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21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment IPA21st Amendment IPA

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2,118 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,118
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 68
Gots: 152 | 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 mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of tapping this can on Halloween. I had been waiting to try one for quite a while, and this was my chance. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 10/31/2008.

The pour was typical of your good, solid IPA's with a nice and slightly hazy, golden amber appearance. Nice carbonation could be seen streaking up toward the surface and a nice pillow of white dropped on top and stayed for a good few minutes before finally settling down with a decent amount of side glass lace.

The aroma was loaded down with fresh hops. Nice touches of grapefruit and pine, light bready notes as it warmed and an all over fresh type of profile. Clean and crisp, the first sip went down with ease. Nice sharp and contrasting bite of floral hops quickly wet the tongue before fading back into a mellow, light biscuit like flavor that seemed to linger long after the rest had gone. Nice and light, with good carbonation kept me drinking this easily as the glass emptied quicker and quicker.

Overall a very solid IPA and a nice effort here in a can. I am growing more and more fond of canned beers and this one was no exception. Very sold delivery and something I would gladly go for again.

mikesgroove, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of grass (freshly cut), citrus, and fruity. Tastes of grass, citrus (grapefruit bitter finish), and caramel. Had a lighter malt balance to the hoppiness.

Notes from and tasted on 1/5/07.

hopdog, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of JoeCeez
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Begged a friend to send me some of this when he had an assignment in San Fransisco.

A: Pours from a can into my Southern Star pint glass a slightly hazy golden shade of amber with s foamy cram colored head that leaves small ring of head with sticky lacing.

S: Not the west coast hop bomb I was expecting, spicy, pine, slightly earthy and a blast of tropical citrus, some sweet toasty malt and a hint of alcohol.

T: Bitter grapefruit and tangerines, some pine and a minty herbal spicyness gives this beer alot of hop complexity well balanced with an interesting earthy and toasty malt sweetness. The alcohol is just barely noticable in the semi-dry finish. This is a tasty beer, the multitude of hops are beautifuly layered with the malt making it an incredibly balanced and delicious IPA

M: crisp carbonation yet full enough body so the beer remains smooth and creamy.

D: Despite the 7% this beer is still tremendously drinkable. The complex bitterness does a good job of concealing the alcohol. If thos wasn't so hard for me to get I would drink all six in one sitting.

This is yet annother example of how great craft beer can come in a can!

JoeCeez, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of willjschmidt
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color with a nice head.

S: Lots of citrus in the nose, a bit of pine as well.

T: A damn fine IPA! One of the best beers that I've ever had from a can. Lots of delicious hops, a great male backbone, well balanced and very tasty.

M: Medium bodied, active carbonation.

D: A very, very good IPA. Worth seeking out.

willjschmidt, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange-amber colored beer with a good off-white colored head, your basic IPA look.

The smell is sweet and malty with a spicing of hops. Smells like mostly English style hops by scent with an accent of Northwest American types.

The taste starts out mildly sweet and herbal with the distinctive taste of Fuggles. Woody herbal and the taste of leather yep English style hops. Mild bitterness but this is mostly woody and mild. Would say this is really English Style IPA.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Certainly easy to drink but a bit boring too. It is OK and possibly my taste buds have been skewed by West Coast hop bombs but I expected more hops.

Zorro, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of Floydster
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can that was part of a six pack purchased from Beverages and More in Torrance for nine dollars, poured into my Stone pint glass

A-Golden orange color with lighter tones, one inch foamy white head that goes away rather quickly, not much retention, only lacing at first
S-Grassy accents first, then lots of caramel, pine hoppiness with some mild citrus, toasted bready aromas, faint grapefruit, and other malts
T-Starts off with a mild pine flavor, some sweet caramel in the middle, citrusy hops in the finish mixed with a little bit of sweetness, not as dry as most India pale ales from the west coast, does get slightly sweeter when it warms but nothing to worry about, this is nicely balanced and should be drank as fresh as possible, enjoyable again
M-Crisp, dry, and toasty mouthfeel, medium to high level of carbonation, medium bodied, taste lingers moderately
D-Can drink a few of these with ease, smooth and easy going down, light on the stomach, seven percent alcohol but it is hidden well, actually quite sessionable

I was stoked to try this when this made it down to Southern California, have drank it a few times now and finally decided to review it, would like to try the imperial version of this when I make it up to the brewpub some time, not the best IPA out there but good for the price, will drink again, recommended

Floydster, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of oakbluff
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can via viggo- pours a light golden with good clarity and nice white head. Nose- spicy citrus hops and sweet malts. Taste- citrus hops are in forefront but not overpowering. Pretty big butterscotch flavour - pretty strong diacetyl going on. Tasty enough though but the butter is a tad much. drinkability is decent, and body and carbonation spot on. Finishes clean from the bittering hops

oakbluff, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of biegaman
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Buttercup yellow with the shine of a pirate's gold. The hazy film that coats it doesn't seem to blur clarity or scum up the colour. The head died out, its lacing seemed to evaporate, and nothing could be done to revive the white foam that still thinly outlines the beer.

