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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by t0rin0 on 05-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark burgundy/garnet color with a thin, but even and lasting off white creamy layer of foam, with no carbonation.

S - Aroma is anemic for a beer this big. All the nuances are very delicate: pine, grapefruit citrus, and carmelized toasted malt. I would have expected a more aggressive nose from this beer

T - Delicate. Light citrus grapefruit, pine, lightly toasted caramel, slightly fruity (in the form of apples) and mild alcohol effervescence. Sweetness is mild and the balance between the bittering hops and malts is evenly balanced.

M - Way too thin, light medium to heavy light body and some watery character.

O - Meh. There's other Strong Ales out there that are more enjoyable. On the positive side, it's the only strong ale I know of in a can which makes it attractive.

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Photo of Donsmitty
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of zipyth3pinhead
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of planbee
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of CaptainTripps
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of uziangis
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of spartanfan
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 10/26/2011

A: Pours a deep, clear ruby color with a finger of thick light tan colored head. Leaves spotty waves of lacing behind.

S: Not a whole lot of smell, but sweetnes with a faint hint hint of brown sugar.

T: Sweet taste of dates right off the bat, followed with more malty sweetness. Long lingering bitterness sticks around for a while. Perhaps a hint of alcohol on the finish, but not too much.

M: Medium mouthfeel, with a bit too much carbonation for my liking. Alcohol is masked well.

O: This beer is the hoppiest example of the style I have tried so far. Paired with the dates it makes for an intresting, enjoyable beer.

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

Good hoppy red ale with a nice soft and sweet fruity touch.

Presentation: 12 oz can. Busy design around an imitation of WWII press clippings with a a montage of the face of the brewers over historic leaders. For all its tongue-in-cheekness it does not work very well… too busy and a bit illegible on a first approach. It shows a clear canning date of 10/26/11, shows 52 IBUs and 8.5% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep amber/crimson pour with a rich frothy head

S - Nice hoppy nose, citrus, soft resin… woven in a nice sweet fruitiness.

T - Taste follows with a nice hoppy identity coated by the sweet fruitiness, date like but a bit too generic early on, as it settles it brings forth a honey in that touch more in memory with dates. The resin and citric notes sit on a nice caramel malt bed.

M - Medium body with medium/low carbonation rather smooth flow with an oily touch and nice bitter finish.

O - Pleasing ale, good flow with nice hoppy/fruity touches.

Notes: A pretty decent offering, a bit illegible as it is presented, but quality even if a bit over designed. Not sure I would seek it out though other than for a curious try.

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Photo of jstewart1130
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of EJLinneman
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this beer out of my Stone RIS tulip glass, poured directly from the can. It poured a deep brownish red color. It almost appeared to be a deep brown shade of purple. There were about two fingers of head which dissipated after about a minute and left lacing down the glass.

The beer was pretty cold when I first opened it, but I could still smell of Northwestern hops immediately jumping from the glass. It reminded me more of a IIPA than anything else. As it warmed, the scent of hops, dark fruit (possibly the dates) and strong alcohol came to the forefront. I

It tasted much as it smelled. When cold, it tasted very heavily hopped and almost reminded me of Bell’s Two Hearted with an alcohol kick toward the finish. I was confused at first because the color of the beer didn’t really resemble the taste. However, after it warmed, the dark fruit came out and the alcohol became more apparent. I breathed in deep to try to better understand this and was surprised as the burn I could receive from the smell. I liked this and welcomed it. Allies Win The War is an 8.5% ABV beer and they certainly didn’t try to mask this in the taste. I believe that this would be on purpose because it all came together nicely. I would imagine that the dates would be the dark fruit taste that I was experiencing and it almost reminded me –although very very lightly - of the same type of dark fruit taste I would experience in a Belgian dubbel style beer – except this was buried in what seemed to be an IIPA.

The mouth feel was average. When taking a sip it seems that most of the flavor tends to stay toward the front of the tongue with all of the bitterness concentrated in one spot. I wouldn’t say that this is a light beer by any means, but it certainly isn’t as full bodied as an imperial stout. I probably could have had two or three of these in sitting.

I feel that overall this was an interesting beer. I was originally anticipating a hop-bomb, but was surprised at the subtleness of the other elements. I would probably try this again if presented, but wouldn’t travel out of the way to get it.

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Photo of david18
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce draft of this recently at my local bar. Nice style for a west coast brewery to emulate and I believe done very well.

Poured a dark orange with a good amount of carbonation and a lasting head. Somewhat cloudy.

Aroma was mostly of hops, almost as strong as a double ipa would be.

The flavor, however, had a nice balance of hops, malt and alcohol heat. Very well balanced and pretty true to style, other than the intense hopiness.

A very good beer. I look forward to trying it in a can.

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Photo of tsauce2
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 oz can poured in to tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A: SRM is amber. Translucent and clear filtered. Head is tan, 1 in, dissipates to rim of glass. Light/medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Large hop notes accented by fruit(dates). Slightly boozy.

T: Hop forward. Hops hit all sides of the palate, followed by light fruit notes and a light malt base. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

M: Contrasting and stimulating mf. Hops hit sides of palate and malt hits the middle.

O: Nice beer. Balanced. Big hop presence, malt provides a nice counter and dates serve as a good accent to the overall flavor.

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Photo of aasimon
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Yagman3000
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz. can (what else?!) into a goblet.

Appears more ruby than brown and has a small rim of oily small- bubbled foam.

Smells hoppy with some tea-like herbaceousness
Coming through. Very fresh smelling!

Tastes hoppy with strong non-citrus flavors coming through. Decent malt presence too... A bit biscuity.

It's mouthfeel is marked by a dry dustiness. Not one of the stronger features of the beer.

