Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Ratings: 1,394
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 83
Gots: 123 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sloejams on 04-08-2008

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Ratings: 1,394 | Reviews: 450
Reviews by akorsak:
Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Al's of Hampden.

A: The DIPA is an amber color, plenty of yellow adding a Central PA in fall look. A thin head, white, comes along.

S: The nose has citrus hops but generally the maltiness stands out. Balance levels things out, adding malty breads.

T: A moderate hop profile not as much as a DIPA should have. Citrus is present but the breadiness seems to overpower it. The pairing seems to be more IPA than DIPA, breadiness taking the place of bold hops.

M: Too balanced to be a DIPA. That seems to be par for the course for 21st Amendment, balance at the expense of the green gold. I enjoyed the ale but it didn't feel like a double IPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of hotpauko
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From can but 6 months past exp date. Don't think it affected taste too much. Very easy drinking double but no too strong in flavor. High ABV not very noticeable. Flavors were good, malt hop citrusy mix was easy in the mouth. Would really like to get this fresh next time.

Photo of KevChiTown
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer, doesn't drink like an Imperial. Best offering I've had from them. Recommend for sure.

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

Hoppy. Deadly alcohol content (in a good way).

Photo of DeanWormer
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I love hoppy Imperial IPAs and I love malty barleywines. I especially love IPAs that can balance the hops and the malt so that they're both present and apparent, but they play nicely together. That's Hop Crisis. Half IIPA; half barleywine - just about perfect. I found it when I was out of town and only bought a single can to give it a try. Now I'm the one having the hop crisis. How am I going to get more of this great stuff???

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

Poured into a nonic a lighter golden with a well formed half finger white head that left a full ring of lace behind as it settled into a soapy-like mass.Aromas were pretty light with some toasted oak and mild resiny hops,as it warmed some sweet alcohol notes came through as well.The flavors don't really wow you but there is a nice resiny hop profile with some drunken fruit,the mild oak flavors seem to keep everything together pretty well hence a good taste score.I like this beer, it's not overly sweet and alcoholic like way to many of the style and the oak is not over done.

Photo of steelerguy
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Extremely clear copper color, nice head, but fades to just a covering quickly, although leaves nice lacing.

S - Surprising amount of sweet hop smell along with a lot of citrusy hops and a touch of pine.

T - A hop blash similar to what was detected in the aroma, lots of citrus with a bit of pine. The malt sweetness definitely is there are is able to stand up to the hop presence. Delicious bitter finish counted by sweet malt and a touch of kilned malt balances it out well, especially with a little alcohol kick at the end.

M - Smooth, moderate body, but attenuated well for such a big beer. There are definitely some sugar left in there though to help balance the huge hop and alcohol.

D - Big, powerful, but balanced. Almost to the point of not standing out, but it makes for an extremely drinkable IIPA.

Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my 21st Amendment tulip, what else?
Decent appearance, slightly cloudy, nice foamy head dissipates slowly leaving good lace.
Good enough IIPA with hops up front but somewhat subdued. Doesn't live up to its name. Expected more.
Not bad, just not great. I'm a big fan of 21st Amendment - especially during SF Beer Week - and wanted more from this beer.

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

First off, like most of 21A's cans, the design is cool as shit, maybe their coolest. Pretty eggshell head sitting on a pale golden body that looks light and inviting for an Imperial IPA.

As I cracked the can and transferred the contents into a large tumbler, a blossom of grapefruit juice hit my nose without me even trying to smell it. Some pine and sweeter notes as I bring it closer.

The taste lives up to the hoppy aroma, but the malt and alcohol make themselves known as well.

It's an Imperial no doubt, lighter on the palate than most. Bitter waxy finish.

Not my favorite of their cans but I'll always get at least 1 pack when they come around.

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can with no freshness date.

Clear weathered golden color. Off-white bubbly head sticks to the glass like a champ. Soft resin, floral and slightly fruity hops with substantial edge of citric ... alcohol is clean and so is the malt, a pleasing aroma. Smooth and creamy fullish body. Hop bitterness is there, slow moving but it eventually tries to take over the palate. Alcohol is certainly there with a warmth that starts up on the first sip. Big herbal push unfolds into more of a tobacco and citric juice and rind flavor. Oak? Yeah there is a slight pull from the oak which adds a complexity within. Maltiness struggles to make its mark but does come through with some nutty toasted graininess. Finishes bitter with some residual malt underneath.

A good run at the style, not many canned craft beers of this strength in the market so Hop Cirsis has that going for it. Hopheads have another option when cans are the only choice.

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours clear lighter amber, fluffy off white head, thicker collar and leaves way better then average sheeting and lacing all the way to the top of the glass.
Pungent citric and pine infused nose. Fresh sniffer.
Bold and flavorful DIPA, with waves of citric hops with tropical fruit notes also floating around. Also picking up some mint in this bright and densly flavorful brew.
Prolly the best 21st Amendment offering I've had to date.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Union Ale House Weymouth

Appearance: no head, clear, golden-brown

Smell: pine and citrus hops as well as a bit of bread.

