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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,289 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,289
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 71
Gots: 103 | 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 illidurit
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden amber color with a sticky white head leaving spattered lacing. Aroma is strongly of grapefruit with a touch of honey maltiness and an even fainter note of fresh bread. Tart grapefruit dominates the flavor with oaky vanilla and a subtle alcohol sharpness. Dry finish with a little astringency and a medium bitterness. Very hop-forward with plenty of fresh flavor for an aged beer.

illidurit, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

Poured a mostly transparent copper color with a three quarter inch head on it.

Smell is made up of sweet malts and hops at the end.

Taste is very hoppy up front with sweet malt in the middle and a bitter finish. Is that possible - I don't know but that's what I'm picking up with my amateur abilities.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy. This is a pretty full-bodied DIPA in my opinion. Not bad but definitely filling.

Overall a very solid DIPA that I'd love to get some more of. I'll be looking for it when I travel to MN in November.

richkrull, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass

A - Your typical IPA color with the typical IPA head. Very clear and a good amount of carbonation is present.

S - Not enough hop aroma for me to be deemed an IIPA and the malts do shine through more than normal for the style. Slight hints of citrus and sap.

T - A little bit of a cloying sweetness as the start but has a very strong sour grapefruit taste, almost artificial. I'm guessing they went very heavy on the ahtanum and cascade hops for the dry hopping to achieve such a flavor. Not a lot of malt backbone and finishes with a citrus tartness.

M - A little flat for my liking but nice medium body. Resins are too sappy and malt not too chewy. Finishes dry and clean on the palate but not too bright. Easy to drink other than the sour citrus notes.

O - Not the best DIPA I've had and certainly not the most aromatic or flavorful. Not a bad brew from a can and it makes me wonder why it says it's canned in MN when the brewery is from San Fran.

VaTechHopHead, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a 2 finger head and good lacing down the glass.

Smells of grapefruit and citrus peel.

Very malty throughout. Good citrusy taste throughout the palate to back up the caramel backbone. Finishes with a good lingering pine/citrus hop presence. Very well balanced, not a hop bomb as I was expecting.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are both medium.

Solid beer. Would definitely try again given the chance although nothing about it stands out.

jmarsh123, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of adamette
4.13/5  rDev +4%

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. can that I bought yesterday at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio for $2.45 into my Ommegang Witte Tumbler (the best vessel that I had available to me). Stamped on side of can near UPC: 1 05 17 A 2 B Q. Could that mean that the “best by” date is January 5th, 2017?

A 3 inch fluffy light brown head over a light copper translucent body that glows golden in front of direct light. 4.0

S Hops bitterness in front but a nice, strong malt sweetness behind that. The smell is really interesting. It has me looking forward to tasting this one. 4.0

T Sure enough, the hops are in front as the smell suggested. Grapefruit hops bitterness in front with that great honey syrupy sweetness in back demands the attention of the taster in a way that few in this style have achieved. The honey presence is not as apparent as it is in say, Bell’s Hopslam, but it is there. The honey in this one is much more subtle. Very good taste. 4.5

M Very full, big mouthfeel. Again, this beer demands the attention of the taster. Its big hop and malt presence make the feel one of the biggest that you will encounter. 4.0

D/O Not particularly drinkable with its XL size and feel and robust ABV but overall this is a good beer, sure to deliver to all of the hop heads out there. 3.5

adamette, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of stickynotes
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

A - Pours a truly tansparant vibrant caremelly-orange, and off-white, fine head diminishes quickly leaving abundant lacing.

S - Mostly earthy hops, some spicy hop all dominating a mild malt and oaky foundation

T - Sweet oak and malt. Floral hops; ends nicely bitter - a combo of the hops and APV coming through, it works nicely.

M - A bit of dryness and bitterness apparent off the bat. Mild carbonation rolls off at the back of the tongue. I get a pleasant boozey, earthy aftertaste rising through the nose.

