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21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment IPA21st Amendment IPA

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2,083 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,083
Reviews: 805
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 67
Gots: 140 | 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 Mistofminn
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber color with a nice two finger tan head. Initially it has good retention and leaves a ton of lacing, but the closer it gets to room temperature it drops off a little.

The nose is very tropical and floral, with a nice balancing malt backbone. I'm really into the nose on this one, simple but good. True IPA nose.

The taste is the same as the nose, no false advertising. Starts tropical and floral, giving way to earthy and bitter hops, balanced by a smooth malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with a sticky hop bitterness. Slow carbonation leads to a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is good.

Overall, a solid IPA from 21A. If I had to choose between this and Monks Blood, I might choose Monks blood. However, when you factor in price and sessionability, this would win out in the end.

Mistofminn, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

---I like the way this one smells...juicy tropical citrus and toasted maltiness..

---Flavor is similar...juicy...good hoppiness....medium bitterness...body is medium to full...not much alcohol noticable....7% borders DIPA...finishes with a little more of a jagged piney element..

Nice IPA I could definitely enjoy more of....better than a lot I've had..

ZAP, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gibby32 for this sample bottle. This beer pours a hazy orange color with amber hues. The head is a solid inch in height, and recedes very slowly into nice thick lacing. The aroma is herbal with pine resin, grapefruit rine, and a soft but noticable malt presence. I really like the herbal notes as it seems rare to find an IPA these days that isn't all grapefruit and pine. The taste is a little fruitier than the aroma, but there are still solis floral and herbal tones, and an even larger malt backbone. The bitterness is firm, but not as brash as I would expedct from a beer with 70 IBUs. I really like it nonetheless. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation that lends itself to the suddelties of the beer. The texture is velvety. Overall, this is one of the best IPAs I've had the pleasure of drinking.

KarlHungus, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden with an orange-ish head that at first takes up the whole glass, then settles at about 4 fingers, we'll see how long it lastes. It has nice texture and also plenty of active carbonation.

S: When I first opened the can I got a punch of hops in the nose. There's plenty of hops in the glass, but they seem kind of messy, not a clean straightforward hop smell. Perhaps a lot of blending of hops? And no balance really either. I get just a little hint of pale malt maybe?

T: Ok, I would say this beer has a Cold-Spring ness to it, being as it was brewed and canned at their brewery, but I'm not going to let myself just pass this off on them. The beer lacks depth maybe? It has that same crowded-hops-without-much-IBUs thing going on, though the malt is more there than in the nose. I'm just not impressed with this beer.

M: Smooth. I was expecting a lot more carbonation based on the appearence, but nope, it's almost too low on carbonation, but good still.

D: I could drink this, and I think a lot of people could, but why? it's nothing special, just a good thing to get out of a can I guess.

mdwalsh, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of hdofu
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured goldinish with a thick white head... Smelled intensely of hops. Tasted initally sweet growing more bitter from the hopps as I continued to drink it. The beer was sudsy and went down almost thick because of all the lingering head. I could drink more then one can of it if I was trying.

hdofu, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice orange-amber into an American pint glass, with less than a finger of white head, but decent lacing. The smell was dominated by citrus (lemon, grapefruit) and piney bitter hops; smelled a lot like buckets of Cascade hops. Not much malt presence in the smell. However the taste did reveal more malt mid-palate, after the initial citrus/pine, and then finished on a bitter dry note. Pleasant flavor progression. Decent carbonation and medium body make for a nice mouthfeel. A nice session ipa.

donniecuffs, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of Buebie
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just released to MN, I grabbed a single can of this. I've had the watermelon and that deturred me from grabbing more then 1 can of this.

Poured from the 12oz can into a pub glass. Off the pour a solid white frothy head forms up. Receding slowly to leave a solid cap of retention and sticky thick lace rings.
Color is light and simple. A straw colored pale yellow with murky signs of unfiltered written all over it. Wonderful.

Aroma of island fruit, pineapple and mango, some mild pine filled hop aroma as well as citrus peel, there is also a faint aroma of cigarette butt ashyness to it.

Taste is much more hop filled with bitters then aroma would lead me to believe, which is a nice surprise. Good Centennial bitters in there, mixing with more island fruits, mango's, pineapple, some great sweetness in there to balance things very nicely. Malt backing into the finish mixing with disireable breadyness. This brew is actually quite delicious. Its crisp, clean and has plenty of good flavors mixing about.

