21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment IPA21st Amendment IPA

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2,168 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,168
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 68
Gots: 172 | FT: 2
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: oggg on 11-17-2004)
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Photo of BeerSox
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
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
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
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
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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!
9/4/8/4/16 (4.1/5)

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

I love craft beer in a can, wish there was more of it.

Hazy golden with slight amber highlights. Bright head gives way quickly. From the the first sniff there is no mistaking this is a west coast Ipa. Lots of tropical fruit aromas mixed with some sweet honey malt tones. Entry is not as hoppy as expected with a good amount of sweet malts holding there place. Finishes powdery dry with tropical hop resins and honeydew melon flavors lingering. Mouth is moderate but smooth. Drinks fairly easy, especially considering the 7+abv. A really nice Ipa. I'd like to throw this one at some coconut battered shrimp. Thanks to barleywinefiend for the opportunity on this one.

Photo of HalfFull
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 12 oz. can into a pint glass, this brew pours clear and golden, almost a deep straw in color. A half inch of white head settles quickly to a surface ring, throwing off bits of lacing here and there.

Buttery rancid orange on the nose, a curious blend of hops and malts. Not really to my liking. Hop presence is there but you really have to work for it, and then it's quickly quenched by the malt structure. As the beer settles more hops are apparent, as is the fact that they have a semi-composted sense about them at times, otherwise earthy and peaty.

Flavor is a bit reaching. Offers a bitter and slightly drying finish and a slightly cloying flavor, and is a bit unbalanced as the bitterness easily outweighs any hop presence, particularly given the apparent sweetness. Average feel and a so-so drinkability given the balance, of sorts.

Overall I'm unimpressed as I become more firmly entrenched in the 'San Diego Style' IPA vs. the nectar like IPA's of the Northwest/NorCal.

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

This beer pours a clear amber with a 2 fingered head with hardly any lacing. The smeel is faint but I get some malt and a slight citrus taste. This IPA has a very nice malt base to it with a slight citrus hop flavor, I am yearning for a little more in an IPA but this would be a wonderful PA imo. The mouthfeel is nice, the carbonation level might be a tad low. A nicely drinkable brew.

Photo of solargoat
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this as an extra from BigEbeer, thanks BTW.

-Poured golden/clear, a small white head.
-Smells of sweet malts, subtle citrusy hops.
-Taste is sweet, very mild hoppiness, well balanced, mid range body.
-Quite Crisp and refreshing, I will have my other one now.

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

Appearance: Pours a rather hazy, orange-hued body with a small, white head.

Smell: Particularly pungent nose of citrusy, fruity hops ahead of the pale malts and lesser waft of wildflower honey.

Taste: Faintly bready malts with a honeyish sweetness present. Richly fruity blend of hop flavors, notably tangerine, citric grapefruit, pineapple, and even the noble lemon with a medium-high, earthy bitterness. Finishes reasonably dry with a lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasant, well-balanced IPA. I would cheerfully have another.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big shout out to Abecall98 for providing this in a trade. He's a great trader.

Pours with a rather aggressive three finger head. The head fades fairly quickly and begins to leave a spider web mesh of lacing everywhere. The beer is a bright orange/amber color with some gold highlights. Nice clarity and a touch of visible carbonation.

Aroma was of sweet fruit, slight grapefruit and toasted malt.

Initial bitterness quickly dissipates to a sweet fruity flavor only to be taken over by a resin like pine hop finish. There is a bitterness that settles in the back of your mouth and hangs. In the background you do get a sense of bread and a light cracker, crusty bread malt flavor. Later I almost tasted bubblegum as I took a few sips.

Mouth feel is slightly syrupy... some real resin like pine..

Nicely drinkable.

Pretty good IPA, but not sure I'd seek it out again...

Photo of mcallister
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper shade with a rocky thick head of white with a great looking lace with large bubble fragments.

Light citrus, sweet bready malts with a cereal aspect as well. A bit of a sweettart aroma as well. Just slightly too sweet.

Not a huge IPA in complexity a sweet malty middle and ending althogh the middle could be a little bigger. Very light acidity and hop bitterness as well. A bit of pine and citrus nothing to write home about. Very thin in body and mouthfeel as well.

Photo of bifrostguard
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in an effort to try and find a canned beer to reduce the weight of bottles hiking out of the wilderness...

A - Beautiful hazy golden amber color with a tall sticky off white head that leaves a thick lacing all the way down.

S - Tropical fruit aroma. Passion fruit, pineapple and tangerines. Not really my style but somewhat interesting.

T - Tropical and bitter. The bitterness is the saving grace of this beer for me. Not much to say past that.

M - Good carbonation and not too watery.

D - I could drink quite a bit of this, but I'm moving to something more earthy if I have the option. Still searching for that back country beer.

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

Hazedapricottishhue, rocky head of milk whitefoam...lovely.

Pungent citric aroma,lemon spillsout, pine, orange, mango, tangerine...a cornucopia of hoppy delight.

It comes in the flavor, grabs the palate, delivers the bitter blast, then leans back. Juicy stuff. Light bodied, easy drinker, smooth...tons of hops, longish bitter finish, but not too intense.

This is a session IPA for sure.
I'd drink it again and again. Mmm.

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

Pours a cloudy light gold color, with a nice white fluffy head.

