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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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very good

1,058 Ratings
very good

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sloejams on 04-08-2008)
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Photo of ryan1788a5


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
Photo of IPAdams


3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a bright golden orange with half inch head that lingers and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell- not very strong, citrus and a bit of old oak.

Taste- very good. Strong citrus and grapefruit then as it warms it starts to display the malts with some vanilla and wood notes. Sweet, hoppy with just a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel- fairly thick and creamy for an IPA, good carbonation.

Overall- really good beer, the oak accents the hops well. Very drinkable, dangerous as this is 9% Abv.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 14:20:48 | More by IPAdams
Photo of patpbr


4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a surprising light orange to golden color with a nice head.
S - A really nice nose loaded with hops. Citrus, Fruit, pine and oak.
T - Strong citrus hops jump out with orange peel. Juicy and strong fruit flavors. The malt is sweet and sugary. The oak is slightly noticed and has vanilla taste. Bitter.
M - Medium body with a crisp semi creamy feel. Carbonation is at the right level.
O - Canned on 6/7/13. It was fresh and good considering the oak barrel. Nice can graphics.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 01:21:38 | More by patpbr
Photo of kylehay2004


4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with nice lacing on a cloudy golden body.

S: lots of citrus hops with mostly orange and some lemon.

T: spicey, orange sweetness and tartness from the hops. malt base is noticeable but doesnt dominate. Finishes very herbal and with metallic notes.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: The hoppiness is there, just not the hop flavors I really enjoy. Definitly worth trying and a good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 04:04:02 | More by kylehay2004
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 jjanega08


3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Canned on
08/06/12 0622

A= Pours a hazy light orange color with a nice finger of head on it that holds some decent retention and lacing.

S= Pineapple aroma. This is among the most pineappley of beers I've smelled. A little booze comes through as well. Unfortunately the aroma isn't as pungent as they make it sound on the can. A dominate hop aroma for sure but not as powerful as most IPAs.

T= The taste is a great pineapple hop flavor. Again strong fruity hops and a little malt sweetness to back it up a little bit. The flavor again is somewhat lacking for an IPA. Great flavor for what is there but it's not the pungent power I enjoy in many many other IPAs.

M= Truthfully the mouth is a little light.

O= This isn't a bad beer by any means. I've been sort of avoiding this for a few years now since it's been available. It isn't close to being among the best IPAs I've had but it's not a bad beer either. I've had much worse than this. Solid but it didn't meet my expectations for an IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 03:19:06 | More by jjanega08
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - translucent golden orange, with a large cap of soft, dense, white head

S - bready, maybe some cake batter, little hop aroma

T - bready malts, a little sweetness, bitter hops, piny, oak, earthy

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

For the ABV, this is incredibly smooth and drinkable. The malt/hop balance is superb. The oak comes through but adds complexity and doesn't detract from the other flavors. Overall, a really solid, DIPA. I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 21:00:15 | More by tdm168
Photo of ccarney2


3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Crisp/clear light amber body with about a finger and a half of head that settles quickly. Lots of small bubbles that are rising from the bottom of the glass up to the head. Decent lacing that tracks your sips down the side of the glass.

Smell - Bright, floral nose with hints of grapefruit and other citrus notes. Hardly any of the 9.7% ABV coming through the nose. Smells sweet with little of a hop character, but has some sweet mango in the nose.

Taste - Lots of similarities between the smell and flavor. Definite citrus sweetness to start off with but it subtly and slowly subsides into a more hop flavor, without ever being very bitter. The high ABV is still masked quite well in the flavor.

Mouthfeel - fairly highly carbonated with a slightly thicker consistency than most IPA's that I've had. It kind of works well with the sweetness of this IPA.

Overall - Nice clean IIPA that is a little different than most of the others in the genre that I have tasted. This beer appropriately hides the high ABV without overloading the beer with bittering hops. It is a good beer, but probably not something that I will be extremely eager to try again.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 02:37:32 | More by ccarney2
Photo of deapokid


3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on 8/28. Reviewed from notes.

Golden yellow color liquid with a noticeably low amount of carbonation. The head is thin, as is the lacing. Visually, this is a bit flat.

Hmm... The hop aroma is rather interesting. Initially, the scent is sweet and fruity, but it gradually becomes saltier, dare I say garlicy. I don't dislike the smell, but I can't really tell what they're trying to convey with this battle of polar opposites.

The taste is sweet, like a Jolly Rancher, with a light touch of warm buttered toast and a hint of tart pineapple. There's also a certain muskiness that tastes a bit like raw onion and hickory smoke. Don't fret, this isn't GUBNA territory.

