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Allies Win The War! - 21st Amendment Brewery

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505 Ratings

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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 45
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: litheum94 on 11-05-2011)
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Photo of popery


3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a mishmash, and the fruit and hops clash for me. I'm disappointed but not surprised. It's another big collaboration beer with seemingly random ingredients and one with relatively strong sweetness, fruit and hops. The dates come through with a fairly muddled fruitiness and a good deal of sugar. The hops are pretty good in the aroma, lending some fresh, euro-ish flavors, but they just come across as bland bitterness in the taste. Conversely, the fruit and malt hurt the aroma, giving a sorta cheap and sticky note, but do pretty well in the taste. I just wish that this beer had focused on one or the other. The appearance and mouthfeel are both good. It's a garnet-ruby colored beer with a foamy, beige head. Mouthfeel is a bit slick and mildly sharp. I'm hardly going to drain pour this one, but it's another lame duck collaboration with flavors that simply aren't complementary.

Serving type: can

12-10-2011 07:21:41 | More by popery
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-10-2011 05:37:59 | More by y2korey
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip.
Amber brown color, with little head.
Smells of hops and apple.
Tastes more of a pale ale than an english strong ale, but it is a bit bitter. I was expecting to taste dates...but no such luck; at least right away. There is however a very slight date aftertaste. All date talk aside, this beer rocks.

Serving type: can

12-10-2011 02:42:54 | More by DrinkSlurm
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3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep garnet, one finger off white frothy head, great lacing.

S - Fruity, juicy hops, sweet.

T - Dates, fruits, hoppy, sweet, candi sugar, dryer malty finish.

M - Medium - full bodied, slightly warming.

O - It is a decent brew, kind of like Brew Free or Die but sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 03:08:14 | More by Rickythejeweler
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm struggling with Allies Win the War! as to how much I like this beer. Nice dishwater brown head that has a light lace and falls to a thick film. Very interesting nose that clearly has the dates touted in the label there, but a serious hop spice to blend with the dark fruit, lemon, pine, cinnamon or anise on top of a thick bready malt. Nice start. Taste follows somewhat with the malty base and solid fruit, but the hop doesn't follow through. The earthy, peppery spice lingers but is subdued. The blending of flavors seems a bit muddled and fight each other. Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected from the thick malt in the nose. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes very apparent in the nose, and gives the beer a slightly oily feel.

A collaboration ale with Ninkasi of Oregon, they aged the English strong ale on California dates with Northwest hops. Falconer's Flight hops must be the nose from dry hopping. The "superpower" pitch for the beer's name seems to be a stretch, but all in good fun for good beer. Still a very interesting beer, at least on paper. I could see myself being really excited about this beer at a festival by reading the description, but I'm disappointed with the realization of the prose. 21st Amendment is a go-to favorite of mine, and I'm ok with the four pack have in the fridge, but I don't see myself replacing it with another.

Serving type: can

12-09-2011 01:51:39 | More by FightingEntropy
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3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a guinness pint · fridge temp · 1-10-21 date

Appearance: Pours a dark garnet color with a frothy, egg cream head that has great retention. Pancake batter on the griddle surface is appealing, and plenty of lacing is left behind.

Smell: Earthy and spicy hops mixed with those strong, cereal grain malt aromas. A little boozy smell and some caramel/toffee as well.

Taste: A caramel flavor jumps out right away, followed by an EKG taste of bitterness. This is a fully flavored beer. No booze to even speak of.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth, quenching, malty and very little booze.

Overall: I could easily drink 6 of these and get drunk from the apparent 8.5% alcohol. Very nice beer. Would love another.

Serving type: can

12-09-2011 00:22:57 | More by Risser09
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3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 10/26/11

A - A very pretty deep ruby body with a nice fluffy light tan head. A great looking beer.

S - Caramel malts, some citrus and pine of hops. Relatively perfumey.