It smells fresh, blooming, and tropical. Notes of tangerine, grapefruit, and mango are vivid. Each sniff is like sticking my head into the trunk of a tree satiated with a hop resin and citrus sap. There's just a smack of butterscotch to make this aroma a true IPA "piece de resistance".

Caramel and toffee biscuits are far more prominent in taste. They make a more lasting impression then the hints of pineapple, grapefruit, and orange peel that begin each sip. I could use a little more of each to really be happy with the taste, but it definitely grooves as is.

That light toast in the malts brings out a lot of sweet, creamy caramel in the mouthfeel. It also sands down the bitterness a great deal. The hop juices ring out a good dose of acidity that adds the citric refreshing character found in a hot summer's day lemonade.

I get nervous with IPA's that hover around that 7% mark. Too often the first (and only) place the alcohol shows up is in your head. With a malt profile and generous hoping like this, the alcohol will easily slides under the radar - take my word, you might otherwise be none the wiser.

America makes a lot of damn fine IPA's, a good concentration of which come from the state of California. While the south is a particular haven for hopheads, 21st Amendment has joined Bear Republic and Russian River as northern contenders for the Golden state's best IPA.

biegaman, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange color with a nice, white head.

Scent is pretty typical, hops and citrus mostly, nothing too complex, but there is a bit of iron in the scent, not much, but it takes away from the enjoyment.

Taste of hops and malts with citrus less noticeable that most IPAs, but good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is clean, light and smooth.

I wasn't amazed by this beer, but I wouldn't mind seeing it on the shelf locally.

paco1029384756, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of RedChrome
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear brew which was dark golden in color. Inch high off white head held a few minutes.. No carbonation bubbles to see rising. Huge sticky clumps of lace.

Sweet bread and buttery malt aromas mingle at the beginning of the nose full. Balanced in well is a nice hops oil scent. Slight smell of pine needles.

A very smooth malt flavor right off the bat. A light bitterness from the hops doesn't overwhelm, but brings a nice balance. Only a bit to much of an earthy grain for perfect balance.

A bit gritty on the palate. Carbonation is nice and taste clings, but it is just a bit harsh.

Overall a nice brew. Great beer to enjoy with a nicely seasoned steak. This one needs just a tweak to go from good beer to great beer. Well worth picking it up. Big props to BrewerB for this as an extra in a trade.

RedChrome, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of 0110x011
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold with a nice 1 1/2 finger head that recedes to a bubbly film with a thick collar. Lacing is thick & spotty. Nose is all west coast ipa, with fruity, piney hops dominating, and a bit of caramel and biscuit in the background. Nice aroma, yet it seems a bit muted compared to it's better-known brethren. Flavor is similar, but again, it seems to be holding back a bit. On the flip side, it's bitterness is comparatively mild, and the body is lighter than most as well, which leads to very high drinkability. This would make a great introduction to IPAs, and would also make a fine everyday drinker. A solid IPA that I'll be buying again.

0110x011, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of beertooth
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Bell's pint glass.

Thanks to madorb for this one.

It's our second week of Midwest vs. West coast beers.

This is my first craft beer out of a can and it's a little freaky, but I'm really enjoying it.

Lovely dark golden color with no lacing and a nice white ring of head following the beer down to the bottom of the glass.

Smells like a typical West coast IPA. Reminds me a lot of Racer 5. Sweet and bitter, but not too bitter.

Taste is the same as the nose. Nice malty sweetness and bitter hop taste that follows through to the finish.

Decent mouthfeel, nothing mind blowing, but it's not bad at all.

I would really like to get a six pack of this and go smallmouth fishing or something.

A great beer from 21st Amendment.

beertooth, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it."

--Thomas Jefferson

Crystalline nectarine with a few fine fluttering flecks of yeast. The good looking crown is equal parts eggshell, ecru and pale orange. It's more firm than creamy and is starting to deposit a great deal of sticky lace in shredded sheets. Other than the clarity, this is a fantastic looking IPA.

