Brew Free Or Die IPA | 21st Amendment Brewery

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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 Kelly88
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wizzle includeed this one as an extra! Thanks.
Poured from can into pint glass.

A- deep golden almost an orange. Nice white head with clinging lace

S- sweet and pine with some malt?

T- sweet fruit then a punch of grapefruit and floral hops. Alcohol sneaks in and really blends well with the existing flavors.

M- medium bodied That really coats the mouth nicely slight carbonation.

D- one of the most drinkable ipas I've had. The only obstacle I can detect is the numbing of the tongue

I can't wait to get some more of this brew. Really great beer received from a great trader

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp clear amber with tons of white frothy head that dissipated quickly sticking to the glass. Mostly malt in the aroma with a touch of citrus hop. More malt in the taste, but a bit more pronounced floral character and a great piney bitter finish that hangs around just long enough. Medium bodied with a touch of carbonation to carry the hops to the end.

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Photo of jinjayk
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It may be that the clearest grapefruit aroma you'll ever find in a beer will come from a can of 21st Amendment's IPA. It's bright and citrusy, lightly tangy, and very rind-like as well. Beyond that, the hazy deep amber body and creamy off-white head suggest that there's more than enough malt there to round it out, and sure enough it's true. It's bready and biscuity at the outset, revealing a hint of dark caramel, and then a burst of hop flavor that takes you over the middle and splashes you down in a piney, citrusy, and bitter finish. It's quite a ride, but it's not an over-done, bombastic beer - it's just well-balanced, really nicely rounded, and full-flavored. Quite enjoyable!

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From a six pack canned on the 21st of the previous month, so it's JUST under a month old.

The box didn't lie; there is plenty of malt here! The flavors are great but indistinguishable - grapefruit and pineapple are mashed up against a wall of anonymous bready malts. Carbonation is heady, and the body is heavy.

Pretty damn good.

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Photo of Schmuckles
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jackb112
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jimmah120
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live reviewed from a month-old can into a duvel glass.

Look is dark-brown honey colored with a nice, sticky, white head. Smell is aggressive fruity hops, with a musky, peppery, pine undertone. Some sweet buttered bread as well. Taste is the sweet bread upfront, followed by yeast, peppery hops, and a citrus finish. Feel is typical for an IPA.

Another great IPA from the west coast.

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Photo of kifn2
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - moderately cloudy light orange/amber body with large rocky white head which retains well. Slightly more hazy than most in the style. This could be due to chill haze.

s- floral and citric notes. A slight spiciness in the background. Highly volatile.

t - prominent american hops. The finish has piney, floral and citrus flavors. At 70 IBU's there is a distinct bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a good example of the style, however; it could be a little less bitter on the finish.

m- slightly astringent. not much alcohol warming at all. medium body.

d - i hate this category. Let's just say I'm not disappointed and it is worth the money.

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Photo of Lukafer
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes.

Pours a golden color with 2 fingers head and a golden white head. Smells are malt and citrus hops, smells good. Taste is sweet at the front, hops in the middle with a nice hop finish, good beer. Drinkability is very good, and the mouthfeel is medium.

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Photo of lowers87
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Golden, light carbonation
Smell: Flowers, very light hop, more like a meadow, doesn't smell like the standard IPA, almost sweet
Taste: Very floral, again light hop, sweetness comes out, very drinkable.
Feel: Doesn't taste like the ABV is 7%, again very drinkable and light, not super filling
Overall: Not what I was expecting but that isn't bad. Surprised how drinkable and tasty it is. I enjoyed it and would recommend.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce can into a BBC pint glass.

A: Clean, clear, pale copper with ample carbonation which forms a two-finger head of rocky, off-white foam that leaves a bit of chunky lace.

S: Fresh, citrusy hop aroma with some toffee-malt and biscuity sweetness added in. Floral and fruity with hints of minty, herbal hop resins.

