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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,147 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,147
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 69
Gots: 73 | 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 ATPete

New Jersey

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

12oz can

Pours a brilliant copper yellow, amazing clarity. A small sticky off white head sits on top and hugs the glass with every sip. Honey sweet malts, rich, piney resinous hops, apricot, white raison, and the faintest aroma of maple sugar and vanilla. Rich, full bodied and warming, very balanced. Im actually very impressed, by far the best I've had from 21A. Great job.

Serving type: can

07-05-2011 23:33:37 | More by ATPete
Photo of peacebone116


4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into Delirium snifter. Bottom of can is labeled with the following code: 1102 1643.

A: Honey gold with a thick bright head that recedes quickly to lace at the sides of the glass.

N: Pine and resin and earth with a defined sweetness in the background.

T/M: A citric flavor of pine and spice backed by a solid sweetness which is delivered in the solid and beautiful malt profile. The body feels very oily and thick with a lingering bitterness.

Not sure why I like this beer so much--it is a very good beer; I find it more similar to the Mid-West style IIPA, which I experienced while in CO. I really like how the beer features the often under-appreciated piny hop characteristics. I will definitely be enjoying another of theses rather soon.

Serving type: can

07-05-2011 15:59:13 | More by peacebone116
Photo of justiceavocado


3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into an imperial pint glass.

A – Good head, at least an inch, the closest to pure white I've ever seen. A light orange color with a tiny bit of brown where the liquid is thickest, not super-light, just a bit light. Effervescence is pretty strong, and the lacing is doing its darndest to stick around.

S – I'm a little sick, so it's hard to smell much, but I'm getting a lot of citrusy and piney hops. Not much earthiness at all.

T – Follows the nose. Citrus and fruit right up front, not in the belgian sense, just a little lemony and orangey. The body is a smooth pine needle. I might be drinking this beer a bit too thirsty.

M – Again, these aren't ideal circumstances. Just came in from a few hours of frisbee, got some pollen in me. That said, it's a much thicker mouthfeel than I expect from your average DIPA, and that's nice. I like the thickness.

O – Pretty damn good. I don't often re-buy beers within a few weeks, but I'm looking forward to getting another four pack.

Serving type: can

07-05-2011 02:00:21 | More by justiceavocado
Photo of rchristensen


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

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint

A - pours a light golden amber with about one inch of a short lived head leaving decent lacing

S - mix of bread and citus aromas - intriguing

T - starts with a nice malty flavor an the the hops take over. Citrus and pine notes dominate. The alcohol is well masked

M- carbonation levels are good yet the brew comes off a bit thin

O - a good IIPA. I enjoyed the malt/hop balance. Will give this another try. Bonus points for the can

Serving type: can

07-04-2011 22:23:53 | More by rchristensen
Photo of akorsak


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

At Al's of Hampden.

A: The DIPA is an amber color, plenty of yellow adding a Central PA in fall look. A thin head, white, comes along.

S: The nose has citrus hops but generally the maltiness stands out. Balance levels things out, adding malty breads.

T: A moderate hop profile not as much as a DIPA should have. Citrus is present but the breadiness seems to overpower it. The pairing seems to be more IPA than DIPA, breadiness taking the place of bold hops.

M: Too balanced to be a DIPA. That seems to be par for the course for 21st Amendment, balance at the expense of the green gold. I enjoyed the ale but it didn't feel like a double IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 21:25:34 | More by akorsak
Photo of mntlover


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

Pours a clear golden with a nice two finger off white head that falls to a ring and laces well.

Aroma is sweet malts almost like bread and honeysuckle nice floral notes with some underlying fruity citrus notes. Oak notes are very light seem to add dryness to the smell. Aroma is very nice sweet and pleasant not big in your face hops like most IPA's but find myself constant sniffing it.

Taste is vastly different then the nose i was getting. Malt is still bready but lots of oak in the flavor with some vanilla hints. Hops are slightly floral but more grapefruit rind bitterness dominates. Along with a dry woody finish with lingering spice, and a light boozy quality that is nice.

Mouthfeel is solid medium with medium level of carbonation also.

Overall it is pretty good brew little different then most I2PA's out there, which is always a good thing. Still wish my mouth was tasting what my nose was smelling.

