Brew Free Or Die IPA
21st Amendment Brewery

Brew Free Or Die IPABrew Free Or Die IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #3,241
ABV:
7%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,665
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 10.85%
Reviews:
950
Ratings:
3,404
From:
21st Amendment Brewery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  144
Gots
  825
SCORE
87
Very Good
Brew Free Or Die IPABrew Free Or Die IPA
Notes: 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 slugman
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber color with a frothy head that does not leave or lose flavor too soon. Not a lot of citrus but light tones for a nice drinking IPA. 21st is consistent with clean, very drinkable brews that don't overpower the IPA movement. I would say this is like other 21st beers I have tried, they are "balanced" and leave you wanting to come back and not be tired of the effort (if you know what I mean with others you get tired of). Try all of their beers, I have had fun with them.

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Photo of CodyBasden
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow amber semi filtered with a bubbly head and foamy cap lacing on glass super carbonated look almost looks thin if it wasn't for the haziness, low citrus smell bready orangy apricots but nothing to strong, low in bitterness at beginning low orangy taste with a good after bitter that doesnt linger long no real alcohol after taste, medium bodied good carbonation leaves you dry at the end wanting more with a light sticky residue

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Photo of CharlesForbin
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An unusual IPA for me.
Appearance: Perfect score. Slightly cloudy. Very nice, thick head.
Smell: none that I can make out.
Taste: I was expecting something more based on the appearance. Light bodied. Seems less than 70 ibu's. Nothing on the can to indicate age so perhaps it's past it's "best by" date. For a 7% beer it goes down quick. I will try this again but it's not on my "A" list in a field with so many better options. But I did enjoy it.

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Photo of MattDecker
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: clear Amber yellow
Smell: citrus, grapefruit
Taste: grapefruit, grapefruit rind, bitter
Feel: medium-full
Overall: pretty good, wasn't expecting the tasty and very forward grapefruit

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Photo of jmc65267
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very enjoyable IPA. Nice flavor with a good coloring. This is my first time having it I picked it out for a variety pack and it was well worth it. Definitely get it again.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerSleuth
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I couldn't figure out the packaging date on the can so I'm not sure of the freshness but this beer was pretty good anyway and recalls what I remember it tasting like when I used to buy it in sixers back in the day.

Clear golden body with a 1 finger head. Aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, and pine. Bready English malt backing. Taste mirrors the aroma. Earthy and aromatic hops. Bitterness fades quickly. A little on the malty side but not a bad beer.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not a great but a solid IPA

Look: Yellow to light golden, clear, with a thick white head

Aroma: grapefruit and pine

Taste: is grapefruit and mango, slightly sweet up front and a piney bitterness at the end.

Body/Overall: light to medium body, easy drinking despite the 70 IBU

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Photo of ZipDipper
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very light color and full mouth feel. The hoppiness is pronounced, making it heavier than expected, but overall a drinkable beer. Curious to try the flavored version for comparison.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

LOOK + hazy yellow/straw color - nice 2 finger head that was very frothy and think like meringue - head retention is great o this one

SMELL + some pine-mango-citrus at first - smells of sweet malt and bread with some dirty/earthiness

TASTE + decent hop bitterness, but not overpowering - gets super rich and sweet with large amounts of mango/peach with some citrus hints here and there - occasional pine and cattiness - it does get a bit more dry towards the end and there's almost a charred wood aftertaste and some earthiness

FEEL + pretty thick for an IPA - it feels almost like a full bodied stout with higher levels of effervescence - I enjoyed the thicker mouthfeel and slight syrupy feel to this one

OVERALL + I think this is a really good IPA and I am surprised that it does not have a higher score here on B.A. - I can't image having much more of a hop punch than this one and more flavorful - I have had many 'high rated' IPAs and have been disappointed with a lot of them - I highly recommend this one - grabbed a 6 pack on a trip to northern CA

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Brew Free or Die pours a brighter cooper color, with a big, long lasting head. Very earthy aroma. Flavor is bitter and very very earthy. Good body and feel. Overall, its not horrible, but bitter and earthy.

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Photo of VABA
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a very slightly hazy amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has citrus and hop hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a citrus and hop flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good IPA

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer has a nice golden color and is hazy. The head is a little foamy but doesn't last long. The beer smells like a mild IPA with a nice bit of lemon. The flavor is also mild. It is well balanced and not overly strong. The beer overall is just an average American IPA.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy brass with a creamy, small head. Lots of lace drapes the glass. Grapefruit, lemon, caramel, cookie dough in the nose. Orangey, grapefruit, floral hops mix with butterscotch and toasted malts in the taste. Lots of malt in this one. Medium to full body with light carbonation. The finish is lightly bitter with lingering doughy, caramel malts.