Taste: bread, big pine hops, some citrus hops, and honey

Mouthfeel: sweet start- bitter dry middle--slightly bitter finish, light body, low carbonation

Drinkability: I like this a lot. The alcohol is well masked. The hops are present but not overly bitter or stinging. A really good IIPA.

Photo of JupiterJesus
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the closest beer I've ever had to a carbonated orange or tangerine 'drink'. A little overly sweet. Hazy. Has a slight spicy,medicinal, phenolic 'bite' that comes up in the aftertaste - something I associate with Belgian or infected beers, but can also come from the oak Very subtle, though. The oaking comes through more in the aroma than the taste.

Focus is definitely on a massive mound of late hops, with a pretty restrained bitterness. I think the orange-y, fruity flavors make this beer come off as sweeter than it is. Decent, and definitely a unique one to try at least once. Could grow on you, but at $3 per can and limiged release it probably won't have a chance to.

Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear golden amber with thin stark white head. Slight lacing.

Smell: Spicy, citrusy and piney.

Taste: Lots of toasted malts with a hint of oak. Hops are more spicy and piney than citrusy, although some grapefruit adds complexity. Ends with a light spicy bitterness.

Feel: Body is fairly light for a DIPA, which is good, but still fairly full bodied compared to other styles. Moderate carbonation with a dry, slightly boozy, finish.

Overall: Nice malt heavy DIPA, while still having a dry finish, which is a great accomplishment. The oak is minimal but adds a nice touch.

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

On-tap @ Toronado SF 3/07/09. Reviewing on my Mac via their free wi-fi...

Looks an amber/burnt orange. Has a fine white head on it and smells like a hop-bomb of the highest order. Taste just knocks my socks off. It's like their double trouble on crack. Has that same awesome Hawaiian Punch after taste(as double trouble) just a lot more alcohol sting to it. Still though for being damn near 12% It hides it very well. I've herd some say this is a good stand-in for younger. I say the two beers are completely different. Younger is much more refined to the point you don't know you're drinking an 11%er. With Crisis you know exactly what your getting yourself into on the first sip!(trouble) Drinkability is whatever your willing to get yourself into. I'm only halfway down the 10oz pour and I can feel it. I'd better go next door and get myself a sausage so I can make it through the day!

Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Crisis opens with the kind of nose you'd expect from a 94 IBU hop monster: huge grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine, and eucalyptus aromas that drift up from the can are are detectable from some inches away. Mixed in with these primary hop aromas are touches of effervescent white grape, orange, lemon-lime, and subtle shades of biscuit. The nose does bear just slightly too much of a resemblance to a soft drink because of the overwhelming nature of these citrus fruit notes, but still manages to be enticing.

On the tongue, as can be expected, the first flavors out of the can are hops, which crash against the tastebuds in waves of grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and pine. A healthy dose of bitterness accompanies these hops, though not in levels so overwhelming as to be off-putting; still, if left lingering in the mouth, the bitterness will begin to burn at the soft palate. Subtle shades of rosewater tinge the beer, as well as lemon-lime. Late in the mouthful a lovely toasted nut and toasted baguette layer of malts joins in, bringing welcome complexity and relief. The aftertaste is primarily a continuation of the hop flavors, with strong hints of nut, as well as a vodka-like alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a good Imperial IPA, and most certainly features hops in levels that hopheads will delight in. I do have two major problems with the brew, however: 1) I find the beer more out-of-balance than many Imperial IPAs, being so focused on hops that malts take a distant backseat, sometimes not even appearing to be in the same vehicle; and 2) the vodka-like alcohol tinge--the result of the 9.7% ABV--brings an unpleasant overtone to the aftertaste. Worth trying, but keep in mind that if hops are not your thing, then this beer isn't going to go down well either.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Nose: rich hops with resin, pine and citrus, malt sweetness, caramel notes, alcohol
Rich gold with a slight protein haze under a pillowy persistent white 3" foam cap. Lacy with legs.
Begins with malt flavors, sweetness, white bread, slight caramel, vanilla that give way to citrusy hops that evoke lemon and orange with a slightly drying finish.
Good balance between malt, hops and alcohol.
Smooth, creamy, medium full body, very soft medium low carbonation.
Drink instead of a gin and tonic.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Can at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Canned on 8/06/12 (roughly 5 1/2 months old, so not the freshest)

Pours out a nice hazy deep golden orange color, a nice looking, retentive white head that slowly fades. Leaves some really nice sticky lacing. Cloudy appearance.

Bright citrus peel, lemon and grapefruit. Pithy citrus fruit and not much else, some light candied malt in the back. The hops definatly smell a bit faded.

