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21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment IPA21st Amendment IPA

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2,032 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,032
Reviews: 803
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 64
Gots: 111 | 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 Bmoyer0301


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


I cracked open the can and was running for the sink becuase it started to foam everywhere ( I could have shaken it on the ride home) once all the excitement calmed down I poured into my English Imperial pint glass and noticed a deep golden color almost butterscotch with a beautiful one finger thick tan colored head that faded quickly. Appears to have some slight haze to it as i hold my glass up to the light but no yeast chunks floating around. Viscosity is decent leaving nice foamy legs on my glass.


Bright copious amounts of tropical fruit almost like juicy fruit gum. Lemons, orange skins, pineapples, and some bready biscuit undertones. Very slight tingle of heat alcohol


Right off the start, sweet citrus fruit and some pine. Fresh baked bread and some slight acidity that puckers our mouth a little bit. Fresh picked flowers, grassy notes, caramel and toast. Thin mouthfeel but drinks easy with no real alcohol presence. Very well balanced with lots of hops and malt

Serving type: can

01-08-2011 16:51:03 | More by Bmoyer0301
Photo of Shamgar


3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a six pack for the New Year...

Appearance: Nice. A clear golden straw-like color. Nice foamy head which hangs around for a while and some nice lacing left over. Nice, as if I didn't use that word enough.

Smell: Citrus-pine is the most noticable thing. You can get some pale malt in the background.

Taste: The hops are predominant in the flavor of the beer, but the bitterness seems well below the 70 IBU's that the can suggests. Citrus/pine/grapefruit flaroving, but mild. There is a good pale malt backbone here. Certainly not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: I was going to throw this in the taste columb, but thought it might be better suited to address this here. This beer seems a bit thin to me. Like it was watered down. Not how I like my IPA's to feel at all.

Drinkablility: Easy enough to drink. 7% isn't really that big of a beer to me anymore, doesn't mean it won't be for you. Play it by ear. The flavor and look is descent, but this is certainly not the class of the IPA style.

Serving type: can

01-03-2011 01:32:52 | More by Shamgar
Photo of clickpush


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Year's resolution: review a beer a day for a year. Day one:

Pour: 12oz can to pint glass. Hazy golden beer topped by 1.5 finger white head. Plenty of bubbling in body of beer. Head is sticky and inviting and remains consistently full the entire length of the beer.

Nose: Familiar aroma of 21A beers... something yeasty and bready seeps out immediately upon opening the can. Hop aroma is somewhat resinous. Fleshy fruit, orange pith. A bit on the lighter side.

Mouth: Creamy, playful mouthfeel. Dry, enjoyable, hoppy character. Biscuit, toast, sesame seeds. Citrus hoppiness, more orange peel.

Serving type: can

01-02-2011 02:19:53 | More by clickpush
Photo of TheFightfan1


3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick soapy white heading. Great lacing all over the place and doesn't turn flat. Very alive carbonation action.

Smell is very intriguing. Unlike what I have been having lately. Not a hop attack but a fruit attack.Heavy apple, pineapple and just a dusting of hop.

Taste is exactley as the smell. Again heavy fruits with a touch of hops. A full blast of lemonin the end. Finishes very sweet.

Mouth is mid-full bodied,great carbonation.Finishes sweet and clean.

A solid IPA nothing spectacular but nothing bad either.

Serving type: can

12-30-2010 02:20:23 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of samie85


3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a golden orange color with a two finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a little lacing.

S-Some notes of pineapple, pine, and light malt notes.

T-Big, sweet pineapple and some light malt notes. No real signs of any bitterness.

M-Smooth and a little slick with medium body and low carbonation.

D-It's an easy drinker, but the lack of any bitterness to counterbalance the inherent sweet pineapple makes this a pretty one dimensional beer.

Serving type: can

12-30-2010 01:26:50 | More by samie85
Photo of jmich24


3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first Craft Can poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Two finder off white head. Cloudy bright gold with slight orange hue. Lacing is nice and sticky.
S: Sour ornage. Might be older than I would have liked.
T: Citrus hops to start sweet/ sour in the middle. Finishes with a touch of bitterness. Definalty old.
M: Medium mouthfeel, a touch on the thin side
D: Drinkablity is just okay. Would not want another.

This is not fresh and Its dissapointing... Will re-review if I can get my hands on a fresh can.

Serving type: can

12-29-2010 04:43:06 | More by jmich24
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours decently for a teo finger thick off white head, and has a cloudy and orangish gold colored body.

The aroma is well balanced with buttery caramel and piny notes.

The taste is grapefuity hoppy. There is a yeasty sourness to this brew as well.

Fells a bit full in body, earthy, crisply carbonated, and kind of fleshy like the texture of a grapefruit.

