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
Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a nonic tumbler- pours a slightly hayzy golden copper color with two plus fingers of cream colored head, decent retention and lacing.

Smell is nice and citrus hoppy. Pretty simple- a little malt but mostly the citrus hops.

Taste is also very simple but great for such a low alcohol content beer. Pale malt sweetness backbone with notes of grapefruit hops. Sweet and simple.

Mouthfeel is fantastic- cracked one of these open after a long day of playing music and running errands and it's incredibly refreshing. Light body, light carbonation. Very smooth. I prefer session beers to have a 5-6 ABV but this is a nice one if you're looking for something lower that still has flavor.

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Photo of Gabbyaboutipa
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of WhitmansNiece
5/5  rDev +28.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An absolutely stunning session ale! A lot more flavour than I thought possible at 4.4% ABV and a beer I will definitely seek out again.

Pours a clear, orange-tinged amber with decent white head and moderate lacing. Can is well carbonated and yields a crisp mouthfeel, with some residual hop oiliness. Aroma of caramelized malts and piney resins. The flavour is complex but well balanced, with lots of malt levels complemented by "west coast" hops. Citrus and tropical fruits across the board linger into a delightfully bitter finish.

Absolutely excellent - highly recommend!

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Photo of jtd335
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Localdrinklax
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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

Appearance - Pours copper with an orange hue. With plenty of lacing.

Smell - Sweet smell with overpowrering citrus

Taste - Citrus is overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp

Overall - If you like citrus in your beer this sure to please you. Would I buy this again? Yup good beer when mowing the lawn or cooking.

Serving type: can

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours copper with an orange hue. The head is 2 fingers thick with good retention, resulting in a thick semi-sticky lacing.

Smell - Malts are earthy grains and sweet bready notes, with a healthy dose of citrus hops.

Taste - Slight Caramel with notes of red apple, and a pleasant citrus bitterness to bring some balance. A slight metallic twang as well.

Mouthfeel - Light in body. The carbonation lends to a slightly crisp bite, but it goes down smooth and velvety.

Overall - If I didn't know any better, I'd say this was Stone's Levitation ale; the characteristics are nearly identical. Regardless, this is the 3rd beer I've had from this brewery, and by far the best of the three.

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Photo of JimmyTango
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%

Photo of musicforairports
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned 9 April, reviewed 12 May.

Golden in color, very clear. Decent head and some lacing.

Smells of cracker-type malt and decent citrus--orange and lemon.

Flavor leans toward some lemon-y Cascade-style hops. Light caramel and cracker flavors. Mild pine. Flavorful for the ABV, but pretty tame all around, as expected.

Lighter mouthfeel. Easy drinking.

Really tasty for a 4.4 percent ABV beer. I could drink a lot of these on a summer day.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of PuFtonLyfe
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of raynmoon
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It looks golden out of the can, with a decent head that is disappearing as I type this, but looks nice. But it smells GREAT! Lots of sweet caramel malts, with some pine. really nice.

It has a really full flavor and feel. Lot's of nice malts with a little bitterness as it goes down, sort of like the smell but more fruity.

Overall this is really appealing and refreshing. It has the flavor and feel of a much bigger beer, but the 4.4% abv keeps this one session able. I recommend this one

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Photo of julian89
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahh the wonders of working at a beer store...

Appearance: Pours a golden amber with a tall white head and tiny bubbles. Great retention with a little lacing.

Smell: Light wheat scent, grainy nature. Subtle bittering hops followed by a stronger flowery and citrus nature.

Taste: A very light/subtle mix of aromatic and bittering hops mixed quite well with a citrusy nature. It's so well balance for an APA, the bittering is not as strong as an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A great sit on your porch session beer.

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