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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: 2,267
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 86
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oggg on 11-17-2004

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Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 817 | Hads: 2,267
Photo of shucklak
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty unique beer I think. The color is very gold, and quite clear (too clear!). The smell is really amazing, lots of hops but also lots of malty sweetness, a great balance. Taste is definitely more hops than malt, but still a good balance. Feel is crisp, can definitely tell it's 7%. abv though. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

Bonus - the packaging is fantastic. A 6 pack of cans in a box where Abe Lincoln dismounts from Mount Rushmore to kick ass? It is literally why I bought it in the first place. (516 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy By: 01/01/15

A: Pours a golden color with 2+ fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves sticky lacing down the glass

S: Some earthy and citrusy hops balanced out by a sturdy maltiness. A bit of fruity yeastiness as well

T: Follows the nose. Balanced from the start, with a mix of citrus, fruitiness, grassy/earthiness, and a bit of breadiness. Bitter throughout

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little on the prickly/abrasive side

O: A solid IPA that is very well balanced and extremely easy to drink. The IBUs definitely smack you around a little towards the end, as there is almost no residual sweetness to counteract the bitterness. If you're really into juicy IPAs, stay away. Otherwise, pick some up (743 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +5%

a great ipa, paler golden in color, light for its strength, and not at all weighted down or crowded out by any darker crystal malts. the clear honey colored beer is frothing from the can, accumulating several inches of bone white head that never really settles out. what i love here is the nose, fresh almost vegetal herbaceous hop profile, with all the resinous oily intensity of standard west coast ipa, but a step below that in overall bitterness, which lends to drinkability, even in a beer thats 7% abv, it goes down awful quick and clean. hops dominate the flavor too, as they should, but again they seem more welcoming than abrasive, like a cool pond on a hot day rather than fire for a dry mouth. longer finish keeps me tasting the sticky hops as for awhile, and i see this as a great gateway ipa with mass appeal for the style. versatile with food too, it works with everything from funky english cheese to grilled meats and veggies. a worthy offering. (961 characters)

Photo of Whoviant
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clean drinkable IPA.
Clear color, almost lager-like. Definite Cascade Hop taste without the grapefruit-like pucker mouth feel.
Influence of German hops smoothing the finish.
Enjoyable with barbacue food or on its own in contimplative mode. Frisco makes a good beer that travels well. (285 characters)

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

A-Thin white head. Orange, rich amber body.
S-Nice aroma of citrus and hops. Faint pine.
T-For me, the taste is desirable. A nice balance of hops, citrus, and pine.
M-Crisp, nice dense carbonation in the mouth, medium bodied.
O-This is a very good, middle of the road IPA, in terms of drinkability. Not too light, not too strong. Very drinkable. (345 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can thrown into a mix-six pack from Wegmans.

This one's a hazy dark orange, with a good healthy one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like juicy citrus fruits and herbal piney hops.

This one has a crisp and succint hop bite that is very pleasant. Past the upfront bitterness, I can taste tons of orange, pineapple, mango, peach, etc, just very juicy and fruity.

Medium bodied, crisp and very clean mouthfeel. Slightly grainy. High carbonation.

A very good IPA from 21st Amendment, I didn't have huge expectations going in, but it was very tasty. (562 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can > Pint Glass

A - Clear gold with two fingers of foamy white head, thick lacing.
S - Light citrus, decent floral notes, big grass, lots of fresh bread, hints of pine.
T - Aroma follows through to flavor, mild citrus and pine, some sweet caramel notes coming through, grapefruit peel, bread.
M - Decent bitterness, good medium feel, not over the top.
O - Better than I remember, for the longest time I was totally against 21st, and I seriously think it was the water they were using a while back. Everything had a weird aftertaste that you just couldnt knock. Things have changed since my absence it seems, and I'm enjoying more of their stuff. Granted, its still just about par, but cant say its bad. (707 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out a clear gold with a huge white foamy head. Great retention and sticky lacing. The aroma is great, with a blend of floral, citrus, and pine hops all blended together. The flavor has a nice bitter hops bite (mostly citrus) with a great malt backbone balanced against it. The weight is thinner but not watery and there is a good bite from the hops on the finish. This is a great IPA. (391 characters)

