Allies Win The War!
21st Amendment Brewery

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English Strong Ale
3.81 | pDev: 11.81%
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Allies Win The War!Allies Win The War!
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Reviews by mechamifune:
Photo of mechamifune
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red/near brown with a big fluffy off white head. Not a lot of obvious carbonation. A nice looking beer.

Smell is sweetness upfront followed by a bit of slightly piney hops and then what I could best describe as a bit of dark fruit.

Taste is very in line with the smell.... overall the sweet note is the most dominant but it's not overpowering. There is an element to the taste that is a bit undefineable for me which I am assuming is from the dates. Overall a well blended and pleasant taste that combines sweetness and hoppiness very well.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, perhaps a bit too much so for the style. It's not off-putting at all, but I think given the taste profile a little more carbonation would be beneficial.

Overall this is an enjoyable, slightly unique beer. No regrets buying a 4 pack at all, but I don't know that I will make a point of seeking it out again.

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Photo of ism
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear body, deep mahogany in color. Dense frothy lacing, a warm and light ochre, with good retention.

Nose is dominated by and pine hop, with a subtle sweetness you have to look for. It's a prelude to the flavor profile, quite hoppy with a fruity note anchoring it. Light, dry body but it works well with the fruit sweetness. The dark fruit emerges fully in the finish, the flavor not unlike a masticated date being swallowed.

Not all that complex, but interesting enough and quite balanced for a go.

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Photo of GarrettMD
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Awesome looking beer. Crystal clear, deep ruby hue, 2 fingers of pure white head as thick as mousse. Lacing coats the entire glass. Can't get better.

S - All hops with hints of caramel malts coming through, but pretty much all hops. Pine/Herbal, some citrus but not really much.

T - At first I thought this tasted just like an IPA, but after a few sips, the hops fade and you realize just how present the malt background is. Sweet malts, caramel, toffee, that slight fruitiness that I guess should be dates, all mixed with the same hops as the nose. More balanced towards the malts than hops in the end. Slight alcohol bite, but not much.

M - Thin body, or at least thinner than expected. Low carbonation. No taste really lingers too long. The finish is sweet and wet with mostly the fruit flavor staying around.

O - First impression was that this was going to be mostly like an IPA, became more malt forward the more I drank. Good balance, interesting flavors with the dates.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, 8.5% abv. Clear, dark amber to chestnut color. Rocky off-white head holds very well, eventually leaving some spots of lace.

Dark, ripe fruit with figs in the nose. Some caramel malt, balanced with some piney hops. A tinge of chocolate seems to meld in with the darker fruit notes as well.

Darker malt, without a lot of caramel sweetness. Some fig notes, and some ripe fruit. A bit of an earthy feel, with some bitterness that comes in near the end. There is some other earthy, slightly metallic feel, almost artificial.

Medium body, with fine carbonation. Some warmth from the alcohol, but not overwhelming. Frankly, I was expecting a bit more here.

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Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jag21
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

12 oz. can.

Deep copper-ruby body. Clear. Inch of thick, whipped, light khaki head. Good lacing. Nose features plenty of caramel, toffee, and fruit (figs, dates, and pears). Some herbal hops as well.

Toasted grains, followed quickly by sweetish fruits and toffee. Woody, tannic, herbal hop bitterness moves in, balancing out the malts. Singed brown sugar and a little vanilla show up. Bitterness stays through the finish, playing nicely with lingering fruit and caramel sweetness. Medium-full body with a smooth, creamy feel. I don't know if this would be the beer I would choose to drink to celebrate the Allied victory, but it's not too shabby.

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

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Tan/brown, black tint, creamy 1/2 head, with some lacing.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, hops, caramel, some nut, a little alcohol and some apple.

Taste - Malts, some alcohol, and fruits are the main flavor. Bitterness from the apple and date flavors are present, and alcohol comes out in each drink. Theres a nice sweet coffee, caramel mix that adds sweentess to a bold beer.

MOuthfeel - Its a bold, strong beer, coats tounge with dark fruits, alcohol and malts. Palette gets some hops, and remainder of booze. Aftertaste is dry and bitter.

Overall - PRetty good, has a nice twist with the dates and apple flavors. Its slighty too boozy, might be quite the beer to age for a year or so. Worth a drink for sure.

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

Pour - dark amber in color, reminds me of a dunkel or a dubbel - your choice. Decent-sized foamy off-white head on top. Nice, clean appearance.

Aroma - love that first whiff. Malty, toasty, roasty, hoppy and caramel-y. I'm surprised by the amount of citrusy hops I get in the nose. This reminds me of a hoppy barleywine when I stick my nose in the glass. There is also some subtle hints of the alcohol volume that this is hiding. Very appealing and certainly enticing.

Taste - one sips quick lap around my mouth has me thinking that this is more complex than it leads on. Very resiny, bitter with some essences of dried apples and prunes. I'm left deciding whether this is going the way of hoppy or malty and for the first time that I an remember I really don't know where to place this beer. It has some nice malty flavors but not enough to take over and the hops are certainly not overpowering.There are some hot alcohol notes that come out in the finish as well as some pear and peach flavors.

