1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

Not Rated.
21st Amendment IPA21st Amendment IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

2,083 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,083
Reviews: 805
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 67
Gots: 140 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of 21st Amendment IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,083 | Reviews: 805 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of rodney45
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark amber, with a whipped cream colored head that doesnt last as long as it takes to finish the beer.

S- Very distinctive grapfruit and citrus hops aroma, but malt is present also.

T- Has a distict dinner roll taste up front. But then is compensated with a complexity of hops that is reminiscent of the big micro breweries that have made the big IPA style so famous. I get greapefruit, red pepper, tangerine, and apricot notes laced within this collage of hop character.

M-Has a slight underwhelming, almost week feel for a true IPA, but definetly has a complexity that is there if you are looking for it.

O- I expect good things from this brewery. I bought this beer on the odd chance that it might impress me in some way, and this beer has. I plan on searching for more, and I think you should too.

rodney45, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of rdunigan
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pilsner glass.
Wow...pretty impressed by this beer. Great tasting IPA....glad i tried it. I think it deserves a bonus for being available in can! Anyhow wonderful piny, malt smell. Can't go wrong with the taste. One of the better IPA's i've tasted lately. Highly recommended. There is better, but this beer isn't far off. First time I had seen it at my local Kroger store (which gets a decent amount of craft brews, making life easier so don't always have to go to the liquor store)...like i said hops are there and good taste. but i know, some beers offer more hops with a better taste...but this is definetely close! Cheers! good beer!

rdunigan, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of Kranders
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great overall IPA. There's a real distinct spice characteristic that I'd assume comes from the hops, but isn't really hoppy in flavor. Don't get me wrong, there's still good hop kick at the end as well. While pouring the beer doesn't really affect taste all too much, it really opens up the aroma and makes the beer that much more enjoyable. It's a surprising 7% ABV as well, which isn't necessarily good or bad, but I'm amazed at how well they were able to hide the alcohol in the tasty beer.

Kranders, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of cubancigar2000
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hoppy with a beautiful after taste of orange and spice. Love this beer and I am not a can guy. It tastes better from a cold glass but I had a can in the boat and it was fine. The quality of this beer is above and beyond average for sure. my wife works for a beer dist and brought a case home for $2.00 and I am a happy camper

cubancigar2000, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

orbitalr0x, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of jhtipton
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into my chalice cup; nice deep orange with rich head. Translucent. Lacing. Smell is piney and citrusy. It has a great West coast IPA taste. Lots of hops and citrus like orange grapefruit and pears. Nice medium body beer. Definitely worthy of a small session. Overall a fine example of west coast IPA. Will drink appreciably and often. One of the best can beers ever but use a glass.

jhtipton, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Clear light orange color. One and a half fingers of white, dense froth head. Retention is average and a decent sized ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Surprisingly jampacked with hop aroma. Quite floral with lots of citrus and.... watermelon? Orange, candied orange, and overripened pineapple. Quite clean with just a touch of neutral maltiness. Very nice.

4.0 T: The taste isn't as explosive as the nose, but it's still quite good. Very low bitterness and TONS of watermelon. I can't believe how much watermelon there is and no I'm not reviewing their watermelon beer. Again plenty of orange, a bit sugary, and sweetened pineapple juice. The malts are reserved and only serve to add a touch of balance to the hop flavor.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Extremely creamy for the body. Well done.

4.5 D: I went into this not expecting a whole lot, but this is unequivically a great brew. Solid all around and light enough to put more than a few down in a sitting.

DavoleBomb, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of beerman21
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a really nice rusty golden color with a fluffy egg shell color head.

S-mild in the aroma, picking up some juicy fruit citrus. Not much else there.

T- Mmm real nice citrus snap of bitterness. Grapefruit, orange peel flavors which I think is more prounouced then the grapefruit. Very good balance. I like to see that there is some light biscuity malt in the background. Don't see alot of that when it comes to west coast style IPA's. Kinda sets this one apart from the rest.

M- very velvety smooth mouthful, clean flavor that lingers briefly which makes it very drinkable for a big IPA.

O- very good stuff, I can see myself making this a regular refreshing IPA. Highly sessionable for the ABV, very balanced and smooth. If I were to get a keg of IPA that wouldn't fatigue my taste buds this one would be it.

beerman21, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of rstone57
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 21A can into a pint glass.

Head is almost non-existent and the color is golden.

Smell is hops.

Taste is hops and citrus with a crisp carbonation.

