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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

2,182 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,182
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 69
Gots: 185 | FT: 2
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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 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.

Photo of DousedInStout
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright orange with a white head that lingers. The aroma is sweet and citrusy, some maltiness and not overly strong in hops. The taste is incredibly citrusy - this might be the most citrusy IPA I've ever had. Strong flavors of orange and lemon, mild hop bitterness, ending crisply. Overall, very drinkable, and an IPA I will return to when I'm in a can-friendly environment.

Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a multi tiered grassy, citrusy and piney hop.

The taste consisted of a sweet and slightly tart citrus hop with a light soft malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style with a residual bitterness.

Overall a tasty and uber hoppy AIPA.

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a good burst of piney hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but it helps the hops & citrus flavors stand out and is enough to provide both balance and substance to the beer. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this very solid IPA that is worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of Dukeofearl
2.26/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I bought a 6 pack of cans when this recently arrived at the local BevMo, and with eager anticipation, I tried the first. After all, the pub in SF is one of the best, right? So I have heard at least (not having been able to attend in person). But alas, I really have a hard time finding anything good to say about this IPA. I just don't get it. Harsh, medicinal aftertaste, no balance in the flavor profile itself. Chewy mouthfeel (I literally am making chewing motions after I have swallowed). I'm sorry, I have really tried to like this one. I really like West Coast IPAs. But I drank the first one to the end, even though I didn't like it. Tried number 2 and barely made it through. Gave numbers 3 and 4 away to other beer lovers to see if it was me. Now on number 5, I finally am willing to sit down and say something. But first I need to pour the rest of it out. What shall I do with the last one? I just don't like this beer. Maybe it is me.

Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: huge head, clear, orange-brown, small carbonation

Smell: pineapple, hops, and bread

Taste: pineapple and sugar dominate the bulk of the ale, while there is a bitter hop finish

Mouthfeel: sweet light start with a big bitter finish, smooth, medium body, medium carbonation

Drinkability: This is a very two note beer--pineapple then hops. Sweet for an IPA it does have an interesting taste. Above average for the style, I may have up to three in a sitting.

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, light gold color. Frothy white head that leaves some spotty lace.

Pleasant raw, high-alpha hop aroma--like sniffy hop pellets.

Strong hop flavor that starts and ends--bitterness throughout the taste and aftertaste. In short, a little one-dimensional but a true IPA. Grapefruit is the descriptor I'd use for the hop bite. Typical body.

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

Poured into a La Fin du Monde tulip

A - light copper with 2 fingers worth off perfect white head, lacing already forming on the side

S - grapefruit but definitely a floral attribute to it

T - not as much of a hop bite as i would have expected, taste follows nose with the addition of mint

M - medium bodied for the style and good carbonation

D - love that this is in a can, good for summer time, alcohol is well hidden, going to try it straight out of the can next time to see if it holds up

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st Amendment IPA

A- Hazy light orange with a huge thick frothy lacing hea.d
S- Lightly sugared grapefruit and orange with a mild caramel malt.
T- Mild caramel malt with a good sweetened grapefruit and orange rind hop body.
M- Dull malt with a good moderate grapefruit hop presence. Finishes off with a thick malt and a touch of bitter hoppiness.

Overall- A good mild, sweet malty, IPA. A good canned offering, not the best out there but a respectable offering.

Photo of BeerSox
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz can into nonic.

Hazy golden hue with a one finger barely off-white head that slowly settles to a thin cap. The head is nice and pillowy.

Lots of soft citrusy notes, with a little bit of a berry aroma. Very floral. The malts add a bit of sweetness in the background.

Biscuity malts add a very basic table for some complex hops. Citrus, mint, and a little bit of sweet fruit (plum, strawberry). Full bodied.

This is a somewhat short review, but I'm having trouble describing how well the hops are combined. The IPAs have a very sweet quality to balance the bitterness they add. I really enjoyed every beer in this six pack. I'll for sure be returning to this one sometime soon. This is certainly a beer to rival the other canned beer: Dale's Pale Ale with its more tart profile. Recommended.

Photo of gcarl
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st Amendment IPA is defiantly a grower not a shower. Color is lighter than most IPA's, head is bigger and more bubbly than most IPA's, and carbonation is higher than most IPA's...is this a macro lager that had was accidentally over hopped and fermented warm? Maybe. But anyways it works. My first few sips did not please the taste buds but half way through I was impressed. The brew came into its own with robust and round malt profile, a stinging hop after bite, and cleansing carbonation to help prepare for the next sip. It won't rank as the hoppiest IPA but I can see if fulfilling a space in the fridge with a drinkability that is unmatched.


Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: big off-white head over a honey golden beer, quality retention

s: vivid citrus and tropical hops over a clean pale malt body, dripping fresh hops bring aromas of sweet citrus, melon, and pineapple, instantly reminiscent of two-hearted though certainly not of the same tier, the unobtrusive malting serves to showcase the hops well but complexity suffers a touch

m: carbonation around medium with a light-medium body

t: clean pale malt body carries a mild dose of caramel, above this rides a range of big citrus and tropical hop flavors, powerful bitterness in the finish, there's absolutely nothing malt-dominant about this beer, yum

d: just fine, a high quality ipa

single from Whole Foods, Falls Church, VA

Photo of everetends
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can thanks to that great trade with Murchmac. I love going through all these craft beers in these cans. Makes me happy, very happy. Served up in a standard shaker pint.

A: Pours a pretty nice golden yellow in color. Held to the light, a more sunshiney yellow comes forth. The body is a little hazy/murky but still allows light through and making the beer glow a bit. There is a nice active carbonation moving around in here that lasts the entire brew. The head was about a finger of white, foam that actually has some decent retention. The beer may be a bit sticky because the lace is not really sticking. Still a good looking brew.

