Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Reviews by StoneTSR:
4.4/5 rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
APPEARANCE: This beer pours a little light for a DIPA, more on the yellowish side, but it still has some orange in it. The oversized head is foamy and fluffy, but it dies very quickly, leaving some scattered splotches of foam sticking to the glass.
SMELL: This is a big, aromatic beer, but not quite as big as I would have expected after reading the description on the can. Lemon zest, grapefruit and a touch of pine are the big components here.
TASTE: Oooh, that’s nice and hoppy. I’m going to work backwards in my description here, but the balance is provided by some sweet toffee and caramel in the background. It is really only noticeable because this is so drinkable yet there is so much hop bitterness, so it is the first flavor I was able to single out. Some tropical fruits also provide some further balance on the sweet side. This beer is about the hops though and the hoppiness is from that lemon zest and grapefruit of the nose, but also from a subdued and very pleasant grassiness.
MOUTHFEEL: As I mentioned above this is extremely drinkable. There is no cloying sweetness from too much malt, nor is there an overwhelming bitterness; balance in a Double IPA at its best. Creamy and smooth with a nice, dry, but easy finish.
OVERALL: This is a very well done beer. Technically, this may be one of the soundest DIPAs I have tried, ranking right up there with Pliny. It happens to not be quite as complex however.
Serving type: can
11-26-2012 07:27:29 | More by StoneTSR
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3.94/5 rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Slightly wrinkled can poured into pint glass:
A (3.5): Beers pours a transparent deep wheat color, that clouds with sediment addition. An eighth inch of head forms and hugs the glass. Fine bubbles seem to be trapped along the surface, as if in amber or rendered sugars and fats.
S (3.25) : Lemon, pineapple, Dole, sucrose.
T (4.25) : Huge bitter blast in contrast to the nose. Searching for oak spirals like a prize in a cereal box. Citrus flavor(orange this time), a sweet flash and a lingering bitter make for an excellent finish.... alcohol mixed with a small amount of oak is noticeable in the long finish
M (4) : Super smooth light in body, alcohol flavor is well contained, not overly sweet or sticky, the citrus experience is like that of the spritzing of an orange as it's peel is forced backward.
O (4) : Overall seems to be a category defined by personal stubbornness, of which I am king.
Serving type: can
02-06-2014 01:00:11 | More by Legend_of_Troybrau
4.46/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: Beautiful hazyish orange with a short, slightly tan head.
S: Pineapple, orange and oak in a great nose.
T: Pineapple, pnie, mango, oak and malt, deliciously dry.
M: Medium bodied and smooth.
O: Well worth a try. This is my favorite 21st amendment beer. They're an excellent brewery.
Serving type: can
01-18-2014 18:33:46 | More by BierJager89
3.85/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12oz can poured into a dogfish head IPA glass.
A: Cloudy lemon yellow color. A massive fine-bubbled white head retains extremely well. Clumpy and sticky lacing clings everywhere.
S: Pithy lemon with sugar, tangerine, pineapple, and pulpy tropical fruit juice. Malt body has a big honeyed aroma. Sweet bud. Faint wafts of oak.
T: Tropical fruit juice. Pineapple in a big way. Tangerine. Sweet bud and 'green' planty flavors. Hefty sweet honeyed malt base underneath. Oak rides in with a drying effect and brings woody vanilla flavors. Oak carries into the drying finish along with some oily hop spice.
M: Full medium body. Rounded and cloud-like in the mouth. Low carbonation. Moderate astringency from both hops and oak. Very nice texture.
O: My expectations were rather low here, as I'm always dubious of oak-aged IPAs. This one grew on me though. Without the oak I think it would just be much too sweet. The texture really boosts the drinkability factor, and there's no way you would ever guess that this was 9.7% abv.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2014 03:27:10 | More by ryan1788a5
Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
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