Brew Free Or Die IPA | 21st Amendment Brewery

very good
3,216 Ratings
Brew Free Or Die IPABrew Free Or Die IPA

Brewed by:
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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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gift from a friend who lives close to the brewery. Transparent copper, orange with a frothy, creamy white head. Aroma is very appetizing, citrus, pine, flowers. Flavor has a nice, sweet malt backing with citrus flavors or orange and grapefruit. Subtle, balanced IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of troysoy2
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm enjoying these cans from 21st Amendment...
Poured into a pint glass, with a nice finger and a half of head, looks moderately carbonated, and has a pretty standard lighter copper color to it.

The smell is alright. Breadiness to the malt with some floral, citrusy poking just over it.

Definitely a strong malt backbone. Initially sweet and a bit funky, with an almost sour bread flavor coming through. All the while, you get lightly biting grassy hops and a not-too-bitter grapefruit taste. The mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing, with a moderately dry finish. Citrus and dry bitterness on the finish.

All in all, very pleasing, a little unique thanks to the malt profile, and definitely not a bad IPA. Cheers.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

Poured a nice clear amber with a huge 3 finger head. Not much lacing.

Smells of sweet floral, citrus, and malt. A really good aroma.

Taste does not follow the nose, A big, sweet malt taste up front with with a nice hop bitterness that is a little more funky tasting than I got in the nose, but it's good. A mild bitter aftertaste. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is good.

Overall a solid IPA, a little sweet up front but it balances well with the bitterness in the finish.

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3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-02-17 in Columbia, PA

A - Completely clear amber with a 1-finger white head

S - Mild rising-bread-dough and a hint of citrus. Not much aroma.

T - Sweet toasted bread, some caramel, bright citrus flesh, light touch of pine. Aftertaste is dry with a mild-moderate orange rind bitterness and a touch of residual sweetness.

M - Light=medium body with medium carbonation. Mildly oily and lightly prickly.

T - A nice IPA but doesn't shock the senses. I think for the caloric intake, I'd just as soon have their Bitter American.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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

12oz Bottle into tumbler, bottled 11/14/11

The beer pours a clear amber/copper with a nice white head. Lookin’ good so far. The smell is surprisingly malty for an IPA with some nice biscuity/bready tones. At the end of the nose, some earthy pine-like tones emerge from the hops. Taste is deliciously hoppy and bitter with the mellowing malt coming in midway to chill things out. Hops are mainly citrusy with grapefruit tones. I’m really digging the maltiness of this (caramel) which almost leans it towards an English Style IPA but the hops bring it back across the pond. Ends with the nice clean IPA bitterness I’ve come to expect. After a few sips there is some very strong lacing coming from the ring that has replaced the head. Mouthfeel is medium weight with a certain hop oil presence and a mild alcohol presence.

An excellent IPA that stands out from the crowd with its DIPA strength malt, definitely something I’d pick up again. Only downside I can find is that the hops are a bit one dimensional.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Appearance – A golden yellow color with a moderate head of white. The head fades leaving a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass

Smell - A nice citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit and lemon are present up front and the most pronounced throughout the smell. There is a bit of caramel sweetness that works its way in toward the middle and end of the aroma with an ever so slight amount of floral and pine hop detected at the very end rounding out the aroma nicely.

Taste- The taste very much matches the smell. Citrus hops dominate the taste profile, but to my surprise, while only a subtle caramel malt smell, the taste was of much more sweet malt then I would have expected. It was actually quite a pleasant surprise. Toward the end there is a bit of spicy hop which seem to cool the sweetness ever so slightly, leaving a rather soothing aftertaste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – While at 7 % abv, this IPA has a very moderate body level. Not watery, but not chewy either. It’is very moderate thickness allows it glides over the tongue while still having a feel. The carbonation level of the brew seemed a bit higher then average, but due to its more moderate body rather fitting.

Overall – This is a nice taste IPA. If you are looking for a hop blast it may not be your choice, but if looking for an easy drinking sweeter IPA, this is it.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Brew Free Or Die IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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