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21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment IPA21st Amendment IPA

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2,055 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,055
Reviews: 805
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 64
Gots: 128 | 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 wyattshotmaker


3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

poured into a pint glass,somewhat hazy golden color with a fluffy white head that stick around and leaves some nice lacing.a great looking beer,love the way this beer looks.

nose is a bit subtle,sweet malt and piney hops.

this is a bit more balanced than most west coast ipa's,reminds me more of an english ipa.upfront bitterness with a hint of sweet malt and a little bit of citrus in the finish.

medium bodied,good drinkability.a pretty solid ipa.i love canned beer.

09-09-2009 01:30:01 | More by wyattshotmaker
Photo of Damian


3.53/5  rDev -8.5%

Drank from a 12 fl oz (355 ml) can
Served in a pint glass

Thanks to the guy from Liquor World in Cambridge, MA for hooking me up with this.

The beer poured a clear, golden-amber color with a frothy, bright white, two-finger head that slowly faded to a sudsy cap. A bit of yeast from the bottom of the can slipped into the beer, making the liquid moderately cloudy. Bubbly blocks of lacing cascaded down the glass.

The aroma was hoppy and citrusy yet rather subdued for the style. Notes of grapefruit and orange were noticeable. Some toasted malts came through as well. Clean and a touch grassy.

The taste was hoppy and quite bitter. Pithy and dry up front with indications of grapefruit peel and toasted malts. Slightly grassy in the center. Some metallic notes appeared on the back end (perhaps from the car?). The finish was super dry and bitter with a lingering, piney aftertaste. Initially, this beer seemed rather rough around the edges. As the liquid warmed however, the citrus flavors intensified, some of the metallic notes disappeared and the overall flavor profile became more integrated.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with an average, large bubbled carbonation.

Drinkability was good. Although the flavors were a bit harsh, the 7% ABV was very well masked.

21st Amendment IPA has a really dry and raw hop edge to it. It reminded me of what I would have imagined a home brewed West Coast IPA to have tasted like ten years ago. Definitely a "hop lovers only" type of beer.

09-08-2009 02:45:10 | More by Damian
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a nice cap that protects the liquid like a sentry without leaving much tell-tale lace behind

Smell: Surprisingly balanced aroma with plenty of bready malt mixed in with a hop bill that leans more toward pine than citrus

Taste: Toasty, up front, with a developing bock-like malty undertone; the piney hops arrive by mid-palate but are not particularly forceful and, after the swallow, the malty element remains predominant

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but not particularly exciting if you are expecting a hoppy IPA

09-06-2009 23:05:54 | More by brentk56
Photo of Primitivechef


3.38/5  rDev -12.4%

A- Full cream off white head, Golden Rust light haze body, Very light lacing at end.

S- Tangerines / Citrus, mild Pine with sweet Malts.

T- Mild hops taste, Citrus & Pine notes, mild bitterness with a sweet Malt finish.

M- Light to medium body, clean feel in mouth, some what dry, low carbonation.

D- Very drinkable IPA, On the light end, Could easily drink 3-4 at one sitting

09-05-2009 19:59:06 | More by Primitivechef
Photo of Elimination


3.05/5  rDev -21%

Poured into pint glass, brown clear yellow. smell is of a average ipa, hops detected but not strong. head filled to top of glass just stopping at edge. Slight hoppy taste, with stronger aftertaste.

could have a few of these but there is better ipas out there. the 7 percent abv is nice though for the price if your wanted to get a little buzz on. But ide still choose otherwise

08-28-2009 21:57:49 | More by Elimination
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

A: Poured a bright rusty-tangerine with a good deal of haze. The head mushroomed upwards 2 finger forming a flat table top capping that was off white in color. Retention was good, slowly lapsing all the while leaving small sporadic spongey patches. Visible carbonation was slow with several steady streams.

S: The nose yielded sweet tangerines and citrus with soft fresh wet pine needles. Starts out medium strength but fades a bit after several minutes. Also light hints of semi-sweet caramelized grains are also detected.

T: Tart tangerines and semi-sweet caramelized grains that was backed with some wet juicy citrusy notes starts things off. The wet hopping turns to dry bitter lemon peels midway through the palate. There was traces of fruitiness (pineapples) along with a lemony flower hopping. The finish round out with tart tangerines and pine. Overall the beer was sweet with a caramelized malting with a wet juicy hopping of fresh lemons.