T: Smooth, slightly creamy malts up front with caramel sweetness and juicy flavors. A spicy hop resin floats across the tongue as well as a slightly metallic, granular flavor before finishing up with a bitter, slightly boozy aftertaste of herbal grapefruit.

M: Medium-full bodied IPA with a little creaminess and a resinous finish. Pretty clean and balanced in the right sense of an IPA.

O: A very sturdy canned IPA offering that clocks in at a deceptive 7% ABV. 21st Amendment obviously cares about what they're putting into their cans since they take some time to think about its art design (very cool!) A fresh, citrusy IPA with enough malt backbone to have me sipping more and more.

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Photo of HillbillyBlood
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aerozeppl
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy golden color with about a finger of white head with a nice amount of lacing. A little lighter than I like to see my IPAs.

S: Very nice west coast dominant IPA. A nice blast of citrus with orange leading the way for me. Not much else but that is the point isn't it.

T: A boringly solid IPA and that is a compliment. Nothing really sticks out but it does have a nice hop bite without any lingering bitterness. Again the citrus is there and is enjoyable.

M: Very nice balance of light while still having a touch of that wonderful syrupy feel I demand in my IPAs.

D: A really solid IPA. We are going tubing this weekend and I wish we could get a 12 pack of this to bring with us on the river. Can't have Ten Fidy all the time!

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Photo of ipaok817
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Archdale74
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can thrown into a mix-six pack from Wegmans.

This one's a hazy dark orange, with a good healthy one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like juicy citrus fruits and herbal piney hops.

This one has a crisp and succint hop bite that is very pleasant. Past the upfront bitterness, I can taste tons of orange, pineapple, mango, peach, etc, just very juicy and fruity.

Medium bodied, crisp and very clean mouthfeel. Slightly grainy. High carbonation.

A very good IPA from 21st Amendment, I didn't have huge expectations going in, but it was very tasty.

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Photo of crbnfbr
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NickyDee21
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thunderballroom
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mchegash
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: A hazy golden-orange with ample almost-pure-white head
S: Wonderful tropical fruit and pine hop aromas
T: Strong pine hops with resinous aspects as well dominate. The tropical fruit flavors play a secondary role. Overall quite tasty.
F: medium to medium-full body, crisp, with an average amount of above-average intensity carbonation.
O: overall this was an okay IPA. I marked the overall lower than the individual components, because while I can define quite what it is, I was less-than-satisfied with this beer.

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Photo of californiakulak
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a can of this beer into my Firestone pint glass.

A. Dark orange. Clear with a massive, thick head that lingered for some time.

S. Piney hops. Floral scents and some biscuit malt.

T. Hoppy and good. Grapefruit and other citrus flavors.

M. Light to medium carbonation. Good bitter finish. Medium bodied.

D. Hides the alcohol pretty good. A little too dry to drink more than a couple.

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Photo of monkeylovebeer
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

San Francisco's 21st Amendment Brewery is probably best known for jumping out in front of the microbrew-in-a-can trend. I was bound for the annual family stay at Lake Tahoe where I knew I was going to need some good beer, so a couple six-packs of a portable, beach-friendly IPA were just what the doctor ordered.

As tasty as it was straight out of the cooler as the thermometer flirted with 100 degrees, it was once I got back to the cabin and found myself a pint glass that this tasty, well-balanced brew was given a proper chance to shine. The Brew Free! or Die IPA pours a light-golden hue with a prodigious cotton-colored head with some serious lacing. Its looks alone invited interest from the macro-beer drinkers at the cabin.

I don't wish to demean this beer in anyway when I say that this would be a good introductory IPA for those wishing to start developing a palate for them. It throws an inviting sweet citrus nose with subtle sourdough undertones. Not at all like the piney hop bombs that I usually drink; of course, those have the added bonus of keeping less resin-wrecked taste buds out of my stash.

All in all, very quaffable, with a velvet-smooth mouthfeel that reveals the underlying hops. Its drinkability and portability assures that I'll be taking this beer along on all my summer water-related excursions.

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Photo of tybeerius
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brew Free Or Die IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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