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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

2,148 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,148
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 68
Gots: 163 | 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 batty
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

it's been awhile, but a unfortunately good opportunities to review are few and far between. bought and drank Feb 2010 in Cambridge, MA.

pours a hazy, barely translucent orangey-brown golden -perhaps auburn.. reminds me of a fall day. slightly off-white head is substantial, but various size bubbles, looks not too dense, and dies quickly to leave quite nice lace.

spicy hop is on the nose, a bit of sweetness and some citrus. mostly powered well by what i would describe as a sweet green leafy hop smell.

good balance overall - heavy toward the hop end, of course, but in a great way. good sweetness (maybe a touch of pineapple?) balanced with strong green hop flavor in the middle and strong but not harsh bitter end. bitterness lingers substantially, but isn't uncomfortable. overall a bit too much fruity-sweetness for me, but that's being quite picky.. very good overall.

I generally have an issue with the mouth feel of beers, and I'd have to say this one is quite good. nicely carbonated, not too thick or thin,

I keep coming back, that's what counts! hides 7% very well, just enough lingering flavor to draw you back, but not too much.

batty, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Typical IPA color, maybe a shade or two darker. Big 'ol thick white head that leaves a lot of sticky lace. Just the slightest bit unfiltered and lots of upward cascading carbonation.

S - Pretty much all hops but they smell VERY fresh and very much fruity...apple, pear, and pineapple come to mind.

T- Again, lots of good hops here but a little less on the citrus flavors...they go a little more towards the grassy/earthy taste but they finish as they smell. The light malt flavor is present at the end.

M/D - Pretty light body but surprisingly smooth considering all the bubbles in the glass. Not a dry finish at all and it has a fantastic aftertaste. Super easy to drink and it comes in a can so it adds to the coolness factor.

VaTechHopHead, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of satchelbrewer1
4.93/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Craft beer in a can, beautiful head, aroma immediate once opened. Wonderful citrus flavored without to much hops, finishes awesome with a great bitterness. Craft beer in a can, old school back in fashion? You can find this beer in several states now, all this from a micro-brew pub from San Francisco! Can't wait to see what's next from 21st Amendment Brewery and Pub.

satchelbrewer1, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of MPLS
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After being against cans initially I've grown to like them. Same beer just a different container that's cost effective (in theory) for both parties.

A: Poured into a pint glass the most admirable quality is the nice foamy head, doesn't appear to have as much carbonation as the head would indicate. A really pale clear caramel colored body. Lacing is not optional, in full force here.

S: Sweet on the nose with not a lot of depth, but the citrus notes. If there is one fruit I'm pulling out of this one it is tangerine. The malt in this one is bready.

T: I found this one a bit underwhelming. It starts out real crisp with some cracker like grain. Midway through it's pretty sweet, tangerine and pretty tropical. The finish is the biggest weakness of this beer. The bitterness is really dialed down, not that it has to be big, but no hophead will have a giant crush on this beer. The ABV is big and alcohol is masked with all the sweetness going on.

M: This isn't very lush. It's medium bodied at best, but doesn't do the best job of lingering around or casually sliding down the tongue.

D: One hell of a nose, these seem reasonably priced but in a large market. Everyone wants the next best IPA.

MPLS, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a copperish color with about 1 finger of head which maintained quite nicely throughout the drink.

Smell: Citrus and floral hops with subtle pine notes.

Taste: Grapefruit bitterness, not over the top bitter, but balanced with the malt. Slightly resiney.

Mouthfeel: Light, clean and refreshing.

Drinkability: My first beer from 21st Amendment and I'm very impressed with this. Very tasty beer that won't kill your palate, but still give you a hop kick.

Axic10, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Yellow, with a hoppy head. Wasn't paying much attention as I was busy with other things.

S- Good smell, hoppy and sweet. Nice brews.

T- I was getting a good hop taste and bitter/sweet hoppyness. I was also getting a good honey taste as well. Nice over all taste, clean and refreshing.

M- Good mouthfeel, feels like an IPA for sure.

D- Easy to drink. So easy I drank one out of the can. Take that glass man!