Serving type: can

07-04-2011 21:22:20 | More by mntlover
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4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled into ale glass

A: clear, dark yellow; beautiful thick head; half-sheet of lacing
S: fresh pine; hoppy aroma; really nice
T: very, very hoppy, piney, complex; flavor is deep and intense, lingering quite a while; the cask flavor provides a really nice accent.

This is a very fine IIPA.

Serving type: can

07-04-2011 19:23:15 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of hosehead83


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

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass. Clear, copper/gold in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Sweet toasted malt and citrussy hops
Taste-Spicy oakiness, sweet toasted malt and just enough hops to balance it all out. A bit on the sweet side, the 94IBU's are muted, and the 9.7ABV is not evident as this brew is very smooth and drinkable. Caution! Do not shotgun this little can of whoopass! Instead, sip slowly and enjoy with a spicy plate of hot wings or a peppery Blue cheese salad.

Serving type: can

07-04-2011 17:39:34 | More by hosehead83
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 MetalHopHead6


4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

21st Amendment Hop Crisis poured light amber with a short-lived one-and-a-half finger head. It left a strong wall of lace on the glass.

The smell was sweet, like vanilla or honey, with a metallic finish. The flavor was fantastic, with hints of caramel, vanilla, honey, and the slightest hint of wood. It was a bit sweet for an Imperial IPA, but it tasted great, with many layers of flavor. For this style, the feel is where it falters--it was very smooth, with almost no disernable bitterness and nothing staying behind.

I had two cans of Hop Crisis before this review. The first one was from the can, poolside, and I was extremely impressed. The vanilla and oak flavors really came through and I found myself thinking this is the best canned beer ever. The second one, I poured into a tulip-shaped glass to more easily perceive the apearance and smell. To my surprise, I preferred it from the can. The oak and vanilla really came through and the smooth feel wasn't as prominent. Overall, I loved this beer--loved the flavor and loved the high ABV on a hot day. It just didn't have the aggressive feel of a great IIPA.

Serving type: can

07-03-2011 21:35:24 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of joshuaseresse


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

Poured into pint glass:

A - Pour produces a really nice creamy, thick, cake foam head that sticks around for quite a while. Lacing is splotchy and webbed across the glass. Color is light golden hay. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S - Rich pineapple and orange rine. Bready caramelized malts with a hint of yeast. Just a touch of red apple and a bit of grape skins. Some grapefruit and lemon.

T - Usually I don't like my IPA/DIPA malty and overly bready, but the maltiness/breadiness this one has is really rich and thick and back come those caramel notes. A touch of booziness but pretty well done for nearly 10%. Notes of pineapple and orange. Pine bitterness toward the end.

M - Somewhat heavy body and thick. Carbonation is pretty creamy but not overly done where it fizzes in my mouth.

O - Not too bad. Although I did like this one, I liked the Brew Free IPA a bit better. This one has a great appearence but that is the best thing going for it. Considering the price (8.99 a 4pack) I'd considering buying this again.

Serving type: can

07-03-2011 20:14:46 | More by joshuaseresse
Photo of corby112


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

Pours a pale golden orange color with golden yellow hues and a two finger white head.  Good retention slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Glass left coated with soapy lacing.

Floral hop aroma with subtle earthy pine and lots of sweet tropical/citrus notes.  Hints of mango, grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel.  Subtle alcohol sweetness.  Really nice citrus presence.

Medium bodied with a blast of bitter earthy hops that provide a nice dryness that's countered by a ton of sweet citrus/tropical fruit notes.  Lots of mango, grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel.  Slight sweet booziness toward the end of the palate but the abv is well masked for 9.7%. Slightly dry finish with pine bitterness.

Serving type: can

07-03-2011 16:47:58 | More by corby112
Photo of Natural510


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

12oz can

Pours a light gold with nice residual head & lacing.

Strong scent; heavy on tangerine and orange citrus.

Very sweet flavor, ripe with tangerine and apricot. Heavy malt presence somewhat overcome by hops, though I've certainly had more bitter DIPAs.

Body is full, thick, but still easy-drinking with s certain amount of crispness.

