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Allies Win The War! - 21st Amendment Brewery

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509 Ratings

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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 oriolesfan4
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an awesome looking can into a Sam Adams pint glass. Beer is a nice deep red color, nice lacing and head to it. Taste reminds me a lot of the Lagunitas beers, caramel notes, dark fruit, and nice hoppy goodness. Really good beer, alcohol is well hidden and goes down smooth. 21st Amendment makes some really good beers and just add this one to that list.

oriolesfan4, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of beerman999999
4/5  rDev +5.3%

beerman999999, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of koko2315
4/5  rDev +5.3%

koko2315, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

rab53, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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

dirtylou, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of zaphodchak
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

zaphodchak, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was told this was a collaborative effort between Ninkasi and 21st ammendment. On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and considerable lacing. Don't really get a whole lot on the nose; maybe some sweet malt and baked apple, but there really isn't a whole lot there. Given how little I picked up on the nose, I was bit surprised by how good this beer tastes. There is some considerable malt with a hint of clove and cinnamon, but then the hops come on strong (in a Ninkasi kind of way), and they balance the malty sweetness very, very nicely. The balance in this beer is very impressive, and this was a beer I warmed to the more I drank it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with considerable malt and hoppy bitterness in the finish. I should point out that this beer is not at all heavy or tiring on the plate, and frankly drinkability is excellent for an 8.5% beer.

After the less than steller glass of HQT I had, this was a welcome treat to the palate. Impressive.

John_M, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of wastingtime
4/5  rDev +5.3%

wastingtime, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of BeerThursdays
4/5  rDev +5.3%

BeerThursdays, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of shufon
5/5  rDev +31.6%

shufon, Nov 19, 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 dragonWhale
5/5  rDev +31.6%

dragonWhale, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of HattedClassic
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Powerful, foamy head and lots of lacing. Clear brown color.

Smell: Hops and a hint of boozy smell. The dark fruit comes off deliciously but it's still pretty nice. I think I also get a little bit of sugar.

Taste: Definitely hoppy and somewhat bitter but not enough to overpower the fruit. I can certainly taste the dates but not to the point that they overpower the hops. The dates and the hops work wonderfully in this. Neither dominate the other but complement each other very well.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, smooth and an easy drink.

Overall: A very good beer and perfect for the winter. Enough hops to make you think of spring but dark fruity enough to survive the cold.

HattedClassic, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +5.3%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of DoctorB2B
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

DoctorB2B, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Viciousknishs
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Viciousknishs, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev +5.3%

avaldivia, Nov 15, 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 THECPJ
4/5  rDev +5.3%

THECPJ, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of nerdrocker101
4/5  rDev +5.3%

nerdrocker101, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
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.

morimech, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ficknish
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark caramel brown. Beige medium head.

S - Spices. Medium toasty malts. Slight stone fruit. Sour cherry. Spicy hops.

T - Alcohol heat. Leather. Slight syrup flavors. Funky bitter. Oak. Stone fruits.

M - Heat. Lingering bitter. Dry. Moderately heavy.

O - Big mouth beer. A lot going on. The strong funky bitterness complements the stone fruit big body. Reminds me very much of a Scotch ale. Good beer. Don't know if I'll buy again.

ficknish, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of silentjay
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

contrary to Jason's review there is a clearly printed "canned on" date on the underneath of the can. this one was canned 10/26/11.

clear blood red tinged copper with a huge off-white head that sticks around forever and leaves tons of lacing. even pouring into an imperial pint glass, this 12 oz beer requires some settling before i can complete the pour. impressive presentation.

hoppier than expected aroma. (for a beer brewed with dates, I was thinking of a belgian dubbel like aroma...). What i got was tons of citric hops with a bit of tropical fruit and freshly cut grass with some caramel, molasses, and yes, date, sweetness. a bit of a medicinal quality hits as well, unfortunately.

starts off sweet, bitterness comes in to play but slips away quickly before the sweetness takes hold again. dates, caramel, toffee, dried and sweetened citric fruits like those found in tropical trail mixes. finish is pretty crisp, but with a slight warmth from the alcohol.

almost medium bodied with a subtle carbonation and a tiny bit of an oily finish.

interesting. I enjoyed it. It didn't quite floor me, but I think they won the war. I'd drink it again.

silentjay, Nov 13, 2011
Allies Win The War! from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.