Wetpaperbag, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After suffering through their other offering let's hope this one is better.
Fresh hop aroma with slight citrus and green hops. Mild malt background. Nice.
Smallish frothy head. Golden amber and quite clear.
A little soft on overall flavor, but a nice drinker. More balanced than many in style and the bitterness is not overpowering or too dominant. Nice sweetness upfront. The malty flavor (mildly fruit and fairly sweet) stays throughout the drink. A little citrus in the hops.
A little light, but not too much.
Drinks well and easily. I'm fond of the sweetness in this drink and it's persistence.

garymuchow, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of kifn2
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - moderately cloudy light orange/amber body with large rocky white head which retains well. Slightly more hazy than most in the style. This could be due to chill haze.

s- floral and citric notes. A slight spiciness in the background. Highly volatile.

t - prominent american hops. The finish has piney, floral and citrus flavors. At 70 IBU's there is a distinct bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a good example of the style, however; it could be a little less bitter on the finish.

m- slightly astringent. not much alcohol warming at all. medium body.

d - i hate this category. Let's just say I'm not disappointed and it is worth the money.

kifn2, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of cleeze
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy yellow with orange tints and a nice frothy white head that left bad ass lacing.

Smells like fresh hops. Loads of citrus grapefruit. Smells delicious. Is that pine I detect?

Taste was again like they smell. Piney hoppiness that was balanced with the malty backbone. Citrus fruit.

My only complaint was that I can't get more easily:(

cleeze, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden orange, thin white head retained across the top, minimal carbonation.

Smells of mild piney resins, floral hop character, small hints of orange and honey.

Taste is very mild pine, delicate floral hop bitterness, mild grassy character, lingering spicey bitterness.

Mouthfeel is mildly prickly, has a slight warming in the aftertaste from the ABV, light medium body, and finishes semi-dry.

This beer is very drinkable but I found it to be a little to wimpy for what I prefer in a West Coast IPA. It's mildly aromatic and the taste is delicate, definitely a big surprise. However, this would be an IPA that would appeal to more mainstream beer drinkers. Worth checking out.
Updated review: Can
A - Pours a medium honey orange, clear, nice amount of carbonation, and a rocky head that gradually dies down to a thin layer across the top of the glass.

S - Crackery malt, grapefruit, citrus fruit, a little bit of pine apple, and a little bit of pine. 'Definitely smells good and the aroma isn't aggressive, just a moderate amount of IPA aroma goodness.

T - Pretty close to what I was getting in the nose. The malt has a graham cracker flavor personality that's tasted immediately up front and on the tip of the tongue. Hop bitterness stays even throughout and settles on the side of the tongue with assertive lingering bitterness after the sip - my kind of IPA. The hops work well together and don't overpower the other: piney grapefruit resin and citrus.

M - Medium bodied, carbonation is crisp, finishes semi-dry, and coats the mouth with a mildly wet grapefruit bitterness that lingers for quite awhile. I'm always impressed with this beer because the 7% is so well hidden.

D - Very drinkable.

For some reason, I enjoyed this more from a can as opposed to the tap, that's unusual for my track record.

jzeilinger, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of brow1901
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into a glass.

A- This is a really pretty beer, a poster child for IPAs. Great clarity, nice white head, pale golden color. Excellent lacing and good retention. I have seen a couple IPAs with slightly better retention so I couldn't give it a 5, hopefully my glassware is not screwing with it.

S- Very nice, hop foward but not overly assertive. Definite grapefruit (cascade) and some hints of grass. Slight estery/fruity ale yeast smell that complements the hops nicely.

T- I would like the taste just slightly fuller bodied. The dryness makes me think that some belgian yeasts or base malts were used. Again hops are present but not over the top. I think that the ammount of bittering hops is perfect.

M- Dry but leaves the mouth with a slick sweetness. Medium to light bodied. Again I would prefer just a slightly larger body.

