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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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Ratings: 518 |  Reviews: 203
Photo of colforbin73
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is a nice drinking beer!

pours a lovely ruby red with a little foam. the aroma is clean and solid but not anything special. you do pick up a little more than just the malts tho -- you get the pruney, dried fruit form the dates.

doesn't taste exactly of dates, and i wonder how they were used... but i think they give this beer some positives in the taste and mouthfeel -- providing the sweetness and pleasant tartness of this beer and letting the malts play a drier role, a platform for some good biitter hop bite.

i would put this up there with MONK'S BLOOD as far as the breweries' seasonals go. tasty brew!

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of yoyosarecool
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of GarrettMD
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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 schoolboy
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samie at Saveon in Mentor suggested this and wanted to know what I think of it. Generally, this is not a style I like. They are too dark and bitter and not floral and pungent, as I prefer, but I like to drink a bit of everything.

So this one is a well crafted, extra strong version. It also is quite interesting - the taste is complex. It is actually one of thewe that I would buy again and recommend.

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Photo of corylew
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Canned-on date clearly marked on the can bottom.

Pours a clear, dark, iced-tea brown. A quarter-inch, tannish head laces the glass. Smell is floral and peppery. Taste is a pleasant combo of date and fig fruity sweetness, and spiciness. A lot of sour grapefruit hop taste and feel on the back end. Finishes sticky, a lot of sweetness here, leading to a satiated and saturated feel. Some sourness too. The dates and the hops are plentiful. An interesting brew, a sipper mos def..

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Photo of Dan3279
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of snaotheus
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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 Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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 lokiikol
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Rschis16
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Some of the coolest packaging I've seen, so props for that first off. Box surrounded by news articles about beer beating boredom in the "great war". The can is more of the same with a neat little "article" about the beer.

The beer itself is a deep ruby red and brown, the color of a glass of brandy. There is a bubbly ivory head on top after the medium pour that dissapates to bubbly patches quickly. Northwest citrus and pine hops hit the nose sharply at first with a bready backbone after. Just a twinge of boozy dark fruit as well.

Sweet fruitiness up front that quickly surrenders to a fairly sizeable hop profile in the meat of the taste. The hops are citrusy and piney, just like the aroma as they are somewhat sharp in character. They lend a pleasant bitterness all the way through the taste and that becomes a the defining feature. Just a touch of that 8.5% ABV is detectable through the hops, but is felt a little bit in the back and finish. The malts add a caramel and bread like flavor and feel that helps with balance. The dates add a somewhat off taste in the end that is dried fruit-like in its slight sweetness, but also somewhat nutty. For some reason that doesn't mesh perfectly with the Northwest hops. The booze comes out a bit more as it warms, but never becomes detrimental. The hops seem to take over and bully the malts out of the way, but the malts hold their own ok. The mouthfeel is prickly from the hops and booze and it finishes on the dry side.

Overall this is a nice beer and I'm enjoying it. 21st always seems to do pretty good things in cans, and this was no real exception.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep, rich red. Pretty meaty off white head on the pour.
Smell: Citrus hops are up front. Some sweetness. Smells more like a red than an English strong.
Taste: Much like the nose. Hops aren't as up front as the nose. Very smooth.
Overall: tasty addition. Glad I tried, probably won't seek it out in the future.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a copper red color with a thick pillowy white head that leaves great lacing.

S- Light and dark fruits with loads of caramel malt and toffee. Hops are present in the nose as well and add an earthy pine aroma to the mix.

T- Very similar to the nose. Waves of fruit upfront (raisins, dates, prunes, apricot, and maybe a touch of oranges) with a good dose of pine hop bitterness in the finish. The malt backbone of caramel, toasted bread, and alcohol balance the hops well.

M- Medium/full bodied with good carbonation.

O- Hadn't heard much about this brew and bought the 4pk on an impulse. Definitely worth it.

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Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of stercomm
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can, as usual great graphics on the can.

A - Medium mahogany in color, very clear, nice short off-white head, good lacing on glass.

S - Get a nose of citrusy and herbal hops, some candied malts.

T - Lots of hops, citrus like on the front end and oily, mid taste start to get some malt and biscuit, maybe some rasins, finishes with the date taste being evident.

