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Bitter American | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Bitter AmericanBitter American

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,266 |  Reviews: 359
Reviews by flayedandskinned:
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%

12 oz can into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color. The head is two fingers high, with a shade barely off-white. Retention is somewhat low, and the texture is a bit rough. However, it does leave behind a good amount of lacing behind. (3.5)

Smell: Grapefruit-laden hops and sweet caramel malts comprise the majority of the aroma. Touches of herbal, piny notes also come through. But come to think about it, it does a good impersonation of a standard 6% pale ale - even if it's a standard issue aroma, managing to come across larger than it really is gives it bonus points. (3.5)

Taste: The flavor profile is more in line with its actual gravity. Grapefruit and pine open it up, while some maltiness finishes it off. Holy crap, not only does the nose impersonate a bigger pale ale, the flavor also has the excessive crystal malt presence most standard pales do! I jest, I jest. This one is alright. (3)

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light and dry, but there's also some lingering sweetness which seems to beef up its body. There's also a huge amount of carbonation which is honestly distracting. (3)

Overall: This really tastes like a regular 6% pale ale - the grapefruit hops, the crystal malt sweetness, everything! It's fairly standard, but the lower ABV makes this solid for session duty. (3.25)

3.18/5: Nothing too special, but gets the job done as a session ale

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Photo of utopiajane
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy and yellow with a lovely pastel orange blush. A fat head of off white foam that falls pretty quickly and leaves some sticky rings of lace. Nose it outrageous grapefruit! The juicy and tart fruit, the pith and the peel. Some herbal for the background and a sweet but light scent of malt. Forceful yet graceful nose. It's vibrant and enticing. The taste is fruity and lively with that grapefruit. Just enough malt to feel it on the palate more than really taste it too much. Bit it is a feather light biscuit with a bit of dryness. Lively juicy fruit and the herbal kicks in on the backnotes to make this one drink easily and with plenty of taste. Some earthy pine on the palate brings it to a dry finish with a well done bitter. it's a bitter that is not shy and it lasts and lingers a bit. Balanced to the flavors and to the drink but it does stand out. It does not succumb to the malt at all and lingers just long enough to show you the splendid crispness of the beer. It has ample carbonation and finishes tart. Really one of the best session ales.

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Photo of claspada
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aromas of citrus and pine. Nice lemon and herbal hop notes as well. Really nice.
The taste is initially biscotti and light bready maltiness but quickly shifts back to the extremely well balanced bitterness and full hop flavors. Not too bitter at all, so balanced between hop aroma, taste and bitterness.
Good carbonation helps to balance out the bitterness as well. Overall this is the best session beer I have ever had. So much flavor and so little alcohol. If it was cheaper I would buy it by the pallet.

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Photo of veinless
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jesse13713 for sending me this all the way from Ohio; oddly enough I didn't see this in California all winter - weird.

Pours a deep orange, darker than some DIPAs I've had recently. Very clear, and topped by a foamy white head that retains extremely well. Looks like fizz from the side and icing from the top. Lace is sporadic and uneven.

Smells faintly tropical, with mango and a touch of pine making up the hop body. Malt sweetness takes up the rest of the aroma, offering a fair amount of caramel nature. Pretty simple aroma, but it's good.

Taste is quite sweet and malty right from the start. Get some caramel, toffee, and overripe mango from this. Citrus and pine are follow-ups and lead to a chalky, slightly bitter finish. I can appreciate the crisp, easy to taste flavors in this, especially for the abv, but rating to the style of APA this lacks the strength of flavor of some other brews. A bit of metallic character near the tail-end of the beer is present and unwelcome.

Mouthfeel is very full for the abv - but that's not to say it isn't crisp or slick. Chalky bitterness is nice and the dryness aids the drinkability as well. This is a great example of a flavorful, low abv session beer. Seek this out in bulk if you like drinking beer all day.

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Photo of jfstilling
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Foyle
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz can into nonic style glass
Appearance: pours a 1" cream colored head, significant lacing, color is light copper and cloudy. Aroma: citrus hops and caramel malts
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a mostly dry finish
Flavor: delicious combination of citrus and piney hops with a malt backbone of caramel and whole wheat bread.

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Photo of SoCaliC8
1.25/5  rDev -67.5%

Photo of One_Man_Gang
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GregBlatz
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper golden in color. Nice rocky 1/2" head that settles slowly and laces the glass. The beer is pretty clear.

S - Simcoe hops dominate the aroma. This reminds me of a Surly Furious in aroma. I know that this is a smaller beer, but that is what it smells like to me. Toasted grains and Simcoe hops.

T - Aggressively hopped. Somewhat thin and refreshing. Again, the piney resinous flavor of Simcoe. Just checked the website, Simpson's Golden Promise is the base grain. Just like Surly Furious.

M - Thin body and solid carbonation. Maybe a 1.050 gravity with a dry finishing gravity.

O - Really nice APA. This is my favorite 21st Amendment offering. I don't know what I paid for this. I always thought that craft beers ought to base pricing on the size of a beer. For example, a different price point for an IPA vs a Kolsch due to the fact that a sixer is the same quantity of beer, but the IPA contains way more hops than a Kolsch or a pale ale. Therefore the price point should be different. I doubt that is the case.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge 3 finger fluffy head that fades semi quickly with a touch of sticky lacing, over crystal clear orange auburn colored beer.

Nose of earthy, light floral, light pine, light citrus hops, just a touch of malt behind that.

Taste is lighter, crisp ale, some very light malts, with that decent bitterness, a slight bit of earthy, piny, and floral hops, touch of citrus fruit. A slight copper fruity flavor. The finish brings a slight more fresh bitter hop addition, and more fruit, with a crisp ale finish.

Mouth is med bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is good, pretty crisp and light, sessionable, a bit of bittering hops but not too bitter. Decent dry finish.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,266 ratings