Brew Free Or Die IPA | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Brew Free Or Die IPABrew Free Or Die IPA

Brewed by:
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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Photo of kitekid
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

-beautiful amber/orange with a thick creamy head
-malty, pine taste with a pronounced grapefruit bite
-the more I drink this beer the better I like it, not going to be a regular but since it's a "local" brew we'll visit every now and then

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Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can at the spring 2017 ASMF.
Puts with a lightly hazy body topped by a large, durable, foamy, bone - colored head.
Pine and fruit hop notes dominate the aroma and the flavor, with some biscuit from the malt appearing in both. Moderate bitterness for style.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours gold with a solid head, looks pretty good

smell is very malty. sweet like caramel malt with light hops

taste is clean yet malty. hops come in at the end. not overly sweet but not nearly as hoppy as i hoped for.

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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 frykid
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: a dark orange / gold color, a foamy head of about 2-2.5 finger widths (head lingered for a little while)
S: aromas not so strong - citrusy, pine
T: dry and quite bitter at first, some orange / grapefruit flavors
F: moderate carbonation, smooth

it was 'ok'

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can,into a Cigar City spiegelau IPA glass.

Creamy white head that stands just under 2 fingers tall.Hazy gold in color with distorted light showing through the glass.Small bits of sediment floating around.Light carbonation.

On the nose I am getting heavy notes of...corn...yes corn.Im getting alot more malts than hops.Im really not even getting any hops...Mostly corn.WTF

On the palate I get mostly piney and floral hops,balanced with sweet malts.Definitely tastes like a west coast IPA.Getting some grapefruit as well.

The body is medium / thin,with a dry finish.

This is a decent IPA,but not something I will pick up again.Im not a huge fan of west coast style IPA's,so take this rating with a grain of salt.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Clear gold with light visible carbonation, a fluffy white head, and sheets of sticky lacing.

S: Orange marmalade, biscuit and sugar cookie, earth, pine, and grapefruit.

T: Pink grapefruit, orange peel, biscuits, honey, and pine cone.

F: Medium, smooth, moderately carbonated.

O: A solid West Coast IPA. If fresh, tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the can with a Nonic style glass
Last had this on 09/26/15

A nicely balanced brew that doesn’t tip the scales in any one direction. I would say with more of a nod towards the traditional or even PNW style IPA’s that are built around a bit bolder foundation of malts. Light golden amber body with some well-conditioned clarity throughout the body. Solid finger width of paper white suds that slips back down into the glass leaving a few splotches of lace in its wake. Smells of bready malts with a touch of biscuit and caramel mixed in. Has some nice citrus hop qualities and a few lesser notes of pine resin. Lightly spiced and earthy too. Pretty even keeled overall. Plenty of solid bready malt backbone to this but within good balance. Not too sweet or heavy with the caramels. Good dose of stone fruit here. Classic hops with a bit of orange and pine bolstered by some undertones of earthy minerals and grapefruit flesh. Finding the bitterness to be mellowed and the body in a low moderate filling capacity which makes for a nice quaff.
An enjoyably drinking IPA. Not in the West Coast San Diego style. I can see how any purist would love this one.

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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 GuyFawkes
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Best by 2/23/16"; drank 1/23/16 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque bright orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice bright white head; strong tree-rung lace.

Orange citrus, caramel & grapefruit notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Sweet mango & orange citrus flavors up front; pronounced caramel & tart grapefruit notes on the finish. Leaning into American Barleywine territory at this point; I wonder if it was better fresh? Still fruity enough to be enjoyable.

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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 mklmcgrew
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can in pint glass.

L: Pours a light gold color, slightly hazy, with a 1-finger head. Average head retention and lacing.

S: Fairly light on the nose, with some light citrus hops.

T/F: A light hop presence, with a little sweetness from the malt. The flavor is a bit one-note, lacking in some of the complexity of the top line IPAs. The finish is fairly dry. Substantially carbonated, and a medium-light body.

