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Bitter American | 21st Amendment Brewery

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3.85/5
Very Good
1,266 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
21st-amendment.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
357
Ratings:
1,266
pDev:
11.95%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
126
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,266 |  Reviews: 357
Photo of ckollias
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with thin white head that slowly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a decent trail down the glass.

S: Hoppy aroma with malty edge.

T: Equal mix of bitter hops and sweet malts. Finishes on the dry side of hoppy.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Really good APA. Great mix of the hops and malt.

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Photo of Phonebook
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JoeBlevins
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Evan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of irish01980
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of hinemk76
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Srabe
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass. Very cool graphics of a space monkey!

A: Bright orange and yellow, big fluffy head that lingers and sticks, some activity

S: very floral and tangy, piney

T: First it's sweet, then it lives up to it's name with a big bitter bite. The hope are not spicy though and the bitterness is almost a crisp rounding finish

M: Nice carbonation keeps the palate clean. Typically i find my problem with hopper west coast pale ales is that the hop spice sticks to my tongue and becomes unbearable. This is nicely rounded and very easy drinking

O: A total impulse buy and a style I normally wouldn't choose, but overall, I am very happy I gave it a whirl.

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Photo of dailyminefield
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Twig2848
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of NiceTaps
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. can poured into a pint glass. Thirty-nine days old.

A- Hazy burnished orange color with visible carbonation. A bit fluffy 2-finger head that lasts and leaves sticky lacing.

S-Mstly malty, semi-sweet aroma. Some orange rind anf citrus/pine hops.

T-More pale malts and orange rind, well blended. A bit of bitter pepperyness, perhaps.

M-Light, crisp, and tangy. More body than I expected from a 4.4% abv. Slightly bitter with a long clean finish.

O- It surely is an extra pale ale, the 42 ibus are laid back just right. More malty, but not sweet. Quite good and very drinkable.

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Photo of Lukass
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Satanlicker
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of CoalPorter
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of SHODriver
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a pint glass to a nice light orange with a finger of head that fades to a small mat and collar around the glass
S: smells of earthy hops and a bit of lightly toasted malt
T: citrusy hop flavor and solid bitterness with some slightly bready malt. a bit more earthy and piney hop as well and a slight sweetness from the malt. swallow brings a nice wave of bitter hops and a slight amount of residual sweetness
M: fairly light in the mouth but not watery and slightly prickly carbonation with a refreshing finish
O: very solid beer and very sessionable. flavors are interesting without being overwhelming

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt golden color. Craggy very sticky off white head. Semi-hazed. Biscuit malts and nice hoppiness. Bit of soapiness. Raw herbal hoppiness.

Earthy hoppy flavor through out. On the lighter side of medium bodied. Moderately carbonated. Light dry biscuit flavor. Bright herbal hop charter, slightly minty with a hint a soap. Really nice though. For an american beer one of the few that seem to stay more true to the english style.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of YardmanFTB
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a fan of the light, dry, and hoppy Pale Ales. This is the most extreme version of that description that i have come across. It is only 4.4% ABV with very little maltiness whatsoever. The intense citrus of the warrior and cascade hops is what makes this beer. It can be extremely refreshing considering how hoppy it is.

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Photo of surfrogue1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Bito401
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of esdeebrew
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of mcp369
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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