Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Reviews: 482
Hads: 1,557
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 19.14%
Wants: 87
Gots: 199 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: sloejams on 04-08-2008

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, enjoy by date 10/09/2015 printed on the bottom of the can. 'Ale aged on Oak spirals'. Intriguing can art and unique 4pk packaging markets this one well.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a hazed golden orange, a bit brighter than expected, with 3 fingers of frothy fluffy white head of good retention for the high abv. Looks very nice for what it is.

S - Aroma is fresh & floral. A bit of fresh citrus / orange rinds, pine, a bit of floral alcohol fumes. The aging from the Oak spirals doesn't come off strong, and adds only a touch of earthy / woodsy notes, but no overt notes of oak or vanilla.

T - Taste follows the nose: light oak flavor at best, nothing too extreme. Again, no overt notes of vanilla or oak / earthiness. Bitter piney hoppiness, & some smooth caramel malt.

M - A smooth and creamy mouthfeel with mild alcohol warmth. Easy-drinking for the high abv.

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Photo of d0nald
4.76/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

AMAZING! Just finished a can and can't wait for the next. Wish i had grabbed more than one 4pk. Goes down soooo easy for an ipa with such a high abv. not as complex as expected but absolutely delicious!!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours clear light golden with an orange hue, finger white head with good retention and some lacing. I get mostly bready malt and citrus in the smell, a little dark fruit. When cold, the bitterness and wood/alcohol presence really hit hard. As it warms the flavors really come together nicely. Sweet pale malt with piney hops shining through, the wood adds another layer with a little vanilla and then a lasting earthy end. The alcohol is definitely present in the finish, but not overly. Mouthfeel is pretty thick n soft. Overall a very good oak aged DIPA, wanna crush it, but better sip it.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden straw color with a nice sweet smell of hops and slight malt. This is an extremely drinkable IPA. The 94 IBU's and 9.7% abv is well-hidden! Another home run by 21 Amendment!

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Photo of hman43
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours golden. It has aromas of citrus, and caramel. It has flavors of ctirus, caramel, floral and dark fruits. It has a high bitter kick on the palate.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy straw color with a foamy white head that leaves lots of lace. Beer clears as it warms a bit.
Lots of tropical fruits in the aroma as well as hints of peach and candy fruit slices, some grapefruit as well.
The taste is juicy, bitter and sweet. Tropical and citrus up front followed by some nice sweetness and a finishing pithy bitterness. A little boozy as it warms. Didn't really pick up any oak. Maybe a hint of vanilla?
Mouthfeel is medium and slightly sticky.
Quite good, if second-tier, double IPA

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Photo of ohmayer
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light golden imperial IPA with a white frothy head and a floral peach aroma. Peach, pineapple and orange fruit with rich caramel malt. Finishes with an apricot wheat flavor with a hopsy bitterness that rounds out the profile. Rich and beautiful.

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Photo of Michaelsterns
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I honestly was looking for a lot more from this beer. I love oak aged IPA's in general, and I think this is a fantastic beer. I just wish that it hadn't said that it was oak aged. It's such a stellar DIPA that it doesn't need to say that it's oak aged. The oak is muted at best, but it is definitely worth the buy.

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Photo of ksimons
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear bright golden color with a fingers worth of white head. Smells of tropical fruits and citrus. Taste is similar to the smell with pale malts, citrus, tropical fruits, and light pine hops. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Overall a very drinkable beer even with the high ABV, nice amount of tropical fruits.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, enjoy by 10/09/15
A - creamy off-white head, amber colored body
S - juicy grapefruit and orange zest, a bit of pine, bready malt, caramel, vanilla, and oak
T - sweet yet bitter, but a mellowed bitter from the oak aging. Tastes are complex and similar to the aroma: caramel, bread crust, toasty grain, grapefruit & orange zest, vanilla, oak, pine
M - fuller body, moderate carbonation, alcohol present and warming, finishes semi-bitter with a lingering zesty-ness.
O - I'm usually not a fan of oak aged IPA/DIPA's, but this was a good one. It's very well balanced and nicely complex.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. can with an enjoy by date of 10/23/15. Sampled on August 29, 2015.

The look is pale yellow with some haze and a long lasting white foamy head.

Aroma: Floral and fruit hops mostly. Pale malts.

Body: About medium

The taste has a much more sugary and sweet taste than the aroma would suggest. Not super bitter. More malty and sweet with a subdued bitter finale.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I thought this was a very good IIPA. The oak added a subtle amount of smokey character while the hops did the rest. At 9.7% the alcohol is barely noticeable. Drinks really well. My only gripe is they used the three most common "C"s of hops, Centennial, Columbus, and Cascade. Guess they figured they could load this thing with cheaper hops so they could use more of it.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale gold with a white head that hangs around like a champ leaving some nice lace.

Smells of resinous pine, big citrus, and slight toasted grain.

Taste is pine and citrus bitterness up front with some sweet tropical fruit followed by bitter herb and ending dry with nutty toasted grain touch.

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks. Nice mellow golden hue, medium to small head.
Smell. Mildly beery, mildly yeasty, mildly citrusy.
Taste. Soft sweet malty start, peachy/raisiny middle, slightly dry slightly hoppy finish. Good stuff.
Feel. Medium full body, but feels very rich and substantial, little bit of smackers, tad bit of sparkle.
Overall. Delicious drinking ale for me. Good body great full taste. Don't see no hop crisis here.