O - A good double. Pleasantly bitter and hoppy; drinkable.

stickynotes, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of celticfutblclub
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

A - nice golden colored brew with a big frothy four fingered white lace head on top. great retention and lacing on this one as well.

S - big hop smell to this. grapefruit orange peel lemon zest cotton candy.

T - sweet malts hit up front for a moment and then a big hop bang comes with orange peel lemon zest followed by a nice grapefruit finish.

M - light to medium bodied medium carbonation with big hop pucker and a warmth of alcohol on the throat.

O - great dipa. solid all around. well worth picking up.

celticfutblclub, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

A - As soon as I cracked this it foamed up and gushed out everywhere. It poured a nice golden amber color. There is a 2-finger white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves a nice sheet of sticky lace on the glass.

S - Right away there is a big piney and citrus hop aroma. There is a nice bit of bready malts in the background that give a nice balance. I am also getting some honey sweetness.

T - Taste starts off with a big juicy hop explosion. There is a big piney and citrus flavor, but there is also some maltiness in the background that adds some nice balance. I am also getting some fruitiness as well as some honey. The finish leaves a lingering hop bitterness on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a big slightly puckering hop bitterness that sticks to the palate.

O - This has good drinkability. I could easily down a few cans of this. This is definitely a solid DIPA. The alcohol is hidden very well for being 9.7%, it will sneak up on you though. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, and I recommend trying it.

JizackFH, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4/5  rDev +0.8%

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: It pours clear orange with a finger of white foam head.

S: Some hoppiness, lemon, orange, and oaky vanilla.

T: Lots of oaky vanilla and some mild IPA flavors later.

M: The hoppy taste isn't too strong but their effect on the palate is.

O: This isn't very complex but it is very enjoyable. This is the first oaked IPA that I've enjoyed.

bucklemyshoe, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of regspeir
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Poured a clear, golden from a 12-oz. can into a Duvel tulip. Smallish 1-finger head with a moderate pour. Head was white and settled to a coating which lasted throughout. Lacing was minimal. Nose was some pine and citrus notes, particularly grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon-lime.
Taste: Hop presence but this was a malty IPA. Sweet caramel malts predominated with hints of fruit and oak. There was some alcohol warming/burn which I felt was a little out of control. Bitterness (especially at the end) was there, but moderate. Texture was medium, sticky, slick and with healthy carbonation. Overall, this was a decent offering but not one I would go out of my way to have again.

regspeir, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of deapokid
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%

Enjoyed on 8/28. Reviewed from notes.

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

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

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

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

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

deapokid, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of willjschmidt
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden color with a thin white head.

S: Loads of citrusy hops, a hint of pine.

T: Loads of citrusy hops, only slightly bitter. Decent balance for such a big beer. A tad bit sweet. Slightly warming from the alcohol.

M: Medium-full bodied, slightly viscous and creamy.

O: A pretty good DIPA. Awesome that such a big beer comes in a can.

willjschmidt, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of flexabull
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

Found this can at a great market in Ashland Oregon, fairly priced too. I had no idea it was the oaked version until I got back to the hotel. Here goes...

Pours a hazy dark gold color with an inch thick fluffy white head. I must say, this looks great.

Aromas are pungent. Very resiny, with pine, hard candies, grapefruit, and lemon notes. It sure smells funky, but it's pretty nice.

Taste is sublime, vanilla, light oak, and creamy malts hit on the first sip. Then the beer settles into some caramel sweetness, and finishes with some resiny pine hop bitterness. Whoa, nicely balanced, with a lot going on.

Mouthfeel is great, very full and smooth.

Overall, this is excellent. I've had some pretty good beers from 21A, but this is by far the best, wonderful stuff. I might have grab a couple more cans of this before I leave.

flexabull, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12oz can. Served in a tulip.

Pours a mostly clear golden orange. Big 2 finger head, settles some and leaves a bunch of lacing.

