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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

2,119 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,119
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 68
Gots: 154 | 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 Boto
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. can: This one pours a slightly hazy orangish-amber color. There is a very small off-white head on it, but it leaves some lacing. The aroma is pretty typical of a good IPA: I get an evenly balanced shot of grapefruit and pine hops. Pretty much all hops to the taste. Pine and citrus. Fairly bitter. It is good, but could be a bit better balanced with the malts. Still, a great beer in a can!

Boto, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of DrJay
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange/gold with a fluffy 2 inch off-white head. Great head retention with clumpy lacing. The hop aroma hit as soon as I cracked the can, lots of grapefruit and citrus oil. It was also a bit earthy with a powdery sweettart candy character. Sturdy bitterness that lingered into the finish. Malt and fruity sweetness up front, but this faded to grapefruit bitterness towards the end. It finished with faint alcohol as well. Fairly dry with a bit of warmth, medium to light body and moderate carbonation. Quite a nice texture for a West Coast IPA, no coarseness or roughness due to the lower malt character. Tasty and hoppy, well crafted. And long live cans!

DrJay, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of jera1350
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange color with a one finger off white head. Fair amount of lace.

Fruity and citric with some pine. There is a rather strong smell of artificial fruit/plastic/solvent.

Matches the smell almost identically. Lots of hops in this one. The odd taste of aquarium silicon is present in the taste too. Not sure what the cause is, but it's strange. Pretty sweet citrus and pine hops with a solid malt presence. Strong lemon taste and some pineapple as well. Alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied and smooth. Very clean and dry finish.

A solid IPA from a can. Not too many of those available. Seems this could use a little tweaking. Goes down very easy at this ABV.

jera1350, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a single can from Princeton Liquor and it appeared a clear amber with a a tall white head in my pint glass. The aroma has a great mix of bready cracker and cookie and a big helping of tropical fruit punch hops. The hops take more of a lead in the flavor with a candied pine note under all the sweet citrus. Of course, as the beer rolls into its aftertaste a good bitter kick reminds you what style it is. Well-balanced for the style and quite tasty. Give this a try.

tempest, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber gold in color with a 1/2 inch off white head; smells of hops (lots of hops), malt, citrus and light spices, with an overall nice hoppy aroma.

Tastes like it smells: hops, both floral and piney, sweet malt, citrus/grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, yeast or light wheat and light spices. Very light and crisp with medium carbonation and decent lacing. A good IPA that goes down easy, but is not crazy in the hop flavor. There is a nice hop taste throughout this brew, but the citrus and resin/piney hop notes play a big part and don't make the hops too over the top in flavor. The hop taste is muted in a good way.

The malts must calm the hops as this beer was not bitter at all and was very enjoyable to drink. A definite session beer as I had 4 last night.

CHickman, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of CharlatanSin
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excited to see singles of this at the Whole Foods on the Upper West Side. Poured from the sweet can into a pint glass.

A: Beautiful bright, hazy golden color. I like my IPAs hazy. Gigantic foamy white head, that becomes more manageable but doesn't completely go away. Solid lacing.

S: Pine and grassy hops dominate. A bit of caramel sweetness. Not bad.

T: The pine hops are clearly the star here, but they have a good supporting cast. It's strongly herbal and somewhat lemony. It's balanced by a caramel malt backbone. Not extremely bitter, but the bitterness that's there lingers.

M: Crisp and refreshing. A little too light bodied for the style.

D: I could session it. Not at all your typical American IPA, but it's a solid changeup.

CharlatanSin, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light copper body. Big fluffy white head. Lace is quite bountiful. Some nice citrus tones on the nose. Flavorwise, this is pretty run of the mill. Quenching and citric, but not a lot of depth or complexity. Dry finish leaves you wanting another sip. Medium bodied at best. Lightly carbonated. Decent. That's all.

Bighuge, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of Brewnami
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very intrigued when I found this beer at the store. I have yet to try craft beer in a can before this and I guess packaging beer in cans does make more sense... However, this beer pours a nice hazy gold color with a light tan head that leaves a nice even lace around the glass. The scent is overwhelmed by citrus notes and piney hops. Smells like a basic IPA. At first, it tastes like your average IPA, but the after taste is unique. It is not as bitter as it smells and does not have a very dry after taste making this extremely drinkable. Not the most stellar IPA I have ever had, but it is definitely worth trying. I will absolutely buy this beer again! I wish it came in 12 packs.

Brewnami, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and Carapils malt scent along with the usual truckload of hops. The taste is good. It has a pretty good malt foundation as well as a killer piney hop character. The hops really dominate the palate; hitting you up front and resinating in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a very good IPA. I've gotten so used to the citrus, West coast hop profile that I nearly forgot how good a piney hop character can be.

WesWes, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of BDLbrewster
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately clear, very bright golden straw color with minimal visible carbonation. My pour yields a tiny head that leaves nice looking sheets of lacing.

The smell is pine forward with very noticeable undertones of a sweet, malty toffee like base combined with a sizable amount of orange peel. There is a soapy, grassy odor that sticks out here as well.

The front carries a fair amount of toasty sweetness that takes second seat to the pine and synthetic citrus taste that comes next. Refreshing without being overly sticky and bitter, not a great quality for an IPA but it is working well here. The alcohol is hidden meticulously behind the less than huge bitterness this brew harbors.

The mouthfeel is somewhat watery, but does maintain a certain desired stickiness that works to combat the latter. Medium to low carbonation.

Overall, nothing about this brew really stands out but for some reason I really enjoy it. Moderate alcohol, very easy to drink and just a good choice when I'm not looking for something over the top. The score might not let on to my true feelings here, but this will have a welcome home in my fridge anytime.

BDLbrewster, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of jjayjaye
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light orange amber with better than a full finger off white loose foamy head that resists fading and leaves a good amount of lacing behind. The smell starts off with a hop blast and lemon citrus fruit and it's balanced well by sweet malty notes. The mouth feel is adequately carbonated and nicely tangy yet the body is slightly understated. The lemon citrus hoppy notes and well balanced sweetness follow from the nose. A really nice drinker and at 7% ABV quite sessionable. Thanks again, Andrew!

jjayjaye, Dec 12, 2009
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
21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,119 ratings.