Overall - very unique and a little hard to place. A solid beer by all means but one that may boggle your mind if you think about it too much. Very nice caramel and citrus flavors, smooth mouthfeel and warming without being too boozy. Let this one warm up a bit as things begin to take a little better shape after this has sat awhile.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark ruby-amber with a finger of khaki head. Sweet aroma with dates and honey mingling with pine.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, somewhat light mouthfeel. Biscuity caramel and date sweetness up front with hints of pomegranate and dark fruit followed by mild pine and citrus bitterness on the finish.

The higher ABV is well-concealed and this beer drinks pretty darn easy. Solid brew!

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a huge fan of 21st Amendment generally, so I'm excited to give this one a try.

Pours a rich ruby-brown with a thin layer of off-white bubbles. Aroma of hoppy bitterness and dark fruit.

The bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the dates play together nicely here, giving this big beer a good balance and depth. This is much lighter on the tongue than I expected -- and it's great.

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Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was told this was a collaborative effort between Ninkasi and 21st ammendment. On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and considerable lacing. Don't really get a whole lot on the nose; maybe some sweet malt and baked apple, but there really isn't a whole lot there. Given how little I picked up on the nose, I was bit surprised by how good this beer tastes. There is some considerable malt with a hint of clove and cinnamon, but then the hops come on strong (in a Ninkasi kind of way), and they balance the malty sweetness very, very nicely. The balance in this beer is very impressive, and this was a beer I warmed to the more I drank it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with considerable malt and hoppy bitterness in the finish. I should point out that this beer is not at all heavy or tiring on the plate, and frankly drinkability is excellent for an 8.5% beer.

After the less than steller glass of HQT I had, this was a welcome treat to the palate. Impressive.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger tan head. Laces decently. Ruby body.

Nose is deeply malty with some English hops. Faintly boozy.

Taste has some tang at the beginning and end, hoppy and bitter. I could categorize this as an American barleywine. There's some wood on the aftertaste. I taste pretty much no dates.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth.

I kinda regret buying four, and for these reasons: the hopping is consistent with American beers (which this is) not English (which is purports to be), the dates with which it was brewed are non-evident, and since it's canned, I feel really apprehensive about cellaring it. Maybe worth a shot anyway.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of klipper
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can with "canned on" dating on the bottom of the can. Nice to have some info, but I wonder what percentage of consumers look at the bottom of the can...pours a nice glowing shade of auburn amber, near clear, with a darker tan head that's on the loose side, leaves ample low fine sheeting and moderate bits of lace.

Sniff is of malts, and a hint of some oaky alcohol.

More oak and light smokey malts, again with light alcohol lurking. A bit thin mouthfeel wise, but tasty enough offering...nice cool weather sipper

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Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Smells sweet and malty with with a slight scent of smoke. That is really about it, just not that aromatic.

Starts out sweet and malty with a strong brown sugar flavor. Strong toffee candy flavor. Mild bitterness and a slight milk flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a mild and tasty ale. This could be more bold but it is tasty.

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Photo of mgironta
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a deep, clear mahogany color with lots of active carbonation. The head was about half a finger and pure white. It dissipated pretty quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The nose was definitely not what I expected. At first, I got some earthy hops, which then followed up with some dates and toffee. The taste was definitely not as good as the nose. The taste starts with the toffee sweetness that I picked up in the nose, but then the hops come pretty abruptly. I also got a bit of toasted malts and raisins. The brew was a little over carbonated and the booze was pretty apparent in the finish that was thankfully quick. I tend to like the brews from 21st Amendment, but unfortunately, this was not one of them. I was surprised how much I disliked this one…almost a drain pour. I wouldn’t have this again.

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Photo of marlol
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of IPAFrankieH
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite clear. This beer is a reddish amber. Good lasting head that leaves superior blanketing lace with an extra lumpy edge. Gorgeous.

Sweet raisin smell with an attractive hop spice in the background. Nice combination.

Semisweet flavor of crystal malts with a light peppery hop flavor. Sweeter than most Ambers, but it is not coy. The aftertaste is a similar blend of bitter and sweet. The sugars make this a rich brew, although the carbonation is also high.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep red nearly brown color with a nice billowy off white head. The head faded slowly giving a nice bit of lacing.

Smell – The smell is a nice mix of dried fruit and hoppiness. The hops, which really are most prevalent upfront in the nose, are mainly pine in nature with some earthy and floral hop aromas. The fruit, largely composed of cherry, raisin and prune, then comes more toward the middle and end of the aroma. It’s a nice balance between sweet and hoppy.

Taste – A bit of hoppiness is the first thing to be detected. A bit more subtle then the nose would suggest, with pine and an ever so light citrus. A sweeter flavors mixed with a roasted malty flavor enter toward the middle of the taste; with the sweet a mix of dark dried fruits. While the hops that are present initially begin to fade the dried fruit flavor comes in making up for their loss. A nice transition.

Mouthfeel – A nice thicker feel to the body, which coats the mouth while drinking. The thickness seems to make it more bock or stout like. The only problem is a little bit of an overcarbonation for the thickness of the body. The body is soothing while the carbonation is more invigorating. The two competing with each other leaves something to be desired in the mouthfeel.

Overall - It is an interesting beer. Moderately hoppy with some nice fruit flavors. The only real complaint is a lack of complementation in the mouthfeel, but otherwise however it is quite a good brew.

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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 519 ratings