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21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment IPA21st Amendment IPA

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2,144 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,144
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 68
Gots: 161 | 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 BeerDawgs
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice golden copper color. Light for an IPA.

S - A combo of citrus and piny hops. Smells delicious!!

T - floral hops up front. Bitter at the end and aftertaste.

M - Very crisp, carbonated, and very smooth.

D - Very high, I want more...more ...more. Great IPA.

BeerDawgs, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Fluke828
2.3/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can poured into Murphy's Imperial Tulip-esque pint glass.
Date of bottom of can reads "0357 0739"

A-> A very pale amber/gold color, hmmmm way to light for the style IMO but whatever, here we go...Big frothy almost 4-finger head that takes a while to subside.

S-> Seems a bit off. Almost smells wheat/weizen like at first. Some very faint citrus hops in the back. Not off to good start. Just smells stale and sticky...like the floor of a beer warehouse that is wearing countless layers of spilled warm beer and kind of stinks.

T-> First two sips and I almost drain poured it. After calming down and really trying to examine it, it wasn't as terrible as I thought. Had to grab some pepper jack cheese out of the fridge to appreciate what this beer was bringing. Finally got some of the hop bite with the aid of the pepper jack and finally got some of the faint citrus I got in the nose. Still tasted a bit stale and beginning to wonder if this is an older can.

M-> Here is where this beer actually did fairly well in my eyes....good amount of bitter carbonation and overall feel. Didn't leave much of a coating but again I had already had a small slice of p-jack to try to get this thing going.

O-> A disappointment. I figured since it was a can that maybe just maybe it would still be good. Even though I had a feeling that the first four numbers on the bottom were a Julian date that meant it was bottled in the last few days of 2010. Still, it should be somewhat decent but no dice. I will not be seeking this one out again.

Fluke828, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of jifigz
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass at Pickle's Tap Room in State College.

A: A pretty typical light and hazy orange color for this beer. The head developed nicely and left great lacing the whole time I drank this baby.

S: Floral and piney, but this beer was stored way too cold for me to really pick up much smell.

T: There is an unsual sweetness here that I can say I didn't really enjoy too much. The floral and piney notes came through, but the flavor was dominated by this overpowering sour Juicyfruit type flavor.

M: A decent medium bodies beer. Smooth on the palate and easy to drink.

O: A solid beer, but that flavor just throws me off. I was expecting a more hop bittered beer like most IPA's, but this one didn't fit the bill. I'll have to try it again and see if it grows on me.

jifigz, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of philbertk
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

21st Amendment Brewery Brew Free! OR DIE IPA--India Pale Ale--12 oz. Micro Can--2009 Release--7.00% ABV--70 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--Thin mild lace white head. Hazy bright orange gold color. Fruity floral ester orange citrus rich hop front. Crisp clean mild sweet grapefruit citrus zesty IPA body. Mild hot hop spice clean dry citrus end. Zesty tasty IPA. Dead Buds on 1st Taste. Sampled 9/15/2009. 6-Pack--$8.99.

21st Amendment Brewery--BREW FREE! Or Die IPA--India Pale Ale--2011 12 oz. Micro Can. 7.00% ABV. 70 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Mild lace medium off white somewhat rocky short lived head. Clear bright rich gold orange color. Medium aromatic mild herbal pine citrus hop front. Dry sweet crisp zesty ligh caramel malt mild citrus light fruit Extra Pale Ale thin textured body. Mild hop spice mildly bitter clean citrus spice thin end. Balanced burpy hop thin IPA. Sampled 4/15, 16,17/2011. Purchased 6-Pack for $9.50 at PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 3/1/2011.

philbertk, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of Bogforce
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden brown in color, looks pretty good in the glass

S: Getting more of an english hop smell in this beer, could be the malt creeping up though

T: No real citrus taste, definitely very bittering hops. And some malt

M: Goes down smooth, doesnt leave any bitterness on the tongue. A very easy drinking beer

O: Overall this is a decent IPA in a can, nothing that will blow you away but something that is nice to have in a can

Bogforce, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of stercomm
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into my trusty Fuller's Pint glass.

A - Golden in color, nice big white and frothy head that dissipates quickly, leaving some very nice lacing

S - Get a lot of nice stuff here, pine notes, grapefruit, some maltiness breaks through, a little bit of orangy citrus.

