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21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

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2,028 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,028
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 61
Gots: 108 | 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 Kinsman


3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pint glass.

A really nice dark golden colored body seems to fit perfectly with the style, and an impressive foamy white head gives this beer a nice look in the glass.

Smell is up front with the C-hops, being a good bit citrusy and floral. A slightly sweet malt presence is detectable but manages to stay in the background.

Taste is sweet and hoppy. In fact, its just too balanced to be an IPA in my book. While they may use several hop varieties, including dry hopping with amarillo, ahantum, and simcoe, there is just too much of a malt presence. The hop flavors that are available are indeed citrusy and a bit piney/floral, but the malt backbone gets in the way of full hoppiness.

A smooth medium body mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation. Overall, a very enjoyable beer, but its hard for me to think of it as an IPA. Reviewing to style, I would probably give a better score if this was listed as an APA, were I think the even balance between hops and malt is more appropriate.

Serving type: can

09-08-2010 00:29:32 | More by Kinsman
Photo of tdawgydog

New York

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was at the BrewPub this past weekend and although I asked for a can of the Black IPA I just realized that I ended up with their regular IPA. Oh well, shit happens

A - Pours a nice golden yellow. A little clearer than one might expect for a hearty IPA.

S - A little fruit, a little sweet, a little alcoholy (is that even a word)

T - Not bad, a little soapy. Not sure what it is that is causing that to come through.

D - Seems a little over gassed, I feel like I have a nice foamy burp brewing like when I drink a Dr. Pepper

M - Not bad.

Hopefully my review wasn't skewed by the fact that I thought I was getting something else. Also I've been drinking quite a bit of PtE this past week and this just doesn't measure up.

Serving type: can

09-07-2010 00:49:21 | More by tdawgydog
Photo of adkirkish


4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live from the friendly skies!!

A: Poured deep golden with a stark white foamy head. Awesome lacing and head retention.

A: Honey and pale malts, medium herbal and piney hop aroma. No diacetyl / off aromas. No yeast aromatics.

F: Honey malt upfront, mid body pale malts, and finishes with the herbal hops. Long bitter finish. Balance is proportionate to the malt and hops, malt upfront and hops in the back. Pretty Harmonious and pleasant.

M: Medium body and mouthfeel, high carbonation without the carbonic bite. Drinks smooth and creamy. No alcohol warmth.

O: Great IPA to style. I love the creaminess. Best canned IPA I've hard so far. If I was going camping, definitely would want to bring this one along. No defects, brewed very well.

Brew Free or Die Indeed!!

Serving type: can

09-02-2010 23:51:48 | More by adkirkish
Photo of Ricochet


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

Second beer in a can review. Silly that I'm swilling such good tastes from a can. I'm used to Genny or Yuengling. I do pour the beverages into a glass when I want to feel less "tailgate".

Poured in the glass, Orange to subdued amber with little head and only a bit of lace and slight carb bubbles. Has a caramel candy like scent. Just a touch of the orange at the end. First slug left a creamy fruitiness at the top, but ended in a odd aftertaste of fruit and can. There was a bit of grapefruit in the aftertaste too. Taste was, a good orange peel IPA. Hops not too bitter (orange peel) , with a slight malt balance not too heavy. Could not get over that I've had this taste before and it's an okay taste for an IPA but not "incredible". That it's coming from a can, well, I guess that gets points, but I liked the Black IPA in a can much more

Serving type: can

08-29-2010 05:55:06 | More by Ricochet
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to djmichaelk for this bottle.
Bottled on date of "9121 1122", seemingly indicating May 1, 2009 as the bottle. Could this really beer a year old can???

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Cloudy yellow colour with a tinge of orage running through it and one finger of foamy white head.

S - Bitter hops are sbundant up front with some grapefruit, tangerine and pine notes along with a sweet malt backbone. A very robust and enjoyable nose.

T - Taste is very interesting and unique. The hops that were bursting in the nose are very muted. Some orange and peach notes are present but they are very subdued. There is also a significant sweet malt presence and the balance seems fairly even. The beer tastes a little bland/dull throughout (freshness?) and has a very odd and off-putting aftertaste that becomes more and more apparent as I get closer to the bottom of the glass.

M - Light to medium body, lightly carbonated.

D - A decent but not memorable IPA. I will only seek this one again to see if I had a freshness issue here.

