Bitter American | 21st Amendment Brewery

very good
1,264 Ratings
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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Ratings: 1,264 |  Reviews: 356
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a two finger off white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt with a hint of toastiness, pine hops; light but enticing. Flavor is interesting with pine, mixed citrus, a nice, but unidentifiable fruit component. Finishes with a light hop kick with mild pine and grapefruit. Medium bodied. A very nice hoppy light ale with good balance and interesting flavors. Another well made 21st Amendment ale. Kudos.

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can with a canned on date stamped on the carton and the bottom of the can. Slightly hazy, golden hue with a foamy white, sustained head.

The aroma exploded upon opening the can: massive fresh, piney aroma with spicy, sweet malt.

This 4.4 ABV ale packs a lot of flavor. It begins with a zesty, lemony flavor with some refreshing hop bitterness. A faint sour flavor lowers the taste score.

Light-bodied with spritzy carbonation (perhaps a little too much). A mellow sweetness coats the tongue.

It is always a treat to have a flavorful but low alcohol ale. While this ale was good, the over-carbonation and the faint sour flavor kept this one from being truly sessionable.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, gorgeous burnt orange color. About an inch of robost, foamy head. Some carbonation present although it’s tough to see through the haze. Decent lacing on the way down.

Smell: Generous amounts of fruity, piney hops hits right away. Hints of apple and pear and a solid malt backbone.

Taste: Somewhat unexpectedly flat at first, but then the flavors develop into the sweet malts, yeast, lemon/citrus, and then a solid fruity-bitter hops. A sour, bitter aftertaste lingers for a while long after the last swallow.

Mouthfeel: A good amount of carbonation present and kind of on the thin side. It’s labeled as a session beer so I guess that’s what they were shooting for.

Overall: It’s a pretty good beer. Not sure I’d do a session with it though as the strong aftertaste and sweetness gets to me after a while. The ‘monkey in space’ art on the can is pretty cool.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It has an amber body with golden highlights. A generous beige head almost overflowed my glass.

S - I get a noseful of citrus and pine with ample caramel malt to balance things out.

T - It opens up with some citrus hops. The caramel malt comes through then, and it finishes with a mild pine that lingers in the aftertaste.

M - It has a moderate mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation.

O - This is a solid everyday beer. It provides enough flavor to keep me interested, but it has a lower ABV to keep me from calling off work due to hangover.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good APA that actually has a bit of an English character, not complex but very enjoyable.

Deep gold, it has a medium-big off-white head slowly-steadily shrinking.

Aroma is flowery-grassy with grapefruit, apples, cheese.

Taste is dry mineral, dry bread, hints of citrus, grass, light doughiness in finish. It has very light bitterness. It's light and nicely drinkable, well-rounded. Though mild and gentle, it is not boring or bland and has a little complexity so it's not too simple or one-dimensional. It has some nice juicy yeastiness, if ill-defined in actual character.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,264 ratings.
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