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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

2,025 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,025
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 californiakulak


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a can of this beer into my Firestone pint glass.

A. Dark orange. Clear with a massive, thick head that lingered for some time.

S. Piney hops. Floral scents and some biscuit malt.

T. Hoppy and good. Grapefruit and other citrus flavors.

M. Light to medium carbonation. Good bitter finish. Medium bodied.

D. Hides the alcohol pretty good. A little too dry to drink more than a couple.

Serving type: can

07-13-2010 22:15:34 | More by californiakulak
Photo of jmerloni


4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Golden amber with monsterous and rebellious head that retains a long while.

S - Not much on the smell. Some faint orange rind and citrus hops, lemon, herbs, pine. Nothing real up front.

T - Oh this is so pleasant. So so so so fresh tasting. FLORAL! Classic West Coast style IPA. Fresh floral, herbal grassy hops with a contained citrus fruitiness. Bittered with a piney hop flavor. The tastes are mellow, as in the aroma, but there are a LOT of them and they are all extremely complimentary. This is delicious.

M - Light to medium bodied. Carbonation is medium. Flavors interact in a wonderfully democratic way. Just great.

D - This is truly one of those beers that you would consider if you could only drink one specific brew every day for the rest of your life. So utterly drinkable that it's ludicrous. I really can't wait to get more of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 23:39:51 | More by jmerloni
Photo of zoolzoo


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

A: Pale golden color, one finger head, pretty good lacing.

S: Leafy hops, citrus, detectable malt presence.

T: Juicy citrus and malt profile follow the nose, but Im definitely getting something slightly solventy and harsh. Palate scathing lingering bitterness. Not that bad.

M: Slick, approaching DIPA territory.

D: Drinkability is decent, but suffers a bit from harsh bitterness. Overall a bit rough around the edges, but a pretty good IPA none the less.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 17:49:15 | More by zoolzoo
Photo of Rguardian989

New Jersey

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

12 oz can poured in to a sam adams proprietary glass

Appearance and Smell - yellow to light ambery orange with a very marshmellowy pilloy white head with decent lacing. The smell isnt very strong following the initial pour so lets hope the flavor holds up a little better. what i did get from the inital pour was nice and citrusy with some pine needles thrown in for good measure with a good malt backing but i can tell this leans towards the hops (as it should)

Taste and Mouth - Taste is way better the the smell. The beer really opens up here. Its got a nice citrusy hoppieness with pine like the smell, jsut like i like my ipas (boo on floral ones.) There is a nice bitter finish that holds for a pretty good amount of time. Im guessing a lot of late hop additions were used here because the bitterness is nice and smooth and this brew is all flavor. The mouthfeel is pretty good but maybe a touch too wet rather than resinous although it does dry out a few seconds after the swallow. Carbonation is dead on.

Drink - There is just something about this beer that i cant put my finger on but that i simply adore. Its not hopped to the gills insane like a lot of IPAs that i love and drink quite often but to me this is simply the absolute perfect summer afternoon and evening drinking beer. i could drink this all day if it wasnt 7% alcohol.

Notes - This is overall probably my favorite summer beer. More than wheat or pale ales this just screams drink me all summer long and i fully intend to do just that. Dont let my scores throw you off, i love this brew. I guess i am more affinitive towards bigger juicyer hop-bomb ipas which is why my scores were lower than u might expect for being so happy with this brew. taht being said im very happy with this beer and will drink it again and again and again (bump to the cans too i love how portable they are)

Serving type: can

07-12-2010 03:27:41 | More by Rguardian989
Photo of rlshep


4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can (Yes, a can) into pint glass. No BB date.

Aroma: Piney hops. Some caramel sweetness.

Appearance: Pours with thick long lasting head, lots of lacing. Golden to brass color. Mostly clear, very slight haze.

Flavor: Piney hops carry forward into flavor. Citrus flavor in background. Good solid malt backbone with some caramel sweetness. Some honey or graham crackers. Clean with slight fruit flavors in background. Finishes dry and bitter with some sweetness. Alcohol not noticeable, you don't know you are drinking a 7% beer!

Mouthfeel: Full, rich mouthfeel. Resinous from hops coat the tongue. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Great hop and malt flavors dance all over the tongue. Very well balanced.One of my new favorite IPAs.

Serving type: can

07-12-2010 02:50:42 | More by rlshep
Photo of thain709


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer poured with an orange-amber body...the head stood about 1.5 fingers and settled into a nice cap...some lacing

S - Citrus hops dominate the nose even before you start pouring the beer...orange, grapefruit, and a hint of lemon

T - Sweet flavors roll around on the palate...a lot of citrus sweetness that has some slight caramel malt added...there is a definite bitterness apparent but it's not overly bitter

M - Medium bodied...crisp and refreshing...nice bittersweet finish

D - This IPA had great citrus flavors...the finish and overall mouthfeel were great as well...a solid IPA to enjoy during the summer or any time as a matter of fact

Serving type: can

07-11-2010 12:29:18 | More by thain709
Photo of superdedooperboy


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

12-ounce can poured into a flared pint glass.

