Brew Free Or Die IPA | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Brew Free Or Die IPABrew Free Or Die IPA

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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
BREW FREE! OR DIE IPA is brewed with some serious west coast attitude. This aromatic golden IPA starts with three different hops to the nose, quickly balanced by a solid malt backbone supporting the firm bitterness. Our top selling beer at the pub, this IPA starts big and finishes clean leaving you wanting more.

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Reviews: 100 | Ratings: 1,014
Photo of lapsoo
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolute beer. Centenial hops is my favorite so I smell it first. Well done well balanced for IPA lover. All 5's for this: Beer keep on toungue for a while = 15 to 30 minutes, and fullfeeling my senses

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.88/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is one of my WA state go-to's along with Topcutter, all the bitter beauty I'd expect of an northwest IPA, but with a bit of a sweet and malty side (just a bit). You crack this can and catch a wonderful aroma, and the best part is there's plenty more where that came from - year round.

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Photo of mitch3114
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from can to pint glass

A- A fluffy off-white head that rose and steadily declined, revealing the beautiful golden glowing contents of the beer. It looked on the light side but seemed to be enchanted with the light shining through...Cool can art

S- Sweet fragrant fresh hops, sweet sugary esters

T- This is very hoppy but also quite malty. It is jam packed with flavors that are quite complex. The hop profile is very resinous and very in your face-in a good way. The hops are very fresh and citrusy but not bitter in the least bit to me. The strong malt backbone does a great job at balancing out this brew

M- Slightly carbonated, medium bodied brew thats relatively thick and silky sooth

O- Overall this may be the best beer I've had in this style. It is highly balanced and the amount of flavors and complexities rival some of the higher end DIPAS. A great IPA! Highly recommend

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Photo of AlexCascadia
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not really a fan of any beer that includes a floral type of flavor, however this is my new favorite! I have purchased these 6-packs on 4 separate occasions now! I'm in love with the strong yet extremely drinkable quality to it! My previous 1st choice went to Iron Horse Brewery' Irish Death, but this is now my official stand-by! :D

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Photo of DavidS333
4.64/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brew Free or Die, is a tasty ale. Its relatively high alcohol and IBU count lend it a nice double/imperial quality.

Its color is sort of harvest gold, its smell is crisp and refreshing, the head is somewhat minimal, perhaps in keeping with this style of beer.

Its body is refreshing and on the medium to light side I would say. The taste has the sort of hop shell phenomenon going on, with the sort of interior of the hoppy shell having a sort of gingery zing/citrusy quality to it that is very crisp, tasty, and refreshing.

That this beer can be found in can multi-packs is pretty cool I think, and I think its a great beer; refreshing, crisp, hoppy, flavorful, a nice body and color and a nice silkiness to it.

For similar beers, this beer/ale brings to mind the Double/Imperial IPA "Resin" by Sixpoint Brewery.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bitterness matches the scent of this hoppy, citrusy, and slightly earthy modern IPA. When drinking a nationally known IPA, this is one of my favorites.

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Photo of Lee_Parker
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Unlike most of the reviewers, mine was a draft. Color was clear and gold with no haziness at all. Head was practically non-existant, perhaps due to being kegged and shipped across the country. The rest pretty much follows other reviews. Not terribly very light nose, light finish. I did NOT notice any lingering bitterness however.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brew Free Or Die IPA | 21st Amendment Brewery. Poured from the can into a pint glass, the head is three fingers thick, with solid lacing, and medium golden amber body.

I smell an abundance of pine and citrus malts with a honey biscuit malt foundation.

Tastes like mildly sweet malts upfront with the hops doing a top job accenting this brew with pleasant bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Overall, I'll give Brew Free Or Die IPA | 21st Amendment Brewery 4.5.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE: Mostly clear and golden in color. The initial head is pretty huge...about three full fingers, but it settles swiftly into a quarter-inch cap on the surface. The lacing covers a fair amount of the back of the glass, but where it sticks it is quite thick.

