21st Amendment IPA | 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment IPA21st Amendment IPA

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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by oggg on 11-17-2004

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.57/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can procured in bucolic downtown Idaho Falls. Strangely, the label claims this is from Cold Spring, MN...oh, it looks like it's contract brewed there and canned for eastward expansion!

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of billowy, foamy white head, which leaves some bonsai tree lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of citrus rind pith and pine needles, and biscuity caramel malt. The taste is semi-sweet biscuity malt, and bitter floral and pine hops, with no noticeable warming. The carbonation is moderate, and a bit flinty, the body on the low side of medium weight, and coolly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the zippy biscuit and softening forest floor hops playing nice.

If the can didn't so boldly proclaim to the contrary, I would peg this as a west coast ESB. Even so, the blend of characteristics makes for a tasty, easy-going tipple, and Honest Abe's threatening posture is patently unnecessary in this situation - I drink this of my own free will!

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.98/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a pint on tap, and the canned version subsequently.

Pint is a bright saturated orange, Thin skim of white foam layered on the surface. Bright clarity with the occasional stream of upward moving carbonation.

Sweet orange and caramel malt aroma. Tap version seemed a bit fresher, more distinctive citrus.

Medium bodied, llight hop bitterness with some candied orange and caramel malt sweetness. Low carbonation suits the beer well, allowing the flavors to take center stage. Though very similar, the tap version had the edge due to freshness. Aroma and taste popped a little bit more than the can.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of tropical fruit, citrus and toasty malt.

T - It tasted of tropical fruit and citrus. Nice burnt toast maltiness with toffee and caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very good IPA. 21st Amendment does great beer.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at a store up in MA, don't believe its available in CT... $8.99 for the 6 pack of cans.

Really cool design and story on the can, props to their marketing scheme. Pours a semi see thru yellow with a nice head and good amount of lacing down the glass. Nice hoppy aroma to it. Taste is much sweeter than the average IPA, more on the light bodied side but there's just the sweetness to it that I found a little different. Not really good or bad, but different for sure. Tastes pretty balanced, but I would have preferred a bit more of a body and a better mouthfeel. Great IPA for the price and even cooler that it's in a can... give it a whirl.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Photo of LXIXME
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium sized white head above a clear honey golden colored beer. A nice lasting lacing on a light bodied beer.

Aroma is mixed malts with hops giving this a light sweet and light sour mix, with floral and light citrus dominating.

Light bitter citrus hops in the foreground of the taste added with light pine, lemon and even lighter sweet malts.

A pretty light bodied IPA with a with a light IPA taste that is a little different than most IPA's out there, but thats not a bad thing.

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Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours with a healthy two finger head of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, dark golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves an excellent lacing on the glass.

S - A nice, sweaty hop aroma with notes of pine and grapefruit.

T - Grassy, pine hops up front with notes of rich, bready malt. Some spicy character to the hop profile in the middle. The beer finishes with pine, grapefruit, and sweaty hops that are backed by moderate bitterness and balanced by lightly sweet, pale malt.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Well put together, this beer has a lot of pungent hop character. I would like a little more fruity hop essence to balance the onion like notes that are present, but it works pretty well as is.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass. Thanks to thequeue for this in the Secret Santa BIF.

Pours a clear gold with several fingers of poofy off-white head. Solid 1/4 finger of frothy retention sticks around, leaving some massive and sticky hop lacing behind. The aroma is floral and resinous with notes of herbs and spices, along with a fairly thick smelling undercurrent of grainy malts and light warmth that starts to intrude a bit as it warms.

The taste is a mix of piny and some more earthy feeling hops that are actually pretty well balanced by a fairly beefy backbone of bready malts and citric tang. Finishes with a dry bitterness that only lingers for a bit before fading. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a carbonation that stays on the lower side. Combining this with the heat in the body and bitterness that is present is putting off a bit of a medicinal feel that I'm having trouble shaking.

I wanted to like this more but I'm afraid that this is packing more heat than it should for the profile that is there and kept the drinkibility down as well. I'm a little disappointed by this.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It may be that the clearest grapefruit aroma you'll ever find in a beer will come from a can of 21st Amendment's IPA. It's bright and citrusy, lightly tangy, and very rind-like as well. Beyond that, the hazy deep amber body and creamy off-white head suggest that there's more than enough malt there to round it out, and sure enough it's true. It's bready and biscuity at the outset, revealing a hint of dark caramel, and then a burst of hop flavor that takes you over the middle and splashes you down in a piney, citrusy, and bitter finish. It's quite a ride, but it's not an over-done, bombastic beer - it's just well-balanced, really nicely rounded, and full-flavored. Quite enjoyable!

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Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Seems to be in the right spot for balance among malt, strength, and hoppiness. A nice amber with an orange tint in the glass. Pleasing sudsiness and appearance. Some citrus peel with a little of the grapefruit pith. Plenty bitter, but not overbearing. Rather fruity after a few sips, and tangy, like a sour orange. Floral hops in the flavor and a very light fragrance.

Fairly light body. Quite likable standard IPA. Hard to find fault, but not particularly interesting.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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...

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a good burst of piney hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but it helps the hops & citrus flavors stand out and is enough to provide both balance and substance to the beer. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this very solid IPA that is worth drinking for a long time.

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