Serving type: can

08-26-2010 02:34:05 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of beagle75


3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a shaker pint.

A: Clear, full golden color with more than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Slight lacing remains on the glass.

S: Piney hops and sweet, caramel malt are both well represented here. Slight alcohol smell is also detectable.

T: Off-dry toffee and fruitcake to start, followed by restrained pine and grapefruit hop aromatics that compliment increasing bitterness in the finish, which is also slightly buttery. Alcohol is not detectable in the flavor of this beer.

M: Medium texture comes across oily and lingers on the palate. Light carbonation elevates flavors without being distracting.

D: A balanced IPA that occupies the middle of the road without giving up too much ground in terms of style. The list of canned IPAs is short, and in the case of this beer the packaging format may be its strongest selling point.

Serving type: can

08-25-2010 20:10:53 | More by beagle75
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into SA Perfect Pint
Special thanks to regspeir for this one.

A- Pour light hazy, light amber. Half inch white head quickly dissipates to faint ring which glues itself to the inside of the glass.

S- This beer smells great, typical IPA smells; pine mandarin, pineapple, grapefruit. But also has smells I've never known in IPA's so far; peach, strawberry, grape juice.

T- Maltier than I like (I know it says so on the can that it has a good malt backing) Hops are still good and bitter though, the tropical fruits are a little hidden but still ovbious.

M- Carbonation is balanced but gives off the slightest bite on the tongue, feels a little on the watery side

Not my favorite IPA but I can definitely see what they were going for. Solid effort but probably won't be searching for again.

Serving type: can

08-25-2010 01:44:37 | More by korguy123
Photo of beermanbrian


3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pillowy white head. Cloudy gold color. Smell is on the floral side. No real citrus punch that i was expecting. Taste hits with some bitter bite upfront. Maybe slides slightly into grapefruit. I having a real hard time picking out flavors in this one. Finishes with a bitter pucker. Nothing outstanding but a nice beer in a can if that's what you need.

Serving type: can

08-23-2010 00:09:55 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of jkrich


4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can with no freshness date. I like the statement on the can: "Brew Free or die".

These american IPAs are all starting to look alike; though it is a good look. Poured a bright, clear orange with a slowly receding white head. There is decent lacing if that is your thing.

After popping the tab, there was a strong bitter, fruity aroma with what I thought was some pine, but now I am not sure. The aroma seemed to indicate a hopfest in flavor.

I was pleasantly surprised after taking the first sip to discover a rather balanced IPA. Yes, there is the strong, familiar gratefruit bitterness. However, this one keeps the ale balanced with some complementary malt.

A very good, solid light to medium body is matched by moderate carbonation with a very clean, fruity mouthfeel.

Keep in mind the 7.0 % ABV alcohol when drinking this one or you could easily quaff a few quickly at your peril. This is worth seeking out.

Serving type: can

08-21-2010 22:55:20 | More by jkrich
Photo of philbe311


4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A mammoth billowing chunky and airy light tan colored head that settles in at about three fingers worth... Excellent retention... A glowing golden hony color... Still with only stray carbonation bubbles... Loads of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A stellar nose that it a collision of malt and hops where neither dominates... Honey... Caramel... Graham Crackers... Grapefruit... Tropical fruits... Some faint candied sugars...

T - The pull and push of the malts and citrus hops are at the forefront... The hops win out by a nose... Ahint of tobacco... A hint of menthol... A nice piney hoppiness lingers on the finish...

M - The richest creamy head touches the lips first... Then you are treated to the sleekest smoothest IPA that has ever touched my lips... Goes down very easy... Nicely done...

D - Forget quaffable, this is down right gulpable... One of the easiest drinking IPAs that I've come across... A very welcome introduction to the folks at 21st Amendment... Definately not a powerhouse IPA or a world class example, but there is something about this one that keeps me wanting more... Seek out and enjoy... This may be my new staple IPA... Delicious...

Serving type: can

08-20-2010 00:50:01 | More by philbe311
Photo of Flightoficarus


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

Serving type - Can into goblet

A - Pours a deep, hazy gold with a large, off-white head, leaving thick lacing.

S - Smell is of caramel and honey drizzled malts, lemon, and subtle cascade hops.

T - Taste is basically identical to the scent. Starts off with the caramel/honey-infused malt character, which quickly finds balance with lemon and slightly piney hops. Smooth and refreshing!

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation, and pretty creamy and smooth going down.

