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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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Photo of oggg
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixpack from Bevmo.

I poured this beer into a pint glass. It is golden yellow -- surprisingly yellow, with a nice stiff foamy white head. Hop aroma is floral and piney -- present but not very strong. On the tongue this beer starts smooth but strong piney hops (chinook?) attack the palate. Flavor is pretty strong, and initial bitterness is significant but appropriate. The hop bitterness is very clean in that it it is all pine and christmas tree (resiny?). It lingers for hours. Only a hophead could make headway against this lingering bitterness, which I associate with Chinook hopping. It's great to see a well made IPA that isn't all about grapefruit hop flavors (of course, that grapefruit flavor is so common in IPAs because it's addictingly delicious). No metal or aluminum off tastes.

Overall: well made IPA made for hopheads only. (842 characters)

Photo of oldham79
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pint glass
(I'm still trying to be accepting of this "can" business"

A- Golden/Amber, small head

S- Nothing too strong, mostly a hoppy/nutty smel

T- Typical IPA taste, decent hoppiness and 7% alcohol is not overpowering

M- Lighter than average mouthfeel, makes drinkability better but I like a stronger heavier IPA mouthfeel

D- (see above) alcohol is not overpowering and is a lighter than average IPA so you can drink these cans down

My own new column repeatability: 2.5
R- less than likely to purchase again (539 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can.

Clear orange copper body with golden edges. Finger of dense, creamy, cotton white head. Great lacing and head retention. Fresh hop nose with notes of pineapple, marmalade, and grapefruit. Big malt balance with buttery toffee and candied fruits.

Toasted malts and herbal hop bitterness up front. Sweet fruit and toffee malt backbone add some malty depth. Hint of powdered sugar. Piny, herbal hop bitterness comes on strong. Some citrus and resin as well. Finish stays bitter for a while with lingering sugary fruits and some aspirin bitterness. Medium-bodied with a creamy, smooth feel. Glad to see another good IPA in a can! (638 characters)

Photo of ncvbc
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glowing golden amber, great steady carbonation and a big old frothy head with nice retention and serious lacing down the glass. A looker, for sure. Smell is a mix of pine and grapefruit, dalloped in malt. Taste carries a little much malt flavor for the hops to come through. Sweetness covers the hops. Caramel and some biscuity flavors. Also a clear touch of booze. Pretty good bitterness, not so dry in the finish. Drinkability is good, it's not really offensive, just more malty than I'd expect for a West Coast IPA. You can tell it has the character of the big boys, just slightly blanketed by malt.

Thanks to jhenry04 for the chance to try a few of these. (661 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this can in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

It pours in to my NB Imperial Pint glass a clear perfect gold colour with a 2 finger head of billowy foam.

The smell is hop driven with both grapefruit and some pine hitting my nosebuds.

The taste is has the grapefruit up front and I find the initial taste quite bitter with little to no malt presence. Further sips in and I find a caramel malt sweetness hiding in the background and it *does* become more obvious the more sips I take. The pine I mentioned in the smell doesn't show up for me until the finish and it is also quite bitter but nice. Hmmm, I see this one tips the scales at 7.2%abv and that's bordering on DIPA territory but I can't say the alcohol is noticeable. Good job of hiding it, for sure.

Good medium mouthfeel here and the carbonation is on the light side for the style, me thinks. Also, great head retention and there's plenty of lacing.

Overall, not the typical west coast IPA ..this is a solid IPA that doesn't exactly reach out and grab you but it kind of grows on you and in the end, it sure is tasty and very drinkable. I like it and I'd drink it again so the Brewer's intentions are accomplished. (1,184 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can

Thanks goes out to BrewerB for giving me the opportunity to try this freshly canned beer, thanks again Brian. Brew Free or Die IPA fills my pint glass a tarnished golden with big copper hues when backlit. The body has good clarity as an abundance of carbonation rises to the surface. A one finger dirty white head formed on a standard pour and left nice sized chunk lacing on its way down. After the head settles it sits on top the brew as a slim cap and tends to leaves chunks of itself after each drink.