Aromas are of light brewed tea, some pine like hops, citrus, and almost a apple jolly rancher like character.

Taste is of grapefruit / citrus hops and brewed teas. This strikes me as a British Style IPA, that has an American hop twist.

Mouthfeel is good, and about is about on point for the style.

Drinkability is also good. It's really a pretty solid IPA. Nothing too special, but worth a try. As far as canned brews go, I'd take the Caldera IPA, Surley Furious, or Oskar Blues Gordon. But that's not a slap at this one, it's still a good IPA, that comes in my preferred vessel, the can!

Photo of kkipple
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Absolutely not knowing what to expect, I cracked this one on a whim on a bright Sunday afternoon. Let's see what our boys in CA have cooked up and canned!

Well for starters 21st IPA is a pretty impressive looking brew... lots of lacing that falls off a big white head, a pale rich gold beneath that seems unfiltered. No problems here.

Smells pretty decent too, an initial big grapefruit / citrus hop rush and a bit of sharp alcohol (alas!) upfront, tiny sweet malt bits underneath. A little cheesy, resiny hop note is here; overall this is fine but won't win any awards.

Tastes surprisingly hoppy and sharp for a (canned!) IPA... interesting. This is West Coast goodness all the way, if you swing for that sort of thing - in your face bitterness, citrus pungent punchy, and just a little boozier than it has a right to be (7.2%?!). Rather drinkable all the same, this comes laden with a little astringent dryness that isn't all that welcome, just a touch more caramel malt richness would help even that out, methinks.

Mouthfeel & carbonation are fine. Typical IPA, rather quenching. Oddly drinkable for the abv too, seems more like a 6 percenter. Hmm...

21st Amendment IPA is a good IPA, perhaps a bit overrated on this site IMO, but don't let that keep you from trying it if you can. Get it? CAN?! I kill me.

Photo of Jettanbass9
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pale copper to dark gold. thin, light fluffy head. brilliantly clear

S - hop character of tropical fruits pineapple and passionfruit, that blend into a wonderful herbal, flowery aroma. Great aroma for this beer. Fruity note of ethenol and honey like aroma. Very well balanced.

T - Slight astringency from the hops, again notes of passionfruit, pineapple, fruity teas and a very mellow caramel note, almost mistaken for honey. Hop character is great, plenty of hop flavor but choice of hops comes off a little astringent.

M - low carbonation, dry attenuation with a slight puckering astringency. Definitely above average, just misses the mark for a 4 rating.

D - Aside from the astringency this beer has awesome tropical aromas and flavors. On a hot summer evening I would take this without a second thought. Great beer, may want to switch out or tone down hop flavor to minimize the astringency, otherwise a quality beer. Would definitely like to revisit it.

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

Can courtesy of either gford217 or BrewerB - thanks! Got this in a generous beer care package from the former a day after I traded for it from the latter, so to whomever this can belongs to, I appreciate it. Poured into a 12 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: A very attractive brew. Pours a crystalline orange copper body with tons of perfectly average-paced carbonation bubbling up to what is truly an immaculate head. It's solid, foamy, a mass of meringue, with amazing retention and even more impressive lacing - thick, sheet-like, three-dimensional clumps and strands and rings of hearty, immobile, faintly off-white fluff coats the sides of the glass. Just a really nice looking brew.

Aroma: Sweet, roasted malts, notes of caramel and doughy bread, intermingle with a spicy, floral, bright hop presence. The nose is surprisingly heavy on the malts, which (going back now after having taken a few sips) is unusual, given how dry this one is.

Taste: Soft, dry, roasted malts provide the foundation here, and it's a much dryer foundation than one might expect from the nose. It's a reasonably well-attenuated foundation, too, with faint hints of bread crusts and dry caramel providing the most of the flavor notes, though the whole package does lend plenty of body. The bitterness is moderate, not too over the top, but definitely a presence. The accompanying hop notes are well-balanced with the aforementioned aspects, lending strong spicy pine overtones, as well as faint tropical fruit and citrus zest notes.

Mouthfeel: The volume of carbonation visible doesn't really come through here, but I have to think that's a good thing. The result is a gentle, creamy, smooth mouthfeel that works very well w/ the accompanying flavors. There's also a bit of a film left on the roof of the mouth afterwards.

Drinkability: A very solid brew that hits most of the night notes. 7.2% may be near the upper end of a regular ol' IPA, but it's nowhere to be detected in this one, and though this IPA may be slightly toward the "dry" end of the spectrum, I think it works well given the balance of flavors and bitterness. Another one I would kill to have a four- or six-pack of while camping (a list of canned beers that continues to grow - soon, I'll be heading into the woods with a backpack full of Caldera IPA, 21st Amendment IPA, and Ten FIDY. If I don't return within a week, notify the park rangers and the undertaker). Recommended.

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

Thanks goes out to BrewerB for this brew.

Poured into a pint glass a clean/clean golden copper color on the light side, very nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus foamy off-white head, which leaves a bunch of nice sticky lacing. The nose is mostly malty, with some nice hop notes, citrus and pines. The taste is very nice, malty, some hops, nice citrus/pines. Medium body, this is a very tasty brew, not that hoppy, but nice malt balance, with a dry/bitter finish. Very drinkable, this is my first from this brewery, thanks Brian.

21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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