Bitter American
21st Amendment Brewery

Bitter AmericanBitter American
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From:
21st Amendment Brewery
 
California, United States
Style:
Pale Ale - American
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 11.95%
Ratings:
1,267
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Nov 18, 2020
Added:
Jan 16, 2007
Wants:
  50
Gots:
  124
SCORE
87
Very Good
Bitter AmericanBitter American
Notes: This American session ale packs a lot of hop and malt flavor into a refreshingly lower-alcohol brew, making it the perfect beer to have on hand when you have a little history to make.

42 IBU
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Photo of maddogruss
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by maddogruss from New Jersey

Had this from a can in 2013.
A: pours a light amber body with white head with nice retention and lacing
S: light, bitter grapefruit smell
T: light, earthy, slightly bitter tasting beer; slightly bitter aftertaste
M: medium bodied and fairly smooth
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; decent drinking beer overall

Nov 18, 2020
 
3.62 by T-34-85 from New York on Sep 09, 2017
 
3.25 by prisdefer from New York on Aug 17, 2017
 
2.06 by aemowgli from Minnesota on May 24, 2017
Photo of SamQ
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by SamQ from Washington

Well, let me put it this way, Bitter American certainly lives up to it's name! To be honest though, the bitterness is what makes this beer. The taste is truly unique to the beer.

Dec 04, 2016
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Golden color, good clarity, 1/2" white head. Hops provide a metallic light edge, grapefruit, bitter.

More bitterness but appropriately placed and quantified. Grapefruit, lightly toasted pale malts. Simple. Effective. Manages a high degree of flavor on a light body. They really should bring this one back.

Mar 27, 2016
 
3.69 by Bissel328 from Massachusetts on Jan 23, 2016
 
3 by MasterRigger from North Carolina on Dec 31, 2015
 
3.93 by Fabiand from Texas on Dec 19, 2015
 
3.37 by gefinley from California on Dec 06, 2015
 
3.93 by wethorseblanket from California on Nov 26, 2015
 
3.83 by jamesmk48 from Texas on Oct 30, 2015
 
4.06 by magic_swaggin from Georgia on Oct 10, 2015
 
3.5 by Cobratrooper from Virginia on Aug 26, 2015
 
3.5 by jpuetz from South Dakota on Aug 06, 2015
 
3.85 by DrewBest from Massachusetts on Jul 18, 2015
Photo of AgentMunky
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by AgentMunky from New York

Poured from a can into a glass (so many previous dittoes, never again).
3.75/4/4/4.25/4.5
Perhaps the perfect session ale. It's tinted darkly, and it smells like hops. Loads of dank American hops. After the nose, the taste is a bit of a shock. The first thought is thin, but not it's not *thin* it's just not incredibly boozy. The taste is rooted in a surprisingly robust maltiness and laced with piney hops all along the flavor. Highly recommended.

Jun 25, 2015
 
3.41 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Jun 11, 2015
 
3.58 by jfstilling from South Carolina on Apr 29, 2015
 
3.84 by Eziel from Ohio on Apr 24, 2015
 
4.06 by Sebas from North Carolina on Apr 24, 2015
 
3.75 by quang_dam from Georgia on Apr 11, 2015
 
3.69 by Nshibumi from Maine on Apr 10, 2015
 
3.69 by Morey from Pennsylvania on Apr 08, 2015
Photo of ManapuaMan
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

Sad to see this retired for the space monkey session IPA. she was a beauty. Excellent brew to quaff on a warm day. Goes down real easy with a crisp finish accentuated by a heavy bitterness that overpowers the hop.

Apr 04, 2015
 
4.06 by RJB66 from Wisconsin on Apr 03, 2015
 
3.5 by LeeEvolved from Virginia on Mar 26, 2015
 
3.75 by pdonovan16 from Massachusetts on Mar 23, 2015
 
4.19 by Yancey82 from Pennsylvania on Mar 23, 2015
Photo of SD-Alefan
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by SD-Alefan from South Dakota

Poured from the can into a pint glass. Pours a hazy copper-orange with an off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing.
Nice aroma full of tropical fruits and toffee.
The taste is hoppy, bitter tangerine up front backed up by a nice balance of sweet malt.
Mouthfeel is medium to thin with carbonation just right for a pale ale.
Really tasty and refreshing. Good beer.

Mar 22, 2015
 
3.14 by GuitarIPA from Connecticut on Mar 21, 2015
 
4.07 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio on Mar 21, 2015
Photo of Urk1127
2.85/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Urk1127 from New Jersey

Poured into tumbler. Finger of head. Dark cloudy orange. Smell is fruity, citrus. And bold strong malts. Taste is a little bit bitter and hoppy and a lot of malt. Medium feel. I don't really like IPAs or APAs and it was no different although I keep getting them.

Mar 17, 2015
 
3.73 by TychoNDC from Colorado on Mar 16, 2015
 
3.86 by xungmound98 from New York on Mar 15, 2015
 
3.55 by Johnroby from Ohio on Mar 02, 2015
 
3.77 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania on Feb 28, 2015
 
3.79 by ChaseTheAce from Texas on Feb 17, 2015
 
3.84 by MeganandDana from Pennsylvania on Feb 15, 2015
 
3.58 by misternebbie from Pennsylvania on Feb 10, 2015
Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1267 ratings