Brew Free Or Die IPA | 21st Amendment Brewery

BA SCORE
86
very good
3,240 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:
3,240
Reviews:
924
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.26%
 
 
Wants:
135
Gots:
757
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C-hop aroma and golden colour with temporary mushroom cloud white head of foam. A bit above average mouthfeel supported by malt backbone, or good grapefruit piney hopped smooth drinking IPA. Very drinkable.Refreshing.
A great throw-in extra on a trade!

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Photo of acurtis
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head on a golden with copper hues body which is crystal clear.

S: moderate degree of aroma with orange peel and grapefruit citrus and light pine hop notes and bready malts.

T: flavor is a little subdued. toasted malts are the backbone with sweaty, earthy and mild citrus hops, very bready.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: very easy to drink, mild everyday-like IPA.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 6/22/12.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of lots of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and orange/tangerine juice aromas. Taste is super citrus forward with citrus fruit, citrus zest, citrus juice, honey, and some malt on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great aromas and flavors that make it super easy to drink. A real surprise.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +4.7%

a great ipa, paler golden in color, light for its strength, and not at all weighted down or crowded out by any darker crystal malts. the clear honey colored beer is frothing from the can, accumulating several inches of bone white head that never really settles out. what i love here is the nose, fresh almost vegetal herbaceous hop profile, with all the resinous oily intensity of standard west coast ipa, but a step below that in overall bitterness, which lends to drinkability, even in a beer thats 7% abv, it goes down awful quick and clean. hops dominate the flavor too, as they should, but again they seem more welcoming than abrasive, like a cool pond on a hot day rather than fire for a dry mouth. longer finish keeps me tasting the sticky hops as for awhile, and i see this as a great gateway ipa with mass appeal for the style. versatile with food too, it works with everything from funky english cheese to grilled meats and veggies. a worthy offering.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out of the can as a clear golden color with a fluffy white head on top. The lacing was soapy and a little scattered about. The smell of the beer has a pretty good hop aroma too it with a decent amount of malt on the nose too. The taste had a fairly good amount of hops on the tongue throughout the brew. It's a little light with flavor overall, you can definitely tell it's an ipa though. The mouthfeel is along the lines of any typical ale, it's light, crisp and refreshing. Overall this beer was pretty good and would be ideal for casual drinking.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at a store up in MA, don't believe its available in CT... $8.99 for the 6 pack of cans.

Really cool design and story on the can, props to their marketing scheme. Pours a semi see thru yellow with a nice head and good amount of lacing down the glass. Nice hoppy aroma to it. Taste is much sweeter than the average IPA, more on the light bodied side but there's just the sweetness to it that I found a little different. Not really good or bad, but different for sure. Tastes pretty balanced, but I would have preferred a bit more of a body and a better mouthfeel. Great IPA for the price and even cooler that it's in a can... give it a whirl.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is pale golden yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of citrusy and piney hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and dominated by flavors of hops, but this is nicely balanced by the underlying malts and isn't overly bitter.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The alcohol is well masked, which makes this beer relatively easy to drink.

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

A delicious American IPA with a plethora of citrusy hop character, backed by malty richness to support. Delicious with fruity and caramel undertones, this beer puts the hop plant on display.

Pouring a mildly hazy light copper, light orange color, the beer's carbonation builds a frothy off-white head with tremendous staying power and intricate patterns of lace. A sturdy and strong look overall.

Citrusy aromas abound: chocked full of red and white grapefruit, orange zest and tangerine, pineapple, herbal notes, pine and resin... There's a lot going on with the hop character, to the point where any one characteristic in indistinguishable from the next. Fortified malt aromas come alive with a backbone of caramel and bread crust in a stronger than expected portrayal.

Citrusy flavors also dominate taste, but not without an early rebuttal of malt richness, sweetness, and overlay bready, crusty character with cashew-like nuttiness. But then the citrusy flavors quickly build with everything from citrus pulp and pith to earthy grasses and herbs, with a sprucey, resiny flavor that deliver a consistent fade to bitterness in finish with a weakening malty front. A delicious beer throughout.

Medium full in body, the combination of ample carbonation with malty richness make for a very creamy upstart. But the hoppy dryness and building alcohol warmth transition nicely into a malty-dry and fleeting sweetness in finish. Only a linger of crust and citrus bitterness last into the next sip. A very appetizing and rewarding beer with its effortless in drinkability and overall hop complexity.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can procured in bucolic downtown Idaho Falls. Strangely, the label claims this is from Cold Spring, MN...oh, it looks like it's contract brewed there and canned for eastward expansion!

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of billowy, foamy white head, which leaves some bonsai tree lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of citrus rind pith and pine needles, and biscuity caramel malt. The taste is semi-sweet biscuity malt, and bitter floral and pine hops, with no noticeable warming. The carbonation is moderate, and a bit flinty, the body on the low side of medium weight, and coolly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the zippy biscuit and softening forest floor hops playing nice.

If the can didn't so boldly proclaim to the contrary, I would peg this as a west coast ESB. Even so, the blend of characteristics makes for a tasty, easy-going tipple, and Honest Abe's threatening posture is patently unnecessary in this situation - I drink this of my own free will!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On-draught @ 21st Amendment.

Dry. Coating. Oniony.

C+ (3.09) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a pint on tap, and the canned version subsequently.

Pint is a bright saturated orange, Thin skim of white foam layered on the surface. Bright clarity with the occasional stream of upward moving carbonation.

Sweet orange and caramel malt aroma. Tap version seemed a bit fresher, more distinctive citrus.

Medium bodied, llight hop bitterness with some candied orange and caramel malt sweetness. Low carbonation suits the beer well, allowing the flavors to take center stage. Though very similar, the tap version had the edge due to freshness. Aroma and taste popped a little bit more than the can.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a nice cap that protects the liquid like a sentry without leaving much tell-tale lace behind

Smell: Surprisingly balanced aroma with plenty of bready malt mixed in with a hop bill that leans more toward pine than citrus

Taste: Toasty, up front, with a developing bock-like malty undertone; the piney hops arrive by mid-palate but are not particularly forceful and, after the swallow, the malty element remains predominant

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but not particularly exciting if you are expecting a hoppy IPA

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

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of tropical fruit, citrus and toasty malt.

T - It tasted of tropical fruit and citrus. Nice burnt toast maltiness with toffee and caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very good IPA. 21st Amendment does great beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.57/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a bright golden color ale with a large thick foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of soapy hops with light citrus undertone is a bit weird and not what I was expecting. Taste is also a weird mix between some soapy hops with light citrus undertones and a sweet malt base. Body is about average with good carbonation. I really didn't like the hops profile in this one and the malt base is too sweet for my taste.

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Brew Free Or Die IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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