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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Ratings: 1,240
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 70
Gots: 98 | 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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Photo of mdvatab


3.7/5  rDev -7%

Poured from 12oz can into imperial pint glass.
Couldn't decipher codes on the can to determine a packaged-on date.

Aroma: Fairly straightforward pine resin hop aroma, followed by pineapple juice. Doesn't pound you over the head with complexity, but also no noticeable off-aromas.

Appearance: Excellent clarity. Golden body, w/ an orange-copper hue. Dense two finger iridescent yellow head (possibly from resins). Excellent retention.

Flavor: Honey sweetness upfront, which is much sweeter than anticipated. Some bitterness shows up toward the very end. Fruity hops. Good, but not nearly as full of hop flavor as I'd hoped.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium CO2. Yawn, not much to say here.

Overall: Would definitely try again. I think time just must have gotten the best of this one...

08-11-2011 05:14:21 | More by mdvatab
Photo of uustal

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev 0%

Pours a pale orange yellow with a two-finger milky white head. Solid lacing and retention throughout. Great bursts of citrus aroma coming off of this one. Freshly cut mango, grapefruit and sweet orange. Hoppy, bitter brew. The fresh citrus aroma doesn't translate into the flavor profile much. Touches of grapefruit. This one is more about the earthy and pine hops. Bitter pine and woodsy flavors follow the slight citrus starting point. A touch of a sweet bread and caramel malt before a hop takeover to finish. Dry, bitter pine hops once again and a hint of alcohol close this one out.

08-11-2011 04:08:05 | More by uustal
Photo of ef88


3.45/5  rDev -13.3%

Poured 12 ounce can into a snifter.

A: Nice almost-copper-but-still-orange (it makes sense, trust me) color that's left undisturbed by the minimal carbonation. White, 2 1/2 finger head that holds around the edge of the glass as I drink. Some lacing hangs around for a bit, too.

S: Hops, what seems like apricot or apple, and a little bit of alcohol.

T: Hops are the order of the day here. The bitterness hangs around for a while, but that shouldn't be a surprise I guess. What's also nice is the grapefruit and apricot that occasionally fights through the hops in the end. And despite its 9.7% ABV, there's no smack of alcohol here like there was in the smell. One downside, however, is that I'm not tasting anything that would suggest it was "aged on oak spirals," as the can says.

M: Really chewy and sticky in the corners of my mouth, but other than that (which I wasn't crazy about), this was a refreshing big beer.

O: Really interesting taste, but I wasn't into the mouthfeel so much. Not the best imperial I've ever had, but glad I tried it and might even grab another can again one day.

08-10-2011 04:12:26 | More by ef88
Photo of bootlegger1929


2.53/5  rDev -36.4%

From a can. Not a favorite of mine.

Looks awesome actually. Great lacing and nice clear copper color.

Smell is medicinal with some citrus and wood.

Taste is much the same as the smell. Hopefully I just got a bad can or it might not be fresh. Idk.

Mouthfeel is fine for a DIPA.

Not my favorite beer overall. Not a fan. Oh well.

08-10-2011 00:13:10 | More by bootlegger1929
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev -2%

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.

08-09-2011 05:39:30 | More by superspak
Photo of gford217


4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

12oz can.

Pours an unbelievably clear golden orange with tons of bubbles streaming to the top and feeding a thin soapy white head that leaves some delicate lacing.

Aroma is fantastic and dominated by bright fruity citrus, pineapples and grapefruit rinds come to mind. Complimenting the citrus is a very subtle oaky character which is surprisingly well integrated.

Taste has a bit more barrel than the aroma. The initial taste is sweet caramel and oranges, less juicy than the citrus in the nose. But the longer I let the taste linger, the oak and alcohol really start to come out and there is a solid burn on the tongue after each sip.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation and the spiciness of the oak really pops on the tongue.

I'm not normally a fan of barrel aged DIPAs but I really like this one. The aroma is excellent and, despite the oak coming out more heavily, the taste is nice as well. Probably the best beer I've had from 21st Amendment.

08-09-2011 03:25:39 | More by gford217
Photo of TheHoppiest


4.22/5  rDev +6%

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass. This ale, which the can proclaims was aged on "oak spirals", has a clean filtered amber color, with a two finger head that slowly reduces over time, leaving decent lacing down the sides.