The aroma more than gets the job done as well. It's hard to go wrong with the murderer's row of American hops that 21st Amendment has chosen: Warrior, Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo. In addition, the beer was dry-hopped with Simcoe, Ahtanum and Amarillo. Each whiff delivers clouds of tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit and pine.

Two things keep Brew Free! Or Die India Pale Ale from the big leagues. The first is too much Munich malt, which has the effect of giving the beer an earthy, toasted vibe that gets in the way of the hop love. If I wanted an Oktoberfest, I'd have popped open an Oktoberfest.

The second is a wee lack of hoppiness, which is never a good thing in an IPA. To be fair, this can *may* not be superfresh, although it's been in my possession for less than one month. Without any sort of date, it's impossible to know for sure. The claimed 75 IBUs taste like no more than 40-50.

It's odd how the hops give up so much of themselves in the nose, but fail to do the same on the palate. Specifics include toasted zwieback covered with a thick layer of grapefruit marmalade and a few spent tea leaves. Suggestion to the brewers: jettison the Munich malt and you'll end up with much better beer.

The body/mouthfeel is a fraction light for the style. It's okay for an APA, but then this offering aspires to greater things. The amount of carbonation is fine and dandy, I just wish it resulted in a more silky smooth beer.

This can of 21st Amendment IPA might have come from the most recent release and is a representative sample. If so, the brewery has some work to do to match their reputation. If it's a bit long in the tooth, then I'll be happy to review a fresh can... if someone would be so kind as to send me one.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can contract brewed at Cold Springs brewery, Minnesota.

Pours perfectly clear light gold, with a one inch head of dense white froth.
A solid skim coat persists throughout as well as some decent sheets of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with buttered grapefruit and malt. Bitter citrus fruit pulls through along with some butterscotch.

Medium bodied and crisp. A slightly creamy mouthfeel with a chaulky nibble.

Drying grapefruit and tacky malt start the pallet, along with buttery dough and an alcohol warmth.
Lingering citrus pith follows through as well as some sweet malt and caramel.

Finishes with plenty of drying hop bitterness, warming alcohol, and residual buttered toast.

Lacking the big west coast hop profile in the nose or pallet, and the buttery character is tough to get around.

brewandbbq, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

managed to get a can of this courtesy of a long story.

A - slightly hazy orange color with a solid white head that lasts the full glass
S - sooolid citric grapefuit hops with a light sweet malt underbody.
T - like the aroma, solid grapefruit hops and a nice underlying sweet malt base.
M - medium bodied, creamy carbonation, leaving a lingering hop effect.
D - a dangerously sessionable beer considering it comes in around 7%.

barleywinebrewer, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of pwoods
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can poured into a snifter. Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this one with me.

21st Amendment - Brew Free or Die IPA

A: Pours a peachy copper with perfect clarity. Shortish head on the pour with little retention. Some decent lacing.

S: Definitely West Coast. Lots of fresh, acidic citrus fruits. Lemon, grapefruit, pineapple. Some minty qualities. Some sweet, candy like malts. Like on the oily resins.

T/M: Nice bitterness level that slowly builds. The sweet malts lightly balance the big hops and matches up its sweetness very well with the fruity hops. More of the citrus hops from the nose. A touch of alcohol comes out and adds a nice depth to the minty notes. Body is medium light with average carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink. 7.2% is just barely noticeable in the taste but it drinks rather well. Tasty.

pwoods, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber in color. A very nice four inch of head forms on the pour. Took a couple seconds to make room in the glass to finish the pour. Smell is floral hops. Taste is creamy, well balanced hops. Not very assertive, over the top hops, but well put together. This is a very malty IPA. I've had several canned beers and this is the first one where I swear I get a metallic hint in the beer. Very good nonetheless.

FtownThrowDown, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as a bonus beer in a recent trade with slayer3604 - thanks man! Shared this can with pwoods at my place, typing my review on the fly.

A: Pours clear, light copper and orangy. Nice off-white head with a mix of small and large suds with big sticky lacing up the legs of my tulip glass. Gorgeous in the glass.

S: Smells of sweet malts, orange, pine resides and a light mintiness.

T: Tastes much like the nose, lots of citrus up front with a pine and resin, drying finish. Pine flavors definitely take the majority of this beers flavor profile. Crisp and refreshing with a long, trailing dryness in the end.

