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21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

817 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 817
Hads: 2,268
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 86
Gots: 248 | 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 Dikfour
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Look: Three fingers of dense, creamy, off-white with hints of tan head has beautiful retention. Hazy copper-orange in color. Medium lacing.

Smell: Sweet candied malts. Lightly toasted bread. Slight lemon/orange zest. Distant pine.

Taste: Sticky sweet caramel and lemon drop up front with toasted bread mid palate and a rising tide of piney bitterness through the sip.

Feel: Coarse and sticky. Two sips in and my tongue feels like I've been sucking on a lemon Jolly Rancher to hard. This one beats the tongue up pretty quickly.

Overall: Pretty dang complex. Not balanced in an absolutely crazy way. Way more malt than a lot of American IPAs I've tried. It certainly is different and interesting. Worth a shot if nothing else than to experience a different take on the style. Despite going off book, there is a lot of stuff that works about this brew. (853 characters)

Photo of duncanranger
4.82/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not too hoppy. Nice carbonation. Good ABV!! Gets me where I need to be without filling me up too much. Love this beer! I recommend it to go with food. (155 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft at Hudson 29. Nonic pint.

A: light orangey amber; 1/2 finger white head; little visible carb. Little retention, nice lacing.

S: resiny and slightly floral. Not too much citrus or tropical on the nose.

T: light citrusy arrival, light malty mid palate; clean finish; bitterness doesn't linger. No simcoe here(to my taste, at least).

M: heavier side of light; crisp as all get out. Light effervescence. Very drinkable.

O: not a really memorable IPA, but perfectly satisfying. Definitely would buy again. (513 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the can marked Enjoy by 09/09/15. Sampled on July 4, 2015.

Living in New Hampshire I am surprised that I have not had this one before given its title and the NH State logo (Live Free or Die). But it did not arrive in New Hampshire until Spring 2015.

Orange-yellow, foamy heady pour. Good clarity.

Nice floral, citrus, and grass notes in the aroma.

The taste has a quick toasted malt character but then the floral and pine hop bitterness roars in and brings this to a dry finale. It is a nice IPA. (507 characters)

Photo of lowers87
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Golden, light carbonation
Smell: Flowers, very light hop, more like a meadow, doesn't smell like the standard IPA, almost sweet
Taste: Very floral, again light hop, sweetness comes out, very drinkable.
Feel: Doesn't taste like the ABV is 7%, again very drinkable and light, not super filling
Overall: Not what I was expecting but that isn't bad. Surprised how drinkable and tasty it is. I enjoyed it and would recommend. (427 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, with enjoy by date 07/03/2015 printed on the bottom of the can. Another new one to me from 21st Amendment, this one their year-round IPA offering.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a lightly hazed golden, coppery orange body with about two fingers of frothy soapy off-white head. Scattered lacing. Looks nice for what it is.

S - A crisp, fruity, floral, and fresh aroma, but there is definitely something missing. Green apples, grass, bready malts, and an earthy yeast presence dominate. Nothing I would describe as piney, bitter, grapefruit, or resinous smelling

T - The taste follows the nose: more malt forward than I would have expected. Bready malts, green apples, a slight hint of tart even on the finish. Dry and bitter on the end. Much more bready than expected, though.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Medium-bodied and very easy-drinking for the moderate 7.00% abv; it feels more like 5 to 5.50% abv. Mildly bitter finish.

Overall, a fairly average IPA offering from 21st Amendment. Not a likely contender for repeat drinking, but well worth a try, especially for fans of the style.

21st Amendment Brew Free! Or Die IPA -----3.5/5 (1,191 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, Enjoy by 06/12/15. New to the Chicago area - I grabbed a few different offerings, but I'll start with this IPA
A - creamy, persistent off-white head stands tall atop a golden colored body; all kinds of thick lacing is left down the sides of the glass
S - zesty orange, lemon, and grapefruit rind, a little piny, faint toasty caramel malt
T - very zesty with the above citrus fruit rinds, sharp pine, caramel and bready malt help to keep a nice malt backbone
M - medium body, pleasant carbonation, finishes dry and bitter with pine lingering
O - I really dig this west coast style IPA! Solid flavors, well crafted. I'll buy this from time to time - it's not my favorite but it's a good one. (699 characters)

Photo of hoppyface_jerk
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Slightly hazy, bright gold. Pretty. Moderate head hangs on delicately even after a few minutes.