Good but not great double IPA. I prefer mine more bitter, and the sweetness is a little much, otherwise enjoyable.

Serving type: can

07-03-2011 06:23:00 | More by Natural510
Photo of smcolw


4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-03-2011 01:33:24 | More by smcolw
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


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

Poured from a can into a pint. Moderate pour produces just under an inch of eggshell head, it dissipates pretty quick but remains just on the surface for a good amount of time. Mild lace. Very light orange hue with moderate visible carbonation.

The smell has a pale malt and earth start with a touch of citrus. Maybe some floral hops as it warms.

Pale malts and citrus (lemon rind, orange peel) start off the taste. A slight sweetness follows along with a touch of alcohol spice. I taste some pine in the aftertaste, but it's slight. Goes down pretty easy for it's size.

Not great, but a four pack was worth it. I had a good time, my friend enjoyed two, a good night and a good enough DIPA for sure.

Serving type: can

07-03-2011 00:40:38 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Photo of stercomm


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

Pourd from a neat looking can (usual case for 21st)

A - Light golden in color, very clear, slight off-white head, good glass lacing

S - Very nice, pine notes, grapefruit.

T - Very well balanced, some malty sweetness up front, pine notes continue, some citrus, hops hit you on the back end in a very good way.

M - mild body, slight carbonation

D - A nicely balanced IPA, a good session beer, has enough hops to please the hopheads yet is an easy drinking beer.

Serving type: can

07-02-2011 21:15:43 | More by stercomm
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3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a tulip glass.

A: Orange/straw color, super clear/clean looking. 2 fingers of off white head and hangs around. Laces the glass very nicely.

S: Holy hops batman. Grapefruit, and pine accost my nose. I detect a little bit of wood aromas.

T: Not as much grapefruit in the taste as the aroma, but has some subtle citrus notes. A lot of oak comes through to compliment the pine-y aroma. Clean taste, plenty of hops on the finish.

M: A little creamy texture, bitter, refreshing. I have no idea where the 9.7% is hidden because it doesn’t taste “hot” at all.

O: Dang good Imp. IPA. It’s dangerously sessionable at 9.7% and I could easily drink the 4-pack without thinking about it. Kind of bummed that the citrus aroma doesn’t come through the taste. It’s a well balanced IPA that at 97 IBU’s is very drinkable.

Serving type: can

07-02-2011 13:25:30 | More by sdsurfer217
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District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very strong rich clear golden color with a robust soapy head.
S: Breadiness from the malt and some nice fruit aromas like berries and mangos/pineapple. Some pine wooded notes.
T: The flavor is really a lot more mild in a good way. The flavors balance and give you that pine needle flavor while imparting some nice fruit flavor coupled with the sweetness of the malt The flavor is very smooth and drinkable without the real presence of alcohol.
D/O: Extremely drinkable (which is a problem given the weight of the beer) but it doesn't have a crispness that I was expecting the the effervescence of the flavors The beer maintains a good balance of the hop flavors and the fruit notes.

Serving type: can

07-02-2011 00:50:03 | More by pzrhsau
Photo of gatornation


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

from 12 oz can

A- pours a clear light golden amber with a nice but quickly dissipating
head a little bi of lacing

S- was tropical hops first ..with mango and tropical citrus smells,sweet malts follow with some baked bread

T- very nice with loads of tropical hops some nice floral tastes with sweet caramel malts nice hop explosion

M- was medium carbonation with a smooth and easy drink ability..nice hop profile with a very tropical fruit/hop taste ABV well hidden

O- very good if you like tropical hop forward 2ipa's.. i thought this one was very good, and will be buying more

Serving type: can

07-01-2011 22:58:57 | More by gatornation
Photo of Sensaray


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

Pours a light orange amber tone with audible fizzly small off white head with big bubbles that dissipates fairly even paced. The can was entertaining.

Hoppy, sweet citrus, grapefruit, tropical aromas with slight hints of vanilla oaky, caramel. Alcohol is present and welcome.

Spicy, hoppy, bittersweet malt hoppy citrus, pine. Then finishes with a somewhat oaky flavor leading into a bitter close. Fairly bitter close, like the can says 94 ibus. Even though it's hoppy, its got a nice balanced taste surprisingly.