M: a nice creaminess to it with an abundance of fizzy carbonation. The body is medium with a dry lemon finish and a flowery fade off the tongue. Nice crispness.

D: Overall decent drinkability, moderately good enjoyment. A bright wet hoppiness and crispness adds to the smoothness. Conveniently packed in cans for that easy transport going where bottles may not be able to go.

08-27-2009 22:45:00 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Kadonny


3.53/5  rDev -8.5%

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

A: A medium golden orange color with a one finger white fluffy head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Herbal hops but a deep malt sweetness overcomes.

T: Prickly hops up front with herbal floral notes and some grassy earthy flavors. The hops are not overwhelming but soon give way easily to the sweet biscuity caramel malt. Malt dominates midway though until the finish. Finish lets some hops bitterness back in, but the finish is sweet and coating.

M: Medium and prickly up front, sweet and smooth at the finish. No alcohol detected.

D: Meh, it just doesn't excite me, so drinking more than one just didn't appeal to me much.

Overall a very malty IPA that has some hops flavor, but the hops are not the show in this beer. If you like less hoppy IPAs, give this one a go. To me it was very average.

08-25-2009 17:32:59 | More by Kadonny
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

12oz. can served in a standard pint glass. Poured a cloudy, dull orange with a latte-like, tight, off-white one inch head. Thick sheets of tiny bubbles coated the sides of the glass. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent quarter inch cap - some slashes of lacing revealed as the brew recedes. Nose was piny, resinous hops off the tab pop, which becomes slightly more muted in the glass, revealing some malt in the background. Taste consistent with nose - somewhat more muted than suggested by the nose. I get something of an earthy character in the mix, as well as some citrus astringency in the middle and a slightly medicinal aftertaste that lingers lightly at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium/light with carbonation levels that are slightly prickly up front, but evens out towards the back and finish. Citrus astringency gets the salivary glands in the cheeks going a little bit. Decent IPA, but a little too harsh in some regards to my liking. Worth a try if you preference is towards the bitter/resinous end of the spectrum.

08-24-2009 18:40:22 | More by Jwale73
Photo of msubulldog25


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Picked up a spare can at the local New Seasons to give this a 'test drive' before committing...thanks, Beer Guy Aaron. 12 oz. - emptied to a standard pint glass.

Lists on the can 'Alcohol 7.0% By Vol.' and 70 IBUs.

A: Terrific look here: a mildly haze golden-amber, subtle streams of small rising bubbles. Big tuft of ivory head, a full two-fingers, almost crests the rim. Good retention and outstanding lace in dense foamy sheets.

S: Modest hop aroma: citrus rind, grassy, a bit paper-y. Sweet candy/caramel/cake drifts in and out, bumping this to a touch above 'average'.

T: Spiced oranges and a mild grapefruit zest, grassy and borderline medicinally bitter in the finish. Enough malt backing to provide a good balance. Sourdough tang in the finish.

M: Mild carbonation in the cross-tongue feel, with a sharper and more bitter trailing finish. Medium body, some coating touches and a trace of the alcoholic girth in a subtle cheek warmth.

D: Passed the audition and becomes a strong contender to join us on a camping trip next weekend. I didn't find the bitterness overly bracing; the balanced flavors won me over. Drinkability is limited by the 7% ABV, but repurchase-ability remains high. Good job, 21A.

08-23-2009 00:41:55 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of Natural510


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours a lovely orange-amber color with a decent amount of head, which leaves a slight white layer on top of the drink and nothing more.
A sweet perfume of subtle malt and citrus-pine hop.
Alot of lemon-citrus, pine and honey in the flavor. Sweet malt with a hint of toasted biscuit blends almost perfectly with an easy-going but ever-present hop.
Quenchable to the thirst, smooth going down, fairly dry finish from the hops.
I really liked this one. Hoppy, but well-balanced and sweet enough to keep the hops in check. Easily drinkable, can by lovely can.

08-19-2009 21:43:24 | More by Natural510


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Golden tangerine. 2 finger white head that dissipated quickly and left a sticky web of lace.

Sour citrus, floral, and fruit. Doughy caramel candy malts.

Fresh citrus and banana. crisp floral character. Caramel candy malts. Spicy herbal resinous bitter aftertaste. Well balanced IPA.

med bodied. smooth yet slightly sandpapery. good carbonation.

