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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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Poured from a can into a DFH signature glass. Beer is dark red, mostly clear, tan amber head, small bubbles, moderate to low retention, lots of lacing, moderate to low carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is mildly boozy, mildly sweet, some piny hops, a little grapefruit in there too, mild biscuit malt.

Beer is medium to light in body and really sweet. Mildy dry at the finish, moderate bitterness, decent hoppy midpalate, mixture of earthiness and citrus style hops, I'd have it again, I have 3 more and I'll definitely drink them.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Canned on 10/26/11.

Pours a brownish amber color with two fingers of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Large amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Quite a bit of hops in the aroma. I pick up mostly citrus. Caramel malt is also featured in the aroma.

Interesting flavor profile. The dates can be tasted and adds some interesting sweetness. It goes well with the caramel malt. Citrus from the hops also fits in well. There is a little earthiness in there as well. Listed at 52 IBUs. Bitterness balances the sweetness very well.

Feels a little overcarbonated. The body is on the lighter side.

Dates do fit into a hoppy beer. A bit surprising actually. A succesful collabortive beer.

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Photo of ficknish
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark caramel brown. Beige medium head.

S - Spices. Medium toasty malts. Slight stone fruit. Sour cherry. Spicy hops.

T - Alcohol heat. Leather. Slight syrup flavors. Funky bitter. Oak. Stone fruits.

M - Heat. Lingering bitter. Dry. Moderately heavy.

O - Big mouth beer. A lot going on. The strong funky bitterness complements the stone fruit big body. Reminds me very much of a Scotch ale. Good beer. Don't know if I'll buy again.

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Photo of silentjay
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

contrary to Jason's review there is a clearly printed "canned on" date on the underneath of the can. this one was canned 10/26/11.

clear blood red tinged copper with a huge off-white head that sticks around forever and leaves tons of lacing. even pouring into an imperial pint glass, this 12 oz beer requires some settling before i can complete the pour. impressive presentation.

hoppier than expected aroma. (for a beer brewed with dates, I was thinking of a belgian dubbel like aroma...). What i got was tons of citric hops with a bit of tropical fruit and freshly cut grass with some caramel, molasses, and yes, date, sweetness. a bit of a medicinal quality hits as well, unfortunately.

starts off sweet, bitterness comes in to play but slips away quickly before the sweetness takes hold again. dates, caramel, toffee, dried and sweetened citric fruits like those found in tropical trail mixes. finish is pretty crisp, but with a slight warmth from the alcohol.

almost medium bodied with a subtle carbonation and a tiny bit of an oily finish.

interesting. I enjoyed it. It didn't quite floor me, but I think they won the war. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber brown with ruby edges and a huge, thick, creamy head that faded slowly. Left nice walls of lace.

The aroma is of toast, caramel, and a touch of cocoa. Definite dates in the undertow with an herbal and spicy hop presense throughout

Follows the nose with caramel, honey and cocoa. Spice, dates, and nutty notes. Herbal, spicy hops througout especially in the finish.

Overall, nicely balanced and medium bodied.

Interesting, and enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark chestnutt color with good carbonation and a dirty cap.

S: A bit of cocoa, caramel, spices

T: A little booze sting, dates are very prevelant, some spice, caramel, light cocoa, toasted malts

M: Medium body, carbonation is good

O: Good beer

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Photo of gregpiper
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is kind of disappointing. The hops are big up front and, as someone else here mentioned, not much behind it. It's like there are too many flavors competing and they cancel each other out, rather than complementing each other. Expected more flavor from the dates, but if it weren't printed prominently on the can and the inventive newspaper package (really the best part of the beer), I would have no idea there was anything unusual about it. It tastes like a typical big, sticky red. Not many breweries pull off good collaboration beers, and this sadly is not one. I know this doesn't follow the BA style, but I can't write in the jargon that typifies reviews here.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A nice big and foamy three finger head that seems to fall though at a good pace, light tan caramel in color with large bubbles throughout. Body color is a classic dark amber red fairly clear with cola sized rising bubbles.

Nose is fairly hop forward with some light brown sugar sense. Not much else, not a big toast sensation, somewhat dry feeling also, mild dark fruit but hardly noticeable.

Taste surprisingly from the nose is more malt forward. Palate feel is even slightly sticky, with stinky malt and texture to go with it almost kind of thick. Small hop bitterish feeling on the aftertaste but nothing that stands out. Surprising carbonation to cut through the thick sensation giving a nice decent balance.

Overall pretty decent but kind of gamey, not particularly "fruity" in any sense, but a decent amber ale but with a strange stickiness that gets caught in the corners of your mouth (like in the molars). I could drink this again, it's almost how I would like a dubbel style to taste, which is ... to not make it like a dubbel :) Onward!

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Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with no freshness date.

LOOK: Garnet, clear and heady.

SMELL: Hops slap face, passion fruit, faint biscuit, cookie dough, juicy fruit, citric rind.

TASTE: Pungent hop, warming alcohol, creamy hop oil, toasted husk, bread, dryish, dried grass, mealy, dried figs, spicy, candied oranges, more alcohol.

It is what it is ... a big muscle brew. A moon catch with the timing, cooler New England draws me to darker stronger brews after midnight. Good drinking. Yet another great choice for cans ... and beer in general. Give this one a go.

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4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allies Win The War! pours out a light mahogany color into a snifter. I get two fingers of off white head that has some staying power and leaves great lacing.

The smell is melon rind and citrus hops, with a slight caramel presence and a hint of alcohol heat on the finish. A very hop forward smell for such a malty sweet looking beer.

The flavor profile of this beer is pretty complex. I get citrus hops melded with caramel sweetness that somehow also blend with the dark fruit flavor from the dates. All these flavors don't seem like they should intuitively work well together, but they mesh well here. Slightly astringent and hot on the finish, but a unique and tasty experience.

There is a creamy mouthfeel on this beer with moderate to high carbonation. Well dialed in here for my preferences.

Overall this is an excellent malty fall/winter offering. Nice complexity and the dates and citrus hopping work surprisingly well for me.

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

Poured a dark ruby-amber with a finger of khaki head. Sweet aroma with dates and honey mingling with pine.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, somewhat light mouthfeel. Biscuity caramel and date sweetness up front with hints of pomegranate and dark fruit followed by mild pine and citrus bitterness on the finish.

The higher ABV is well-concealed and this beer drinks pretty darn easy. Solid brew!

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Photo of litheum94
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Collaboration between 21st and Ninkasi. Really not sure of the style, so feel free to change if you know!

Canned 10/26/11.

Brown, somewhat ruby colored body. Giant, frothy, light tan head. Settles slowly, leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

Malt aromas of caramel and bread, with citrus and pine. Some sweetness from the dates, but not much.

Malty and slightly sweet, with dates, caramel and bready malts at first. Orange zest with some floral hops, followed by a pine bitterness that lingers for awhile. Very slight alcohol burn, but the ABV is hidden well here.

A very nice winter beer, warming yet hoppy at the same time.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 4/6/2011 at the brewpub.

Pours dark red/brown, hazy, tall beige head, good lacing and retention.

Aroma is roasty, nutty, toffee, old hops, and a little booze.

Flavor is a roasty sweet old ale with some bubble gum and stale citrusy hops. Nice balance between the toffee and the roast flavors. Medium bitterness.

Body is heavy, underattenuated. Drinkable, decent.


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