21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment IPA21st Amendment IPA

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2,244 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,244
Reviews: 820
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 81
Gots: 227 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: oggg on 11-17-2004

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first 21st Amendment offering to try.Poured into a standard pint glass a slight chill hazed medium golden with thinner soapy-like white head atop,a few globs of lace were left behind as it settled into a patchy froth mass atop.Citrusy hops mixed with a hefty caramel malt base,the hops are big but malt base seems to drown out the hops a little not only aroma wise but also on the palate.Nutty and sweetish biscuit malt is big and the citric hop profile has a hard time over taking the malt base,the hops do come thru but the malt base seems to be a little much for a standard ipa.Its good and has a nice shot of left coast hops but it's a bit on the malty side for the style for my taste.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely Killer IPA. Light and fruity taste, mainly grapefruit but other citrus as well, with plenty of pine and juniper in the nose. Great appearance. Huge frothy khaki head on top of a bright copper/yellow-orange body. Minimal visual carbonation but decent bite. Extremely drinkable. Sessionable? Hell yes. Bare bones malt presence but not unbalanced.

Board said 7.2% ABV, 78 IBUs.

Photo of brownbeer
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Radiant amber color with a two-inch white crown.

Oily pine-sap hop resins are rich in the nose. On the other hand, it makes me think of a dirty diaper a little. (I don't have kids.)

The taste really flips over to the malty side after the nose is pretty hop-forward. There is some pine and tangerine in there.

Not new or revolutionary. Just a really drinkable everyday IPA.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

Craft beer in a can. Can we get a "Hell Yeah!"?

Appearances aren't everything, but between the bright golden color and the web-like lacing, this beer proves appearances can at least make something much more enjoyable. Love that West Coast hop aroma of citrus rind, spearmint and wildflowers. Big on smoothness with a juicy medium body. Solid sharp hop bite that rolls off from the carbonation in the beginning of each sip and slowly unfolds into a range of flavors, from citric to soft pine to mild tobacco. Needless to say, there is a complex hop character here. Some maltiness makes its way through the hops with light biscuity and dry bread flavors. The alcohol comes out to play for a little bit with some fruity esters and warmth on the back of the palate.

A solid IPA, big and bold and very drinkable. An easy pick for the hophead within.

Photo of blackearth
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from 3 Corners Liquor in Medford, MN. Pours a dark golden straw body with a thick, pillowy white head of foam. Big citrus hop aroma with some fruity yeast esters. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Initial flavors are sweet and grainy with a low-medium bitterness at mid tongue and an overall sweet finish. 70 IBUs as the can proclaims are nowhere to be found. Okay drinkability, but a big disappointment for an IPA.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Love the cans! Pours into my glass a light, bright golden orange with 2 fingers of creamy head on top that leaves spotty lacing along the glass. Great clarity. Aroma kicks off with pine and resinous hop notes. Slightly floral with a twist of citrus. Somewhat bready malts with a touch of caramel and spice.

First sip brings a good balance between malt and hops. Bready caramel intertwines with resinous, pine laced hops. Citrus and spice mix in as it flows down with a nice kick of bitterness. Finishes dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel is smooth and easy drinking with good carbonation. Overall, a tasty IPA but nothing really stands out to bring it into the limelight. Glad I got to try it!

Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew Free or Die poured into a 21st Amendment chalice.
Nice golden clear appearance, somewhat effervescent. One inch head nice retention.
Smell mild fruity slight citrus. Taste a little bolder but not much. Balanced with fruit and hop flavors leave a very pleasant mouth feel. Nice easy drinker but not up there with the best. A second tier IPA.

Photo of andyfrancis
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

yellowish gold color with an off-white head that settled to a skim. Some chill haze...Coit Liquor's coolers are definitely colder than mine. I bet the next one poured will be clear.

Smells like sticking your nose in a cup of fresh hops. I guess there is a little malt in there. not much though.

Nice. Malt is much more present in my mouth than my nose. nicely balances out the hops. Some lingering orange/citrus notes.


Photo of glaze0101
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BREW FREE! OR DIE IPA is a name you would most likely expect from New Hampshire where their official state moto is "Live Free or Die". But this beer is brewed right in beatnik land.

I love that on 21st Amendment Brewery's website they tell me what malts, hops and yeast they use. Some I could guess, cascade hops are clear, some I could not. Thanks for the Beerducation 21st Amendment Brewery!

