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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

2,079 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,079
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 PhageLab
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Clear golden colour, nice fluffy head which left some nice lacing behind and stayed on for the ride down.

S - Faint aroma of citrus hops. Muted but nice.

T - Simple, yet almost perfect. Well balance between the malt backing and the generous hopping. Actually this one is deceptively hoppy.

M - Crisp light body, clean finish, mild carbonation level.

D - Great rendition of an IPA. Sometimes we get caught up in how hard we can dry hop a beer or how many types we can pack in, that it's nice to see a simple and delicious take on the style.

PhageLab, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of GeezLynn
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

A: Attractive shade of golden orange covered by a great white head with pretty good retention.

S: Nice hops, showing some grapefruit and apple, and a caramel malt. Not overly aromatic, but what's there is pretty good.

T: Hoppy and bitter with plenty of grapefruit pith and a touch of toasted malt somewhere in there. Undoubtedly a west coast-style IPA that’s quite bitter, but lacking depth of hop flavors. Too much of one of the harsh varieties of hop (Tomahawk?) for me.

M: Medium-bodied for style with moderate carbonation.

Not bad, but a bit one-dimensional and too bracing to be something I’d come back to much. Still, the packaging is pretty convenient for summer outings.

GeezLynn, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Yellowish tan, grapefruit juice look, nice 1 inch creamy head.

SMell - Hops, malts, Pine, malts, some spices. Lemon and sugars are also present.

Taste - Sweet strong hops, sugars and lemon mixed with bitterness and boldness of malts. Sour enough to pucker mouth but the bold malts hold it together. Lots of grapefruit flavor and some very mild traces of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Its a light thickness beer but the sourness of the hops will bitter up your tounge for a bit but wont ruin it or wreck palette. MIld bitter aftertaste but not long lasting.

OVerall - Soild and good to drink after a few sips since its a little more sour then most ipa's. Good hop flavor, malts are there, and its only 7% alcohol. Plus, its a good beer in a can!

wvsabbath, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of masikon
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Loving the gradual move towards more craft beer in cans, makes it so much easier to enjoy good beer while golfing, hiking, boating, or doing anything active where weight is a factor. That said, once poured into a glass this one is a rich golden yellow with a very subtle haze. The nose is juicy and sweet with appetizing citrus from the hops. Taste is pine and mint as expected but there is enough malt profile in the finish to provide an easy drinking smoothness. This is a solid IPA with all the hops you need while still maintaining enough drinkability to knock a few back in a row.

masikon, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of zachary80
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%

Very nice white head to start but fades hard. Body is a nice nearly-translucent golden orange.

Aroma of grapefruit and orange from the hops. Almost a sour or tart character, maybe from the simcoe dryhop

That tart character from the aroma comes through in the initial taste followed by some sweetness, then the hop flavor develops before leaving a dry malty finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and dry for an IPA, carbonation seems fine.

Overall a good beer and the sour/tart character separates it from other IPAs I'm more familiar with.

zachary80, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of TheDudeRules
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%

Poured into my CCB pint glass.

Pours slightly darker than the color of honey. A good fingers worth of off white head. Lacing is supplanted around my glass. Nose is of sweet caramel malt and citrus. A light hop aroma as well. Taste is far different than smell. Light citrus up front and bitterness follows. Slight pine is present. Malt is tossed in there but it's not adding or detracting for me.

This beer is rather boring to me. I can say at least it's not an east coast style. I really can't recommend this. Pass.

TheDudeRules, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of vande
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

A ~ hearty golden color with a thick, very thick frothy foam floating on top... easily 3 fingers... lots of carbonation

S ~ big citrus hops...fresh smelling...

T ~ bitter up front...fruity, hint of barn yard grass?, tart....grapefruit in there mixed nicely with a balanced amount of malt... very tasty, little different than your typical IPA

M ~ flows nicely down the palate... beer, foam and all....fluffy...

0 ~ a very enjoyable beer...and my first offering from 21st Amendment...one that makes me yearn for more :) [couple more cans in the fridge as I type...]

vande, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of codfeast
3.9/5  rDev +1%

can to pint glass.

