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21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment IPA21st Amendment IPA

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2,201 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,201
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 74
Gots: 205 | FT: 2
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21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: oggg on 11-17-2004

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Ratings: 2,201 | Reviews: 815
Photo of IBUnit63
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on the throne in the reading room - 12 oz. into a Duvel tulip. This beer is officially in The Can...

Awesome 2-finger butter-eggshell head. Honey/butterscotch with a little chill haze. Ample carbonation and retention.

Nose is very light - citrus is in there on the hop profile but malt is quite mild...almost wheat-ish. Good but maybe more dainty than most in the style. First comparison: Rogue Yellow Snow IPA.

Again, very light...matching the aroma. Quenching indeed but malt may be a little too light and electric (again, the wheat comparison) for style...although it is enjoyable.

Maybe out of style but it's still quite clean, electric and refreshing. Finish is tight but still enjoyable. Hops give off a rind pucker at the back of the palate.

I do like the freshness and the light-hearted nature of this, but overall it's tightly wound and a little out of style. Still, it's a good summertime snack.

Photo of GJ40
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz can in a standard pint glass.

A - A nice golden color with a moderate sized head and very good lacing. A great start.

S - A burst of floral and fruity hops that continues to greet you with every sip.

T - On my first taste, I got a lot of hop flavor and a nice citrusy bite. But then it got much more balanced with the floral and citrusy hop flavors backed by some toasted malt. It still leans toward the hops but they don't dominate the experience. Every now and then some yeast flavor comes through as well. I really enjoyed the way the flavors worked together.

M - On the thinner side but that's almost offset by a slight creaminess. Moderate carbonation with very fine bubbles.

D - A very flavorful yet very refreshing beer. I certainly plan to have more of this one.

Photo of almightyme3
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours hazy yelow with decent carbonation. Good head retention - about 2 finger head and then dissipates to about 1cm and stays for a while.

S - smell of hops a little citrus, a good american hops smell.

T - Tastes bitter aromatic hops, a little bit of saison funk in there, just a tad. Alcohol is very well hidden. A little clove and banana as well. Overall nice and easy.

M - very light and unlike most(and very good) IPAs - Sierra Nevada, Dogfish. Not as intense as those, but very well-crafted.

D - could have 3-4 in a setting, good summer beer.
I would recommend this, its not as thick and syrupy as some other IPAs, lighter and a bit funkier, different and nice.

Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

i got this from DrDogbeer in the White Whale of Generosity BIF, thanks Tom! I'm always looking for more can!

12 oz. can poured into my new Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass (thanks again Tom!), couldn't find any freshness date whatsoever...

four fingers of pillowy white head, gorgeous stickage, cloudy urine colored body...thankful for the head, which helps it's score tremendously.

hop forward with a sweet yet metallic tone, some citrus, but domintated by a grainy profile-i've smelled better

sweet hop presence, but not overly strong...slight citrus undertones, but once again, a strong graininess is dominating all fronts. bland and not bitter...i've had better...

sticky and flat

despite it's blandness, it is very drinkable

it's neither good nor bad...not something i will go out of my way to aquire again...

Photo of BretSikkink
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange color with some haziness - topped with a white, solid head it looks pretty great. Aromas are hardcore West Coast hops: lots of citrics, tropical fruit, herbs, and pine resin. Also very nice.

The flavor is influenced by the sweet and toasted malt pretty evenly with the hops; neither takes a huge step forward. Good balance, but a leaning a shade towards pale ale.

Decent body, good carbonation takes any edge left on the hops right off the tongue. Nice to drink, a pleasant overall experience, not quite up there with the reputation. But a very nice canned beer for those times when that's important...

Photo of brokenleadedcask
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received in a trade from Richbeer. Thanks Rich, always a pleasure. Reviewed from notes

There was no Pst! sound when I popped the top on this one but it did pour a nice blond color with an inch of head and left some good lacing. Wow! Smell of pineapple, grapefruit and citrus, with plenty of malt to back it up. Nice earthy IPA. Hard to believe this comes from a can, time to change some can bigotry perceptions. Powerful hop malt profile, hop candy. Hate to say it, almost too much malt. Creamy, resiny hops coat this inside of the mouth, with a lingering finish and pleasant aftertaste. Superbly drinkable. Having one on a plus 90 degree day was just what the doctor ordered.

