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21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,183 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,183
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 69
Gots: 185 | 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:
Beer added by: oggg on 11-17-2004

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from can into duvel tulip

A: pours hazy orange-yellow, with a finger of off white head.
S: amazing grapefruit and a hint of lemon citrus. a light roast malt is hiding in the back row.
T: bitter grapefruit with a light sprinkle of sugar over it, only not acidic. not overly bitter hops, malt gives a good sweet background.
M: smooth lightly coating, with medium to light carbonation
D: very drinkable, wish it wasnt just a single.

Photo of argock
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.96.

A: Orange-amber with whopper 2-finger orange-beige head leaving huge lace formations.

S: Big citrus and pine hops presence with respectable caramel, biscuit malt backing

T: A really enjoyable beer that is hops-centric but with great maltiness too. The maltiness lends a biscuit quality which is a bit too heavy in this brew and downsizes the large citric, pine hoppiness. The aftertaste is citrus and long.

M: The feel is good for the style with medium body and low carbonation. Coating quality is there and give this brew smoothness despite the near-astringent citric hoppiness.

D: A sessionable but flavorful IPA with good feel and nice West Coast hoppiness with solid malting. Great beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st Amendment IPA

Appearance: A deep bronze in color with a sticky, creamy head that provides alot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very fruity nose that boasts hints of tropical fruit, citrus and strawberry. Bready malt is also apparent in the aroma.

Taste: Well balanced flavors. Roasted malt and some bitter hops. Malt is nutty and really compliments the citrus rind quality of the hops. I get some fruit too bordering on strawberry and mango, as odd as it seems the yeast/malt interaction is profound.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This one goes down oh so smooth and is medium to full bodied for an IPA. I could easily make a night of drinking this beer, it is quite excellent.

Photo of BeerGodz
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Light copper color, thick head that hung out with uber-good lacing!

Smell: Huge citrus hop aroma, light malt

Taste: Up Front: Very malty, orange. Finish: Less malt, slight graininess, lemon

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation, a little cloying at the end

Drinkability: Smooth and mellow

Overall Impression: I like the beer, but I felt it was a bit unbalanced; leaning too much to the malty side, and that also led to the cloying finish. Still it was quite tasty, and I think Newbeez might enjoy this one a lot

Photo of mntlover
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't know why but love good beer in a can.

Pours a a nice orange color, clear with a big rocky two and half finger cream colored head that falls all so slow and laces well.

Aroma is nice mmm hops pine jumps right out front backed by floral and citrus notes, while hoppy not overly so. Malty is noted in nose as well dry biscuit variety.

Taste is well more malty then the aromas chewy biscuits up front and thru out really, says on can got a good malt backbone and it does. Where are my 70 IBU's seems little under hopped for the amount of malt present but might be crazy hop lover in me bitching. Over all flavor is good hops seem more citrus in flavor with touch of floral lingering pine shows up in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium nice level of carbonation for me.

Drinkability maybe being little critical still a decent beer and in a can to boot, worth a try on those days you want a maltier IPA.

Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice fairly vibrant orange. Fair amount of carbonation with pretty massive bubbles. Huge frothy head(pouring from a can is a lot more difficult) that's already sticking. Leaves some minor lacing.

S - Some pine and leafy hop aromas upfront. There's just a slight dankness, but it's so light that it's difficult to tell if I even caught it. Some light bready notes in the background. Everything is fairly subdued, though, and really lacks any oomph.

T - I'm not sure how fresh of a can this is, but considering 21st Amendment only recently came into the market, I'm going to assume it's fresh. Off the bat there's just a ton, and in my opinion way too much, toasted, bready malt. I love it in some lager styles, but I just don't think it fits as well here. Leafy, vegetative hops are there, but they seem to be on equal footing with the malt, if that. Definitely doesn't seem like 70 IBUs, but I guess that's from the substantial malt backbone.

MF - Decent carbonation and fairly full bodied. Slightly sticky on the finish.

D - Pretty good. It has a nice flavor profile and is atleast a bit different. Overall, it's good, but just lacking quite a bit as an IPA.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint: 2 fingers of lumpy, sudsy head over light-gold-yellow body, clear. Lots of bubbles lining the glass, once in a while one escapes & makes a fast break.

Smell is like hop pellets: piney, resiny, citric, dank, just a little catty, just a little like tobacco. Great hop smell. Catching just a little malty sugar.

Sweeter than I would've guessed, like an Arnold Palmer with some more sugar dropped in it. Some hop bitterness, but nothing like I would've expected from the smell. I like the taste that way, though I miss the dryness I'd like to have. Tea-like.

Mouthfeel is not nearly as active as I'd expect, either. Smooth, but just kind of lays there. Easy drinking, but has almost no "bite" or "snap" in the finish. I'm surprised I'm typing this, but I actually miss the abrasive qualities I've grown accustomed to in an IPA.

All in all an easy-drinking IPA with a pretty remarkable aroma. Kind of torn about the smooth quaffability -- on one hand I resent IPAs that are more challenging, but I guess I've come to respect it as well. This is definitely good, but different. Would not peg this as West Coast at all.

Photo of afausser
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice, golden orange color with a fluffy two fingers of head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Citrus and hops--predominantly grapefruit and lemon peel. A bit spicy. There's also some bready malt notes, but they're below the surface of this brew.

Taste: Quite hoppy, particularly in the aftertaste, which is deliciously bitter. There's sugary notes here--particularly banana and caramel, which mix in nicely. A very distinctive brew. Bitter citrus blends throughout. A bit of malts, but the hops definitely dominate.

Mouthfeel: Good, a very strong and long-lasting hop aftertaste. I have no complaints (?!) about carbonation here--it's nicely done, but doesn't jump out at me as something spectacular, either.

Drinkability: I would have thought from drinking this that the ABV was more like a 9% than a 7%. It's not BAD drinkability but it's not wonderful, either. The taste keeps me coming back, and it's a solid brew.

Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a a stemmed glass.

The color is a really cloudy orange with three big fingers of foamy white head that are leaving a bit of lacing on the glass.

The smell is up front hoppy with some grapefruit and a bit of a tart lemon flavor. There is a serious punch of orange that comes and stays in the middle of the aroma.

The taste is has a good orange peel at first, once the orange goes down there is a tart lemon flavor that hits on the back end. Hop bitterness is all over this beer with a little of what might be Columbus hops and it really pleasing for a hop head.

The feel is well laid back and and does not feel like things are too hard on the pallet. There is a bit of an aftertaste that does linger but does quickly dissipate off the tongue. A really good IPA.

Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden orange with a slight haze and three fingers of dense, pillowy ivory head. Appetizing.

Smell: a slightly grainy malt, plus a fair helping of hops of a funky and spicy character.

Taste: again, a slightly grainy malt with big hops. The hops here are also a bit floral on top of the funkiness, though this may just be an effect of the sweetness of the malt helping out that characteristic. It's not bad, but the flavors are not well-integrated; the graininess just does nothing to help these hops.

Mouthfeel: medium body with little carbonation. It works, but doesn't really do it for me.

Drinkability: this beer is alright, but it could be more drinkable if the ABV were toned down a bit and if a smoother malt flavor were present.

Photo of batty
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of satchelbrewer1
4.92/5  rDev +27.5%
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.

Photo of MPLS
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

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.

Photo of kifn2
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of cleeze
4.13/5  rDev +7%
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:(

Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.
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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.

Photo of brow1901
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of gatornation
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
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!!!??

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.

Photo of abriggs1
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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

21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,183 ratings.