Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Reviews: 458
Hads: 1,474
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 85
Gots: 160 | FT: 2
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21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: sloejams on 04-08-2008

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can.

A: Pours a clear goldenrod with two fingers of creamy white head. Retention is solid and leaves behind a fair amount of lacing.

S: Smells strongly of tropical fruits and citrus, most notably grapefruit, and tangerine. Sweet malt scents provide the nostrils with a great backbone. There are some big oak notes, and piney grass like aromas from the hops present as well.

T: Subtlety sweet malts grace the tongue, followed by citrus flavors of grapefruit and orange. Piney hops provide a nice bitterness and subtle spice. The oak serves as a nice background flavor. There is some noticeable alcohol on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nice creamy, and smooth mouth feel with some slight warmth and alcohol fueled sensations. Very pleasant and drinkable considering the abv.

O: In the endless flood of hopped up ales for the ravenous hop heads, this brew pokes fun at the "Hop Crisis". The other thing this brew does is stand out in the endless crowd of IPA's out there. I really enjoyed this brew as it captures everything I want in an Imperial IPA, while also providing it's own unique vibe. (1,154 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, enjoy by 10/9/15

Pours a golden color, decent sized head but fades quickly, no lacing on the glass except for a thin ring near the top of the pour.

Smell is a bit strong in the sweet malt but hops do make an appearance in a slightly piney aroma, bit of a vegetable scent, specifically onion, but it's not overwhelming like it has been with another beer I've had.

Taste is much stronger in hop flavor with a piney/citrus front, sweet malt does balance things in the aftertaste, a bit strange since it's usually the other way around, carbonation is medium with a fairly resiny body without being too sticky. (618 characters)

Photo of beermeplz
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty solid DIPA. Smooth and well balanced, but not particularly complex. The booze is surprisingly well hidden beneath the predominantly sweet citrus flavor and mild bitterness. The oak-aging is not obvious to me in any way but perhaps it helped to smooth the beer out. Recommended but nothing to rave about. (320 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear golden amber color, white head, decent amount of carbonation, lots of lacing from the creamy white head, looks pretty good.

A: Piney, citrusy aromas, picking up some malt on the backend, slight onion, garlic aroma, alcohol is well hidden.

T: Very malty, sweet, some bitterness on the citrusy side, slight piney notes, but definitely more malty than it is bitter.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, pretty chewy, slightly dry bitter finish.

O: This is a big malt forward IIPA, slight bitterness with some pine and citrus notes, then a big, sweet malt backbone, lots of flavor but I prefer a IIPA with less malt backbone presence. (675 characters)

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a snifter from draft at Firkin on July 22, 2015. Look is more dark golden than deep amber, decent lacing. Smells of citrus and I sense a little honey sweetness too. Tastes of caramel malt, citrus hops. Feels is smooth and creamy. (243 characters)

Photo of citizencane
2.46/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Gave this an entire meal to warm and rid itself of overwhelming rubbing alcohol taste. It helped slightly but this ended up being a drain pour. Very disappointing coming from 21st Amendment, of all breweries. (210 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours exceptionally lovely with bright clarity a bone white head of creamy foam that lasts well enough. Nose is muted citrus fruits. They are in there but the wood is up over them to the extent that you feel like they would have been stronger without it. There is plentiful citrus though. The thing that the wood really comes over is the fruit peel. The brightness of it. Grapefruit and a bit of fresh orange. As the beer warms you will find vanilla and a bit of spice. The wood is airy and smells fresh. There si a very bright floral. Taste is succulent. Smooth, Creamy biscuit rolls over the palate bringing all that fruit tempered by that wood. Juicy and then finishes with a perfectly sublime bitterness. It's so gracefull. It literally clears the palate to show you the malt. Perfect! I liked this beer better the second time around so give it a good chance. =) (882 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
4.76/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tropical fruits, big oak and sweet malt notes. Very smooth and sweet with the tropical fruits and oak flavor melding in so well together with the malt its very delicious. I can''t believe how drinkable it is too! Wow, that totally took me by surprise. Its light but heavy at the same time and its complex without being too complex. Its definitely a sipper and has some alcohol notes but its still extremely drinkable. The hops round out with everything else in the aftertaste leaving behind an oak, sweet malt tropical bitterness. Definitely a great beer! (555 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear dark orange, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells like dank grapefruity citrus and a bit of sweet malt.

