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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,058 Ratings
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Ratings: 1058
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%

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:
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(Beer added by: sloejams on 04-08-2008)
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Photo of hippityhophead24


5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Two finger width head. Went down after about ten minutes. Nice golden color. Very clear.

Smell: On the nose, the malts bring a sweet aroma. Hops bring a slight floral aroma, with a hint of some sort of fruit in the apple/melon category.

Taste: At first sip, you get a little bitter, mellow wood notes. Slight booze bite on the tongue. Fruity notes linger afterwards, followed by another small slam of alcohol. Very well built. Lots of flavors going on with this beer. Not too bitter like lower ABV brews.

Mouth feel: Nicely carbonated, not to fizzy on the tongue. Medium body. Not too thick and syrupy like some high alcohol IPA’s can tend to be. Very smooth on the tongue.

Overall: Overall, I think this beer is great. For 10 bucks a four pack, I could not afford to buy this often. However, if I was ballin’ like Lil’ Wayne, I would purchase this whenever I could get my hands on it. A good brew for people who enjoy not too hoppy big beers. At 9.3% ABV, and called “Hop Crisis”, it does not contain the bitterness that lower ABV beers contain, but definitely has the notes and hints that are well balanced with a well built IPA.

Glasswear: Can poured into Snifter

Serving type: can

08-14-2011 03:28:41 | More by hippityhophead24
Photo of ardeano


4.95/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man this stuff is good...

Poured from can (at work) into a tulip

A- clear shiny goodness
S- pretty amazing hopiness with a hint of oak
T/M- light carb, smooth feel with some warmth going down

I have to say that this is pretty amazing, it's a bit spendy but worth the try ($3 for a can at Newport Market in Bend OR) if you really enjoy the IIPA (I love the stuff). I've had a few under my belt and I'm calling this an 'IPA session starter' because you can feel it after one 12oz can and then move on to a subtle IPA bomber IPA...


Serving type: can

07-08-2011 23:50:37 | More by ardeano
Photo of kchannel9


4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer. Imperial IPAs are my favorite, and this brew hits my favorite flavor profile and ABV strength perfectly. Its citrusy, crisp, delicious, and wonderful. Thanks so much to 21St Amendment in SF for creating this masterpiece of taste and smoothness. Love it.

Serving type: can

09-09-2012 08:53:56 | More by kchannel9
Photo of alexk307


4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Normal IPA color, yellow/goldenish with a white head.

S: Really unique smells going on here. Lemon cake, vanilla, lemon peels, citrus, lemonade.

T: Tastes exactly like a slice of lemon poppyseed cake...if it was baked with a ton of hops. Really getting a sour citrus flavor which is balanced really well with strong hops.

M: Carbonated and light

O: Pleasantly surprised; one of the better IPAs I've had in a while. 21st Amendment is turning into my favorite brewery.

Serving type: can

12-02-2013 03:48:36 | More by alexk307
Photo of mjl21


4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a 2010 SF Strong Beer Month Belgian tulip glass. Comes in at 10.8% and 85 IBUs.

A-Pours a clear lighter amber color. It has a one finger off white head that dissolves to a decent sized ring. Does not leave a lot of lace.

S-It has a great hoppy nose. There is lots of dank on the surface and a large amount of citrus as well. There is some caramel malt which imparts a little sweetness, but in no way prevents the hops from dominating.

T-The taste mirrors the nose. Lots of dank and resiny pine flavor immediately coat the tongue. Orange citrus flavor is also upfront. It has a sweet malt backbone that briefly halts the bitterness of the hops. The pine and citrus flavors return at the end. The booze is very contained, especially compared to the 2009 version.

M-Thick, resiny, and sticky.

D-A great big IPA. It falls into the dangerously drinkable category.

I always enjoy this each February. This is by far the best batch that I have tried. Would love to see this return on a regular basis.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2010 22:56:13 | More by mjl21
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Solid, crystal clear, gold. White head with ok lace but great retention.

S – Bright apple, hint of woodiness, sweet molasses, dark honey, currents, golden raisins, and a lace of booze.

T – Fantastic. Sweet honey and pear roll into soft woody notes of pine and oak. The sweetness recedes in the center, letting the bitterness show its muscle, then reasserts itself in the finish; pairing honey and pine.

M – Incredibly smooth with a medium body.

O – Bold, complex, and well integrated profile.

