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21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment IPA21st Amendment IPA

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2,083 Ratings

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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)
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Photo of dmamiano
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden hue with a big, bold head and laces thick.
Smells of hoppy goodness. Orange rind lemon and pear perhaps mingled with sweet caramel malt and possible a bit of breadyness.
Taste was very nice. Fist off, thinck on the palate. Great mouthfeel. Viscous. Oily almost.
great balance of hops to malt but of course the hoppiness stands out.
Great round bitterness mixed with base graininess.
Have to say I really liked this beer.

dmamiano, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a snifter

A- A bright clear copper color with an orange tint and a three finger white head

S- Citrus hops with a nice sweet malt backbone, and a hint of pine

T- Citrus hops up front, big caramel malt backbone, bitter piney finish. I know that this is brewed to be very balanced between hop and malt flavors, but I would like it better if it was hoppier.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body

O- This is a nice IPA that I would pick it up again.

larryi86, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

jondeelee, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep yellow, 1 finger head, ok lacing

S: big pine, hint of lemon grass, firm malt

T: lemon grass/citrus front, malt, big pine, slow
bitter slightly sticky finish

M: med body, slightly sticky mouth

O: Solid IPA, but not world class.
Enjoyed having and would get it again.
The ABV is well hidden, could have a few.


BeerLover99, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

biboergosum, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Jon6Fifty
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say, this is the perfect little non obtrusive IPA, you can bring a 6'er to a party without being an obvious beer snob. Also a great way to introduce friends and family to craft beer.

Beautiful color and pour, non offensive smell and after taste, clean buzz. Six packs of these babies are currently $7.99 at the local Lunardis which is just a huge deal...Budweiser or 21st...hmmmm, sarcasm aside, this has been my staple Sunday/SF Giants Baseball beer this Summer, without a doubt the best offering from 21st!

To sum 21st IPA up in a word: smooth and sunny (make that two words). Peace.

Jon6Fifty, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of justinjj1280
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker golden to light orange color with a bubbly head that recedes quickly.

Flowery hops hit the nose first, very pleasant.

Some sweetness hits the mouth first, then the hops with a good dose of bitterness that lingers. Pretty good balance.

Really crisp in the mouth and a good bite of carbonation.

IPA's are well down on my list of favorites, as I go for more malty ambers, browns, and stouts. I'm trying to gain a better appreciation of the style and this one is well done and rated accordingly. Good work.

justinjj1280, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Crossmd
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a Sam Adams beer glass, cold - 40-45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hazy orange-copper with a fluffy, lingering 3+ finger head that falls into a nice foam cap floating on top. Head is cream in color, even when very cold. Constant streams of tiny, champagne like bubbles - some slight sediment floating around throughout. Gorgeous though, one of the most visually appealing beers I've seen.

Smell is there, but with little projection or duration. Some slight coriander, hops and breads.

Being lighter than expected in the mouthfeel, with good effervescence, lends this beer I think to a very good drinkability and good pairing with lighter fare (sandwiches especially). Initial attack of slightly bitter citrus hops turns cleanly malty for only a second. Finishes well, lingering for 20 seconds maybe, but some times with a slightly metallic taste at the beginning of the drydown. (Coming from it being in a can maybe?) Really a nice balance of flavor and drinkability though.


Crossmd, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of evanlarkin
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange and slightly hazy, this beer has a very short head which dissipates very quickly. A few carbonation bubbles pop to the surface, but not aggressively.

Surprisingly little hop presence here. It's in the foreground, behind some dry malt aromas, but I would assume this was a pale ale by the smell. Or maybe my glass is just to big to let them out? (Surly imperial pint).

Sweeter than the smell had led me to believe though still definitely a drier beer, and the hops come in force. Not overly bitter, but certainly hop forward.

Medium body which leaves somewhat of a hop coating. High carbonation, I'd say.

This IPA probably won't bore into your tastebuds, but it won't bore them in a negative way either. It's a solid drink, and easy to enjoy, though not the top of it's category.

evanlarkin, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of distantmantra
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into straight pint glass.

A: Golden yellow color with a thick head of foam and medium lacing.

S: Strong citrus aroma, primarily lemon. Hint of pine.

T: Sweat citrus flavor with slight pine and hop bitterness.