M: Light bodied and crisp. Easy to put down. I wish this guy was available locally. This could be a "must have" in the fridge at all times.

beachbum1975, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of corey0212
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from raiser in the New Trader BIF Redux!!

Pours a clear golden-orange with a loosely-formed white head, very little lacing left in the glass. The smell of grapefruity hops hits you as soon as you open the can, and it's awesome! Also plenty of honeyed malt aromas in the nose. Taste throws a lot of piney hops into the mix, slightly bitter grapefruit taste, and a borderline-sticky/sweet maltiness. Medium-bodied, sticky, with some nice lingering bitterness here. Very quaffable IPA.

corey0212, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of 1759Girl
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

fun cans!!! Grab your road-sodie and let's hit the beach!

Appearance> dark yellow, clear, not very lively. Big head with good retention. Lacy!

Smell> Sweet grass, hops, slightly too alcoholic.

Taste> Pretty decent. Clearly not as nice as being at the Amendment and getting this on draft. Full flavored, complex. Heavy resin hang.

Mouf> Okay. A little too foamy

Drinkability>I do love the cans and its one of the best beers you can get in a can, so yeah.

1759Girl, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pop Pop goes the weasel the weasel. Just felt like saying that

Pours a one finger foamy head, some lacing, some ring around the collar. A pale golden yellow color, not lots o bubbles.

Smells very sweet, some citrus hops, the malt smell of a DIPA.

Tastes like it smells, smells like it tastes? sweet, hoppy but not overly hopped. Sweet.

Excellent IPA, very smooth, resiny aftertaste.

This is a DIPA in IPA clothing...

Murchmac, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of lightindarkness
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm pretty sure this excellent extra came from swnicholson. Please correct me if I'm wrong, and thanks!

Pours a deep ambery golden color, clear with a sudsy white head that leaves a smooth coating of lace but settles down to only spotty film on top rather quickly.

Nice hop smell, peachy and sweet, with a little caramelly malt backbone and sticky resin.

Coarse grainy malted middle supports a nicely hopped brighter end. Some more notes of juicy citrus and nectarine, with just a little spice before the resiny funk builds slightly at the finish. Not overly flavored, resulting in a much more drinkable, yet slightly thinner tasting IPA than some.

Feel is a lighter medium body. Very nice carbonation feel, enhancing the overall beer. Slight resiny coating at the finish, but staying mild enough to remain somewhat light and clean.

Drinks very nicely, goes down flavorful and smooth. Lacking some intensity or depth of flavor found in some other IPAs, it makes up for it in ease of consumption. Wishing I had another to follow this one up with.

lightindarkness, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear orange/light amber color with a good fluffy white head. Nose is sweet malt and hop resin. Taste follows, good hop resiny profile with grapefruit citrus and a nice pine presence as well. The malt backbone is solid here, and there is a little bit of spice as well. Mouthfeel is just a bit too thick, but it is heavy for an IPA, and could use just a touch more carbonation. Drinkability is quite good. Overall a great standard IPA, unique flavor, and a good representation of the style. Awesome to have these at shops in town now, as the portability is great for fishing and hunting. Craft in a can baby! sweet.

AKBelgianBeast, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And again, thanks go out to BrewerB for this beer.

12oz can poured into a Duvel tulip glass

A: Pours a clear golden amber topped with a half inch head that fades into a cap and leaves some lacing but not much.

S: Good and malty actually with a mild piny earthy background

T/MF: Honeyed, earthy and malty with a very clean finish. On the fuller side of medium bodied. This is a very interesting brew and doesn't seem to fit the bill of most IPAs Ive tried in the past. This one is very malty and in a good way in that it really works with what is going on with the rest of the beer.

D: Not bad, not great, very drinkable and easy as well, but to be fair I've had better IPAs.

bluemoonswoon, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of JoeMayo
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful dark gold with a nice foamy head. I don't think I've ever seen an IPA lace the glass like this one.

S- It smells like really intense hops with a caramel-like sweetness. A sweet grapefruit smell also comes through.

T- I've never had an IPA like this! It's ridiculously hoppy, but NOT bitter. The hops are primarily grapefruit with a very faint pine flavor. How is there so much malt in this IPA? It's really malty, caramelly, and rich.

M- This is the thickest IPA I've ever had, but at the same time, has a really crisp finish. I never thought I would have a beer so crisp that's actually sticky!

D- This is the most drinkable IPA I've ever had...and certainly one of the best.

JoeMayo, Sep 01, 2008
21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,118 ratings.