Serving type: can

09-04-2011 15:54:18 | More by vfgccp
Photo of bret27


4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

fresh on tap

A: Dark amber w/thick fluffy white head

S: Hops and more hops, (Multiple citrus fruits, piney) w/some bready malt thrown in

T: A hop bomb for sure. So much fruit at the beginning. Oranges, tangerines, followed by a malty punch, then a bitter finish. Not really boozy but you can feel that warmth.

M/D: Full mouth but not too full, just enough to handle all the citrusy bitter hop flavor. Insanely drinkable. Almost no noticeable etoh presence whatsoever. I'm baffled.

Overall: This is an amazing beer. I couldn't believe it. So well balanced and so freakin' big. The only crisis would be if 21st Amendment stopped making it because it's by far the best beer of theirs I've ever had. (only had a sample, not a full glass)

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 06:52:16 | More by bret27
Photo of david18

New York

4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer made an unfortunately very brief appearance at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I had about three over a two day period and then it was gone, which was too bad because I really liked this beer.

Appearance was a copper/amber color with a nice amount of carbonation which stuck around for a while. Very enticing.

Aroma was probably the best part. Very refreshing hops, almost sweet. Fruity, with a nice malt aroma as well.

Flavor was also great. Great mix of hops, malt and heat, with a very west coast hop bent. Great bitterness, great flavor.

I really hope to see this beer again because I really liked it. One of the better double IPA's that I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2011 19:32:06 | More by david18
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$3.00 can from Abe's.

Rich golden color, terrific clarity, plenty of carbonation, topped byfour fingers of bubbly snow white foam Good lacing.

Exceptional strong clean and enticing pine aroma, easily noticeable across the table.

A quick flash of sweet malt splashes on the tongue, and then its all hops. Juicy fruit tingles all over the mouth. Then the bitterness bomb buids up and explodes at the swallow, with a firestorm burning through a long, long aftertaste.

Good firm mouthfeel delivers it all squarely.

Overall, a big thumbs up and a IIPA that exceeded my expectations.

Serving type: can

10-06-2011 20:47:12 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of SouljaSaia17


4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: This beer pours a light, golden-orange color with a solid 2 in, soapy, bright white head. Very hazy in appearance. Retention is slow in my IPA glass, so I dont see any lacing, though im sure its heavy.

S: Strong amounts of citrus hops and grapefruit jump out at me off the first smell. I also get some apricots, a dry biscuit aroma.

T: Very strong hop bite, very citrusy and piney in the initial taste. I get a subtle honey and apricot flavor through the middle,followed by that dry yeast that coats your mouth.

M: Very hoppy, but not too bitter. Nice mouthfeel and a good balance of flavor make this a very drinkable IPA. Alcohol is not noticeable and has minor carbonation.

O: This is a very hoppy IPA and is up there with some other great ones I have had. I always compare a good IPA to Samuel Adams Whitewater, and this one come pretty close. High ABV and the quality that this beer was brewed make it well worth the price if you can find it. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 21:57:06 | More by SouljaSaia17
Photo of BeerNotes


4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow with a 1/2 inch head — dissipates to about 1/8 inch — and laces all the way down.

S: Lots of citrus, bits of oak and earth, slight malt.

T: Surprisingly biscuity up front. Quickly gives way to grapefruit and hops. Oaked smokiness masks some of the alcohol flavor near the back. Ends very bitter.

M: Moderate thickness and carbonation.

O: It’s a really nice beer. Not too heavy-handed on the oak flavors, but enough to cover some of the booziness and add a nuanced finish. And you’re never confused about what you’re drinking; definitely a DIPA all the way through. Very drinkable for the high alcohol content, and pretty refreshing, especially near the end of summer. 21st Amendment continues to deliver on the off-the-beaten-path excellence I’ve come to expect from them.

Serving type: can

04-21-2013 18:27:49 | More by BeerNotes
Photo of tlazaroff


4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This smells so good that I got closer, and closer, until I literally inhaled some of the foam. Big big tropical fruits here: mango, pineapple, papaya, and cherries. It smells like the most delicious fruit cocktail on top of shortcake that has ever graced my nose.

Wonderful hazy dark straw color gradient topped by a crisp white head with lacing that looks like a pictograph of ocean waves.

Solid, but not intrusive bitterness from start to finish. Hop Crisis brings it with the taste of the tropics. Pineapple, lemon, light mango, and peaches on the palate. A soft bready background holds it together. Medium, smooth carbonation and a medium-light body. The alcohol isn't just hiding in this beer, it's completely undetectable. Great job to 21A and cheers!