I approached this beer expecting a hop-forward aroma, and was not disappointed. Pine boughs, buttery resin, pineapple, and sweet citrus combine for a complex aroma that makes me wonder, how does this come from a can?

Evergreen hops greet me as I sip this hop bomb down. Tobacco, leafy oak, and cask wood mix with sweet with hints of sweet fruit and mild malt. Grapes, pineapple and tangerine meld together with an intense hop bitterness to bring this brew to a surprisingly smooth finish.

Medium to full bodied, Hop Crisis has a smooth, even creamy mouthfeel with abundant hops leaving the mouth rather dry.

It would be an insult to say this is a good DIPA for a beer poured from a can. Better to say this is a fine DIPA, one which I look forward to having again. Hoppy, bitter, sweet and smooth, this beer has a nice combo of flavors that I look forward to having again.

08-09-2011 01:18:45 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Light golden yellow/brown, nice creamy 1 inch head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Hops, floral aroma. Pineapple, pear, grape, lemon, banana, some yeast.

Taste - Hoppy, perfume like oak flavor. Some yeast adds some earthy,grassy flavor. The alcohol comes lightly at the end with some warmth. Malts are pretty masked under the hops, oak and spices.

Mouthfeel - This is pretty thin and light. Mouth gets the first shock of hop bitterness and oak. Tounge is coated, palette is bittered, but not crushed. Aftertaste is a little bitter but not long lasting.

Overall - If you like oaked ales, then you should enjoy this hopped up version. Its really easy to drink for being so high in alcohol. I can see were this would turn people off expecting a hop monster, instead its really hoppy but the addition of oak and spices makes this something different.

08-08-2011 00:59:26 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.6/5  rDev -9.5%

12 oz. can poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Clear golden body with an ample white head. Nice lacing. Looks great.

Smell - Oaky as hell. Wow. It really dominates the aromas. I get some pine hops, I think. It's tough to tell with the oak. Citrus for sure, though. Sweet malt as well, maybe?

Taste - Still oaky as hell. Hop flavor up front, with oak. Caramel malt, with oak. And then a bitterness, with oak. Oak. There's a bite from the oak as well, as if it's adding to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth drinking, besides the oak bitterness. Medium to low carbonation. I could drink this easily, if only I liked the flavor more.

Overall - I don't know that I dislike oaked IPAs, but I don't come across many I love. It's tough for the hops to break through the wood.

08-07-2011 23:29:17 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of CaptCleveland


3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

12oz can poured into tulip.
Clear yellow-orange liquid, thin head dissipates quickly, minimal belgian lace.
Hop citrus, caramel, grass.
Smooth hop bitterness, some malt, medium body, alcohol lingers on the palate.
Decent IPA, not one I would seek out, but it certainly capitalizes on the dearth of IPAs during the summer months.
21st does a great job of advertising but I find their brews fall a bit short of the hype.

08-07-2011 22:48:08 | More by CaptCleveland
Photo of DaveHack


4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from a can into my RR -tion glass.
I've heard a lot about this beer and was very excited to try it. It poured a nice, dark straw color with a very small white head. It is a very bitter beer with a lot of pine and little citrus. I would call this a very 'earthy' IPA, but in a good way. The bitter continues all the way down, I kinda like it. It is a hardcore DIPA, IMHO. I'd compare this too say Pliny like this: If this were a Dodge Viper and Pliny a BMW M5....The Viper and M5 will both get you there, and fast. The M5 is fast AND luxurious. The Viper is balls to the walls performance. Basically this is a stripped down, no nonsense DIPA. I like it, but I also like more refined DIPAs as well. It is a fantastic beer, but if you are afraid of the hops...you might want to look elsewhere. Definately seek it and enjoy it!!!

08-07-2011 19:22:04 | More by DaveHack
Photo of zimm421


3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Pooured from a 12 oz can into a standard pint glass. Appears a dark orange, almost copper color with a two-finger, off-white head that is very thick and leaves beautiful lacing. The head never really disappears, leaving a nice layer on top.