D - Despite the 7% alcohol, this is most definitely a sessionable beer.

Overall - Not the most complex or amazing IPA out there, but very drinkable, smooth and balanced, with enough flavor to satisfy. This makes a great IPA for summertime!

Serving type: can

08-12-2010 07:36:35 | More by Flightoficarus
Photo of SluggerOToole


3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz can (from a six pack) into my Harpoon Willi Becher pint glass. It is amber gold with a foamy two finger head that falls to a thin film after a few minutes.

On the nose, there is a floral hoppyness like orange blossom and some fruity sweetness.

There's a bit of fruity sweetness up front which is quickly overshadowed by a bite of hops. The lightly estery fruit sweetness does not endure and I have some trouble finding it again. The fizziness and light body wash away the malt and alcohol components. The bitterness prevails through the finish.

Not particularly notable, a little too reliant on heavy single-note hops alone to be special. In my opinion, it would benefit from a slightly rounder body and mouthfeel, which would increase its complexity and drinkability simultaneously.

Serving type: can

08-11-2010 03:52:55 | More by SluggerOToole
Photo of jsanford


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA on 8/8/10. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Crystal-clear copper with a sudsy white head. Leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S - Citrus hops (orange and grapefruit) and pine resin, with an overly sweet toasted malt aroma.

T - Pretty close to the nose, with a nicely balanced bitter finish. A bit sweet.

M - Light-bodied with high carbonation and a crisp finish. A touch watery, though.

D - Crisp and refreshing but not overly complex. Overall, a nicely quaffable summer beer, but not something I'll go out of my way for.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 13:42:42 | More by jsanford
Photo of Cresant


2.68/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams glass. No date but coded on the bottom. The body was clear and rich golden in color. There was a tall off white head.

Smell was candy-like. Citrus. Sweet floral aroma. A bit of sour apple. Not a typical IPA aroma profile.

Taste was also unique. I love bitter IPAs but this one was not that satisfying. It was citrusy with solid malty grains but there was some unappealing flavor I cannot describe. Almost a soap-like bitterness. Brassy. Apricots. However, something less than yummy lingers with this one.

Mouthfeel had some slickness. Less carbonation than expected. Medium bodied.

Serving type: can

08-07-2010 14:10:40 | More by Cresant
Photo of SaCkErZ9


2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was super excited to try this beer after seeing it in a store in Va Beach. Ive heard good things so lets see if those commendations come to frutition.

Pours from the can a hazy burnt orange color into the pint glass with a white head of minimal size. The foam leaves the beer quickly but there is some retention of lace on the glass.

Aroma was nothing to write home about. Where are the hops? Fruity and malty with nairy a hop. Kind of sour smelling too. Uh-oh.

Flavor profile is more of the same. Kind of sour and fruity, almost green apple-like. Perhaps something is wrong with this one. With no dating, who the hell knows? No hop flavor with minimal hop bitterness. A very basic Pale Ale.

Very disappointed. This one tastes like an average pale ale. Not happy with this one at all.

Serving type: can

08-05-2010 20:39:18 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of bucklemyshoe


4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a Stone I.R.S. tulip. 70 IBUs. Pours a clar oranged with red hues and a two-finger head of foam. The aroma is damn near perfect with orange, piney hops, grapefruit, and coriander. The taste is similar with an emphasis on the orange (my favority type). The mouthfeel is very refreshing and clean but turns soapy at the end, which is the only noticeable flaw. Terrific beer.

Serving type: can

08-05-2010 06:45:28 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


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

Appearance - pours with a nice, clear golden head, some dark reddish hues provide a little tint. Two fingers of whity rocky head with a crusty top and lots of good stick.

Aroma - orange and pine, good citrus component.

Taste - the malts have a slightly sweet graininess to them. A sourish orange and pine flavor represent the hops. A pleasant bite without overdoing it on the bitterness. Pretty nice, though the sour orange is masking the malts a little too much. Nice citrus ending.

Mouthfeel - slightly smooth, properly crisp and with a decent enough body.

Drinkability - easily polished off the sixer and would put this on the short list of canned beers to have where bottle can't go.

Serving type: can

08-04-2010 05:30:54 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of BeerShirts


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

A- Bright golden wheat color with a small head and medium to high carbonation

S- lots of Hops with a malt background

T- very earthy, lightly citrus, nice malt balances it all out

M- Light to medium in body,

D- Good beer, if you can get it buy it.

