Brew Review: 21st Amendment Bitter American

by Kelli H. on July 10, 2012

Name: 21st Amendment Brewery Bitter American
Date: 7-7-12
Location: San Francisco, CA
Type: Extra Pale Ale
Availability: The can says seasonal release, but the website says year-round
Price: $7.49/six pack, found it at Whole Foods on sale for $6.99/six pack! yay!
Alcohol: 4.4%
IBU’s: 42

Aroma: bitter hops

Appearance: Deep gold, clear, small head retention, great lacing.

Body & Texture: Smooth, little bite, light-medium bodied. Not overly carbonated but just enough.

Aftertaste: Clean light bitterness, slight malt flavor, and a little pine.

Overall Impression:
This is the ultimate summer beer. Cans make it easy to bring along to the pool, river, beach, lake, camping, anywhere you can think of! No need to look down on the can, cans can help keep beer fresh by not allowing any light to touch the beer. One of the best aspects of Bitter American is its low abv, making it a perfect session beer. Your six pack of Bitter American most likely won’t last long. David calls it his “studying” beer, because it’s light enough for him to drink while doing his calculus homework. Bitter American quickly became one of mine and David’s favorite beers this summer. I definitely recommend it!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

David Wells July 10, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Definitely the perfect study beer. And the perfect session beer! It’s great being able to drink a full flavored beer and not have to worry about getting tipsy after just one. I’m extremely happy we found this beer because it is the perfect summer/ study beer and I plan on drinking it all summer long! Highly recommend!

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Maren July 11, 2012 at 12:33 am

I don’t think I’d like this one… it’s definitely too hopy for me. But I’d drink it for the can!

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David Wells July 11, 2012 at 12:38 am

It’s not that hoppy! It’s more of an American Pale Ale. Try it! It’s really good and light, I think. :)

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Emily July 11, 2012 at 11:45 pm

I just got this beer the other day. I was drawn to the monkey on the can :) I agree, it’s a nice, light, summer-y brew!

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Sonia the Mexigarian July 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Canned beer makes me nostalgic for my childhood. My godmother would drink MGD like it was going out of style, always in a can, always with a beer cozy. :)
I’ll have to check this one out!

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