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21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment IPA21st Amendment IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,170 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,170
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 68
Gots: 175 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oggg on 11-17-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C-hop aroma and golden colour with temporary mushroom cloud white head of foam. A bit above average mouthfeel supported by malt backbone, or good grapefruit piney hopped smooth drinking IPA. Very drinkable.Refreshing.
A great throw-in extra on a trade!

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 6/22/12.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of lots of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and orange/tangerine juice aromas. Taste is super citrus forward with citrus fruit, citrus zest, citrus juice, honey, and some malt on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great aromas and flavors that make it super easy to drink. A real surprise.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange with an off white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. Some citrus and piney hops in the nose, although there seems to be quite a bit of malt coming through even in the nose. Taste is a bit bitter, but is definitely dominated by quite a bit of malt sweetness. The balance is definitely off as the malt and its flavors nearly override the citrus and pine flavors, leaving a somewhat disorganized beer. Mouthfeel is a bit better, with a little bit more balance. Drinkability is okay, but not one of the better 21st Amendment beers that I've had.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is pale golden yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of citrusy and piney hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and dominated by flavors of hops, but this is nicely balanced by the underlying malts and isn't overly bitter.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The alcohol is well masked, which makes this beer relatively easy to drink.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a nice cap that protects the liquid like a sentry without leaving much tell-tale lace behind

Smell: Surprisingly balanced aroma with plenty of bready malt mixed in with a hop bill that leans more toward pine than citrus

Taste: Toasty, up front, with a developing bock-like malty undertone; the piney hops arrive by mid-palate but are not particularly forceful and, after the swallow, the malty element remains predominant

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but not particularly exciting if you are expecting a hoppy IPA

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

A delicious American IPA with a plethora of citrusy hop character, backed by malty richness to support. Delicious with fruity and caramel undertones, this beer puts the hop plant on display.

Pouring a mildly hazy light copper, light orange color, the beer's carbonation builds a frothy off-white head with tremendous staying power and intricate patterns of lace. A sturdy and strong look overall.

Citrusy aromas abound: chocked full of red and white grapefruit, orange zest and tangerine, pineapple, herbal notes, pine and resin... There's a lot going on with the hop character, to the point where any one characteristic in indistinguishable from the next. Fortified malt aromas come alive with a backbone of caramel and bread crust in a stronger than expected portrayal.

Citrusy flavors also dominate taste, but not without an early rebuttal of malt richness, sweetness, and overlay bready, crusty character with cashew-like nuttiness. But then the citrusy flavors quickly build with everything from citrus pulp and pith to earthy grasses and herbs, with a sprucey, resiny flavor that deliver a consistent fade to bitterness in finish with a weakening malty front. A delicious beer throughout.

Medium full in body, the combination of ample carbonation with malty richness make for a very creamy upstart. But the hoppy dryness and building alcohol warmth transition nicely into a malty-dry and fleeting sweetness in finish. Only a linger of crust and citrus bitterness last into the next sip. A very appetizing and rewarding beer with its effortless in drinkability and overall hop complexity.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a bright golden color ale with a large thick foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of soapy hops with light citrus undertone is a bit weird and not what I was expecting. Taste is also a weird mix between some soapy hops with light citrus undertones and a sweet malt base. Body is about average with good carbonation. I really didn't like the hops profile in this one and the malt base is too sweet for my taste.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head on a golden with copper hues body which is crystal clear.

S: moderate degree of aroma with orange peel and grapefruit citrus and light pine hop notes and bready malts.

T: flavor is a little subdued. toasted malts are the backbone with sweaty, earthy and mild citrus hops, very bready.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: very easy to drink, mild everyday-like IPA.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it."

--Thomas Jefferson

Crystalline nectarine with a few fine fluttering flecks of yeast. The good looking crown is equal parts eggshell, ecru and pale orange. It's more firm than creamy and is starting to deposit a great deal of sticky lace in shredded sheets. Other than the clarity, this is a fantastic looking IPA.

