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21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

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817 Reviews

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Reviews: 817
Hads: 2,267
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 85
Gots: 246 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Photo of papat444
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Marco_Gtz for this one.

Poured from a 12oz can, canned on 12-09-13.

A fairly clear, light gold body, spotted lacing with always a good thick foam. Aroma is zesty oranges and pears. Flavor is more malt heavy with some cedar bitterness. Ok but pales in comparison to its CA counterparts. (297 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had at Bar of Soap Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before settling at an 1/8 inch. Resilient thick sheet of lacing.

S- Sweet smelling hop aroma with plenty of fruit notes like orange and grapefruit. Slightly grassy.

T- Flavor is a bit more malt forward than expected but there's a decent balance between its sweetness and the bitterness of the hops. The bitterness is moderate and doesn't linger long. ABV is hidden pretty well.

M- A tad oily with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I remember liking this more when I wasn't as into beer as I am today. Still a decent IPA that's plenty drinkable. (691 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Estelle's in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that is for the most part still there. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tangerine, grapefruit, floral bouquet, mango, passion fruit, grass, and a little pine with some caramel and toasted malts in the rear.

Taste: Same as above with some super mild tingly bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Easily drinkable, medium bodied, a little chewy, mild bitterness, and a bit smooth.

Overall: Draft or can. Irs all good. Wish the couple of times I've been to SF to see the Sox that I didn't walk by the brewery. Next time I promise (728 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a cheater pint from the well crafted can.

A: Gold and hazy, some carbo with a thick rocky two finger head which goes on for days and then near the end settles into a thin disk of a few millimeters.

S: Juicy. Musty grapefruit. Some yeasty spices. White pepper.

T: This is where this beer is shining. Some musty, juicy grapefruit and that white pepper subside to a very gentle pale malt and some bready yeast. Very pleasing and well rounded flavors play and dance, it is not a wave that is predictable. It flits in and out with all these notes randomly.

M: smooth and creamy. That persistent rocky head said it would be this way! bittering is so well balanced that you almost think that it might just pop over to that overtly bitter note but it never ever does.

O: this just became a staple of moderate ABV in the canned selections when I can find it and it's not lawnmower beer time. Great juicy IPA. (916 characters)

Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can art on the new run is quite amazing. An Adobe Illustrator-esque take on Mt. Rushmore with Lincoln popping out ready to punch someone. Ostensibly for trying to take away his right to drink. Anyway, I love this beer. What a good IPA should be, balanced with enough bite to know theres hops around, but not so toothy as to slash your tongue's throat. My first beer from 21stA, but certainly wont be my last. (408 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$3 pint at Williams. Served with a finger of brilliant white creamy head that laces the glass nicely. Dark golden with an orange hue. Good clarity. Aromas of bitter orange and pine. The malt is crisp and untoasted. Taste is upfront juicy orange with backend orange peel and pine resin. Unbalanced-not much to speak of in the malt department. Plenty of carbonation. The bitter finish is not as lingering as many IPAs.
Overall a decent beer. I'd appreciate some more malt taste and body. I like the lack of a big bitter finish. (526 characters)

Photo of Michael_Squires
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a great color; it just looks like a great beer.

I'm not quite sure what the smell is supposed to be, just seems like a normal beer smell to me.

Taste is pretty good and isn't overly hoppy like some IPAs; it went down smooth.

Overall, I'd recommend it to someone who is looking to expand his/her beer horizons, as it seems to be a nice segue to nicer beers. (372 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Translucent orange with a creamy tanish head.

S: Tons of orange, some mango, grapefruit, some floral notes in the nose.

T: Lemon, orange, grass, citrus peels. Lacking in the mango which is disappointing.

M: Medium bodied and typical IPA carbonation.

O: A damn good IPA, but not a particularly good one. I'd recommend it. (327 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Light caramel color body with very fine clarity to it. Head goes away quickly, lacing is nice on the glass.

S: Piney, but not very strong. Tangerine and orange mostly. Not a strong aroma out of this IPA, not west coast style at all.

T: Not very much hop at all, but not very malty either. A bit watered down, but not in the worst way. For an IPA, I don't get much grapefruit, or any citrus fruit. A roasted, or roasted caramel like an amber ale.

