Brew Free Or Die IPA | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Brew Free Or Die IPABrew Free Or Die IPA

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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

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

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Photo of Amalak
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. This has a nice, almost completely opaque, caramel color. It has a big foamy white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S. Mild sweet caramel scent with some hoppiness.

T. This has a beautifully balanced hoppiness to it, and a mild caramel taste...very true to its scent. It has a bit of a rye taste to it. A nice sourness in the back.

M. Carbonated. Very refreshing, but bubbly.

O. This is just magnificently balanced. It isn't overly done and too hoppy. While not completely floral, it has a very tasty sweetness that isn't dominant.

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Photo of TheHopHeadGirl
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The can has been updated to a cartoon of mount rushmore with the presidents. IBU of 70, 7% etoh. This is my fav of the 21st amendment beers so far. Comparable to the beer drinkers who drink lite beers by the case...this would be my beer choice in a can.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at Bistro SF Grill, one my favorite places in the city that serves burgers with meat such as ostrich, wild boar, and buffalo. I tried the alligator burger with this!

Looks orange-yellow, yet not as thick as other California IPAs. Holds a substantially foamy head for a while, although this does decrease over time. There's enough carbonation, and while it looks good, I would have never noticed how much alcohol was in this based on appearance alone.

Incidentally, the aroma doesn't give away too much alcohol as well. Instead, there are nice, strong hop aromas, resembling citrus fruits and floral smells. There's a crisp, grainy scent throughout, but it's the hop oil that really shines here. I can tell that this going to be a clean beer based on the aroma, too.

Flavor is in fact surprisingly more yeasty than I expected, yet not too overpowering overall. The hop oil, along with a good malt backbone, makes this a think and satisfying drinking experience. The hops are fully fruity, and definitely are on the orange peel side without being too overpowering. Due to its sweetness and lack of alcohol presence except towards the end, I had no idea this was 7% ABV - but the consequences were worth it! Very balanced, and a very good IPA overall.

Could do without the excess yeast, but all the other factors are good enough to make this an all-around nice little IPA. I'm yet to try it in the can and see how it differs, but this could potentially become an IPA I buy more often in the future.

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Photo of sparx1100
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of KenC
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can code: 20104B2BQ, and clearly marked as being brewed and canned in Cold Spring, MN. Served in my favorite pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep opaque reddish orange color. Held up to light, the beer looked even darker at the bottom. One finger of off-white frothy and bubbly head at pour quickly settles to a thin ring of active bubbles. Great lacing, with better than average retention.

Smell: Hops and bread aroma explode right from the can. As it settled out in the glass, it becomes sweeter more tropical citrus and pine. Next, caramel, lemon, and grapefruit. A light amount of spice can be noted.

Taste: The caramel and mildly bitter hops start and grapefruit/lemon/spice. It finishes with malt and is all in nice balance. True to style and tasty, refreshing IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation that makes this a great beer.

Overall: A very good balance and taste that will make it a sought after IPA.

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Photo of PSU79
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of acat25
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Streetcore
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can

A: Copper with sticky white head

S: Ripe citrus, mint, grass, lemon

T: Citrus, floral, herbal, slightly medicinal

M: Crisp, light, nice linger bitterness with a slight malt sweetness

O: Solid IPA. The cans make this one great for the beach.

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Photo of jpcool9
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of moneyfunnel
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of tizride
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tln13
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of cyclonece09
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice dark straw color with a small white head that leaves nice lacing. Smells of a nice floral aroma from the hops, with a little bit of malt. Tastes of malt with a nice bite from earthy hops. A little malt heavy, but still good. Carbonation may be a tad light, but it is still good with this light/medium bodied beer. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've seen this at several stops I've made while in town and I finally grabbed a boxed sixer off of the shelf at Tower's while there... A few minutes in the icebox and into a red wine glass...

Minty hop aromas mingle with a nice deep caramel malt base... Surprisingly balanced... The aromas aren't pungent but what I'm getting are pretty good...Maybe the slightest hints of some pineyness present as well...

Wow... wonderfully balanced IPA here... It's hoppy and slightly bitter but there's a definite sweetness from the malts that brings this one around town... The mintiness from the hops in this are unusual. I've experienced this flavor before but never this prevalently... Super easy to drink and quite tasty... I like this one...

A very nice brew from 21st... I could (and probably will) drink several of these...

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Photo of garuda
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can, canned date stamped on bottom

A - Light copper, clear, white head that has good retention and decent lacing.

S/T - Citrus hops up front with grapefruit and pineapple, bready sweetness and finishing moderately bitter with pine.

M - Medium body, tingly yet smooth across the palate, finishing dry.

O - Everything a good IPA should be with the bitterness up front and the malt sweetness staying firmly in the background.

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Photo of Massbmx
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Kyle987
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of blake58
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ChugginOil
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again to my buddy from CA!

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a transparent orange color that looks really nice. There is an inch of off-white head that sits for a while, leaving webbed lace throughout the glass.

The nose has some slight citrusy and piney notes, followed by some sweet malt. The hops aren't necessarily in-your-face but they are pleasantly abundant.

The taste is juicy and fruity with some pineapple and grapefruit notes. Not a ton of bitterness but there is plenty of hop influenced goodness. There is a nice malt backbone that evens things out.

The mouthfeel is juicy as mentioned above and has a medium mouthfeel. Low to moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty good IPA that has a well-balanced amount of hops and malts.

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Brew Free Or Die IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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