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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Ratings: 518 |  Reviews: 203
Photo of TheBronze
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

12oz Can, Allies Win The War! Poured into a mug.

A: Pours a darker, clear coppery amber with a light khaki-colored head.

S: Toffee, lightly toasted caramel malt, and a good dose of (pleasant) citrusy, tropical hops...mostly grapefruit.

T: Follows the nose, toffee and biscuit-like flavors are complemented with grapefruit-flavored hops...a dose of pine, and some herbal characters...finishes with a light spice note that could be the dates.

MF: Moderate mouthfeel, with good carbonation levels.

O: A pleasant offering, one I would drink interesting marriage of (English, I'm assuming)malts and (very American) hops.

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Photo of bob727
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can... poured into my Delerium goblet... short lasting tannish head... the brew is deeep beautiful amber...

Nose is mainly brown malts and a little bit of date sugar.. some pithy grapefruit hoppiness.. okay... not great... not sure what I was hoping for... but it was definitely more than what was delivered.

Flavor shows quite a bit of toasty/brown malt.. good hoppiness from the middle to the finish.. the hops are sorta citrus/tangerine zest.. a little spice shows toward the finish.. odd, but not off-putting earthy note that I suspect is from the dates.

Medium/big body... but nice carbonation.

Okay... glad I got to try it, but this is only a decent brew that I doubt I will ever buy another... too many other better brews out there.


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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/19/11 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in DC. Served in a 10 oz. tulip.

a - Pours a dark garnet, reddish brown color with one finger of light tan head
Mod carb

s - Smells of roasted malts, dark fruits, bready malts, alcohol, and light biscuit malts.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, bready malts, and alcohol again. Sweeter than the nose and more alcohol as well. A tiny step down due to the alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth.

o - Overall a pretty good strong ale. Lots of roasted notes and sweet dark fruits, and a fair amount of alcohol as well. Would have it again.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Philousa
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Belgium goblet, sits a dark caramel/molasses color with thin head. The small bubbles cling and lace the glass well with each sip. Dark caramel malt hits the nose first, followd by spicy, floral hops and wheat bread. Coppery amber malt flavor starts things off, followed by slightly sweet bread, bitter fresh hop oil, and a tart bready flavor at the end. This one is a bit thin with a dry finish.

This is strongly reminiscent of Ninkasi's Believer Double Red Ale, and that kind of annoys me. It's a limited edition four pack and I would like to get some complexities in something like that. I was looking forward to some date flavor, but I couldn't get past the hops and coppery base malt. Even though this was mislabeled on BA (this much hop flavor does not come in an English ale) and I feel a bit cheated on the four pack, this is a solid, if uncomplicated beer. I really like the yeast they used and the amount of hops are great in the nose. I just feel that some other fruit or complex coffee like flavors would have complimented this brew a little better.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, bottleworks

appearance: pretty sweet can design - served in a brooklyn brewery shaker pint, garnet body, light white ring

smell: biscuit malt, toffee, caramel, red apple

taste: interesting concoction - toffee, biscuit malt, waves of tropical fruit and citrus hops, nice sweetness from the dates, earthy, nutty and well spiced. Interesting flavor profile - definitely content with the purchase

mouthfeel: oily, medium-light body

overall: interesting brew

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.42/5  rDev -10%
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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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, more cans. Cause everyone likes it in the can! Tasty crack cans.

Pours a very large head that prevents me from even finishing the pour, with a creamy 2+ finger head, that fades semi slowly with a touch of lacing, over semi clear auburn mahogany brown colored beer.

Nose actually brings some light hops at first, light floral hops witha hint of citrus, then dark dried fruit like fig and date, and a light nutty sweet brown malts with a hint molasses and caramel.

Taste starts with darker malts, chewy caramel and soft brown malts, brown sugar and molasses, then dark fruits with more date and fig, creamy darker malts, and decent sweetness. Then more hops, a bit floral and hint of citrus and spicy hops. A decent bitterness and chewy hop bite. Some toasty malts as well, then a bit of warming booze kicks in. Then finish gets more spicy hops and fairly bitter, a light almost syrupy molasses and more of the date fruit flavor, but a bit drier.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, bit of warming booze.

Overall pretty decent, I wasn't sure what to expect for an English strong/bitter with dates, but it blended pretty well actually. Nice hops and fruits, malts, and hint of booze without the esters I was expecting, and nice dry finish, not super sweet.

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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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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