S: Well, I am getting more of a malt forward aroma coming out here. A little bit of some sweet, maybe caramel malt is making big waves here in the aroma. There are hops. Getting a nice and mild citrus hops aroma but it is more orange than grapefruit. There is also a touch of grassy earth coming out as well. The hops are not as in your face as I expect out of a west coast IPA, but its still a pleasant smelling brew.

T: Yet again, very malt forward. A really nice and cool malt presence starts this one off and pretty much dominates. Nice and smooth caramel flavor comes through in the malt. Then the hops come in to finish this off. Yet again, you have a good amount of orange citrusy hops presence with just a bit a bit of earth. There is some hops bitterness and bite here, but it is on the very finish of the beer. It stays lightly sweet otherwise. Kinda reminds me of a very baby Gordon.

M: Its light but I will give it a medium in body, but it is dangerously close to a light bodied and thin brew. Carbonation is absolutely high and crisp. Alcohol plays little to no role here at all. There is a bit of bitterness on the finish with a slight drying quality, but its not at the level you expect from an IPA (let alone a west coaster). Aftertaste is where the hops reside with a very light citrusy hops finish.

D: This is a very drinkable brew in being that it is not a chore to drink at all. Goes down easy and does not pose a challenge at all. Nice amount of flavors there to give you some variety and keeping it from being one dimensional. The problem, IMO, is that it doesn't feel too much like an IPA. Its got the hops but the malt really dominates. There just isn't that balance or the hops dominance you see in most IPAs. Its still good and its would be awesome to have these available in cans around the gas station. Would be awesome to pour into a pint or straight out of the can on a hot summer day. Its not what I expected it would be, but it works.

Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Boolshot for this 12 oz can.

A: The IPA opens with a hiss, foaming up enough to cause concern that it would overflow. Poured into a glass, the ale is an amber color, full of orange hues. A white foamy head of 2 plus fingers has left rocky lace all around the glass.

S: The IPA has a dominant caramel malt aroma that is cut by citrusy hops. The interaction between the hops and malts is very sweet, perhaps the ale has a little too much age?

T: Like the nose, the IPA is defined by its malty sweetness. Caramel runs rampant, not quite a cloying syrup flavor, it is nonetheless the dominant aspect. Citrus hops cut through mid-sip with a much needed hop bitterness but they quickly fade, leaving more caramel in their wake.

M: The hops aren't what I expected, content to lazily hide behind the malt body. I was expecting more.

D: One and done. Not nearly hop-forward enough to please me.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at cellar temp into a Boston Lager glass.

Pours with light body making a modest white head of fine bubbles. That dissapates quickly leaving a single ring of lacing. Beer is hazy, almost cloudy, light golden color.

Aroma is full of catty and sprucy hops with a hint of honey-like malt sweetness and some diacetyl. Once it warms, plenty of buttery diacetyl with a bit of soapiness.

Flavor is dominated by catty hops, with some soapiness and saltiness. Sweetness to the side and almost astringent bitterness on the top of the tongue. Odd that it seems to provoke ALL the senses. There's even some sourness in there.

Mouthfeel is thin, dry with light bitterness. Causes me to imagine a (relatively) bitter macro lager run through a Randall.

Drinkability is average. Light, hoppy XPA is one of my favorite styles, but this poor guy misses the mark.

Photo of mjl21
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a pint glass. Comes in at 78 IBUs and 7%.

A-Pours a very clear light amber, falling on the yellow end of the spectrum. Has a half finger white head. Lots of lace left in this one.

S-Smells like a good West Coast IPA. Lots of pine and fresh citrus hops come out.

T-Pine and citrus (lemon, pineapple, and orange) hit the tongue at first. The malt backbone in the middle is sweet and works very well. The sweetness doesn't stay very long as the bitterness returns.

M-Medium bodied and smooth from being on draught. Lighter bodied than a lot of other IPAs. Not vey bitter.

D-Goes down very easily due to the fact that it is not heavy.

One of my favorite IPAs, this one is not always available and blows away it's brother that is canned. Always up for a pint of this.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured light copper with a white head that quickly disappeared and left with a nice retention.

scents of pineapple and tangerine seem to dominate.

light pineapple and orange flavor up front with a strong malt backbone. the finish is rather bitter with grapefruit notes.

light and fine carbonation and very light over all. rather smooth and easy.

decent IPA, very easy to drink with strong fruit flavors. would make a good summer IPA and being that it is from a can, perfect for any summer occasion. Thanks to Jason for bringing this back for me!

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

Slightly hazy straw/orange color. Sweet grapefruit aroma, maybe some tropical fruit. pours with a nice head that dissipates quickly. Med low to mouth feel with malty taste, slightly sweet, lots of hops, not as bitter as i would expect but well balanced making it an easy drink, especially on a hot day. 7% ABV creeps up on you. nice.

Photo of natasharai
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a nice frothy off white head that dissipated leaving very nice lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is very clear orange-gold.

Smell: Pine hops, citrus hops like oranges, sweetness similar to white grapes

Taste: Pine hops, mild citrus, a metallic flavor, caramel malt, ends with a nice mild bitter flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, nice bitter tingle on the tongue, quite a bit of small bubble carbonation, leaves mouth with bitter and dry feel.

Overall: Really good drinkability, the flavors are subtle and mostly enjoyable. The metallic flavor brings my overall feeling about this beer down. Would be great on a warm summer night to wind down with, but nothing too special.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can thanks to riversideAK. Pours a hazy light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of luscious tropical fruits, grapefruit, and awesome citrusy hops. Flavor of nice hop oils and sweet citrusy hops. This is an awesome IPA, one of my favorites. A touch sweet, but that's my only complaint. Delicious!
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21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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