Nose is pretty muted. Citrus, and alcohol are the main notes, with some hints of the woodiness from the aging. Nose was so laid-back it was tough to get anything out of this. The taste is much more flavorful, but still not overpowering. This is very hop based, not much malt background. There is a huge citrus tang to it, as well as some alcohol notes and some oak. Much different than other IIPA's i've had, less malty and the hop focus is much more tangy, almost not even bitter. Different, but interesting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, average carbonation. Nothing out of the ordinary here. Lighter than other IIPA's, but it works well with this flavor profile. Overall, this is a decent brew. Not overly amazed, but it is definitely something new to think about and different from your usual IIPA.

08-07-2011 00:25:23 | More by zimm421
Photo of racer2k


4/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured 12oz. can into a brandy snifter glass

A: Golden straw colored beer with a creamy white head that thins out quite nicely leaving some light head retention in the brandy snifter glass.

S: Floral hops, citrus, pineapple, sweet malt, oak and a hint of the high alcohol backbone.

T: Hop forward grapefruit, pineapple, orange and a hint of pine flavor. There is a sweet earthy floral finish which has a sweet malty backbone on board. Nice complex set of flavors.

M: Sticky light to moderate carbonation. High resin like syrupy feel to this beer. Almost too sweet but the hop characteristics save this beer from being too sweet.

O: Overall a very nice complex high test IPA with a heavy dose of hops. Let this one warm up in your brandy snifter glass and sip it for maximum enjoyment. Great beer!

08-07-2011 00:18:19 | More by racer2k
Photo of tone77


3.3/5  rDev -17.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops and citrus. Taste is dominated by hops, I am not detecting any of the citrus in the smell, nor is there any malt balance, very bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

08-06-2011 15:29:51 | More by tone77
Photo of snaotheus


4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

12oz can poured into a pint glass

Pours clear straw golden with a nice big fluffy head. Medium amount of fine active carbonation. Smell is straw and wheat and citrusy hops.

Taste is surprisingly balanced...not by reducing the amount of hops, but by having a massive malt presence to accompany the even more massive hops presence. Super bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick and fluffy. Overall, pretty darn good beer.

08-06-2011 03:21:33 | More by snaotheus
Photo of WillCarrera


4.1/5  rDev +3%

A- Pours a pale golden color, produces a finger of white head that becomes a sticky, clinging film.

S- Very citric, lots of floral hops, some resin, its also pretty sweet, smells like honey and sweet, biscuity malts. The aroma is pretty impressive on this brew.

T- Hops are powerful but not overwhelming, the bitterness has to compete with a pretty powerful honey/alcohol sweetness. Hops are floral, citric, with some pine resin. Malts add the same biscuity backbone they provide in the nose. Oak is noticeable but not too strong.

M- Medium bodied, has a smooth feel, maybe a bit thin but its not bad, semi-dry finish.

O- An impressive DIPA, has loads of complexity and flavor. Definitely worth trying, especially at around $3 a can.

08-06-2011 00:58:19 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of SFLpunk


4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

Don't see how this is different than the listing for "Hop Crisis (Oak-Aged)"....it's all oak-aged...

12oz can, bottom stamped 1157 1020. Pours a super-clear golden amber with this off-white head that leaves lots of lacing, gripping the glass really. Nose is dominated by sticky-sweet amber malt, then grassy, piney-hops and a little toasted wood. Palate is big, sweet, rich and bitter! Sticky-sweet amber malt again, leafy green hops, some cannabis, a hint of metal and then butterscotch on the finish.

Notes: FFO of DFH Burton Baton. Simply delicious, but I think there's some higher alcohols here which make me (hangover-) nervous. Super fucking good though!

08-04-2011 04:37:24 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

appearance: Clear light bronze. Huge pillowy head on the pore that recedes almost completely.
smell: Nice fruity hops with a bit of grapefruit edge.
taste: Much like the nose though a little more subdued. Neither too hoppy or malty. Nice balance.
overall: A nice DIPA thought doesn't knock my socks off.

08-04-2011 00:34:42 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of Brenden


4.45/5  rDev +11.8%

Notes are a few days old.

What sits in the glass is a bright amber beer with a thick, dense crown of head that grows two fingers high and sits for a while. Lacing is left stickily on the glass in plenty. It settles minutes later, leaving a fat pillow of foam.
This one is aromatic, giving up a fragrant bouquet of piney and citrus hops. Malts add excellent balance while letting hops shine.
Piney hops bitterness mingles with more hops flavors of both zesty and sweet citrus, as balance comes from all angles with the malts pulling through. As with the aroma, they let the bitterness reign while balancing. Oak isn't massively evident, but adds dryness to the flavor.
The body is medium and this beer is lightly carbonated. It's not terribly impressive, and deep enough, no less than good.
This is a terrific brew that I would think more people would appreciate the complexities of. I, for one, do.

