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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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Reviews: 822 | Hads: 2,294
Photo of kkipple
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Jettanbass9
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this can as an extra in a trade. I never heard of 21st Amendment before, "You're excited, Feel these nipples!"

A well designed silver can with Helvetica Condensed for the header and Rockwell subtitles, Vector art dude raising a can of beer.

Pours a light amber with a nice white foamy head that stays around for a while.

Big malty aroma, caramel, some pungent / cheesy hops. Bready, with a yeast twang.

Full-bodied, perfectly creamy mouthfeel with a slick texture.

The beers light color leads me to believe that this beer was brewed with predominately pale malts. There is a large honey sweetness upfront. A bit fruity, touches of peach and apricot. Great lush hop flavor hits midway. Hops are herbal, a little grassy, slightly citrusy, and hint of that pungent cheesiness (I guess simcoe or columbus?) Very nice dry piny bitterness in the finish.

This beer is very good, it is extremely drinkable at 7% ABV. I think it's a little too sweet and could a bit more bitterness to balance malts.

Cool beer - cool can!

Thanks to bbothen for the sample.


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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C-hop aroma and golden colour with temporary mushroom cloud white head of foam. A bit above average mouthfeel supported by malt backbone, or good grapefruit piney hopped smooth drinking IPA. Very drinkable.Refreshing.
A great throw-in extra on a trade!

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Photo of lynx1245
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to Nick of threewisemen for this one!

Appearance: pours a light amber with big head and good retention and lacing. Good visible carbonation through a completely clear body.

Smell: very delicious odor on this one. Sweet citrusy smell and a hint of malts.

Taste: I'm not really getting much complexity out of this one. Definitely has some good pale malts and is backed up by some piney hops. I would have liked to see some more to it though.

Mouthfeel: Doesn't tickle me mouth too bad - nice carbonation. Nice medium body; not watery at all.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable IPA, but I think that's probably because it seems like a normal pale ale. Either way the alcohol is masked nicely and I could definitely drink a few.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for giving me a can of this to try. Poured into my nonic glass a slightly hazy golden yellow color with about a finger of off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Fruity, flowery, citrusy aromas akin to Fruit Loops are present. Tastes of flower ladden hops and lightly toasted grains. 7% ABV is well hidden. A notch below medium in both body and carbonation, but still pretty drinkable. Always nice to see a tasty beer available in this format.

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Photo of gford217
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can courtesy of raiser poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light, clear golden amber with a one-finger fluffy white head that dissipates to a small cap and leaves very good lacing.

First aroma is citrus hops, grapefruit and tangerine, with hints of pine as well. There is an underlying toasted malt aroma that remains secondary to the hops.

The taste is hoppy as well, but the toasted malts are much more prevalent and give the taste a bready character. There is a big hop bitterness up front with lots of lemons and grapefruit which comes back in the finish and leaves a bitter aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is light to medium for the style with good carbonation.

This is a pretty good IPA but not at the top of my list of West Coast IPAs. This may not have been the freshest can as the hops were pretty tame.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Lightly hazy golden orange. Foamy white head with lots of little bubbles, about one finger in thickness. Quickly fades into a thin 1/4 inch cap.

S - Slightly muted citrusy aroma with a nice pale malt backing. Some grapefruit and a hint of orange and pine. Light alcohol in the back as well.

T - A little on the sweet side initially. Toasted sweet breads come to mind. The hop kick is definitely there, but is not the kick in the mouth I was hoping for from this very well hyped west coast IPA. Grapefruit is the primary flavor but there is an earthy backing through the drink. Finishes with a somewhat abrasive biterness.

M/D - Medium bodied and the oils coat the mouth. Taste lingers long after the drink. A little bit of a let down, but still a good IPA.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jan (biegaman) for a can of this - starting with this one for Christmas.

A - Largely transparent amber/apricot color with generous white foam that takes a while to dissipate. Nice lace sticks around, also coating the sides of the glass. Lots of carbonation visible initially but it settles down quickly.

S - I'm a little stuffed up from allergies, but I'll do my best here. Hop bitterness, with sour citrus flavors like grapefruit and lemon, as well as some festive pine and floral notes. There's a little bit of malt sweetness in the background, but it's very understated and comes out as pineapple.

T - Starts sweeter but ends with a bitter aftertaste. There's a little toffee and biscuit in the sweetness, and then it transitions to the bitterness via the citrus flavors. There's also a little spice in this one. The taste is kind of weak compared to the smell.

M - A little more watery than I'd like, and with a little too much carbonation. Otherwise it's pretty smooth with a nice resinous character.

D - Easy to drink, but the carbonation might slow me down and leave me a little bloated.

I love quality canned beer - great for cooling quickly and transporting easily. This is a solid brew, but not in the same league as Furious.

