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21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,194 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,194
Reviews: 813
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 70
Gots: 197 | 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:
Beer added by: oggg on 11-17-2004

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Photo of GRPunk
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to woodychandler. My first review from my first trade.

Can (packaged as Brew Free! or Die IPA) poured into a nonic pint.

A- Awesome can art. Lincoln coming out of the Mt. Rushmore about to give a left hook (or is it a jab, hard to tell). A normal pour left a 2-finger, off-white head that sustains at about 1/2-finger for the duration. The body was a clean, golden color just short of copper. Medium-heavy carbonation. Great stick left on the glass. Just a touch clean.

S- Oh so hoppy! They were fresh, floral, and earthy. There's an underlying, sweet malty profile that comes across as a little sugary (not a bad thing). Sweetened cereal, perhaps?

T- That's good. Bold flavors. Good mix of sweet malts and a solid hop punch (though not as hoppy as the aroma would suggest). I get some distinct tropical fruit. Pineapple? Mango? Underlying cereal/grainy malts. Multiple hop characteristics come off as herbal/medicinal, earhty/tobacco, and some citrus. There's a lingering sweetness the more I drink.

M- Hops are biting, but not abrasive. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Sweetness plays a tug-of-war with the drying hops. Does it want to linger or finish bone dry? Ends up in between.

O- This is a darn good IPA. If available in my market, it would be a "go-to." Everything is bold, but works together so nothing is overdone. I could easily put back a couple of these in a sitting.

Photo of dnrobert24
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brew free or die! Yeah! And another beer of theirs says "Free the hops" on it. Been wanting to try something from this brewery for a while. Nothing wrong with going can over bottle. This particular brew is orange. No other way to describe the color. Maybe orange with glints or ruby and honey or something, but really it is quite solidly orange. I'm not getting any hop aroma on the nose, but the malts are coming through more than I would expect. Oh, but that is not what I came here for...I came for hops, man! On the palate, the hops again hide. Certainly, there is adequate bitterness and the malt bill is solid, but where are the hops? I might have rated this higher if it were an APA, but it is rather average in the IPA department.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost-clear golden color with a medium white head that disappears slightly quick. Scent is hoppy with a hint of citrus and earthiness. Taste is initially citrus fruits and hop resin. Then it finishes with some graininess and bitter hops. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodies and crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a good IPA that I would definitely buy more of. Especially as 7.99 a sixer!

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out of the can as a clear golden color with a fluffy white head on top. The lacing was soapy and a little scattered about. The smell of the beer has a pretty good hop aroma too it with a decent amount of malt on the nose too. The taste had a fairly good amount of hops on the tongue throughout the brew. It's a little light with flavor overall, you can definitely tell it's an ipa though. The mouthfeel is along the lines of any typical ale, it's light, crisp and refreshing. Overall this beer was pretty good and would be ideal for casual drinking.

Photo of titosupertramp
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying this thanks to a buddy who brought this back from a recent trip to PA.

A: Clear, golden in color. A finger of white foamy head that leaves behind a good amount of thick lacing. Nice thick film as well.

S: Pine, citrus and a little tropical smell. The hops are pretty well left to dominate the smell, but there is a very slight sweet addition of malts.

T: Malts are more present in the taste, but hops still out in front(not a complaint by any means). The hops flavors play pretty well together with none over powering the other. Still get pine, grapefruit and orange, just like in the nose. Malts are sweet and biscuity in the taste.

M: Medium bodied. Crisp and clean.

O: This is a nice first impression of 21st Amendment. It has a diverse hop profile that's not perfectly balanced with malts, but not allowed to totally run away with the beer either. I certainly hope this isn't the last offering from 21st Amendment that I have the chance to try.

Photo of phantomwyse
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a brilliant copper body , carbonation languidly weaves through the beer, topped with a rich two finger head of off white.

S: Powerful aroma of dense pine and citrus. Malts? Not so much.

T: Oh, there’s the malts – some butter cookies, some biscuits. Then the hops move in, not as potent as the aroma would lead you to believe, a light wash of pine and a bit of grapefruit. Finishes with a nice tart bite.

M: Medium to light bodied and finishes dry.

O: A nice simple IPA. More balanced than expected. Lighter overall, a decent session IPA, good for warmer nights.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed copper hue with a big thicket of creamy white head forms a fine spread of even lacing between sips. Aromatics offer up bursts of herbal and citrus fruits, mainly grapefruit. A bit of fresh baked dough malt accents but mainly hops hit the nares. Flavor brings forth a really balanced hop flavor and bitterness not much in the way of aggressive hop bitterrness but more on hop flavor here more herabl freshness with loads of grapefruit accents...I'm pretty sure based on texture that these guys are using hop oils, very similar to the Lagunitas hoppy ales out and about. Medium bodied slick texture interesting mix of things going on, seems to be very drinkable. Overall quality is solid widely available IPA in a can this will continue to do well especially with the new can labels.

