Allies Win The War! | 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by t0rin0 on 05-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of keanex
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can canned on 10-26-2011 into a pint glass.

A: Perfect. Dark, clear, amber with light amounts of carbonation bubbles meeting the beautiful creamy tan head. 1.5 finger thick head retained it's shape for half the beer.

S: Light citrus and pine bitterness, delicate but very attractive.

T: Piney hops on the forefront with light grapefruit notes. Very mellow and balanced.

M: Medium body with plenty of fizzy carbonation.

O: This is a great beer. Very easy to drink and very well balanced. I will be buying this again.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass

Pours caramel reddish brown, clear, immediate head that fades immediately. Smell is mild, roasty, toffee. A little hops hidden in there somewhere.

Taste is rich, malty, actually kinda delicious. Some spiciness. Some caramel candy flavor. This is great.

Mouthfeel is medium and a little chalky. Overall, I'm very pleased with this beer.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cellar temperature can is poured into a pint glass. A big creamy tan head rests atop a clear, dark ruby liquid. Lots of carbonation can be seen within.

A very pleasing aroma can be smelled from this beer. I picked up on it as soon as I began pouring. There's the aroma of caramelized sugar and toffee. Some light grassy hops round it out.

The beer has a fine toffee flavor. It is slightly sweet, but also has a good level of hops to balance things out.

The beer is full bodied, but isn't overly sticky or too strongly carbonated.

I really like this beer. I find it to be a great example of the style. I didn't even know this beer existed a few days ago! It's another great beer from 21rst Amendment! Recommended.

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Photo of TheFlern
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark amber. White head dissipates to a thin layer. Good lacing.

Smell: Very nice. Dark fruity malts. The dates come through wonderfully. Reminds me of Jubelale.

Taste: Follows the nose closely. The malt and hops work perfectly together.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall: This is a very good beer. It reminds me a lot of Jubelale but the $$$ is quite a bit more which makes me rate is lower. I definitely suggest this one to fans of strong ales.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has been a slow 4th of July since many places are closed for the mid-week holiday including the weekly trivia game at one of my locals so I am focusing on The CANQuest (TM) instead.

From the CAN (and what a CAN it is!): "Special Edition Extra 52 IBUs Extra 8.5% Alc./Vol."; "Allies Win the War!"; "Ale Brewed with Dates"; [a doctored photo with the caption] "Ninkasi's Jamie Floyd with 21st Amendment's Shaun O'Sullivan and Nico Freccia at a secret camp in the Sierras"; "21st Amendment anfd Ninkasi Uite to Brew Beer for the World"; "In a surprising turn opf events, rival superpowers have joined forces to bring a beer of might to the world. According to top-secret documents, recently unclassified, brewmasters for 21st Amendment in California and Ninkasi in Oregon began their brewing careers together many years ago. Leaders from the two breweries reunited recently at a secret camp in the Sierras to devise their master plan. 'We are more alike than we are different,' said 21st Amendment's Shaun O'Sullivan. 'We must unite in our common cause,' added Ninkasi's Jamie Floyd. The resulting collaboration, an ale brewed with California dates, an aggressive arsenal of all Northwest hops and an unmistakable aroma of victory, deals a unified blow to unoriginal beers around the world."

Dates, eh? It reminds me of my favorite "Far Side" cartoon in which a streetwalking carrot stands below a lamppost holding out something in her hand to a passing stalk of celery in a sailor's Cracker Jack Dress Blue uniform. The caption read, "Hey, Celery, how about a date?"

Onward! The Crack & Glug was a total success and produced a finger-and-a-half of dense, deep-tan head with great retention in the face of today's humidity. Color was a deep mahogany with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose had a fruity astringency as though the dates were fighting with the yeast for supremacy. The war never ends! Mouthfeel was full, not quite creamy, and with a rich, fruity taste that would be better served in the colder months. The CANQuest (TM) knows no calendar, however, and indulges when the moment arises. The finish was semi-sweet, allowing the fruit to linger but for the alcohol to assert itself at the same time. I am CANtemplating a trip to AC next week to hit the shore and I might just put a couple of these in the cooler. Good stuff!

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Photo of pdoran10
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allies Win The War! pours out a light mahogany color into a snifter. I get two fingers of off white head that has some staying power and leaves great lacing.

The smell is melon rind and citrus hops, with a slight caramel presence and a hint of alcohol heat on the finish. A very hop forward smell for such a malty sweet looking beer.

