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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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- 42 ibus. 4.4%abv. can.

A: Rapid moving medium sense of effervesce rises within a tarnished orange body that showd a good clarity. Milky, frothy light tan head sits well enough with a foamy lace ring.

S: Dry pine underbrush for aroma, pine needles, with a light toasty touch. Nice balance between toasty maltiness and pine hoppiness, light to moderate awareness.

T: Toasty grains and pine is forefront. Small bit of toasty-grain caramel sweetness comes forefront followed by the bitterness of piney-grapefruit hops for a one-two punch. Flavor is just as good coming as going down. Sweetly-bitter harmony, piney bitterness, all served in a can.

M: Malty mouthful with a caramel body that maintains a fulless and a good level of carbonation.

O: Overall a nice balance of toasty malt meets a bittering citrus, especially for a 4.4%abv packaging which garnishes a bit of extra love and flavor in every can. Six pack worthy, session downer by style, big on flavor considering abv, brings enough bitterness for respect and worthy repeat.

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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 10-27-2012
Freshness: Canned on 04-09-12
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Perfect Pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Clear and orange-yellow in color, with a white head a couple fingers high. Good retention with a decent amount of lacing.

S: Pretty hoppy citrus (grapefruit) and pine aromas.

T: No surprise here based on the smells, the taste is bitter and hoppy. The main flavor is fruity citrus hops. Malt character is low.

M: The high carbonation gives this a crisp feel, on a medium body. The finish is dry and bitter. The flavors mellow out nicely as it warms to room temps.

O: This one lives up to it's name, as a pretty bitter West coast pale ale. I had it without food, but I think this would pair well with a meal, especially due to the low alcohol, so you could have several. Glad to have tried this, my first beer from 21st Amendment.

Thanks to fLax for this one!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, reddish-gold with nice clarity. Slowly settling two finger head that looks a bit sudsy and soapy; the lacing has the same soapy look and slips down the sides of the glass quickly.

Rich aroma of caramel, sweet bready malt, pineapple, pine, grapefruit, brown sugar. The taste is pretty balanced and less sweet than anticipated after smelling the beer. Assertive bitterness up front fades quickly and the finish is dry. Toasty caramel malts intermingle with pine, grapefruit, and pineapple hops, augmented by additional late-emerging floral notes.

Medium-light body with strong, slightly fizzy carbonation. Overall this tastes like a higher ABV beer; lacks a ton of complexity, but it is tasty. Put me in mind of some of Lagunitas' red/amber type brews, but dialed back a bit, if that makes any sense. In the end the aroma was the best aspect of the beer and was full of intricacy, nuance, and appetizing qualities.

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1545th Review on BA
Can to Firestone Walker Snifter

Canned 5/07/12
Purchased from Total Wine, Sacramento, CA for $1.99

App- A bit of a clearer yellow with some radiating highlights of gold. A small capped head that was about 1/2" in size and faded quickly. Some nice cling and lace but nothing special.

Smell- A small pale ale with a bit more hops added to it. I think was suffering from being almost 5 months old. A bit of a loss on the aromatics. Was a bit small and a bit musty as well.

Taste- Not a lot going on in this glass for me. It was a bit of an awkward balance of the malts and hops and even had some grassy/soapy flavors behind it. Not sure if its the age or if its the intended flavor to be more of an American bitter?

Mouth- A bit lite for me and lacking some balance. It was a lighter medium body with a lighter carbonation. Residual flavors of grass, hops, bitter, soap.

Drink- Meh. I mainly got this one because I cant get 21st in So. Cal. Way to go me on a single can.

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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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