Bitter American | 21st Amendment Brewery

very good
1,265 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: 1,265 |  Reviews: 356
Photo of dickroop
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The can is informative and entertaining: 4.4% ABV and 42 IBUs, plus a chimp in a spacesuit!? Pours a golden not-too-pale amber with a head that produces good lacing. Lots of carbonation apparent. The aroma is very promising. Excellent nose of floral and grapefruit hops and some toasted malt,

Taste is hops of course, with some nice light sweetness to balance. Very tasty. The malts and hops are both up front, and the malt is biscuity, but a nicely toasted biscuit at that. Hops persist, and there is a peppery spice to it. Very crisp and gentle. The finish is modestly bitter on the back palate with a slight metallic graininess, but it is just fine. Mouthfeel is fairly light body, tangy, a little malt stickiness for slight chewiness, but mostly very easy going.

Drinkability is excellent overall. It's a highly enjoyable brew. I may even prefer it to 21st Amendment's IPA, because it is so clean, uncluttered. The 42 IBUs go a long way in this recipe. I think this brew deserves praise. Says it's a seasonal release, I'd like to have this available year round, especially in the summer at the pool (where bottles are out and cans are a must.)

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Photo of muletrane
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of 1mrbeer
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of beerslushy
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of hendge
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of rondufresne
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Clear bright orange with little carbonation. Head is very foamy with excellent retention.

Smell - Strong Yeast notes combined with some sweetened floral hops and mild citrus notes. The malts in here also pretty strong as well.

Taste - Sweet Floral Hops and Sweet yeasts. There's a good malty backbone in here, which compliments the flavor perfectly. Simple tasting, but good at the same time

Mouthfeel - Light in body and the carbonation is barely noticeable, which makes it easy to drink and gives it a refreshing quality.

Overall - It's a beer that is perfect for any occasion, thanks to it's drinkability and simple flavor. I'll definitely be having this again around winter next year!

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Photo of syntheticwings
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Mealhouse
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Jesstyr
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light orange/copper - it just looks crisp. Head is stark white and there is good lacing throughout. Nose is heavy in citrus with a good share of the earthiness you want from an IPA.

Taste exhibits light floral bitterness, but lacks the strong wallop I expected. More of a session style beer than a real pale ale, particularly with the lack of body. Overall a good beer for a warm day, but if you are looking for a strong pale ale I would go elsewhere.

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Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can.
A)Pours with a finger thick head, then settles to a thin lacing on top. Clear copper colored body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Robust citrus aromas - orange, hints of peach and pink grapefruit.
T) A pleasant flavor profile. The balance tips more towards the hops, but the malt keep it grounded. Nutty, toasty undertones. Grassy and citrus fruits - orange, grapefruit.
M) Crisp. Fizzy. Medium-light body. Dry finish.
O) A delicious session beer! I will be drinking more of this.

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Photo of ajanesz
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

Aroma: Mandarin orange aroma, lemon drop, and lemon zest are all up front. Light caramel malt notes. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Deep amber color with a thin low white head. Head retention is poor.

Flavor: Bready malt notes up front quickly followed by bitter and earthy hop notes. Not as much pronounced citrus as in aroma but still definitely present. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and medium-high carbonation. No warmth or creaminess.

Overall impression: A nice easy drinking hoppy beer that goes well on a warm day.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours mostly orange. Minimal head. Head leaves small lacing splotches along the glass. Cloudy.

S-Nice maltiness combined with floral hops. Definite balance here in the nose. Enough hops to make it an attractive aroma. Citrusy too.

T-The floral hoppiness is pretty tasty. Balanced with some sweetness too. Pretty decent tasting APA here. Nothing too spectacular, but tasty and drinkable.

M-At 4.4% ABV, this beer boasts a fuller body than I would expect. Plenty of carbonation. Fairly crisp and refreshing.

O/D-Overall, a pretty nice APA. Nothing really special. Enough for me to order another glass however.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of olmane
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Gandhified
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a German style mug. Not long into the pour I get a whif of American hops.

Color is a golden-copper, with a modest head that lasts throughout the session.

Smells like american ale yeast character, overlaid with american hops, but none being too aggressive, rather the smells mingle to form one. I get a little malt aroma mostly caramel and some bread. Balanced but slightly biased towards hops.

Taste is fairly clean citrus/pine hop character, with some light caramel sweetness, and subdued bready malt. Some light mineral snap, and light mouthfeel add to the drinkability.

A fantastic session beer. I haven't been this excited about an APA in awhile.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden brown with a white, pancake head and pretty good lacing.

Nose is a very pleasant, lightly sweet malt with hop freshness. There is also some light vanilla and cinnamon.

Taste is initially some sharp hops that mellow soon after. There is some baked biscuit and almond, with some tart lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is smooth, easygoing, with a bunch of carbonation; very easy to knock back.

Overall, this is a refreshing, good-tasting Session.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber color and orange tinted white yummy looking head. The head hits the top of the glass at the pour and gradually settles to a patchy layer. Its one of those 'hop-oily' looking heads and it leaves nice sticky lace all around too. Aroma is super pleasant, unimposing, fresh, and brightly candy-like. Aroma includes juicy-sweet citrus, mango, light floral notes, and soft bread doughy malt. Taste is very refreshing. Lots of flavor with a deceptively light, easy going feel. Bright, Springy, mellow, and evenly bitter. Bitterness has a touch of dry grittiness to it which adds interest. This is indeed ultra sessionable, and very drinkable. I suspect I will return to this brew now and again, and again...

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Photo of perilsofrosella
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of seanh99
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jeremy13586
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed 3/8/12 - reviewed from notes

Semi cloudy copper color. poured one finger eggshell white head that vanished rather quickly but left some decent lacing.

Sweet bread and caramel. light toasted malt. some nuttiness. Light citrus hop and a nondescript bitterness.

Grassy hop, and very light malt. Sweet toasted malt. Doughy taste. Nice hoppy burp.

Pretty high carbonation, but overall smooth. medium light body and a very crisp finish.

A very nice brew that's not too heavy and has plenty of flavor. The most appealing part is how sessionable this beer is. Perfect BBQ or tailgate beer.

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Photo of SpunMonkey
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BierAdvoNikk
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mfavoino
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear golden amber color with one finger foamy head that diminished quickly.

Smell: Citrus and floral aromas dominate the nose. Pleasant.

Taste: Citrus hops and balanced pleasantly by bready flavor. Pale malts became more pronounced as the session went on.

Mouthfeel: Above average carbonation, but I didn't feel like it took away from the beer. Nice and light on the tongue.

Overall: As advertised, a sessionable pale ale that is above average. Not sure why it is a winter seasonal because i could see myself drinking this at a bbq.

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Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,265 ratings.
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