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21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

21st Amendment IPA21st Amendment IPA

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very good

1,914 Ratings

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Ratings: 1914
Reviews: 795
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oggg on 11-17-2004)
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Photo of ChandlerGray


4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: can

04-14-2013 23:56:35 | More by ChandlerGray
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: can

04-13-2013 04:10:35 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2013 21:02:39 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of ckollias


4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 12oz can out of a small snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear dark golden hue with a thin, white head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a nice trail and ending in a solid lace.

S: Hoppy aroma with mild citrus notes.

T: Tart, bitter, and hoppy flavor. Slightly acidic middle followed by a dry hoppy finish.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was a really good IPA – nice hoppy and refreshing.

Serving type: can

03-27-2013 01:18:37 | More by ckollias
Photo of melliott

New York

3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice gold with a great, long-lasting foam.
Definitely a "light" variant of the IPA breed in terms of bitter/hops taste.
Easy mouthfeel with only a little that lingers between sips - all pleasant.
This is an IPA I could drink plenty of without feeling like I'm eating hops.

Serving type: can

03-27-2013 00:36:52 | More by melliott
Photo of techn0phobe


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- nice pour into Mason Jar. Very even but frothy head. Almost looks too good to be true.

S- Nicely balanced malt and hop mix- getting citrus and pine. Slightly sweet caramel edge rounds it off. Pleasant but not overbearing.

Note: not off this tasting, but I have had cans be slightly sulphurous and stale to the nose. This one was canned 6 weeks prior to tasting.

T - A little sharp upfront but not aggressively hopped - you're getting them, but it's actually the smooth citrus / malt combo which comes through late which defines this one.

M - fizzes gently on the tongue.

O - I'm a fan of this beer but prefer it on tap. This is a can review - I've had some uneven experiences, I think mostly to do with freshness. I would urge anyone buying in a can to check the date stamp. It's not a world beater, but I think if I had to go for a canned beer this would be it.

Serving type: can

03-23-2013 02:20:13 | More by techn0phobe
Photo of YardmanFTB


4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

21st Amendment is a great brewery/company and Brew Free or Die is probably my favorite of their offerings. It is a great mix of hoppiness and maltiness. The citrusy taste that you get at the end leaves you coming back for more. Great IPA. Highly Recommend.

Serving type: can

03-22-2013 16:17:21 | More by YardmanFTB
Photo of Hopscat


3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour to pint glass. Golden color with fluffy 1/2 inch head leaving nice ring of lacing after a minute. Nose is fruity , grapefruit and something else herbal, verey pleasing.
Taste follows nose well with fruity bite of hops with sweet malt behind. Nice balance.
Mouthfeel is medium with creaminess , very easy drinking with a little fizz.
Overall a solid IPA , just what you expect from left coast

Serving type: can

03-11-2013 16:51:25 | More by Hopscat
Photo of lordofstarside


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 7/31/12. Half can to a snifter to get the look, the rest enjoyed out of the can

Pours a deep orange and gold with little transparency. Solid finger of foam with above average retention. Very nice and sticky lacing, only real fault is how cloudy it is, probably a result of it's age. Aroma of strong hop and rigid malt. Some citrusy and pine notes shine trough with orange and grapefruit zest with a hint of alcohol. Taste follows the nose well, lots of hops with a malt that definitely is a work of age. Citrus shines through and everything still melds nicely though. Mouth is good, crisp and medium body. Very smooth and creamy, this stuff goes down tremendously. Overall this is a great beer, I'd love to try it fresh

Serving type: can

03-03-2013 21:27:17 | More by lordofstarside
Photo of mpedara429


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A hazy amber color. Two plus fingers of off white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Pine, biscuit, and sweet citrus.

T: Sort of follows the nose. Also tasting hints of pineapple. This one is pretty malty, but also a little bitter.

M: Medium body with a medium low carbonation.

O: A solid IPA. Nice sweet fruit flavor. The overly sweet and bitter components are a slight turn off.

Serving type: can

02-25-2013 02:54:18 | More by mpedara429
Photo of seand


4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a half inch pillow of dense white foam. The head dissipates to a thin film in a few minutes, leaving good lacing.

S: Sweet citrus, especially orange and grapefruit. Smells like a west coast IPA.

T: Sweet to start moving quickly into hops through the mid palate and finish, though the sweetness remains and provides some balance. Relatively strong citrus notes throughout, especially grapefruit on the finish. Pretty nice.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, a solid IPA and a good option in canned 6-pack form. I'll probably buy this again.

