Brew Free! Or Die IPA
21st Amendment Brewery

Brew Free! Or Die IPABrew Free! Or Die IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #3,516
Ranked #20,387
3.87 | pDev: 10.85%
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
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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Reviews by oldham79:
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oldham79 from Hawaii

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pint glass
(I'm still trying to be accepting of this "can" business"

A- Golden/Amber, small head

S- Nothing too strong, mostly a hoppy/nutty smel

T- Typical IPA taste, decent hoppiness and 7% alcohol is not overpowering

M- Lighter than average mouthfeel, makes drinkability better but I like a stronger heavier IPA mouthfeel

D- (see above) alcohol is not overpowering and is a lighter than average IPA so you can drink these cans down

My own new column repeatability: 2.5
R- less than likely to purchase again

Aug 14, 2008
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the can marked Enjoy by 09/09/15. Sampled on July 4, 2015.

Living in New Hampshire I am surprised that I have not had this one before given its title and the NH State logo (Live Free or Die). But it did not arrive in New Hampshire until Spring 2015.

Orange-yellow, foamy heady pour. Good clarity.

Nice floral, citrus, and grass notes in the aroma.

The taste has a quick toasted malt character but then the floral and pine hop bitterness roars in and brings this to a dry finale. It is a nice IPA.

Jul 04, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first 21st Amendment offering to try.Poured into a standard pint glass a slight chill hazed medium golden with thinner soapy-like white head atop,a few globs of lace were left behind as it settled into a patchy froth mass atop.Citrusy hops mixed with a hefty caramel malt base,the hops are big but malt base seems to drown out the hops a little not only aroma wise but also on the palate.Nutty and sweetish biscuit malt is big and the citric hop profile has a hard time over taking the malt base,the hops do come thru but the malt base seems to be a little much for a standard ipa.Its good and has a nice shot of left coast hops but it's a bit on the malty side for the style for my taste.

Jan 01, 2012
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mitchfor3 from California

4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the 21st Amendment in SF.

I was expecting a good IPA and what I got was a great IPA. Gosh, I love it when that happens!

First of all, this was one of the freshest beers I have ever had. According to the bartender, this batch was just brewed and some of it is currently being canned.

Pours a transparent golden color with visibly rising carbonation, thick creamy white head and ridiculous lacing.

This beer does not screw around - it is beginning, middle, and end, all about the hops.

Smell is predominantly citric. No malt whatsoever detectable.

This thing smacks your tastebuds around. Yeah, there's some hints of malt in there, but there's also what tastes like entire chunks of grapefruit and pine cones.

Remarkably drinkable at 7.2%ABV. Delicious.

Aug 22, 2006
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CommonSense from Maine

3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can into glass.

Beautiful golden amber color with great head retention. Lacing never went away.

Smells like a brown or a dark pale. Can tell this is going to be a malt bomb.

Just about. I taste bread and caramel followed by bitterness with little flavor from the hops.

Feels perfectly carbonated with a slight creaminess.

Overall, a decent beer. Not much hop flavor. I would classify this as a malty IPA. Not my style, but nonetheless a respectable brew. Probably could've been fresher and maybe that's the reason I didn't get much of a hop profile. Amazing cover artwork. Try this unique IPA and pair it with a hearty meal.


Jan 09, 2016
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mac31 from California

4.14/5  rDev +7%
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.

Apr 01, 2016
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Rob23 from California

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

Agressive pour into my trusty ol Samual Smith IPA glass.Pours a big frothy head.Did not have to wait too long to wait for said head to go away.Smells like a typical west coast IPA.First sip I thought this was a Sculpin it is that close.Bitter to the core.Maybe a little too bitter.All in all a decent IPA and I would most likely buy again but I like to try new things and it would not be my first choice.Still a well done IPA.

Jul 07, 2014
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clickpush from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Year's resolution: review a beer a day for a year. Day one:

Pour: 12oz can to pint glass. Hazy golden beer topped by 1.5 finger white head. Plenty of bubbling in body of beer. Head is sticky and inviting and remains consistently full the entire length of the beer.

Nose: Familiar aroma of 21A beers... something yeasty and bready seeps out immediately upon opening the can. Hop aroma is somewhat resinous. Fleshy fruit, orange pith. A bit on the lighter side.

Mouth: Creamy, playful mouthfeel. Dry, enjoyable, hoppy character. Biscuit, toast, sesame seeds. Citrus hoppiness, more orange peel.