The flavor profile of this beer is pretty complex. I get citrus hops melded with caramel sweetness that somehow also blend with the dark fruit flavor from the dates. All these flavors don't seem like they should intuitively work well together, but they mesh well here. Slightly astringent and hot on the finish, but a unique and tasty experience.

There is a creamy mouthfeel on this beer with moderate to high carbonation. Well dialed in here for my preferences.

Overall this is an excellent malty fall/winter offering. Nice complexity and the dates and citrus hopping work surprisingly well for me.

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Photo of troysoy2
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May I just say that this beer has some really nice packaging. Very cool.

Anyhow, once the beer left the neat-looking can and entered my pint glass, I got a nice, creamy light tan head which quickly dissipated, but continued to leave some good looking, wiry lacing. The body is just what i would have expected, a deep rust-cherry red. A good looking beer, I'd say.

The smell is surprisingly hop forward. Grassy, herbal, plus some citrus. But it's not overly done, and there's an awesome interaction with creamy, tart, fruit and spices over a subtle chocolate malt foundation.

The taste is unique. It starts out with a decently sweet toffee, which melds into grapefruit hops. To the middle of the taste, you really get an awesome tart, citrus-y sensation which continues to develop well into the dry, yet somehow sweet finish. It's all very nicely pulled off, so as to not let any one flavor detract from the others. Mouthfeel is crisp, yet smooth and full bodied. Very little about this beer would lead you to believe it was 8.5% ABV.

I approve, and I'm not entirely sure how this beer hasn't achieved higher ratings. To each his own. I think I may have to pick up more of this one before it's all gone.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a very cool looking 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Canned on 10/26/11.

Appearance: Pours a deep and dark brownish orange with a little ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid four fingers of off white head with very good retention. Lots of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: Aroma is hoppy with a big malt backbone. Bready caramel and toffee malts. Big smell of citrus hops with some hints of grapefruit and orange. Also some spicy pine resin. Hints of sweet dark fruits with some dates and prune.

Taste: Malt forward here. Sweet bready caramel and toffee malts up front with some notes of dates and other dark fruits. Hops start to come through midway with some citrus grapefruit and pine. Also some hints of scotch. Hops may have faded a bit over the past two months but this is still pretty good. Makes for a nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat chewy. Pretty smooth for the abv.

Overall: A pretty solid ale. Good balance of malts and hops. The dark fruit adds a nice touch.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the Ninkasi Tasting Room

A- Poured a rich dark mahogany color with a frothy off-white head with big bubbles that left glass coating lace. Really nice looking beer.

S- Big date/raisin notes and big sweet caramel, pungent piney, herbal and citrus hops

T- Big sweet caramel backbone, dates, rich fruitiness like a belgian dark ale, followed by big juicy and pungent citrus, piney, and some light pineapple hops

M- Very smooth, almost creamy, medium carbonation

O- An outstanding beer with a wonderful malt backbone and big hop presence. A really unique and satisfying beer.

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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 Phocion
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass. Canned on 10/26/11. Medium-dark copper body with a solid two fingers of frothy/bubbly light brown head. Moderate retention and mid-sized splotches of lacing throughout.

Aroma is very hop-forward and full of citrus. The dates that the can boasts about are also very prevalent. Woody, caramel, spice, and a mild hint of alcohol aromas are also noticeable.

Flavor has a touch of brown sugar, and is very fruity. Both dark fruit (dates, figs) and citrus (grapefruit, tangerines) are huge. There's a little bit of a spiciness that I'm unable to put my hands on, and rich maltiness. Slight hints of alcohol, but with everything else that's going on in this beer, it's not in your face.

Medium/heavy bodied with a good level of carbonation. Just a bit sticky.

To be honest, I've never been that enthusiastic about 21st Amendment, but I was very impressed with this. It's definitely a bigger beer, but balanced extremely well between the hops, spice, and malts. Cool can/pack design as well, for those who care about things like that.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an almost clear mahogany color with a finger of frothy off white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some nutty and bready aromas, some grapefruits hops, brown sugar, and a touch of dark fruits.

T - Starts off with some rich sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit hops and bitterness with a touch of brown sugar. Through the middle, some pine hops come through with a bit more bitterness with some bready malts and some dark fruits. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel and bready malts with some tropical hops, bitterness, nuttiness, dark fruit, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, warming, and lightly bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice malt forward, but still fairly hoppy strong ale. I really like the balance on this one.