A nice malt forward IPA. It could be a little dryer but worth a try.

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Photo of Helluvaz
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Wheat-like golden color, slightly hazy
N: Sweet, light caramel sweetness (faint, but noticeable). Body have a malty flavor with some hoppy scent. Not too complex, not too many layers of taste.
T: Bitter and hoppy. Thick ans slightly sweet body. After taste is slightly dry.
F: Slight grassy finish with strong scent of hop.
Overall: decent IPA on the more bitter spectrum. Not too bad for supermarket beer.

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Photo of SeattleConservative
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a variety pack from this brewery on sale for the same price as a variety pack of Southern Tier- already tried Southern Tier, thought it was alright, thought I'd give this brewery's offerings a try. First impression was very good considering the price I got them for... stands up against Deschutes, Voodoo ranger and my other Go-To IPAs.

Tasted better than it looked/poured. Perfect amount of bitter... hoppy but not in a distinct or fruity/piney way. The way I think an IPA should be.

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Photo of jacob_daniels
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Rich amber, cloudy/hazy. Looks like beer
Smell: mild hop smell, more malty i guess. Pleasant.
Taste: sharp, good hop flavor without being overwhelming bitter. Mild aftertaste, which is pleasant
Feel: light, crisp

Final Thoughts:

After a hard day mining internet for some rich fuck with a dumb idea about changing the World, I turned off my computer, ignored my family's pleas to spend time with them, and poured my first beer. Decent lacing and head, she looks good on the pour. Let me tell you: I've seen shit. Blood and bits pouring from orifices, sinew stretched and snapping. A major outage on a popular internet service brings out the worst in people. Project managers tearing each other limb from limb to appease their ewspective Gods in the Various Departments of Generic Internet Company. UNWHOLESOME EFFLUVIA MIXED WITH TEARS AND SCATTERED AND DISPARATE LOGS FILES. True horror.

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Photo of haines710
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found a can at the supermarket and made it part of my six pack. Pretty straightforward IPA with nice smell and taste. Easy to drink and very smooth. Not blown away but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - 1-finger head atop a vibrant orange body.

S - orange, pine, sweet candy.

T - orange to start. Biscuity malt. Sweet candy. A little pine. A little dank. Moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness, low booziness.

F - medium body and feel.

O - very good, especially given the price.

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Photo of michiganmatt
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: A hazy golden-orange with ample almost-pure-white head
S: Wonderful tropical fruit and pine hop aromas
T: Strong pine hops with resinous aspects as well dominate. The tropical fruit flavors play a secondary role. Overall quite tasty.
F: medium to medium-full body, crisp, with an average amount of above-average intensity carbonation.
O: overall this was an okay IPA. I marked the overall lower than the individual components, because while I can define quite what it is, I was less-than-satisfied with this beer.

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Photo of Nass
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

I like how they can these IPA's it keep the freshness preserved a little longer. Fruity & Malty sort of like an east coast style IPA. This is one of the best west coast style IPA's that I ever tried. I really recommend this one especially when it is 4 months old or younger. Cheers! B

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a 12oz can, color of an almost new penny, off white head, nice lacing.
S: Grapefruit and pine.
T: All that and a nice malt backbone.
F: Clingy and oily, nice carbonation......
O: Need to try more from 21st Amendment!

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Photo of jprestonian
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Probably my new favorite for under $10/sixer. I've actually decided that if I only have money for a sixer, I'll save a dollar, buy BFoD IPA, and play the lottery. This beer has everything I need to be completely happy.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12/2/17....pours medium copper but still see through with a heavy layer of patchy white foam. Sharp citrus and floral nose. Light sweet malt that shifts into a fast pointed sharp bitter with a fade out. Resin based burn lingers after the close. Edgy IPA>

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a conical pint glass; serial but no clear production information evident.
A: Pours a hazy, orange to amber color with clearing to a one inch head and good head retention. Significant, fine lacing evident.
S: Aromas of orange, peach, mango, and pine.
T: Flavor far more on the pine than fruit end of things. Strong bite, and bitterness evident early and throughout.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly slippery feeling imparts a smoothness during consumption.
O: A solid, very enjoyable representative of the American IPA class. Looks more like a New England, but definitely tastes West Coast.

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Photo of BubbleChamber
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange colored. 3- to 4-finger head dissipating gradually, leaving lacing. Tropical-fruit aroma, mango. In the taste, nice malt-hop balance. Reminiscent of Bell's Two Hearted Ale, but with a bit more slightly bitter citrus pith in the finish. Pretty good, and definitely the best brew I've had from 21st Amendment so far. —Reviewed 2017/09/16

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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 3404 ratings