21st Amendment Brewery

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,476
Ranked #28,560
3.77 | pDev: 7.96%
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 34
Photo of Libationguy
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep gold with brass notes.

Citrus, pine, lightly roasted malt. Bitterness from the hops is bold but in balance.

Yeast, malt, citrus, floral and moderate resin notes.

Rich mouthfeel, full and round. Firm on the palate, with the bitterness becoming a little harsh in the finish of the beer.

Overall, a beer with nice, bold flavor, balance and easy to drink.

(sampler tasted at the brewpub).

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Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a small rocks glass.

A: Scattered lacing. Pale and clear. Light head.

S: Very malty. Spiked with Centennial.

T: A damn solid Pale Ale. Well-balanced with a malty-solid main taste and a dry finish.

M: Full-bodied for the style. Hoppy ending.

O: Very good. Very drinkable. Highly recommend. Will have again.

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Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a nice one inch head that lasts a bit before falling to a thick surface foam.

Smell: orange and floral hops are easy to detect by the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, some fruity sweetness, and a nice floral bitterness create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lived aftertaste. Refreshing.

Overall: this is a great pale ale that can be consumed all afternoon and night long. Not overly complex, just a nice solid flavor profile.

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Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at 21st Amendment, in San Francisco.

It's never a bad sign when a beer intended as a refreshing, summertime quencher reminds you of another drink with similar properties, in this case pineapple juice. 5-South not only has the colour of it, but it shares the cloudy complexion too. Believe it or not, however, the beer generates less foam atop; its tiny white suds are fine as grains of sand.

This is a definitively west-coast pale ale in shape, but not in size. This bouquet has all the requisite grapefruit and papaya-like fruitiness but it has virtually none of the bright acidity, bitter disposition or aggressive temperament. Judging by smell, I'm not sure the other Californian hoppy pale ales would let this join in their hoppy pale ale games.

The beer has just enough sweetness to make the hops' notes of pineapple seem believable. And I might have bought into the peach and orange notes as well if a kind of tasteless, toffee-ish maltiness didn't abruptly take over the palate. This has enough caramel to remind me of an English IPA (and a leafy, only lightly acidic bitterness to support that).

To be sure, the beer is American - but just barely. The bitterness definitely needs a booster and while each the Cascade and Centennial hops - two quintessential American varieties - contribute citrus and floral tones, these are somewhat menial and fleet quickly. They do know they could have made this more hoppy without making it any more bitter, right?

Being slightly critical, I'm not sure about 5-South - it's probably too bitter for the average person but it's probably not hoppy enough for the average beer geek. In fairness, the brewpub makes a number of similar beers, some of which are lighter and some of which are stronger, so perhaps for someone out there this one is just right. But that someone isn't me.

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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a pint glass. Comes in at 6% and 28 IBUs.

A-Pours a crystal clear light amber color. It has a fluffy one finger off white head that has some nice retention and results in some good patches of lace.

S-Not a huge nose given that it is brewed with Cascade and Centennial hops. The hops impart citrus, primarily grapefruit. There is also some toasted pale malt.

T-Follows the nose. It starts with some grapefruit flavor before giving way to some toasted pale malt. It has a touch of sweetness as it goes down. It has a very low level of bitterness.

M-Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

D-An easy drinking pale ale.

A pretty good take on a pale ale. Definitely easy to put a few of these down in a session.

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5-South from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 34 ratings