Brew Free Or Die IPA | 21st Amendment Brewery

BA SCORE
86
very good
3,216 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:
3,216
Reviews:
915
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.26%
 
 
Wants:
133
Gots:
747
For Trade:
2
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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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Photo of Yancey82
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a nice looking deep golden yellow to orange color with a nice one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipates at a nice moderate pace. The lacing is quite foamy and thick. The smell had an extremely citrus and piney hoppiness about it with a sweet malty background arising through. The taste has a wonderful bittersweetness confronting my taste buds. There’s a full bittersweet aftertaste that leads to a nice dry finish. On the palate, this one sits about a light to medium with a nice sessionable quality to it. The carbonation is pretty good for me and for the AIPA style. Overall, mmmm...what a great AIPA.

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

Photo of pro45
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strange coding on the bottom of can. Pours a light gold with a small white head. Smell is classic west coast. Hops, sweet malts, floral notes, pine, citrus. Taste is hoppy, piney, sweet, floral, grapefruit, and not too bitter. Good carbonation and goes down too easy with no hint of alcohol. I can see a sixer going down quick on a hot summer night. Very good representation of the style. Not the best, or even close, but I would definitely buy again. Only major drawback is the confusing code on the bottom of the can. Bummer.

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

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

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Lagunitas mason glass. Belligerent Mt. Rushmore presidents on the can set the stage.

L: Semi-opaque medium golden pour. 1.5 fingers of foamy white head. Falls fast with sticky lacing.

S: Evergreen and pine mingled with citrus and spice.

T/F: Light crackery malts with a nice big bitter hop profile. Resin and pine... grapefruit and citrus peel, black pepper, and mint. Nice mix of fruit and pine. Medium body... well carbonated and sharp. Finish is bitter citrus.

O: A classic and quality West Coast IPA. A great everyday beer. Drinks great.

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

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

Photo of HillbillyBlood
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jlampe83
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ledouge
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Motive707
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of asull238
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brew Free Or Die IPA brewed by 21st Amendment Brewery, with an ABV 7.00% This IPA pours out a nice deep amber color with a nice thick white head. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell of this American IPA is rich with hop bitterness at first. Then you pick up on some nice earthly grains and malts. There is also a slight sweetness in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors, you first pick up on the hop bitterness, then a nice clean smooth ending ending. There is a lot going on in this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering about Brew Free Or Die IPA. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down, it is really hard to pick up on the 7.00% ABV in this brew. It is just that smooth. The mouth feel is Hoppy,Bold, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Brew Free Or Die IPA a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again. 21st Amendment Brewery, did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of HellsRanger
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i had this in the past weekm in a 15 can mixed case of 5 beers from 21st Amendment..., this was one of the best in the case. it poured a nice color and head with decent lace(not great), but smell fruit was all IPA worthy and hop taste as well. It has the fruit and mouthfeel of a good IPA. Well worthy of a try, but all in all I was not blown away with this brewery so please try it for yourself.

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Photo of b__a
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is good, but a bit more timid than I'd expect, given the style, description, name, and brewery.

The beer pours fairly pale and foamy, and smells immediately of astringent pine. The nose is a bit one-dimensional, but also suggests a punchy taste. On that score, it both delivers, and it does not. The flavor delivers plenty of bitter hops, but it lacks the roundness or dankness to augment its complexity. I appreciate that they've not made it sweet, but it could really use a 'second strike' on the palate: something other than just piney bitter hops. I find myself wanting a potent dank or citrus flavor that just never comes.

All told, this beer is tasty, and it's a good value at its price point (I paid $9/6 pack in Ohio). It's not incredible, but a solid member of the West Coast IPA style.

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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rebecca94
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of G-S-M
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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