T - Bitter and caramel, dried fruits, kind of astringent. Not that good. I don't know this style, but I have a feeling that this is a bit off. quite harsh and oddly floral.

M - decent body, smooth, and fairly full.

O - weird beer. Some fairly offensive elements.

Serving type: can

12-08-2011 18:34:11 | More by ColdPoncho
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New York

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a half pint glass. Nice head, nice lacing, moderate retention, really nice color, kind of a nice light ruby read and transparent with nice carbonation bubbles. I detect some citrus and pithy hops married with rich caramel malts, and chewy deep fruity-ness. At first the aroma is moderate, but fades away after time. A well balanced ale with bitter, citrusy and pithy hops up front. Rounded out by a huge amount of caramel flavor, some vanilla notes, rich and malty, and those fruity deep flavored earthy dates. This beer is a little cloying and sweet on the backend. Rich but also somewhat oily. Still a fantastic beer for a wintery night. 21st Amendment has been a hit or miss brewery for me, but this beer is a winner and I will be returning to it in the future.

Serving type: can

12-08-2011 02:26:57 | More by pmlondrigan
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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: can

12-08-2011 01:20:17 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark red when poured into a brandy snifter, with minimal head.

S - Ripe cherries, figs, dates and hops. Some molasses and malt come through a bit later.

T - Taste is rife with dark fruit and a bit of hops, with a nice malt backbone just right to finish things off.

M - On the lower end of the distribution of carbonation, but the flavors are wonderful together.

O - A very unusual beer that was completely an impulse buy. Recommended to those looking for a tasty but different look on an IPA.

Serving type: can

12-07-2011 07:13:19 | More by gregy55902
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-07-2011 04:14:58 | More by Lantern
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-07-2011 03:02:56 | More by Rhode17
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3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark burgundy/garnet color with a thin, but even and lasting off white creamy layer of foam, with no carbonation.

S - Aroma is anemic for a beer this big. All the nuances are very delicate: pine, grapefruit citrus, and carmelized toasted malt. I would have expected a more aggressive nose from this beer

T - Delicate. Light citrus grapefruit, pine, lightly toasted caramel, slightly fruity (in the form of apples) and mild alcohol effervescence. Sweetness is mild and the balance between the bittering hops and malts is evenly balanced.

M - Way too thin, light medium to heavy light body and some watery character.

O - Meh. There's other Strong Ales out there that are more enjoyable. On the positive side, it's the only strong ale I know of in a can which makes it attractive.

Serving type: can

12-07-2011 01:20:41 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of Donsmitty


5/5  rDev +31.6%

12-06-2011 19:24:11 | More by Donsmitty
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

12-06-2011 06:06:21 | More by zipyth3pinhead
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-06-2011 05:35:51 | More by planbee
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-06-2011 02:17:59 | More by EasyReader
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

12-05-2011 16:09:25 | More by CaptainTripps
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-05-2011 07:27:38 | More by uziangis
Photo of spartanfan


3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 10/26/2011

A: Pours a deep, clear ruby color with a finger of thick light tan colored head. Leaves spotty waves of lacing behind.

S: Not a whole lot of smell, but sweetnes with a faint hint hint of brown sugar.

T: Sweet taste of dates right off the bat, followed with more malty sweetness. Long lingering bitterness sticks around for a while. Perhaps a hint of alcohol on the finish, but not too much.

M: Medium mouthfeel, with a bit too much carbonation for my liking. Alcohol is masked well.

O: This beer is the hoppiest example of the style I have tried so far. Paired with the dates it makes for an intresting, enjoyable beer.

Serving type: can

12-05-2011 02:35:16 | More by spartanfan
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District of Columbia

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

Good hoppy red ale with a nice soft and sweet fruity touch.