Jan 02, 2011
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jdflyer06 from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A: Slightly darker than straw yellow, but fairly light in color with a slight haze. Nice two finger head after a fairly aggressive pour with lacing that sticks all the way down.

S: You really need to let this one warm up. Coming from a can, it can come out very cold. Picking up alcohol right away but it becomes subtle as it warms up. Floral hops, toffee, malt, peach and mild citrus notes.

M: Surprisingly light body. Carbonation is perfect. Lends itself to a good session. The alcohol seems to come off the palate and evaporate rather quickly leaving you wanting more. Has a slight drying effect.

T: Very average, which isn't to say it's not good. Hops and malt are well balanced but neither impresses. Biscuity with faint citrus undertones. The finish is of underripe orange or grapefruit.

O: Not bad but it's funny that a brewery smack between the West coast and East coast would create an IPA that has an identity crisis. Not a West coast hop bomb and it lacks the backbone of a good East coast IPA. Very sessionable won't be my go to any time soon.

Aug 05, 2011
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nickapalooza86 from Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold color, finger of white head. canned 11/11/13

Smell is big on pine, caramel, bready malt, a nice grapefruit and tropical smell to it aswell.

Taste is pine, herbal dankness, resin, underlying citrus chrachters, a little booze, bready malt, caramel, biscuit malt, tropical undertones, finishes with a dry piney bite

Mouthfeel is pretty full for a single IPA, dry, oily but not to hard on the palate at the same time

Well it is certainly a older school IPA, a lot of dank pine an light citrus notes. Frankly it was a nice change of pace from all the tropical bombs that are out there nowadays, huge malt backbone... Based on todays standards some might confuse this for a high ABV APA. But damn is it tasty, balanced and o so drinkable!

Jan 03, 2014
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Ralphs66 from New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Jan 20, 2014
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Murrhey from Washington

2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two and a half finger head, dirty white and semi-dense. Minute long retention. Some sticky lacing. Dark straw color with semi-clarity. Decent and clean looking.

S- Light and floral hops. Some hop oil and honeyed malts. Crisp and light.

T- Honey, citrusy and floral hops, grapefruit, lemon and other light spring-y tastes.

M- Thin and light, dry finish.

O- Tasty and drinkable, but nothing exemplary.

Jul 27, 2012
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MrJuengling from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Jul 01, 2014
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Boone757 from Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Feb 05, 2013
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russwilliam from New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Aug 01, 2013
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threedaggers from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Jan 24, 2014
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Octoberist from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 17, 2016
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billyanania from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 26, 2015
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Motive707 from California

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

May 13, 2017
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jaxon53 from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Jun 24, 2013
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Hoagie1973 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 05, 2015
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Tiklmelmo from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear orange-yellow with an inch of nice rocky white head.

S - Decent nose of citrus and pine hops. Not bursting with aroma, but what is there is nice.

T - Crisp bitter citrus with some piney notes. Some bready malt as well.Not the best IPA I've had but nice.

M - A bit thin, moderate to high carbonation. Not much here.

D - Pretty drinkable. No major complaints, but there are other readily available beers I'd rather session.

* EDIT * I was a bit harsh on this one the first go-round, but I think I was just more drunk than I should have been for reviewing. I've since had 6-7 more cans and this isn't bad at all. Still not my favorite IPA, but definitely not bad.

Jan 27, 2010
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doucmehu from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Nov 16, 2011
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Avantyawn from New York

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice clean golden colored, tons of lacing as beer goes down.

S: Sweet malts and hop spice / kick . A little metallic wetness , slight salinity, smells very ocean like.

T: Maybe this isn't very fresh but the hop kick is almost non existent. It tastes extremely smooth and balanced, very sweet but not sickeningly, goes down smooth and easy, my complaint is that it has almost no bitterness and for an IPA I think that's a problem for the style. I've had this on tap and it was much hoppier, but alas I am reviewing this can.

M: Slightly watery for the 7% APV, it feels like it should be a mediumish mouth, but somehow it comes off a bit watery.

O: I remembered liking this on tap much more than these past few cans I picked up. Overall, it tastes like a watered down and less interesting version of the their DIPA Hop Crisis. I look forward to trying a fresher batch or on tap, but in the meantime I'm going to skip this and go right to the superior Hop Crisis.

Aug 27, 2011
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SATBMan from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.2%

Dec 10, 2011
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