Mouthwise, the smoothness in the conclusion is probably best attributed to the oak barreling, which adds that nice, woody flavor. Savory notes in the flavor weaken as the beer warms.

Admittedly, I expected more from this oak-barreled DIPA and I think that weird juxtaposition between sweet and savory is the issue.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 23:58:27 | More by deapokid
Photo of EkimGram

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 12oz can poured into a Duvel tulip. Colour is a rich golden wheat with a thick two-finger head. A constant, heavy stream of carbonation is visible. Head leaves a patchy lacing.

Smell: Lots of sweet, citrus hops. Not too heavy, very balanced with a nice backing support of malts.

Taste: Starts out nice and balanced, hoppy. The hops grow into an explosion of floral citrus with a touch of malt and a lot of bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with an exciting amount of carbonation. Very silky, finishes slightly sticky.

Overall: There is almost no alcohol presence, it's impressive. The taste is wonderfully balanced and complex. I could drink this all night if I wasn't going to end up on the floor.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 04:57:25 | More by EkimGram
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of thick white head. Good retention with a lot of lacing left. Color is a golden orange.

Aroma: Very hoppy. Floral, earthy, and citrusy. A lot of bitterness. Very fresh. I am surprised this is oak aged for how hoppy it is.

Taste: Much like the nose. Just a super fresh and hoppy iipa. Floral and piney. Earthy. A lot of fruit and citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends bitter and sticky.

Overall, this was a solid iipa. I really didn't pickup on the oak aging because of fresh and hoppy it was and normally oak aged ipas show more malts. This was a tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 23:48:16 | More by mothman
Photo of jmerloni


4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright vibrant yellow-orange color. Sticky sticky white head that laces wonderfully.

S - Citrus hops, a lot of them. Some strange spice in there with some pineapple.

T - Sweeter than I thought it would be, big malt backbone that isn't entirely kept in check with the hoppy bitterness profile. Flavors = orange, nectarine, pineapple, sage.

M - Sticky and pretty full. Pretty dry for a pretty hoppy beer.

D - Solid beer. One of the best I've tried from 21st. I'd try it again, although it's a bit expensive.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 03:29:19 | More by jmerloni
Photo of chumba526


3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears solid orange with a small off white head.

It smells of caramel malt, mild toffee, oak and citrus like and slightly grassy hops.

It tastes of grassy and citrusy hops. I get a mild vanilla like oaky flavor to the beer as well. There is a solid semisweet caramel malt bill for this beer. The oak smoothes out the beer and tones down the hop bitterness. This tastes good though I would prefer a dryer malt bill.

This has ample carbonation with a somewhat thick mouthfeel.

Overall a pretty nice mild double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 22:46:56 | More by chumba526
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 Viciousknishs


3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a light brassy amber color. Half a finger of off white head that quickly recedes.

S- hoppy aromas of hop resins and yellow grapefruit peel at first. Balancing malts with a sweet syrupy character. Finishs with a hint of oak and a leafy hop note. Note overly complex but a solid IPA aroma.

T- starts of with a powdered sugar sweet maltiness acts as a balance to the hoppiness. Definitely More of a focus on balance. Hoppy flavors come out with a leafy character and a hint of grapefruit peel. Dry oaky character gives the beer a slight astringency on the finish. Overall a solid interpretation.

MF- slick oily mouthfeel. Average carbonation with a medium body.

D- drinkability is pretty good. My only qualm is the slight astringency from the oak. Overall very sold oak aged DIPA

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 21:39:21 | More by Viciousknishs
Photo of Gobzilla


4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a vibrant golden orange in color with pale yellow highlights and had a tight finger worth of bubbly head leaving some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of citrus upfront on the nose consisting of orange and tangerine with a good. Hop variety, hints of candi sugar, piney, and grassy notes but with some malty sweet as well.

T: the hop profile was really nice with some citrus grapefruit that helped out on the bitterness factor alongside grassy piney accents and a decent amount of sweetness from the malts.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, hoppy, grassy, and bitter finish that did linger on the palate.

D: it was drinking pretty decent but had a nice hop bite to it. Definitely worth trying cause it was a solid DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 00:54:30 | More by Gobzilla
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 Legend_of_Troybrau

Rhode Island

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.


Also: Insta-buzz!

Serving type: can

02-06-2014 01:00:11 | More by Legend_of_Troybrau
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 beagle75


3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Draft service into a half-pint nonic glass at Tilia in Minneapolis.

A: Clear, medium golden color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Sweetness is suggested, although the aromas do nothing to presage the coming hops assault of the early flavor. Smelling this beer is like smelling the packing liquid of canned mandarin orange wedges.