I enjoyed it.

Buebie, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of JRed
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Refreshing looks. Light, transparent orange with fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. Subtle aroma of citrus, slight vanilla, hop resin. Hops, citrus, other light fruit notes in the taste. Hop resin sweetness lingers in the aftertaste. Medium thickness in body but light enough to not disturb the belly. The alcohol doesn't disrupt the flavors at all throughout the drink. One of the better West Coast style IPA's I've had in a while.

JRed, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Goliath
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly cloudy with a nice copper color and a one inch slightly yellowed head. Nice retention and a bit of lacing.

The aroma is nice. Some good citrusy hops are available and a small bit of light malt is available.

The taste is fine. A decent citrus and pine note comes accross and is followed by a bit of bready malt.

Mouthfeel is a little weak. It's slightly creamy but a touch watery and the carbonation is a bit weak. It's a bit of a let down.

Drinkability is moderate. The flavor profile is ok, but the mouthfeel is a bit of a disappointment. Just an average beer really.

Goliath, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a copper color with a two finger whiteish head that sitcks around for a few minutes and leaves decent lacing.

Smells of grapefruit fom the hops, some citus and pine. Standard aroma for an ipa but still nice.

Taste follows the aroma. Good amount of malts balance the brew nicely. Actually maybe a bit too malty but still a nice flavor. Again nice amount of grapefruit with a pine and hoppy finish, with nice

Medium bodied, with a nice amount of carbonation. Just right for an IPA. I could drink a bunch of these, solid IPA.

HURTemHIZZY, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of Daniellobo
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice IPA leaning on its maltier side and losing a bit of a hoppy bite. But a great presence to push quality craft beer in can form nevertheless.

Presentation: 12 oz can. Contemporary youthful design, a bit too close to some soda can iconography in fact. Notes on handcrafting on the back, spirit of the brewery and promotion of cans alongside a brief description. Has some batch numbers but lacks a clear freshness or bottling date, shows IBUs (70) and Alc. by Vol. (7%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pale to medium amber hazy body with a generous off-white head and nice lacing.

S - Nicely hoppy, grapefruit aroma, some pine and an almost unnoticeable malt sweetness.

T - Flavor almost strangely reverses the smell, a sweet maltiness drives a hoppiness that does not shine like it does on the smell. It is a nice taste but does not feel totally stimulating as an IPA.

M - It´s a medium to light brew with balanced carbonation and a bit of thick-sticky texture toward the end.

D - Despite the unbalanced hoppiness vs malt in the taste for an IPA it remains rather pleasing and drinkable.

Notes: A great brew to have around. It is coming aggressively around the "craft beer on a can" segment and it is picking up quite a bit of hype lately in my area, which may not be such a great thing if the brew is not up to it. It is almost there, a great beer to be had, but a tad short of a great IPA.

Daniellobo, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a 2" fluffy head that lingers around a while. Some light lace develops during the session.

Smell: light grapefruits and some mild hop bitterness are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, some soft orange citrus, ripe fruit sweetness, and a decent bitterness makes up a nice IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a long aftertaste.

Drinkability: solid drinkable IPA here. Goes down quickly and it is refreshing. Worth giving this one a try.

Gavage, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, rather boring light-amber body, but the two-inches of white foam are dense, frothy, and stick around forever, leaving tons of rich lacing when they finally recede.

S: First impression is clearly (and unsettlingly) of cleaning solution - slightly citrusy, but mostly just soapy and acrid. With time the lysol component recedes and gives way to citric hops - a very welcome change, but not enough to redeem the aroma completely. Some caramel malts also peek through, salvaging an "average" score.

T: Unfortunately, the cleaning solution flavor comes through here, too, but after, instead of before, the bright citrus hops. Starts out deliciously hoppy, but all too quickly transitions into a big glass of orange-glo. Disappointing.

M: Excellent: rich, tongue-coating medium body, supported throughout by abundant, smooth, rolling carbonation. Just what I look for in an IPA.

D: The flavor is light and crisp enough to allow for pretty easy drinking (especially for 7%), but the unfortunate aroma and flavor profile keeps it from being a beer I really want to keep drinking.

Notes: I'm glad I tried this beer, but equally glad that I only bought a single. Not one I'll be looking for again, especially given how many truly amazing west-coast IPAs are out there.


woosterbill, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this one from TheManiacal one, so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a hazy yellow color, sediment is apparent with a 2 finger of bubbly, rocky head. The head recedes quickly leaving sheets of sticky lacing on the glass.