I get maybe a little bit of vanilla, but I don't really feel that the oak aging did a whole lot for the flavor here. Otherwise, there's ton of grapefruit and orange here, with some malty sweetness- kind of a sugary syrupy feel that's luckily not too overpowering. The alcohol is not noticeable at all.

This is medium bodied, with- as stated above- a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. This has a moderate level of carbonation.

Definitely a solid effort from 21A here- if the finish was a bit drier, this would be a lot better. (741 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by 10/9/15.

Appearance: Much lighter in color than expected, the color of straw. Great clarity and a big foamy off-white head.

Aroma: Spicy/earthy hops and just a dash of honey.

Taste: Quite a bit maltier than I was expecting given the light color. Maybe the oak is playing up the maltiness a bit. Apart from a mild bitterness and overripe orange flavor, the hops really aren't playing much of a role here. There is a heavy caramel/honey flavor in the finish that is overly sweet but leads to a dry aftertaste. The can states 9.7% ABV and 94 IBUs but that's very hard to believe since the bitterness is quite understated and the flavor is nearly watery at times. I don't know whether to be impressed or disappointed. Based on the description I'm disappointed.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body. The carbonation is more noticeable than other beers of the style because this one lacks the body to go with it's ABV. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Such a confusing beer here. It probably tastes best fresh out of the bright tank sans oak spirals. Would I drink it again? Probably not. (1,101 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A big brash DIPA sipper this is. The oak gives it a nice edge. Somewhat dry, peppery in the finish. Caught this on NJ vacation after seeing it in sold in a small box in a local bottle shop (after remembering seeing this brewery's ad(s) in this web sites mag).
Nice sweetness to the malts makes this a bold hop-full beer to be able to sip through with fair ease. Good beer. Great that it's canned. I'll bring one home with me. (426 characters)

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Not sure when it was canned, but it says "Enjoy by 10/22/15.

LOOK: A slightly hazy gold with a small bubbly white head.

SMELL: Tons of tropical and citrus fruit. Peach, pineapple, papaya, passionfruit, mango, grapefruit, and lemon. It's got that resinous bittersweet tropical fruit smell very similar to the Stone Ruination 2.0 I just reviewed, as well as Stone Enjoy By. There's some faint honey sweetness as well, but it's kept in check by onion and citrus pith bitterness.

TASTE: This is a juicy tropical fruit bomb. Pineapple, peach, grapefruit, and melon are most prominent, but tangerine, white grape, papaya, and passionfruit are also there. The malt tastes of crackers, biscuits, and honey, yet remains far in the background for the showcasing of juicy hop flavors. The alcohol exists as a slight warmth near the swallow, but for being nearly 10%, it's remarkably well hidden. This drinks like an 8 percenter. Finished dry and hoppy with grapefruit, pineapple juice, onion, pine needles, and perhaps a faint hint of vanilla from the oak.

FEEL: Somewhat between medium and heavy in body. Almost creamy and syrupy, yet very drinkable. Carbonation is medium-light and keeps it smooth.

OVERALL: This is an extremely double (or is it triple?) IPA, and is probably my favorite brew from 21st Amendment thus far. Buy it whenever you get the chance. (1,409 characters)

Photo of I_imbibe
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This DIPA has an excellent balance of citrus juiciness along with malt backbone. Very drinkable at 9.7. I like the comic book style can, I will definitely be displaying one! The oak is not strong but you can taste it as you inhale and it balances well with the hoppy aftertaste. Any stronger would probably offset this balance. They nailed this one, my favorite offering from 21st for sure. (392 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quick review. This is an exceptional example of the style, to my taste. No too viscous, decent hop-bitterness to counteract some of the inherent big-malt sweetness. More carbonated than the typical Imperial IPA. I definitely detect the oak, which is a huge plus. (266 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that fade down to a thin ring of lace

S: Juicy, citrusy hops up front along with hints of the oak spirals and some pine. Some fruity alcohol in there as well. Definitely hop forward

T: Follows the nose. Juicy hops come out first, with notes of citrus and pine. The oak is lighter in the taste, but does provide some of the classic oakiness. Malts are mostly on the caramel side and provide a nice balance to the hops, although the hops are still very bitter. Finishes with lingering bitterness and some fruitiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice, hop-forward DIPA with a good oak twist. The 9.7% flies under the radar and can really sneak up on you quite quickly if you aren't prepared. Great for those who love bitter DIPAs that keep some semblance of juiciness (839 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by: 10/9/15.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great citrus and tropical hop characteristics, but I am not getting any wood qualities from the oak spirals in either the smell or taste.

