San Francisco-based 21st Amendment is well known for packaging their craft beer in cans. Brew Free! or Die is one of their more popular offerings and is available year-round. This IPA is brewed with 6 varieties of hops.
Oddly, their website does not list North Carolina as one of the states where their beer is available. However, I recently picked up 3 of their brews, and saw Hell or High Watermelon available earlier this year.
Brew Free! or Die has a deep golden color and a translucent appearance.I held it up to an open window, and it glows in the sun like a tangerine lightbulb. Thin streams of carbonation rise up to form a thin, cream-colored cap.
I expected it to be very hoppy, but the malt is more prominent in an otherwise light aroma. It has a sweet, bready scent with notes of yeast and honey.
Taste & Feel
This one is very sweet, with a bright, citrus hops character. Honey and orange flavors give it a mimosa-like quality. It has a light body and clean feel, with soft, velvety carbonation. The hoppy, orange peel finish is a nice touch and perhaps the best indication that this is a west coast brew.
It's good. Very balanced for a west coast IPA, which are sometimes so strongly hopped that they taste like bile. I'd give it a B+.
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