08-03-2011 21:17:34 | More by Brenden
Photo of david18

New York

4.6/5  rDev +15.6%

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

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

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

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

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

08-03-2011 19:32:06 | More by david18
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.98/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Pours clear and gold with a bright-white head that leaves some solid lacing and a small cap of foam on the top of the beer. Dissipates quickly, but a small amount lingers for the duration.

Smell: Loads of biscuit malts are almost strong enough to push the hops to the side...almost. Big notes of grapefruit, both flesh and rind with some mellower citrus notes to back it up. Faint touches of pine in the back. Malts are sweet, but work as a nice backup to the hop forward nose.

Taste: Aggressively hoppy. Malts bring a nice sweetness up front, but quickly lose ground to the all out hop assault. Loads of grapefruit rind and pine linger from first to last. The oak adds a mellowing touch that helps bring some complexity to the beer. Straight bitter after a few sips, but manages to never be overwhelmingly so.

Mouthfeel: A touch dry from the alcohol, but smooth overall. Deftly manages to avoid becoming syrupy, a huge plus for the style. A little thin overall, but that's not a bad thing with this beer.

Overall: A solid take on the style. It's not breaking any records or pushing any boundaries, but for a DIPA in a can, it's pretty solid. I wouldn't mind rolling around with a few of these if I were ever out fishing.

08-03-2011 04:27:37 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of jeffjeff1


4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

My wife picked this up for me today.

Appearance- golden color, nice thick head

Smell- citrus and floral hops

Taste- floral hops, subtle oakiness in the middle, bitter finish

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Dronkability- very good, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

08-03-2011 02:50:27 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of laituegonflable


4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours a metallic gold colour, clear with light steady bead. Head is snowy, dense and creamy with a nice ring of lace left behind. Pretty good.

Smell is very pleasant. Hoppy, with a real grassy edge to it but plenty of lemon zest, lemon myrtle, caramel malt, pecans and frangipani. Really fresh, vibrant, but a great herbal base to it with oregano and even saffron. Lovely and well-rounded.

Bursts with flavour from the first sip. Plenty of malt on it with lots of vanilla, toffeed peanut and a touch of botrytis on there as well. Lots of hops that start early - too early maybe - and carry on towards the back with lemon myrtle, fresh-cut grass and thyme that develops a smooth citric bitterness on the back. Aftertaste is quite a bitter hang, which is unfortunate, but overall it's a lovely IPA palate, clean and fun.

Quite smooth really, but borders on thin on the feel. Fairly drying on the back.

Yeah, I think 'fun' is the best way to describe this beer. Vivacious and tasty with a lot of Summery fruit and crisp bitterness to keep you chugging along all night. It's a party beer.

08-02-2011 02:05:29 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of henrysunset


3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

12oz can of this odd imperial which is oak aged.

well filtered and a tall head of fine white. Good looking IPA. I can smell this beast from 3 feet away. POW! Cascade and other hops hit you hard. slight sweetness in the nose.

tastes good, remarkably smooth and seems well balanced. it is sweet, but pleasing. I can barely pick up the oak or any other woody flavors, but I do think they are there.

overall, very tasty and drinkable. tastes about 8% but is almost 10%. nice beer.

08-02-2011 01:44:08 | More by henrysunset
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

12 ounce can poured into a tulip. Hazy orange/amber capped with a modest bright white foamy head. Decent retention with lazy scattered lacing.

Smells roughly of equal parts citric hops, oak and sweet malt, with a few stray toasted notes. Tastes more or less as advertised, but thankfully with a more powerful bitter streak than is common for wood-aged IPAs. Still, the best this beer can manage is giving the hops equal prominence to the oak (admittedly, an improvement from the typical overshadowing that wood aging brings to the style). On a positive note, it's not particularly boozy, even at this hefty ABV. Decent, not memorable. Give me a DIPA that pimp slaps the tongue over a neutered wood-aged version any day.

08-02-2011 01:39:31 | More by PDXHops
Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
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