Hops are big and malt are big in the aroma. Hops hit the right piney and citrus notes. As it warms, the citrus notes become stronger. Malt is sweet and caramel-ish, but sits a little behind the hops.

Flavor is a terrific balance of sweet malt and intense resiny hops. Oils coat the tongue and citrusy bitterness blossoms through the middle and finish. Some earthy oak wood flavor seems to have been absorbed by the malt. Alcohol isn't completely buried, but it blends nicely with all the accompanying flavors.

Medium body and carbonation keep things very drinkable.

brotherloco, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of jlenik
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

12oz can poured into Cantillon tulip.

a: this one pours beautifully clear and golden. tight bubbles in the finger's worth of head.

s: some fruit and hops followed by a mix of oaky sweet clove spiciness.

t: at first it's sweet and oaky with toffee and butter notes, drinks hoppy, and finishes strong, dry and oaky again.

m: it's crisp but it finishes dry, very dry. I enjoy this amount of dry finish but some might not.

o: I'm a sucker for cans and this bad boy caught my eye one day. I've gone back to this four pack on more than one occasion and have always enjoyed it. Did not think oak could do so much for a DIPA.

jlenik, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Hop Crisis opens with the kind of nose you'd expect from a 94 IBU hop monster: huge grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine, and eucalyptus aromas that drift up from the can are are detectable from some inches away. Mixed in with these primary hop aromas are touches of effervescent white grape, orange, lemon-lime, and subtle shades of biscuit. The nose does bear just slightly too much of a resemblance to a soft drink because of the overwhelming nature of these citrus fruit notes, but still manages to be enticing.

On the tongue, as can be expected, the first flavors out of the can are hops, which crash against the tastebuds in waves of grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and pine. A healthy dose of bitterness accompanies these hops, though not in levels so overwhelming as to be off-putting; still, if left lingering in the mouth, the bitterness will begin to burn at the soft palate. Subtle shades of rosewater tinge the beer, as well as lemon-lime. Late in the mouthful a lovely toasted nut and toasted baguette layer of malts joins in, bringing welcome complexity and relief. The aftertaste is primarily a continuation of the hop flavors, with strong hints of nut, as well as a vodka-like alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a good Imperial IPA, and most certainly features hops in levels that hopheads will delight in. I do have two major problems with the brew, however: 1) I find the beer more out-of-balance than many Imperial IPAs, being so focused on hops that malts take a distant backseat, sometimes not even appearing to be in the same vehicle; and 2) the vodka-like alcohol tinge--the result of the 9.7% ABV--brings an unpleasant overtone to the aftertaste. Worth trying, but keep in mind that if hops are not your thing, then this beer isn't going to go down well either.

jondeelee, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

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!!!

feloniousmonk, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

Had this on 2011-09-05 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear, light orange with a 1.5-finger, white head and moderate lacing.

S - Big aroma of pineapple with some floral. Not much malt but a very pleasant smell, even from a distance.

T - Definitely some pale malt here. Fairly sweet. Pineapple and significant grapefruit and orange zest bitterness. Alcohol is apparent but not off-putting. The oak initially is barely present but makes itself known in the aftertaste. Never fully dries out but the sweet malt and pineapple linger and compliment the bitterness.

M - Medium-heavy body and light carbonation give a creamy and syrupy feel that is moderately prickly and resinous.

O - A nice DIPA and it's great to have a canned beer of this quality. It's a little too sweet and not bright-citrus-enough tasting to rocket to the top of my list but I quite enjoyed it.

Tucquan, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%

A – Solid, crystal clear, gold. White head with ok lace but great retention.

S – Bright apple, hint of woodiness, sweet molasses, dark honey, currents, golden raisins, and a lace of booze.

T – Fantastic. Sweet honey and pear roll into soft woody notes of pine and oak. The sweetness recedes in the center, letting the bitterness show its muscle, then reasserts itself in the finish; pairing honey and pine.