A pop of the tab and a huge whiff of Cascade hop goodness drifts into the nose. The pour produces a slightly hazy golden-hued brew with a thick two-fingered foamy white head that recedes to a solid topical cap, leaving behind just a few light smatterings of lace on the walls of the glass.

Once poured, the aroma fades to a mellow mix of citrusy aromas -- vague hints of tangerine, grapefruit and lemon zest, with a hint of honey.

Medium-bodied and a little softly carbonated. Up front, a smooth, sweetish pale malt character introduces a very balanced palate of lightly sweet, honeyed toast countered by a moderately bitter middle with layers of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango and apricot hop notes that lead into a semi-sweet, semi-bitter finish with a lingering dry, grapefruity twang.

Drinkability is superb, mostly thanks to the wonderful balance of characteristics. Nothing overly complex, but definitely a wonderful IPA that displays a nice broad range of American hop characterisitics.

Serving type: can

07-11-2010 05:16:02 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of connecticutpoet


2.85/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first canned IPA. As expected, when poured it produced a large (3 finger) head composed of large bubbles. It got rocky as it subsided. Body was clear yellow.

Initial aroma was of citrusy hops and a bit of honey sweetness. Then, I got a scent of what I can only describe as wet dog. And not the just-groomed wet dog either. I mean after he's played around with the lawn sprinkler for a while and is starting to dry out.

Taste began with sharp hop resins and alpha acids. This was followed by a slightly buttery malt flavor. Aftertaste was a long lingering bitterness. I wasn't impressed.

Mouthfeel was OK. It was well carbonated and had some good body to it.

Only average drinkability. Not one I would go back to, when there are so many outstanding IPAs available here.

Serving type: can

07-10-2010 04:50:22 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: clear golden color, not much carbonation, despite the delivery in the can.
S: sweet, lemony fragrance
T: I detect three layers in the taste, from sweet lemon to hoppy bitterness to grapefruit. The far-reaching flavor fills the whole mouth
M: the body is a bit thin, despite the nice initial fizz.
D: easy to think about going for refills, but only if bitter hops are in your palate's interests (as they are mine).

Serving type: can

07-05-2010 02:53:50 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of Seanibus


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

Pours clear golden with a slight head. Smell is bright and citrusy. The flavor is clean and citrusy. Not very complex, but deliciously IPA like. The mouthfeel is slick. This is not a deep beer, but it is a straight ahead, refreshing. There is a little hop burn on the finish, a decent malt backbone for a small-scale hop bomb. Good.

Serving type: can

07-04-2010 18:16:59 | More by Seanibus
Photo of Bendurgin


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

I got this in a BIF courtesy of Raznug! Thanks! Poured this into a pint glass and wow! I'm staring at a giant three finger head sitting atop this clear golden beer! The smell reveals lots of citrus notes; pineapples and other tropical fruits come to mind. A waft of piney hops penetrates my nostrils after a wall of citrusy goodness! I've gotta mention now I've head this beer in my glass for a couple minutes and I still have about a finger of rocky white head. Great retention. Decent flavor. A little more dry than I had anticipated. I really thought this would be a bit juicier because of all the citrus I could smell. I get good citrus flavor and I nice hop bittering to finish, but I feel like this lacks a little complexity. None of the flavors really seem to shine in one way or another. Overall, a good IPA with a nice medium body. This is really refreshing right after work and drinks really well.

Serving type: can

07-04-2010 03:04:08 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of TommyW


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy gold with a touch of amber; tall white head that holds and sticks perfectly.

S- Citrus and pine hops with some cracker-like malts (kinda reminds me of goldfish crackers) that come out as the beer warms.

T- Petty nice balance of a fresh hop profile of pine, flowers and citrus. Bready malts with notes of hay and caramel come through underneath. Nice lingering bitterness that hangs around for just the right amount of time.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- I've been wanting to try this for a while, and I wasn't disappointed. Really a great IPA, and it comes in a can!

Serving type: can

07-01-2010 01:40:07 | More by TommyW
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold-bronze with surprising speckles of sediment and a thin off-white carpet that doesn't hold but trails. Honey grahams and grapefruit ice pop nose. White scone with butter and honey for the malts, then tangy citrus jam hops heavy on the grapefruit. Puckering finish, prickly, no burn.

Reminds me of that Lagunitas compulsively tasty fruitiness. This plus solid malt and no heat all bump up the drinkability.

Edit: Changed drinkability to 4 overall.