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Photo of seanpachefddfa
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a golden amber with a thick off white head. lots of lacing
smell- pine and some citrus fruits(mostly grapefruit)
taste- hops with a nice caramel sweetness. also getting some orange zest and a bit of malt
mouthfeel- crisp clean medium body with good carbonation
drinkability- a very good overall ipa will seek this one out again.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass. Thanks to thequeue for this in the Secret Santa BIF.

Pours a clear gold with several fingers of poofy off-white head. Solid 1/4 finger of frothy retention sticks around, leaving some massive and sticky hop lacing behind. The aroma is floral and resinous with notes of herbs and spices, along with a fairly thick smelling undercurrent of grainy malts and light warmth that starts to intrude a bit as it warms.

The taste is a mix of piny and some more earthy feeling hops that are actually pretty well balanced by a fairly beefy backbone of bready malts and citric tang. Finishes with a dry bitterness that only lingers for a bit before fading. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a carbonation that stays on the lower side. Combining this with the heat in the body and bitterness that is present is putting off a bit of a medicinal feel that I'm having trouble shaking.

I wanted to like this more but I'm afraid that this is packing more heat than it should for the profile that is there and kept the drinkibility down as well. I'm a little disappointed by this.

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Photo of popery
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Short. Sharp. Shock. A theater vocal warm-up phrase that my girlfriend told me about after trying this beer. It seems like a fitting description. This beer pours out of the can a darkened honey color with a compact soapy head. The nose is definitely good stuff with sweet malt and big floral piney hops coming through. The flavor is not up to the aroma as it favors straight bitterness for the richness of better ipa hop profiles. There is some balance, but it's a bit harsh particularly in the finish. The feel is fairly bracing. I wish that I had let it warm up a bit more to let the hops bloom as much as possible. That said, it's at the proper temperature or thereabouts and the hops do bloom on the first half of the tasting experience. The problem is in the finish. It's an excellent beer and suffers more from its category and competition than its flaws. When Russian River, Bear Republic, Lagunitas, Marin, Moylan's and more are an hour or two drive away not to mention the rest of the state and beyond, you need to capture lightning in a bottle just to be on the same playing field. This beer is very good. They just need to up the stakes even more to get to the next level of IPAs.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can received in trade a while back from AndrewK... Thanks a bunch... I've been wanting to try this one for a long time. Poured into my shaped SA glass.

2 finger head.. pretty big bubble.. nice lacing.. the brew is fairly clear golden with a ton of bubbles coming off the bottom.. even for this glass.

The nose is piney and citric.. some maltiness.. yet not sweet..

flavor is great.. tastes very fresh.. not as bitter out of the gate as many CA IPA's... but I say that lends to the overall drinkability.. waves of fruity/piney hops... citrus zest... and a little bit of pineapple.. a healthy pale malt component ties everything together.. and the finish sorta drops off fast with a sorta oily hoppiness that just begs for another drink. The body is spot on.. the carbonation may be a touch high.. but not nearly enough to knock it down a peg.... really this is a great beer... I look forward to more craft beers in cans...

another round of applause goes out to Andrew... a very recommended trader.


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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, orange-gold with very mild carbonation. White head foams up to about an inch in height before slowly descending to a creamy, 1/4-inch cap. Drags pretty heavy lacing.

Smell: Pine, biscuity malts, and salted butter. Not a whole lot going on.

Taste: Butter and biscuit malts show through first, followed by pine, caramel, and a touch of citrus. Aftertaste is quite bitter and hangs around for a long time.

Mouthfeel: A very creamy, very smooth IPA. This beer's strong suit IMO. Carbonation is perfect. Body is malty and medium-bodied, and aftertaste is mildly dry.

Drinkability: Not the best IPA out there, but definitely one that I wouldn't mind drinking all night. Not too heavy, not too overpowering. A nice little IPA. And it comes in a can!

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Photo of Risser09
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can poured into a snifter · Fridge temp · 2008

Appearance: Pours a transparent brownish orange color with a 1" tall, off-white head with good retention. Craterous head and plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Heavy pine, grapefruit and malty sweetness. This one smells a lot like a DIPA. Grassy fresh.

Taste: Not like it smells. The malts are heavy and so is the pine bitterness, but it's not refreshing like most other IPAs. Pretty bland and dry.

Mouthfeel: Dry, slender bodied and a decent bitterness. Slightly carbonated with a flat finish.

Drinkability: I am pretty disappointed by this beer. It is dry, flat and lacks any complexity. This one needs work.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pale golden yellow color, with a thick, fluffy off white head. The slightly yellow tinted head fades slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a nice piney aroma. It has a sweet malty aroma aw well. Nice balance. Some citrusy notes are also present.

This beer tastes much like it smells, with one notable difference. It has a spicy flavor that wasnt present in the aroma. Other than that, piney, with som e grapefruit flavor, and some sweet malt.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a piney aftertaste.

