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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

822 Reviews

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Reviews: 822
Hads: 2,294
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 87
Gots: 263 | 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:
Beer added by: oggg on 11-17-2004

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Photo of jonrx
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of jerrytodd
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of BTVflatlander
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of sfprint
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of IPAdams
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a clear gold with a fluffy three finger white head that recedes to a small foam on top. Leaves moderate lacing.

Smell- Lots of pine and grapefruit along with a hint of bitterness and alcohol.

Taste- The beginning of the sip is sweet with a good citrus bitterness upon swallowing. Grainy malt background with a forefront of pine and grapefruit hops.

Mouthfeel- Fairly thin with with decent carbonation, really the only bad thing about the beer.

Overall- Very well balanced, good resiny hop flavor. Only downside was the mouthfeel but this is still a good IPA worth trying.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Super clear and crisp golden pour. 1.5 finger of dense but soft white head. Lingering. Nose is a little weak. Just a hint of citrus and hop, but not much.

Taste is nice initially, nice little burst of citrus up front. But this goes away quickly and you're left with a rather dry, straw/grass like hoppiness. Just doesn't have the crisp flavors that I want.

Feel is fine. Nothing special.

Meh. Not bad. Not great. Decent IPA from a can I guess. But there are a lot better. I'll drink them next instead.

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Photo of Spikester
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 5/15/2013.
Pours clear gold with a two fingers of white head. Nice retention and a good amount lacing..
Smell is floral hops, yeasty bread dough.
Taste is fruity bitter hops with plenty of fresh bread dough malt. A very balanced IPA for a Westy. Some minor pine resins but smoothed by the sweet malts.
Mouthfeel is very good, plenty of carbonation but not too much. Medium dry bitter finish.
Overall one of the best canned American IPAs . Not overly bitter. Would be a great choice for a starter IPA. Well hidden abv.
Edited on 8/21/2013.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #284
Served On: 07/26/2013
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: 7.0%
Date/ Code: 06/12/13

This was a 12oz can from a 6pack from Outlet Liquors off Route 1 in Rehoboth Delaware.

Look: Poured a fairly clear dark golden color. The head was 1-finger of fluffy beige foam. Lacing was a thick patch coating on the glass. Carbonation bubbles were plentiful.

Smell: Sweet resiny hop aroma of floral and pine. Also a sweet honey maltiness.

Taste: First was an aggressive carbonation tingle, then some sweet malts and tropical fruits. The middles had some decent bitterness with a residual sweetness that made up the finish. Not booze from the 7% abv.

This was a solid IPA with some well-defined balance. I would get this one again.

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Photo of Dodt
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

noticed this one based on the can art.(usually doing this bites me in the end , glad it didn't . ) poured from the can into a sam adams speical pint glass. nice fluffy head that clings to the side. straw in color. aroma is piney with a blend of hops . glad i tried this one can't wait to try other beers from this brewery.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a hazy pale golden-straw color with a huge creamy and fluffy head that retains long after the pour, leaving thick lace around the entire glass

S- piney and citrus hop with some grapefruit zest, sweet beady & doughy malt with some cereal grain

T- sweet and malty with some bready notes, some citrus and grassy hop notes with moderate bitterness on the finish

M- medium body with medium-high carbonation, smooth mouthfeel with a crisp finish. ABV is hidden fantastically

O- very quaffable IPA, more balanced than most. Very easy to drink multiple, even with the 7% ABV

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Photo of TheSSG
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge, soapy, resiny head that has great persistence and leaves bubbly lacing. Bright, crisp, citrus hop aroma. Turbid, straw color. Starts out with nice hop bitterness; bright grapefruit with pine. Moves into a medium bitterness that then ramps up to a medium-high bitterness as notes of citrus rind crescendo. The finish is light bitterness lingering, but with a great citrus character.

This is the most restrained and balanced IPA I've EVER had from a West Coast brewery. It's aromatic, floral, and hoppy, but not too bitter. It reminds me of Midwest IPA's, and that's very high praise in my book! I could session these all day!

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Photo of 57md
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light copper with more than a finger of off-white head that enjoyed some significant retention. The nose is hoppy with some mild citrus notes in the background. There is a touch of maltiness in the flavor profile, but hop bitterness is the main focus of this offering. This is not a hop bomb, but the bitterness is average or possibly slightly above average for a single IPA. This is a solid and drinkable IPA, but not quite top tier for single IPAs.

