Sunday, April 6, 2014

21st Amendment - Bitter American Review

Brewery:21st Amendment
Location: San Francisco, CA
Beer: Bitter American
Style: Session Ale
Serving: Snifter (12 oz. can) 
ABV: 4.4%
IBUs: 42

A (3/3): A boisterous head appears when poured, pale yellow in color.  The foamy topping quickly diminishes to a thin ring of bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass. Leaving behind light lacing that coats the glass. The beer itself sports a dark golden color with a hazy opacity.

S (10/12): The aroma is very resinous and piney with a modest grapefruit character.  For a session ale this beer has an amazing aroma that is very unexpected for the style, but appreciated.  Evidence of the bready caramel malts are present but take a back seat to the forward facing hop aroma.

T (18/20): Presenting a light bitterness this beer has all the qualities of an IPA without the alcohol content.  Maltier than the nose but still having a significant piney, slightly dank hop flavor.  The beer says that its 42 IBU but it tastes a bit higher than that.

M (4/5): This light to medium bodied beer has a smooth texture , medium carbonation and a clean, dry finish.  Nothing about this beer is heavy, meant to drink many rounds.

O (9/10): This is a great session ale, bitter enough to give you a little bite, and low enough alcohol that you can drink a six pack in a night and not feel like crap the next day.  I found myself having to drink two for this review because it was just so drinkable I just kept enjoying it without taking enough notes.



  1. I will have to give this one a try.

  2. Definitely do, very good beer. Also, not filling it's like drinking Bud Light, but it tastes awesome!