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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,257 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,257
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 70
Gots: 99 | 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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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

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
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

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
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +2%

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
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zimm421

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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
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racer2k

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -16.9%

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
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snaotheus

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

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
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

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
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

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
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%

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
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Brenden

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%

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
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david18

New York

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%

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
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

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
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jeffjeff1

California

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

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
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.13/5  rDev +4%

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
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henrysunset

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -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
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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
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ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured into pint glass from can

A: golden amber color with fluffy white head, not much lacing but my glass is likely the culprit.

S: hoppy and very sweet fruit in the nose

T: slightly bitter hops but quickly overshadowed by the fruit flavors. Tastes a lot like strawberries.

M: medium to high carbonation, very drinkable. Slight dry finish.

O: I had this the other day out of the can and it was a totally different experience; not nearly as much fruit in the nose or taste. It tasted more Oaky and malty. So this beer is a bit of a chameleon to me but i enjoyed it both times. Worth trying for sure.

08-01-2011 22:54:18 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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Mississipping

Mississippi

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Pours a clear apricot color with a medium off-white, rocky head that has excellent retention.  Takes forever to dissipate and when it does, it leaves behind minimal lacing on the edges of the glass.

S: Sweet juicy tropical fruit certainly dominate this one.  Tangerine, apricot, papaya, and a touch of pineapple.  A slightly sweet caramel maltiness melds with the sweetness from the fruity hops.  That's pretty much all that's there.  It's really, really nice smelling, but it doesn't have much complexity.  

T: Sweetness up front with tropical fruit that match the aroma completely.  A frail malt backbone that provides a nice sweetness manifested mainly by caramel.  Maybe just a hint of oak towards the finish, but I probably never would have guessed that his was aged on oak spirals had the can not said so.  Just the tiniest burst of bitterness at the finish, but really mainly a sweeter Imperial IPA.  Again, not very complex, but pretty tasty.  

M: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.  Smooth and creamy.  I was excited to read that this has 94 IBUs, but I really don't pick up on a whole lot of bitterness.  Just a bit of bitterness toward the end, but overall, it's quite sweet.  Slightly, slightly drying, but really pretty juicy.

D: Pretty darn drinkable.  Although it's not exactly what I like in an IPA, it's really tasty.  Juicy and sweet and slightly malty.  Alcohol is hidden completely and it's not overly bitter at all.  Again, it's not in line with some of my favorite double IPAs, it's kind of a nice, refreshing take on the style.  It doesn't seem like many would agree with me on that, but I enjoyed it for what it is.  

08-01-2011 14:04:05 | More by Mississipping
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Has to the the highest ABV beer I ever had in a can!

A - Pours a amber yellow with a half inch of head that quickly turns to a sticky lace ring.

S - Does smell kind of woody but mostly a solid bit of pine and alchohol.

T - Lighter than expected with a solid bit of wood taste in the finish but surprisingly for 94 IBU's it's not very bitter at all. Alcohol is very masked which is surprising since it's strong on the nose.

M - Medium bodied for sure but pretty easy to drink.

Overall another nice offering from 21st amendment. In a way they are awesome since this beer was only 3.25 for a single and possibly even cheaper for a four pack. Not bad for wood aged.

08-01-2011 03:06:31 | More by DrDemento456
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drinkiusmaximus

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

A- I poured this and doubt started to creep in this is somewhat lighter than all the other DIPAS I have had before.looks like a lager with a fingers width head and a slightly orange golden body some lacing but little retention.

S- Orange peel and tequila?

T-nice citric twang and almost no malts they are overpowered almost instantaneously by the hops. Alcohol note is present but a woody almost tequilaesqe flavor.

M-creamy smooth and tasty medium bodied and slight clingy.

D- Very good..

Prost!!!

07-31-2011 23:31:41 | More by drinkiusmaximus
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

A: An golden amber body with a dense and creamy white head; loads of lacing and good head retention.

S: Loads of floral and citrus hops in the nose balanced with some malty sweetness and oak.

T: HOPS! Tons of grapefruit, pineapple, bitter orange peel, and pine flavor hops in this one. Also getting some sweet floral notes, caramel malts, tons of sugar, and vanilla. I don't think this one is too complex, but the flavor is nice.

M: Medium to full body; moderate cabonation; texture is super sticky and almost too syrupy sweet.

O: Although I enjoyed the flavor and it's right on for the style, it's very sticky and heavy on the palate. This is definitely for a hop head and wouldn't recommend for light drinking. I would get this again, and although I love DIPAs, I have to split a can on this one. Good beer.

07-30-2011 17:36:00 | More by BrewCrew2010
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

12oz can brought back from the US to Australia and shared with @LaitueGonflable. A little confused as to the difference between this and the "oak aged" version listed here. On the can, this says "aged on oak spirals", as does the photo here. I'm assuming the "oak aged" version is an anomaly.

Froths a little on opening the can, but pleasantly, and pours a shining and slick golden colour into the glass. Plenty of body, and the head is a wonderful creamy and dense sheen on the top. Lacing is speckled, but pretty consistent. Overall, a great-looking IPA.

Nose is fresh and crisp and lovely, with big sharp orange citrus characters coming through beautifully. Creamy underneath, it gives a lovely smooth balance to the sharp, sparkling and redolent west coast hop characters. Lovely.

Palate is possibly even better, with a gorgeous true clean citric hop bitterness balanced on top of vanilla and cream characters from the oak. This cushions all of the oily hop residue, leaving a flavoursome and full-bodied beer, without any astringency or harshness. Fruity and fresh, but creamy and mellow. What an awesome combination.

Wow. This is a truly phenomenal IPA, and probably the best oak-infused one I've had. It does a great job of mellowing the palate, while the hops genuinely give a fresh robustness and a depth of sparkling exciting character. A winner.

07-30-2011 04:55:07 | More by lacqueredmouse
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -20.7%

12oz can thanks to harrymel, thanks man! Bright orange color with sticky lace and a good head. Smell is sugary malts, pineapple, a little too sweet smelling. The flavor was really dominated by the oak as far as I'm concerned. It also had a lot of sweetness and while it was hoppy it was also syrupy. Overall, not my preference as far as a DIPA but then again I don't believe in oak aging IPA's.

07-29-2011 16:41:38 | More by ArrogantB
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a pale orange to golden color with straw-like hues and a massive, foamy, off-white head that is very patient to dissipate as it leaves a dense, sticky lacing behind that clings to the top of the glass for the duration.

Great aromatics of citrus and pine hops including grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and grass. There is definitely a lot of fruit sweetness as well as some floral or perfume like hints as it warms.

Similar to the aroma, the palate is packed with pine and citrus hops featuring similar fruit notes, perhaps a touch more floral or herbal, and with more malt backbone to support all of these hops as well.

This imperial ipa has generous carbonation with a thick, oily body and a puckering finish.

As advertised, this ipa is packed with a nice hop punch and is a delight to the senses.

07-29-2011 02:35:28 | More by CHADMC3
Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
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