21st Amendment IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment IPA21st Amendment IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

815 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 815
Hads: 2,257
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 83
Gots: 234 | FT: 2
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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: 815 | Hads: 2,257
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It may be that the clearest grapefruit aroma you'll ever find in a beer will come from a can of 21st Amendment's IPA. It's bright and citrusy, lightly tangy, and very rind-like as well. Beyond that, the hazy deep amber body and creamy off-white head suggest that there's more than enough malt there to round it out, and sure enough it's true. It's bready and biscuity at the outset, revealing a hint of dark caramel, and then a burst of hop flavor that takes you over the middle and splashes you down in a piney, citrusy, and bitter finish. It's quite a ride, but it's not an over-done, bombastic beer - it's just well-balanced, really nicely rounded, and full-flavored. Quite enjoyable! (687 characters)

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

12 oz. Can poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy orange in color with copper hues. Fluffy white head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Sheets of lacing cascade down the sides of the glass.

S: Floral hops. Citrus juce. Big malts. Bread. Raw earth.

T: This brew starts off with a rich caramel malt base that gives way to floral and citrus hops that zap the tongue with a pleasent bitterness. Tastes of grapefruit and orange zest are followed by a biscuty or buttery flavor. The flavor of wet grass permiates the palate. Refreshing.

M: Smooth and slightly slick. Moderate carbonation. Refreshing and clean.

D: I was surprised that an IPA of this caliber could actually come from a can. Big hops and rich malts without the high ABV. A true hophead's session beer. Recommended. (790 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Appears a hazy, orange toned amber with streams of large CO2 bubles quickly rising to the top. A thick, 2 finger head of off-white foam that slowly fades into a rocky cap. Streaky lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of mild spice, orange rind, sugary grapefruit, melted caramel, and vanilla.
Taste is sweet and spicy up front with grapefruit and pine melding with caramel. There's more of an herbal-like, sort of chamomile flavor coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly herbal, and very smooth with a mild CO2 sting of a slightly overcarbonated brew. (612 characters)

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

A not-overly-aggressive pour resulted in a huge soapy head that lasted forever, on top of a slightly hazy rust color.

The aroma is a dream for hopheads, a really big, fresh, floral nose. Just beautiful.

What the aroma doesn't tell you is that there's plenty of malt backbone to this IPA. A lot in fact. Tons of hop presence too. This is just a big tasting beer, without necessarily qualifying as a Big or Extreme beer. Hops and malts aplenty, with the hops sticking around in the astringent and grass-sour finish. (I can see some people having issues with the powerful aftertaste, as it coats and sticks and hangs around forever. But if you really really love hops, it will be nirvana.)

The mouthfeel is incredibly buttery, with the carbonation only coming on mildly.

This is a really great IPA. It completely hits the spot. Thanks a ton to melbatoast93 for hauling some back from California. (904 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.56/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer came my way as part of Secret Santa 06. Fartingdog you are the man for sending this beer my way! This beer was served in the handy Haufbrau stein that Fartingdog sent my way.

Appearance: This beer pours a very delicious looking golden amber coloration. The head of the beer is a creamy biege coloration. The head has perfect retention and leaves thick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a sweet grapefruit juicyness that joins well with pine cone hops.

Taste: The beer delivers a very smooth sweet grapefruit juice and zest combo with excellent pine oily hops. Dam good stuff!

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is velvety smooth. The body is just shy of medium and lightly carbonated. The pleasant oilyness of the hops last a long while. This beer is super easy to drink. At 7% this beer is dangerously drinkable. This may be the finest IPA I have drank this year.

Thanks! Fartingdog for sending this very tasty and pleasing beer my way. I must have more! (989 characters)

Photo of mitchfor3
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the 21st Amendment in SF.

I was expecting a good IPA and what I got was a great IPA. Gosh, I love it when that happens!

First of all, this was one of the freshest beers I have ever had. According to the bartender, this batch was just brewed and some of it is currently being canned.

Pours a transparent golden color with visibly rising carbonation, thick creamy white head and ridiculous lacing.

This beer does not screw around - it is beginning, middle, and end, all about the hops.

Smell is predominantly citric. No malt whatsoever detectable.

This thing smacks your tastebuds around. Yeah, there's some hints of malt in there, but there's also what tastes like entire chunks of grapefruit and pine cones.

Remarkably drinkable at 7.2%ABV. Delicious. (786 characters)

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

Obtained a 6-pack of 12 oz. cans at the 21st Amendment Brewpub on my recent San Francisco trip. The cans are silver with black, white, and green graphics.Unfortunately, during my visit, they were out of the IPA on tap, but I did sample their tasty porter and pale ale.

Pours a stightly hazy amber-gold with a decent amount of spongey tan foam. Leaves some lace on the glass.

Aroma is fresh, grapefruity and piney hops.

A bit of sweet, bready malt in the flavor, but the hops are the focus here. Clean, citrus and pine notes. A solid, but not overly agressive bitterness.

Pretty good mouthfeel and drinkability. A very good IPA that I'd gladly drink again!

I took some of this to a gathering of Kansas City area homebrewers, and it was well received there. (770 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"I begged her not to go and I begged her on my bended knees,
You're only fooling around, you're fooling around with me.
I said move over once, move over twice
Come on baby don't be cold as ice.
I said I'm trav'ling on the one after 9.09..."

