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Allies Win The War! - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

509 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 46
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 Mosley1212
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Mosley1212, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +5.3%

mcorwin, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of DoctorDog
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A- Deep ruby and clear. Pours with a 1+ finger tan head, which fades slowly into a thin cap.

S- Surprisingly citrusy/piny hops notes come through first, followed by sweet dark fruits, and a caramel maltiness.

T- Piny hop bitterness, raisins/dark fruit (dates, I suppose) and a sweet maltiness. Hop bitterness is moderately low, with a touch of booze in the finish.

M- Moderate to low carbonation and a medium feel.

O- Good. Enjoyable on all fronts and easy drinking for it's ABV heft.

Future outlook: Another solid offering in a can from 21st Amendment.

DoctorDog, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Tan/brown, black tint, creamy 1/2 head, with some lacing.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, hops, caramel, some nut, a little alcohol and some apple.

Taste - Malts, some alcohol, and fruits are the main flavor. Bitterness from the apple and date flavors are present, and alcohol comes out in each drink. Theres a nice sweet coffee, caramel mix that adds sweentess to a bold beer.

MOuthfeel - Its a bold, strong beer, coats tounge with dark fruits, alcohol and malts. Palette gets some hops, and remainder of booze. Aftertaste is dry and bitter.

Overall - PRetty good, has a nice twist with the dates and apple flavors. Its slighty too boozy, might be quite the beer to age for a year or so. Worth a drink for sure.

wvsabbath, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of popery
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

popery, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of y2korey
4/5  rDev +5.3%

y2korey, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

DrinkSlurm, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

Rickythejeweler, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of FightingEntropy
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

FightingEntropy, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Risser09
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

Risser09, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

ColdPoncho, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of pmlondrigan
3.8/5  rDev 0%

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.

pmlondrigan, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of gregy55902
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

gregy55902, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Lantern, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Rhode17
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Rhode17, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

jzeilinger, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Donsmitty
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Donsmitty, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of zipyth3pinhead
5/5  rDev +31.6%

zipyth3pinhead, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of planbee
4/5  rDev +5.3%

planbee, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +5.3%

EasyReader, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of CaptainTripps
5/5  rDev +31.6%

CaptainTripps, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of uziangis
4/5  rDev +5.3%

uziangis, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of spartanfan
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

spartanfan, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

Daniellobo, Dec 04, 2011
Allies Win The War! from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.