T - Was expecting a lot more in your face hops after reading the brewing profile on their website. A very nicely balanced beer, get some grapefruit, a slight malty sweetness in the middle and then finishes dry with really no bitterness as all

M - Light bodied with very little carbonation.

D - As mentioned above nicely balanced brew, could definitely work as a session beer, overall good taste.

stercomm, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of beergod1
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can. Color is light orange, with some very large carbonated bubbles showing. The head is about one finger but it quickly dissipates. Aroma is certainly piney, but not overly strong. On first impression, this beer comes off as hoppy mostly in an aromatic way with not as much bitterness. There is a very strong malty backbone, sweat and doughy. A very decent beer, just don’t drink it expecting it to bust out the Hops like a normal IPA. This actually tastes more like some 2IPA's out there.

beergod1, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of madvermin
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear yellowish orange with a pure white head on top that is frothy, rocky, and retains very well. Leaves exquisite lace and looks milky. Body is static and glassy.

Healthy amounts of candied citrus are evident in the nose, with plenty of caramel and grapefruit everywhere you go. Some pine lies behind the citrus and gives the aroma a very clean element. A bit of pineapple is there with the citrus too.

Taste is very fruity to start, with the pineapple, grapefruit, and some orange too. Caramel and sugary sweetness offers excellent balance and a fair bit of stickiness that lingers to the end. Bitterness finishes the beer out, but isn't strong enough to cut through the sweetness. This beer could have used a bit less malt and a bit more hops, but I still really like it.

Mouthfeel was disappointingly flat, but the beer was full enough bodied to support the flavors. A drier character in the finish would have been nice. Drinkability would have benefited too, but it's still really good thanks to the balance and nice tastes. Definitely will pick up again in the future.

madvermin, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of ONUMello
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass

A: Hazy amber with a one-finger head

S: Citrus hops up front with a malty undertone. Smells balanced

T: Citrus and herbs up front. A touch sour with a touch of caramel towards the finish

M: Lighter bodied than I expected, somewhat dry

O: Not bad but there are other IPAs I'd reach for first

ONUMello, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold in color, the beer has a moderate haze and a some precipitating yeast. The head is a clingy, lace-laden white foam. The aroma has lots of citric hop notes (which do carry over into the flavor) and a resiny, earthy freshness. Wet, earthy, and tree-like, with lots of orange peel. The beer is dry, crisp, a little tart (citirc). Medium in body, the brew could stand a bit more heft. All in all, though, this one is solidly drinkable, if not outstanding.

Suds, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of edognight
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a good bang for the buck session beer. I can see this getting me into trouble at the lake this summer.

It just looks like the perfect pint...hazy orange cloudy and cool. Thick tasting foamy head.

Smell is floral, sugary and citrus fruity. I saw where somebody else said "like a peach and a grapefruit" --well put. There is a bit of thick smelling hop in there. Wonderful.

The taste is very good, but a bit different than the smell. Sugary, malty, thick with protein and non fermentable sugars.
There is a bit of a bitterness hole in there. Not quite what the smell promised, but good. (personally as a hop head, I'd like some astringent (--think Ranger-Ft Collins) to fill in the hole--but what do I know??)

If you leave the glass empty overnight it will be sticky sweet with dried beer, but still very good smell. This beer goes down like sweetened heavy cream.

edognight, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Ezone024
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark side of golden color, nice thick spongy head with a very strong aroma, an aroma of citrus and sour malt that can smell up the entire room. (not in a bad way of course)

Leaves a good lacing down the glass and has long retention.
Actually brewed in Minnesnowta although it says San Francisco.

Orange juice taste right off the bat, has a smooth creamy feeling for an ipa yet still bitter. a hop dryness comes through at the end.
Mouthfeel is average nothing you haven't felt before.

the plus is the can, you can take a fine brew with you anywhere

Ezone024, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of number1bum
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, light amber color with a creamy and soft two fingers of off-white head. Keeps an uneven but pretty full lace and leaves some thick patches of sticky webbing on the sides.

At first the nose reveals a delicate citrus aroma, but after that first whiff or two that scent disappears. What's left is a somewhat soapy, wet cardboard like aroma that is neither pleasant nor appealing. There is a bready, sweet malt aroma as well but with the hops all but disappearing this is nothing to behold. I should point out as well that I have a 6 pack of this beer and the nose was much the same through the 4 I have had.