Serving type: can. (712 characters)

Photo of hotpauko
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of DeanWormer
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
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??? (436 characters)

Photo of Braz
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Wow this is really good. citrus notes an aromatic s.the bitterness is there but underlying in the background. I don't recall seeing this but I am glad I bumped into it. (168 characters)

Photo of BrewChatKen
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

This has officially become one of my favorite double IPAs. Big tropical fruits on the nose like pineapple, peach, orange/tangerine, mango, a little oak, dash of vanilla and booze. Yeah, this is gonna be a big beer. Poured golden with a fluffy white head, excellent retention. The color surprised me, it looked like a light bodied beer and it drank like one too, dangerously easy drinking is how I'd describe it. The big hop bitterness is well balanced by the malts and oak aging. Those fruits are present as well as subtle vanilla coming off the oak, that was very nice. It was a little boozy, but that didn't detract from it for me. I'll be having this again and I wish they would make it available year round. (712 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At first I didn't think this beer was going to be all that great but wow, I was impressed. The hops and so forth are pretty basic but what I loved about it was the woodiness smell and taste. It really sweetened it up and ended up being pretty good. (250 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev +1.3%

12 oz. can poured into a Burley Oak snifter (enjoy by 10/11/14)

A: Not much of a head on the swirl, but a decent one on the pour. Recedes quickly and only leaves a bit of lacing.
S: Nice down-to-earth malty hop smell, that is singular but strong and hoppy.
T: This is a damn good
M: Unbelievably smooth with just a whisper of carbonation.
O: My AL EAST O's beer, and what a good one. A great IPA for a great time. (428 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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. (493 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

This is definitely a DIPA, but not the best of the lot, but, what can you expect for less than $4. Which is what I picked this single up for. I have had several beers from this brewery, but I will have to admit, they are only O.K. I have had worse I have had better, I guess they have hit the sweet spot in price and quality, but the quality suffers a bit, I personally would rather have a better beer and pay a bit more.

Color: Straw yellow, clear.

Smell: Not as much hops as you would like, but its still not bad. I just prefer a more robust hop presence. This one had too much maltiness going on.

Taste: Same as in aroma.

Overall: Not a bad DIPA, but not spectacular. (675 characters)

Photo of threeviews
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Poured from a 12oz can (multiple cans consumed b/w 7/13/14 & 8/30/14, Best By Date: 10/11/14) into a Rastal Teku 2.0 stemmed glass

A- Pours a slightly hazy, golden yellow with a 1+ finger worth of a soapy white head with moderate retention. Being a fan of light-hued DIPA's, this a benchmark for the style and joins the ranks with other highly respected offerings in Enjoy By IPA and Founders Double Trouble. (5.0)

S- Being that another oak-aged IPA in Burton Baton stands to be my favorite of all time (simply due to availability), Hop Crisis does not disappoint. Vanilla and coconut from the oak is at the forefront and blends beautifully with the hoppy notes of citrus (orange, tangerine, grapefruit) and tropical fruits (pineapple and mango). (5.0)

T- Vanilla and coconut are the first to strike followed by a a quick shot of malt sweetness. However, the hops never play second fiddle and end up engulfing the palate into a dry citrus rind and piney finish. The 9.7% ABV (as labeled) goes absolutely undetectable thanks to the modest malt bill and a low percentage of residual unfermentable sugars. (5.0)

M- The labeled 94 IBU's are tamed by the silky texture imparted from the oak spirals. Despite the 9.7% ABV, the body is as light as its appearance, treading the cusp between heavy/light bodied and light/medium bodied. (5.0)

O- Simply put, this is perfection...and perfection in a can! Although I've had this before, I have been remiss in composing a proper review for Hop Crisis. Despite nearly a year passing since my last can, this is everything I remember (and perhaps even more). It possesses every quality of a world class DIPA (appearance, aroma, flavor, mouthfeel, high drinkability)...then add to that the time on oak spirals is what sets this one apart from the ranks. If it were more readily available, this would trumpet Burton Baton as my favorite DIPA (if not beers) of all time. Heady Topper...what's that?! (5.0) (1,942 characters)

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Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
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