N: Nose is of sharp tangerine, sharp yeast aroma, piney hops, breadiness, and a touch of caramelized malts.

T: Tastes very similiar to the nose. Starts with a nice piney hop bite up front, middle is filled out by the sharp yeast and bready flavoring that was picked up in the nose, and finishes with a citrusy hop bite to it. There is a slight metallic taste in the finish.

M: Light to medium body, mild carbonation, crisp finish to it.

D: Not a bad IPA, it was enjoyable to try. I wouldn't seek this out again, but also wouldn't pass it up.

Jayli, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of younger35
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew quite some time ago from a generous BA that I can't remember. I've had this brew sitting in the back of the fridge for WAY to long. I'm sure it's not 100% up to par but I'll change accordingly when I suck down a fresh one. Drank form my Black Butte Porter pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a nice clear yellow with hints of orange and a generous one finger bright white head. A decent cap and collar remains for the entire beer with enough lacing to keep me interested.
Smell- Still nice and hoppy with a great citric fruitiness right from the start. Plenty of candied pineapple and grapefruit along with a bit of lemon peel. The hops dictate the nose but the malt is plenty much. A sort of sweet pine with some crystal caramel poking its head out. The malt has that candied aspect that really reminds me of red licorice. I'm excited to take a sip and see what we have here.
Taste- Hmmm... I can guarantee fresh this is a fruity American hopped west coast IPA. With a bit of super cold conditioning (ha!) it sits with a fairly well balanced 'mini' Barleywine. Starts with a lightly bitter bit of grapefruit or peach that is snappy on the tongue at first. It's never a brash bitter as it leans towards fruity and light. The malt steps in though and it's not caramely or really crystal like at all. It's more along the lines of an Oktoberfest or Red. A hopped up Red Ale for sure, think a less sweet Ithaca Cascazilla Red Ale. It finishes with a bit of lingering licorice and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel- Fairly heavy but leaning toward medium body with a medium carbonation that is spot on.
Drinkability- Digging this. Can't wait to try it fresh but it's aged with grace in my fridge for quite some time. Whatever it's morphed into its really tasty and very interesting. I'm sticking with my mini Barleywine description. Good shit, thanks generous BA!

younger35, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange body with a good white head and lace all down the glass. Solid citric and floral hop smell along with some caramel malts. A textbook IPA with a smooth, medium body that passed over the tongue with citric and grapefruit tastes that are balanced with cweet caramel and some breadiness. Finishes dry and crisp with a touch of hop bitterness but not overpowering. Just a great sessionable IPA that any hophead or IPa fan could enjoy.

clayrock81, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Thanks, OStrungT!

Somewhat hazy golden amber pour with a couple of fingers of foam. Retention is decent, with some nice lacing.

Very citrusy hop aroma, which is right up my alley. Big time grapefruit and pineapple, with some underlying pine. Kind of earthy, toasty malt in the background.

Well, the citrusy hops that I was so excited about aren't nearly as prominent in the flavor. Instead, the big bready malt mutes it to the point that I'm questioning the IBU's on the can. As I swallow, a somewhat harsh, piney bitterness comes through, and 70 IBU's is now believable again. This beer could be a very tasty IPA, but the malt overpowering the hops up front is a bit of a disappointment.

Medium body, medium carbonation. Pretty easy drinker, and a pretty good beer overall. Not quite as hoppy as I had hoped, or as the nose promised.

Gyle41386, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Rare Vos glass.

Pours 1 and ½ fingers of beige head. Pretty good retention with some very nice lace. Color is a hazy golden orange.

Aroma: Nice and hoppy. Floral and earthy hops with a nice amount of citrus fruits. This IPA has it going on. Grapefruit dominates mainly with caramel and bready malts.

Taste: Very sweet for an IPA. A decent amount of floral hops but a lot of mellow grapefruit citrus. A lot of bready malts, with a hint of caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: A really nice amount of bitterness, smooth, crisp. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends with a slight sticky aftertaste with notes of floral hops. Not to bad.

Overall, this is a damn fine IPA. I definitely wish I had this locally. I would have this around a lot more of it. Glad I got to try this one. I highly recommend.

mothman, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of jayfarley3
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Appearance is a light cloudy golden color with a decent off white head. Smells of citrusy hops and bread. Taste is very good with a malty backbone and some nice bitter hops. This is a very good drinkable beer and probably the best beer I've ever had out of a can.

jayfarley3, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of westweasel
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in an excellent beer trade.