D- This is my go to classic IPA, it has replaced two hearted. If I'm in the mood for a tongue beating I buy something else, but for good clean hoppy flavor a nice abv this beer can't be beat.

brow1901, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of gatornation
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

picked up a single can it poured a hazy light orange color with little head and some slight lacing.the smell was slight everything.. minimal citrus, hops malts.. the taste was the same it was bland and average could barely taste the hops where is the citrus and grassy tastes and malts? ..its not well balanced and not that flavorful..is something lost on this being brewed in cold springs,mn and not san francisco? i did not like this IPA and will not buy or recommend it.... to many other ipas out there to purchase and enjoy then to drink such an average one..had such high hopes for this one with all the buzz!!!??

gatornation, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of jonesy613
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden with 1" of head that subsides quickly. Lighter than I was expecting, but still within style.

Smells sweet of alcohol and honey. The sweetness comes across more, and lends a slight something that I can't pick out - maybe the variety of hops?

Good hop taste with a some resiny qualities. I want more presence from the 70 IBU's listed on the can, but still enjoy it as is.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent and leaves a clean tongue. Not dry, just clean.

It's very drinkable, and the 7.0% doesn't seem to stand out. It has the potential to sneak up on you.

jonesy613, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of abriggs1
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the type of IPA I appreciate. The hop presence is at the forefront, but not overwhelming or overly bitter. I taste a lot of grapefruit, some cultured butter, and a bit of pine. Enough lingering hops on the aftertaste without being overdone. You can taste the alcohol, but all in all a very well balanced IPA. Of course, the point of an IPA is to be a bit overbalanced on the hops, but not to the point of making you pucker.

abriggs1, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Zaplt
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - slight haze, golden orange, nice white head, decent lacing.

Smell - fruity sweet, floral hops, citrus?, *delicate...

Taste - grapefruity semi-subtle citrus, sweet - fruity?, hops come through strong but well balanced, pleasant resin in the aftertaste,

Mouthfeel - I thought it was a bit too thin at first but as the resin kicked in it was pretty pleasant and very drinkable.

Overall - Good beer, not mind-blowing but not trying to be. Good job guys, I'd like to try some more of their brews.

*input by other tasters and or buddies who know the beer well

Zaplt, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Tiklmelmo
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear orange-yellow with an inch of nice rocky white head.

S - Decent nose of citrus and pine hops. Not bursting with aroma, but what is there is nice.

T - Crisp bitter citrus with some piney notes. Some bready malt as well.Not the best IPA I've had but nice.

M - A bit thin, moderate to high carbonation. Not much here.

D - Pretty drinkable. No major complaints, but there are other readily available beers I'd rather session.

* EDIT * I was a bit harsh on this one the first go-round, but I think I was just more drunk than I should have been for reviewing. I've since had 6-7 more cans and this isn't bad at all. Still not my favorite IPA, but definitely not bad.

Tiklmelmo, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of HapWifeHapLife
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer from a can. Live Free or Die! Above average IPA to take to the lake!

Good head, good retention. Lighter in color than expected. Yellowish gold. Citrus Hops and aromatic for certain. Clean drink and crisp taste. Very drinkable. Would recommend for any summer occasion.

HapWifeHapLife, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Captain Lawrence pint glass.

A: Vigorous pour yields an upward cascading 2 finger slightly yellowish frothy head with good retention. Beer is a cloudy orangy-grapefruit. Lacing is stringy and forms a ring-like pattern.

S: Hints of citrus, pine, vanilla cream, and cane sugar. Malty profile is dominant in the nose in this one.

T: Opens with a tingly fresh citrus hop. Becomes more piney and grassy towards the middle with a nice balance of sugary malts. Finishes with a bit of alcoholic sourness and hop bitterness.

M: Light bodied, coarse and highly carbonated. Watery in the mouth with a lasting finish that is not over-the-top.

D: A decent IPA that holds its own against some of the best. Not outstanding but better than average as its grade suggests. Worth trying. Expect a sold brew but nothing special. Mouthfeel does make it thirst-quenching though.