With apologies to the late, great John Lennon.... yes, this is my review # 910...

After having just one TBN Blonde Bock on visit # 1, on 19JUN, I opted to venture into more familiar territory - a westcoast IPA... Menu said it currently checks in at 7.2% abv.... Pours medium golden and clear, with minimal carbo rising within. Head was steady at 1/4", creamy and white, with top-shelf lacework lining the glass. Produces a large citrus aroma; quite pungent and welcoming! Yes, come to papa!! Medium bodied, it was fairly solid as well as being smooth on the tongue. So far, so good!

Light, toasty malt comes forth, with huge, heavy, heavenly hop flavors attacking the palate. Citrussy grapefruit and resiny/piney notes support the assault. Now we're talking! Though not light on the lupulins, 21A doesn't really stick too long in the mouth. Nonetheless, it has a top-shelf flavor profile which really hit the spot. Upon returning for another lunch on 23JUN, this is what I went for right off, to the tune of 2 pints....

Prosit!!

Note: current bier info from the 21st web: "Deep golden color. Citrus and piney hop aromas. Assertive malt backbone supporting the overwhelming bitterness. Dry hopped in the fermenter with four types of hops giving an explosive hop aroma. Many refer to this IPA as Nectar of the Gods. Judge for yourself. Now Available in Cans!
7.2% alcohol/vol. - 80 IBU's"

overall: 4.45
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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

Presentation: Silver can with black silhouettes and a green square with the words ‘IPA India Pale Ale’. Holds 12 ounces of beer and is listed at 7.0% ABV.

Appearance: Nig off-white head, creamy with a distinctive lacing that produces a rocky head. Copper colored body is perfectly clear. Solid conditioning. Great pour and an awesome looking Pint.

Nose: Grapefruits and lots of citrus pine in the nose. Incredibly fresh smelling with a deep rooted West Coast IPA aroma that entices and excites.

Taste: The hops are all dominant here, the malts only ever back up the pine oils and grapefruits. Sharp hops with a fruity angle, minimal bitterness and lots of fruits with pine oils. Finishes clean and begs the next mouthful to be sooner rather than later.

Mouthfeel: Nicely balanced, malts support the hops but the soft conditioning also lends a creamy texture to the touch.

Drinkability: Incredibly drinkable offering but not that low on ABV at 7%, as such this is a seriously quaffable brew which sinks far too easy and could be dangerous.

Overall: Lugged all the way down from San Francisco and gifted to me by Gentleman BA Barleypop along with the Watermelon Wheat Beer, but the IPA was by far the best of the two. Probably the first real IPA that I have had from the Can and I would certainly go for this one again. Super stuff! (1,352 characters)

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

Absolutely Killer IPA. Light and fruity taste, mainly grapefruit but other citrus as well, with plenty of pine and juniper in the nose. Great appearance. Huge frothy khaki head on top of a bright copper/yellow-orange body. Minimal visual carbonation but decent bite. Extremely drinkable. Sessionable? Hell yes. Bare bones malt presence but not unbalanced.

Board said 7.2% ABV, 78 IBUs. (389 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty clear amber with a thin head receding quickly to thin film, and great lacing down the glass. Very hoppy nose, and a bit of malts in there after searching for them. Tons of hops in the taste, with the malts kicking in in the middle to balance things out nicely. Mouth is nice, and at 7% I'd have expected it to be a little harsher, but it didn't bite as such. A very drinkable beer, and very much enjoyed. Favorite beer from this excellent brewpub. (462 characters)

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

Reviewed from notes taken at the brewpub on 3/2/06. It was listed on the chalkboard as 7.5% ABV and 85 IBUs.

Pours a clear, light amber/gold with a very thin head. Good lacing on the glass.

Dominant aroma is fresh citrusy hops. No malt to be found here.

A very light maltiness upfront followed by a wave of citrusy hops. Tastes very fresh. The hop bitterness is very well balanced. Finishes dry with a lingering hoppiness.

Full body, well carbonated.

An easy drinking, solid example of a West Coast IPA. (518 characters)

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

This beer is surprisingly drinkable and not very biting for the 7.0% abv. The color is rich for an IPA leaning toward the amber range of the spectrum. There was a one finger head which exhibited good retention for a higher alcohol brew and left light wispy lacing. The smell was hoppy, but not in abundance. The hops are decidedly piney and I presume there are (at least) cascade hops present – the bitterness level is fine, but would not be enjoyed by a non-hop-head I presume. The finish is unmemorable. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, but bolstered by the hop bitterness. This is an OK IPA, but not one I’d go out of the way for. (640 characters)

Photo of electrified
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a pint at the 21st Amendment brewpub in SF with very tasty fish and chips. Amber in color, medium head with nice retention. Medium carbonation. Smells and tastes piney. Listed as 75 IBUs on the menu and tastes it, but there is some nice malt balance as well. I enjoyed this quite a bit and look forward to having it again. (330 characters)

Photo of Mark
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber topped by a nice thick white head, good lacing all the way down. Great hoppy aroma that could have been double like. Piney hoppy taste with decent malt balance. Was smooth at the same time, really enjoyed it. Drinkable, very drinkable. A top IPA. (259 characters)

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21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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