Poured from the can into a New Belgium goblet.

The aroma has a malty biscuit-toffee quality mixed in with grapefruit and pine.

The beer pours out a hazy gold/orange color with a medium almost white head that leaves lacing along the glass.

The flavors in this beer start with a biscuity malt sweetness followed by the taste of grapefruits and a little pine, similar to the aroma. The finish is rather sweet and not very bitter. There is enough bitterness to keep this from being cloying, but it is still much sweeter than expected.

The moutfeel is medium-to-full with a very unique and appreciated creamy quality. Moderate carbonation.

This a very unique and drinkable IPA. I think I would prefer a dryer finish, but it's fun to try this beer

westweasel, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of mirish72
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to try after I read a few articles on the explosion of craft beers in cans. I have been really pleased with Oskar Blues, so I figured it was worth picking up a six pack.

Pours orange-amber. Pours with slight lacing and a nice head. Has a nice piney/citrus aroma, nothing overpowering, but decent. Definitely has a nice hop profile with a little malt backbone, nicely balanced.

Overall not my favorite IPA or even my favorite beer in a can, but not bad, very drinkable.

mirish72, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of PEBKAC
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32oz growler, boring pint glass.

Having nearly spent my accumulated tolerance for all things hoppy these past few months, the sample I had of this stuck me as a bit more then generic. The price was pretty good too. Something like $4, maybe a touch less.

Perfect inch of soapy off-white head. Clear, toasty golden body. I see that there's some sediment down there. Next fill gets a good swirl first.

A puzzling, yet invigorating combination of bittergreen tree bark, Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum, menthol, & just a little toast. Not great, but I could probably pick this one out of a lineup form now on.

Taste is more toasty then grassy, though the bitterness lingers & masses into a bit too much menthol & pine. A bready sweetness that is very clean & dry & refuses to completely go away. A touch of green apple sharpens it up. A little copper becomes noticeable as the second glass begins to wear on you.

No sappiness in this one. Carbonation is a touch better then average, but not biting. It's warming, but the alcohol remains in check & doesn't rush to the front.

I was pretty let down by their Watermelon Wheat, but this one stands pretty solidly in a saturated field. :)

PEBKAC, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of Sycodrummer
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz can into a tulip pint glass the beer was dark yellow to near pale orange color with two fingers of pure white fluffly head. Streaming bubbles of carbonation flowed up from the center of the glass and some spotty lacing clung to the sides of the glass throughout the sample.

The nose has some piney citrusy hops coming through first with orange, grapefruit, tobacco, and a subtle matliness all coming through as well.

The taste begins with a mild bitterness that soon intensifies in the back of the palate to give way to mild floral and citrusy flavors. Quickly balanced with an ever so slightly sweet malty backbone. The finish is a little bland and the hoppiness seems a little muted. The nose is frangrant and hoppy, but the taste doesn't deliver what you might expect from the nose. Still, the beer is well balanced between malt and hops and this lends to its drinkability.

Medium body and medium carbonation.

The beer is very enjoyable but I prefer my IPA's a little less "retrained." The nose evinces so much potential for a nice hoppy character, but in the end the taste doesn't deliver as much - or maybe my palate is slowly becoming immune to hoppiness. Either way, the end result is balanced and nonetheless enjoyable.

Sycodrummer, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

21st Amendment IPA poured light cloudy gold, with a two-finger head that disappeared almost immediately. There were rings of sticky lace left on the glass. The color was a bit too light.

This was a highly refreshing and drinkable IPA that smelled and tasted equal parts citric and earthy. Most IPAs tend to one way or the other, but this one is loaded with flavor and perfectly balances sweet and bitter, with a thick slightly bitter feel. If there is one (possibly) back-handed compliment, it's that this could very well be the best-ever pale ale, rather than an IPA.

21st Amendment IPA is a delicious, always-have-on-hand-for-those-times-your-just-in-the-mood-for-a-beer beer.

MetalHopHead6, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve-ounce can just purchased from Buy Rite Liquors on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... First beer from this Northern California brewery... I have a particular interest towards canned beers originating with those from Oskar
Blues in Colorado... This was a solid Californian IPA boasting a 7% ABV and 70 IBU's... Grapefruit aroma and flavor with lemon zest notes and piney florals... Clean, crisp, tart flavor... Good stuff... Worth a try...

dsa7783, Sep 21, 2009
21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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