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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,169 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,169
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 69
Gots: 79 | FT: 1
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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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a while back thanks to Justin for this one.

A: Very light look very bubbly like champagne. Nice pinky of head and lacing to boot.

S: Spicy pine smell, pungent. Grass and woodsy earthy notes, malt has a nice spiced bread and honey vibe to it. Oak is there, but somehow seems a bit fruity?

T: Has a berry quality up front with some bitter dry hops at the back without a lot of hop bite. Honey, toffee, ripe fruits- maybe apple? Some oak sweets, sugary citrus though its slight. Definitely unique, but not overly memorable.

M: Bitter back, plenty of carbonation and medium to less in feel.

Overall this one seems tiring quick.

Serving type: can

07-22-2011 18:57:17 | More by Dreadnaught33
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jdense

Oregon

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

Can served at PIB PDX 7.16.11.

1/2 finger off-white head, slow dissipation with some lacing despite small glass. Big oak nose, really subsumed the hops. Taste is more of the same, oak, vanilla, the cloying sweetness made the hops hard to decipher, some bitterness on back end. Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side of medium, quite sticky. IMO just to frickin' sweet, ABV pretty well hidden, more of a novelty than a go to IIPA.

Serving type: can

07-22-2011 17:01:29 | More by jdense
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - good clarity to this orange-honey brew. A nice big finger of creamy manila foam, although its fading kinda fast and turning a little soapy-looking. Solid stickage to the glass.

Aroma - caramel malts draped with juicy, syrupy, candyish aromatic orange.

Taste - a lighter than expected malt base. Some okay foundational malt support, but the base appears a touch light for iipa. A good rush of hops mid-palate, lots of orange and grapefruit rind, the alpha bitterness ramping up but staying reasonable. A note of estery alcohol on the swallow and aftertaste. Finishes warm and with some decent lingering hop flavor. Better representation from the malt with warmth, but still not where it should be imo.

Mouthfeel - likely a victim of a lighter malt bill, the feel is light for the style. Some oily smoothness which I like, and moderate crispness.

Drinkability - hey, it's a canned dipa and that's good. Under-grained as it appears to be, I still like it enough to say I'll enjoy the rest of the four-pack. The overtness of the alcohol for this kind of beer doesn't fit for what I like in a dipa though - heavy abv masking malt.

Serving type: can

07-21-2011 04:46:29 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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ccrida

Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught at the Beer Stein, Hop Crisis is dark gold with an off-white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is pretty hoppy (I'm shocked, considered this is oak 'aged'), a little earthy/woods/stemming note as well (I mean woods=forest, not oak barrel). Mostly citrus, accentuated by the sweetness of the malt.

Taste is more malt forward then the nose, with a little spice from the alcohol, which is rather noticeable, but clean. The hops are still certainly there, a nice citrus bite in fact, and again with the stemmy note as well. Really not getting much from the oak, apparently a very short aging period, explaining the fact that the hops still have some freshness.

Mouthfeel is oily, medium bodied, on the dry side but not overly so.

Drinkability is okay, it's a bit thick, not really satisfying my hop cravings, and to strong to session. I've only ever had one oaked DIPA that I really liked, but for the most part, the fail because the concept is a fail. DIPA should be brite-tank fresh. Aging it kills the hops, period.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 00:16:46 | More by ccrida
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JTSbeerislife

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. CAN, from 2010/2011 production run, well stored in a temperature controlled environment.
Poured into a British Imp Nonic.

Poured aggressively results in a nice 1/8 inch cap, which thins, then lasts well. Some lacing but rather weak. A deep yellow color. A good looking Ale none the less.

Wonderful aroma, nice grain/malt/yeast thing going on that for me is hard to articulate, the malt wins in the end IMO, medium in intensity but still enjoyable.
The very remotest hint of ABV, but that I think it could be my imagination.
Not complex in its makeup, or all that distinct, but still very enjoyable.

