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 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 Ryan011235
2.49/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter on 2/20/12

Dull, medium brown settles with a hint of rust and sun-drenched ruby when held to the light. One finger head thins rapidly to a patch of bubbles, though the start of good lace remains.

Goodness, the dates walk all over the aroma - they're musty, earthy and have hints of something like mushrooms. It smells alternately dirty and soapy. Some other crowded aromas are herbal hops, soap, air freshener, dirt, prune, raisins, tasted bread and mild notes of burnt sugars. Some suggestions of caramel, toffee, tangy roast and leather.

Tastes ok. Toasted sugars - brown sugar, caramel and maybe faint molasses. Hints of burnt coffee buried deep down. Maybe even a pinch of cocoa powder? The dates come through strong here, too - it's a dry, vapid, musty earth and nut flavor. Tangy overtones. Beyond that, it isn't very complex.

The feel tries to be medium but misses the mark at best; the edges are especially thin and watery. Carbonation is a bit high, but I don't mind it so much as it detracts from the taste of the beer. Is the finish as musty as the rest of it? Oh yeah.

It started off unpleasant while cold. After it warms up some, it's tolerable. I'll tally that in the "win" column for 21st Amendment. Would I buy another one? No. Will I finish this glass? Yes.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant and strong, though not excessively memorable.

Pours deep coppery brown with a small, short-lived head. The aroma is malty and toffee-like, though there is an assertive hoppiness on top of it, giving it an unexpected character for a beer of this color. The flavor has toffee, dark toast, and coffee, with a cinnamon burn at the end, but that same hoppiness comes through on the finish, adding bitterness to the burn. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth.

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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 tobelerone
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear, dark amber colored brew with deep red highlights. Big fluffy khaki colored head with excellent retention and lots of creamy, sticky lace.

Interesting aroma is fruity, sweet, and malty, with assertive grapefruit and pineapple hop notes.

I found the flavor to not live up to the promise of the aroma and appearance of this beer. True, it's well balanced between its elements, mixing maltiness, dates and raisins, cloves and other spices, and bitter citric hops. Booze peaks its head out a bit in the finish. Lingering christmas, fruitcake spices.

Medium bodied and carbonated; feels like it should have been a little fuller and smoother. A little funny in this department; too thin and fizzy.

Not bad, pretty complex, but in the end it feels like less than the sum of its parts, not particularly unified or well blended. Each aspect is clearly tasted but for me it didn't hang together all that smoothly. The aroma outshines the taste, which after a lot of consideration I found to be too bitter, boozy, and spiced. Not terrible but not really my cup of tea either.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep red nearly brown color with a nice billowy off white head. The head faded slowly giving a nice bit of lacing.

Smell – The smell is a nice mix of dried fruit and hoppiness. The hops, which really are most prevalent upfront in the nose, are mainly pine in nature with some earthy and floral hop aromas. The fruit, largely composed of cherry, raisin and prune, then comes more toward the middle and end of the aroma. It’s a nice balance between sweet and hoppy.

Taste – A bit of hoppiness is the first thing to be detected. A bit more subtle then the nose would suggest, with pine and an ever so light citrus. A sweeter flavors mixed with a roasted malty flavor enter toward the middle of the taste; with the sweet a mix of dark dried fruits. While the hops that are present initially begin to fade the dried fruit flavor comes in making up for their loss. A nice transition.

Mouthfeel – A nice thicker feel to the body, which coats the mouth while drinking. The thickness seems to make it more bock or stout like. The only problem is a little bit of an overcarbonation for the thickness of the body. The body is soothing while the carbonation is more invigorating. The two competing with each other leaves something to be desired in the mouthfeel.

Overall - It is an interesting beer. Moderately hoppy with some nice fruit flavors. The only real complaint is a lack of complementation in the mouthfeel, but otherwise however it is quite a good brew.

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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 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 BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fusion in style; is it a strong ESB or a hop-forward American Amber- or maybe a somewhat imperialized version of both? What's not debatable is that this is a mightily tasty ale!

The 21st Amendment drum marches on with this war cry- pouring a deep amber with bronze appearances, the beer builds a dense light tan head that surprisingly reduces to a thin sheet rather quickly. But alas, the foam cover holds and reveals classic lacing of English Ales. Allies Win The War is a handsome beer!

Hoppy aromas abound with a mix of citrus, spruce, earthy spice, and woods/grasses. Not to be outdone is a balance of toffee malt that nearly equals that of the hops. Any esters or yeasty spice is burried deep behind the hops and malt and are difficult to pick out.