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Photo of thedukeska
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: nice coffee colored appearance. Almost like a good scotch. Pours out of the can with a nice head. Not overly excessive like a cheap beer, not flat; just right.
Smell: I'm not in love with the smell. Smell is quite sweet and the date presence is definitely there. The aroma of the hops comes at the end.
Taste: this taste probably isn't for everyone. It's very complex. The first taste is of dates, followed by toffee. The hops then hit you tastebuds with a slightly bitter and incredibly refreshing flavor. The end is my favorite part. The last taste that develops is a sort of boysenberry syrup. It's amazing. Very close to a barley wine without the hefty feeling.
Mouthfeel: not to thick, not to light. Just perfect.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

21st Amendment "Allies Win The War!"

Appearance: clear, dark-mahogany brown body beneath a creamy head of tan foam. The head retention is good, and although it settles it still retains a full surface covering. The lacing is good as well. Could the retention and lacing be better? Yes, but for a beer of 8.5% abv I think it's pretty decent.

Smell: Surprisingly hoppy. Nice. Citrusy and a touch floral. Dark sugar. It's a pretty solid, welcoming aroma.

Taste: Rich. It's really quite nice. I like to let it warm to truly get all of its character. Tasted cold it loses quite a bit, and this is an English-style ale anyway, right? The malt displays lots of sugary dark caramel that borders upon becoming burnt-sugar-like; and the grassy, floral and citrusy hops round it out. There's a very pleasant note of raisin that appears at the swallow (apparently they're dates... I should read the label more often), and then the hops come up and it's a bit citrusy and then spicy. There's a light spritz of alcohol to it, and once that passes you're left with a nice bit of lingering toastiness that nudges you to take another sip. So even though there's a lot of malt going on, it still stays in balance and even finishes dry. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel: Residual dextrins leave it pretty full-bodied, and the carbonation is kept in check, just lending a gentle caress to the tongue.

Overall: An interesting beer... it's very basic in many ways but it mixes citrusy hops into an otherwise traditional ale at just the right proportion so as to give it a little bit of magic. As noted, however, you do need to enjoy it at around cellar temperature to really get it. Probably my favorite from 21st Amendment.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Moderate dark fruit esters up front. Some background earthy hop bitterness and just a hint of alcohol warmth.

Appearance: Deep ruby colored pour with thick and sudsy white head that retains well.

Flavor: Light molasses character, more dark fruit flavors, a strong earthy hop bitterness providing a nice counterpoint, and hints of dark roasted nuts that you would expect given the recipe and flavor profile. Finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Just a slight carbonic bite and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Overall impression: I loved it. I enjoyed the traditional English base, some fruit and nut character, and an "Americanized" hop forward approach that really lends itself to a unique and complex beer. Worth consideration and I'll be back for another 4 pack!

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off to me this is an American style strong ale with its 52 IBU's but I guess it don't really matter.Poured a rich clear amber with nicely formed one finger head that settled into a creamy mass leaving no lace behind.A healthy dose of left coast citric hops and caramel malt in the nose,a little sweet alcohol come into play as the beer sits more.Sweet dates really play a big role on the palate giving richness and sweetness,some brown sugar notes lend more sweentess but a big shot of citric and earthy hops finish the beer.This is exactly what I like with big northwest hops and a big malt bill,the use of figs is ok but I love the big hops,this is why an American strong is my favorite style.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allies Win The War! opens with a sweet, dark fruit aroma, the fact that the beer has been brewed with dates immediately apparent. The sweet date notes blend nicely with brown sugars, toast crust, molasses, and touches of vanilla from the malts, as well as pink grapefruit spritzer and light pine resin from the hops, the latter two aromas bringing both a nice counter in the brightness of grapefruit and the bitterness of resin. As a whole, the nose is very enticing, the sugars quite aromatic, with just enough breads and hops to balance everything out. The aroma does tend to fade after a few seconds, marking a slight weakness, but still manages to beg to be tasted.

On the tongue, the beer is highly sweet, the dark date sugars immediately noticeable, but blending extremely well with grapefruit and pine hops, as well as molasses, brown sugar, toast crust, toasted nut, pepper, and a mélange of orange, nectarine, and berry from the malts. In subsequent sips the date sugars do fade somewhat, slightly overtaken by the 52 IBUs, but the sugars as a whole still retain enough potency to be delicious. Late in the mouthful a stronger rye bread or whole wheat toast crust comes forward momentarily as the sugars die off, replaced in the aftertaste by grapefruit and pine hops, which linger on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is very good beer, and it’s nice to see an unusual ingredient such as dates being used in such spectacular fashion, blending nicely with the other flavors and enhancing them, rather than becoming the focal point. The fact that the date flavors are overtaken in subsequent mouthfuls by the hops is somewhat of a letdown, but the beer is still very good, and worth trying.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Powerful, foamy head and lots of lacing. Clear brown color.