Quite delicious, malt and citrus hop flavors, nice crisp acidity adds balance, quite full bodied, excellent carbonation, not bloating at all, more medium sweet malt comes thru as this Ale warms but in the finish the hops come into play again, a very pleasant and enjoyable drink.
No sense of this Ales 9.7% ABV.

Overall this is a rather intensely flavored DIPA, but also balanced and I think “true to type” in a powerful but also thankfully not overly sweet rendition of the style.
There is also something very enjoyable about the flavor of this Ale that I just cannot describe.
My apologies for being vague, though I can say that it does remind me, distantly, of a lesser version of Founders Double Trouble DIPA.
At close to $60 a case around here, this is a fair price for what you get.

I have to say this about “the can”. I have poured this into several styles of glasses (I believe the Nonic to be the best for this Ale) and cannot in any form detect any tininess, can taste, whatever you want to call it. Oh well, let the rant begin.

Serving type: can

07-20-2011 23:58:46 | More by JTSbeerislife
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prg1976

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color, with a frothy white head.

Smells hoppy, and oaky. Caramel and vanilla mixed in.

Taste is caramel malt, definite hop bite. A good bit of the oaky vanilla flavor.

Mouthfeel is light to medium body. Quite a bit of carbonation, but it's not overwhelming.

Overall, a pretty solid beer from 21A. The best I've had from them so far. I'll definitely keep my eye out for this in the future. I'm curious if this would hold up over time like DFH Burton Baton? May have to put one away for a few months.

Serving type: can

07-20-2011 23:43:18 | More by prg1976
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avaldivia

California

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a chimay glass.

A: Golden straw color. Nice thick head that leaves good lacing.

S: Bit of oak, nice citrusy pine note. Both mellowed out by a malt smell that kind of overpowers the other two.

T: Better than the smell. Packs a decent Hop punch. I read on the can that it was aged on oak, but the oak is almost non existent in the taste. Really nice malt character however.

M: Good full bodied. Not overly syrupy. Well enough carbonated.

O: Good. Overall a good IIPA. I like this one. I will pick it up again.

Serving type: can

07-20-2011 18:10:47 | More by avaldivia
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a snifter.

pours a clear, burnished golden tone while yielding a frothy finger and a half of off-white head. very nice retention and lacing. really nice looking beer.

aromatic nose leads with citric hoppiness; the next wave is caramel malts. it's apparent that this one will pack a sturdy malt backbone.

flavor follows the aroma. citrus and herbal/floral hops, sweet malt (maybe a touch overdone on that count), and a touch of pine. tasty. well hidden 9.7% ABV. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i thought this was very good; probably doesn't distinguish itself enough to make it something i would actively seek out, but i sure wouldn't turn one down.

Serving type: can

07-20-2011 02:56:03 | More by perrymarcus
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a can a couple of weeks ago. It has been sitting in my cellar, but I popped it into the fridge to chill it slightly before pouring. It's poured into my Lion's Pride snifter.

The beer is very clear and colored dark orange. The occasional carbonation bubble can be seen rising form the bottom of the glass. The head is slightly darker than pure white, and foamy. Great lacing as the head recedes. Swirling the glass leaves a foamy film coating the sides. It's very pretty.

Warm alcohol and warmer hops make up the aroma. Sweet citrus hops are predominant. It certainly smells bigger than a regular IPA, but I would believe you if you told me it belonged to a hoppy barleywine.

While this beer tastes hoppy, it isn't as powerful as the nose lead me to believe...there's also a lot of maltiness here. Some sweet grains make themselves known, but the bitter hops fight for dominance, and end up winning, completely taking over by the time I swallow. Warm alcohol is there after I swallow. I guess there is a little bit of oak mixed in as well, but I don't find it to be very strong. Still, a tasty beverage.