Serving type: can

09-18-2012 00:00:19 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of PatDugan


4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hops Crisis is literally the equivalent of someone taking a bat and smashing you in the face. I mean that in the best possible way. This beer is strong as hell, and has a kick that will quite literally knock you off your feet.

If you can grab this off a tap somewhere, by all means go for it. Not bad in a can either in a pinch.

Serving type: can

11-04-2012 00:56:08 | More by PatDugan
Photo of Hoptometrist


4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a pint glass

A- Poured a clear golden orange color with a two finger frothy head and leaves minimal lacing.

S- Huge tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange peel, and pine. There is something else here though that I can't quite put my finger on, I am thinking it is the oak. This is very aromatic.

T- A little unusual for a Double IPA. Some nice tropical fruit, peach, orange citrus, lemon zest, grassy notes, some oak, maltiness, and pine. The alcohol is present and provides some warmth and a slight burn on the finish. A lot of sweetness going on but a lot of bitterness too, works well together.

M- This beer finishes super dry, starts off sticky and has a slightly oily mouthfeel, and the alcohol provides some warming. The bitterness lingers long after each sip.

O- This is a big beer in every way from the alcohol presence to the complexity in the taste and aroma. 21st Amendment is changing my perception on what kind of beer can come from a can with this one and Monk's Blood.

Serving type: can

07-06-2011 23:48:24 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of maximum12


4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, have sampled a couple 21st Amendment brews & been duly unimpressed. Had a Hop Crisis on tap recently though, & really enjoyed it. Had another walking to a Twins game. Now here we go a third time. I must like it.

Pour is a light golden, perfectly clear, nothing to pervert the view. The smell is simply stellar: a battering ram of hops. Pine, grapefruit come through strongly, & the oak could be scented by a blind man.

Hop Crisis proves 21st Amendment can make good beer; this is a big 'un that's all over the map. Bitter, hateful hops slash the palate, followed swiftly by the pine & grapefruit noted in the foreshadowing. Oak is sharp, stinging, & the base malts provide a strong counterpoint of sweetness that's halfway between floral & fruity. Booze flashes its trench-coat as me; finish is mostly wood alcohol. Hot. I find myself taking swig after swig, this bruiser could leave me sleeping the night in the hammock if I'm not aware of its left hook.

Excellent beer. The oak, malt, & hops have been trained to dance by a master; complimenting one another like Directors at a Finance convention. And the ultimate compliment: I'm down to one can in the fridge, I'll be out looking for another four-pack...soon.

Serving type: can

07-12-2011 02:23:51 | More by maximum12
Photo of ironlung


4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2009 19:53:22 | More by ironlung
Photo of somabeer


4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at 21A as part of strong beer month

It was a transparent amber color, With a big off white head and some retention. The aroma was chocked full of big resiny, piny hops, with just a hint of honey from the malt. The first thing I taste is the hops, but what DIPA would it be if that were untrue? But here there is lots of hops in all there resiny goodness, there's just a hint of honey sweetness from the malt. It's the right balance complementing the hops and not struggling for control of the flavor. There is a great balance for such a strong hoppy monster. It's nicely carbonated and goes down my gullet smoothly. Considering ABV this beer is dangerously drinkable and a great DIPA

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2010 06:51:25 | More by somabeer
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can brought back from the US to Australia and shared with @LaitueGonflable. A little confused as to the difference between this and the "oak aged" version listed here. On the can, this says "aged on oak spirals", as does the photo here. I'm assuming the "oak aged" version is an anomaly.

Froths a little on opening the can, but pleasantly, and pours a shining and slick golden colour into the glass. Plenty of body, and the head is a wonderful creamy and dense sheen on the top. Lacing is speckled, but pretty consistent. Overall, a great-looking IPA.

Nose is fresh and crisp and lovely, with big sharp orange citrus characters coming through beautifully. Creamy underneath, it gives a lovely smooth balance to the sharp, sparkling and redolent west coast hop characters. Lovely.

Palate is possibly even better, with a gorgeous true clean citric hop bitterness balanced on top of vanilla and cream characters from the oak. This cushions all of the oily hop residue, leaving a flavoursome and full-bodied beer, without any astringency or harshness. Fruity and fresh, but creamy and mellow. What an awesome combination.

Wow. This is a truly phenomenal IPA, and probably the best oak-infused one I've had. It does a great job of mellowing the palate, while the hops genuinely give a fresh robustness and a depth of sparkling exciting character. A winner.