Taste features that citrus hop flavor that the nose initially teastd with and is also comparably less malt-forward, and both of those are good things. Hop flavor is still somewhat delicate, floral and soft with a light citrus flavor and average bitterness. There is an underlying bready malt base and some caramel sweetness, but the hops are more prominent.

Mouthfeel is a medium body with less than average carbonation. Has a soft and creamy feel and is reasonably smooth.

This is a pretty good, solid and tasty IPA. Nose is closer to poor than good, and the hops overall are rather delicate. That's not a bad thing, and the bitterness actually starts to mount and become pretty assertive as I work my way through a pint. The flavor is good, and it gets bonus points for coming in cans. Solid beer.

number1bum, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of mobud
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into SA glass.

A- Good head that drops as sample goes down. Orange and slightly hazy with active carbonation.

S- Orange nose; not bright and fresh but sedate and sweet.

T- The hops really smack here. A slight burn with a malt follow-thru. The orange/citrus feel continues.

M- Medium with a coating of hops for your troubles.

O- Not a bad IPA for a can. Most of the hop heavy beers I have had in a can lose something. This one has a nice ABV and I enjoyed trying this.

mobud, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of LeftyEtc
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the can, yes, can...I know, i wasn't expecting much only because most beers we see in cans are the mass produced crapy skunk flavored water with foam on top but this is a good beer. I have also had Dales Pale Ale and that was also a nice surprise. A bright orange body and thin white head leave almost no lacing on your glass. The aroma is the first thing that made me smile about this beer it is certainly hoppy with an orange peel hint. First served very cold the hop list with this beer must be rather full. As the beer warmed a slight alcohol burn can be noticed and a sweet balance to the hops is evident. Still hoppy all the way through. With average carbonation and smooth finish this beer is refreshing and very drinkable. Don't be turned off by the can, try it.

LeftyEtc, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of surprenant1138
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a pint glass, creating a good inch of thick, foamy, white head that dissolves very slowly. Faint lacing. Nice golden color in appearance. Aroma is very citrusy, light on the hops, and very bitter smelling. Taste is bread-like and yeasty, with some hops. Mouthfeel is a of a light bodied type. The citrus, mostly lemony taste is there. Slightyly spicy. This is an alright IPA.

surprenant1138, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of kevinv
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the signature can into my New Belgium globe. No dating noted on the can. Received as an extra from JRod1969; thanks man.

A - Pours a hazy golden/orange color with a billowing 2 finger slightly off-white head. Pretty good retention. A fair amount of lacing remains on the glass. Lively carbonation is seen bubbling from the bottom of the glass.

S - Very floral aroma. Great hop bill used here. Scents of pine, grapefruits, pineapple, very tropical. There's also a sugary sweetness in the nose.

T - The sugary sweetness in the smell is much more prevalent in the taste. Light honey notes. I'm a bit disappointed that I don't get much of the hop goodness that I noticed in the smell. The malty backbone comes through more than any hop flavors. Not sure if this is an older can or how it's supposed to taste. There's a lack of bitterness here.

M - Light/medium mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation. Well balanced, but a little lighter than I'd like to feel. The finish leaves an oily/resiny feel coating the mouth.

D/O - The malt seems to overpower the hops, which is unfortunate, but it's not a bad IPA overall.

kevinv, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of salvo
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours murky straw towards orange wth an inch of foam. The head does not last, but it streaks my Sam Adams beer glass all teh way to the bottom.

Smell is a bit sour; grassy and floral hops are assertive, but there's an odd medicinal/hospital smell over it all. Sweet malts balance the nose late.

Taste starts strong with grassy and floral hops, wide sweet malts, and then the odd sourness asserts itself. The finish is long and sour, and really has be wondering what's going on: is it this particular can?

Mouthfeel is nice and rich, medium bodied.

Overall, however, I am disappointed having been really looking forward to another well-regarded canned IPA.

salvo, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of nsmartell
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz can to a standard pint glass. (From my notes on 05-26-10.)

Appearance: Pours orange/yellow with a fluffy white that does not last.

Smell: Tasty grassy hops.