Serving type: can

12-26-2010 00:14:03 | More by TheSarge
Photo of anotherpg


4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice color, good head from a canned beer with a nice lace that follows down the glass. Piney is a good word -- at 70ibus it's not a small bitter taste but it also seems like a single up rather than a blend. I agree with earlier comments re: a summer ipa. Good with fish especially as it is lemony (but not buttery the way Belgian ipas can be). I would guess this is even better on tap. As it is, solid.

Updated: I originally gave this an A- but I kept thinking about it again and again. Sure enough, I have to raise my rating. This is excellent and my enjoyment has grown with each one.

Serving type: can

12-19-2010 03:28:51 | More by anotherpg
Photo of snaotheus


3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can (of course) poured into a pint glass

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color, little head, seems to leave some lacing. Only very slight active carbonation. Smell is malty first and citrusy hops second, wet straw. Honeysuckle.

Taste is a bit of a puzzle. It has a strange sourness, and not a lot of the hops come out. I'm not very impressed. I wonder if I got a bad can or something.

Mouthfeel is a little coarse and a little rough. Feels very acidic. This beer is just "fine".

Serving type: can

12-17-2010 05:06:34 | More by snaotheus
Photo of BarrelO


3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber body. Huge gushing white head leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Citrus hops, a bit of caramel.

T: Distractingly soapy. Puckering grapefruit-like bitterness in the finish. Malt isn't doing much. Aftertaste is almost cheeselike.

M: Medium to heavy, not sticky like other IPAs.

D: I like hops as much as the next guy, and this is something I've been looking forward to trying for a while. I think I got a bad batch, though. I'd like to try this again under more auspicious circumstances.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 06:56:22 | More by BarrelO
Photo of JK4Stout


3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a specialty pint glass...eh....hard to describe

A- This has the color one would expect of this style. A nice deep gold. There was very little head to speak of, but of course I did pour it very slowly.

S- For a solid IPA, one wishes for much more of a glorious hop aroma. Here it is present,but not nearly to the point that I hope for. Understand though, that I am not an IPA nut like many are, so if I plan to drink one, it had better be BIG!

T: I like the malt flavor here. A bit bolder than your average IPA. Also some good bitterness, but not a ton of citrus or anytihng to deduct from it. Clearly a Westcoast IPA. (Nothing wrong with that; I just think they both have traits to the region)

M- Lacking in some ways. I mean you don't want it to be too much on the tongue, but a bit thin for my taste. Carbonated well though. That is one thing this brewery always nails!

D- I gotta go low here. 21st makes some amazing beer, but not so much on this one. There are just SO MANY great IPA's out there, this one just doesn't stack up quiet as high. That said...I'm going to go pour another. HAHA!

Serving type: can

12-13-2010 18:01:37 | More by JK4Stout
Photo of Hatchman


3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Huge, rocky head the color of peach that lingers for some time. A little on the light side for an IPA.

Smell: Very fruity, lots of grapefruit. I can barely smell the hops, or the malt. Smells like a can of grapefruit juice.

Taste: Tastes like a can of grapefruit juice too. Where are the hops, where is the "malt backbone" as quoted on the can.

Mouthfeel: Feels a little on the light side, very light with lots of carbonation. Would like to feel more of a silky smooth and heavy feeling.

Drinkability: I just returned from Total Wine with my pick any six of random IPA's that I had not tried yet. I was very happy to finally find an IPA that came in a can. I do a lot of boating in the summer and glass and boats don't mix. That being said, I had high hopes for this beer, but it comes up a little short on my search for a canned IPA. It is very light and fruity, which will be appreciated in the summer months. Will I buy again? Oh yes! Very drinkable, just a little light for a "post Oktoberfest" and now winter palate.

Serving type: can

Serving type: can

12-11-2010 21:25:42 | More by Hatchman
Photo of jjboesen


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This San Francisco canned brew opens with a pop followed by a heaving froth poured into the glass. There is a slow settling that leaves a sticky trail of splotchy lacing. The color is a moderate shade of copper; the body is somewhat translucent and void of carbonation bubbles.

There is an initial nose of orange and pine needle; the palate perceives a mild sensation of wet grass followed by a subtly sweet balance of hop and malt. Brew Free or Die seems to be more about pleasant aromas lingering on the nose than the palate - despite being brewed with six hops. However, it does make for an acceptable quaff to compliment a cheese platter.