I think this beer would make a good session beer. It isnt too high in alcohol, and the flavor isnt too aggressive.

Overall: 21st Ammendment is a good beer to drink on the 75th anniversery of the repeal of prohibition. I like this beer. I have had it before, but always neglected to review it. I plan to have this again.

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Photo of marcpal
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint on tap at the brewpub in SF. My initial foray into a brewery Ive been eager to try.

A: Poured into pint glass with an orange gold color with one of the biggest, foamiest heads I have ever seen on the top of an IPA.

S: Spicy and citrusy, particularly grapefruit. I gleefully received the malts here that I wanted to get out of the flavor.

T: Grapefruit and there you have it. I need a malt balance here or some kind of kick. I was quite surprised in reading other reviews- Seems like a beginner level IPA, rough start for a brewery I had high hopes for. (See my review of DIPA- that made up for it).

I think it just needed to move up a few grades of sweetness.

M: Fairly medium body, plenty of carbonation. Eh, the Renteria of beers.

D: Went down easy, borderline too easy for an IPA of this level. Nothing out of the ordinary and really just run of the mill standard here.

I can honestly and shamefully say that if I poured this from a can I would have appreciated it more. It just left me hanging and fell flat. Cant win em all- go directly to the DIPA. Not a bad beer just not what I was hoping for.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with a big white head. Citrus nose with light grapefruit and pineapple, some toffee. Bittersweet hop taste, some pine and pepper, crisp. Bitter towards the back and some tea flavor comes out. Clean and nice. Didn't expect such a good beer out of a can.

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Photo of maximum12
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bring for throwing this in as an extra in a recent fantastic trade. Another box from this fine trader is headed my way this instant & I can't wait to tear it open.

Ahem, anyways. The beer at hand. Another can, looking a bit like my love, Furious. Smell isn't quite so aggressive, but no mistaking it's an IPA. While my taste buds were bludgeoned by an awful spiced beer a few minutes ago, they're recovering nicely thanks to the tender ministrations of this IPA. Taste mirrors the nose, not too aggressive, but some hops, a bit of bite, nicely balanced.

Nothing much to report other than the lakes are almost frozen in Minnesota, which means ice fishing, & soon. Decent enough brew that doesn't rise above the pack.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into my Pete's Wicked Winter Brew Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear straw/copper color with 1/2 inch of foam that slowly dissipated into a layer of fine bubbles. Plenty of lacing stuck to the glass all the way down.

S - wonderful citrusy aroma-grapefruit, orange along with a slight pineyness.

T - nice orange and grapefruit taste with just a bit of pine. nice little hoppy bite at the end

M/D - I think this is done right. The balance is just there, nothing in excess and just enough bite to remind you its an ipa.
I'll definitely try to get my hands on more.

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

fartingdog hooked us up with extras of this (and a bunch of killer stuff from his cellar) when we visited in september. thanks dave!

12oz can. sampled nov 22/08.

pours a crystal clear orangey golden colour with a small dense white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves lots of spotty lace on the way down the glass.

aroma is great. grapefruit and pine. lightly sweet orange and tangerine. cracker and white bread. hint of alcohol. touch of caramel.

taste is good. hint of alcohol. just under medium bitterness level. grapefruit. orange and tangerine. hint of pine. orange peel. just a touch of caramel sweetness. white bread. cracker.

mouthfeel is good. well integrated medium-low carbonation level. medium-light body.

drinkability is great. tasty, well balanced, and quite enjoyable. i could see this being a regular purchase where it available locally. thanks dave!

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

Again big thanks to fartingdog for hooking us up with some cans of this when we were visiting Cali, insane hospitality!

Pours a clear golden amber, thick white head forms, drops a ton of lacing, settles to a thin layer and thick ring, very sticky head, looks real nice. Smell is hoppy, pine and grapefruit, oranges, fruity, malt takes a backseat, some sweet honey/caramel, light alcohol, real nice. Taste is nice, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel, pine, quite hoppy, good balanced malts, bread pudding, light alcohol but otherwise very well hidden, balanced finish with some solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. Average IPA but very solid, I could drink a lot of this. Thanks a lot Dave!

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mfielden for this one!

Pours bright amber golden - nice clarity - with a rich, off-white head that thins a bit and stays, leaving plenty of lacing.

The smell is citric - orangey - and piney. It has a robust hop aroma. Nice...

The taste is of citrus/esp. orange and pine is mixed with a caramelish honeyish sweetness. While the hops add taste, they don't add the bitterness expected of the style.

It is medium-bodied with mild to medium carbonation. A bit oily and slick.

Easy to drink, with the alcohol more than reasonably well covered. Hops got a bit lost in traslation from the nose to the palate. It doesn't end with promise it gave at the start. Still, it holds up enough to be a solid brew.

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