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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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Been hearing about this as a comparison to session ipas so I decided to give it a try. Compared to the few session ipas I've had this surpasses them easily, and the malt makes all the difference. I find session ipas to be too dry, but this has a very good caramel malt to provide balance. In terms of hops this has a very good citrus flavor and a small amount of bitterness. Overall, as a session beer I would definitely recommend this.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at Bar of Soap Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before lowering to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full bubbly sheet of surface foam. Sudsy semi-resilient lacing.

S- Sweet, piney hop aroma that's signature 21st Amendment.

T- Big hit of hop flavor and bitterness that has a sweetness to it foowing close to the aroma but then it lets up mid-palate and turns bready, trailing off into a slight lingering hop bite. There are fruit notes of dried mango, pineapple and grapefruit.

M- Slightly sharp from the hops but has a smoothness that solidifies its categorization of "pale ale." Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A "Session IPA" that came out before Session IPA was a thing. Better than all the other Session IPAs I've had (With the exception of maybe Founders All Day). One of 21st Amendment's best beers IMO. Packs a punch of hop flavor/aroma without filling you up or wearing you down.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the unmistakable 21st Amendment-style can, drank from a pint glass.

Appearance: Very nice, appetizing thick rich orange/goldenrod colour, looks almost like a hefeweizen, cloudiness and all. Good amount of white head, and plenty of residual carbonation in the beer itself. Perfect score on appearance, even disregarding the awesome can design/art.

Smell: Sweet munich malt, plenty of aroma hops without being overpowering. Full and citrusy, it smells refreshing and appetizing with nothing remotely off or negative.

Taste: Munich malt really comes out here, citrusy and bitter like a grapefruit. Malty sweetness is on the higher side but still in balance. Crisp and refreshingly solid. Very well hopped without any coppery aftertaste; clean. Almost a little peppery. Doesn't get old, but could perhaps have a little more complexity (though I can't begrudge it, since it gets literally nothing wrong).

Mouthfeel: Only 4.4%, so no alcoholic burn, or any trace of it really. Right balance between heaviness/complexity and lightness/crispness. Neither viscous nor thin. Pleasantly, it retains a lot of carbonation in the glass after the pour.

Overall: Great session beer. Would love to drink this a LOT more, but sadly it's not sold where I am now living. Top, top bitter, nice American take on the style. Maybe only one other bitter keeps this off the #1 spot for me, but they're different enough.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this can on 4/17/14 but canned date is 9/25/13 (so over 7 months old). Didn't realize that when I bought it.

So it has a nice light brown color with 1 finger head but good retention and lacing.

Has a very nice hop and grain smell to it.

Taste - Darn. it has some old/staleness going on here but still very drinkable though. Has a very floral taste (sort of reminds me of 2-Hearted) and malty with some hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy for such a low ABV beer.

Overall - I think fresh, this would be a beer I would absolutely love. I still like it, but 7 months old is way past its prime and I can taste the age on it. 7 weeks or less would be alot more enjoyable.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly cloudy orange/amber. The head is thick and creamy with great retention and soapy/sticky lacing. The aroma is mild hops, with citrus (grapefruit) and a hint of caramel malt sweetness. The taste is similarly mild, but not lacking in flavor. The malt is much more forward in the sip, but the hops kicks in almost immediately and provides a pleasant balance. It has a nice weight and a crisp finish. A great flavored session ale.

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