The aroma more than gets the job done as well. It's hard to go wrong with the murderer's row of American hops that 21st Amendment has chosen: Warrior, Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo. In addition, the beer was dry-hopped with Simcoe, Ahtanum and Amarillo. Each whiff delivers clouds of tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit and pine.

Two things keep Brew Free! Or Die India Pale Ale from the big leagues. The first is too much Munich malt, which has the effect of giving the beer an earthy, toasted vibe that gets in the way of the hop love. If I wanted an Oktoberfest, I'd have popped open an Oktoberfest.

The second is a wee lack of hoppiness, which is never a good thing in an IPA. To be fair, this can *may* not be superfresh, although it's been in my possession for less than one month. Without any sort of date, it's impossible to know for sure. The claimed 75 IBUs taste like no more than 40-50.

It's odd how the hops give up so much of themselves in the nose, but fail to do the same on the palate. Specifics include toasted zwieback covered with a thick layer of grapefruit marmalade and a few spent tea leaves. Suggestion to the brewers: jettison the Munich malt and you'll end up with much better beer.

The body/mouthfeel is a fraction light for the style. It's okay for an APA, but then this offering aspires to greater things. The amount of carbonation is fine and dandy, I just wish it resulted in a more silky smooth beer.

This can of 21st Amendment IPA might have come from the most recent release and is a representative sample. If so, the brewery has some work to do to match their reputation. If it's a bit long in the tooth, then I'll be happy to review a fresh can... if someone would be so kind as to send me one.

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of tapping this can on Halloween. I had been waiting to try one for quite a while, and this was my chance. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 10/31/2008.

The pour was typical of your good, solid IPA's with a nice and slightly hazy, golden amber appearance. Nice carbonation could be seen streaking up toward the surface and a nice pillow of white dropped on top and stayed for a good few minutes before finally settling down with a decent amount of side glass lace.

The aroma was loaded down with fresh hops. Nice touches of grapefruit and pine, light bready notes as it warmed and an all over fresh type of profile. Clean and crisp, the first sip went down with ease. Nice sharp and contrasting bite of floral hops quickly wet the tongue before fading back into a mellow, light biscuit like flavor that seemed to linger long after the rest had gone. Nice and light, with good carbonation kept me drinking this easily as the glass emptied quicker and quicker.

Overall a very solid IPA and a nice effort here in a can. I am growing more and more fond of canned beers and this one was no exception. Very sold delivery and something I would gladly go for again.

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

On-tap at 21A

A: The pour is the familiar light amber color with a finger's worth of white head.

S: Good citrus notes up front along with a fair amount of sweet fruitiness. A bit of bread and malt underneath to round things out.

T: The flavor is highly fruity and tropical in nature, much more than I was expecting. The bitterness is piney and helps to balance out the sweetness in the beer.

M: The body is medium with a crisp carbonation and clean bitterness.

D: Overall, a good IPA and much better than the canned version. This is one of 21A's signature beers for a reason...

Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out of the can as a clear golden color with a fluffy white head on top. The lacing was soapy and a little scattered about. The smell of the beer has a pretty good hop aroma too it with a decent amount of malt on the nose too. The taste had a fairly good amount of hops on the tongue throughout the brew. It's a little light with flavor overall, you can definitely tell it's an ipa though. The mouthfeel is along the lines of any typical ale, it's light, crisp and refreshing. Overall this beer was pretty good and would be ideal for casual drinking.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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

Appearance: Pours a rather hazy, orange-hued body with a small, white head.

Smell: Particularly pungent nose of citrusy, fruity hops ahead of the pale malts and lesser waft of wildflower honey.

Taste: Faintly bready malts with a honeyish sweetness present. Richly fruity blend of hop flavors, notably tangerine, citric grapefruit, pineapple, and even the noble lemon with a medium-high, earthy bitterness. Finishes reasonably dry with a lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasant, well-balanced IPA. I would cheerfully have another.

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.

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21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,170 ratings.