“If you’d been rocketed into space against your will, you might be a little bitter too. Bitter American is our long-overdue tribute to unsung, unwitting heroes everywhere. This American session ale packs a lot of hop and malt flavor into a refreshingly lower-alcohol brew, making it the perfect beer to have on hand when you have a little history to make.
Bitter American is available year-round, in six pack cans and on draft. This extra pale session ale has lower alcohol but all the flavor and hop aroma you expect from a much bigger beer. Give one, or three, a try.” 4.4% ABV American Pale Ale
Purchased from BevMo in Clovis, California.
Poured from a 12 oz can into my Libbey “Craft Beer” glass. The beer is a little hazy, honey-golden in color. An ample off-white head is poured, partly buy a super-aggressive pour to fill the 20 oz glass. Good lacing is left on the glass, and light carbonation is visible.
A blend of hop aromas are the upfront scents; tropical fruit citrus, floral notes, and a bit of grass are all present. Some light caramel sweetness from the malt base is also given.
Bitter American is medium-thin bodied, with moderate carbonation and medium-light bitterness. The flavors are basically an exact carry over from the nose, maybe a little more floral hop-forward in the taste. It certainly drinks like a session pale ale, offering a crisp and dry finish, with just light lingering hop flavor and bitterness.
Bitter American offers a pretty decent amount of flavor for being a 4.4% ABV pale ale. Having been around for a while, it seems like a forerunner to the current wave of sessionable hop-forward ales. It is very drinkable, and is everything it claims to be. It’s not an amazing beer, but it’s pretty solid. 7.5/10
21st Amendment Brewery – San Francisco, California