M: Nicely carbonated with no bitter after taste. Well balanced and smooth.

O: Nice IPA when cans are your only option.

distantmantra, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With a fist pumping Abraham Lincoln on the can I thought it would make a good July 4th beach beer. How patriotic of me.

Golden honey orange color with a pancake bubble white head. Good lace and retention.

Aroma is largely toasted malt with some citrus-y hop. Not that fragrant in the hop department.

The toasted caramel sweetness is more akin to a marzen than an IPA. A dull pine hop tickle doesn't help it's cause.

I was all set to unleash a great, topical tagline like, "Brew Free or Die and I'd kill for another." But I won't. Neither would I maim, poke or Smurf bite. It's too munich-y and not that hoppy.

donkeyrunner, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of mikul93
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A A clear golden yellow with a healthy 1 finger head that dissipated pretty quickly. Some lacing.

S Grapefruit, some pineapple, pine and a hint of banana

T Quick shot of sweetness first hits the tongue and then the grapefruit immediately follows. Nice hoppy bitterness that is not to overpowering. Well balanced beer.

M Medium-light beer with nice carbonation. Very refreshing and easy drinking beer

O A tasty and well balanced IPA at a great price. Will definitely have this in my fridge often.

mikul93, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A can from a six-pack my wife bought me while on vacation in CA, poured into a pint glass.

Pours amber with a decent head. Smells primarily of malt with some citrusy hops coming through. Taste is floral and citrus hops up front and malt in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

tdm168, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of bbb099
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear pale golden color with a thin foamy head. Not much retention.

S - Floral hops with a hint of citrus. Small amount of malt characteristics. Nothing special.

T - A friend of mine had racer 5 while I got the Brew Free or Die and this definitely does not have as much flavors. Moderate amount of floral hops and citrus, not much else. Not bad, but nothing exceptional about this one.

M - Medium carbonation. Medium to light bodied.

O - An ok IPA. It probably needs do more in order to compete with other Californian IPAs.

bbb099, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of GRPunk
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to woodychandler. My first review from my first trade.

Can (packaged as Brew Free! or Die IPA) poured into a nonic pint.

A- Awesome can art. Lincoln coming out of the Mt. Rushmore about to give a left hook (or is it a jab, hard to tell). A normal pour left a 2-finger, off-white head that sustains at about 1/2-finger for the duration. The body was a clean, golden color just short of copper. Medium-heavy carbonation. Great stick left on the glass. Just a touch clean.

S- Oh so hoppy! They were fresh, floral, and earthy. There's an underlying, sweet malty profile that comes across as a little sugary (not a bad thing). Sweetened cereal, perhaps?

T- That's good. Bold flavors. Good mix of sweet malts and a solid hop punch (though not as hoppy as the aroma would suggest). I get some distinct tropical fruit. Pineapple? Mango? Underlying cereal/grainy malts. Multiple hop characteristics come off as herbal/medicinal, earhty/tobacco, and some citrus. There's a lingering sweetness the more I drink.

M- Hops are biting, but not abrasive. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Sweetness plays a tug-of-war with the drying hops. Does it want to linger or finish bone dry? Ends up in between.

O- This is a darn good IPA. If available in my market, it would be a "go-to." Everything is bold, but works together so nothing is overdone. I could easily put back a couple of these in a sitting.

GRPunk, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of dnrobert24
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brew free or die! Yeah! And another beer of theirs says "Free the hops" on it. Been wanting to try something from this brewery for a while. Nothing wrong with going can over bottle. This particular brew is orange. No other way to describe the color. Maybe orange with glints or ruby and honey or something, but really it is quite solidly orange. I'm not getting any hop aroma on the nose, but the malts are coming through more than I would expect. Oh, but that is not what I came here for...I came for hops, man! On the palate, the hops again hide. Certainly, there is adequate bitterness and the malt bill is solid, but where are the hops? I might have rated this higher if it were an APA, but it is rather average in the IPA department.

dnrobert24, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost-clear golden color with a medium white head that disappears slightly quick. Scent is hoppy with a hint of citrus and earthiness. Taste is initially citrus fruits and hop resin. Then it finishes with some graininess and bitter hops. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodies and crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a good IPA that I would definitely buy more of. Especially as 7.99 a sixer!