Photo of peacebone116
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-oz can into pint glass on 6/16/11.

A: Golden pour with thick fluffy off-white head--excellent head retention. Beer is fairly clear (slight haze) and looks very enticing.

N: Subtle floral & citrus, almost soapy...not at all what I anticipated, and not extremely sure if this is the intent.

T/M: A little underwhelming at first....but as the beer warms and coats my mouth, the oily body disperses the earthy flavors of pine balanced by a malt sweetness. Body is well carbonated with a medium feel.

Overall, a good IPA. A bit too subtle for my IPA expectations, but pretty decent nonetheless. I am pretty sure I like this beer a little more on draft, but I need to revisit that.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought that the 21st ammendment beer was the perfect answer for a 4th of July BBQ. Thank you for turning over prohibition.

The beer tastes very good. It is a very good example of an IPA in terms of flavor. The hoppiness is present, but it is not overwhelming. I got the floral hops and some citrus.

It looks good, but it doesn't smell like much. I can't smell the same hops that I taste right after. There is a decent amount of bitterness with this beer.

It is a good IPA, but a great holiday to spend drinking beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.57/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a bright golden color ale with a large thick foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of soapy hops with light citrus undertone is a bit weird and not what I was expecting. Taste is also a weird mix between some soapy hops with light citrus undertones and a sweet malt base. Body is about average with good carbonation. I really didn't like the hops profile in this one and the malt base is too sweet for my taste.

Photo of velosuds
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this for the first time at my local grocer and decided to give it try. Paid $7.99 a sixer on sale (reg. $10.99). Like what the brewery's values and just love the motto: Brew Free or Die.

A-Pours a golden amber with a two finger, off-white head with good retention and ample lacing.

S-Aroma is disappointingly malt dimensional. At 70 IBUs with dry-hopping of Amarillo and Simcoe and finishing with Cascade, I would have expected a very fragrant bouquet of tropical citrus fruits and pine. All I get is bready malts. No idea how fresh, but suspect it is not.

T-Twangy bitterness from hops with an over-assertive malt profile, probably from too much Munich malt. Great for an APA, but hops must be showcased in an IPA.

M-Very smooth but a bit thin and light, especially for an IPA.

O-This is decent. I suspect the six-pack I bought was not fresh. Too bad; I really wanted to like this. Probably won't buy again.

Photo of beerdown77
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is fantastic. It pours dark peach and has great head and retention. The nose is pungent and hoppy. The mouth feel is a crisp medium body that keeps you coming back for more. The taste, however, is surprisingly complex. There is a very heavy maltiness, yet the bitter hops also seem almost dominant. It leaves you wondering which takes precedence. This beer is a little deeper and darker than the typical citrusy or floral IPA. It almost has a black liquorice flavor. This is a solid beer with a heavy malt presence.

Photo of doughanson78
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into a 16oz. pint glass.

A: Yellowish golden color. Kinda hazy. 1 finger off white head. Lots of carbonation.

S: Very citrusy. Pineapple. Pear. Very faint sourness. Touches of caramel malts.

T: Light citrusy taste mixed with caramel all at once. Then they start to separate. Caramel moves to the front of the tongue and hops to the rest of the mouth. Lightly sour. Nothing special here.

M: Light to medium-bodied. Not a whole lot going on.

O: Seems like a decent IPA for drinking on a hot day. You can definitely get much better. Kinda cool it comes in a can. The 7% ABV would definitely catch you sleeping if your not careful.

Photo of vader
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours yellowish tan with a nice creamy head. The smell of hops, malts, pine, and some spices burst into your nose with the pour. Also detected maybe lemon or grapefruit? The taste is strong hops, sour but not enough to get your eyes going because the malts really tone it down. Yep I can now tell there is grapefruit in this...This is a solid brew. It's a sipper for sure too much could make you pucker but it has great hop flavor, malts hold it back and with 7% its knocking on the door of almost being an imperial. The can is a major plus! Great new packaging by the way!

Photo of Franch
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the novelty of canned craft beers couldn't save this IPA. came across as unpleasantly sour. pass. there is no time i would drink this as opposed to another IPA or a 21st Amendment Back in Black. everything else about it was fine, but the taste was very off in a jarring manner. it was sourish, but not in a good way.

Photo of PhageLab
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of masikon
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of zachary80
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of vande
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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...]

Photo of codfeast
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of engagechad
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of GbVDave
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%.

21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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