Overall this is a great IPA and my favorite of the San Francsico craft breweries. Plus it is in cans which makes it great for the outdoors- camping, beach, concerts, cookouts, softball etc.

rstone57, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this from a can - the "mount rushmore" looking can. Nice amber/golden color. Slight head that dissolved quickly. Slight hop and citrus smell, but not overwhelming.
My initial impressions are blah, but it tastes much better than expected. It is very mild in bitterness, but typical IPA flavor. Nice balance between hops and malt with very little after taste. Its probably more hops than most non-hop lovers will enjoy. Not my favorite IPA, but very good and worth a try.

DrinkSlurm, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of ChadBroChill17
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes
Appearance: Nothing too distinct here just a nice golden look.
Taste: Very good taste. Definitely a citrus feel with a little bitterness that can be appreciated.
Smell: Other than hops not much else to say about smell.
Take Away: Definitely worth trying. One of the better beers I’ve had in a while. 21st amendment never fails to impress.

ChadBroChill17, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of stabzmcgee
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

can to glass pint. Aroma is citrus grassy hops. Appearance is pleasant with golden body and a nice frothy white head. Taste is grassy hops with a hint of citrus to it. Palate is light bodied- a very easy drink for 7%. light carbonation and slightly slick mouthfeel. Overall an awesome beer.

stabzmcgee, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of ColForbinBC
2.78/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can, poured into a pint

Pours a light golden color with a tint of orange through the middle. Some mild lacing and a one finger paper white cap.

Cheesy hops on the nose (improperly stored?) with some lightly toasted white bread and some citrus.

Some piney hops rush to the front and say hello before pale malt enters the equation. The finish is lightly, and I mean lightly bitter. This reminds me of a heartier well-hopped pilsner. Not what I am looking for in an IPA.

Light to medium body, little syrupy/chewy. Mild bitterness at best.

This just didn't deliver for me. Lightly hopped, sturdy malt and little to no bitterness.

ColForbinBC, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of devinoconnor
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In San Francisco on work, and grabbed a 6-pack of their Brew Free or Die IPA... Wanted to get down to the brewery... but didn't have time.

Pours a very exciting bright orange. Extremely bright, clear. I love the can for this beer. An immense amount of head comes with the brew.

Smell is malty and hoppy - a little less hops than I would have preferred, but a nice balanced IPA.

Overall, it's certainly an above average IPA. Very enjoyable.

devinoconnor, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

emerge077, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on Nitro tap at Thirsty's in York, served in a standard pint. According to the owner all of the taps are nitro now.

The appearance is great -deep golden with very good clarity and thin snowy cap which holds forever which is what prompted me to ask as I got my first whiff of this. I noticed the lace sticky in a thick sheet and the smooth oily looking head gave it away. Carbonation rises gradually, I think the nitro pours adds to the look. The aroma is mostly floral with some nice citrus notes that emerge w/ a hint of rind-like mild grapefruit which makes me wonder if cascade is an aroma hop in this. The smell is sweet w/ light toast aroma from the malt w/ balance in the juicy hop notes.

The feel is very creamy and smooth with a medium bodied w/ subtle amount of bitterness up front with the nitrous giving the perception of an oily ipa with some malt to balance the slight hop bite and adds a semi-sweet middle. The finish has a light alcohol effect on the palate. Taste is pleasant with a sweet grapefruit/bitter orange rind taste w/ slight vegetal taste almost with mild sweet flavor which accents it well. The hops have a tea-like quality w/ tannic edge and carries into the back of the throat with the finish seeming to dry out after the somewhat oily middle. The taste of hops are not too aggressive bitterness-wise, yet there is a slight astringent quality that stands out more as it warms.

Overall I enjoyed this beer, a pretty solid example of an American IPA, I like the fact it isn't too dry and has a nice juicy taste, I think it was enjoyable to compare the nitro version to the can.

Slatetank, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of mugs1789
1.93/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thick and sweet and chewy, and not in a good way. Overloaded with hops to the point that it loses all subtlety. No particular type of hop was evident. This beer was a mess. I was hoping for a more balanced beer. This wasn't it.

DIPA lovers may enjoy this but I didn't.

mugs1789, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of hopking311
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a golden orange, half finger of head.. dissapates to crazy lacing..

smells, sweet citrus.. caramel malts

great carbonation and medium body

tastes sweet caramel malts, citrusy grapefruity hop presence ..

Very balanced.. I picked this one up in GA.. I can definately say Im impressed with this brewery.

hopking311, Sep 30, 2011
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.

BEERchitect, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into pilsner glass. Stamped 10620A2BQ.

A: Clear, liquid gold with spiralling clouds of effervescence. Three fingers of off-white head with fabulous retention. Great lace. Impressive.

S: Usual IPA smells. Creamy, resiny, grapefruit. Lemon peel.

