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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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483 Reviews
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Reviews: 483
Hads: 1,576
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 19.14%
Wants: 94
Gots: 211 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: sloejams on 04-08-2008

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 11/13/2010 at -bal fest 2010.

Pours orange/red, hazy, white head, pretty good lacing.

Aroma is pine and bitterness with some apricot.

Flavor is hoppy, like a fresh batch of Hop Crisis with peach and earthy hops, but not overbearing on the oak.

Body is light/medium, quite nice for an IPA. Surprisingly high levels of drinkability present in this beer.


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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrusy hops and oak in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell with flavors of grapefruit and oak but is also very well balanced and has initial notes of malty sweetness along with hints of caramel and vanilla. There is a light amount of accompanying bitterness; however the flavors in the finish are more reminiscent of a barleywine instead of an IPA.
M: It feels medium-bodied and both smooth and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a bit of dryness and some notes of alcohol warming and stickiness.
O: This beer is extremely drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste and the bitterness isn’t that strong.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out of the can as a really nice looking golden copper color. The head was big and foamy at first, as it settles it leaves a really nice lacing. The smell is of grapefruit and citrus hops. The taste was awesome off the first sip. It was hoppy and then it actually changed into something else equally hoppy but different. Very interesting, only happened on the first sip. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, and very well carbonated. Overall I found this beer to be pretty freaking awesome! Would totally drink it again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ever so slightly hazed bright yellow with a thin whisp of a white head. Sticky legs on its way down. Smell is a tad bit muted--especially compared to the taste. Initial impression is quite hoppy with some citrus rind. Not too much depth, but excellent bitterness level. Mouthfeel is fantastic...light, dry, well carbonated, and quite bitter. Superb drinkability. Glad this made its way out to DC.

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Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can into a pint glass. Dark amber body capped by a large, persistent head. Nose has a lot of oak, caramel malt and pine. Smells pretty sweet and heavy, unabashedly oaky and malty for a DIPA. It hides the alcohol well, at least. Taste follows the aroma: very oaky and malty with piney, somewhat herbal hop flavors coming in beneath. Oak contributes a little vanilla, and there's plenty of caramel malt flavor. Finish exhibits light to moderate bitterness and tannins, not much bite for the style. Pretty boring stuff, nowhere near as good as the original recipe for this beer, which was delicious. A shame that 21A is screwing with their old recipes.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on a hazy, golden body. The head settles pretty quickly but leaves decent lace.

S - A pungent aroma of floral and pine hops with clean malt in the background.

T - Sweet mat and fruity hops up front. Some pine and citrus notes in the middle with a touch of toffee. Finishes with turpentine, grapefruit, and a strong, somewhat medicinal bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - It has a lot of potential at first with a great aroma, but things fall apart in the finish. Harsh bitterness and an odd hop profile in the flavor hurt the drinkability and leave me disappointed.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at 21A

A: The pour is an orange-amber color with a dense, soapy white head with great lacing.

S: Perhaps not surprisingly, this is pretty sweet on the nose. Lots of sweet fruity hops giving a grapefruit and citrus aroma to the beer. There is a lot of caramel and sugary sweetness, though, which isn't really what I like in an IPA.

T: Very sweet, way too much for me. Brown sugar, caramel, and toffee provide a sugary base to the beer. There is hop character to it, but it's sweet as well. Tropical fruits, sweet oranges, grapefruit, and perhaps a negligible amount of pine.

M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: This is definitely leaning toward the barleywine side of things. Not sure why this one gets talked up so much...I was not a fan.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can - Olde Crabapple Bottle Shop in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, deep yellow body with a very tall, very aggressive, near white head. Already this beer is beset against me. Gobs of sticky lace on the descent.

Smell: Nicely aromatic with fragrant notes of pineapple juice, lemon peel, ruby red grapefruit, sweet oranges, and papaya with a backing of oak wood well encrusted with sugars.

Taste: Pale malts with a 50-50 helping of light-colored caramel and simple syrup glazed over faintly toasted grains. I'll admit, the sweetness present caught me a bit off guard, not that I'm displeased at all by it. Mild inclusion of vanilla here and there. Pleasing myriad of citrus flavors with some more tropical elements like red papaya pulp and mango juice. While it does start a bit surprisingly sweet, it closes out dry in shot at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Nice job, 21st! Goes does with surprising ease for being nearly 10% ABV and it was very hoppy without simply being wretchedly bitter without any hop flavor.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yay, IPA in a can, Tasty crack cans!

Pours a foamy sticky 1 finger head that sticks all over the glass with nice lacing over crystal clear nectar orange color.