O: Decent IPA. There are definitely better ones out there, but a good choice. The cans make for a good travel pack.

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Photo of Redrover
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the offerings at Meat & Potatoes in Pittsburgh. From a can to marked pint, the beer is a chill hazed copper with a sticky off white head.

It has a nice pine and grain aroma.

Bitterness is both pine and citrus based and it is backed with some caramel malts and a touch of honey. It's balanced. Seems more like an APA than an IPA but regardless, it is tasty.

Mouth is oily and a bit coating.

Easy drinker!

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Photo of Maryobeerian
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice. A bit treacly sweet but not at all cloying. Not much hop presence, no bitter finish, more butterscotch,/burnt sugar, but very enjoyable, with a bit of tropical fruit to round it off. Smooth mouthfeel. A regular in our frig this summer.

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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 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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Photo of hopflyer
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best by 9/10/16

Drank straight from the can so can't really give a fair score here. I did pour one into a plastic colored cup though. Looked fine. Decent head.

Strong malts, some hops, butt sensed bitterness (I was right)

The label boast strong malt backbone and it was true to its advertising. That's usually fine with an IPA for me so long as the hop profile can compete. It didn't stand a chance. Any hops in here just came thru as a bitterness without any citrus, floral, dank, or pine. It wasn't all that bad, it just didn't carry anything other than cracker with bitterness.

Feel was medium. Bitterness lingered.

I recently had. This brewery's session ale and though it give them a shot with this one. It didn't do to well with my taste buds. But it was a decent price for a sixer to take on the beach. Just won't get it again.

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Photo of senglish7
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent and golden. Nice head. Taste is somewhat crisp, but not super hoppy (as I have been accustomed to lately). Aroma is subtle. Nice IPA that isn't a "hop bomb".

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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 Eamonn-Cummings3
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a speiglau IPA glass.

Nice clear copper color and a big frothy head.

aroma is a musty cracker crust aroma mixed with a nice hop citrus.

Taste balance between light sweet malt and a bitter slightly citrus hop.

Decent IPA.

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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 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 Gajo74
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had it on tap at Beer Shop and Tasting Table NYC.
Pours a clear golden color, modest head and a patchy, slightly sticky sudsy lace that deactivates after each sip.
The aroma is primarily hops forward; piny, resiny and slight hints of mango and orchard fruit. The toasted malt is faint and in the background.
The taste is hops forward and on the high side moderately bitter. Piny and grapefruit like. Finish is resiny and dry and leaves a lingering herbal bitterness. However, as the drink warms, some of the malt backbone comes through and provides a sweetness for balance.
Light side of medium bodied, softly bar panted but crisp. Easy to drink.
A decent IPA.

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Photo of StringsAreWings
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a transparent gold with the slightest haze. Nice 2 finger head slowly recedes to a few clouds atop the surface mist with a thicker than expected halo. Beautiful lacing.

S: Wow this smells great. Something is slightly off though. It's hard to explain but a nose of grapefruit and malt with a slightly off scent that is kind of bread meets caramel. I think it's the yeast they used.

T: Taste is great up front. More of that grapefruit and sweet yeast. Slightly bitter though with a lingering somewhat boozy taste...but the grapefruit is still big in the aftertaste too. I like it though.

F: Perfect medium carbonation with a slightly too dry finish.

I think I would buy this again. I wish the finish was a bit wetter and that there was a tad more sweetness (versus bitterness) to balance out the fruit and hop profile. A really good beer though.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a can at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer pours with a pretty big head that dissipates into some patchy lacing and nice retention. Generally amber-yellow appearance and pretty clear in the light. Aromas include spiced hops and some piney citrus with yeast. Taste is pretty decent with a medium citrus sharpness. Mouthfeel helps to make the drink well carbonated and refreshing. Overall, well rounded across all dimensions.

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