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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,355 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,355
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 75
Gots: 111 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sloejams on 04-08-2008)
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Reviews by ef88:
Photo of ef88
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 ounce can into a snifter.

A: Nice almost-copper-but-still-orange (it makes sense, trust me) color that's left undisturbed by the minimal carbonation. White, 2 1/2 finger head that holds around the edge of the glass as I drink. Some lacing hangs around for a bit, too.

S: Hops, what seems like apricot or apple, and a little bit of alcohol.

T: Hops are the order of the day here. The bitterness hangs around for a while, but that shouldn't be a surprise I guess. What's also nice is the grapefruit and apricot that occasionally fights through the hops in the end. And despite its 9.7% ABV, there's no smack of alcohol here like there was in the smell. One downside, however, is that I'm not tasting anything that would suggest it was "aged on oak spirals," as the can says.

M: Really chewy and sticky in the corners of my mouth, but other than that (which I wasn't crazy about), this was a refreshing big beer.

O: Really interesting taste, but I wasn't into the mouthfeel so much. Not the best imperial I've ever had, but glad I tried it and might even grab another can again one day.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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 GameOfBeers
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -24.4%

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 cjlopex
4.13/5  rDev +4%

Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of dobmaster
5/5  rDev +25.9%

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 DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of andyfrancis
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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 csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Lazaro
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of nstroup
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev -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
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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 mctizzz
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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 dankjohn
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,355 ratings.