A: pale gold in colour, dense head.

S: Lemon meringe pie, malt.

T: Lemon zest, pine, sage. sweet malt to a bitter finish.

M: Medium carbination, smooth and creamy start and an oily finish.

O: Not quite as hoppy as the 70 ibu's suggest. As it warms malt and hops become more pronounced. More creamy than most, an interesting beer and quite enjoyable.

codfeast, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of engagechad
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

Purchased as a single from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - pint glass

Pours a kind of orangy yellow, not much head. Smells tart and hoppy, very refreshing. Taste is unlike any other IPA as it was really tart, almost sour. It wasn't bad, just not my idea of an IPA. Mouth feel was a little strange because of the tartness.

Overall this beer is good, but strange.

engagechad, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of GbVDave
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a 12oz can into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to jayli for the hook up!

A: Pours a nice peachy hue with a bit of chill haze. A thin off white head spreads out on top and quickly disappears leaving a creamy collar. Lacing was random and spotty and pretty much non-existant.

S: Quite floral. Fresh flower/greenhouse aroma. Noticed a bunch of honey and caramel, as well. Mild hoppiness in the nose.

T: Very close to above. Hop flavors become more apparent as I worked my way through the glass, as does the caramel and honey.

M: Could easily have become too sweet as it worked its' way closer to room temp. Thankfully, the hop presence increased as well adding a welcome bit of spiciness to keep things in check.

O: A nice IPA but a little high in the abv dept. to make this a thoroughly refreshing summer beer. Would love to see a version of this that weighs in around 4.5%-5%.

GbVDave, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Date: 4 June 2011
Glass: Timmermans Lambic 8fl oz stemmed tulip snifter
Type: 12fl oz can

Poured gently, 1-finger head slowly reduces to a light film, lacing is awesome, color is clear golden-amber.

Aroma is faint but floral, and stirring brings out some pine. Malt profile makes an excellent bed for the hops.

Taste is balanced with hop resins and delicious malts. Pine and slightly grapefruit citrus are balanced in intensity. Mouthfeel is light-to-medium bodied, and a perfect IPA staple for the fridge.

Enough said. Solid beer that represents its style very well.

ToAzwethinkweizm, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of threeviews
4.4/5  rDev +14%

12oz can poured into a snifter glass (courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery)

A-Pours a cloudy (unfiltered) golden with a white head 1/2 - 3/4" high and maintained for 1-2 minutes.

S-Citrus with malt in equal amounts. Floral and pine notes are also of mention.

T- Just as the smell, citrus notes and malt are delivered at equal rates...a dry/bitter finish makes this a refreshing libation with moderate carbonation

O- Not the most intense IPA I have consumed, but I consider this an excellent specimen. At 70 IBU's, it is wonderful due to its incredible balance of hop and malt. As a result, this has been my "go-to" standard for the last 12 months...I love this beer and hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do.

BTW- Love the updated graphics on the can (Caricature of Mt. Rushmore)

threeviews, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of ncfranklin
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%

Can into a shaker pint.

A: Crystal clear caramel color with honey gold highlights. A vigorous pour gives a finger tall white frothy head. Carbonation bubbles rise in the glass.

S: heavy pine and citrus, with some sweet caramel.

T: Bitter up front with strong grassy and pine notes. Very earthy in nature. Small malty backbone. Balance is not a goal of this beer obviously as the bitter hopes rule.

M: Medium body and quite refreshing with high carbonation levels. Smooth despite its bitterness.

O: A fair IPA from the can. Those who like more bitterness will enjoy it.

ncfranklin, May 31, 2011
Photo of ash111
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%

I've been drinking lots of IPAs this spring and summer, and this is one of my favorites. It pours just like you'd expect from an American IPA. Golden red/orange color and nice hoppy, citrus smell.