Presentation: 12 oz can. Busy design around an imitation of WWII press clippings with a a montage of the face of the brewers over historic leaders. For all its tongue-in-cheekness it does not work very well… too busy and a bit illegible on a first approach. It shows a clear canning date of 10/26/11, shows 52 IBUs and 8.5% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep amber/crimson pour with a rich frothy head

S - Nice hoppy nose, citrus, soft resin… woven in a nice sweet fruitiness.

T - Taste follows with a nice hoppy identity coated by the sweet fruitiness, date like but a bit too generic early on, as it settles it brings forth a honey in that touch more in memory with dates. The resin and citric notes sit on a nice caramel malt bed.

M - Medium body with medium/low carbonation rather smooth flow with an oily touch and nice bitter finish.

O - Pleasing ale, good flow with nice hoppy/fruity touches.

Notes: A pretty decent offering, a bit illegible as it is presented, but quality even if a bit over designed. Not sure I would seek it out though other than for a curious try.

Serving type: can

12-04-2011 19:55:48 | More by Daniellobo
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

12-04-2011 04:37:12 | More by jstewart1130
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this beer out of my Stone RIS tulip glass, poured directly from the can. It poured a deep brownish red color. It almost appeared to be a deep brown shade of purple. There were about two fingers of head which dissipated after about a minute and left lacing down the glass.

The beer was pretty cold when I first opened it, but I could still smell of Northwestern hops immediately jumping from the glass. It reminded me more of a IIPA than anything else. As it warmed, the scent of hops, dark fruit (possibly the dates) and strong alcohol came to the forefront. I

It tasted much as it smelled. When cold, it tasted very heavily hopped and almost reminded me of Bell’s Two Hearted with an alcohol kick toward the finish. I was confused at first because the color of the beer didn’t really resemble the taste. However, after it warmed, the dark fruit came out and the alcohol became more apparent. I breathed in deep to try to better understand this and was surprised as the burn I could receive from the smell. I liked this and welcomed it. Allies Win The War is an 8.5% ABV beer and they certainly didn’t try to mask this in the taste. I believe that this would be on purpose because it all came together nicely. I would imagine that the dates would be the dark fruit taste that I was experiencing and it almost reminded me –although very very lightly - of the same type of dark fruit taste I would experience in a Belgian dubbel style beer – except this was buried in what seemed to be an IIPA.

The mouth feel was average. When taking a sip it seems that most of the flavor tends to stay toward the front of the tongue with all of the bitterness concentrated in one spot. I wouldn’t say that this is a light beer by any means, but it certainly isn’t as full bodied as an imperial stout. I probably could have had two or three of these in sitting.

I feel that overall this was an interesting beer. I was originally anticipating a hop-bomb, but was surprised at the subtleness of the other elements. I would probably try this again if presented, but wouldn’t travel out of the way to get it.

Serving type: can

12-03-2011 01:33:21 | More by EJLinneman
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New York

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

I had a twelve ounce draft of this recently at my local bar. Nice style for a west coast brewery to emulate and I believe done very well.

Poured a dark orange with a good amount of carbonation and a lasting head. Somewhat cloudy.

Aroma was mostly of hops, almost as strong as a double ipa would be.

The flavor, however, had a nice balance of hops, malt and alcohol heat. Very well balanced and pretty true to style, other than the intense hopiness.

A very good beer. I look forward to trying it in a can.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 20:25:40 | More by david18
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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 oz can poured in to tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A: SRM is amber. Translucent and clear filtered. Head is tan, 1 in, dissipates to rim of glass. Light/medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Large hop notes accented by fruit(dates). Slightly boozy.

T: Hop forward. Hops hit all sides of the palate, followed by light fruit notes and a light malt base. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

M: Contrasting and stimulating mf. Hops hit sides of palate and malt hits the middle.

O: Nice beer. Balanced. Big hop presence, malt provides a nice counter and dates serve as a good accent to the overall flavor.

Serving type: can

12-02-2011 15:45:38 | More by tsauce2
Allies Win The War! from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.