Brew Free! or Die Blood Orange IPA
21st Amendment Brewery

Brew Free! or Die Blood Orange IPABrew Free! or Die Blood Orange IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #1,409
ABV:
7%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,265
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 10.1%
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
319
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Brew Free! or Die Blood Orange IPABrew Free! or Die Blood Orange IPA
Notes: Ale brewed with Blood Oranges. Blood Orange Brew Free! is brewed like our original west coast style Brew Free! or Die IPA, but with an abundance of fresh blood orange puree and a twist of citrusy dry hops. Refreshingly different. As Abe would say, “Whatever you are, be a good one.”

70 IBU
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Photo of beersampler6
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very crisp, slightly bitter IPA sampled on tap at a local restaurant. Pours a slightly orange-yellow color with some fluffy white head and small rings of lingering lacing. Smells of some crisp orange and tangerine citrus hops, also some lemon, malt and vanilla. Taste follows the nose, good crisp amount of zest bitterness - almost reminds me of an Italian aperitif. Smooth mild slightly thin mouthfeel and good carbonation. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Firestone 14-oz. Teku glass
From: Gregg
Price: n/a
Purchased: n/a; Received Nov. 12, 2019
Consumed: Nov. 19, 2019
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: Canned on Sept. 27, 2019 (I think)

Thanks, Gregg!

Got this and a bunch of other beers from Gregg. Most of them weren’t that fresh, especially the IPAs. I believe this one was Sept. 27, 2019 on the can, but it was hard to decipher. This one would have to better than the regular Brew Free! or Die, which I gave a 3.75. I’m a sucker for blood orange, though. I gave a previous can of this on Untappd a 4 and wrote, “I’m a sucker for blood orange beer, but probably outstanding. Full review later.” Hops mentioned were Centennial, Chinook, Cascade, Amarillo for flavor, Mosaic, Chinook, Centennial, Amarillo for dry and CTZ for bitter.

Poured an amber semi-clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of frothy white head. Some sporadic bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass. Very good spotty lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled tangerine, blood orange, candied orange, Amarillo, red grapefruit, citrus, light pineapple, guava, menthol and herbal. About the same from can, maybe with the addition of passion fruit and peach. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted wasn’t quite as good as the nose, but followed it. Got tangerine, blood orange, candied orange, Amarillo, red grapefruit, guava, pineapple, citrus, menthol cough drops, herbal and pine. For the hops mentioned, besides Amarillo, I got dry Centennial and maybe Mosaic. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, citrusy finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Was an outstanding beer overall. Not my favorite blood orange IPA, but certainly on the higher side. (Overall - 4.00)

4.08 | 91 | A-

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Photo of lucindrea
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

part of a 12 pack sampler sold in Giant in PA (cans poured in glass)

Look- Hazy yellow/orange . color with some particulates. Thick head that stays around for quite some time.

Smell- Citrus = soprt pf a grapefruit and lemon/lime, hints of bread and some yeast.

Taste- Very "blood orange" on the whole - not a hint of "whatever" like some brews and you can tell it's blood orange and not just orange - slight pine notes with a mild malt to bind it all.

Feel- Well carbonated and has some body from the but is masked by the sweet dry after finish

O- I would buy more if i ran into it again

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six pack of cans picked up at Total Wine in Seattle, Washington.
Code instead of dating. Served in a pint glass.

Look- Slightly hazy golden orange color. Nice rocky bright white head that hangs around, moderate lacing. Some carbonation streams visible.

Smell- As one would expect, big citrus (orange, tangerine, pithy grapefruit and lemon/lime), resinous pine, bready malt, light mango and berries, floral/spicy notes.

Taste- Sweet orange citrus heavy followed by moderate pine and pithy citrus, some tropical fruit notes with a nice malty backbone.

Feel- Medium/light bodied. Kind of sticky with a dry bitter finish. Medium carbonation on the tongue.