I like the balance of this beer. It is a little bitter initially and then seems to get sweeter as you swallow it. I find that very refreshing. A nice jolt of flavor that goes down smoothly. I would put this beer right up next to Bell's two hearted ale.

ash111, May 31, 2011
Photo of drdang
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%

Had it from Grapevine Travelers in Medford MA. Nice head very hoppy. Paired with Spicy Indian food. This aromatic golden IPA starts with a sucker punch of six different hops to the nose, quickly balanced by a solid malt backbone. Our top selling beer at the pub, this IPA starts big and finishes clean leaving you wanting more

drdang, May 28, 2011
Photo of jgreenearrow
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden auburn color with 1/4' white head developing at the top of the pour.

S: Citrus hops dominate the nose. Some grapefruit and biscuit malt notes present as well.

T: Sweet tangerine and grapefruit at the onset of the sip. Some malt presence enters in the middle followed by an overpowering bitter hoppy finish.

M: Mouthfeel is light on the tongue with a good amount of carbonation, creating a very refreshing beer.

Overall, this is a good beer. The hop bitterness leaves the beer's finish a little unbalanced, the sweet citrus flavors could play a little more prominent role.

jgreenearrow, May 28, 2011
Photo of OnThenIn
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

A: Pours with a couple fingers of white head on top of a slightly hazy dark copper body.

S: There is a bit of grapefruit hop aroma as well as raisins or some kind of dark fruit. Something really smells off.

T: The taste is stupidly grassy and hoppy with a tiny bit of grapefruit. There is a bit of sweetness and just a strange off taste.

M: The beer has a good amount of carbonation with a medium body.

D: The taste just really hurts the drinkability. I cannot quite identify what I don't really appreciate in the taste, but it was also present in the aroma.

OnThenIn, May 28, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

From baycat, canned april 4 2011

A - Orange/yellow amber body, decent dark white head. Not bad.

S - the age shows here. Only a hint of lemony zest, some yeast spice. It could be a bad belgian IPA but instead, it seems like a bad American IPA.

T - Light toffee malt, bit of diacetyl. No hops really...Could be a blonde ale.

M - Smooth, Decent body. A respectable mouthfeel.

O (D) - I'm sure this beer is better when it's fresh, but 7 weeks out under unknown storage conditions, it's not very good.

ColdPoncho, May 27, 2011
Photo of Osiris9588
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%

Pours a pale gold out of the can. The fluffy white head shows a bit of retention the leaves some dotted constellations of lacing.

It smells rather sweet, a little like heated sugar along with some grain.

The taste is rather phenolic, with some candy and a spike of herbal hoppiness on the finish.

It's not much of a mouthful, but does show some good action from the front to the back pallet, and some interplay between a muted plasticity, sugary rock candy, and a grainy dryness on the end.

Not my favorite, but definitely not the worst thing I've put in my mouth.

Osiris9588, May 27, 2011
Photo of HosP
2.55/5  rDev -33.9%

Got a can from stageseven. Poured 12 oz can into pint glass.

A- Pours very hazy dark orange. Large fluffy white head. Some good retention with lots of lace left on the glass.

S- Nose has a lot of sugary sweet smell here. Malt aroma overtakes any hop scents trying to come through.

T- Not what I was expecting from an IPA. Very malt heavy with little hop flavor. Get a bit of hops right at the start, but quickly turns into sweet malt flavors. Maybe a taste of honey mixed in as well. Would love to have more hops to balance out the beer.

M- Medium body on the lighter side. Moderate carbonation. Sweet mouth feel.

D- First IPA I can remember with almost no hop flavors. Being a fan of big hop flavor this wasn't my favorite. Thanks though for the brew Adam.

HosP, May 20, 2011
Photo of nickthetick
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%

A: pours a clear orange into a DFH signature glass with a thin skim of white head.

S: deep citrus and dark orange are most prevalent. The are some nice malt tones, biscuit and caramel.
T: bitter, hoppy and big citrus notes. Some sweetness from the malt balances the flavors a bit. Sweet navel oranges linger on the tongue.

MF: medium body, a bit resinous and astringent. A good bite and even a tad warm.