This beer, while not heavy, does have a heavier than normal body. Carbonation is high, but it does foam up a lot in my mouth (maybe I should have let it chill a bit longer). There is some stickiness, but it is easily ignored. Plenty of warmth is provided by the alcohol, and it also provides a sharp bite, along with the hops.

This is a pretty enjoyable DIPA. It's a bit strong, so I wouldn't end up having too many of these. Also, it has to make the long journey across the country for me to enjoy it. I find there are comparable beers more local to me. I'll probably choose them in the future, but if I do find myself back in 21rst Amendment's distribution area, I wouldn't skip over this beer.

Serving type: can

07-20-2011 01:23:27 | More by ToasterChef
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pjs234

Connecticut

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

I picked up a couple of cans of Hop Crisis at Grape & Gourmet, while on vacation in Virginia Beach. The brew pours a very nice and clear orange/yellow with barely a 1 finger head. There was minimal lacing. The smell is nice, a tad reserved, with floral and citrus notes. The taste starts of a little sweet and then quickly turns bitter and sticky. There is a bitter aftertaste remains on the tongue for a bit, but I find it very enjoyable. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. The ABV is not real noticeable until you're having the last few sips and the alcohol starts setting in....

Serving type: can

07-19-2011 03:38:09 | More by pjs234
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prdstmnky

Vermont

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 6/6/11 ~ 4pk for $8.99 (Wegmans)

Pours with a clear, gold body and 2 fingers of creamy head, a few minutes of retention. Nose is fairly sweet and malty, some vanilla and citrus as well.

Citrus up front on the tongue, before the caramel malts start to shine. Definitely picking up the oak in the middle as well. The finish is a bit bitter, some pine and kinda grassy, neither of which I picked up in the nose. Not noticing any of the nearly 10% ABV in the mouth, which is somewhat surprising. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation as well.

Im not much of a fan of oaked IPAs, but the price certainly warranted a try. Just a bit to sweet, which seems to be the norm with the oak treatment (atleast with the oaked IPAs I've sampled).

Serving type: can

07-19-2011 01:28:07 | More by prdstmnky
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dhartogs

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was recomended this beer at a store when I mentioned I like Burton Baton from Dogfish Head. Similar yes, but not quite as good. The hops definitly comes forward it it not untilt he beer warms up the vanila from the wood came into play. Very nice color, small head. A little chewy on the mouth. Overall a solid beer, would love to try on tap.

Love the cans.

Serving type: can

07-18-2011 17:54:57 | More by dhartogs
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-17-2011 13:10:33 | More by Slatetank
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largadeer

California

3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: can

07-17-2011 06:50:04 | More by largadeer
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SFGuy187

California

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent offering from 21st Amendment, but deficient in certain areas like smell, taste, mouth-feel, price and appearance. Otherwise, a perfect brew! Pour a golden yellow, not much head, lacing is a little disappointing. Smells like a boozy hop bomb, but is cloying. Tastes like any big 2nd rate hop bomb. At $10/4-pack, I am not exactly blown away by the value. Mouth-feel is like swirling rusty pennies in your palate, or like that time you got to 3rd base with Sweaty Susie after the 11th Grade dance. Perhaps that was the Crisis in Hop Crisis. I enjoyed this beer because it made me buzzed and was hoppy. Room for improvement? You bet!

Serving type: can

07-17-2011 02:03:56 | More by SFGuy187
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cbbjr

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-deep gold, white head that clings to glass

S-smells like a hop bomb and wood

T-very hoppy with strong oak flavor, pretty strong malt backbone, long aftertaste

M-mild to medium

O-worth trying, but I'm not in love with it. The oak is a little too overwhelming. I really like 21st's Live Free or Die and had high hopes for this, but I'm not thrilled.