SMELL: Juicy and zesty. Orange and lemon zest are all over this, but a little grapefruit also comes through. A bit of pine and just a touch of grass also make themselves known.

TASTE: Grapefruit comes through much stronger than it did in the nose. The orange (especially) and lemon are still here. Pine is strong and the grass is present. Also, that weird onion flavor (see Stone Enjoy By) brings in a nice hoppy touch.

MOUTHFEEL: I guess this is what the ideal balance is like. I truly can't tell if this is more sweet or more dry. Either way, the carbonation provides a solid, but not-to-intense tickle and the body is right down the middle, medium. Pretty much perfect.

OVERALL: This beer is so well balanced. It's difficult to say anything bad. It truly carries some of the characteristics of a big, bold Double IPA while maintaining a lower ABV and more of that intense hop character. Amazing beer.

EDIT: This beer is fresh as fuck.

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Photo of Hoppy-boy12
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden color in a pilsner glass with a hoppy/citrus aroma. A clean refreshing taste.

Overall a very good IPA. I differently recommend this beer!

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Photo of daliandragon
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Seems smewhat simlar to the 21st Amendment IPA. Attractive pour with lace and resiliant head. Citrus and medicinal hops mix with bread malts to form the nose.

Obviously hop forward, but the finish is less bitter and more balanced than I initially imagined. This is right in my wheelhouse; mostly crisp and thin with plenty of citrus pine and enough light dry malt to reign in the bitter a little. Texture is light and flexible yet mostly tames 70 Ibus and 7.0 capably. The only real danger is that it is almost too drinkable for seven percent.

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Photo of dancapurso
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm new to IPAs and I found this one to be quite enjoyable. I definitely got citrus tones in the smell and flavor which also linger in the aftertaste. I'd recommend this one to anyone trying to expand their pallet and dive into the world of IPAd. Enjoy!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Nose: well balanced between citrusy, resiny hops and rich malt. Hops exhibit some grapefruit notes and you can also smell some caramel from the malt.
Pours brilliant amber under a 2" bone white finely bubbled foam cap.
Medium to medium high carbonation, medium body.
On the palate the hops are medium high with big grapefruit flavors riding on a caramel seasoned malt backbone.
Drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden colored draft pour into a chilled pint floats a thin white head with spotty lacing.
Hop aroma is obvious but does not punch you in the face.
Nice malt and hop balance. This is a perfect jumping in beer for pilsner lovers who want an ipa experience.
Light medium feel with good carbonation.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$ 18/12pack ($ 0.125/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA
Can BB 1/1/16 at 42 degrees into shaker
Aroma of some flora and some citrus peel
Head enormous (10 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to heaped frothy layer
Lacing good – thick frothy partial rings
Body medium yellow, slight haze
Flavor starts moderately bitter with some malt coming through; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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Photo of ZBowden
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden honey with a thick white head, smells of citrusy hops and Carmel malts, tastes of creamy Carmel malts and floral hops smooth creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: February 28, 2016... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: the Oscars, while staving off what seems to be a virus haunting our home... APPEARANCE: a robust orange amber body with fissures of bubbles blasting upward... the head is snow-white, lush and creamy, with thick cumulus pillows clinging as the glass drains..... AROMA: bright, brilliantly bitter citrus--orange peel, grapefruit, and melon make a powerful entrance...the pine and resin are earthy and righteous... nice caramel and bread suggests a balanced profile... PALATE: smooth, creamy and highly drinkable... the draw is biting at the teeth, and the finish lingers with zest and weight... at 7% ABV, the right amount of drinkable for a session or a stand-alone... TASTE: the citrus and pine soar, with enough fruitiness from the orange and melon to make this definitively West Coast... the caramel is strong, and the balance is struck--this could be an all-day sipper... OVERALL: definitely a nominee for best IPA, as it explodes with flavor, balance, strength and drinakbility--paradoxes that nonetheless are apropos.... delicious hoppiness, and the epitome of what is the stereotypical BIG IPA....