Smell: Fresh, a little grassy, flowery. It could just be the on-coming spring talking though. A little yeasty malt. A little citrusy grapefruit. Appealing.

Taste: Balanced, rich, nothing off in the long finish. Less citrusy than some hoppy beers, a little more pine resin? Maybe lemon without the tartness? Palate-coating creaminess. A bit of cereal backbone. My initial impression is grassy and herbal, but that could be just a tidy dryness. I likes it.

Feel: Full, creamy, filling gives way to ample carbonation and cleans up nicely. Long, satisfying finish.

Overall: My gracious, it's full and harmonious. Eschewing the bombastic elements of the style, it favors hoppy elegance over IBU bravado. (804 characters)

Photo of metal_91
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is definitely a perfect beer. I've heard of 21st Amendment since I live in San Francisco but I didn't try it until I was at my friend's house in Sacramento last week. It's smooth and the taste is just wonderful. Although it is light for an IPA but after one beer I definitely felt it kicking in. (300 characters)

Photo of spoofer
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This IPA is great. Well balanced. Not over the top hoppy, and the perfect amount of carbonation. I really didn't expect it to be this good. I highly recommend if you're looking for a lighter bodied IPA but not light on flavor or alcohol content. (245 characters)

Photo of shucklak
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty unique beer I think. The color is very gold, and quite clear (too clear!). The smell is really amazing, lots of hops but also lots of malty sweetness, a great balance. Taste is definitely more hops than malt, but still a good balance. Feel is crisp, can definitely tell it's 7%. abv though. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

Bonus - the packaging is fantastic. A 6 pack of cans in a box where Abe Lincoln dismounts from Mount Rushmore to kick ass? It is literally why I bought it in the first place. (516 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy By: 01/01/15

A: Pours a golden color with 2+ fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves sticky lacing down the glass

S: Some earthy and citrusy hops balanced out by a sturdy maltiness. A bit of fruity yeastiness as well

T: Follows the nose. Balanced from the start, with a mix of citrus, fruitiness, grassy/earthiness, and a bit of breadiness. Bitter throughout

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little on the prickly/abrasive side

O: A solid IPA that is very well balanced and extremely easy to drink. The IBUs definitely smack you around a little towards the end, as there is almost no residual sweetness to counteract the bitterness. If you're really into juicy IPAs, stay away. Otherwise, pick some up (743 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +5%

a great ipa, paler golden in color, light for its strength, and not at all weighted down or crowded out by any darker crystal malts. the clear honey colored beer is frothing from the can, accumulating several inches of bone white head that never really settles out. what i love here is the nose, fresh almost vegetal herbaceous hop profile, with all the resinous oily intensity of standard west coast ipa, but a step below that in overall bitterness, which lends to drinkability, even in a beer thats 7% abv, it goes down awful quick and clean. hops dominate the flavor too, as they should, but again they seem more welcoming than abrasive, like a cool pond on a hot day rather than fire for a dry mouth. longer finish keeps me tasting the sticky hops as for awhile, and i see this as a great gateway ipa with mass appeal for the style. versatile with food too, it works with everything from funky english cheese to grilled meats and veggies. a worthy offering. (961 characters)

Photo of Whoviant
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clean drinkable IPA.
Clear color, almost lager-like. Definite Cascade Hop taste without the grapefruit-like pucker mouth feel.
Influence of German hops smoothing the finish.
Enjoyable with barbacue food or on its own in contimplative mode. Frisco makes a good beer that travels well. (285 characters)

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

A-Thin white head. Orange, rich amber body.
S-Nice aroma of citrus and hops. Faint pine.
T-For me, the taste is desirable. A nice balance of hops, citrus, and pine.
M-Crisp, nice dense carbonation in the mouth, medium bodied.
O-This is a very good, middle of the road IPA, in terms of drinkability. Not too light, not too strong. Very drinkable. (345 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can thrown into a mix-six pack from Wegmans.

This one's a hazy dark orange, with a good healthy one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like juicy citrus fruits and herbal piney hops.

This one has a crisp and succint hop bite that is very pleasant. Past the upfront bitterness, I can taste tons of orange, pineapple, mango, peach, etc, just very juicy and fruity.

Medium bodied, crisp and very clean mouthfeel. Slightly grainy. High carbonation.