Serving type: can

08-01-2010 13:37:00 | More by BeerShirts
Photo of ibbjamin


2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $1.99 for a 12oz can from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA. Poured into a pint glass to review.

Transparent corn yellow in color with a massive pillowey white head consistent of rather large carbonation bubbles. Superb head retention of about a half inch and thick trails of lacing. Very nicely carbonated.

Citrusy and grassy hops balanced out with toasty malts. More on the balanced side for its style. Smells clean, pale and refreshing.

Taste is maybe just a bit off for me. I'm getting hints of soap along with the citrus dominated grassy hops. Lots of lemon and freshly cut grass; reminds me of summer.

Mouth is alive from carbonation with a medium body and crisp finish. Pretty easy going down. All in all, a decent beer, but I don't think I'll get it again given the many great alternatives in the style.

Serving type: can

08-01-2010 00:17:19 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of womencantsail


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

On-tap at 21A

A: The pour is the familiar light amber color with a finger's worth of white head.

S: Good citrus notes up front along with a fair amount of sweet fruitiness. A bit of bread and malt underneath to round things out.

T: The flavor is highly fruity and tropical in nature, much more than I was expecting. The bitterness is piney and helps to balance out the sweetness in the beer.

M: The body is medium with a crisp carbonation and clean bitterness.

D: Overall, a good IPA and much better than the canned version. This is one of 21A's signature beers for a reason...

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2010 07:26:21 | More by womencantsail
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-the beer looks pretty standard. light amber, nice head. but man, that douche on the cover of the can holding up his beer angers me. Not helping.

S-Sweetness accompanied with some mellow hops scents.

T-Pretty sweet. Metallic. Hops are there. this beer is forgettable.

M-perhaps the best part. but the taste doesn't do it for me so the mouthfeel grade suffers.

D-Drank all of my six pack but didn't love it.

Serving type: can

07-30-2010 05:31:19 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of glid02


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Twain's in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and pine hops backed by mildly grainy pale malt aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large amounts of pine hop flavors. The flavors sweeten up a bit midway through the sip with the addition of citrus flavors, and then carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer on-tap after not being terribly impressed when I had it from the can. Be sure this one's fresh and you likely won't be disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 00:39:54 | More by glid02
Photo of dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into pint glass

A: Again, like the other 21st I tried, massive head, super frothy, just a mound of whipped cream on top, off white colored, beer is a nice bright golden orange color, great lace

S: Tastes like a combination of fruity and floral hops, almost smells sweet too

T: Again, both fruity and floral, fruits take the forefront at first, juicy and sweet, pretty big flavor, but not super bitter, can says 70 IBU's but its not that strong, definitely has a decent malt presence, adds a slight sweetness too, after drinking a while the floral starts to take over the finishing flavors, good but as your palate adjusts its not that IPA flavor that you crave

M: Good, just slightly thickened by malt, not over medium, but pleasant body, doesn't get dry like some IPA's, feels slightly chewy

D: High, the juicy hops are pretty nice

Notes: Like the other 21st Amendment's I've had the appearance is exceptional. The flavor starts out amazing. I wanted to give it a really high score. The hops have a very nice fruity flavor, but eventually it isn't that great. Still, not a bad beer, just not great.

Serving type: can

07-28-2010 04:15:47 | More by dpodratsky3
Photo of hopheadjuice


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can with no freshness date.

Pours a light golden color with a 2 finger white head that stays around to chat for a while. after the head recedes lacing is to follow, visible carbonation rises from the bottom.

Scents of hops and lots of them. Earthy citrusy and a little bit astringent this has the hops to offer. Im not getting the usual maltyness from the scent with this one.

Bitter fruity juicy hops upfront with a lightly added caramel malt backbone. almost a little tropical once you really get into the beer.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. slightly dry finish but not super dry like a lot of IPA's can be.

I could easily sit down and session a whole six pack. At 7% abv this beer is a really nice well rounded IPA in a can.

Serving type: can

07-25-2010 17:21:43 | More by hopheadjuice
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a clear golden amber with a fine-bubbled off-white head. Aroma is strongly hoppy with an evergreen overtone and has a firm fruity hint. Flavor is richly hoppy, just the way a good IPA should taste. Lively, fizzy texture leaves behind a pleasant tingle.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 19:30:19 | More by Cyberkedi
21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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