Photo of stevoj
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful looking IPA, slightly cloudy golden with nice thick, silky head. Gentle aroma of hops, pine and citrus. Medium weight mouthfeel, slightly lagerish taste with hops flourish. Light lingering hops on the palate at finish. Smooth and easy to drink. (254 characters)

Photo of lochef81
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ipa pours a very clear golden amber color with a small white head that leaves a nice lacing. The nose is very citrusy. Lots of lemon peel, grapefruit, and pine abound. There is a little malt but it is subtle at best. The mouthfeel is nice and sticky, coating the palate with an abundance of hop bitterness. The flavor delivers exactly what the nose promises. Citrus hops, bitter bite, but balanced and smooth. This is my first sampling from 21st and its quite good. Can't wait to try more. (494 characters)

Photo of hops202
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Best by 7/04/14

A - slightly hazy golden color

S - lots of sweet floral notes. Sweet citrus as well - tangleo coated in domino white sugar comes to mind.

T - Certainly sweet but also delicious. tangerine and other sweet citrus with good hop balance.

M - medium body for an IPA

O - A very well done IPA (352 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy golden color. Poured a nice creamy head. Great lacing.

S- Super inviting. Big floral notes, grapefruit, tangerine, pine, fresh hop and caramel.

T- Follows the nose pretty closely. Grapefruit, tangerine, pine, fresh hops, resin, and just a dash of lemon. Finish was a really nice rush of bready flavors with some spice mixed in.

M- Medium body. Crisp carbonation. Oily and only slightly drying with a nice aftertaste.

O- I was impressed with this one. The aromas were wonderful, and the flavors were really nicely balanced. It got even better as it warmed. I love a citrusy, piney IPA with a kick of sweetness, and this one definitely delivered. The bready accents in the aftertaste were a nice addition as well. (727 characters)

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

poured from the can into standard pint glass. canned 1/27/14, so a tad over 3 months.

poured a clear golden yellow color with a generous slightly off white head white persisted throughout. lacing was very good, almost artistic.

Aroma was of pine & citrus hops

Great tasting IPA. An initial hop bite which did fade, leaving a very pleasant slightly fruity aftertaste

Mouth was about medium

3 months on and still hop forward. Is it the can? Is it the brewery? Who cares, I'll certainly grab another 6 pack. (509 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yellow gold color. Upside-down bubble rain. Fat sticky off-white head. Gives good lacing.

Loud citric rind hoppiness, grapefruit, pale ale malt, sourdough yeast, pine, and elderflower. Great IPA representation. Reminds me of Lagunitas IPA.

Follows the nose with wild citrus, vine flowers, peppermint leaf, pine, spicy hop, biscuit bread malt with spare toast, grapefruit, and orange rind. Yeast is evident with that sourdough flavor. A little dank, very fresh draft pour.

Nice and wet with a swishy feel. Optimal for drinking. Excitable on the palate.

A damn good IPA. I forgot how much I like this. (603 characters)

Photo of Zach136
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned on 1/27/14, poured into an IPA glass.

A - Light gold, 1 inch head with solid lacing.

S - Light tropical fruit with a touch of honey.

T - Very balanced hop profile. Mild pine, grassy and fruit with a breakfast cereal backbone. Mild bitterness.

M - Milky, moderate body with excellent carbonation.

O - Overall a solid IPA, but nothing that would make me revisit over other options available on the shelf. (419 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Marco_Gtz for this one.

Poured from a 12oz can, canned on 12-09-13.

A fairly clear, light gold body, spotted lacing with always a good thick foam. Aroma is zesty oranges and pears. Flavor is more malt heavy with some cedar bitterness. Ok but pales in comparison to its CA counterparts. (297 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had at Bar of Soap Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before settling at an 1/8 inch. Resilient thick sheet of lacing.

S- Sweet smelling hop aroma with plenty of fruit notes like orange and grapefruit. Slightly grassy.

T- Flavor is a bit more malt forward than expected but there's a decent balance between its sweetness and the bitterness of the hops. The bitterness is moderate and doesn't linger long. ABV is hidden pretty well.

