Brew Free Or Die IPA | 21st Amendment Brewery

BA SCORE
86
very good
3,239 Ratings
Brew Free Or Die IPABrew Free Or Die IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
21st-amendment.com

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.

Added by oggg on 11-17-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,239
Reviews:
923
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.26%
 
 
Wants:
135
Gots:
756
For Trade:
2
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Photo of alexsergio
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of corywalston
4.81/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed, after lounging in a steam room, with orange and lemon wedges, walnuts, a splash of olive oil, and other fun stuff!

Pours a pale lemon, with a tiny bubbled head, great lacing and grand, multi-speed bubble streams rising delightful.

Smells of delicious citrus, and faint, malty pine.

A well-balanced creamy pine taste, clinging citrus arrives a moment later, hugging the throat's top and mouth's roof, with a sneaky buzz burn soon to follow. The grapefruit gulp crush, so common in IPAs, arrived late, towards the pint's middle.

A simple, high quality IPA, overlooked for too long! A good refresher if one has not had an IPA in a while.
Easy, earthy drinking.
The honey-bread booze-burn was but a brief moment.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy orange beer with a nice white head that leaves a good curtain of lacing. Smells sweet with orange and pine. A really pleasant aroma. Tastes fruity and piney with some caramel notes from the malt. Really solid and well balanced beer.

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Photo of Strohm
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ManWithNoName
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HamdenHector
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 2 finger off white head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: dank pine, earthy;

T: earthy up front; some citrus mixes in from the middle to the finish; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: easy drinking; nicely balanced;

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Photo of msscott1973
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of adam36
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of casapy
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtw21
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jjmj51
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. can into oversized wine glass.

Look: Gold with some chill haze and a decent-sized head. Solid head retention.

Smell: Citrus and resin dominate, but bready malt and some tropical fruit are there in the background.

Taste: Unsurprisingly hop-forward, but nicely balanced by the malt backbone. Malt flavor is bready and there are tropical fruit notes with the hop bitterness in the finish. Some lingering bitterness.

Feel: It's highly carbonated, but the bubbles are small. So it goes down pretty easily. The 7% ABV will sneak up on you.

Overall: It tastes good and it's easy to drink. Only downside is it's stronger than it tastes.

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Photo of ThePold
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a fresh can to a beer glass. Beer colored and cloudy. Not much head or lacing. Howsomever, a strong orange nose blossom of hopsihopsigoodness and truthfulness. Buy this and enjoy

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can

Pours clear gold with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like big toasted biscuity caramel malts, honey, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, graham cracker, orange citrus, melon, grapefruit, pineapple, with woody floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like toasted biscuity bready caramel malts, honey, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, graham cracker, orange citrus, melons, grapefruit, pineapple, with bitter woody floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice malty IPA.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From a six pack canned on the 21st of the previous month, so it's JUST under a month old.

The box didn't lie; there is plenty of malt here! The flavors are great but indistinguishable - grapefruit and pineapple are mashed up against a wall of anonymous bready malts. Carbonation is heady, and the body is heavy.

Pretty damn good.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Shanty76
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of njbusa
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Samputnam14
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kambei70
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I always find it curious that this Bay Area crafter had the moxie to claim its name as the most important event in U.S. history... at least as it relates to the somewhat smaller world of beer. But this is this brewery's most popular brew and I can see why.

While its Looks promise nothing special, its Smells are mostly floral, fruity and inviting. Its Tastes are largely the same, perhaps with a little more malt for emphasis. And frankly, Feel also is in at the same high level. Juicy. But what makes this IPA unusual is how well it goes with a spicy barbecue sauce.

All that said, we should not forget that it was not FDR that helped launch the craft beer movement. But it was Jimmy Carter 44 years later. And Carter did not require an Amendment to the Constitution (very very difficult in a country engaged in today's un-civil war), but Carter merely issued an Executive Order saying that it was OK for households to brew as they did in, say, the 17th Century. How simple is that ? Genius !

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