PW's Year of Beer: 21st Amendment Bitter American

By Eric San Juan
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Yesterday, we touched on a great English-style session ale that people suffering from hop overload are likely to love. But what if you love your hops—and nonetheless don’t want yet another beer with an inflated alcohol content? Bitter American, by 21st Amendment, provides the answer: With just 4.4 percent ABV, it has an alcohol content comparable to a light beer—it’s actually a little tamer than Corona—but you wouldn’t mistake it for one; its chewy caramel malts alone makes light beers seem like water by comparison. Throw in bundles of hops with characteristics of tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit and a dash of pine, and you’ve got a brew you can drink all afternoon long—proof positive that session beers don’t have to be bland beers. Bitter American is currently on draft at The Pour House.

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