21st Amendment | Court Avenue Brewing Company

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Court Avenue Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This award winning A.P.A is brewed with malted rye, hopped with Amarillo and Cascade, and then aged in local Templeton Rye barrels. This ale is a spicy and citrusy treat, with hints of whiskey and oak. Originally brewed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition.

Added by BarrytheBear on 08-11-2010

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 19
Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong fresh whiskey, citrus hops, sweet malt, floral notes, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a dryness from the liquor. Tastes of sweet malt, whiskey, citrus hops, floral hops, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, strong whiskey in the aroma, but the blend of the body is much better.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After tastes of several other CABC beers, I chose the biggest and most interesting for my one 'full pour' beer on my recent visit. Actually 'biggest' is a guess, as I could never find an ABV listed and nobody seemed to know... 7-8% range, maybe??? Poured to a teardrop goblet.

An American Pale Ale with malted rye, Amarillo and Cascade hops, aged in Templeton rye whiskey barrels.

A: Presented with a 1/2 finger of creamy whitish head, one which holds nicely in fading, droopy rings and scattered freckles. Lighting isn't great in the bar, but held (geekily) to a stronger light, it's a chestnut/amber with a mild haziness. Looking straight down, there's a concentric skim that looks eerily like an eyeball staring, unblinking, back at me.

S: Mmmmm... nice nose - a boozy 'whiskey' scent with vanilla, spice and toffee. Good strength, hard to discern much about the beer behind the barrel, but I'm OK with that...

T: Love what an oaky whiskey will do to transform this well-hopped pale. Cascade and Amarillo are two of my favorite hops, with big sappy 'pine' and sweet/tart 'citrus' flavors when used properly. This does all of the above well: spicing is just right, hops pop with resinous juiciness, bitterness lingers but not oppressive, woodiness adds an earthy dustiness in the finish. Really excellent.

M: Smooth, creamy feel upfront with a niggling spiciness in the end. Body is a bit heavier than 'medium' - not syrupy or sticky, but a little thicker on the tongue. Mild warming belies some alcoholic strength, but -again- no one could quote the ABV, so I'm left to wonder. Lasting 'barrel' finish - a borbon/whiskey-lover's delight!

O: Terrific beer! I was generally satisfied with all the beers I tried at CABC, but this one won hands down. Excellent flavor and aroma, beautiful feel - one I'd gladly order again...and again.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Forever is a long long time
When you've lost your way

On tap at Court Avenue Brewing Company both before and after the Phoenix show

Described as an APA brewed with malted rye, Amarillo and Cascade hops, and aged in Templeton rye barrels. Damn straight

Hazy burgundy pour into a chalice

Both malty and salty on the nose with hints of beef jerky and spicy rye

Hefty barrel presence up front, quite oaky. Lemon zest from the Amarillos pushes forward in the middle, and the finish is smoke and spicy rye along a rich malt bill.

Low/medium carbonation, thick and rich bodied. Quite chewy.

This was a pleasure to stumble across. Once I put the designation of an APA out of my mind, I was able to soak in the experience. This was enjoyable enough that I chose to return to the brewpub after the show so that I could immerse myself in another glass. Very well done!

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes on my Iowa trip

Pours murky brown with a finger or so of creamy foam. Nice lacing and decent retention, but very ugly looking.

Nice light whiskey aroma with heavy vanilla and a bit of toffee. Don't really get much hoppiness out of the nose.

Flavor is a nice balance of everything promised. I get some more floral/citrusy hop notes than I did in the aroma with a ton of oak and just a bit of booze. Spiciness of the whiskey plays well with the hops and every individual component is kept in moderation making it very complex.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel. No idea the ABV, but little alcohol present. I'd estimate maybe 7-8 per the style. Lighter carbonation fits well with the barreling.

Very impressed by this beer. Comparing directly to Naughty Temple which I had the day before, it doesn't hold up, but compared to every other barrel aged pale I've had, this does stand out. There is enough of a malt backbone that the barrel doesn't overwhelm and the flavors meld together very nice.

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Photo of AlleywayRover
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Court Ave. Brewpub in Des Moines.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper color dark for a pale ale.

Smell: Malts and light fruit. Some citrus, some peach, some light berry and a distinct floral note.

Taste: Starts with sweet fruit that turns into sweet malt flavors and leaves with hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, lightly carbonated. Dry at the end.

This was a wonderful find here in the mid-west. Although it is probably more accurately classified as a rye beer with the addition of rye malt.

If you happen to stop by the brewery, the 21st amendment has a big brother, a rye barley wine. It's like the 21st amendment only more so.

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Photo of Pooter
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is typical for a British pale ale. You don't get the rye until you taste it.

S: Kind of spicy, some herbs, a hint of the Templeton Rye barrel (some Rye whiskey, some traces of Oak)

Taste: I taste vanilla like a mouth-bomb. In a great, smooth, rye-y way. Great smooth hop finish as well

Mouthfeel: supersmooth

Overall: I love it. It is priced as one of their premium beers, so refilling a growler was $19, but I think well worth it. I asked the brewer the ABV, he thought 6.7 or 6.8.

Tip for the brewery: checkin on Yelp -- the reward is a personal brewery tour. I don't know if that happens at night, but at lunchtime today I got to see the brewery area, meet the brewer, see the grain storage and the cold storage in the basement, and lots of Templeton Rye barrels. I thought it was very cool.

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21st Amendment from Court Avenue Brewing Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 19 ratings.
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