Serving type: can

02-23-2013 02:18:37 | More by seand
Photo of M_C_Hampton


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, honey amber colored with a big fluffy white head that lingers leaving good lacing, very slightly hazy

S: citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon, sweet caramel malt, pine

T: bitter grapefruit peel up front, lemon zest, middle is balanced by caramel malt sweetness, finish is pine resin

M: full bodied with proper carbonation and a nice lingering aftertaste

O: an excellent IPA, don't be put off by the can

Serving type: can

02-17-2013 01:42:19 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of HappyPappy2X


4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not your average Portland Safeway pick. Bright yellow-orange hue. Solid carb. Heady front of grass and resin. Biscuit malt, honey viscosity mouthfeel. Bitterness grows in mid taste, and builds with the flavor profile - very balanced. Piney overtones remain with some booze waft.

Serving type: can

02-12-2013 04:07:20 | More by HappyPappy2X
Photo of dertyd


3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can to a pint glass

A: well I think I shook up the can because when I opened it it foamed everywhere when pouring there was a huge head that lasted for a wile....pourd verry light for an ipa realy golden looks like a pilsner

S:light smell hoppy citruss fressh cut grass

T: again a light tasteing ipa I think I needa try it again maybee I mest up the can but it tasted light hops,citrus with a corny aftertaste

M:kinda chewy fealing left in mouth

Overall: was disappointed I think I shook the can cuz the carbonation is weak and its not as bitter as I was hoping so I hope next time will be better

Live life....drink beer:-)

Serving type: can

02-09-2013 08:22:01 | More by dertyd
Photo of macrosmatic


3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a clear light gold, with a 1 1/2 finger white head that fades fairly quickly. Low visible carbonation.

S: Muted overall. Citrus, spice and melon hops atop some biscuit malt.

T: Follows the nose. This doesn't have a terribly big hop flavor. Moderately bitter after an unexpected amount of sweetness from malt, although at least it's not a caramel predominant flavor.

M: Light body, mild alcohol presence, and more carbonation sensation than the appearance would suggest.

O: Well, I'm not thrilled, but it isn't objectionable or anything. This wasn't a terribly fresh can (about three months old), but the expected hop presence is missing.

Serving type: can

02-05-2013 04:25:33 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: from can into pint - medium gold beer with a full head of off-white foam, some lacing left behind

S: some pale malt and herbal notes

T: nice full malt flavors and hoppy overtones, bitter over smooth butterscotch

M: medium body, moderate carbonation, some fizz, some coating

O: A good, but not exceptional IPA - gotta try for fans of the style, as 21st Amendment is a great brewery - but wasn't anything that really knocked my socks off - let's call it a reliable representative of the style

Serving type: can

02-02-2013 02:53:29 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured into a pint glass. Canned on 10/05/12 (just over 3 1/2 months old).

Pours out deep golden color with just a bit of a sunlight orange color. A nice fluffy, somewhat soapy looking 3 fingers of head after the pour. It eventually settles to a nice retentive layer while leaving some nice lacing behind. A bit of a cloudiness to it.

At first I get a real pithy orange/ citrus peel aroma. As it warms, some vegetal matter , floral,mand hints of onion become apparent, but the main focus remains the citrus peel. Just a bit of malt heft in the back.

Orange, grapefruit citrus, floral, and vegetal matter with just a hint of onion. Just a bit of a caramel, bready malt provides a bit of a backbone. Not a whole lot of bitterness for an IPA. A bit off in the flavor due to the weird vegetal flavors going on.

Smooth with a rather low amount of carbonation. Some resin left on the palate.

Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this beer.

Serving type: can

01-25-2013 23:58:55 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a room-temp pint glass.

A- Hazy golden-orange color with enough carbonation to show through the sediment. I poured this twice into two seperate glasses because the head and lacing were massive. A billowy, off-white colored 2-plus finger head that tapers to a minimal head; it never goes away. The lacing is so thick and clingy that it looks like foam on the inside of the glass. Amazing. If I didn't see it for myself, I'd question if it were for real.

S-Citrus IPA all the way to start, strong grapefruit aroma. The malts and sweets come alive as it warms.

T-Mld citrus flavor with a big malt backbone. The hops and yeast battle it out.

M-Light and crisp, it seems softer than 7% abv. The finish is malt sweet and yeast dry; can I get some hop bite here, please?

O- I took two of these just to check the accuracy of my pour, so it can't be bad!