As you can probably see in the image, this is a beautiful IPA. A nice golden colour and a solid fluffy head that slowly dissipated and left beautiful lacing. When you crack the can open you are blown away by the hop aroma that escapes the can. I wondered, "how did all of the aroma fit in such a little unassuming can?" There is also a slight breadyness in the aroma, much more pronounced in the flavour though.

One sip and I'm a fan. It is not as perfect as the Green Flash West Coast IPA I drank last night though. This IPA is a bit harsher and not as complex. This is a good, big beer. The flavour is very grassy and reminds me of a dew filled morning in the Pacific North West. Hint of grapefruit, especially in the aftertaste.

Overall: enjoyable but not the best IPA Ive had

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can, thanks to mntlover, pours a mostly clear golden amber body with a lavish offwhite head that rises to three fingers. Good retention and abundant patchy lace.

Aroma is a bit subdued, but features grapefruit and grassy hops, a hint of tropical fruit, and toasty caramel malt.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and carbonation and a nice creamy texture.

Very tasty. Pink grapefruit with a hint of apricot adds a mild tropical sweetness to the firm caramel malt backbone. Grassy hops balance nicely but the bitterness is very understated. Finishes clean and even.

Very tasty and highly drinkable. I would call it an American Pale Ale instead of an IPA, but why quibble?

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can w/o freshness clues, "SF,CA" brewery, but its actually brewed in Minnesota..hmmm...pours cloudy lighter apricot, off white head, into a thick ring, and leaving moderate amounts of spots and strands of lacing. Fruity hop nose. I get some tropical fruit, underlying a healthy hop assault, mostly bitter and dry. Pleasant enough IPA, sporting a better then average hop presence. Worth a try if you see it in your area, more decent beer in a can.

Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: huge head, clear, orange-brown, small carbonation

Smell: pineapple, hops, and bread

Taste: pineapple and sugar dominate the bulk of the ale, while there is a bitter hop finish

Mouthfeel: sweet light start with a big bitter finish, smooth, medium body, medium carbonation

Drinkability: This is a very two note beer--pineapple then hops. Sweet for an IPA it does have an interesting taste. Above average for the style, I may have up to three in a sitting.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the citrus and grapefruit with not too much else. The flavor is bitter grapefruit and oranges, along with some peaches. The fruit is very juicy and is a little bit tart. Very nicely done. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Michael_Squires
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a great color; it just looks like a great beer.

I'm not quite sure what the smell is supposed to be, just seems like a normal beer smell to me.

Taste is pretty good and isn't overly hoppy like some IPAs; it went down smooth.

Overall, I'd recommend it to someone who is looking to expand his/her beer horizons, as it seems to be a nice segue to nicer beers.

Photo of bsp77
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Mostly clear light orange with foamy off-white head and concentric circles of lacing down the glass.

Smell: Mango, grapefruit, orange and light pine - fairly sweet aroma overall, but slightly sickly for some reason.

Taste: Very strong sweet grapefruit and mango upfront and then becomes a little more balanced with light toasted malts, pine and an overall spiciness. However, there is something a little strange about the hop taste.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Hop oils are evident and the beer is quite warming for a standard IPA, a little more so than desired. Not quite as dry as expected.

Drinkability: Overall, this is a massive onslaught of hops for a standard IPA. While this does make for an appealing beer, it slightly dampens drinkability.

Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with a big white head. Citrus nose with light grapefruit and pineapple, some toffee. Bittersweet hop taste, some pine and pepper, crisp. Bitter towards the back and some tea flavor comes out. Clean and nice. Didn't expect such a good beer out of a can.

Photo of deebo
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$3 pint at Williams. Served with a finger of brilliant white creamy head that laces the glass nicely. Dark golden with an orange hue. Good clarity. Aromas of bitter orange and pine. The malt is crisp and untoasted. Taste is upfront juicy orange with backend orange peel and pine resin. Unbalanced-not much to speak of in the malt department. Plenty of carbonation. The bitter finish is not as lingering as many IPAs.
Overall a decent beer. I'd appreciate some more malt taste and body. I like the lack of a big bitter finish.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer poured out from a can. It had a slightly cloudy, golden-yellow colour to it. Complex nose; smelled malty with sour, citrusy-sweet grapefruit. Hints of butterscotch. The beer was light, tart, and citrusy in flavour with a crisp, clean finish. Slight malty aftertaste.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz can poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy and very light amber/yellow - quite light for an IPA, head is generous and white but then quickly fades to nil with some light lacing. Nose is all resinous pine hop notes, it's sweet and malty - a bit harsh.