M- A tad oily with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I remember liking this more when I wasn't as into beer as I am today. Still a decent IPA that's plenty drinkable. (691 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Estelle's in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that is for the most part still there. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tangerine, grapefruit, floral bouquet, mango, passion fruit, grass, and a little pine with some caramel and toasted malts in the rear.

Taste: Same as above with some super mild tingly bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Easily drinkable, medium bodied, a little chewy, mild bitterness, and a bit smooth.

Overall: Draft or can. Irs all good. Wish the couple of times I've been to SF to see the Sox that I didn't walk by the brewery. Next time I promise (728 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a cheater pint from the well crafted can.

A: Gold and hazy, some carbo with a thick rocky two finger head which goes on for days and then near the end settles into a thin disk of a few millimeters.

S: Juicy. Musty grapefruit. Some yeasty spices. White pepper.

T: This is where this beer is shining. Some musty, juicy grapefruit and that white pepper subside to a very gentle pale malt and some bready yeast. Very pleasing and well rounded flavors play and dance, it is not a wave that is predictable. It flits in and out with all these notes randomly.

M: smooth and creamy. That persistent rocky head said it would be this way! bittering is so well balanced that you almost think that it might just pop over to that overtly bitter note but it never ever does.

O: this just became a staple of moderate ABV in the canned selections when I can find it and it's not lawnmower beer time. Great juicy IPA. (916 characters)

Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can art on the new run is quite amazing. An Adobe Illustrator-esque take on Mt. Rushmore with Lincoln popping out ready to punch someone. Ostensibly for trying to take away his right to drink. Anyway, I love this beer. What a good IPA should be, balanced with enough bite to know theres hops around, but not so toothy as to slash your tongue's throat. My first beer from 21stA, but certainly wont be my last. (408 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$3 pint at Williams. Served with a finger of brilliant white creamy head that laces the glass nicely. Dark golden with an orange hue. Good clarity. Aromas of bitter orange and pine. The malt is crisp and untoasted. Taste is upfront juicy orange with backend orange peel and pine resin. Unbalanced-not much to speak of in the malt department. Plenty of carbonation. The bitter finish is not as lingering as many IPAs.
Overall a decent beer. I'd appreciate some more malt taste and body. I like the lack of a big bitter finish. (526 characters)

Photo of Michael_Squires
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a great color; it just looks like a great beer.

I'm not quite sure what the smell is supposed to be, just seems like a normal beer smell to me.

Taste is pretty good and isn't overly hoppy like some IPAs; it went down smooth.

Overall, I'd recommend it to someone who is looking to expand his/her beer horizons, as it seems to be a nice segue to nicer beers. (372 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Translucent orange with a creamy tanish head.

S: Tons of orange, some mango, grapefruit, some floral notes in the nose.

T: Lemon, orange, grass, citrus peels. Lacking in the mango which is disappointing.

M: Medium bodied and typical IPA carbonation.

O: A damn good IPA, but not a particularly good one. I'd recommend it. (327 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Light caramel color body with very fine clarity to it. Head goes away quickly, lacing is nice on the glass.

S: Piney, but not very strong. Tangerine and orange mostly. Not a strong aroma out of this IPA, not west coast style at all.

T: Not very much hop at all, but not very malty either. A bit watered down, but not in the worst way. For an IPA, I don't get much grapefruit, or any citrus fruit. A roasted, or roasted caramel like an amber ale.

Very light IPA. Not bad, but not what I want in an IPA. (510 characters)

Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st Amendment IPA
21st Amendment Brewery, California
---from can to stemmed tulip glass---

Appearance
Gold with a big soapy head, good lacing.

Smell
Fresh grapefruit, grass and mild malt aroma. Hints of breadyness.

Taste
Smooth malty sweetness up front, finished with an attack of bitter citrusy hops.

Mouth-feel
Sticky and bitter. Good carbonation. Malt arrives to sweeten you up, hops follow to cleanse your mouth!

Overall
Good American IPA. Doesn’t go above and beyond, but it doesn’t have to. Brew free of die! (524 characters)

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