Serving type: can

07-30-2011 04:55:07 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of jimmah120


4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite DIPA's, here it goes:

Look is a clear orange-amber with no rising bubbles and a small sticky white head. Smell is pungent pine, lemon, some saltine crackers, and a whiff of alcohol. Taste is more pine and lemon, slightly woody, bready, with a spicy kick of alcohol and spice in the finish. Feel is slightly slick, but pleasantly so. Low carbonation, and the alcohol is there but not offensive in any way.

Superb, I've been waiting all summer to try this again. Would love to sample this on-tap.

Serving type: can

09-02-2012 07:16:53 | More by jimmah120
Photo of letsgopens


4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another big beer reviewed on-tap at Poor Richard's Wexford Ale House (or rather 'The Ale House' as locals call it) in Wexford, PA. This big 'ol DIPA pours semi-clear orange with golden highlights. The soapy, off-white head sticks around for a while then recedes to some spotty lacing.

Tons of citrus in the nose right away: grapefruit, tangelo and sweet/bitter orange zest. Piney, resinous hops abound. Dry husky malt as well with some toasty biscuit undertones that help to provide balance to this big beer. Despite its best efforts how ever, this brew is shaping up to be quite the hop grenade(not an intentional BN reference but whatever, they are awesome so I'll keep it).

Bitey citrus hops with some spicy/floral notes to accompany all the citrus character. Lemon zest and some peppery booze notes as well. Some honey and biscuity malt characters float around in the middle; not enough to balance substantially but enough to make it palatable. In fact, it's very palatable for the style and high ABV. Some of the earthy oak notes mingle well with the substantial sweetness and help to finish clean with lingering bitterness.

Lush and smooth on tongue with mild carbonation and a slick feel throughout. Borderline dangerously drinkable considering the booze in this one. The only think that hold me back from slamming about 8 of them is the sweetness that becomes challenging after a couple...and my rapidly diminished motor skills. One question I have is that the ABV listed is 11.8% but I believe the tap handle said 9.4% or maybe 9.7? I forget, but considerably different than what I'm finding online. In any case, a nearly world class DIPA in my opinion. Right up there to be sure.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2011 04:31:38 | More by letsgopens
Photo of jmfc8237


4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear tangerine light caramel color with sticky lacing and fluffy head info a 12 oz snifter. Smelled of sweet tangerines and a slight tinge of oak and vanilla. Taste had a wonderful hop bitterness that was as close a marriage of flavor I can imagine for a double IPA. Great intense earthiness and floral citrus tastes are backed by significant malt balance. Overall this is indeed a winner in my book and I love all things in 2's

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2011 20:23:50 | More by jmfc8237
Photo of ZAP


4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Chill hazed golden color...light head..

S-Vanilla, oak, tropical fruits...bready malt

T-Big juicy citrus flavor of oranges, tangerines, pineapple, and peaches...bready malts...oak adds a vanilla like dimension that fits nicely and does not overwhelm.

M-Full bodied but more dryish than cloying despite all the sweet fruitiness and vanilla notes...

O-I really like this..reminds me of a bigger "Rumble IPA" from Great Divide. This has a little less oak/barrel notes than that one. Perfect blend in my opinion. Well done

Serving type: can

06-20-2011 00:57:47 | More by ZAP
Photo of BierJager89


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
Photo of schoolboy


4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not the first time that this brewery has impressed me, but it is the most impressed I have been by one of theirs. I think I may have said it before about one of theirs, I think this is the best beer I have ever had out of a can.

The hops is out there.it is strong and dark. Dark is not usually one of my favorite things but the barrel taste is way low, below everything else. this is a definite repurchase.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 01:49:39 | More by schoolboy
Photo of peacebone116


4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into Delirium snifter. Bottom of can is labeled with the following code: 1102 1643.

A: Honey gold with a thick bright head that recedes quickly to lace at the sides of the glass.

N: Pine and resin and earth with a defined sweetness in the background.

T/M: A citric flavor of pine and spice backed by a solid sweetness which is delivered in the solid and beautiful malt profile. The body feels very oily and thick with a lingering bitterness.

Not sure why I like this beer so much--it is a very good beer; I find it more similar to the Mid-West style IIPA, which I experienced while in CO. I really like how the beer features the often under-appreciated piny hop characteristics. I will definitely be enjoying another of theses rather soon.

Serving type: can

07-05-2011 15:59:13 | More by peacebone116
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Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
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