Flavors do much the same, only in reverse. First the malty rich taste of straigh-up toffee create a sweeter impression. But where the flavor of toffee exists boldly, only a low-level sweetness that's normally associated with toffee presents itself- flavorful, but not overly sweet. Malty richness subsides at mid palate, just as the rise of hoppy flavors take command: grapefruit pith, orange peel, spruce or pine sap, stemmy and grassy vegitation from hops all commit to the compex malt make-up. All of which quickly develop into a slightly resiny bitter taste that closes the beer and allows for a clean and crisp malt-hop balance in finish and aftertaste. Alcohol flavor creates an almost-cherry, red apple flavor that brings out an essence of esters while the bite of hops also leek an impression of phenolics.

Medium bodied, especially early on. But the beer's malty sweetness and creamy onset quickly releases and a dry, minty hop character carries the beer from mid palate to finish where a warming alcohol sensation creates a malty-dry finish and feel.

An exquisite beer that nearly makes you dismiss the 8.2% abv. The full flavors of malt and hops give a larger-than-life impression while the rush to dryness and bitterness make it much more drinkable than it should- dangerous for a guy like me.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a mountain of brownish, cappuccino-like head that has great retention. The nose has a strong citrusy hop character with some faint, caramelly malt notes. The flavor is lightly malty with a hint of bread followed by some dark fruit and a hint of caramel. There's a slight citrusy hop bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable but faint. The alcohol adds some faint esters to the finish and some warmth in the mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

This is an easy drinking, enjoyable, relatively high ABV beer. The flavors are mellow and balanced. The hops are more than expected and the malt is forward. I will revisit this one for sure.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can. canned on 11/30/11.

A: a rich ruby red. basically clear. head is frothy and slightly red. foam leaves a mountain in the middle. retention is good and the lacing is decent.

S: aroma is strongly hoppy. a little fruity. maybe getting some of the dates here. pomegranite. a little bit of star anise?

T: a bitterness to start as well as a bitterness throughout. wow, the whole body is bitter. at first. then some minerally flavor works in. dark grains. not really finding the dates in particular. the finish leaves so much toffee on the palate.

M: fizz is good. moderate but bubbly/fizzy. medium almost full bodied.

D: an okay beer, but nothing really exceptional for me. i usually do not find too many noses more complex than the palate, but that is happening here. for me at least.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown with a nice fine two finger light brown head with good retention and great lacing. Intense aroma of herbal an piney hops, light citrus and light fruit. A neutral subtle malt base flavor with hops asserting themselfves in the middle and finish. Dates add body and light flavor. Very well integrated to the point that the taste is very low key, I kind of wanted to taste more of the spicy hops in the aroma. Nice lightly sweet, light fruity hopped finish. Medium, nicely creamy body. This is a quite unusual, subtle, but satisfying beer. Good job

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

Dark coppery amber in the glass. Malty with an edge of hops. Fruitiness is the main flavor. Some roasted malt flavors along with caramel and a hint of vanilla. Buttery biscuits. Hops are aromatic, but that fruity English style. Rated at 52 IBU though the bitterness is quite modest.

Very interesting strong ale. I totally did not guess dates as the sugar is restrained and so nicely balances the hops and other beefy flavors. I have to check out the other canned beers from this collaboration. This one surprises me since Ninkasi is one of my least favorite breweries in the West.

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

From notes on 12/31/11:
Canned: 10/26/11; Poured in a pint glass.

A - 1/2" of very light tan, creamy head; Clear, deep, dark mahogany in color; Very patchy lacing

S - Very sweet nose; Notes of citrus and dark fruits with a touch of cherry; Biscuity and caramel malts seem to be more in the background

T - Quick taste of citrus hops that is soon overtaken by biscuity and toffee malts with grassy/earthy flavors as well; In the finish, the citrus fruits reappear, but not as strong as before; Overall taste is not as sweet as the nose, but has a little bitterness instead

M - Medium bodied; Moderate carbonation; Slight dry finish with a slick oily coat left on the tongue

O - I must admit, I bought this beer because I thought the can design was interesting and unique, but the beer itself did not disappoint. It's a nice and easy drinking brew from a style that I'm not as familiar with, but one I'd like to explore more in the future.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish-brown, good clarity, very little head formation

Aroma: rich, bready, malty, caramelly aroma with hints of clove and possibly dates

Flavor: full malt sweetness with a dry edge (from the date sugars?); a smooth, tannic bitterness; finishes semisweet with lingering notes of burnt sugar, toffee, and herbal hops

Mouthfeel: full body, gentle carbonation, alcohol warmth

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Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brilliant amber, with 2 fingers of off-white (almost a light tan) head. This retains with a smooth and creamy ½ finger that slathers the sides of the glass with thick sticky swathes of lace. The aroma smells grassy and spicy in the nose, with underlying notes of bitter fruit, caramel sweetness, and buttered toast. There is a bit of a faint metallic character here, as well as a touch of stiff warmth that emerges as this warms.

