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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
In a surprising turn of events, rival superpowers have joined forces to bring a beer of might to the world. According to top-secret documents, recently unclassified, brewmasters for 21st Amendment in California and Ninkasi in Oregon began their brewing careers together many years ago. ALLIES WIN THE WAR! is 21st Amendment Brewery’s first ever collaboration beer, a traditional English-style Strong ale aged on native California dates and dry hopped with all-Northwest aroma hops. Available now in limited edition four-pack cans and draft.

Old ale with dates.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slipstream (2464) - USA - NOV 21, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2011 On draft at Good Beer. An old ale, or so it was called, but not that offbeat. It is like a lightly sour amber, or a strong bitter. It is well-hopped, and a perfumed sweetness emerges as it warms. Good, but was hoping for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Tap. Pours clear tawny with a medium, fizzy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is herbal, citrus, and spicy hops, fruity esters, biscuit and caramel malt. Flavor is medium malt, moderate bitterness and hops, fruity esters, earthy hops and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoberCajun (111) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2011
A lovely balanced beer - impressive in its masking of the high ABV. It’s got that ruby pour with nice tan head, great lacing. I am continually impressed by 21st Amendment’s ability to make assertive beers with both malt and hop characters that blend brilliantly. This time it’s a slight fruity undertone that pulls it together. Great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
12oz retro can at Rock N Roll Hotel on H St NE. Pours a clear crystal malt heavy reddish amber topped by a weak beige head. Sugary strawberry aroma. Taste is spicy vegetal and earthy onion atop sticky/sugary strawberry, bitter chocolate, older hop character. Specialty malt overload with odd vegetal character. Feels overall like a sticky sweet DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Can. Dark copper pour with a tall, frothy tan head. Strong spicy hops, citrus, earthy notes and nuttiness in the aroma. Taste is big spicy hops, caramel, nutty notes, soft earthiness and citrus. Body is medium-full and chewy with a strong bubbly but creamy carbonation. Ends with more spicy hops, nutty notes, caramel, earthy notes, light pine and citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Can. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, dark fruit (dates/figs) and some floral/earthy hops. Flavor is sweetish caramel and dark fruit with a hint of spices. Some balancing hop bitterness that increases towards the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Can: Amber brown pour with a thin to medium off white head aroma is sweet dark fruit, raisin, prune, date. Some toffee as well, and brown bread. Body is a bit on the light side. More dark fruit and molasses in the flavour though not as sweet as expected. Definitely getting a fruity fig/date quality. Light spice in the finish. Quite nice actually, my main complaint being the light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (5187) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Big thanks to Charlie for opening this one! Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. Nose is malt, caramel, floral hops, dates, figs, and some winter spices. Flavor is caramel, toffee, dates, some figs, and winter spices. Light to medium in body with lingering spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2011
pours dark amber with scarlet highlights, fairly rocky off-white head. earthy, tree sap, light cocoa powder, with a dominating aroma of vanilla extract and hints of piney aromatics. Leaves a fair bit of lacing. Tastes more or less like the dank vegetal flavors of dates (which are usually incredibly sweet, sticky and brown-sugar like).A touch of bubble gum-like esthers. Medium mouthfeel, but a residual finish, carbonation levels elevate the soil-like flavors. 8.5% well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troopie (2295) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Tin. Dark almost black with a thick off white head. Plums, toffee and something reminiscent of jackfruit in the nose. Full flavour, started out like an ESB and brought in herb and pine flavours. Hop finish.

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