M - Medium bodied, creamy, medium carbonation.

O - I'm good with just one of these at a time, lots of hops action

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Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a Duvel tulip. Canned on 10/26/11 on bottom of can. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.49.

A: Very deep, almost burgundy, brown with a short cap of wispy off-white head with a few random spots of lace down the glass.

S: Extremely malty but earthy with a heap of dark fruit aromas of date and raisin. The hops are pretty substantial with a leafy, herbal character.

T: Maltiness is definitely the lead, but the hops are no push-over. The dark fruitiness meets a fair amount of bread crust type of malt quality with date/fig and raisiny flavors at the forefront. There is a slight smoky-type of note which adds roundness. The hops exert a good amount of tea-like, leafy presence with a little lemon in the end as it dries. A really well-balanced ale in every way.

M: Smooth but very dry with some scrubbing carbonation which seems a bit much but doesn't detract significantly.

O: I was really impressed with this beer and hope I can get my hands on another 4-pack before it's gone for good. A ton of both malt and hops flavor in a highly drinkable dose.

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Photo of ccrida
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draught at Monteaux's, served in a Leffe glass, this brew is mahogany with a tan head leaving decent lace.

Smell is pretty hoppy, earthy continentals, a little diacetyl, some cotton candy as well.

Taste is malty, some caramel and butterscotch, with a firm bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry, slick, dusty hop oils. Sticky.

Drinkability is ok, it's a bit of a mish-mash. Hoppy, but euros. Stronger, but not quite into slow sipper territory. More like a bad spin on Ninkasi's Believer.

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Photo of tommyrxc
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bold brew is a medium-dark brown with some red highlights. A light reddish-tan head is steady and keeps its form. After diminishing somewhat, it leaves a thick foam that remains and leaves good, patchy lacing on the glass.
The smell is an earthy English hops variety bitterness with a biscuity malts balance and, seemingly, a mix of dark fruits.
These hops are fresh, almost raw, and oily, plenty of dark earthiness without the teeth-grating citric edge of some Americans. I can appreciate the darker, less bright aspect of British varieties, particularly as it works here. Earthy and almost woody notes set up a biscuit malt balance. Dates take a moment to come in and then linger in the background, first on the back of the tongue but eventually moving forward in the finish. I don't find alcohol intrusive whatsoever. This is a nice, balanced brew that, to me, is as the style guide lists: bigger than a Pale Ale yet smaller than a Barleywine.
The body is medium-full and fairly rich, It doesn't have a creamy smoothness but it is smooth and has a nice character and depth to it.
I would say this is what most would be looking for in the style.

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Photo of oline73
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a light mahogany with a layer of off white head. There is a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus peel and herbal hops with some warm alcohol and malt in the background.

Taste: Citrus peel hop bitterness up front. Malt and some warming alcohol balance things out a bit. There is a strong date presence in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lots of smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The dates in the finish make this beer unique. A bit too hoppy, I would have let the other flavors stand out more. Enjoyable enough, but probably don't need to have it again.

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Photo of suncrust
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured to a pint glass.

A- Dark ruby, clean filtered cherry red. Very thick and creamy, pale oatmeal colored two finger head with great retention.

S- Floral hop aroma with sweet malts and chocolate underneath. Sticky sugar, raisins, and dates are definitely back there. Light chamomile and a herbal tea spiciness.

T- Dark, dried fruit, figs and dark chocolate. Creamy hops on the tongue and warming alcohol in the finsih. Some leather, light spicy citrus (oranges) and rye bread. Nice northwest hops round out the character. None of the tastes are overpowering and the balance is enjoyable. Mild sweet biscuit, hard candy, and plum as it warms.

MF- Drinkable and smooth with a creaminess. Nice body to this beer, warming alcohol that is easily detectable but not overpowering. A bit soapy.

O- Pretty solid beer that offers a palatable dark fruitiness and creamy texture. Dates are a nice addition to the Ninkasi hoppiness. A beer that offers uniqueness but a drinkability that makes it all work. I like what the alcohol brings to the flavors. Definitely worth the try.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 mjaggers
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Allies Win The War! from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 518 ratings
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