Serving type: can

06-30-2010 18:31:28 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of elgiacomo


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

12oz can, date code 0144, canned May 24, 2010.

Pours slightly hazy golden amber with a large three-finger white head, very fluffy and foamy, recedes to a foamy cap and leaves some clumps of lacing.

Piney aroma with a lot of citrus undertones, grapefruit, orange, some pineapple, hops dominate the aroma with just a touch of sweet light malt.

Flavor is juicy citrus, orange, grapefruit, some floral and pine hops, light sweet malt, medium bitterness on the finish. Tasty and refreshing.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

An excellent IPA, glad to see this locally, and glad to see another good canned craft beer. I'll take this over Dale's any day...

Serving type: can

06-30-2010 04:15:26 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of herman77


3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Honey orange with a decent off white/cream colored head. Very slight haze. Decent amount of lacing.

S: Lots of citrus, oranges and a touch of pine hops. Good amount of bready and carmel malt too.

T: Not much if any for citrus hops now, more of a pine hop. Lots of bread malt. Not too hoppy at all, more of a boring malt taste. A little disappointed after the nose on this. Bitter/dry hop finish that hangs around for awhile.

M/D: Medium body. A little on the higher side for carbonation. A little bit slick. Drinkability is okay, a little disappointed by the taste, I was expecting more citrus and fruity hops from the nose.

Serving type: can

06-30-2010 00:30:57 | More by herman77
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale amber body. Nice sized off-white head. Decent retention with spotty lacing.

S: Piney, resinous hops dominate with some accentuating grapefruit-citric notes. The malt base is present with some caramel sweetness coming through.

T: Like the nose, the dominant characteristic is the piney hops. Grapefruit again is here with a nice caramel malt background. Light bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with rolling carbonation. Refreshing, lightly bitter finish.

D: A good, everyday IPA. This is a beer that benefits from freshness though as I let a few cans from the sixpack go for almost two months and the beer becomes quite generic and bland.

Serving type: can

06-28-2010 18:53:23 | More by callmemickey
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As always nice to see more US Craft in a can. This is a pretty decent IPA that does the job but has little about it that sets it apart from the crowd. The hops are there and so is the balance but not a lot finesse in the finish. Compared to Central City IPA ( also in cans) it lacks real hop punch and complexity

Serving type: can

06-25-2010 16:27:17 | More by canucklehead
Photo of themedievalist

New York

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've wanted to try this beer for a while - partially because of the name and partially because I think craft beers in cans are cool. Overall, it was enjoyable enough, but not a particularly special or amazing example of the IPA style.

A- Honestly, this was what I was least impressed with. The color is fine, a light gold shade, very clear - not exciting, but okay. The head seemed to float oil-like on top, which I found rather unappealing.

S- Strong scent of fresh bread with some hops; very nice.

T- The hops flavors were basically the only thing going on; I felt like it didn't have a lot of subtlety. Since I like hoppy beers, I enjoyed it, but it wasn't anything special, and I have certainly had IPAs which I thought were more interesting.

M- Not a lot of body; medium carbonation.

D-I'd probably pick up a six-pack of this at some point to have around the house when I wanted a beer, but although it's basically enjoyable, it's not particularly special.

Serving type: can

06-24-2010 02:05:01 | More by themedievalist
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Took this one home with me after a weekend of ACBF volunteering, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

The beer pours a radiant orange, with an initial 2 finger white cap that fades to half a finger early on, but lingers there. Lacing's not bad, but not out of this world either. The nose is mostly citrus (mango, pineapple, and peach), with a little bit of a malt undertone. The smell did not prepare me for the taste, very malty IMO, biscuit and caramel. The same citrus notes are present in the taste, but definitely in the background, and there's not really anything in the way of bitterness at all. If this was a pale ale I would say it was just not quite hoppy enough, but for an American IPA there's not nearly enough hop influence in the taste. Surprisingly given all the malt presence in the flavor the mouthfeel is decent and not too rich. The carbonation is a bit low though, which only exacerbates the lackluster hop presence. As a byproduct of the weak hop flavor and malt dominance, this beer is very easy drinking.

I guess this is the issue one encounters when trying to rate "to style", as I definitely enjoyed this brew, and didn't think it tasted bad by any means, but it just didn't taste like an American IPA.

Serving type: can

06-24-2010 01:40:48 | More by axeman9182
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow to a pale orange color with a nice white head. In the aroma, citrus hops, more orange citrus, but hints of grapefruit. In the taste, citrus hops, orange and grapefruit. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a citrus hop aftertaste. Nice hop, a decent body and quite fresh out the can.

Serving type: can

06-23-2010 14:53:15 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Fezfreak


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

I bought this only to get the can for my collection.

I've been collecting beer cans since I was 10. I don't normally add "new" cans due to space limitations, but do I make exceptions for micros.