O- A nice IPA. You can definitely tell the orange is mainly from real juice and not all from the hops.

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Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not the slightest haze on the dark amber brew. Tall, long-lasting pile of foam in the Blanche de Chambly flute. Unmistakable and insistent aroma of orange. You could even say it's the slightly off-odor of actual blood oranges. Sharp from the first sip. There's a little malty sweetness but the flavor is all citrus.

Quite a bitter aftertaste with the citrus pith note becoming tiresome. If this was reviewed as a Fruit/Veg beer it might be more accurate. This is not a very good IPA, but it's a tour de force of fruit doping. From the 12 oz can purchased at Trader Joes.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

19.2 oz tall boy can purchased from Plaid Pantry convenience store in West Salem OR.
$2.50
Pours a lighter copper colored body with a nice inch high rocky/frothy dirty white head.
Very nice strong aromas of oranges..seems real orange not artificial..some floral hop underneath. But real the orange aroma dominates.
Taste has more of the floral/citrus hops but the bitter sweet blood orange flavor is still there.
Nice medium well balanced mouth feel,,with semi drying finish
Nice beer for a convenience store

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Photo of gerbl
4.96/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite ipa. Been frequenting this wonderful ipa for the last few months. The blood orange flavor in this is so fresh tasting, it literally tastes like it just has fresh blood orange juice in it. The most delicious fruit ipa I have ever tried. Cant wait to try it on tap someday.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

6/15/19...pours dark copper, murky, w/ foam white head. Strong blood orange nose, almost entirely. One could mistake it for a glass of juice. Strong orange influenced flavor, hints of rind bettering but mostly clean. Light bodied. Juicy.

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Photo of woodyswenson
4.89/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The smell of this is just amazing. Damn good beer delicious malts paired with a punch of blood orange and hops. Imo 70 on ibu is way to high this a very drinkable beer for the percentage.

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Photo of peepicheep
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I need to go Zen on this review because this beer is all about the experience. Golden silkiness on tongue. A pale copper for the eyes. Orange for the nose. A beautiful experience for the soul. Wow. If ever I get around to putting together the perfect list of beers for your next pool party this beer is a contender for the number one spot. Smoother than Nat King Cole, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra combined. 'Scuse Me. Time for a moonlight dip in the pool.

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Photo of defunksta
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly clear, orange, but copper color with a medium white head. (4.0)
Aroma: HUGE aroma of blood orange. Some raspberry and pineapple. But so much blood orange. Slight bitterness. (4.0)
Flavor: Massive amount of blood orange. A good amount of rind and pith which gives it a slight bitterness. Mild pineapple and raspberry too. No malt detected. Tastes like whole fresh squeezed orange juice made from whole blood oranges that maintains the rind and pith bitterness. Finishes dry. The bitterness is interesting that it comes from the citrus pith rather than pine. No pine detected. It reminds you of a tropical cocktail on vacation. Blood orange all the way. (4.25)
Feel: Lighter bodied, crisp, but smooth. Bitter is only mild. (3.75)

Overall: I honestly didn't really know for sure what a blood orange tastes like, but immediately after smelling this beer you know exactly what a blood orange is. This is an extremely unique citrus IPA. i'm not a citrus head, but it's better than most "citrus" IPAs and I'd definitely recommend trying it if you can. (Final Rating 4.08)

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Photo of ilikebeer03
2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

pours a golden/light copper with an off white head. good lacing. decent retention.
nose is a ton of ripe orange. subtle piney hop character.
taste follows. ripe, juicy orange dominates. covering a subtle piney, bitter hoppiness. unpleasant alcohol heat. Yes, there is definitely blood orange. too much, though, in my opinion. it totally dominates and covers up any IPA flavors.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Was more grapefruit than orange imo but definitely on the orange rind side of taste. Medium mouthfeel nice aromatic citrus brings out the very nice flavor.

