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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 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
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | 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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Photo of brewale4me
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance It pours clear gold with a white fluffy head.

Smell citrus with a piny background .

Taste hop forward with a biscuit background .

Mouth feel medium body clean finish.

Overall it is a good beer and a good representation of the ipa style.

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Photo of babaracas
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold, one finger of soapy white head, spray sticky of lace down the glass. Smell: mildly floral, pine needles, lemon rind, notes of apricot jam and janky astringency. Taste: sugared grapefruit, pine, green herbal note, sugary pale back. Medium-plus bodied, creamy feel ends quickly in astringent finish. Straightforward C-hop IPA yet rough around the edges.

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Photo of HiWire
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellow with 1 finger head. Smell earthy and tea leaf. Tastes of tea leaf and sweet malt. Finishes a mild bitter. Good mouthfeel and lacing.

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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 FinestCityBeerGuy
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Pleasant combination of hops/fruit/malt. Medium-bodied aroma of fruits, sweet purple grape and bitter grapefruit.

Flavor: Significantly hop-forward, although malt character is pleasant. Malts are more of charred/caramel flavor, not much fruit, aroma had more fruit character than flavor.

Mouthfeel: light-bodied, not very heavy coming in at 7%. Gets fairly bitter after a few swishes, but sweet enough to enjoy.

Overall: A bit too bitter for my palate. This IPA would be exponentially better with more fruit/citrus flavor. Still, just opened the first of a 6pack, and I'm satisfied to drink the rest, at least as a casual drinking-while-watching-TV-after-dinner treat.

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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 TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy/hazy yellow golden color with white head. Citrus, pine, and some floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes much like it started. Decent but average IPA.

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper/gold look. One inch head with an aggressive pour into pint glass. Smell of aggressive hops, some pine, faint citrus and tropical fruit. Tastes follows the nose almost exactly. Oily mouthfeel, but finishes dry. Very easy to drink. Nothing offensive. If you are a hop head, you'll really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of gandres
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured to glass enjoy by 05/07/2016
Appearance: Light yellow, a bit hazy, medium head, some lacing
Aroma: Very good, Hoppy
Taste: Very Good, bitter but balance with malty flavors
Mouth feel: Creamy
Overall: Very good IPA
Drank March 6, 2016

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I first experienced the 21st Amendment Brewery last summer (2015) and tried their Back in Black which I really liked. I haven’t tried this IPA until now. It is like a 70 minute IPA…7.0% ABV and 70 IBUs. They use Columbus hops for bittering and finish with Centennial and Cascade.

Look-It pours a harvest gold color with some brilliant orange and light copper hues. There is a mild hop haze attenuating what would otherwise be clearer. The head is fluffy white foam that diminishes quickly, but leaves some sticky thin white lacing on the glass.

Smell-The aroma is strong hop bitterness up front with plenty of malt sweetness. But if you take a big careful whiff you’ll pick up on some mango, citrus, orange, and clementine.

Taste-The taste isn’t as complex as the nose indicated. However, I still do pick up on the orange citrus and some hints of mango and pineapple, but the malts are a bit stronger than the hops. I’m not complaining, but just making a note. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a bit syrupy, but not overwhelmingly sweet.

Overall-It is a great beer, but not the best. I’d definitely drink this many more times, but perhaps only under the right circumstances. Cheers!

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