Allies Win The War! | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Allies Win The War!Allies Win The War!

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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 Ralphs66
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can (printed 'Canned on: 10/26/11' on the bottom), poured to a pint glass. Tried a couple of these a few weeks back; picked up another earlier tonight.

A collaboration beer, a one-time union between 21A and Eugene, OR's Ninkasi; an awkwardly photoshopped image of brewers Jamie Floyd, Shaun O'Sullivan and Nico Freccia in faux-WWII era newsprint graces the label.

A: Rusty-red pour, quite clear, with sleepy carbonation rising in scattered randomness. Healthy head, a thick finger of ivory foam. Lace holds on as undulating ribbons with a few shards and speckles.

S: Big, strong and malty-sweet. Big sweet orange presence, spice, sweet raisins... or are those dates? A little piney fragrance; something minty, too.

T: A bit less sweet than the nose led on... flavors are fruity (zesty orange and chewy, fermenting pit fruit), but are tempered with spice (dry pepper and ground nutmeg) and some tangy/grassy hops. Balance is good - a solid footing in both hoppy and malty realms.

M: Smooth feel, with refined carbonation. Medium body, velvety. Just a bit of boozy warmth in the finish.

O: Strong ale that delivers a sturdy maltiness and a darker fruit and candy, a nice warming winter ale. I'm drawn to beers like this, more so than the sappy hop-bombs... so I like this quite a bit. Have another? Absolutely! Have it all the time? Mmm-maybe... Tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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 OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean amber to orange-ish color with a tan head. In the aroma, dark and dry fruits. In the taste, dry, dark fruits and a small alcohol presence in the end. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry, dark fruit aftertaste. Almost like a quad, but with out the candy sugar.

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Photo of jera1350
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber in color with a thin layer of foam on top.

The smell is pretty one dimensional. Lightly sweet malt and a touch of a metallic smell.

The flavor reminds me more of a red ale than a strong ale. Light sweetness from the malt, a touch of hops. Just not a whole lot going on. A bit bland maybe even?

Some harsh carbonation otherwise the feel is fine.

Honestly, not a bad beer, but just really does nothing for me. Pretty boring in my opinion.

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

12 oz can. Dated 10/28/11. $3 from Neds.

Appearance: Awesomely clear garnet color. A thin, off white head that retains better than I expected. Really nice spotty lacing.

Smell: Sticky sweet citrus hops. Orange and grapefruit. A little pine. Caramel. Dark fruit-- raisins and dates, but I wouldn't guess dates were actually added. Pretty darn good.

Taste: Sort of a boozy, thin barleywine. Again, a hit of citrusy hops with a fair amount of bitterness throughout. A little caramel and lots of dark fruit. It doesn't have that heavy sweet-malt character of a barleywine, but reasonable complexity of flavors from specialty grains. Alcohol is tasted, but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel: Slick with soft carbonation. I want it a little thicker, but that's my problem, not the beer's.

Overall: I think this is a well done beer, and may be dead on for style (for all I know-- strong ale is a catch all category), but its sort of an in between beer. Big and hoppy like a DIPA, malty and fruity sort of like a barleywine or old ale, but not great versions of either. I'd buy it again if it was cheaper, or on draft.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A- Deep ruby and clear. Pours with a 1+ finger tan head, which fades slowly into a thin cap.

S- Surprisingly citrusy/piny hops notes come through first, followed by sweet dark fruits, and a caramel maltiness.

T- Piny hop bitterness, raisins/dark fruit (dates, I suppose) and a sweet maltiness. Hop bitterness is moderately low, with a touch of booze in the finish.

M- Moderate to low carbonation and a medium feel.

O- Good. Enjoyable on all fronts and easy drinking for it's ABV heft.

Future outlook: Another solid offering in a can from 21st Amendment.

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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 popery
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a mishmash, and the fruit and hops clash for me. I'm disappointed but not surprised. It's another big collaboration beer with seemingly random ingredients and one with relatively strong sweetness, fruit and hops. The dates come through with a fairly muddled fruitiness and a good deal of sugar. The hops are pretty good in the aroma, lending some fresh, euro-ish flavors, but they just come across as bland bitterness in the taste. Conversely, the fruit and malt hurt the aroma, giving a sorta cheap and sticky note, but do pretty well in the taste. I just wish that this beer had focused on one or the other. The appearance and mouthfeel are both good. It's a garnet-ruby colored beer with a foamy, beige head. Mouthfeel is a bit slick and mildly sharp. I'm hardly going to drain pour this one, but it's another lame duck collaboration with flavors that simply aren't complementary.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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 Rickythejeweler
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep garnet, one finger off white frothy head, great lacing.