Very light IPA. Not bad, but not what I want in an IPA. (510 characters)

Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st Amendment IPA
21st Amendment Brewery, California
---from can to stemmed tulip glass---

Gold with a big soapy head, good lacing.

Fresh grapefruit, grass and mild malt aroma. Hints of breadyness.

Smooth malty sweetness up front, finished with an attack of bitter citrusy hops.

Sticky and bitter. Good carbonation. Malt arrives to sweeten you up, hops follow to cleanse your mouth!

Good American IPA. Doesn’t go above and beyond, but it doesn’t have to. Brew free of die! (524 characters)

Photo of A_Frayed_Knot
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

I still have an empty can of this beer from 5+ years ago when I thought the artwork was so whimsical -- the Rushmore Four pictured in various altered expressionages.. So I was surprised to find this available where I went to order takeout at a local restaurant. I sipped on BrewFree while I waited for my food. Poured from can into pint glass a murky golden haze, not unpleasant. Mouthfeel: rubbery but not unpleasant; might wish for a little more carbonation? Taste: banana, honey overnotes, banana, Anybody Got Some Spice Besides Nutmeg?, banana. If an IPA to rival other golden IPA's, it seems the hops my tastebuds were reaching for didn't materialize here. Still expecting great things fron 21st Amendment and hoping this was just a case of canned beer maybe left in the restaurant's cooler too long to meet demand. (820 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold color, finger of white head. canned 11/11/13

Smell is big on pine, caramel, bready malt, a nice grapefruit and tropical smell to it aswell.

Taste is pine, herbal dankness, resin, underlying citrus chrachters, a little booze, bready malt, caramel, biscuit malt, tropical undertones, finishes with a dry piney bite

Mouthfeel is pretty full for a single IPA, dry, oily but not to hard on the palate at the same time

Well it is certainly a older school IPA, a lot of dank pine an light citrus notes. Frankly it was a nice change of pace from all the tropical bombs that are out there nowadays, huge malt backbone... Based on todays standards some might confuse this for a high ABV APA. But damn is it tasty, balanced and o so drinkable! (754 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 9/5/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, lemon zest, light honey, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, lemon zest, pine, light honey, bread, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, pine, floral, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice complexity of hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. Good complexity and balance of hop and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,258 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can dated 10/08/13 – purchased at Boynton Liquors San Jose, CA
Hotel tumbler glass – 11/20/13

A: Light caramel color body with very fine clarity to it. Thick and heady topping of beige whip displays some awesome hang time and leaves behind a mess of chunky remnants upon the glass all the way down the glass.

S: Piney with some dank herbal flowers and lacings of citrus fruit. Tangerine and orange mostly. Light and subtle cracker malt base of pale malts coming through. Not terribly aromatic but nice aromas none the less.

T: Firm bready cracker malt graininess with some moderate and smooth hop bitterness. Pine and dank weed mostly which is slightly resinous on the palate. Alcohol is really well disguised throughout. Not as hoppy as the nose leads on but nice and balanced for that matter.

M: Moderate to light fullness with a smooth and creamy texture. Nice dry snappy crisp finish with a slight resinous linger.

D: A fairly nice IPA with good balance to it overall but there are much better offerings on the shelf these days. Hops are a little boring by today’s standards.
Not something I would go out of my way seeking….again that is. (1,164 characters)

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark straw color with a half finger white head. Only average head retention

S - Very pleasant smelling beer. Nice aromas of pine with background of citrus such as orange, lemon, and even a little grapefruit.

T - Very similar to the aroma. Very deep pine flavor with background accents of citrus. I can definately pick out the lemon and there seems to be some orange as well

M - a lighter IPA. Feels silky in the mouth. Goes down smooth. No burn what so ever

O - Definately a sessionable IPA. Nice flavor. Nothing over the top, but a solid beer for sure (568 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can a slightly hazy gold color with one finger of creamy off-white head. Sheets of sticky lacing left behind.

Sweet aroma of tropical fruit and pineapple along with light caramel malts.

Tasted of tropical fruit and tangerine with a malty finish.

Medium bodied and a light carbonation.

A solid IPA from 21st Amendment. (338 characters)

Photo of tviz33
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured form a 12 oz can in to a tulip glass.

A- Pretty pour. Hazy orange body with a half inch of frothy white head.

S- Hops and that's about it. Pine and citrus dominate.