Serving type: can

07-16-2011 20:40:31 | More by cbbjr
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jayhawk73

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellow in color w/ a nice white one finger head. Decent carbonation and good lacing. Fairly clear, but cloudy enough that you can't see through. it. Smell is that of grapefruit, citrus, hops, and malt. A nice nose, although not that strong. Taste is quite a bit sweeter than the nose, but pretty good nonetheless. Not quite as complex as I'd like, and a little light on the malt. Feel is medium bodied w/ a slight sugar bite and good carbonation. Overall, this is a fine example of the style but definitely not world class. First good beer I've ever tried out of a can though... so that's worth something. Cheers.

Serving type: can

07-16-2011 16:56:21 | More by jayhawk73
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billab914

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into my Mad Fox glass. Amber in color with a huge frothy head filling the top third of the glass. Good head retention with some good lacing as well.

The aroma has a juicy hoppiness to it. I get some notes of mango and pineapple to it mixing with some of the woody oak spirals. The hops are very nice but I'm still not sure I love how oak interacts with hoppy beers.

The taste shows more of the woody oak flavor to it throughout the beer. I get more of a bitter, citrus rind quality out of the hops with just a little bit of that juicy, fruity flavor. Dry and bitter in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a cool and interesting beer. The oak seemed to overshadow the hops just a little though for me. I liked it, but I still can't say I love the oak in hoppy beers nearly as much as other styles. It was an enjoyable beer overall though.

Serving type: can

07-16-2011 00:42:59 | More by billab914
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boralyl

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - An inch of creamy white head sits on top of a pale golden-orange beer. The head has some legs and sticks around for awhile. It leaves plenty of sticky lacing as it settles.

S - From the aroma I get light orange, citrus, bready malt and a hint of wood. It's got a nice nose, but not as pungent as I had hoped.

M - Medium to full in body. Good carbonation. The hops oils coat your mouth. It's got a creamy finish.

T - There is some pine and caramel sweetness up front followed by some light citric notes. The finish is overpowered by oak, booziness, and a medium bitterness from the hops.

A pretty decent imperial IPA, but The oak and booze stood out too much in the flavor department. The nose was also a little subdued for my preference. Despite these weaknesses it still turned out to be a worthwhile beer, certainly worth trying once.

Serving type: can

07-15-2011 01:38:27 | More by boralyl
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I absolutely loved the early version of this beer which was closer to 11% IIRC, and am curious to see how the reformulated recipe is. 9.7% ABV, 94 IBUs.

A clear orange copper with a dense, off-white head, rather creamy, the retention and lacing are pretty good! The nose, however, isn't what I remember it being. Moderately caramel-like with a strong oak presence, there's vanilla, a woody tannin character along with the hops. There's citrus and pine character to the hops, quite aromatic and very enjoyable. As it warms up, the oak character grows, eating into the hop and malt backbone.

The palate is a little messy here. It shows promise but a nice balance between flavor and bittering hops, with pine resin and citrus pith to go with a moderate juicy, fruity character. However, that's when the oak and alcohol come in. Hot, with some vanillin, there's some caramel and candy sweetness that makes this seem all the messier. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer finish with a tannic bite, a tame bitterness and all too much booze. Solid stuff, but ultimately, a beer I'm not in a hurry to revisit.

Serving type: can

07-15-2011 00:55:21 | More by DefenCorps
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jlh8643

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Went to Dennis Brothers in Cottage Grove, MN and picked up a 4pack to try something new. No date visible to determine when it was canned. Poured semi-carefully into a pint glass. Bright, pale orange body that threw up a good sized, creamy head that settled down to a decent cap. Gentle stream of bubbles rise to the top noting moderate carbonation. Not the boatload of hops in the aroma that I was hoping for. Candied citrus aroma which makes it smell sweet and juicy. On initial sip the hops are very tame. Not the attack of 94 IBUs I was expecting that the cans advertises. The beer finishes somewhat weak on the thinner side compared to most other DIPAs. Overall its ok but there a so many better choices.