The smell of this IPA leads me to believe it is of the more balanced variety. The hops present show a citric and somewhat honey like nose while the maltiness keeps its pace. Lemon is the citrus that comes to mind right when I stick my nose in the glass and a touch of honeydew is close behind. There is a big dripping caramel nose on this beer that just won't allow the hoppiness to pull away. The nose even brings forth some of that tea leaf like hoppiness that you find in IPAs that have been on the shelf for awhile but this one was canned within the last three weeks. The nose is enjoyable but I much prefer a hop forward IPA and this just doesn't fit the bill.

The flavor brings forth the same qualities. Caramel abounds on the malty side of the spectrum and adds a nice sweetness to things. The lemony hoppiness runs even with the caramel but pulls away at the finish line. The honeydew flashes here and there along with honey but they don't really amount to much. The finish isn't really hop bitter, when the lemon hoppiness comes forth, it's tangier like there's a squeeze of actual lemon juice in this beer. I enjoy the qualities of this beer but it's just not made they way I prefer my IPAs. It could use a few more shovelfuls of hops.

The carbonation is alive and snappy. The body is moderately light and feels very nice for a higher abv IPA. There's some prickliness from the carbonation that keeps things moving and helps quench the thirst. There is a soft lingering bitterness along the sides of the tongue as I drink this beer.

This beer does go down awfully easy and the carbonation is part of the reason. The thirst quenching nature of this IPA gives the drinkability a bump. I believe I'll pour myself another after this glass is empty, and it's getting there quickly.

Brew Free or Die isn't in the mold of the IPAs that I prefer but it is an easy drinking summer brew with a good flavor. I expected a much more hop driven beer but that just wasn't the case. I was a little disappointed at first but did grow to like this beer with the more I drank. It's worth a shot. A good beer to bring to the beach or picnics being that it's canned. Thanks for the taste Brian. (2,704 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great to see this stuff in cans. I've never managed to make it over to the Brewpub, but after trying their stuff in cans, I'm going to try to hit it up soon. Pours a dark golden with thick, off white, slightly grainy looking head that sticks around and leaves some very nice lacing. Lots of citrusy hops and biscuity malt, married together nicely in the aroma. The taste is quite dry with lots more of that biscuity malt and citrus and pine in the hops department. Quite good, but there is a thickness in both the taste and the mouthfeel that hides the hops a bit. Great beer in a can, and something that has been lacking on the West Coast. Interesting how so many of the canned beers are East of the Rockies. This may be one of the firts out this way. Ideal for camping and the beach. (785 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can, listed as 7.0%,

A: Pours a light orange with a medium white head, with good retention and light lacing.

S: Burst of caramel malt, with bitter melon, pine and grapefruit.

T: Has a lot of malt bitterness at the front, toasty malt matched with a bitter pine hop bitterness. Sweet hops come in later, grapefruit and orange, finish out the flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, relatively light in carbonation, creamy, resiny.

D: A good IPA, at times I thought I loved it, overall it is well above average. Nice to see a CA IPA in a can. (538 characters)

Photo of redneckchugger
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to brewerb for a great extra
poured into a pint glass
light amber color, huge fluffy wihte head
smell is citric hops, more lemony than grapefruit i think
taste is all lemony hops, malt is very faint which is fine by me, more hop flavor than bitterness, again perfectly fine.

mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but is goes down great. i can't believe this is a 7.2% beer, can't taste it at all poured it after my daily run, excellent thirst quencher.
never heard of this brewery foefore but i will be looking for them when i move to california next year. (564 characters)

Photo of rallison
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber body with a 1 finger white head that leaves lacing.

Smells nicely hoppy with a touch of sweetness.

Lots of citrus hops in the flavor with a fair amount of fruitiness. Juicy. Relatively crisp. Lingering bitterness. Slight bit of astringency that doesn't quite work for me mid-palate. All in all though, good.

Mouthfeel is just carbonated enough. Clean but rich.

