a kick. Lots of malts on here. Smooth, certainly. A fairly heavy ale, but still pretty easy to drink. Nice packaging too; love the box.

RblWthACoz, May 09, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me. Poured from the can into a taster.

The color is deep red with good clarity and a small tan cap with good retention and average sized bead. The lace clings haphazardly. The smell is a mix of hops and woody nutty malt with a mild amount of sweetness and subtle piney odor with light spice. The feel is very nice, there is a good balance between the hops and malt body with slight alcohol influence and moderately dry finish with medium carbonation level.

The flavor is pretty decent, the malt flavor is mostly sweet with a slight nuttiness, the balance between the slight spice of the yeast and the mild pine flavor in the hops is good with a gentle tinge of alcohol and there is an almost candy-like essence as it finishes with moderate alcohol. This beer is tasty but you don't really get much date flavor, I am guessing they contribute the sweet elements and increase abv possibly. This beer was satisfying and enjoyable for the style, so I was happy to have tried it.

Slatetank, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, more cans. Cause everyone likes it in the can! Tasty crack cans.

Pours a very large head that prevents me from even finishing the pour, with a creamy 2+ finger head, that fades semi slowly with a touch of lacing, over semi clear auburn mahogany brown colored beer.

Nose actually brings some light hops at first, light floral hops witha hint of citrus, then dark dried fruit like fig and date, and a light nutty sweet brown malts with a hint molasses and caramel.

Taste starts with darker malts, chewy caramel and soft brown malts, brown sugar and molasses, then dark fruits with more date and fig, creamy darker malts, and decent sweetness. Then more hops, a bit floral and hint of citrus and spicy hops. A decent bitterness and chewy hop bite. Some toasty malts as well, then a bit of warming booze kicks in. Then finish gets more spicy hops and fairly bitter, a light almost syrupy molasses and more of the date fruit flavor, but a bit drier.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, bit of warming booze.

Overall pretty decent, I wasn't sure what to expect for an English strong/bitter with dates, but it blended pretty well actually. Nice hops and fruits, malts, and hint of booze without the esters I was expecting, and nice dry finish, not super sweet.

jlindros, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a light mahogany with a layer of off white head. There is a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus peel and herbal hops with some warm alcohol and malt in the background.

Taste: Citrus peel hop bitterness up front. Malt and some warming alcohol balance things out a bit. There is a strong date presence in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lots of smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The dates in the finish make this beer unique. A bit too hoppy, I would have let the other flavors stand out more. Enjoyable enough, but probably don't need to have it again.

oline73, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a DFH signature glass. Beer is dark red, mostly clear, tan amber head, small bubbles, moderate to low retention, lots of lacing, moderate to low carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is mildly boozy, mildly sweet, some piny hops, a little grapefruit in there too, mild biscuit malt.

Beer is medium to light in body and really sweet. Mildy dry at the finish, moderate bitterness, decent hoppy midpalate, mixture of earthiness and citrus style hops, I'd have it again, I have 3 more and I'll definitely drink them.

drabmuh, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

mendvicdog, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark coppery amber in the glass. Malty with an edge of hops. Fruitiness is the main flavor. Some roasted malt flavors along with caramel and a hint of vanilla. Buttery biscuits. Hops are aromatic, but that fruity English style. Rated at 52 IBU though the bitterness is quite modest.

Very interesting strong ale. I totally did not guess dates as the sugar is restrained and so nicely balances the hops and other beefy flavors. I have to check out the other canned beers from this collaboration. This one surprises me since Ninkasi is one of my least favorite breweries in the West.

mactrail, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/19/11 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in DC. Served in a 10 oz. tulip.

a - Pours a dark garnet, reddish brown color with one finger of light tan head
Mod carb

s - Smells of roasted malts, dark fruits, bready malts, alcohol, and light biscuit malts.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, bready malts, and alcohol again. Sweeter than the nose and more alcohol as well. A tiny step down due to the alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth.

o - Overall a pretty good strong ale. Lots of roasted notes and sweet dark fruits, and a fair amount of alcohol as well. Would have it again.

mdfb79, Nov 21, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 29, 2014
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Allies Win The War! from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.