T: Begins very off-dry, with bold and juicy tangerine citrus and honeydew melon hops aromatics. Soft and refined base malt gains some traction in the middle as fruit turns more toward apricot. Bitterness is mild for the style in the finish, where savory herbs--thyme and coriander, perhaps--emerge before being replaced by a heavy spirituous presence.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, very syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: An immense IPA--it would be difficult to overstate its size--but it chooses a path and stays faithfully to it. Too large a serving of this beer would surely overwhelm the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2013 00:41:18 | More by beagle75
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 Jadjunk


3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"During the hop crisis, some brewers were forced to skimp on hops, depriving the people of their right to hoppy, aromatic beer." Hop Crisis? Is brewed in the style of an American Imperial India Pale Ale aged on oak spirals. This is one of 21st Amendment's imperial releases, being released in the summer. Available in 4 packs of 12 oz. cans and in limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a tulip glass. Served north of 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy eggshell white head over a very hazy amber yellow body. Fine specked sediment aids in convoluting the appearance. Retention is excellent, lacing is light and draped. Carbonation is moderate and brisk. I am intrigued by the general yellowness and lack of clarity that this beer has, as both happen make this beer visually unique. 4.25

(Smell) Biscuity malts, fruity hop and yeast character, mild herbaceous notes, moderate drying oak aroma is certainly perceivable. Hop flavor is focused on a few simple hop aroma notes, there is nothing crazy or notably complex about the hop aroma in this beer. Bitterness is moderate. The yeast generates a great deal of aromatic density to make a beer that hints Belgian influences with some vinous, mildly acidic fruits, light peppery spices and floral undertones. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor has even less hop draw than the aroma suggested, a thin floral breath with a touch of dry resin. The focus, it seems is drawn from a moderate dose of oak and malt impact, both which come together for an impactful dryness and a strong sweet, oaky character that does more for the texture and finish than anything else. Hop bitterness remains notable, although a lack of hop character in general questions whether this beer has been appropriately categorized amongst Imperial IPA contenders. Regardless of style, I was underwhelmed in some areas and hoped for something a bit more rounded. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Slick texture, mild pale chewiness, peppery, mildly oily and resinous texture. Carbonation adds a edgy crispness to keep the beer from venturing off too close to Belgian styles. Body is a medium+ for the style, medium/high overall. Alcohol presence is medium+, a bit too many esters called out against a mild malt and hop profile and sits all too cozily amongst an oak profile. Balance is bitter over sweet, yeasty over clean. A muddy, confused mouthfeel. 3.25

(Overall) Really unimpressed with the flavors and textures of this beer. As estimated by the can design, hop presence was very low in this beer, instead drawing some bitter character from oak spirals and combined with a very potent and dominant yeast profile that generates bold peppery spice, mild fruity esters and a parching dryness. I really find it difficult to classify this as an Imperial India Pale Ale as I didn't get much that plays to the style at all, despite how widely the flavors can vary. I probably won't get this again in light of other tried and true Imperial IPA recipes on the market. Proceed with caution. 3.5

21st Amendment Brewery's
Hop Crisis? Imperial IPA

Serving type: can

11-30-2013 02:38:39 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of dwren89


4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: can

10-20-2013 23:21:26 | More by dwren89
Photo of Pencible


3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy light gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like lemon and unripe apricot, with a little sweet honey and biscuit.
T: It tasted like citrus hops and lemon zest, with some sweet honey and biscuit malt. It had a bittersweet aftertaste with some alcohol.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a nice double IPA. I didn't pick up much oak character, although maybe that was the biscuit I noticed. The scent and taste were good, but the body was weak and the finish was fairly harsh. So it want super easy to drink, but it certainly wasn't a bad beer either.

Serving type: can

10-20-2013 02:14:39 | More by Pencible
Photo of bizweasel


4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am always on the lookout for a distinctive beer that you can take on a hike, suck right out of the can, and once you reach the bottom of that can, you can lean back and think to yourself: "Life is good." For me, this is that beer.

The oak spirals process gives it that oaked flavor without the caramelness of some of the other barrel aged beers out there. That and the high IBU hoppage in combination give this beer a truly unique flavor.

You don't see it when sucking it out of the can (as it is meant to be enjoyed) but this beer has a really nice color to it, a nut brown.

High ABV sneaks up on you because there is so much else going on with the flavor of this beer.

Along with Oakshire IPA and Fremont Abominable, one of my troika of Best Beers That Come In A Can.

Serving type: can

10-11-2013 23:45:16 | More by bizweasel
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Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
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