Smell: Hops and a hint of boozy smell. The dark fruit comes off deliciously but it's still pretty nice. I think I also get a little bit of sugar.

Taste: Definitely hoppy and somewhat bitter but not enough to overpower the fruit. I can certainly taste the dates but not to the point that they overpower the hops. The dates and the hops work wonderfully in this. Neither dominate the other but complement each other very well.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, smooth and an easy drink.

Overall: A very good beer and perfect for the winter. Enough hops to make you think of spring but dark fruity enough to survive the cold.

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Photo of rodney45
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber. This brew has a big, tan head that laces the glass quite nicely.

S: Hops, citrus and a big kick of plum and cherry. This is an awesome smelling, perhaps somewhat faint though, beer.

T: First notes are of grapefruit, apricot and mainly citrus hops. Secondary notes are of crushed crystal malt, caramel and plum. I also get a fig aftertaste, but thats probably the dates. This beer leaves you with a balanced sweet and dry finish.

M: Medium to Medium Heavy. Mid level carbonation. Slightly bitter, but not overwhelming. Has a smooth mouthfeel for a strong ale and little to no taste or feel of alcohol.

O: I dont know why this beer is getting such a low rating. I really enjoyed this beer. Its well rounded, hides its ABV well, has a decent hop kick, while still having a complex malt backbone, and... its from a can. Boom

Pairing: I'd pair this with a beef wellington. Boom.

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Photo of droomyster
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown body with an extremely frumpy tan-colored head with excellent glass clinging and retention. Aromas are extremely hop-forward, with lots of candied orange peel and tropical fruit, with molasses and honey-like layers beneath the initial whiff. To me the flavors are somewhat reminiscent of barleywine, with a perfect balance between big chewy malts and powerful hops. The taste is a complex meshing of figs and other dark fruits, molasses, and grapefruit rinds. It's a very happening brew. Nothing subtle or coy about it. Every aroma and flavor note is as loud and proud as the can decor. Good stuff.

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Photo of The1WineGuy
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep-deep non-see through Amber

S: Dark fruits, hops and sweet malts in that order

T: The Sweet Ripe Pruney(date) Flavor directs itself to mid-palate while the Northwestern hops tingle and curl the sides of your tongue with mellow and even bitterness. The high carbs makes everything go down easy, hide the 8.5% abv and wet your mouth for the next sip.

M: Coats your tongue with flavor, hop bitters and carbonation. A Medium mouth-feel.

O: Refreshing, crisp with a nice flavor. Very even & round. It's worth a try as more and more of these styles (Dubbel IPA/ Strong Ale IPA) are coming more popular.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into goblet.

A - Pours a hazy mahogany, with a nice, two-finger off-white head. Retention and lacing are excellent.

S - Smell is of toffee, dates, hops, and mixed citrus fruits.

T - Taste is of rich toffee, honey, and oak flavors, with dates, grapefruit, orange peel, and various dark fruits not as prominent on the nose. Unique and delicious.

M - Full bodied, slick, and smooth. Alcohol is VERY well hidden.

O - Overall, very much worth a try for some malty goodness should you come across this one.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an awesome looking can into a Sam Adams pint glass. Beer is a nice deep red color, nice lacing and head to it. Taste reminds me a lot of the Lagunitas beers, caramel notes, dark fruit, and nice hoppy goodness. Really good beer, alcohol is well hidden and goes down smooth. 21st Amendment makes some really good beers and just add this one to that list.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip.
Amber brown color, with little head.
Smells of hops and apple.
Tastes more of a pale ale than an english strong ale, but it is a bit bitter. I was expecting to taste dates...but no such luck; at least right away. There is however a very slight date aftertaste. All date talk aside, this beer rocks.

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Photo of corylew
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a glass. Comes out brown with a hint of red, small white foamy head.

Smells hoppy, like piney herbally hops. Not too much malt behind the co2 and esters. Definitely lots of hops though.

Tastes great. Very well balanced between the malt and hops. Good strong pine tree hoppy backbone, not overly bitter and a smooth sweet roasted malt background to help it along.

Carbonation is just right, as far as can carbonation goes. Yeah its a little overcarbed but all canned beers seem to be.

Overall let me put it this way: I opened the can and started sipping it as I was looking for a glass. I ended up finishing half the can before I got myself a glass. Goes down easy and has enough flavor to keep you wanting to sip it again. I'm a fan.

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Allies Win The War! from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 519 ratings.
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