A very good IPA from 21st Amendment, I didn't have huge expectations going in, but it was very tasty. (562 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can > Pint Glass

A - Clear gold with two fingers of foamy white head, thick lacing.
S - Light citrus, decent floral notes, big grass, lots of fresh bread, hints of pine.
T - Aroma follows through to flavor, mild citrus and pine, some sweet caramel notes coming through, grapefruit peel, bread.
M - Decent bitterness, good medium feel, not over the top.
O - Better than I remember, for the longest time I was totally against 21st, and I seriously think it was the water they were using a while back. Everything had a weird aftertaste that you just couldnt knock. Things have changed since my absence it seems, and I'm enjoying more of their stuff. Granted, its still just about par, but cant say its bad. (707 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out a clear gold with a huge white foamy head. Great retention and sticky lacing. The aroma is great, with a blend of floral, citrus, and pine hops all blended together. The flavor has a nice bitter hops bite (mostly citrus) with a great malt backbone balanced against it. The weight is thinner but not watery and there is a good bite from the hops on the finish. This is a great IPA. (391 characters)

Photo of stevoj
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful looking IPA, slightly cloudy golden with nice thick, silky head. Gentle aroma of hops, pine and citrus. Medium weight mouthfeel, slightly lagerish taste with hops flourish. Light lingering hops on the palate at finish. Smooth and easy to drink. (254 characters)

Photo of lochef81
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ipa pours a very clear golden amber color with a small white head that leaves a nice lacing. The nose is very citrusy. Lots of lemon peel, grapefruit, and pine abound. There is a little malt but it is subtle at best. The mouthfeel is nice and sticky, coating the palate with an abundance of hop bitterness. The flavor delivers exactly what the nose promises. Citrus hops, bitter bite, but balanced and smooth. This is my first sampling from 21st and its quite good. Can't wait to try more. (494 characters)

Photo of hops202
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Best by 7/04/14

A - slightly hazy golden color

S - lots of sweet floral notes. Sweet citrus as well - tangleo coated in domino white sugar comes to mind.

T - Certainly sweet but also delicious. tangerine and other sweet citrus with good hop balance.

M - medium body for an IPA

O - A very well done IPA (352 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy golden color. Poured a nice creamy head. Great lacing.

S- Super inviting. Big floral notes, grapefruit, tangerine, pine, fresh hop and caramel.

T- Follows the nose pretty closely. Grapefruit, tangerine, pine, fresh hops, resin, and just a dash of lemon. Finish was a really nice rush of bready flavors with some spice mixed in.

M- Medium body. Crisp carbonation. Oily and only slightly drying with a nice aftertaste.

O- I was impressed with this one. The aromas were wonderful, and the flavors were really nicely balanced. It got even better as it warmed. I love a citrusy, piney IPA with a kick of sweetness, and this one definitely delivered. The bready accents in the aftertaste were a nice addition as well. (727 characters)

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

poured from the can into standard pint glass. canned 1/27/14, so a tad over 3 months.

poured a clear golden yellow color with a generous slightly off white head white persisted throughout. lacing was very good, almost artistic.

Aroma was of pine & citrus hops

Great tasting IPA. An initial hop bite which did fade, leaving a very pleasant slightly fruity aftertaste

Mouth was about medium

3 months on and still hop forward. Is it the can? Is it the brewery? Who cares, I'll certainly grab another 6 pack. (509 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yellow gold color. Upside-down bubble rain. Fat sticky off-white head. Gives good lacing.

Loud citric rind hoppiness, grapefruit, pale ale malt, sourdough yeast, pine, and elderflower. Great IPA representation. Reminds me of Lagunitas IPA.

Follows the nose with wild citrus, vine flowers, peppermint leaf, pine, spicy hop, biscuit bread malt with spare toast, grapefruit, and orange rind. Yeast is evident with that sourdough flavor. A little dank, very fresh draft pour.

Nice and wet with a swishy feel. Optimal for drinking. Excitable on the palate.

A damn good IPA. I forgot how much I like this. (603 characters)

Photo of Zach136
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned on 1/27/14, poured into an IPA glass.

A - Light gold, 1 inch head with solid lacing.

S - Light tropical fruit with a touch of honey.

T - Very balanced hop profile. Mild pine, grassy and fruit with a breakfast cereal backbone. Mild bitterness.

M - Milky, moderate body with excellent carbonation.

O - Overall a solid IPA, but nothing that would make me revisit over other options available on the shelf. (419 characters)

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