The taste is only slightly better than the aroma suggested. Grapefruit citrus, a bit pithy, some faded tasting light woody hops with a hint of lemon. very light caramel malt tries to balance. Finishes with a dry resinous bitterness.

Medium bodied and no alcohol detectable. Comes off much lighter than it actually is.

Overall, a less than stellar DIPA. Perhaps this would be better much fresher, but there's just not enough here for a real hop head to get off on.

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. can into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Bright and glowing golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two finger white head fades into a thin layer. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Bright burst of citrus hops with grapefruit, orange, mango, lemon, and tangerine. Hints of bready malts and honey. A very subtle hint of oak. Bright and fruity.

Taste: Burst of citrus fruits including orange, mango, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. Decent bready malt backs things up. Hints of vanilla, oak, toffee, and honey. Orange flavor has a marmalade like character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy for a DIPA. Alcohol heat is hidden very well.

Overall: A very solid version of a double IPA. Good mix of citrus flavors and a solid malt backbone making for a pretty smooth and tasty DIPA.

Photo of Doc_Hops
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Nice lightly hazy yellow/orange with a frothy eggshell head that's not going anywhere

S-Big, robust hop smell with a little bit of sweet orange

T- A warming hop character bites from the start giving way to some sweet fruit with a little oakyness. The oak aging does not help to balance out the alcohol tastes however. It is quite boozy. It's a little off balanced with a slightly weaker malt backbone.

M- Bright bubbles almost leave my mouth tingling on my palate. I like it but unfortunately the heavy alcohol content is still a little overpowering

O- I've always liked this beer. It's definitely not a session beer and it doesn't try to be. It robust, full bodied, and delicious!

Serving Type: 12oz can poured into a Sam Adams pint glass

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusting off some notes from the 8th DIPA fest. It appears I loved this one.

Perfect scores in aroma and appearance, a deep orange craggy pour, massive aroma interplay of hops and to a lesser extent. Big time hop taste, citrus yes, but no alcohol, how did it hide that? Lighter malt bill, not balanced, in a good way. Very bitter, might not be the easiest to drink or obtain, but it definitely is somehting any hophead should search out.

EDIT: The batch with the cans is very good, but nowhere near as good as the first batch.

5/5/4.5/4.5/4 was the old score for the first batch

Photo of dwren89
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden orange with white 1 inch head and very cloudy

Aroma: citrus and pine, biscuit pale malt aroma, not a ton of aroma though

Taste: definite alcohol bite but an interesting pineapple taste that is very different from other citrusy beers. Biscuit notes provide backbone. A very fresh and clean taste that has a little oaky green-ness to it.

Mouthfeel: biting, full bodied, medium-high carbonation, bracing

Overall; other than the cloudy appearance and low aroma notes, this is a great DIPA. Interesting pineapple notes play off an oaky green-fresh flavor. Biscuit malt notes provide the backbone.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring at Mad Mex Robinson and other scattered locations across the Burgh...this one pours a pale copper hue with a thin white head, forms fine speckled lacing down the sides of the 12 ounce tumbler. Aroma has citric pine, sugary malt content and a touch of alcohol in the nose. This isn't your standard booze ridden DIPA. Tropical fruit sweetness with citrus/pine tree, and floral hops galore. A bit boozey but it doesn't override the hop profile. Never seems to hot or brash with bitterness this beer really serves up a balanced version of a west coast DIPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slight oily texture from the hop resins, smooth carbonation flows making it a nice texture experience. Drinkability is solid in the sense that it's solid in flavor and high on drinkability for the style by not hitting you over the head, but it's probably one of the highest DIPA brews I've had without even realizing it while drinking the beer.

Photo of jamisonspitzer
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer poured with a thick viscous head that settled into a fine film that leaves very heavy lacing on my glass. It has a hazy brassy color. The smell is pleasant--a little floral, mostly citrus. The taste is very bold, very hoppy. There's a lot of pine and grapefruit present. It's not overly carbonated but it does have a bite to it. Despite it's rather high ABV, there's really no hint of its alcohol--either in the smell or taste. It's a bit creamy and lingers on the tongue. This is definitely an above average IPA. I'm glad there are 3 more of them in the fridge.

Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with good amounts of buttery diacetyl. Also present are tropical fruit and earthy hop aromas. As the beer warms pine hops join in and the diacetyl influence increases.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of diacetyl. Midway through the sip citrus and pine hop flavors work their way into things but can't manage to overpower the buttery flavors. Equal amounts of pale malt, pine hop, and butter flavors carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is not very good. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I had to double-check with the bartender to make sure this was the correct beer but after going through the reviews it appears as though there's a good deal of variation in batches. This just wasn't a crisp beer however I hope it pops up in the future so I can give it another shot and hopefully find something similar to the rest of those who have reviewed this beer.

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Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,394 ratings.