SpeedwayJim, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of THORN
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Fl. Oz. can poured into Duvel snifter. Served 45-50 F.
A: Pours hazy and orange brown. Medium to small sized particles are suspended. A good amount of hops and other large sediment settle on bottom of snifter. Pours very thin bubbly head and retains very little. Small sticky lacing around snifter.
S: Strong floral and fruity dominates. Grape fruit and melon. Very sweet.
T: Starts with sweet pale malts, followed by fruity hops, and finishes with a very strong lingering bitterness.
M: Medium to medium light on tongue.
D: Hop character is very pronounced and matched by malts, but could be fuller.

THORN, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of mutterfudder
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review, poured from a can to a pint glass. Acquired in trade from htomsirveaux. Thanks!

A - Pours from the can to a nice copper color with a uniform, white 1 finger head.

S - Semi-sweet with a nice floral smell.

T - Malty up front! Wow, didn't expect that. Nice floral hops in the middle with a nice clean finish.

M - Nice clean mouthfeel! I like the nice balance and palate cleansing ability on this. Wonderful!

A very drinkable IPA. Would be great with some nice backyard bbq in the middle of the summer, with some spicy steak tips or burgers. Not overpowering, not over hoppy, but a nice balanced beer.

mutterfudder, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into my Tyranena British pint glass

Hazy yellow pour with billowy carbonation

Faint mild pear and grass on the sniffer, sadly lacking for an IPA

Taste follows nose with watery pear and lime and a trail of bitterness. Everything about this beer is understated

Watery for sure. Extremely hard to believe this beer clocks in at 7%

Easy to drink with a high degree of sessionability. Ahh, the tag of session beer...

BarrytheBear, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of kaseydad
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint glass pour and an apricot ale is born with a bright white head and MAJOR lacing all over the glass.

Sweet aroma with candy, pear and malt.

Wow. Wasn't expecting as much malt in this but there is quite a bit. There is a bite with the hops and a major malt rush that consumes the mouth followed by a bitterness on the tongue which stays.

At 7.0% this is much too manageable. Very easy to consume multiples.

Overall I like my IPA's to be a bit more on the citrus side rather than the malty side. This one is the latter. I did enjoy it though and look forward to consuming it directly from the tap someday.

kaseydad, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of Scojo2usa
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best beer from a can!
Nice light hazy Gold color, with foamy white head. Very well hopped but your taste buds will still be intact after drinking it. Has enough of a malt back bone to give it good body but it doesn't overtake the hoppy goodness. Pine and grapefruit hop taste.
One of my favorite things about it is an intriguing sweetness to it. All and all great session beer for hop heads!

Scojo2usa, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of deereless
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Tons of thick cottony head that persists even after sitting for 10 minutes, significant lacing along the inside of the glass, the color is a medium hazed gold - 4.50, S: The nose is generally on the side of mellow for an IPA, some soft citrus aromas, mild pineapple and bubblegum as well as some hints of grain - 3.50, T: Solid hop bite, pine and grapefruit rind, the malts play a larger part in this IPA than most and imparts a slight toastiness to the beer as well as contributing some caramel flavors, this beer is right on the edge of a strong Pale Ale to a mild IPA - 3.50, M: Super smooth and creamy - 4.00, D: Without a date it is hard to tell whether I'm getting an aged version of a normally super hoppy beer or just a mild IPA, regardless, it is a very enjoyable beer and that I would gladly drink it again - 3.50

deereless, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of rapidsequence
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can.

Appearance: Despite the appearance of the can, this thing looks fantastic poured into my tulip. Clear golden orange with a thick, white, long lasting head that leaves great lacing.

Smell: Hops are muted from what I expected based on the label's claim of 70 IBUs. Sweet orange and grapefruit. Some earthiness. OK, not great.

Taste: The flavor is equally muted as far as hops go. There is definitely citrusy hops flavor and some bitterness. Malt is surprisingly sweet and a little spicy. Finishes with bitterness followed by sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: I like the mouthfeel a lot. The lasting head gives a little creaminess to each sip. The body coats the tongue with hops resin that you feel more than taste.

Drinkability: This is a solid IPA that conveniently comes in cans. I both love and hate the can thing... Not a mind blowing IPA, but a nicely balanced, easy drinking one.

rapidsequence, Jan 15, 2010
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