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21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

817 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 817
Hads: 2,269
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 85
Gots: 248 | 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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Reviews: 817 | Hads: 2,269
Photo of IPAdams
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of dheacck11
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of Dodt
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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 (581 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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! (640 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of json83
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of da_beers
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of Zraly
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of irs
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,225 characters)

Photo of jamisonspitzer
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (874 characters)

Photo of MistahBeah
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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 (671 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,393 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
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!! (886 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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 (478 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (756 characters)

Photo of Act25
4/5  rDev +5%
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.)

THIS BEER HAS BECOME A REGULAR IN OUR HOUSE!

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). (1,582 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours an amber color with tiny specks of yeast floating around. The head is a creamy two finger offwhite shade. While retention isn't the greatest, I love the texture and the lacing it leaves behind.

S: The hops have faded a bit on this one, but it still provides hints of pine and grapefruit. There's a lot of caramel and toffee malt featured here, as well. Decent aroma here.

T: I first notice some minor piny hop flavors to start, before it washes away with a lot toffee-esque malt. The finish is earthy with touches of fruity esters (unheard of in an American IPA, it seems); to the point where one could mistake the back end for excess booziness. The earthy nature of the malts aren't my cup of tea, but it's okay otherwise. Seems to be a bit more complex than many others in the style.

M: It's well attenuated for all of its maltiness, creating a fairly dry brew in spite of the faded hops and creamy feel. There is a bit of lingering sweetness on the front of the palate, which is expected.

O: Gotta love a canned IPA, even if this one isn't fantastic. I'll have to give this a second chance fresh. (1,150 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Small head that diminished almost immediately and leaves a very slight film. Absolutely, no lacing. A cloudy/hazy golden brown of a yellow.

S: It is nice combination of citrus and pine notes. I dare say it almost smells a bit unique for an IPA. There is something else in there tying it all together but I can't place it.

T: It is nice mild and plain IPA. The flavor profile is quite dull and flat. You get the pine with a bit of citrus, but that is it. It isn't bad but it isn't great. The aftertaste is the same, it is there but you really have to focus on it to notice it. Also, it is a bit yeasty with a focus on pine., which isn't bad at all.

M: It has a nice refreshing mouthfeel that is slightly crisp but not so much that you get that carbonation "burn". It rises and then diminishes rapidly into a smooth feel that goes down easily.

O: This is my first IPA out of a can. I wouldn't say that it is a stand out but it also isn't too bad either. Not sure if I would pick this as a regular though. It is decent but not a standout IPA. The only thing that it really has going for it is that it is available in a can. (1,165 characters)

Photo of ChandlerGray
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Forget lace. I may need to rinse my glass before I can get another can in. The color is just kind of mediocre. The head is some serious business. Love it. Mouth feel is 'there' not over the top, but good. Smell is very, very nice. The taste lays on your whole tongue. After taste is almost spearmint. Crazy. (312 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 12-ounce can. The canned date on the bottle of the can is “02/04/13.”

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is hazy, pale gold. Two fingers of thick, creamy, eggshell-colored head dissipated slowly and left trails of foam along the glass.

Smell: Mmmm. Fresh dose of citrus but nothing overpowering. Light grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Caramel and pale malts.

Taste: It offers that sucker punch mentioned on the beer’s webpage; nice bitterness right off the bat. But that is all it seems to be right now. The citrus is tame and I wonder if the trip in my luggage affected it. It is mostly lemon, though there are light flavors of grapefruit and orange. Light caramel, pale malts, and toffee round it out.

Drinkability: Hmmm. I am torn. This was awesome stuff when I bought it in San Francisco last week. Since then, I flew it back to the Midwest and got the flu. My taste buds may not be 100 percent again — or the beer may not be 100 percent. (979 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Labelled as 'Brew Free or Die IPA' on the huge beer board in the brewery bar on 5 Feb 2013 when I had my on-tap beer.

Light golden body with a slight haze, on top a thin white covering.

Hops rule the brew, mini-citrus front to that hoppiness, some malt content in the brew also, just to prevent it becoming a hop bomb sort of beer. The beer was taken during 'Strong Beer Month' and at 7.0% was one of the weakest on offer, it therefore lacked the 'umph' of many others that day and hence my rather average thoughts on this brew. (530 characters)

21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.