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Photo of json83
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a fan of IPA but this one was probably a little better than most with the aftertaste being somewhat bearable. There is also a nice combination which is hard to describe in relation to the taste. Although this would be probably hard to find in a bar in Ohio, since it is brewed in California, I would still probably be down to purchase a single bottle again if given the opportunity. A good choice for my least favorite type of beer. 195 Est. calories 6.5-7% ABV.

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Photo of da_beers
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to buy this on the 4th of July. Brew free or Die!!!!

A - Pours a nice coppery orange color with two fingers of white, frothy head. Decent carbonation coming up. Not crystal clear, but has somewhat of a haze.

S - Has a combination of piney and citrusy scents on the initial nose. You definitely get some sweetness from the malts in there as well. The citrus is something tart, like a grapefruit or bitter orange. Some hops hit the nose at the end as well.

T - Taste is great. Starts out with an initial bitterness from the hops (cascades?), followed by a caramel sweetness from the malts. The citrus dances around a little, but is not huge. Quite fresh and bright on the palate, nice summery IPA that can hold its own.

M - Decent carbonation, light/medium body, although closer to medium. Very drinkable.

O - I really enjoyed this one. My first from 21st Amendment Brewery, but will be going back to try more for sure. I would definitely recommend.

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Photo of Zraly
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold with a nice white head. Clean, fragrant hoppy note upfront.

A bit of resin and pine needle, with a round, citrus hop bite. A bit of citrus peel and flowers. Malt is on the bready side and has a bit of caramel, and most importantly, compliments the hop profile well. Bitterness helps carry the body through. Crisp and relatively clean finish for a medium-bodied IPA.

In a land of more IPAs than one can reasonably ask for, this is quite good. The new can packaging is pretty cool, too. I'd like to try this with some Indian cuisine.

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Photo of irs
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a really nice golden ale with 3/4 inch head. Poured into my Southern Tier Pint(wannabe) Glass.
Aroma has a whiff of cascade, and a lot of bready malt, I like the malt aroma alot, but I'm missing a comparable amount of hops.
Mouthfeel is really nice, smooth, not a lot of resin, like I normally like, but very smooth and enjoyable. Next to appearance (which I don't put alot of faith in), mouthfeel is definitely the high point for me.
As far as taste, I'm finding this balanced, but more like the malt isn't really up to the task, so the hops are phoning in some bitterness without a lot else...maybe an old can? No cardboard, but I'm not finding the high points that the Bros' review gave. Not anything near terrible, perfectly fine and acceptable, just not anything bowling me over, either. I think I need to try this again, another can might taste better, but I'm really budgeting right now, and I allowed myself two single cans tonight (this and a different beer), these are the only beers I've had this week, and neither one is living up to being worthy of the only two beers I've had this week. I've got to allow myself a RuinTen soon.
But I'll amend this if I try it again and have a different opinion.

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Photo of jamisonspitzer
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really good IPA. It's much milder than a lot of the heavily hopped beers that are popular right now. This has all the earmarks of an IPA while maintaining a very high drinkablitiy. I could drink a six-pack of this, no sweat.

A--Pours a light honey bourbon color--it looks a lot like the bottle of Evan Williams that's in the cabinet. It foamed pretty good when I poured it, but that settled into a thin cap of head that has stayed throughout the drinking. There's no substantial lacing.

S--Pine and orange and fermentation.

T--A crisp but moderate pine resin and grapefruit.

M-Wet and light, not viscous at all. The carbonation is mild. If I didn't know better I'd think I was drinking a hopped wheat--This is what I wish Boulevards Hoppy Wheat had tasted like.

Overall this is a very well balance and tasty golden IPA. I'll definitely be buying this again.

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Photo of MistahBeah
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear copper with two fingers of dense foamy pearl white head. Mild carbonation. Lots of lace. Looks like a lot of sediment too

Aroma: Mellow fruit esters. Red apples and some melon. Juicy grapefruit and citrus notes. Faint pine. Some grassy scents too. Very good

Taste: Very mellow indeed. Apple and citrus but more sweet than bitter. Some caramel. Faintest hint of oily pine. Surprisingly low-key for a west coast IPA

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied

Overall: Impressed by the restraint on this one being from California and all. An excellent introduction to IPAs but probably won't please the diehards. Very good regardless and worth getting

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/15/13

Cheers to magictacosinus for sending this as an extra. Same story as Back In Black: I've been sitting on this can for about two months, not out of disinterest, but because I've had so many other beers to drink! Plus, I've already had this in the past, and I know I like it, so...