Very nice IPA, especially for one in a can. Drinks great out of can or glass. well balanced, a great hoppy ipa in a can.

08-12-2009 00:17:46 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Photo of cswhitehorse


2.65/5  rDev -31.3%

The pale yellow color with a good 2 finger foam head. The smell was fairly faint with not much hop aroma. It smells sweet like an esb. The taste was similar to the esb as well it didn't taste like an IPA to me. In the mouth it was sweet with a minimal hop bitterness. Overall I probably won't be buying this one anytime soon.

08-11-2009 03:59:44 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of beertunes


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

Yeah Boy!! Another good beer in a can! Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a hazy orangeish-gold with about a half inch of white head that had little retention but left an above average amount of sticky lacing.

The typical hop scents greet the nose, without any particular note standing out. This brings a pleasant surprise to the tongue, because this beer has more flavor than the scents had led me to expect. A nice mix of citrus and pine with pine dominating the finish.

The body and drinkability are average for the style. Overall, a good, solid IPA that will find a place in my cooler for outdoor adventures.

08-09-2009 21:32:06 | More by beertunes
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

Clear yellow on the bottom as a hazed cloud hung near the top, the head was thick and creamy and left lots of sticky lacing behind.
The aroma was strong and piney.
The taste was piney hops with enough malt sweetness thrown in.
Medium bodied with a slick feel.
An enjoyable IPA.

08-09-2009 21:01:49 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of jeffjeff1


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

This was pretty good. I enjoyed this beer. 21st Amendment has a done a pretty good job with this.

Appearance- amber color, cloudy

Smell- piney hops

Taste- piney hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I liked it. I picked it up at Cork and Bottle Liquors. Pretty good IPA

08-08-2009 22:03:13 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of brewcrew76


3.73/5  rDev -3.4%

Thanks to BRoss242 for this one.

A - Clear orange color with a thin white head that basically stays at about 1 finger of foam.

S - Perfumey, resiny hops. Citrus, pine and maybe even tropical fruits with a touch of caramel in the background.

T - Citrus, piney and tropical fruit hops with some sweet caramel in the background. Fairly well balanced as far as bittering goes but the hop flavor is very resiny.

M - Light side of medium and it seems a little flat. There was no pfft when I opened the can. Slight alcohol sweetness.

D - Very hop forward resiny IPA. Rat Pad!

07-31-2009 20:57:32 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of adamb02155


3.73/5  rDev -3.4%

A - Yellow orange, slightly hazy, with a big foamy head on top.

S - Not very strong on the nose. I get a slightly sweet, beer-y smell when I sniff hard. Not unpleasant by any means, just ok.

T - Tastes very nice. A little sweeter than some of the IPAs i have had lately, with a good hop kick.

M - Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

D - It is a nice tasting beer enough hop flavor to make folks happy. Not so heavy that drinking more than one becomes a chore. And I love canned beer, and it is a good one.

07-31-2009 00:39:21 | More by adamb02155
Photo of breyton490


3.28/5  rDev -15%

Have had this beer at the 21A brewpub in San Francisco several times. First time tasting Brew Free or Die IPA in the can.

Best on draft, canned version not too shabby.

A: Pours a darker, orange color. Slight haze. Nice thick creamy head sits on top of the glass. Foam stays for a while. IPA on the darker side of IPA's.

S: Dank, citrus, alcohol. Not as big a nose as in when its on drought, but pretty impressive for a production brew. Good hop aroma, although it wont blow you away

T: IPA is very malty, taste Munich malt. Alcohol evident in taste. Nice bitterness for level of malty-ness. Not a dry drinking IPA.

M: Medium to full bodied beer. Good carbonation.

D: Could drink a few of these, but the heaviness and sweetness of the strong malt balance in this beer do not make it as drinkable as other west coast IPA's like RR Blind Pig

Havent seen too many (actually none) IPA's of this quality being canned. Nice. Will make sure I have a few in my cooler next trip to the beach.

07-28-2009 16:53:20 | More by breyton490
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours orange and cloudy with a fluffy head and very good lace settling action.
the aroma of apples,fruit punch and big hops. Some pineapple notes as well.

The taste starts with hops in your face and a good ,strong yet stable malt base.Sweet yet well balanced with fruit notes abound and a mild bitterness. Some grassy hints kicked in as well and the feel on this beer was medium body,light to medium carbonation. A dry finish with an easy enough drinkability.