The taste has a mostly smooth feeling base to it of caramel, doughy sugars, a dab of butter, and green citrus flavors. The hop also adds a moderately spicy bitterness to this, which what mostly hangs in the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and lays a light prickle on the tongue, while more of a smooth creaminess fills out the corners of the mouth. I’m enjoying the feel here, as it is very easy drinking for the size.

Some of these 21A canned offerings have been hit or miss lately but this one worked rather well for me. This had straight forward ESA flavors with a bit of extra fullness to them but I was most impressed by just how drinkable this was for an almost 9% beer. I’d gladly have another can of this.

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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 AgentZero
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool name, like the can.

A - A brownish red colored beer with a bit of an off-white head that faded to a cap and tight ring.

S - A lot of cocoa malts, bit of spice, caramel. There's some dark fruit in the background as well. A lighter smelling beer.

T - Brown sugar and cocoa malts with some caramel in there. The underlying dark fruits give it some nice balance. A bit of spice in there as well. some bittering hop finish on the end.

M - Medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation.

O - Decent beer, bigger than you would expect coming out of a can. Has some nice flavors and goes around decently for 8.5%.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a clear brown with a slight amber hue and some carbonation bubbles, pours with a little under a finger of creamy very light tan head that actually seems to have a bit of a greyish hue, leaves a ton of thin lacing on the glass
S: dark fruits and a slight sweetness
T: nice malt character and an interesting dark fruit note which i would imagine is from the dates (ive never even seen a date before) nice taste with some complexity, leaves a lingering aftertaste of dark fruits
M: thin with medium carbonation, leaves the mouth feeling slightly dry
O: a decent beer at best, nothing really stood out to me, not their best offering

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Allies Win the War has a clear, brownish red body and a massive tan head. The head is rocky and thick, and it begins to lace my glass immediately with good looking lacing.

The aroma mixes fruity hops, a touch of alcohol, bread, chocolate, and dark fruits including figs. The resulting combination is fairly nice.

Although Allies Win the War tastes fine, it is no where near as good as the aroma suggested. The flavor is very weak. A little bit of alcohol and touches of dark fruit mixes with a slight hop bitterness. Notes of bread and chocolate come through as well. The finish is downright bland and watery, which is the biggest disappointment of all.

Fairly light body, with an almost watery feel to it.

For how good Allies Win the War smells and looks, it's a let down. There is nothing bad about it, but considering the amount of flavor most other beers pack into 8.5% ABV, this one is strangely simplistic.

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

A - Mahogany-amber, translucent, one-finger off-white head that laces pretty well.

S - Brown sugar malts, yeast, hops.

T - Follows the nose pretty closely. The malt flavor is really nice, and it's balanced by a decent hop profile. Finishes with a bit of a metallic aftertaste that is reminiscent of blood (which is both a little gross and a little badass).

M - Even and balanced sips, pretty damn well carbonated, a tiny bit weak at the very end.

D - Drinkable. Doesn't taste like an 8.5%er. I can see myself getting this again if I were looking for an ESA.

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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 Tschnab
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a ruby pour with a half finger eggshell foam of very tiny tight bubbles, a tiny rumbling of steady carbonation.

S- lots of sweet syrupy dark fruit, no doubt coming from the dates. Also, a tiny suggestion of chocolate, alcohol esthers, candied sugars.

T- almost dead-on with the aroma, but I find myself looking a bit for the dates. That dark fruity taste only arrives for me when the beer has warmed considerably. A good punch of flavor and alcohol. Sweet but not cloying.

O- I'm glad they canned this, another good craft option in cans. A beer with some flaws, but also with some uumph.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, dark fruit, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts with a decent burst of hops bitterness. Then some mildly sweet flavors of dark fruit, honey and spices come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are other beers I would pick first.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper in color, cap of off-white froth with moderate retention and lacing. Scent brings lots of hops - spicy and earthy forward, grassy, floral and citrus on the rear, backbone brings dark fruit, light chocolate and moderate sweetness. Taste bursts with hops which provide everything from spice to a nice citrus juicy candy flavor, nice dark fruit and bitter cocoa qualities, malts are moderately sweet darkened caramel. Medium bodied, quite bubbly. A nice, unique brew with a lot of bold hop character.

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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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