Bitter American | 21st Amendment Brewery

Bitter AmericanBitter American
1,266 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: 1,266 |  Reviews: 357
Photo of fdig23
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75


Appearance: Medium golden pale with a little white head.

Nose: cooked pineapple, some pine and lemon, backed up by toasted wheat bread

Taste: malty, but this is a four month old can so its to be expected. Still nice and fairly refined, though. Light floral note, pine needles, hint of lemon, tasty balanced toasty malts in the background.

Mouthfeel: Nice and full without being overbearing.

Overall: Decent pale ale that would be perfect for a party or drinking session. Exactly what it wants to be.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clearish brown body with good head and lace on top of a very hoppy, like citrus and floral hops, along with light bread and caramel malts. Taste and moutfeel are the same with a light bodied beer that passes easy, very drink/sessionable, nothing spectacular but better than your average lawnmower beer. Citric, floral hops abound and balance with some sweet caramel and the beer is held together with a crisp breadiness that leads to snappy finish.

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Photo of gshackles
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of revo
5/5  rDev +29.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jkrich
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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 -15.6%

Photo of JKuras
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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 +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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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%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of buschbeer
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +3.9%

Photo of Offa
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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 -2.6%

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