Appearance: Clear, golden orange - pours with a big, creamy, bright white head - leaves some big, big streaks of lacing

Smell: Bright, citrusy hops and some pale malts in the back - tangerine and ruby red grapefruit, very citrusy without being aggressive in any way - a sweet fruitiness - some nice hints of pine as well - nicely balanced with the malt backbone - mostly pale malts with a hint of caramel

Taste: On the mild side, and it really works - lots of ripe citrus, mostly sweet tangerine and fleshy grapefruit - some oily grapefruit, too, and some resiny pine - a slight touch of tropical - moderate level of bitterness that increases in the finish - light pale malts, with some caramel sweetness - pretty balanced for a West Coast IPA

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, drinkable

Overall: I should have tried this about 4 years ago

This is on the mild side for the current wave of IPAs, but it works quite well. It's hoppy without being aggressive. And it's very easy to drink. It would help a new beer drinker better appreciate IPAs. I would be happy to drink this again.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of off white head. Retention and lacing are both fantastic.carbonation rising to the surface at a slowish but steady pace.

S - definitely smells like a citrusy explosion, grapefruit, pineapple and lemon with a hint of spicy pine aroma subtle toasty malty. The more I smell the less citrusy and more sweet mellow fruits I smell, the bitterness hides as well.

T - quite bitter up front with sweet juicy and also citrusy fruits follow (peach pineapple and grapefruit). Piney/peppery flavors kick in along with toasty sweet caramel and a slight alcohol kick. Slightly grainy and bitter aftertaste. Palate adjusts quickly bitterness becomes less pungent :/

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp bitter and refreshing!

O - very tasty, piney and citrus bitterness. Medium bodied but still super drinkable and refreshing. Thanks No1Smitty!!

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Photo of gpogo
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- Hazed cloudy amber orange with a small off white foam cap.

A- Caramel and toffee malt. Light citrus hop aroma.

T- Sweet clouded malt with a bitterness throughout. Phenolic flavors.

M- Medium body, moderate carbonation.

D- Seems like a heavy pale ale.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: clear golden yellow/burnt caramel - can see right through it. large 4 finger off white head

s: bready malt, sweet grapefruit, mango, pineapple, orange peel, caramel

t: mix of grapefruit, caramel malt..almost tastes toasted, pine, pineapple, dank tea leaf

m: medium, average carbonation

o: it's not really bad, but its only kind of meh. its not harmonized particularly well, and none of the flavors really pop...perhaps i need a fresher bottle. not bad on a hot day though

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can received in trade with cfrancis - thanks!

Appearance - Clear golden/amber with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit, lemons, and apricots. There is also a bit of a corn/graininess. It ends with a malty grainy yet hoppy bitter aftertaste.

Overall – Really good dose of hops, but there is a little bit of adjunct flavour going on. Just a little too much grain/corn taste. Still a good beer, just not as good as the some of the other AIPA's.

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Photo of Act25
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to live at 2nd & Bryant in the Clocktower, been to 21stA many times, and have a friend who's an investor, so I was thrilled to find this ipa at my local whole foods in middletown nj. (when in SF, you must go to 21st A and a ball game if you can, lovely sunny neighborhood.)


The beer is evangelical about emerging from a can, and I 100% agree with the 6 reasons to can besides the 6 delightful brews inside. Love the packaging. Want to see more craft in a can, such as Oskar, 21st Amendment, Anderson Valley, Avery, Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn. Who's next?

A: Hazy, light apricot colored. Lovely, head dense and fades slowly, with mucho lacing in a .5 cylinder.

S: Hop Aroma, slightly catty, citris, herbs, flowers and a little complex. Plentiful. Fresh feeling, sculpin like.

T: Great taste, with lovely arc. Great with food (Shrimp, Sushi roll, mashers and ratatouille. (Thanks whole Foods). My wife, kept stealing sips and loving it (saying alot). "you drink good beers".
Smooth, solid hop bitterness yielding to complex multi-flavors of citrus, herbs, tobacco, california soil. A nice finish with biscuits and esters, fruits, backbone. Definitely want another! Look forward to trying tomorrow with Sausage cassoulet that Mimi will make.

F: Nice tingle, bubbles, medium body, great feel. Great with food. Lots of richness and strength.

A solid IPA, almost an EIPA, big, bold and very drinkable. Hop heads gotta try this!

As some can do, this one can taste/ feel a bit soapy toward the bottom of the glass (my one ding).

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21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 822 ratings.