Serving type: can

01-20-2013 20:53:37 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of NilocRellim


3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer poured out from a can. It had a slightly cloudy, golden-yellow colour to it. Complex nose; smelled malty with sour, citrusy-sweet grapefruit. Hints of butterscotch. The beer was light, tart, and citrusy in flavour with a crisp, clean finish. Slight malty aftertaste.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

Serving type: can

01-17-2013 20:26:55 | More by NilocRellim
Photo of RowJimmy


1.89/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I find this beer pretty bad. Way, way too sweet. I barely sense any hops at all. Rated at 70 IBUs but seems like 1 or 2 IBU is more accurate rating. Its too bad becuase I've been to 21st Amendment many times and like their beers for the most part. This beer may test better on tap, but I don't recall.

Serving type: can

01-14-2013 00:24:12 | More by RowJimmy
Photo of AdamPenna

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks marvelous. An orangey-amber with a substantial head. Carbonation active, enthusiastic, but not too obnoxious. Smells of pine and citrus, tastes the same but followed quickly by a malty sweetness. (It might be a little too malty for my tastes.) Lacing is decent. Dry finish.

Serving type: can

12-16-2012 21:48:39 | More by AdamPenna
Photo of StoneTSR


4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Light orange, bordering on yellow/straw in color. The head is white, fluffy and about three quarters of an inch thick. Retention is fairly strong, leaving a nice ring of lacing up top. That lacing continues down the rest of the glass.

SMELL: Traditional West Coast IPA aroma - big citrus, with grapefruit out front, a little passion fruit and other tropical fruits. A touch of grassiness lurks underneath, but basically the hops are pulling 100% of the weight in the aroma department. Very nice.

TASTE: The tropical fruits actually really lead the way here. A lot of passion fruit up front along with maybe a touch of banana. The hops are also nice and spicy. Again, this is interesting in the sense that the hops seem to be doing all the work in the flavor department, including providing balance. The tropical fruits are a little sweeter while there is a very pleasant, but also fairly strong, bitter, grapefruit and lemon zest finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Right in the middle on the sweet/dry scale. I suppose you could say this is a well-balanced beer.

OVERALL: I have to say, I had only recently discovered craft beer when I moved out of San Francisco in 2008 and I really wish I still had direct access to 21st Amendment. I would hang out there after Giants games, I knew one of their cooks fairly well and I really enjoyed their beer when I found it around town. I never truly appreciated it though. Now I do. This is an outstanding IPA, one of the best in a can, maybe even competing with Modus.

Serving type: can

12-09-2012 09:00:37 | More by StoneTSR
Photo of riored4v


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a lightly hazed, golden colored body. 1/2 finger, white head.

Aroma had a big malty presence with some floral and citrusy hops. Bready and mildly sweet.

Taste was pleasant. Floral hops upfront followed by a mild sweetness, fair amount of maltyness and some bready flavors. Mild sweetness turned to a crisp, mildly bitter finish. Floral, citrus and a bit orangey. Light lingering bitterness that was a bit resiny.

Mouthfeel was medium body, medium carb and a crisp finish. No signs of ABV.

Overall this was a nice IPA. Good balance of sweetness, maltyness and bitterness.

Serving type: can

11-29-2012 00:44:22 | More by riored4v
Photo of DoubleJ


2.45/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at Cannery Row Brewing, on to the beer:

The color is a cross between orange and yellow. The body is clean, the head on top retaining fine, and good splashes of lace clinging to the glass. The aroma is strange, bringing to mind the aroma of cider. There's some resiny stuff detected, but to my nose, it smells more like a cider with hops than an IPA.

Much sweeter than I though. Malt forward at first, though to be fair, the hops don't provide much details at this point. That cidery aroma I detected has made itself present in the beer's taste. There's also notes of white grapes. The second half of the taste is where the hops make some kind of a push. At this point, the hop levels can be described as moderate, and they provide a little bitterness and resin. It's medium bodied, with gentle carbonation.

This is either the case of a poor IPA or an unlucky sample. I'm hoping it's the latter.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2012 19:09:25 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of patpbr


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It comes from a can and looks better after the pour then many bottles. A nice light orange color with nice lacing. I get a scent of malts and seems to be sweet. I got an upfront hop taste that seemed to go malty quickly and blend in the finish, Caramel and big on hop flavor. The mouth feel is medium, the hops seem to linger on, its also a bit bitter. I bought this on election night based on the founding fathers on the packaging, not to mention I've wanted to try 21st amendment IPA. "Brew Free! or Die."

Serving type: can

11-06-2012 22:54:25 | More by patpbr
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