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Photo of vikinggary28
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz can into my trusty glass mug. Nice golden colour. Aroma hits your nostrils like a hop hammer. Hoppy, citrusy, hoppy, piney, and did I mention hoppy? Taste much like it smells with just a hint of a malty oak flavour creeping in. Goes down smooth for a high ABV. Prost!

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Photo of WeedWolf
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like clear liquid gold in a glass! With minimal white head and little retention but decent lacing.
Smell is a bit subtle but resinous and slightly oak-like with mellow tropical hop notes.
Taste is similar but slightly more intense. Hops in the front with malt dancing in the background with hints of oak.
Feel is almost sticky but with a dry-ish finish.
Overall very enjoyable! Kind of mellow, for the style, but beautifully balanced. Three months before it's best by date so fairly fresh I guess? Would definitely drink again and would love to try of tap!

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Photo of Beer-vortex
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can.

It pours a very clear light orange color with a 1 finger head that fades quickly. Plenty of bubbles. The nose is sweet with citrus and hops, but not real strong.

Taste is sweet citrus and sweet malt, with some hops in there. I’m not getting much bitterness despite the noted 94 IBUs. Very little of the 9.7% ABV is present; maybe some on the back-end.

Excellent carbonation. Ok lacing. This is a decent beer. Not spectacular but a solid offering. Can had an enjoy by date on it.

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Photo of santomark
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Alright, this thing is great. It's not malty at all. Very mellow in terms of a double IPA. Not sugary either. This one is a keeper forsure. Highly impressed.

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5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slowly but Shirley I'm turning into an IPA WHORE.
This beer was surprisingly delicious. Golden .Clear . Hoppy. Floral. Good head and very drinkable. Smooth and not offensive in any way. This beer is right up there with world class stuff. .
Presently surprised how nice it really was.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass.

Nice white puffy head with solid retention, but color threw me off a bit. Clearer and more golden than expected for a 9%+ DIPA. Looked more like a Pils to me.

Nose is great - lots of bright fruit like lemon and mango. Bit of oak but I would've missed it if it wasn't on the label and known to look.

Flavor is surprisingly great - a lot more depth of hop character than expected. Floral, fruity, nice bit of bitty and sweet from the booze. Gentle on the palate for a higher ABV. Oak comes through here but I feel more in way it's softened the edges here. Finish is mostly the fruitier aspects that linger.

Really nice approach and I'm glad I gave this one another shot.

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Photo of SpineLCord
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into a tasting glass.

APPEARANCE: Bright gold with a white head.

SMELL: Sweet and juicy tropical fruit.

TASTE: Subtle honey sweetness with notes of the tropical fruit hop character. Slight oak in the finish with 9.7% ABV hidden very nicely.

MOUTHFEEL: Very smooth, slightly oily.

OVERALL: I really enjoyed this easy drinking Imperial IPA. While it was in-your-face with the aroma and taste, it was very well balanced. I would definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of moundbz
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice color with nice head, terrific dank smell. Smooth taste with a bit too long bitter aftertaste for me. Overall good beer. Come on, sell it in six packs!

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Photo of topofthehops
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled into a can of this a couple of weeks ago at a bar and it knocked me out (not literally, although at 9.7% it could certainly have that impact). Bought a four-pack last night and my initial impression was confirmed: This is my new favorite beer. It's got exactly what I love: HUGE hops, citrus (grapefruit), and bracing bitterness. Can claims it's "aged on oak spirals." I'm not quite sure what that means. Can't say I detected oak, nor do I care. Quite light in color compared to most DIPAs I've poured. It would fun to pour this for someone who thinks all bold-flavored brews are darker and then watch his/her reaction when drinking it. Anyway, this just assumed a place in my personal beer pantheon along with Lagunitas Hop Stoopid and Flying Dog The Truth.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can.

A: Pours a clear goldenrod with two fingers of creamy white head. Retention is solid and leaves behind a fair amount of lacing.

S: Smells strongly of tropical fruits and citrus, most notably grapefruit, and tangerine. Sweet malt scents provide the nostrils with a great backbone. There are some big oak notes, and piney grass like aromas from the hops present as well.

T: Subtlety sweet malts grace the tongue, followed by citrus flavors of grapefruit and orange. Piney hops provide a nice bitterness and subtle spice. The oak serves as a nice background flavor. There is some noticeable alcohol on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nice creamy, and smooth mouth feel with some slight warmth and alcohol fueled sensations. Very pleasant and drinkable considering the abv.

O: In the endless flood of hopped up ales for the ravenous hop heads, this brew pokes fun at the "Hop Crisis". The other thing this brew does is stand out in the endless crowd of IPA's out there. I really enjoyed this brew as it captures everything I want in an Imperial IPA, while also providing it's own unique vibe.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, enjoy by 10/9/15

Pours a golden color, decent sized head but fades quickly, no lacing on the glass except for a thin ring near the top of the pour.

Smell is a bit strong in the sweet malt but hops do make an appearance in a slightly piney aroma, bit of a vegetable scent, specifically onion, but it's not overwhelming like it has been with another beer I've had.

Taste is much stronger in hop flavor with a piney/citrus front, sweet malt does balance things in the aftertaste, a bit strange since it's usually the other way around, carbonation is medium with a fairly resiny body without being too sticky.

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Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
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