Sheesh, this thing is really harsh - it's very bitter but it's not very hoppy or floral at all, it's really quite unplesant. Mouthfeel is sharp and crisp, fairly light. It just is not very drinkable because it's so harsh and rough. Not sure how this is rated so high. Not very impressed with this brewery.

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew Free or Die (aka 21st Amendment IPA) smells fresh and citrusy straight from the can, bubbling up in a frenzy of grapefruit-bitter hops, orange, apricot, lemon, and lime. Only a good whiff of caramelized brown sugars belies the presence of malt; this brew is obviously biased in favor of hops.

On the tongue, the hops continue to dominate, coming across strong, but finely nuanced, so that the various bitter flavors from the six different hops meld together and provide a broad-spectrum whang, rather than the needle-point jab that IPAs brewed with only one kind of hops provide. From the malts, strong citrus flavors help balance the bitterness, bring in oranges and apricots, as well as caramelized brown sugars, toasted pecans, and hints of toasted rice. The aftertaste is largely hops, with some toasted pecan notes. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a good IPA--far better straight from the can than many are from the bottle. Well worth a try.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold out of the can. The fluffy white head shows a bit of retention the leaves some dotted constellations of lacing.

It smells rather sweet, a little like heated sugar along with some grain.

The taste is rather phenolic, with some candy and a spike of herbal hoppiness on the finish.

It's not much of a mouthful, but does show some good action from the front to the back pallet, and some interplay between a muted plasticity, sugary rock candy, and a grainy dryness on the end.

Not my favorite, but definitely not the worst thing I've put in my mouth.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured into a pint glass. Canned on 10/05/12 (just over 3 1/2 months old).

Pours out deep golden color with just a bit of a sunlight orange color. A nice fluffy, somewhat soapy looking 3 fingers of head after the pour. It eventually settles to a nice retentive layer while leaving some nice lacing behind. A bit of a cloudiness to it.

At first I get a real pithy orange/ citrus peel aroma. As it warms, some vegetal matter , floral,mand hints of onion become apparent, but the main focus remains the citrus peel. Just a bit of malt heft in the back.

Orange, grapefruit citrus, floral, and vegetal matter with just a hint of onion. Just a bit of a caramel, bready malt provides a bit of a backbone. Not a whole lot of bitterness for an IPA. A bit off in the flavor due to the weird vegetal flavors going on.

Smooth with a rather low amount of carbonation. Some resin left on the palate.

Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this beer.

Photo of boatshoes
2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in a mix-a-six from a very nice store I just visited in Virginia Beach, Grape and Gourmet.

Appearance- Pours a golden amber with a solid two fingers of creamy white head that has very good retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing as I drink.

Smell- I have to say, much weaker than I was expecting. I get a bit of grapefruit rind on the nose, followed thereafter by a lot of sweeter, bready smelling malts. Not nearly as much of a hop presence as I was expecting.

Taste- As the nose indicated, there really wasn't as much in the hop department here as I was expecting. Starts off with some mild grapefruit and pine resin flavors but that quickly gives way to a fair amount of sweet caramel maltiness. Finishes rather slick and sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkablity- Mouthfeel with solid and adequately carbonated. The beer went down easy enough but left me wanting a fair amount more in the flavor department.

Overall, rather disappointed. I thought it was quite weak in the hops department. Maybe it was on the older side? I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt despite the fact that it was in a can and will revisit in the future.

Photo of masikon
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Loving the gradual move towards more craft beer in cans, makes it so much easier to enjoy good beer while golfing, hiking, boating, or doing anything active where weight is a factor. That said, once poured into a glass this one is a rich golden yellow with a very subtle haze. The nose is juicy and sweet with appetizing citrus from the hops. Taste is pine and mint as expected but there is enough malt profile in the finish to provide an easy drinking smoothness. This is a solid IPA with all the hops you need while still maintaining enough drinkability to knock a few back in a row.

Photo of skivtjerry
2.84/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A beautiful, brilliantly clear amber with a big sticky white head. Aroma is light citrusy hops and crystal malts with a hint of alcohol. Taste is more of the same; hop presence is a bit weak and the finish is pretty tart. Mouthfeel is medium-full and a bit astringent. Overall, slightly disappointing. Flavors are muted. Really more of a strong amber ale or *maybe* an English IPA, definitely doesn't qualify as an American IPA. Would only buy in the future as a fresh draft or if really cheap.

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21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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