Good mouthfeel. Smooth carbonation medium light.

Pretty good. Then I drank more and thought, very good. The taste gets better with every sip.

Serving type: can

07-01-2011 05:28:17 | More by Sensaray
Photo of PerHops


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

A- Great looking double IPA. Everything about it looks tasty

S- Not super impressed. Smells kind of sickly sweet

T- Better than it smells. Darker than it looks. Some citrus and pine with a heavy carmel resinous sweetness with some tropical fruit maybe even elderflower....

M- Well balanced, but maybe slightly less carbonated than I would hope

O- Not my favorite imperial ipa, but I would definitely buy another pack

Serving type: can

07-01-2011 04:17:39 | More by PerHops
Photo of DoctorDog


4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: From a 12 oz. can into a nonic.

A- Pours a clear, light amber/golden hue. Pours with 2+ fingers of white head, which fades quite slowly to a thin cap. Fair amount of sticky lacing left behind.

S- Grapefruit, tropical fruits, and pine hop notes. As the head fades and the hop rush fades, a light caramel sweetness comes through.

T- Pine resin and herbal / tea-esque hopiness provide a nice amount of bitterness...caramel sweetness, and the oak character lingers on the finish.

M- Moderate carbonation and a medium-to-slightly full feel. Creamy and smooth.

O- Very good. Nice aroma...nice flavor...nice feel....good beer. Quite an easy drinker that well conceals it's substantial ABV pop.

Future outlook: Good stuff...I'll be getting it again.

Serving type: can

07-01-2011 02:57:16 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of indiapaleale


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

Pour - rather viscous and golden in color with a rather thin, wispy head. This has some legs running down the inside of the glass. You can see that this has some strength behind it.

Aroma - lemon cream, it's like someone mixed citrus and vanilla together with some faint resiny hints. A little boozy with some astringent aromas. Candied orange peel, cotton candy and simple sugar.

Taste - sweet, citrusy, astringent and bitter. This has some potency and a sh*t ton of hops to boot. The oak spirals impart some vanilla flavors as well as some possible smoothness to this strong brew. What really stands out in this brew is the balance, yeah, its sweet and yes it's hoppy but those two are fairly equal. The strong hop flavor lends to an astringent bitterness that I kind of like. There is plenty of sweetness behind it all. Certainly warming and a sipper that gets better as it settles and breathes. The sweet, tingly bitterness this leaves on the back of your tongue after every sip should leave a lot of people happy - or maybe that's just the fact that this beer is almost 10% alcohol!

Overall - I really enjoyed this beer. Sure, it's sweet but there is a lot of other things going on if you give it some time and let your taste buds explore without getting too overwhelmed.

Serving type: can

07-01-2011 02:51:37 | More by indiapaleale
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4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a clear golden with a rocky foamy head that settles to a finger and leaves lacing down the side of the glass

S-nice mellow citrus with a touch of vanilla in there as well, very pleasant nose, almost has a little bubblegum to it as well.

T-I was expecting a strong hop presence, what I got was a lot of the vanilla present in the nose. Some lemon, you definitely know the hops are there, but there is very little hop bitterness.

M- lightly carbonated, medium juicy body to it, this drinks way too easy for its ABV... way to easy.

O- This brew was a very pleasant surprise, I expected it to be good based on who recommended it to me, but this was simply an amazing example of a hoppy beer that had subdued bitterness to it. This went down way to fast and I may have to pick more of this up for the weekend.

Serving type: can

06-30-2011 01:02:39 | More by Franz4
Photo of nandemo1


4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours well from 12oz can. Nice clear golden color with medium carbonation.

Smell is somewhat grapefruity, not overwhelmingly so. Taste has a mix of grapefruit and oak, emphasis on the latter. I don't find it to be that bitter, very well balanced by the malt and aging. (Interestingly, I had a small taste last weekend from a can a buddy picked up from another retailer and it was far different. Lots of grapefruit in that one and we really couldn't find the oak. Still not bitter though). Can somewhat taste the alcohol, but its not strong.

Body is good, definitely sticks to the tongue for a while.

Overall, I'm very impressed with the balance.

Serving type: can

06-30-2011 00:31:57 | More by nandemo1
Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
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