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21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment IPA21st Amendment IPA

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very good

2,165 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,165
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 68
Gots: 170 | 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 rousee
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of udubdawg
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of nataku00
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a shaker pint glass. Still referred to as Brew Free or Die on the beer menu. Beer pours a dark clear orange with a thin skim of off white bubbles. A few bubbles here and there, with some decent lacing as I drank from the glass.

Nose is pretty tame, some hints of orange and grapefruit citrus and dank pine hops that is overshadowed by strong caramel malt backbone.

Taste is some light grapefruit peel and pith with some feint dank pine needles as the beer sits on the tongue. Middle of the tongue, mainly sweet caramel malt through to a medium sweet finish of malt and light citrus.

Medium body with some prickly carbonation here and there, though not too aggressive. Easy drinker and I finished my glass fairly quickly as it paired well with some of the appetizers from dinner. Not an IPA that wows you, but I don't mind having one.

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of beerme411
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of caninedevotion
5/5  rDev +29.5%

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.

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!

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,165 ratings.