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21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment IPA21st Amendment IPA

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2,164 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,164
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 68
Gots: 168 | 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 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.

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.

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!!!??

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
4.22/5  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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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!

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

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.

Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All IPAs should come in cans.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a large white head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Fresh citrus scent from the hops is the first thing picked up. But in the background there is some malt giving off toasted notes. Smells like this may have some balance. The flavor starts off with a nice citrus hop splash and then slowly evolving in some toasty, earthy malt. I did not really sense the advertised 70 IBUs. Bitterness might be considered low to moderate for an American IPA. Medium in body with nice carbonation gives a very good texture. Not a hop bomb but has really good hop aroma and flavor and some balance.

Photo of bobsy
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draft in San Francisco, but did not review it at the time. Thanks to Shawn for sharing this can, which has the alias of 'Brew Free of Die IPA'.

Pours a nice gold with a finger of white foam that leaves some nice spots of lace as it descends to a film. Pure hop aroma - lots of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and pine. Tempting and juicy for sure. Following the nose I expected the flavour to be very hop-heavy, but was surprised to find a considerable malt bill, with a strong earthy graininess. Unlike a lot of IPAs which are unbalanced and favour hops, this one is unbalanced and favours malt. As with all things, though, its a matter of degrees, and this is still a nice beer. The hops give a nice citrus flavour and a moderate bitterness, while the medium-light mouthfeel is certainly quenching.

A malt heavy IPA, but a good offering and I would have called it sessionable until I just found out its 7%. Hides the alcohol well, so another plus point...

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always love me some craft beer in a can =)

A- Dark hazy amber/gold color with an off white head. Big and fluffy head. Nice lacing. This is a good looking brew.

S- Smell was straight up HOP. Very light on the citrus notes- overall, this smells like a hop bomb.

T- Pine, citrus, flowers, grapefruit, not much malt. This was all hop here. Loved the flavor and the fresh quality.

M- Tingly and medium bodied. Somewhat dry.

D- For me, I could drink this all night. Sessionable? Maybe not for others. This will soon be a mainstay. Somewaht pricey though.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pint glass. Can says brewed and canned in Minnesota.

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with one finger of foam that dissipates slowly, leaving abundant lace. Smell is full of citrus hop aromas, orange, grapefruit. Quite nice.

Sweeter than expected, bitterness is subdued, metallic off flavor. This particular off-flavor I have tasted in other (non-canned) beers, so I don't know what it really is - but I can best describe it as metallic or tinny. I pick up a husky/grainy flavor as well. The flavor doesn't live up to the expectations set by the great aroma.

Mouthfeel is fine, and it is decently drinkable for 7% ABV. However, this is only slightly above average for an IPA in my opinion. The fact that it is canned makes me more likely to buy this again for a tailgate or outdoor excursion.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,164 ratings.