Serving type: can

12-06-2010 22:12:48 | More by jjboesen
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3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

smell is sour floral hops.

not much head - nice hazy orangish hue.

massively bitter IPA. I'm kinda digging the boundries they're pushing here, and the abv is nicely conceiled. I like this. Not my fave IPA by any means, but just getting the ABV at this smoothness, and in a can no less, makes this kind of nostalgic.

taste is all lemon and super bitter floral hoppiness. Wheatgrass and green onion pepperyness. THis definately wouldn't be for everyone, but I dig it.

decent overall, but with west coast ipa from terminal brewery just minutes away, and for less money(2$ pints at certain times), why bother again. I'm going to take this opportunity to plug West COast IPA at terminal in chatt, tn. one more time - because it's just flat out exceptional compared to something like this. I'd like to have this on tap to see if it does anything for the frizzy mouthfeel of this - which I'm not cray about, but I guess it can be expected in a can.

Lemon, alcohol, and it's good. THis gets pts for originality for it's taste and for it's presentation, but that doesn't mean it's great.

Serving type: can

12-04-2010 02:58:40 | More by witster18
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District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: A slightly cloudy sandish gold color with a superior head.
S: Nice strong floral bitter hop aroma with some slight sweetness from the malt.
T: Bitter first sip that is followed by a mango like citrus flavor that really melds well with the bitterness. Finishes very sweet and bready from the malt. Very well balanced group of flavors.
D/M: Crisp and well carbonated. not too strong. Great IPA but doesnt overpower and ruin your palate.

Serving type: can

12-02-2010 02:45:47 | More by pzrhsau
Photo of genog


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So glad when this beer finally came to my neck of the woods. Bought the first 6pk i found. Came in a unique box.

Poured a yellow-orange color with plenty of sudsy type bright white head that left plenty of lacing along the side of the glass, and slowly died down with each sip. Smell was piney hops that left a slim citrus. Not too overpowring but much better than your avg ipa. Taste was delicious, but the mouthfeel was a little watery i thought. But I kept drinking it and enjoyed every sip.

Serving type: can

12-02-2010 01:24:21 | More by genog
Photo of DrDemento456


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a weird IPA. Didn't really see the color since I didn't have glassware and drank it from the can, but I will agree with everyone on the color and head. Smells of nice piney hops and a great amount of sweet malt. Taste was hop forward at first with a bitter finish, then halfway through the can it tasted more grapefruit and citrus hops, then a bitter finish. Was a pretty strong IPA from a can and it seemed more bitter than my typical offering of "Dales pale ale"

This may be my new summer IPA except the bitterness is kind of overbearing, so maybe a few. A very good IPA with good balance but not my favorite.

Serving type: can

11-29-2010 18:09:30 | More by DrDemento456
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the can into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is slightly hazed, golden-honey in color with a 2-finger ecru-colored head. Good head retention, fading to loads of lace.

S: First impression: pineapple juice. The word "juicy" keeps popping into my head. Touch of apricot is present too.

T: Juice again - pineapple juice, some tropical fruit and apricots again. Sweet rather than bitter. Overall impression is that it's juice-like. Lingering pineapple and grapefruit juice.

S: Low carbonation, body is lighter side of medium.

D: OK. More like a juice than a beer, to be honest. Interesting, but not what I'm looking for in an American IPA.

Serving type: can

11-28-2010 00:32:41 | More by Kendo
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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

I picked up a sixer of this beer, and although it doesn't seem right to pour a can of beer into a glass, I did for one - this review. The rest I'm guzzling straight from the can.. I may even shot-gun one or two. Pours a hazed light gold color, A patchy head soon turns into a thin coat that sticks around the glass. Smell is a good balance of biscuity malts and herbal hops. The taste is rather bitter, a surprising amount of good old green hops with some lemony twang at the end. Balanced more in the way of hops, but the malt supports as well as advertised. Finishes dry and pithy, and sweet. A few of these drink just fine.

Serving type: can

11-26-2010 22:49:53 | More by sixerofelixir
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a clear type of orange color, leaves some lacing around the glass from bit of white head.

S: smell is citrusy with some light hops and malts

T: Taste is oranges and lemons, somewhat like smell

M: very soothing beer, easy to drink

D:For an ipa that comes to the can I definitely enjoy it. Very calm relaxing type of brew, will drink again for sure

Serving type: can

Serving type: can

11-22-2010 00:03:24 | More by thedoubler55
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District of Columbia

1.98/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Clear golden amber in color. Piney grapefruit hop aromas, but rather angular and out of balance. This was an extraordinarily bitter IPA, with faint pine and grapefruit flavors overwhelmed by an unpleasant taste of yellow onions. I thought the first can in the six pack may have been spoiled, but the taste was consistent through the six pack. Medium to light body, with light carbonation.

Serving type: can

11-20-2010 20:13:14 | More by malloyca
Photo of magnj

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew Free or Die Can.

A - Nice big head is chunky but does drop fairly fast. Exceptionally clear body is a nice golden-amber.

S - Sweet nose up front back up by some piney hops, smells a bit faint though.