T- Pleasant. Resinous and piney. Citrus is there too. Sort of a saltine cracker taste half way through. Slight alcohol presence.

M- The feel is quit nice. Medium carbonation and feel. Just a tad oily.

O- Good, but nothing worth searching for unless you really like the look of the can. (462 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden color. Like a boch or pale ale. Slight haze. Big creamy white head. Lots of sticking on the walls. Should have a darker hue though.

S: Boom, hops. Very west coast, grapefruit, pineapple, Definitely some centennial, maybe some citra too. "Bright". enticing.

T: Very bitter up front. Followed with a pineapple, pine cone, somewhat floral hop flavor. More cascade in the taste. Slight honey malt backbone, but this is a bitter hopbomb. No balance, no apologies. Leaves the palate quite dry and with a puckering bitterness.

M: A tad thin, somewhat syrupy/resinous/oily. Too palate taxing to be sessionable.

O: Definitely a hop fix. Standard west coast IPA. Could use a little more malt flavor, color, and non fermentables. Reminds me of a less complex flower power, in a good way. (796 characters)

Photo of Mojo
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can -> World Market tulip glass

A - pours up medium gold, initially hazy, then clearing, with a thick foamy head which never quite goes away, leaving behind elaborate sticky lacing.

S - very citrusy, with pine, resin, and biscuit thrown in.

T - strong caramel malt backbone, grapefruit notes, and strong bitter finish

M - just a hint of an aftertaste with great carbonation

O - my first offering from this brewery. I loved it. (443 characters)

Photo of Hop_juice
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the can into a snifter. Pours a hazy tangerine. A very strong contender in the ever growing IPA category; well balanced, easy drinking, flavorful beer. Very clean, highly drinkable, good malt backbone, and obviously nice and hoppy. The can is awesome, the beer is awesome. Helps deconstruct the contract brewing stigma that for some reason grips craft beer aficionados. (374 characters)

Photo of jonrx
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty damn drinkable IPA. First off, I have to give 21st Amendment props for their designs. They consistently have the prettiest cans and packaging out there. Gotta love that.

It has a really great smell. A mix of some piney scents and a lot of citrus. Do I detect some grapefruit in that smell? I think I do.

I think the taste goes really well with the smell. You get what you expect without much surprises. A nice amount of hops along with the aforementioned citrus and pine flavors.

Honestly, this beer is going to end up as one of my go-to brews. It's super drinkable, it has a surprising 7% ABV (it sneaks the heck up on you, let me just say!), and it has a really pleasant taste and smell to it. (716 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a light golden color.

The aroma has some sweet citrus and grapefruit hoppy aroma.

The flavor follows with some bright hops with grapefruit and pine. It's a light bready malt that compliments the beer well. It has a lighter malt body and stays quite crisp.

This is hoppy and drinkable IPA. Nothing too big and bigger, but kindly bitter and hoppy. (366 characters)

Photo of jerrytodd
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Amber color with superb head and lacing

S: I like. Piney floral and citrus all in equal parts

T: Pretty easy drinking combination of slightly sweet malt (could be a touch less sweet IMO) earthy floral hops which have citrus and piney dank hints.

M: Slightly chewy

O: Totally solid IPA (292 characters)

Photo of BTVflatlander
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fortunate enough to get a sixer from a friend in DC. Served from a can into a Citizen Cider snifter.

A: Vibrant orange, a very attractive IPA.

S: Some hops, but not as strong a hop aroma as I would have expected.

T: Floral hops overpower the underlying citrus hops that come through only very briefly. A spicy malt backbone is ever present--a bit too strong for my liking yet not entirely off-putting.

M: Pleasant and inviting.

O: I was excited to try this beer from a well-regarded brewery that does not, of yet, distribute to my current home-state of Vermont. And, while I must say that I was in no way blown away, this is a solid single IPA I'd buy fairly often if I could, even if I enjoy the can art more than the beer itself. Try it if you can get your hands on it, I'll be sticking with some local IPAs. (815 characters)

Photo of sfprint
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

a: light orange with a little rising carbonation. small dome head.
S: weak but a yeasty, light bright and hoppy.
t: very earthy and bitter hops at the end which really dominate the majority of the flavor. planty aftertaste. a very slight and light fruitiness at the front.
m: slightly fuzzy and slightly puckering
O: it's okay. not particularly special. (353 characters)

21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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