In every instance, the cans have been more interesting than their contents, and 21st Amendment IPA is no exception.

Pours a golden color with an ever so slight haze and a thick foamy head that lasted the duration, leaving a good amount of lacing behind.

It smells more like a "boutique" Malt Liquor than IPA. Lots of malt in the nose.

Judging the taste only on the merits of "is it any good or not?", I'd say this is a pretty good beer. But for an IPA it's fairly disappointing. Like other canned micros I've tried, the flavor is unbalanced, dominated by caramelized malt, with almost no hop flavor to speak of except for a bit of biting bitterness at the end.

This beer has a bold body and should make no apologies for mouthfeel.

As for drinkability. Yes. You can drink it. But can you really enjoy it? I drank mine. But I can't say I really enjoyed it.

After consuming it I realized that I am beginning to weigh in on the side of the naysayers who scoff at micro-brewed beer in cans. I've had several different brands (ie: Butternuts, Avalanche, Southern Star) and all of them have that same unbalanced malty-medicinal taste to them.

Micro brewed beer in a can is going to have to get a whole lot better than this before I learn to like it.

Serving type: can

06-23-2010 12:43:05 | More by Fezfreak
Photo of hosehead83


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

Poured from a twelve ounce can into a standard pint glass
Golden amber in color, with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-Nice, citrussy hops
Taste-Intro of bitter, medicinal hops, a bit metallic, then a bit of too-sweet maltiness that kind of unbalances the flavor.
I'm all for craft beer in the convenience of a can, but this offering seemed a bit too unbalanced and malty for a proper IPA. Still, for portability and price, not too bad.

Serving type: can

06-21-2010 15:26:04 | More by hosehead83
Photo of Freshie


3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear amber and gold hues, with white wispy head. Laces to the side after a few minutes. Little head retention.

S- Is slight aromatic with grassy hops, and other floral scents. Slightly medicinal.

T- Not as hoppy as I would like to see in an American IPA. Somewhat watery int he mouth as well. Hops are floral, with small sweet malt in the middle.

M- Hangs in the palate a bit watery, with slight metallic nature, possibly from the serving inn a can. Not bad tough.

D- Drinks pretty well, not a hop wallop, so goes down pretty smooth.

Probably the highest ABV for a beer in a can, that I've ever had. Not too bad.

Serving type: can

06-21-2010 02:43:55 | More by Freshie
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4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Can to pint glass.

Pours a nice pale gold color, nice head that sticks around for a little bit, not forever, but leaves behind a beautiful lacing that I can tell will be there forever if I let it.

Smells like a normal AIPA, piney hops mostly with some background grapefruit. Not hugely aromatic, doesn't really jump from the glass. As it warms a bit, the pine turns to tropical fruits and the nose gets stronger. Served cold the smell is a 3.5 rating, a touch warmer brings it to a 4.

Taste is a mix of fruit and pine, with a hint of alcohol in the finish. It's nice, not puckeringly bitter, but bitterness is there just before the finish, then vanishes and your ready for the next sip. Hop flavor is great, more tropical fruits than your typical grapefruit/pine. Good but nothing hugely different about this IPA from any other.

Standard IPA mouthfeel, medium and slightly chewey.

Drinkability, in my opinion, is perfect. Not too bitter, but bitter enough. 7.0% ABV, which is still pretty big don't forget, and only the slightest trace of alcohol.

Overall, wonderful IPA by 21A. Drinkability of it might make it my new "go to" for the style. But this style is saturated with good beers and this one doesn't really blow the rest away. That said, I'd be prefectly happy if I showed up at a bar/party/beer store looking for an IPA and this was my only choice.

Serving type: can

06-19-2010 16:39:04 | More by jculler82
Photo of boatshoes


2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in a mix-a-six from a very nice store I just visited in Virginia Beach, Grape and Gourmet.

Appearance- Pours a golden amber with a solid two fingers of creamy white head that has very good retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing as I drink.

Smell- I have to say, much weaker than I was expecting. I get a bit of grapefruit rind on the nose, followed thereafter by a lot of sweeter, bready smelling malts. Not nearly as much of a hop presence as I was expecting.

Taste- As the nose indicated, there really wasn't as much in the hop department here as I was expecting. Starts off with some mild grapefruit and pine resin flavors but that quickly gives way to a fair amount of sweet caramel maltiness. Finishes rather slick and sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkablity- Mouthfeel with solid and adequately carbonated. The beer went down easy enough but left me wanting a fair amount more in the flavor department.

Overall, rather disappointed. I thought it was quite weak in the hops department. Maybe it was on the older side? I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt despite the fact that it was in a can and will revisit in the future.

Serving type: can

06-17-2010 17:23:14 | More by boatshoes
21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,025 ratings.