Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Reviews by jondeelee:
4/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
Serving type: can
09-09-2011 00:15:47 | More by jondeelee
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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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