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Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, gold color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of fresh citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of earthy malt, and resin. Fits the style of an American American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of fresh citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of earthy malt, and resin. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unique IPA from San Fran. Not your typical west coast IPA, boasting a very floral fragrance. Hop does not bite as much as your traditional west coast IPA, with a tropical fruit essence. The malt backbone does not back down to the hoppiness, creating a very enjoyable balance. Will try again!

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Photo of mac31
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the more subtle and balanced IPA's out West. Subtle, sweet malty entry. Malts are clean and cracker-like with a hint of honey detected. Sweet malt backbone transitions to a relatively hoppy bitter finish. The hops, too, are subtle. Hops are floral, moderately spicy, herbal, with a touch of grapefruit. A big flash of clean bitterness in the finish. That bitterness makes its presence known then dissipates, leaving you ready for the next sip. The sweetness of the malt seems to wash away the finishing bitter in this brew. I love that about this beer. Trace bitterness lingers on the palate. Cereal grains in the finish. Body is thin. Carbonation is low, which I enjoy as well.

This beer is by no means an earth shattering, mind blowing beer that will alter your life after having. But what it is is one of the most sessionable 7%, 70IBU beers that you can have of ANY style. The hallmark of this beer (and really any great beer) is the drinkability. I buy a sixer of this beer a couple times a year to be reminded of the above. One of my favorite year around IPA's. This beer really shines when your engaged in outdoor activities. It's also a beer that I like to introduce to people who think they don't like IPA's.

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Photo of jbredbeard
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good banana and pine aroma followed by a piney hops bitterness all the way through. Not a lot of alcohol for the 7.0% abv. All together a pretty good beer.

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Photo of jameswaldo
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got this in a sixpack because I had to tote it by bike a fair way to drink it, and the cans are lighter. Pretty graphic on the cans! Also a righteous clear notice that it was "Canned On: 11/23/16" when I wanted to drink it on 12/23/16. Wouldn't it be great if all commercial beer had such proof of age?
Poured into a pint glass, this made an excellent head that persisted fiercely, lacing beautifully. Top score for looks!
The smell was ok, not quite hoppy enough for me.
The taste was fine, with its three hops, but not enough bittering for my palate. 70 IBUs aren't enough for a real Indian PA; maybe it's a West Coast timidity? The malt and yeast were as tasty as the moderate hopping: call it well-balanced, maybe, or just plain not hoppy enough.
Real good carbonation and juicy hop mouth feel, though again without the bitter after taste I seek in IPA styles. If they branded this a Pale Ale, I'd call it honestly fine.
Overall, a middle-of-the-road sort of brew for folks who don't like bitter much.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer from a can and then on tap from the source and it holds up either way. Had a blind tasting of 10 IPAs and this was the winner against some strong competition. Good hop presence both in smell and taste. The smell needed a little more citrus and floral notes for me but taste was very smooth and crisp.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep golden yellow with a frothy off white head than hangs around for a while and laces well.

S: Citrus hops, grapefruit, a little orange, a hint of tropical fruit, some caramel malt sweetness, and maybe even light herbal notes.

T: Sweet caramel malt, citrus, tangerine and a little grapefruit, some hints of tropical fruit, and a little light spiciness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation that keeps it from getting too syrupy thick.

O: A little under rated in my opinion. Not a world beater, but very drinkable and a solid stand by.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Had this twice... once in Cleveland (an old can by a month or so) and again at home (a fresher can -- drink by 7/19).

Appearance: Slightly hazed yellow orange -- mostly yellow -- with a poofy white head a finger and a half high. Plenty of lacing and pretty sexy. 4.5/5

Smell: Subtle, really. Not bursting. Some earthy hops and a touch of sweetness, but not a ton going on. 4/5

Taste: Like the taste. Earthy hops with a nice, sweet balance, Not as hop heavy as I had anticipated, for some reason, but tasty. 4.25/5

Feel: A little silky, a nice amount of carbonation... pretty damn near perfect for a 7% IPA. 4.75/5


A really nice brew. Not spectacular or any sort of world-class IPA, but a tasty one regardless.

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