Notes: A really good beer with excellent balance and a dry,hoppy finish. Well done.

07-27-2009 02:23:04 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of awall422


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

pours light golden with a finger of creamy head that has good staying power. nice citrusy aroma beckons. taste is a touch sweet at first, with the hops hitting you soon after for a lightly bitter, but overall refreshing finish. a great, really drinkable IPA.

07-27-2009 01:47:44 | More by awall422


3.78/5  rDev -2.1%

This beer has crazy carbonation as the fuzzy bubbly head reaches the top of the glass and equals a full three fingers. Rocky, caverns off white bubbles fade slowly leaving almost a wall of lace. Body is a very bright orange amber tone. Hops are all over the place on the nose with tones of minerals, melon, pine, tree sap and fresh dough. With first sip you get a taste profile that is slightly watered down. Hops come through and deliver citrus tones and even peach with some background mellon. Creates a mouthfeel that is prickly and full of fresh fruit feel. Really not a bitter IPA at all. Very refreshing and easy to drink. This IPA is suited for the summer days.

07-24-2009 16:23:03 | More by SPLITGRIN
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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

What a great IPA

Pours a copper color. Nice head.

Smells pretty hoppy, but has a solid malty backbone. Nice.

Tastes great. Well balalnced IPA right here. Nice splash of hops up front, but they are quickly subdued by some sweet malts that keep this sucker from getting to bitter. I love IPAs that aren't too hoppy, and this one does that just right

Drinkability is amazing. I had a bunch of these on the canoe, fishing for some bass

Overall- If you see this, get it.

07-23-2009 15:15:47 | More by tzieser
Photo of fbxdan


4.78/5  rDev +23.8%

The only complaint I have is it that the title of the beer itself is somewhat tacky. That aside this is an excellent IPA. Nice citrus taste with plenty of hops. Can hold it's own against any other IPA imo. The only beer I've tried them so far but look forward to trying their other brews.

07-23-2009 00:02:30 | More by fbxdan
Photo of BARFLYB


3.2/5  rDev -17.1%

Single can poured into a DFH curved pint glass. Never seen this in my area before.

A- 21st Amendment pours out a hazy golden color with some with some light orange as well. A nice three fingers of semi-tight white head rose up, then faded to an inch, then to a faint skim, minimal lacing.

S- A hoppy nose with a equal amount of malt build to balance it out. Some citrus and some bread from the malt. I seem to be getting a perfume type scent which is odd. Some minor tropical fruits hardly make a dent.

T- This actually was better when was cold, warming up things went downhill. This is a good attempt at a ipa with some hops and some pale malts. Light on citrus, light on fruit. Perhaps this a old can, I cant tell cause there is no date.

M- I enjoyed this better cold, the malts really came up in a big way with warming almost drowning out the hops completely. Medium bodied with light carb and a minimal aftertaste.

D- I was surprised this was 7.2%, I was thinking it would be in the five area. Either way I would enjoy this better if there was a bit more ummpph to it, glad I got a single.

07-22-2009 03:57:50 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of monkeylovebeer


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

San Francisco's 21st Amendment Brewery is probably best known for jumping out in front of the microbrew-in-a-can trend. I was bound for the annual family stay at Lake Tahoe where I knew I was going to need some good beer, so a couple six-packs of a portable, beach-friendly IPA were just what the doctor ordered.

As tasty as it was straight out of the cooler as the thermometer flirted with 100 degrees, it was once I got back to the cabin and found myself a pint glass that this tasty, well-balanced brew was given a proper chance to shine. The Brew Free! or Die IPA pours a light-golden hue with a prodigious cotton-colored head with some serious lacing. Its looks alone invited interest from the macro-beer drinkers at the cabin.

I don't wish to demean this beer in anyway when I say that this would be a good introductory IPA for those wishing to start developing a palate for them. It throws an inviting sweet citrus nose with subtle sourdough undertones. Not at all like the piney hop bombs that I usually drink; of course, those have the added bonus of keeping less resin-wrecked taste buds out of my stash.

All in all, very quaffable, with a velvet-smooth mouthfeel that reveals the underlying hops. Its drinkability and portability assures that I'll be taking this beer along on all my summer water-related excursions.

07-21-2009 06:00:55 | More by monkeylovebeer
21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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