I'm surprised that this is an English Strong Ale... It seems more like a standard pale ale. Where are the dark fruits coming through?

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Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of CHickman
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red color with a massive foamy 2 finger tan head that faded very slowly, leaving great lacing and foamy rings as it went down. A foamy layer coated the top for a while but eventually dissipated.

Smells of grapefruit and citrus hops up front, followed by orange peel, fruit, pine cone, light herbs, sweet malt, grains, caramel, cracker and biscuit; a nice nose that is sweet and malty after the initial hop blast, with just a whiff of alcohol.

Tastes of grapefruit, citrus hops, orange peel, grape, apple, dark fruit (dates listed on the can), pine cone, herbs, malt, lightly toasted grains, caramel, wheat bread or cracker, a little brown sugar and some mild spices like pepper and coriander; after the swallow there is a trace of toffee, orange peel and floral hops that fades sweet and just a little bitter. This almost seems like a mild IPA and is pretty tasty. The balance is nice and the flavor complex enough that each sip is a little different.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth with a medium chewy body, mild carbonation that was bordering on flat, and a sweet aftertaste that's on the dry side and seems like fruit, bread and caramel flavors come through and leave an oily coating on the tongue.

Very smooth and enjoyable, and another fine product in the growing can market. This was highly drinkable and a very good beer overall. Strong Ales are hit or miss, and this is a hit. A nice collaboration beer between 21st Amendment and Ninkasi.

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

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice amber hue with a clear body and a thick finger of frothy, pillowy amber-tan head. Quite good.

Smell: rich, deep malt aroma with a heady hop character. It is earthy, piney and unctuous -- very strong ale-like.

Taste: alcohol and rich malt combine at the outset of the flavor before a hint of the dates appears. We then get some piney, resiny hops followed by a blistering bitterness right at the end which slowly fades from the palate. A very decent strong ale; more American than English, I'd say, though.

Mouthfeel: thick body with a roamy carbonation and decent creaminess. Not silky like some beers of this style, but quite good nonetheless.

Overall: I rather like this beer. It doesn't stand out from the crowd of other strong ales, but it is extremely competent and decently tasty.

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

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 11/18/11.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a nice clear copper color. There is a finger of off-white head resting on top. The head good retention, and it leaves some nice lace behind on the glass. The nose starts off with some sweet bready maltiness and some caramel. There are also some aromas of dark fruit and some hops as well. The taste follows the nose pretty well. It starts off with sweet bready caramel malt flavors and a nice bit of dark fruit. There is a nice bit of piney hop flavor, and some booziness. The finish leaves some lingering hops, dark fruit sweetness and alcohol. The taste has a little bit more booziness to it than the nose suggests. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It has a nice smooth feel to it, and goes down quite easily. There is a bit of sweetness, and a nice amount of hop bitterness. Also, there is some boozy warmth in the finish. This has good drinkability. It goes down smooth and has a real nice flavor. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I think this is a really nice beer. I am not experienced with english strong ales, but I am interested in trying more after this one. Check it out.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of hyprlt
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into frosted fishbowl.

Head was slightly beige and creamy. Dispersed after a few minutes but a slight head remained. Lacing evident.

Hop aroma, still learning hop aromas, is similar to the hop type in Ranger IPA.

Not as bitter as other 21st beers. Slight sweetness from dates. Easy drinking.

Light viscosity, feels like it should be a bit thicker.

I like it.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me. Poured from the can into a taster.

The color is deep red with good clarity and a small tan cap with good retention and average sized bead. The lace clings haphazardly. The smell is a mix of hops and woody nutty malt with a mild amount of sweetness and subtle piney odor with light spice. The feel is very nice, there is a good balance between the hops and malt body with slight alcohol influence and moderately dry finish with medium carbonation level.

The flavor is pretty decent, the malt flavor is mostly sweet with a slight nuttiness, the balance between the slight spice of the yeast and the mild pine flavor in the hops is good with a gentle tinge of alcohol and there is an almost candy-like essence as it finishes with moderate alcohol. This beer is tasty but you don't really get much date flavor, I am guessing they contribute the sweet elements and increase abv possibly. This beer was satisfying and enjoyable for the style, so I was happy to have tried it.

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Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (canned 10/26/11) poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a crystal clear ruby/mahogany textured brown body. A thin cap of off-white foam sits briefly and fades to a thin collar.

S - Citrusy and piney hops up front, a bit of herbal and cool smells - almost wintergreen'y. Toasted malts, a bit of roast and some earthy/dirtlike aromas.

T - Some roasted malts at the base...firmly topped by citrusy hops that add grapefruit especially. Some dry, biscuity malt and some mild metallic and caramelly sweet flavors to round things out.

M - Medium bodied, but a bit towards the lighter side. Medium level carbonation that is prickly and tingly on the tongue. A touch of the herbal coolness here too that was initially detected in the aroma. Despite being 8.5%...alcohol is pretty indetectable.

O - Nice beer. A bit out there to think of this as an English Strong Ale though. American (and particularly west coast) flavors abound here. Hops and malts. Quite enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear ruby red color with a big thick frothy head. The head leaves gobs and rings of lace up and down the glass. The aroma is of big piney hops with a slight herbal hop aroma. The smell is big and bold and very inviting. The taste follows suit closely but not exactly to the nose. The start of the beer has a caramel and toffee malt taste with a hint of fruitiness from the dates. The back end of the beer has a fantastic big piney hop taste. It isn't totally bitter, but more smooth and balanced for the hop character. The taste was well blended and smooth. The mouthfeel was lowly carbonated. Overall this is a solid beer, great look, and nice aroma and taste. It is also a very easy drinking beer. This is a must try.

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Photo of Froth
5/5  rDev +31.2%

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