DovaliHops, Jul 12, 2011
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.

Knapp85, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying this thanks to a buddy who brought this back from a recent trip to PA.

A: Clear, golden in color. A finger of white foamy head that leaves behind a good amount of thick lacing. Nice thick film as well.

S: Pine, citrus and a little tropical smell. The hops are pretty well left to dominate the smell, but there is a very slight sweet addition of malts.

T: Malts are more present in the taste, but hops still out in front(not a complaint by any means). The hops flavors play pretty well together with none over powering the other. Still get pine, grapefruit and orange, just like in the nose. Malts are sweet and biscuity in the taste.

M: Medium bodied. Crisp and clean.

O: This is a nice first impression of 21st Amendment. It has a diverse hop profile that's not perfectly balanced with malts, but not allowed to totally run away with the beer either. I certainly hope this isn't the last offering from 21st Amendment that I have the chance to try.

titosupertramp, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of phantomwyse
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a brilliant copper body , carbonation languidly weaves through the beer, topped with a rich two finger head of off white.

S: Powerful aroma of dense pine and citrus. Malts? Not so much.

T: Oh, there’s the malts – some butter cookies, some biscuits. Then the hops move in, not as potent as the aroma would lead you to believe, a light wash of pine and a bit of grapefruit. Finishes with a nice tart bite.

M: Medium to light bodied and finishes dry.

O: A nice simple IPA. More balanced than expected. Lighter overall, a decent session IPA, good for warmer nights.

phantomwyse, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed copper hue with a big thicket of creamy white head forms a fine spread of even lacing between sips. Aromatics offer up bursts of herbal and citrus fruits, mainly grapefruit. A bit of fresh baked dough malt accents but mainly hops hit the nares. Flavor brings forth a really balanced hop flavor and bitterness not much in the way of aggressive hop bitterrness but more on hop flavor here more herabl freshness with loads of grapefruit accents...I'm pretty sure based on texture that these guys are using hop oils, very similar to the Lagunitas hoppy ales out and about. Medium bodied slick texture interesting mix of things going on, seems to be very drinkable. Overall quality is solid widely available IPA in a can this will continue to do well especially with the new can labels.

WVbeergeek, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of peacebone116
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-oz can into pint glass on 6/16/11.

A: Golden pour with thick fluffy off-white head--excellent head retention. Beer is fairly clear (slight haze) and looks very enticing.

N: Subtle floral & citrus, almost soapy...not at all what I anticipated, and not extremely sure if this is the intent.

T/M: A little underwhelming at first....but as the beer warms and coats my mouth, the oily body disperses the earthy flavors of pine balanced by a malt sweetness. Body is well carbonated with a medium feel.

Overall, a good IPA. A bit too subtle for my IPA expectations, but pretty decent nonetheless. I am pretty sure I like this beer a little more on draft, but I need to revisit that.

peacebone116, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought that the 21st ammendment beer was the perfect answer for a 4th of July BBQ. Thank you for turning over prohibition.

The beer tastes very good. It is a very good example of an IPA in terms of flavor. The hoppiness is present, but it is not overwhelming. I got the floral hops and some citrus.

It looks good, but it doesn't smell like much. I can't smell the same hops that I taste right after. There is a decent amount of bitterness with this beer.

It is a good IPA, but a great holiday to spend drinking beer.

ummswimmin, Jul 05, 2011
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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of velosuds
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this for the first time at my local grocer and decided to give it try. Paid $7.99 a sixer on sale (reg. $10.99). Like what the brewery's values and just love the motto: Brew Free or Die.

A-Pours a golden amber with a two finger, off-white head with good retention and ample lacing.

S-Aroma is disappointingly malt dimensional. At 70 IBUs with dry-hopping of Amarillo and Simcoe and finishing with Cascade, I would have expected a very fragrant bouquet of tropical citrus fruits and pine. All I get is bready malts. No idea how fresh, but suspect it is not.

T-Twangy bitterness from hops with an over-assertive malt profile, probably from too much Munich malt. Great for an APA, but hops must be showcased in an IPA.

M-Very smooth but a bit thin and light, especially for an IPA.

O-This is decent. I suspect the six-pack I bought was not fresh. Too bad; I really wanted to like this. Probably won't buy again.

velosuds, Jun 24, 2011
21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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