Photo of SPRichard
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orange/gold body with a 2 finger white head...settles to a decent cap with superb retention....patchy lacing shows up after each sip

if i was blindfolded i could tell this was a west coast IPA...very much hops and an intense citrus/grassy scent....malt base is very well hidden....kinda pick up some caramel in there also

very balanced flavor...bitterness is very low but the hop flavor is still very much present...the citrus/grass from the scent show up in each sip along but very subtly...because of that the malt gets to stand out quite highlighting the hint of caramel on top of the clean base

light/medium body....very low carbonation, almost too low....finishes dry leaving you wanting another sip

very balanced beer in all aspects....goes down a lot quicker then a west coast IPA should....with a 7.2% this one could sneak up on you after 6 pack

i only picked up a single of this before wanting to commit to a 6 pack....i think the next time i'm out looking for beer i'll be picking up this one

Photo of AlexCuse
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Been waiting to see this one in PA for quite a while, and the can I ended up with actually came from Virginia!

It doesn't look or smell all that special (I like a lot of hop aroma in my IPA's and a bit darker color) but when I tasted it I instantly put all that behind me. The hops are very subdued, not in-your-face like I've come to expect from some of the west coast IPA's (and the better east coast ones). I like this a lot, it makes for a more balanced brew and makes for a cleaner mouthfeel. After drinking this, I thought I'd finally found the sessionable IPA that I have been searching for for so long. Until I read the can and saw that it was 7%. I will have to be careful.

Photo of ryrust5301
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Golden sun color with an orange hue to it. Head is a tight ring of bubbles with a supple froth left on top. Lacing is the best part of the look for this one, there's no way they could have improved it. I can't seem to put my finger on it, but there's just something that keeps it from a perfect rating.

Smell - Exceptionally sweet in the nose. Maybe a little bit too over the top for my tastes, as it seems to be drenched in honey. Citrus notes do seem to wrap around the hop bitterness eventually as I get further into this one.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Not much hop bitterness here at all. Maybe that explains why the smell score was so off. Just a very gentle smattering of hops, and not much citrus flavor to speak of. Honey was drizzled in a bit, but that doesn't help much. Just doesn't really seem to be any flavor at all. Feel is light and doesn't grab at the tongue or pop in the mouth whatsoever.

Drinkability - Recently picked this up as an extra in a trade. Wasn't really what I was hoping for, as it really is a let down of an ipa. Haven't tried any of their other stuff, but this one leaves a black mark on their record.

Photo of ShrLSU
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a cloudy golden orange color. It has thin white halo and slight lacing on the edges. The nose is a slight bit of citrus hops and some sweet malt. The taste is a decent balance of hop and sweet malt. Pretty well balanced and there is another taste there that I can't quite put my finger on. Maybe the can has something to do with it? Mouthfeel is nice, its pretty refreshing to drink not too difficult. Overall not to bad, but nothing I would seek out.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy golden color with about a finger of white head with a nice amount of lacing. A little lighter than I like to see my IPAs.

S: Very nice west coast dominant IPA. A nice blast of citrus with orange leading the way for me. Not much else but that is the point isn't it.

T: A boringly solid IPA and that is a compliment. Nothing really sticks out but it does have a nice hop bite without any lingering bitterness. Again the citrus is there and is enjoyable.

M: Very nice balance of light while still having a touch of that wonderful syrupy feel I demand in my IPAs.

D: A really solid IPA. We are going tubing this weekend and I wish we could get a 12 pack of this to bring with us on the river. Can't have Ten Fidy all the time!

Photo of LarryV
2.3/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy yellow with minimal lacing. Aroma is citrusy hops, not much else. Taste is citrusy, grapefruit hoppiness. It's probably just me, but despite the fact I really like hoppy beers, I don't like the hoppiness of this beer at all. I think it's the type of hops that they used, but I find it a chore to drink this beer. One sixer is plenty, I have no plans to ever drink this beer again.