Serving type: can

07-14-2011 02:18:19 | More by jlh8643
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dirtylou

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, noble fir

appearance: served in a 13oz chalice, bright orange body, healthy creamy white head

smell: very hoppy - citrus rind and pine, boozy sweetness

taste: piney hops, lots of sweet grapefruit zest, citric juice, oak comes through in a subtle manner...pretty boozy for the style but still an enjoyable dipa

mouthfeel: medium, higher alcohol presence

overall: good

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 19:04:13 | More by dirtylou
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bamadog

Kentucky

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

Always excited to try craft beer from a can. Review is from notes taken on 7/12/2011 and poured from the can to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a pretty standard golden, coppery color and it starts with a good sized 2 finger, slightly off-white head that has decent retention; head has decent retention, and becomes very rocky and patchy as it dwindles to big pillowy lumps floating on the surface (I'm impressed in the head and its retention since this bad boy came out of a can); a thin, incomplete skim of a head is left on the surface, with some big, thick swaths of lacing on the sides; body is very clear and shows moderately little carbonation.

Smell: Lots of hops, with plenty of pine and bitter citric fruit; there is definitely a sweet malt backing, and it adds to the citric nature and makes me think of mango and/or pineapple; slight presence of alcohol.

Taste: This is a super solid beer and very worthy DIPA -- plenty of hop bitterness with the pine aspects to it, but there is also plenty of sweeter citric and tropical fruitiness to it; the malt backing provides plenty of support, and this honestly reminds me more of a balanced mid-west offering as opposed to the west coast style hop bomb, so kudos to 21A for bringing that to the table; presence of alcohol is there, and since it's just a touch under 10%, it should be and it provides an astringent and warming flavor.

Mouthfeel: Body is just a bit over what I would consider medium in weight; carbonation is light, but fitting for the style and it provides enough activity when coupled with the bigger ABV; a thick, sticky coating is left all over the mouth, and the gums are left quite tingly; belly is left very warm as well from the acidity and alcohol.

Overall: This would be an all-year kind of beer for me -- nice smells, great flavors and mouthfeel that really lets you know that you're drinking a formidable beer with plenty to offer. Anybody that is a fan of the style needs to try this beer.

Serving type: can

07-13-2011 01:24:41 | More by bamadog
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kirok1999

Ohio

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

Pours a clear gold with a nice chunky head and sticky lacing.
Smells sweet and of caramel and grapefruit hops. The taste really matches the smell. There is a lot of caramel and lots of citrus hops. There's some grass and pine as well as some dark malt to lend some sweetness.
Feels smooth and creamy, not at all bitey or unpleasant on the palate. Nice carbonation level and a very smooth sipper.

Serving type: can

07-13-2011 00:17:24 | More by kirok1999
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colforbin73

California

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a decent, well-made beer -- but i would not classify this as a "go to" IIPA. it is however a different animal than the likes of PTE, Double Jack, Mycenary, Ruination, Hop Stoopid and the other excellent choices that are out there. try it for the can, try it for the subtle oak flavor, try it to try it. but i would be surprised if this made a solid "A" for someone.

pours a nice clear-but-cloudy orange with a big white foamy head that fades quick but sticks to the glass. the aroma is the first sign that this puppy is different, and maybe missing something -- i get a little oak, a little grassy malt but really not very much hop aroma -- it's a crisis! where are my hop aromas? minimal Grapefruit at best.

the taste is fairly alcoholic and dominated by the oak more than anything else -- the hops provide decent (but not imperial) bitterness and add a resinous/piney "feel" to the drink. the malts are fairly muted, dryish, but any malt flavor is masked by the oak. and as to that oak flavor -- it adds a depth to the flavor and it's interesting -- but i am not sure it is doing this beer any favors. oak, sweet malts, slight bitter buzz on the back of the tongue.

i have never had the unoaked version -- i would try that before this again -- a solid B, with an A for effort.

Serving type: can

07-12-2011 02:43:00 | More by colforbin73
Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,169 ratings.