Overall, recommended. Not my favorite IPA, but still a very solid one. (448 characters)

Photo of bbothen
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into standard pint glass.

Pours gold/straw color with a small soapy head.

Smells of flowery hops & a nice sweet maltiness. Slight citrus & pine aromas.

Has a nice light approachable taste. Nothing overwhelming. Just a nice balance of citrus hops & caramel malt sweetness. Refreshing.

Medium bodied & nicely carbonated.

Session beer if there ever was one. For me at least. Although 7% may slow me down a bit. Nah, maybe not.

Had this plenty of times at the brewpub. First time in a can. Wish they sold this by the case. My new favorite camping brew. Ice cold out of a cooler I say. (604 characters)

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

12oz can courtesy of brewerb, thanks a bunch man. Super clear, light orange with a decent head. It smells fruity like mangoes or something. The flavor is very nicely balanced between the malts and hops which really makes this easy to drink. No hint of the 7% alcohol. Another winner in a can! (292 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BrewerB for the try.

A: Pours a nice golden hue with a nice thick two finger head. The head dies to a solid collar and lingers for the duration. Nice combination of chunky and sheet lace exhibited.

S: Nice smelling brew. Perfect combination of grapefruit and pine with some spice mixed in. Hints of caramel and biscuit malt peek thru. Nice, bold, and pleasant.

T: Wonderful balance. Big blast of grapefruit hops right up front. Waves of flavor then rush thru. Hints of sweet pine, and toasty malt. A bit of floral hops come thru in the finish with just a touch of grass. I realllly like this beer.

M: Medium in body with great carbonation.

D: Uber... I usually like the aggressiveness of the West Coast IPA's, this one is not that. What 21st Amendment has accomplished is perfect balance. There is such a wonderful combination of hops that the flavors just radiate thru. There is a good deal of malt to mute things though. The drinkability and enjoyability are off the charts. Perfect beer to drink a sixer of, and the ABV will let you know you did it, once you are done. (1,086 characters)

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

Pours a clear gold with a minimal creme head. Nose is soapy hops with a minor floral tone. Overall its fairly one dimensional. Flavor is smooth. It's earthy and a bit bright. Citrus is there, but it has a pretty consistent sweet tone. That and the minor citrus stays as an aftertaste. Feel is smooth on both ends. Overall this is a nice enough IPA. It seems more pale ale to me, but who am I to judge style guidelines. Nice to drink. (433 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.9/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Woody does the CAN-CAN ...

In pouring it from the can into a glass, I got a cascading action not terribly unlike what Guinness prides itself on. Once it settled out, I ended up with two fingers of thick, marshmallow Fluf-like head with great retention. The color was an orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. The nose smelled like the floor of a pine forest! For me, this was Nirvana. Love dem hops! The mouthfeel was medium, which is right for the style, but not exceptional. Great hoppy bitterness in the mouth, up front, but not overpowering. The finish left my mouth feeling lip-smacking bone-dry. I wish that it were more widely available, since the portability of the cans, coupled with the great taste of the beer makes it a strong choice for a picnic or other outdoors activities where glass is frowned upon. (818 characters)

Photo of sml505
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 21st Amendment (San Fran)

A - Amber golden. Foamy off-white lace head. Good retention.

S - Very strong hops. Pine and Grapefruit nose.

T - Strong hops (grapefruit/ pine). Nice bitterness thruout. Moderate caramel. Bitter finsh.

O/ M - Great IPA! 7.2%ABV; 78 IBUs. Were sold out of cans... Need to go back next time in SF! (339 characters)

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

1" off-white head -- good retention at 1/2". Golden IPA with good clarity. Grapefruit and citrus tones, weedy -- sweet malt shows after the aroma opens up. Pine and sharp grapefruit up front -- some honeyish malt tones in the middle and then the bittering hops go to work. Long, floral, bitter finish. Medium bodied, low to mid carb. Good drinkability - brewery fresh IPA in a can. (381 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rzzz for this can.

