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 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 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

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

After suffering through their other offering let's hope this one is better.
Fresh hop aroma with slight citrus and green hops. Mild malt background. Nice.
Smallish frothy head. Golden amber and quite clear.
A little soft on overall flavor, but a nice drinker. More balanced than many in style and the bitterness is not overpowering or too dominant. Nice sweetness upfront. The malty flavor (mildly fruit and fairly sweet) stays throughout the drink. A little citrus in the hops.
A little light, but not too much.
Drinks well and easily. I'm fond of the sweetness in this drink and it's persistence.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of erikm25
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +4.9%
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 +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 Lothore
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Brew Free Or Die IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 3,285 ratings