Nose has some nice hops, a combination of fresh citrus, sweet candy like hops, a bit earthy, hint of tropical fruit, with a slight aromatic malt hidden under that.

taste comes with a sweetness at first, some malts but pretty much all pale malts, a touch of booze with the sweetness, as well as hints of candied oak and hint of vanilla. With that is a fair amount of bitterness, bringing some earthy hops, again with the sweet candy like juicy hop flavors, hints of citrus and fruit. Finish brings a bit more bitterness but it never seems to get crazy bitter, a bit of citrus and orange peel on the finish, hints of more fruits like tangerine, a bit sticky and still semi sweet, and some light musty flavors.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, hint of booze, sticky, and decent enough carbonation.

Overall not bad, nothing special, pretty typical for a West Coast style DIPA, just enough malts and sweetness to hold the bitterness down and the oak barely comes through but there, perhaps a bit drier finish would be nicer, and more dominant hop flavors, but it had it's moments of peaks and valleys.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a brilliant clear copper, with several rich and foamy fingers of bright-white head. This is a bit of a foamy pour, but not overly so, as this settles down into a frothy finger that drenches the sides of the glass in a sticky latticework of lacing. The aroma is floral, spicy, and resinous up front, which then quickly segues into some bright citrusy character. This all in turn mingles with an underlying mix of sweeter fruit, malt, and a LOT of vanilla and oak flavors.

The taste is once again bright citrus bitterness and pine up front but this is pretty quickly blunted by a sweet wave of tropical fruit, vanilla, and grainy malt. Deep pine, spice, and a strong lingering pithiness hang tough in the finish while some woodiness hangs on the edges of the profile. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a good bit of oiliness to the body up top, but there is a bit of underlying crispness here as well. I guess ultimately this is coming off a bit too chewy in the mouth. There is some light warmth coming out of this but it’s honestly pretty well hid for a close to 10% beer.

While I appreciated what the dry-hopping brought to this, that combination of the heavy sweetness here (especially vanilla) and the beefy feel just got to be a bit too much at times. These oak-aged IPAs really aren’t my thing but this one was at least one of the more tolerable ones that I’ve had. I still don’t think that I’d go for a second can of it though.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Thanks to johnyb for this can!

You can't spell "crisis" without the goddess Isis. Think about it. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, light lime zest, and a light touch of mild biscuit. The taste holds notes of light pine sap, lemon rind, and sweet caramel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice DIPA, one that doesn't go crazily overboard with the hops and hides the alcohol decidedly well.

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Photo of mactrail
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden amber in the Crooked Line narrow tulip. Big aroma of canned pineapple is odd but likable. This is so fruity and orange peel flavored it's crazy. Strong and alcoholic tasting. A scratchy, dark hop intensity rises up amid the mangos and fruit cocktail. A brief biscuit flavor.

Rich and tart with hop oils. Yeasty and kind of a stew of hop flavors. The bitterness threatens to take over, but it's so goofy you have to like it. Overall it's very sippable, fragrant, and full of fruit flavors. Bought a four-pack of cans at the Jug Shop in San Francisco.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel up front. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this can up at Thirsty's, poured chilled into a tulip, shared with octopus87.

The color is golden with amber hues and a thick 1/2 inch rocky cap of white, the lace clings tenaciously and bead is fine. The smell is fruity right off the bat with some slight tropical odors and mild citrus from the hops with a gentle alcohol odor. The feel is good with a high dose of resinous hop oils and moderate carbonation which brings some of the bitterness to the forefront, subtle grassiness and a light astringency mid taste and the beer finishes more dry than sweet with a slight alcohol tinge and lingering bitterness.

The taste has a slight citrus flavor which is sort of rind-like with a light pine and mellow apple accent. The yeast gives a hint of tropical essence with mild grassiness. I think the oak flavor is there, but provides more in the way of tannic element to the feel than the taste which is good since it doesn't detract from the hops which are the focus. The hop flavor becomes more grassy and and bitter as it warms with mild astringency level and a flavor that borders on spicy w/ a hop acidity that seems sharper near the end. the alcohol is showing more as it warms w/ some citrus still clinging w/ a light grassy note and mellow malt in the finish. Overall I enjoyed this the oak and high alpha hops make this a pretty intense ride, but the flavors still work together and the only thing holding it back is the fact you get a bit more alcohol in the flavor than I like.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Oak spirals? What are those? Is that like an oak slinky?

As is usually the case, the wood kind of sucks some life out of the ipa-ness of things here. Gets muddled. The hop character does seem to show better than I recall from the last time I had it. A nice drinker. Don't think I'll go for this again. (That's twice now. Which is damn near a record for me.)

