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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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 995
Photo of AdamAlway
1.87/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

L: Orange with slight cloudiness sporadically throughout. Cream colored large head with lots of lacing that dissipates quickly leaving an semi-opaque layer on top.

S: Mostly bitter up front with a sharp sweetness in the background. Lots of orange and hops and when I breathe in deeper distinct grapefruit and mango comes through.

T: Very disappointing, flat taste of bland, bitter hops. It seems a lot of the great flavors were spent on the smell.

F: Dry and light with a good amount of carbonation. Feel takes a hit due to the taste.

O: Very intriguing until the flavor. Obviously that really drops my opinion here. Below average IPA with no creativity.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: [4.00] Slightly clouded golden color. The pour formed a 2 finger white head. The can lists ABV (7%) BU (70) and drink by (12/13/14)

S: [3.50] Initial aroma I got was grapefruit then grassy/piney smell.

T: [2.25] Not what I expected. Nothing like the nose. The flavor is there but I am not sure that I like it. Seems like a mild bitter taste with no malty sweetness and no citrus (like in the nose).

M: [2.50] Decent carbonation but the mouthfeel is a little dry due to the bitter front to back on the palate.

O: [2.50] The taste is almost artificial tasting. It is hard to describe - like a mild solvent maybe. I guess that is harsh - but the beer is not one I'd grab for again.

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Photo of drpimento
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Best part of this beer is appearance with lots of a long lasting foamy head and lace plus a clear amber color. Aroma is nice with a resiny, somewhat citrus character. However, in flavor the trend reverses; i get a long lasting resiny kind of medicinal taste. I don't get balance between the flavor and that shows up in palate as well. Overall the finish leaves me with some flavors that I want to wash my mouth out with something else.

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Photo of Tank880
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I enjoy a good bouquet, but here it's lacking which is strange because there is good flavor. Nevertheless, the taste on this beer is very good in my estimation. Nice hop bounce. I like this very much in a can as well, likely more so. Don't pass this up, give it a try for sure.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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 BMMillsy
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%

Can from Lazy Dog in Warner Robins with a best by 2/14/15 date, so no clue when it was canned. Poured on 12/1/14. Pours hazy golden orange with a huge fluffy white head. Sweet malty aroma, orange peel, lightly floral hop notes, smells like it may be on the older side but still pleasant. Flavor is a big malty mess, some vague hay notes, and a dirty finish. Heavier syrupy body with low plus carbonation. Just going to assume this is on the older side. Will have to try again fresh some time.

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Photo of NinjaJesus
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised by the grapefruit hop notes were so present in this beer. It had been a few years since I had one and I am happy to say it will not be so long before the next!

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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 fitzy84
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
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 senglish7
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
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 DraconusDesanctus666
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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 far333
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear apricot orangey yellow with an eggshell colored head that settles out slowly. Aroma of citrus and pine, some floral and minty hops.

Flavor is similar to the nose, lots of citrus and piney hops, moderate bitterness, but well balanced with a honey malt backbone. Semi slick mouthfeel, finishes tingly. Good beer.

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Photo of brewale4me
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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 BWED
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A- Golden orange. with a faint haze. Head is just off white. With some great sticky lacing. Head holds at half an inch.

S- Fairly mild nose. Toasted malt background, with an earthy, floral and faint citrus hop character.

T- Well balanced toast and some sweeter citrus. Just a faint bitterness. Pretty sweet.

M- Very smooth and wet finish. Body is medium light. Just faintly bitter. Goes down so easy.

O- Solid. Doesn't stand out too much in the IPA crowd, but it doesn't slouch. Drinkable and a decent flavor.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazy and golden amber in color with a solid finger of frothy off-white foam.

Grapefruit, guava, orange zest, piney/grassy hops, and a subtle toasted malt note. Nice, but not mind-blowing.

The overall taste and flavor of this beer is where is starts to fall off. While the aroma was subtle, it was only slightly above average and the flavor is definitely only average. The toasted malt comes out to play a bit more and the tropical and citrusy flavors fade, but the grassiness remains. Just average. Good, but not great.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, soft, subtle, some prickly carbonation.

Overall, I was slightly impressed with this beer, but I definitely feel it could use some tweaks to the recipe to really make it stand out over the plethora of other IPAs out there to purchase instead.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into pint glass, enjoy by 3/15

A- pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a small creamy and foamy white head that reduces to a layer of film floating on top, no lacing

S- caramel biscuit malt with some piney, grassy and floral hop aromas

T- floral and grassy hop flavors up front with a hint of citrus, sweet caramel and bready malt backbone closes it out with a sweet linger

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- pretty balanced for an Ripa, easy drinking and hides the alcohol well

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can into pint glass at Rocklands. Pours hazy gold with a good head and strong lacing. Aromas are grapefruit peel, floral, and biscuit. Flavors are typical west coast ipa hoppiness, caramel malts, medium pine bitterness. Crisp carbonation with medium body.

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Photo of frykid
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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 FinestCityBeerGuy
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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 majorbase2
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky orange-straw color with a decent sized white, foamy head that recedes quickly. Leaves a surprising amount of lacing.

Aroma is bursting with citrus, led by grapefruit, oranges, and a bit of lemon zest. Hints of peach. Sweet. A little bit of yeast.

Taste has more malt than there was in the aroma. Bready malts. Citrus is still there. Mostly orange. Some floral and grassy hops. Pine. Nothing too out there in the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium-light. Pretty easy to drink. Well carbonated.

Overall: First brew from 21st Amendment. Nothing special here. Solid beer, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of BeerBob44
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rating based on 1/2 can: Had tonight in a nice restaurant. The waiter poured 1/2 can which I drank. Good beer I thought but a little less crisp than maybe it should be. I poured the rest and found the "enjoy by" date as 01/20/15. Mentioned to waiter who quickly apologized and offered another but all from case had same date. I'll try again. My wife (not a beer drinker) commented on the nice yellow gold color.

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Photo of tlema1
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: golden, with a fluffy head
S: maltier than I like my IPAs
T: light body, malt forward, nice hop presence
F: coats the tongue nicely
O: very drinkable, I'd recommend it

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Photo of FLima
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber color with a thick head with medium retention and leaving some laces.
Aroma of malt sweetness slightly toasted, passion fruit juice and piƱacolada.
Flavor of sweet malt, grapefruit citrusy, peaches, honey, some pine and orange-lime. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Its 70 IBUs are there, but sure partially tamed by its malt.
Bordering full body with appropriate carbonation.
Well, they deliver what they promised: a solid malt backbone and decent level of hops. So, in theory rather balanced, still I usually prefer my IPAs less malty.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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 babaracas
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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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