T/M: Hmm, a bit disappointing. Not nearly as assertive as I would like or had expected. Mellow hops, citrus zest, bitter, thin aftertaste (with shadows of metal?). Not particularly impressive. Though quite bitter, it isn't entirely pleasant and leaves an odd flavour in a dry mouth. Still, rather substantial body, so wateriness never arises (only the thinness on the aftertaste).

O: Mediocre IPA that doesn't taste anywhere near as good as it looks/smells. From past 21st Amendment experiences, I know their beer is not usually metallic, but this one seems to be the most metally of the bunch. Although I would steer you away, there are far better IPAs out there. Probably would not have again.

AgentMunky, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of Meerkey
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick off-white head. Foamy. Lots of bubbles. Clear gold. Really pretty. Crazy

S: Cream. Piney hops and resin. Grapefruit.

T: Creamy and hoppy with some citrus. Quite bitter (a bitterness that sort of has this weird metallic aftertaste). Kind of disappointing.

M: Substantial enough. Not watery, but not very interesting.

O: It's alright, but disappointing considering what I was expecting from the smell and appearance. Won't go out and get one, but would accept if it were offered to me.

Meerkey, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of RossCain
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce, nice looking can into a pint glass

A: Comes from the can with a semi-hazy, golden body that looks a little different than other IPAs. Splotchy laces roll down the side of the glass into the small, white cap of a head that quickly settles on the beer. Nothing special but not bad.

S: Flowery, perfume like notes dominate the hop profile with a certain character of honey lurking in the background. There is a distinct biscuity goodness that props up the the nose as well.

T: Tips the tongue with the all familiar rush of hoppy goodness, dominated by the floral character of hops with. A little bit one-sided in its character upfront. Slight notes of potpourri come through but don't detract from the overall profile. Finishes with a sweet, malt backbone a twinge of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with an oily slickness as it touches the lips. Good balance of carbonation with an attractive mouthfeel and little hint of alcohol for a 7% brew. Doesn't overstay it's welcome on the palate and finishes dry.

O: By no means a bad IPA, but by no means one of the best. In such a saturated market, it's hard to stand out so I can't knock 21st Amendment Brewery for putting out another solid IPA that simply blends among its myriad of peers. However, at $7.99 a 6 pack (in cans which are a plus for the style), the brewery drives a hard bargain for a no-frills, easy drinking IPA.

RossCain, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass, nice crisp, clear gold to copper color, 1 inch thick head that dissipates and clings the glass nicely.

Smell is somewhat underdone hop pine and citrus notes, very feint biscut malt note.

Taste is a nice hop forward bitterness thats cleaned up with some malt sweetness, some caramel and biscuit notes.

Mouthfeel is probably a touch bitter, but in a good IPA way; malt sweetness is enough to balance it but the lingering flavors are the piney hops, almost resiny.

Overall, nice IPA, very crisp and bitter, good hop flavor and nice biscuit malt touch.

mvanaskie13, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of alli4051
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint.

Pours a dark, but clear, copper with a thick foamy head. Head hangs around for a while and leaves some nice lacing. Nose is not quite what I expected, definitely hop presence but lots of biscuity malt too. Taste is similarly balanced as well. Strong hop flavor mingles with a lot of murky malt flavors. The bitterness is a bit muted by the malts but definitely still there. Medium bodied with a crisp finish. Overall a well balanced IPA that is a nice change of pace from the typical hop-centric example.

alli4051, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of BurpingtonDC
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass pinched from the bar downstairs that almost torched my apartment along with yours truly. Paybacks!

A - Beautiful Golden amber color with a thick, creamy, fluffy head. thick lacing all over the place!

S - Nice scent of peach or apricot and sweet malt, and bread. Surprisingly devoid of any hop scent. Maybe it's me?

T - Slightly sweet malt and bitter hop converge upon first sip, then taste rounds out to bitter, piney hoppiness. Very well balanced. Pleasant drink, and even at 7% ABV I could see having more than one*
*See note at end

M - Mouthfeel is good. Full, with just the right amount of carbonation. Chewy, but just short of cloying. Hops linger just long enough.

O - Wow! Not sure how I feel about this one. I wasn't too impressed when I first purchased it with family over pizza at the Jersey shore. Took some home and let it stand on its own and what I found was...in general, I liked it pretty well. BUT...what I found disconcerting was it gave me too much of a buzz after one can (as compared to other at similar ABV) and it gave me a headache after each one. WTH? Kind of ruined the love affair.

All in all, it's a pleasant IPA, not too hoppy though, but watch its kick. Probably scoring it higher than my initial impression.

BurpingtonDC, Sep 09, 2011
21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,083 ratings.