Taste: Similar to the aroma with the grassy hops, but with orange thrown in there.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and sticky.

Drinkability: Good, would definitely recommend. I enjoyed the rest of the 6-pack.

nsmartell, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of betsona
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to seeswo for this 12oz can: poured into a pint glass.

A- Hazy golden straw. Moderate pour produced a finger and half of fluffy white head; dissipates quickly into a thin lacing. Lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet sugars that meld well with an interesting wild floral hop. Not sure what wild flower, but reminds me of spring. Also picking up trace amounts of industrial smells. It is unique for sure.

T- It is sweet from the very beginning. Has a hoppy bitterness towards the end. Reminds me of eating a peach and grapefruit combined. Sweetness on first bite mellowed out by bitter tartness. Truly something I have not had to date.

M- Medium body with right amount of carbonation. Interesting linger of bitter mixed tartness; like leaving a peach in your mouth for a long period.

O- It is unique to say the least. It is slightly higher on abv, but no alcohol tastes combined with its unique flavor leave me wanting another. At the same time, I am not completely sold on the taste; a little on the sweet side.

betsona, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of Fish113d
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a Sam Adams "special beer glass", it pours an amber color with a 1 finger-thick slightly tan head that clings to the sides of the glass nicely. Some SLIGHT haze, but decent clarity.

Fairly sweet sugar cane on the nose right away along with some piney hops following it up. Also some slight citrus peel on the nose as well. Decent.

Sipping reveals a bit more sweetness than expected. Sweet grapefruit flavors come first followed by a quick blast of fresh pine hops and then the citrus flavor comes back. The finish is fairly mild w/ a touch of grains or biscuits. Very nice.

Very nice body...medium body with a decent amount of carbonation up front with a slight bit of the alcohol hitting on the finish. Nothing major and fairly average.

Overall, this is a very nice session brew. I drank a 6-pack the other night, and it was quite enjoyable. Cheers!

Fish113d, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of Mosley1212
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can (with what may be the greatest logo ever--the presidents add a lot to the experience) into my DFH Snifter.

A--Dark orange with a sticky white head that had period lacing throughout the beer.

S--Grapefruit and other citrus on a musty hop background. Not the greatest smell for the IPA, hopefully the taste doesn't follow the nose.

T--It doesn't. I do not taste the must at all. It has a nice grapefruit taste up front, but the back of the sip is all hops. This beer is nice and fresh and has a great IPA flavor.

M--The tongue is abused by the hops, but that's not an unpleasant thing with this beer. There is a slight watery taste and a mild carbonation, but nothing to complain about.

O--As my first 21st Amendment brew, it makes me really anxious to try others by them. I really like this IPA. It is not my favorite, but I would have no problem drinking this one whenever I am out.

Mosley1212, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew Free or Die poured into a 21st Amendment chalice.
Nice golden clear appearance, somewhat effervescent. One inch head nice retention.
Smell mild fruity slight citrus. Taste a little bolder but not much. Balanced with fruit and hop flavors leave a very pleasant mouth feel. Nice easy drinker but not up there with the best. A second tier IPA.

NWer, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of patoakes7
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden orange in color, with a nice white head of about a half an inch. Pretty clear slightly cloudy with a suddle lacing left on the glass.

S- Smells of citrusy hops but not that distinct. Slight malt background.

T- Has a nice and balanced hop bite throughout. Slightly floral with a bitter end. Missing the grapefruit I like in a traditional west coast IPA.

M-It has nice smooth carbonation for an IPA. Leaves a sweet dry feeling in the mouth.

O- Sessionable beer hands down. Not my favorite IPA but I really give props to the company and how they represent themselves. I drink their beer, cans are cool!

patoakes7, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of mdr4669
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App: Very clear-gold. With about a finger of 255, 255, 255 white head and nice fluid lacing.

Smell: Very, very citusy, with predominantly grapefruit nodes coming through. Very strong hop characteristics.

Taste: Initially grapefruit, just like the taste, but it is very well balanced with a hoppy aftertaste.

MF: Very nice, I personally prefer this one straight outta the can, kick back and enjoy friends, this ones a keeper.

OA: Like I said, kick back and enjoy friends, this ones a keeper.

mdr4669, Mar 21, 2011
21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,144 ratings.