This one pours a clear, lighter shade of amber. There was about a fingers worth of of white head before it faded to a ring. Some decent lacing circles the glass.

I could smell this one from the moment I cracked the can open. Yum. Once I got it into my glass a took a deeper more focused sniff. I picked up some caramel up front, although it was very short lived. Fruity, citrus hops dominate this one. There is a touch of pine meandering in and out. Yankee should make a candle out of this one.

The flavors mimic the smell. Semi-sweet in the beginning before the citric hops make an appearance. Nice bitterness and enjoyable, lingering hop flavors.

Medium body with spot on carbonation. Slight bit of hop oils coat the mouth. Drying, sorta bitter aftertaste makes me want another sip. This is another great example of canned beer. Now if they would distribute out this way I would be set. Thanks, Russ! (936 characters)

Photo of BadRockBeer
4.92/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was shipped to me courtesy of Shaun O'Sullivan - Co-Founder/Brewmaster of The 21st Amendment.

This beer pours a beautiful light amber in color with a great 3+ finger rocky head. The very slightest of haze.

Grapefruity, citrus and mild pine in the nose.

Mildly sweet, malty followed by and wonderful bitterness that is quite pleasant, not harsh. Very nice pronounced hop flavor.

Well carbonated, medium in body.

This is a perfect example of a west coast IPA. Very nice! RAT PAD!!! (496 characters)

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

Poured this one from a can into a pint glass, and almost didn't make it--head of foam couldn't wait to get out of that can. I don't remember that happening with any of my usual lawnmower beers.

Appearance: clean and golden, wonderful head.

Aroma: Hops, hops.

Taste: Hops, hops, malt, maybe some citrus, hops.

Mouthfeel: pleasantly smooth.

Drinkability: refreshing. Just as good from the can as it is from the tap. (421 characters)

Photo of d0ggnate
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First stop on the Bay Area Brew Trip of 2008 was 21st Amendment. It was on tap there and I took a few cans home.

A: 1 finger white head leaving blotchy lace down the glass. Orange/amber in color.
S: Piney hops with sharp citrus notes.
T: Sharper hops and bold flavor. Hops reisin is noticable.
M: Coating and bitter. Somewhat dry.
D: A great brew with impressive hop character. (378 characters)

Photo of m1ked
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on our NorCal Brew trip at the brewpub, on the upper loft.

A- Light golden clear pour, with a faint white head, moderate lacing.

S- Straight hops. Citrus sweet & floral notes.

T- More hops, but not overly intense.

M- Smooth and clean. Consistent carbonation

D- Not an intense hops for an IPA. Very sessionable for me. (331 characters)

Photo of kleffman
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a can of this last night after dragging a six pack back from SF with me about a month ago. Pours a golden orange color with a nice half inch of head. Pine and citrus hop aromas with some subtle malt character blending in. Tastes are about the same. A wonderful array of hop flavors with a decent sweet malt base make for a very well balanced and enjoyable IPA. The mouthfeel seemed a little thin last night but had medium carbonation and a smoothness that makes it extremely easy to drink. Highly enjoyable.

Wish I could get this in San Diego, I would buy it easily as often as a Stone IPA or Green Flash West Coast. Just super enjoyable and no real flaws. (668 characters)

Photo of Hollenbeck2
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

great ipa, I was in sf for a business trip walked over to 21st and this was the first beer i tried, it was really good probably to second best ipa i had in sf while i was there.

served in a pint glass at around 10 pm, great auburn color.

a little bitter but on the mild side. I would highly recommend this beer and location for drinking and tasting. (351 characters)

Photo of watchnerd
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap and got a 64 oz growler to take home. Great aroma, with the usual citrusy notes of a west coast IPA. Appearance was good, with decent head and lacing. Mouthfeel was very fresh, to be expected coming straight from tap to growler. A bit too high ABV to be used as a session beer, unless you've been training yourself on Belgian strong ales, but otherwise a fun beer. As nice as the growler was, it's still better straight from the tap. (449 characters)

21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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