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

21st Amendment is relatively new to the MA beer scene. A welcome addition for sure. Heard mixed reviews of this one but I'm really glad I picked it up because it's a damn fine tasty beverage. I see why some people would let themselves be let down by this - it's not a straight up west coast IPA. Much more subtle, which I happen to dig. Don't get me wrong, I love me some wrenchingly bitter hop bombs from the left coast, but it's nicely refreshing to see a well rounded drinkable beer for once coming from California. Popped the top and poured into an imperial pint, the massive head clears the top of the glass like a snowy peak. Nice. Super retention and lacing all the way down. Nose is a touch fruity with hops but there's quite a bit more going on. Lots of subtle goodness. Plenty of Noble-ish dusty earthy hop flavors and nice herbal notes. Substantial pale malt backbone. Smooth full mouthfeel. Dry and musty finish. Wow, really impressed with this beer. Well rounded, full of flavor, yet subtle and tasty all at the same time.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at a store up in MA, don't believe its available in CT... $8.99 for the 6 pack of cans.

Really cool design and story on the can, props to their marketing scheme. Pours a semi see thru yellow with a nice head and good amount of lacing down the glass. Nice hoppy aroma to it. Taste is much sweeter than the average IPA, more on the light bodied side but there's just the sweetness to it that I found a little different. Not really good or bad, but different for sure. Tastes pretty balanced, but I would have preferred a bit more of a body and a better mouthfeel. Great IPA for the price and even cooler that it's in a can... give it a whirl.

Photo of erikm25
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper tinted orange. A pillowing and rocky white foamed head with impressive retention. Lacing lines the glass like a sticky white curtain. Slight amber and tangerine hues and a relatively crisp body.

S: Aromas of subtle citrus and juicy watermelon. Sugary floral with pineapple undertones. Fresh but without being too overwhelming. Honey and peach zest with a toffee haze.

T: Grapefruit and citrus hops with a subtle toasted malt backbone. A fresh sweetened floral and minty clean taste. Buttery and grassy. Caramel comes through a little more as this one warms up. Only a slight bittering finish. Pretty strong at just over 7%.

M: Medium body with light carbonation.

D: This is smooth and drinkable. Antoher quality canned IPA. Glad to see this hitting the shelves in Washington and I look forward to giving other offerings from this brewery a whirl. Picked this up on the day I received the new Goatwhore album. I cant't get enough of West Coast IPA's.

Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at the brewpub after a giants-rangers baseball game.

not as hoppy as i would have thought but a good ipa nonetheless. looked really good with some hints of citrus.

they don't do flights (which i can't believe) but i also had 1/2 pints of rustico (dark brown ale), tasty (ipa) and primus (belgian pale ale) before the game.

rustico was excellent though it doesn't have a profile so i can't review it on BA.

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

Just picked up a six of this in Springfield Mass today. The box says San Francisco, but the cans list Cold Spring, MN as the brewer and canner. The aroma is mild with a flowery pine component. The color is hazy golden. The taste is fairly sweet and fruity at the beginning, you really don't get much hop flavor until the end and I would call it more of an apricot flavor. This IPA is quite unique, but complex.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from Can into Snifter glass.

Pours a clear bright bronzed golden with a huge creamy slightly off-white head that lasts for some time before creating a heavy ring around the glass. . The nose is filled with fresh citrus and pine hops that almost smell sticky. The flavor is sweet citrus hops upfront and a little watery to a finish of toffee and a nice hop bitterness that is sweet. Its medium bodied and just a touch thin although it makes or easy drinking. I am happy to start seeing more and more offerings in cans. This is an easy drinking IPA.

Photo of u2carew
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A) Hazy copper color. Pours with a nice frothy, big bubble head, then settles to lacing of the same.
S) WOW! Floral hop aroma, with peach, apricot, orange and some caramel.
T) Pronounced tangerine. Earthy. Malt sweetness in the form of caramel but just a touch. Some notes of cinnamon.
M) Smooth. Creamy. Medium bodied. Slight grittiness.
D) Pour me another and another and another...