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into tulip, interesting can design with inscriptions haha. Pours crystal clear light orange amber color with a dense 2 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap. Thick lacing sticks to the glass as well. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, caramel, pineapple, and pine. Big sweetness in the aromas, with little spiciness from hops. Taste of tons of orange, pine, orange zest, caramel, oak, and a bit of spiciness. Big sweetness up front with a decent amount of bitterness on the finish, but not as much as I was expecting. Some lingering bitterness on the finish with citrus and pine notes. Much more malt forward DIPA here. Low-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied with a bit of a sticky and slick mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed at all surprisingly. Overall, a damn nice DIPA, with easy drinkability and all around good flavor.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring at Mad Mex Robinson and other scattered locations across the Burgh...this one pours a pale copper hue with a thin white head, forms fine speckled lacing down the sides of the 12 ounce tumbler. Aroma has citric pine, sugary malt content and a touch of alcohol in the nose. This isn't your standard booze ridden DIPA. Tropical fruit sweetness with citrus/pine tree, and floral hops galore. A bit boozey but it doesn't override the hop profile. Never seems to hot or brash with bitterness this beer really serves up a balanced version of a west coast DIPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slight oily texture from the hop resins, smooth carbonation flows making it a nice texture experience. Drinkability is solid in the sense that it's solid in flavor and high on drinkability for the style by not hitting you over the head, but it's probably one of the highest DIPA brews I've had without even realizing it while drinking the beer.

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Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Domed head that leaves a lot of webby lace. Nearly clear broth. Solidly amber color.

There's a sourness to the otherwise pine-like hop aroma.

Strong bitterness with very little malt base. Almost oily from the alcohol, so there's a thickness to the mouthfeel. Mild tight-bubbled carbonation makes the brew seem richer than it really is. Long, strongly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 06/25/11 notes. Shared by jslot38; thanks Justin. Poured from a 12 oz. can into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a clear, orange amber color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident. No lacing on the glass and head retention lasts for a minute or two.

s - Smells of light sweet fruits, citrus hops, caramel malts, wood, fruity malts, and pine hops. Enjoying the notes the wood is giving to the normal IPA citrus and pine.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, wood, pine hops, fruity malts, caramel/toffee, and a tiny bit of sweet, almost maple syrup. Again. I like the flavors that have come in from the oak spirals.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with some nice sweetenss to it.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot. I haven't been the biggest fan of DIPA's aged in oak but this is the best one I've had. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

21st Amendment Hop Crisis, Imperial IPA, aged in oak spirals. 9.7% ABV, 94 IBUs.

Clear, bright, reddish amber hue; huge head, lush and long-lasting, creamy-toned.

Aroma: oak notes hit the nose immediately, covering the harsher aspects of this Imperial IPA. Citrus and pine lurk beneath. Grapefruit meets mango, lighter lemon and lime. Slightly soaked in oak, not necessarily smothered, though. Still showcases a beautiful bouquet of hop notes.

Taste: Lush in the mouth, full and forward with flavor. Hops are high, here, big, bracing bitterness, but nicely coated by the touches of oak. It's an extra dimension, it's nothing intrusive or reductive, in the least. You're still smacked around with hops, and high alcohol levels, two things you want in your imperial IPA, but x-factor of oak brings a comforting element, something that subdues the harsh bitterness ever slightly, and ushers in a crisp, satisfying something else.

It hangs in the air, and it hides in your head. This has an electric hop buzz that cradles the cranium, and sizzles, the senses, without killing anyone, or ruining anything. Boom, and, yum, and boom, and, ahhhh!!!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This batch clocks in at 9.2%, 70 IBUs. On-tap at 21st Amendment. The board said this beer was formerly known as Double Trouble, which makes no sense as both seem to have coexisted over the past year and a half. Served in a cervoise.

A - Two fingers of foam that dissipates to a thick cap and leaves patchy lacework. Attractive golden body. Pretty good looking beer.

S - This is surprisingly malt-forward, but I know it was fresh as it was tapped the day I had it. There's still plenty of centennial hop - sugared citrus in the form of oranges and grapefruits, pine, a bit of pungent floral notes.

T - Taste is also malt-forward with a solid bread and caramel backbone with a pine, sugared citrus, and grass hop overlay. Surprisingly low bitterness.

M - Medium-low carbonation, medium body, smooth, low heat. Not as much resinous hop character as I expected from the name.

D - A nice East Coast DIPA. If this came from New England or the Southwest it'd be near the top of the class, but from a West Coast brewery I was expecting something different. It's probably straight 4.25s, so I've had to fudge things to get the required score.

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Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.