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Bitter American | 21st Amendment Brewery

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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 raynmoon
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +2.6%
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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Photo of Mickodell
1/5  rDev -74%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The description on the can says it all. This is a blend of bitter and somewhere between American IPA and American pale ale. You get the bitter style with english bittering presence. The IPA/Pale style works through with the citrus hoppiness and light malts.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. The balance is surprisingly there. I am happy with how the elements worked together. The smell was a little muted, while still being pleasant. This is a very easy to drink session beer.

While this is a good beer, it does not stay with you much after finishing it. I could easily drink these through the afternoon on a summer day.

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Photo of Rekrule
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of voidrunner
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Dunkelhund
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of hayesjw
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a clear body and a nice, big effervescence. Head is a finger of pillowy ivory foam. Quite good.

Smell: rich hops with a dank, citrusy and mildly funky quality. Malt is also surprisingly sweet and present for a beer of such low ABV. I like it.

Taste: medium-sweet malt with a good, citrusy and dank hop character. Well-crafted and tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good effervescence. Not creamy, really, but bubbly and refreshing.

Overall: an easily drinkable, tasty pale ale. I like the trend toward lower-ABV sessionable ales in cans, and this is a big step in the right direction.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tempting aroma is malty with a firm hoppy overtone and a fruity underpinning. It pours a pretty clear golden-orange with a fairly thick pale yellow-tan head. Flavor is quite hoppy, more like an IPA than a session beer, with malty and subtle fruity notes and just a tad bitter. Smooth texture has good body and good fizz, leaving behind a nice hoppy tingle. Gotta love the picture on the can.

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Photo of acat25
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poued from a can into a CCB snifter. Canned on 3/5...so, about six weeks of age

A- pours a clear shade of orange with a two finger slightly offwhite head. Looks nice

S- mild aroma of citrus. A little weak, but then again, it's a pale ale

T- mild bitter citrus, but not much else

M- medium bodied, on the light side. Approved

O- it's a good, sessionable beer....don't think it's going to knock off my current summer session choice, though

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of moneyfunnel
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Lob
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of ALLISON01
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jmalko
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Crstumpf
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Frankieteardrop
1/5  rDev -74%

Photo of Streetcore
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can

A: Orange hue with a sticky white head

S: floral, citrus, sweet malt, caramel

T: Hoppy bite, citrus, bread, sweetness from the malt, well balanced

M: Crisp, some lingering hops

O: Great option for a session beer. With the low ABV and hop forward flavors, this beer is a go to for me.

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Photo of yergermeister
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of discdueler
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jco3rd
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light to medium amber color. Medium head, which diminishes over time, so medium to low head retention.

Aroma: Sweet malt forward smell, which transitions very quickly to a citrusy hop aroma. Not very strong overall, but definitely easy to notice.

Taste: Moderate hoppy bitterness, like an IPA taken down a couple notches. Malty notes noticeable, which balance well with the bitterness. Somewhat light in body, with a bitterness that lingers on the tongue, along with notes of grapefruit.

Overall, an excellently refreshing bitter brew. As someone who does not generally enjoy APAs, this is one of the few that I truly enjoy. If only it wasn't a seasonal! 21A should think about making this a year-round release, as it would be wonderful during the dog days of summer.

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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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