M – Incredibly smooth with a medium body.

O – Bold, complex, and well integrated profile.

vfgccp, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of thain709
4.13/5  rDev +4%

A - The body poured semi-clear with a yellow-orange hue to it...two fingers worth of white head formed and never really went away...great lacing

S - Wow, pineapple galore...other citrus flavors reign supreme (grapefruit, papaya, lemon, orange)...there is a light caramel malt presence...alcohol can be detected as well

T - There is a sweetness up front that is coming from all of the glorious citrus hops...those citrus flavors are a big player throughout the entire beer...pineapple is the biggest flavor but bitter grapefruit comes in at a close second...there is a trace of alcohol as the beer warms...the hops finish very bitter with some slight, mellow oak flavors coming through too

M - Medium bodied...sweet, sticky, bitter with a warming alcohol presence

O - I've enjoyed the two IPA's from 21st Amendment, but this one was really good...an oak-aged double IPA? YES! The hops are not lacking in this one, but I could have asked for a little more oak presence

thain709, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of thatruth
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%

12 oz can from the Beer Junction in West Seattle poured into pint glass.

Pours a weak 1/8" white head with minimal, slippery lacing. Body is root beer gold in color with a slightly lime tint.

Smells of pine, oranges, grain and apples.

Hoppy, slighty spicy and a touch of apple on-bringing with a clean, dry finish.

Bright, hoppy, fritzy on the palette.

Crisis must be from the lack of potent hops, weren't too apparent here.

thatruth, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +2%

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden hue with a touch of haze and a nice effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam. An attractive brew.

Smell: the smell hit me the instant I cracked the can. First and foremost I'm hit by the sweet, strong malt. A melange of piney and resiney hops backs up the malt and, while not extremely strong, seems to work well with the sweet malt. I like how it comes together.

Taste: wow, this has a very dynamic flavor. At first we get the strong malt, some alcohol and some bitterness, which fades into a slightly tart, citrusy type flavor, and finishes with a combination of sweetness and very smooth bitterness. All throughout the theme is earthiness. I'm not sure what the oak is contributing, but overall this is a smooth and well-composed beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a moderate level of carbonation. It's bordering on a creamy beer, but it's not quite there. Still, it's pretty smooth.

Overall: this has got to be one of the easiest-drinking double IPAs I've had. It has got some really solid characteristics, and I like the dynamism in the flavor and the super-smooth bitterness. Great stuff.

flagmantho, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of beermanbrian
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

Golden color with a nice foamy white head. Much better head than others are describing. Settles to a nice soap bubble cap that deposits sticky lace the whole way down. Pine hop aroma with a distinct bourbon oak backbone that becomes more prominent as it warms. Bitterness dominates the taste. Alcohol comes in a close second. Bitterness and alcohol become cloying after a while. This is a one or two a night at the absolute most kind of beer. Besides the heavy buzz from the high abv, your taste buds surrender after being bombarded. Still can't figure out how I feel about 21st amendment. All their beers are solid (except the watermelon fiasco) but I can't say I really love any of them. They are solid enough to keep me coming back for another try. Maybe the next one will be the one.

beermanbrian, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of minterro
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Custom six pack from Ross’ Deli Lakewood Ohio

-Really, really sweet can design.

A & S: straight white head that has a fingernail worth of head when poured and dissipates fairly quick. The beer is a clear straw color. Classic citrus (grapefruit) hoppy smell, not super aromatic.

T & M: the flavor is oaky, citrus and of course it’s pretty darn hoppy (seems like it has a nice mixture of different hop profiles). Shockingly hoppy even for a double, the hops are very robust. Very bitter and dry finish. Medium body, tongue tingling carbonation. Alcohol not masked (and it still tastes great).

O: Really, really sweet can design. Overall a super respectable beer, no real blemishes, d*mn strong.

minterro, Aug 28, 2011
Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
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