S - Fruity, juicy hops, sweet.

T - Dates, fruits, hoppy, sweet, candi sugar, dryer malty finish.

M - Medium - full bodied, slightly warming.

O - It is a decent brew, kind of like Brew Free or Die but sweeter.

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

I'm struggling with Allies Win the War! as to how much I like this beer. Nice dishwater brown head that has a light lace and falls to a thick film. Very interesting nose that clearly has the dates touted in the label there, but a serious hop spice to blend with the dark fruit, lemon, pine, cinnamon or anise on top of a thick bready malt. Nice start. Taste follows somewhat with the malty base and solid fruit, but the hop doesn't follow through. The earthy, peppery spice lingers but is subdued. The blending of flavors seems a bit muddled and fight each other. Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected from the thick malt in the nose. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes very apparent in the nose, and gives the beer a slightly oily feel.

A collaboration ale with Ninkasi of Oregon, they aged the English strong ale on California dates with Northwest hops. Falconer's Flight hops must be the nose from dry hopping. The "superpower" pitch for the beer's name seems to be a stretch, but all in good fun for good beer. Still a very interesting beer, at least on paper. I could see myself being really excited about this beer at a festival by reading the description, but I'm disappointed with the realization of the prose. 21st Amendment is a go-to favorite of mine, and I'm ok with the four pack have in the fridge, but I don't see myself replacing it with another.

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Photo of Risser09
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a guinness pint · fridge temp · 1-10-21 date

Appearance: Pours a dark garnet color with a frothy, egg cream head that has great retention. Pancake batter on the griddle surface is appealing, and plenty of lacing is left behind.

Smell: Earthy and spicy hops mixed with those strong, cereal grain malt aromas. A little boozy smell and some caramel/toffee as well.

Taste: A caramel flavor jumps out right away, followed by an EKG taste of bitterness. This is a fully flavored beer. No booze to even speak of.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth, quenching, malty and very little booze.

Overall: I could easily drink 6 of these and get drunk from the apparent 8.5% alcohol. Very nice beer. Would love another.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 10/26/11

A - A very pretty deep ruby body with a nice fluffy light tan head. A great looking beer.

S - Caramel malts, some citrus and pine of hops. Relatively perfumey.

T - Bitter and caramel, dried fruits, kind of astringent. Not that good. I don't know this style, but I have a feeling that this is a bit off. quite harsh and oddly floral.

M - decent body, smooth, and fairly full.

O - weird beer. Some fairly offensive elements.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a half pint glass. Nice head, nice lacing, moderate retention, really nice color, kind of a nice light ruby read and transparent with nice carbonation bubbles. I detect some citrus and pithy hops married with rich caramel malts, and chewy deep fruity-ness. At first the aroma is moderate, but fades away after time. A well balanced ale with bitter, citrusy and pithy hops up front. Rounded out by a huge amount of caramel flavor, some vanilla notes, rich and malty, and those fruity deep flavored earthy dates. This beer is a little cloying and sweet on the backend. Rich but also somewhat oily. Still a fantastic beer for a wintery night. 21st Amendment has been a hit or miss brewery for me, but this beer is a winner and I will be returning to it in the future.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can pours out a purple and ruby liquid, nice sized head, a pretty cool color going on here. Aroma was hops, but the appearance made the mind play tricks on me a la geto boys and I got a dark fruit brown sugar vibe as well. Kind of a good, cool and unique aroma, usually don't get such things brought together in a single brew.

Taste, hides alcohol nice, easy enough to drink during a football game (cans, so nice to sneak in). Big malt presence, but so are the hops and it all evens out pretty much. Its like equal parts American dubbel and ipa. Raisiny hop resin and brown sugar. Mouthfeel was actually thinner than expected, but that was kind of a plus as I was worried this beer would get bogged down in sweetness and malt heft, but no, plenty lively all the way through.

Another winner from 21st amendment.

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Photo of gregy55902
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark red when poured into a brandy snifter, with minimal head.

S - Ripe cherries, figs, dates and hops. Some molasses and malt come through a bit later.

T - Taste is rife with dark fruit and a bit of hops, with a nice malt backbone just right to finish things off.

M - On the lower end of the distribution of carbonation, but the flavors are wonderful together.

O - A very unusual beer that was completely an impulse buy. Recommended to those looking for a tasty but different look on an IPA.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Allies Win The War! from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 518 ratings.
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