Photo of ppoitras
4.82/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz can purchased as a 6-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" light beige head over the cloudy amber brew. Pillowy head lasts nicely, with sticky lacing. Aroma is all about the hops, both juicy citrus and pungeant pine. Taste starts sweet, tinges a bit citrus in the middle, closes dry and piney. Flavors come together superbly. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Another great canned beer, and great beer in general.

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can w/o freshness clues, "SF,CA" brewery, but its actually brewed in Minnesota..hmmm...pours cloudy lighter apricot, off white head, into a thick ring, and leaving moderate amounts of spots and strands of lacing. Fruity hop nose. I get some tropical fruit, underlying a healthy hop assault, mostly bitter and dry. Pleasant enough IPA, sporting a better then average hop presence. Worth a try if you see it in your area, more decent beer in a can.

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

Props to RichBeer on this extra in our recent trade!

A- Poured from a can into a pint glass; pours a orangish-gold, clear body with a 1" head, white in color. head disapeared yet a thin layer that retained well and formed lacing down the glass.

S- Greatness, citrus fruits, florally, goodness! Hops make the smell mostly citrus, apricot, grapefruit, fresh cut grass. i smell a slight amount of malt, caramel to be exact.

T- this beer was delicious, even greater in the boat driving across the lake! Great hop flavors here, like the smell i taste apricot/grapefruit up front, followed by a slight caramel malt taste and it finishes with some more hop bitterness, very light tho.

M- medium to light body, light carbonation. it went down smooth, a little dry at the end, but i do enjoy that, leaves you want more!

D- Great session beer, went down great, drank it very quickly in the sun! refreshing, great flavors, wish it was around MN! and, for a 7.2abv, really drinkable with little to no alcohol flavor!

Photo of jmalex
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A few nights ago it was Watermelon Wheat. Tonight I get my first try at the much more highly regarded choice from the 21A.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass a clear orangish gold with a 2-finger bone-white head. It shrinks to a full cap with amazing retention. The lacing forms as levels showing the size of each sip.

SMELL: West coast through and through. The hops are intensely citrusy and grassy with a bit of floral perfume. The malt base is mostly hidden but it seems predominantly clean with maybe a bit of caramel.

TASTE: Far more balanced in flavor with a surprisingly low bitterness. But what it lacks here, it makes up for in great hop flavor. Everything from the aroma shows up here too but at a much more subdued level. As a result, the malt gets to shine quite a bit showing off a hint of caramel over top of a clean base.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is nice at a medium light level, but the carbonation is strangely really low. Otherwise, there isn't much of a slickness about the beer, instead finishing reasonably dry.

DRINKABILITY: Very good. The beer's balance is a key here. This one goes down way quicker than it should, especially for something 7.2%. Holy crap!

Well done, Sully! Now this I'd drink all the time. If only I didn't live on the opposite coast. At least I have this on tap to look forward to when I make a trip out to San Francisco later this year. Until then, I'm glad the cans have finally made it out this way.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavily hazy yellow gold body, topped by a extra thick slab of super dense micro bubbles. Good lacing.

Clean lemon and grapefruit aroma is appealling but could use more pop.

Sweet malt snakes down the tongue. Juicy hops parachute in and around and take control. Very juicy, even a tad sloppy.

Mouthfeel is about right for an ipa. Good drinkability as the beer offers a bit of a bite going in.

Not a great ipa, but its do if available.

Photo of drinksandeats
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This can was a gift; not what I was expecting one Masshole to give another. I had heard of the label and liked it. Brew free or die!

Appearance: good and golden, although hazy. Not much head.

Smell: fresh PNW hops aroma. Very good.

Taste: again, hops shine through. Just a bit of mouth puckering on the hops and the alcohol. Lemony and fizzy.

Mouthfeel: good carbonation. Easy to drink and savor.

Drinkability: like a good kid brother to DFH 90 or Ruination. Very enjoyable, and of course cans are easier to pack in and out on hiking trips.

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21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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