T - Citrus sweetness up front, tangerine come to mind. Ends with more west coast pine and tropical fruit flavors. Well balanced and a nice interpretaion of the style. Not too huge, a drinkable IPA.

M/D - Sticky body contrasts a bit to the citrus and thin mouthfeel. Overall very drinkable considering the ABV, flavor is also not over the top.

Serving type: can

11-20-2010 01:47:16 | More by magnj
Photo of thekoz


3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour a nice light, clear amber color. With a large white head which takes a long time to dissipate.

Some nice citrus aromas. As it warmed I started to get piny smells.

The beer initially is flavorful, but on continued sips felt really thin. Lots of citrus and piney hop flavors. Very little carbonation in solution, so this didn't help the mouth feel. Don't know if it just wasn't cold enough or something else is going on. Others have commented on detecting a slight malty, biscuity flavor. I don't get this, but I might just be losing it in all the hop flavors.

Overall a drinkable IPA, though could perhaps use a little more malt body as I feel it is a bit dry (not commonly a problem with IPAs!)

Could certainly put back a few of these, which is dangerous at 7%.

Serving type: can

11-19-2010 04:58:20 | More by thekoz
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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can courtesy of dashirey, thanks Dain! Pours a brazen gold color with a fluffy off-white head. Mild haze and shows some very good lacing.

Nose is pretty bright, citric and piney hops. Malts are pretty biscuity and a bit toasty. Not bad, but has a touch of onion-y hops that I did not like in heavier doses with Gubna.

Taste is very lightly toasted malts with a lively, zesty tangerine hoppiness. Has the onion aspect, but it is pretty light...Summit hops, right? I like the light malt presence and higher carbonation. A little bit of fruit comes out, not sure if it is yeast oriented or from the hops. Pretty tasty beverage, has a good range of flavoring to bittering hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 00:35:14 | More by twiggamortis420
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just picked up a six pack of this. I'm loving the packaging, by the way. I haven't had a can of craft beer since I was a newbsauce (well, more of a newbsauce than I am right now) when I had a few of Maui Brewing Co's offerings. My other 21st Amendment brew was on tap. Well, lets get this open and see how good this CAN be...

(Sorry, had to do the obligatory can joke as part of this review)

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Look: ok, so this is either dramatically overcarbed or this case got jostled somewhere along the way because the beer starts billowing out as soon as its open and I have to give it an aggressive pour to make sure I don't lose any beer. As such, it leaves a huge amount of head that right now is starting to diminish. The head is pillowy and egg shell white. Its leaving a huge amount of lacing behind in big sheets. There's a thin layer retaining well floating on top of the beer and it doesn't seem like its going away any time soon. Even now, when I'm at the halfway point there's still a thin layer of foam at the top and there are still huge patches of lace. One of the more lacier (can you do a superlative of lace? Well, I just did) beers I've had.

The beer itself is clear and light amber. There's some carbonation visible but not as much as I'd expect given my experience opening the can. It looks like some sediment is floating towards the bottom but this looks incidental and not intended. Still, a good looking beer. I'm not gonna knock the appearance score because of the overcarbonation unless the other five cans have the same problem.

Smell: a lot of piney, resinous hops hit the nose hard. There are also some citrus hops smelling like grapefruit and there's a little fruitiness in there too. I'm trying to find the malt but I just can't do it. There's no mistaking this is a West Coast IPA from the smell. Hopefully the taste follows suit...

Taste: my thought is that its very interesting on the first sip. Time to take another and to look for some specific flavors. Its a little sweet in the front, a little fruity as well. Its definitely sweeter than the nose would've led me to believe it'd be. Very malty. The hops come into play in the finish in a huge way. Floral, herbal hop bitterness hits the mouth pretty powerfully. Very delicious.

Feel: its a bit thin in body. I'm surprised seeing the other reviews where people are listing this beer as medium bodied. There's not that much carbonation so it isn't all that crisp. Its very smooth though. Its very bitter in the finish and my mouth tastes this a little bit more bitter than some beers with higher IBUs, like Ruination IPA (for reference). There's no alcohol bite though and this beer hides the 7% very well. Nonetheless, the thin body kind of hurts this score.

Drink: for a 7% bitter as hell IPA, I think this is pretty drinkable. I've even let it warm up a little bit and the alcohol is still hidden so its certainly a highly drinkable brew.

Overall, I'm happy with this one. I'm glad that beer can be good in a can after all. I'm wondering why more craft brewers do not release beer in cans. After all, this beer was only $8 for a six pack whereas a six pack of bottles in my area can run around $12. Being able to sell good beer for cheaper can only be a good thing. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up. Cheers!

Serving type: can

11-10-2010 23:10:21 | More by SkunkWorks
21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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