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Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love the twist on an outstanding ipa incorporating blood orange! This is just as outstanding and appreciate the effort that went into this. Well done!

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy bright gold with thick, fluffy head. Smells of pungent blood orange, kind of orange candy, with light tropical fruit. The flavor, too, is predominantly orange, and the typical bitterness makes it reminiscent of orange pith, but much stronger in flavor. Really nice and different from a typical IPA but it's punchy enough I wouldn't want to drink it endlessly. Nice thicker mouthfeel with sharp carbonation bite.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.01/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

No date on the can. Very non descriptive look. Virtually no head. Certainly drinkable, but the flavor is off putting. I think they tried too hard on this one. Artificial orange flavor. Tastes like a hoppy, malty IPA with orange candy. But this one missed its mark. Wouldn't buy again. Much prefer their regular IPA over this one.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Clear bodied mostly, with a pale amber color appearance somewhere between orange and yellow lemon fruit color. Classic simple egg white head, real nice retention and classic size of three to four fingers. Pill like lacing and some good staying power. Looks like a very nice classic West coast IPA.

Very nice aroma. Definitely grrabbing much of the blood orange quality, with a good fruit citrus that isn't pithy, but is also adding some real nice candy like hop oils and zesty classic fruit bitterness. It'a bit one dimensional, but it's very dialed in wonderfuly and nice with good balance of mixed fruit and hop scents of zest bitterness and citrus sweetness.

Palate is quite surprising. A simple malt backbone sticks out to simply let the hops and fruit quality play forward. Great simple juiced orange quality, with excellent almost mineral zesty like flavors. Excellent hop bitterness on the finish to match and balance out, and even some matching biscuit cookie sweetness of malt to add more joy in the mix. Breaded pastry and sweet orange, with a candy like zest feeling and tasting nearly like penny store candy, but with a more oily finish and bitterness to match.

Very surprised by this one, real nice fruit contrast on old school West coast IPA style.

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Photo of Stephen85
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden amber with a thick foamy head. Smells of citrus, more grapefruit than orange. The taste is citrus, mostly grapefruity. Medium low bitterness. Great hop aroma and flavor. Very sessionable. I think of ourdoors, the beach or a cookout when I taste this beer. Definitely recommend for an easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of izraelc
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a filthy dark orange. You can smell the blood orange. Very heavy presence of blood orange which is great. Doesn't taste artificial. Also a good balance of hops with a bitter finish. Great fruit beer.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper orange with a haze, loads of carbonation and a finger of yellowish head.

Smells of bright and fruity orange flavours, fresh squeezed orange juice and orange candies.

Tastes citrusy, with grapefruit pith, a dull bitterness and a biscuity malt.

Medium body with medium to little carbonation. Covers the abv very well.

I got this at Safeway and am drinking it in Redding, May 12th, 2019.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clear, orange beer with a white head. Smells mainly of blood orange with some detectable sweetness and some floral hops. Sweet and bitter with a lot of blood orange flavor. Delivers on what the label says and is pretty tasty.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
2.23/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

I would have thought more people would think this reeked of artificial flavoring. Tried it more than once. Ultimately poured he whole 6-pack, once try at a time.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew Free or Die Blood Orange pours a lighter copper color, with a small, but long lasting and lacing head. Aroma is big orange. Flavor has a big sweet orange flavor, with a mellow bitter finish. Good body and feel. Overall a very nice balanced orange IPA.

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Photo of slee196
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My new go-to beer! It's so refreshing and well balanced. Fruity, but not overpowering like some other fruit based beers. Great aroma and tastes so crisp. So far, the best cirtus ipa I've tasted

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Photo of CTHomer
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 2 finger off white head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: blood orange;

T: blood orange from start to finish; some blood orange zest bitterness comes in after the middle and stays through the end; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: for a fruit IPA, this is nicely done - the blood orange comes through nicely;

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Brew Free! or Die Blood Orange IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 319 ratings