O: good ipa in a can for picnics, hikes and on the river. But there are plenty of cheaper local ipa offerings for the less adventurous/ can appropriate days.

nickthetick, May 19, 2011
Photo of Yagman3000
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

Got the beer in a can and served it up in a medium glass stein.

Appearance is ok... A little lighter than I had hoped.

Smell is nice... Strong hop bitterness comes through easily.

Taste is somewhat disappointing. I love hops but this beer is a bit one-dimensional: just straight bitter without any fruit to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is ok. Rather short-lived without anything dynamic going on.

Overall a bit disappointing. I heard good things but, on the other hand, I find 21st amendment beers to be wildly inconsistent. Wouldn't run to grab more of this.

Yagman3000, May 18, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
3.63/5  rDev -6%

Picked up a 6 pack from Whole Foods in Novato and poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance: A bit hazy appears to be well carbonated. The head is thick and leaves lacing on the glass

Smell: Piny and floral. Hop is definitely present with a bit of a citrusy note.

Taste: Well hopped but not overly so. A bit of grapefruit. Very enjoyable. Nice bitter character.

Mouthfeel: Well Carbonated. Not very thick. Easier to drink than many other IPAs.

Overall: Good, solid IPA. Many people are worried when they think of beer from a can but this is a solid canned IPA. will not blow you away but still better than most.

avaldivia, May 17, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

Can. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass a clear, medium colored copper orange color with a 1 finger white head that rather quickly settles so form a frothy collar around the glass. I don’t really pick up too much pine in the nose but more citrus and apricot. Medium mouthfeel. Citrus sweet flavors all the way. The bitterness is there but to me it’s pretty mild. Ends with a slight sweet/bitter note. Not bad but a tad on the sweet side. Some lace, just ok head retention.

kbutler1, May 17, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a pretty standard but hefty one finger white head, very fluffy looking, it looks really nice, good lacing. The head i hanging around for a little while, but it's not going to be here forever, that's pretty evident. The body is a standard orange IPA color, frankly it's a little see through for my liking, I know IPA's aren't necessarily supposed to be cloudy, but I like it when they are. I mean it's not the most transparent beer ever, but it's more see through than I want it to be. The carbonation looks about right. Overall the look is very nice, the body is a little disappointing, but the nice head and good lacing makes up for it. Nice clean hoppy smell on the aroma, it however does not smell like 70 IBU's, more like 50 or 60. It smells really good, just not as hoppy as I would like. Very clean and crisp smelling, maybe some floral and citrus in the smell. Overall very good, just not as hoppy as I would like. Very interesting taste on this beer, when I take my first sip the first thing I notice is hops, but it only lasts for a millisecond, the next thing I get is a lot of malts, more malts than I usually get in an IPA, not necessarily a bad thing, just surprising. The beer kind of hops all over the place, mixing between hops and malts and the two flavors really battling over dominance in your mouth. I really don't know how to rate this beer, because I reviewed 21st's black IPA and I down graded it for being too "all over the place" and this beer definitely fits those guidelines, but it kinda works on this beer. The flavors are all over the place, but in a good way really. I guess what it comes down to is that a black IPA should be perfectly balanced, and an IPA can be more creative, in my opinion. Slight alcohol taste on some of the sips, but for the most part they do a good job of covering up that 7% ABV. On some sips I get a cheap beer taste, but on others I don't, I get a solid micro brew taste, like I said, this beer is really all over the place. I'm really having trouble deciding to give this a 3.5 or a 4, but I think I'm going to have to give it a 4, even if it is just for creativity and uniqueness. Now that I am drinking it more and more the hops are coming out more, which is good too. As for everything else, the mouthfeel is good, for sure dry in your mouth because of all the hops, the body isn't too thin when you drink it, but not as big as I would like, and the carbonation is just right. Drinkability is a little low, because those hops and that alcohol are coming through a lot clearer now. Overall it's a pretty solid beer, a little wild and crazy in a lot of areas, but it's good.

MaltsOfGlory, May 16, 2011
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