Brew Free Or Die IPA | 21st Amendment Brewery

very good
3,227 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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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of erikm25
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper tinted orange. A pillowing and rocky white foamed head with impressive retention. Lacing lines the glass like a sticky white curtain. Slight amber and tangerine hues and a relatively crisp body.

S: Aromas of subtle citrus and juicy watermelon. Sugary floral with pineapple undertones. Fresh but without being too overwhelming. Honey and peach zest with a toffee haze.

T: Grapefruit and citrus hops with a subtle toasted malt backbone. A fresh sweetened floral and minty clean taste. Buttery and grassy. Caramel comes through a little more as this one warms up. Only a slight bittering finish. Pretty strong at just over 7%.

M: Medium body with light carbonation.

D: This is smooth and drinkable. Antoher quality canned IPA. Glad to see this hitting the shelves in Washington and I look forward to giving other offerings from this brewery a whirl. Picked this up on the day I received the new Goatwhore album. I cant't get enough of West Coast IPA's.

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

great ipa, I was in sf for a business trip walked over to 21st and this was the first beer i tried, it was really good probably to second best ipa i had in sf while i was there.

served in a pint glass at around 10 pm, great auburn color.

a little bitter but on the mild side. I would highly recommend this beer and location for drinking and tasting.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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 Lothore
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

A- Golden orange with a nice 2 finger off white head.

S- Piney, sweet and citrusy.

T- Taste was very well balanced, hopped up without being overly bitter, sweet citrus fruits and a bready flavor.

M- Crisp, clean and fairly viscous with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This beer goes down smooth and easy for something with 7 percent abv. Very non offensive for an IPA without being boring.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can, listed as 7.0%,

A: Pours a light orange with a medium white head, with good retention and light lacing.

S: Burst of caramel malt, with bitter melon, pine and grapefruit.

T: Has a lot of malt bitterness at the front, toasty malt matched with a bitter pine hop bitterness. Sweet hops come in later, grapefruit and orange, finish out the flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, relatively light in carbonation, creamy, resiny.

D: A good IPA, at times I thought I loved it, overall it is well above average. Nice to see a CA IPA in a can.

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Photo of garuda
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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 guzzleacoldone
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dikfour
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Look: Three fingers of dense, creamy, off-white with hints of tan head has beautiful retention. Hazy copper-orange in color. Medium lacing.

Smell: Sweet candied malts. Lightly toasted bread. Slight lemon/orange zest. Distant pine.

Taste: Sticky sweet caramel and lemon drop up front with toasted bread mid palate and a rising tide of piney bitterness through the sip.

Feel: Coarse and sticky. Two sips in and my tongue feels like I've been sucking on a lemon Jolly Rancher to hard. This one beats the tongue up pretty quickly.

Overall: Pretty dang complex. Not balanced in an absolutely crazy way. Way more malt than a lot of American IPAs I've tried. It certainly is different and interesting. Worth a shot if nothing else than to experience a different take on the style. Despite going off book, there is a lot of stuff that works about this brew.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnye1981
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of edward_boumil
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Huge, foamy white head. Clear, yellow colored beer with a burnt orange tinge. Blubbly carbonation is apparent. Leaves tons of lace
S: Mild buttery bread smell. Strong malt nose, very toasty and grainy. Hops are vegetal and floral, with a bit of that dank, wet grass smell and notes of pepper and clove
T:Ver malty, grainy, and fresh. Malt comes through like toast with butter, maybe a tiny bit of diacetyl but it works. Hops are present, give a very dank and wet plant and garden flower presence. Bitterness is minimal, very smooth
F: Creamy, smooth with a full mouthfeel. Balanced out by just the right amount of bitterness.
O: Pretty solid IPA. Can see myself crushing cans of this during the summer huddled around a fire while camping. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of cmq103
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass.

Appearance: A semi-aggressive pour yielded a very nice looking full 1" off-white frothy head, which reduced to about a 1/4" after a few minutes. I can tell already lacing is going to be good, as the original height of my pour was still present along the sides of my glass. Dark amber in color with a hint of cloudiness.

Smell: Citrus and piney hops blast forward followed by a sweet malt aroma. Tangerine, grapefruit, and mild mango combination. Now this is how I like my IPA's to smell. I don't sense any booziness at all considering it's a 7%'er.

Taste: A bitter pine bite gets my attention right away, followed by citrus hops (with a combination of what I smelled: tangerine and grapefruit). The malty, spicy sweetness cut the pine bite a whole lot in the finish. This one reminds me a mild version of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, which is one of my favorite DIPA's. Outstanding for an IPA from a can.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with decent carbonation. This one has a nice clean, dry, refreshingly sweet and bitter finish. No booziness at all when the beer is cold.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer a lot. I will definitely pick up another 6-pack of this when I'm in the IPA mood. Not sure I would consider this one a session beer, but I could easily have 2-3 in a sitting. Well done 21st Amendment...

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Photo of Ngntjp
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Jimmy_Melnarik
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of JPiper704
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Nunya
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tasteology408
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of my go to ipa's. Buy this by the flat. Hoopy with an almost creamy malty finish. Love it. Pick this up asap. Looks like an ice teacan so you can drink it at beaches and parks!

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Photo of John1985
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ale pours a deep gold with two finger white head. Very nice lace down glass. Muted aroma of citrus (could be my lack of smell). Ale was very balanced with strong malts and ample hop bitterness. Very pleasant and smooth, good old fashioned West Coast IPA! I purchased while visiting CA and at $7.99/six and canned less than a month from purchased, this is an outstanding value!

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Photo of DigTheDon
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Greatheil
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BKRaiderAce
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Homerun. Pours nice, goes down easy. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper/gold look. One inch head with an aggressive pour into pint glass. Smell of aggressive hops, some pine, faint citrus and tropical fruit. Tastes follows the nose almost exactly. Oily mouthfeel, but finishes dry. Very easy to drink. Nothing offensive. If you are a hop head, you'll really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz CAN, leftover from camping

appearance: served in a great dane imperial nonic, hazy straw-orange body, huge fluffy white head with strong retention

smell: fresh, juicy citrus heavy on the tangerine, overbalanced with earthy malt

taste: nice CANNED ipa, tons of hops - tangerine, light citrus, orange. not overly bitter and well compensated by a dry earthy malt compliment. Sweet with notes of lemon zest.

mouthfeel: creamy medium body, slightly higher abv goes relatively unnoticed

overall: good

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Photo of Rammed96
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew Free Or Die IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 3,227 ratings.
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