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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,285 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,285
Reviews: 435
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 pjs234
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

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....

pjs234, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of prdstmnky
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

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).

prdstmnky, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of dhartogs
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

dhartogs, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Slatetank, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%

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.

largadeer, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of SFGuy187
3.73/5  rDev -6%

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!

SFGuy187, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of cbbjr
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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.

cbbjr, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

jayhawk73, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of billab914
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

billab914, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of boralyl
3.73/5  rDev -6%

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.

boralyl, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

DefenCorps, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of jlh8643
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

jlh8643, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

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

dirtylou, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of bamadog
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

bamadog, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

kirok1999, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of colforbin73
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

colforbin73, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of maximum12
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%

Well, have sampled a couple 21st Amendment brews & been duly unimpressed. Had a Hop Crisis on tap recently though, & really enjoyed it. Had another walking to a Twins game. Now here we go a third time. I must like it.

Pour is a light golden, perfectly clear, nothing to pervert the view. The smell is simply stellar: a battering ram of hops. Pine, grapefruit come through strongly, & the oak could be scented by a blind man.

Hop Crisis proves 21st Amendment can make good beer; this is a big 'un that's all over the map. Bitter, hateful hops slash the palate, followed swiftly by the pine & grapefruit noted in the foreshadowing. Oak is sharp, stinging, & the base malts provide a strong counterpoint of sweetness that's halfway between floral & fruity. Booze flashes its trench-coat as me; finish is mostly wood alcohol. Hot. I find myself taking swig after swig, this bruiser could leave me sleeping the night in the hammock if I'm not aware of its left hook.

Excellent beer. The oak, malt, & hops have been trained to dance by a master; complimenting one another like Directors at a Finance convention. And the ultimate compliment: I'm down to one can in the fridge, I'll be out looking for another four-pack...soon.

maximum12, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Let me start off by saying I hate giving a beer straight 4's but I think it had to happen for this one. I like 21st Ammendment and I love canned craft so I was excited about this one.

A - Cool looking can and I love reading the little story. Poured a lighter amber mixed with gold. Had a decent sized white soapy head.

S - Big sweet citrus nose that had a lots of sugars and caramels mixed in the the sweet fruity notes.

T & M & D - Big hop profile with earthen grass and grapfruit citrus. The beer was carmalized sugar all over it as the middle smoothed out and became sugary sweet. The finish was the same with a good bitterness and a slight pine. The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied with a good finish.

O - Awesome canned brew that is bold and flavorful. Despite the ABV I wanted another!


CuttDeez, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.85/5  rDev -3%

Paul and I each had a can of this to kick off a long session at my place. Thanks!

Quite simply, the appearance was perfect. Crystal clear, with a thick inch or more of creamy, white head that left copious lacing on the glass. The aroma was surprisingly weak. Unoffensive, but really lacking firepower. Where's the hops? Thankfully, the hop character emerges in the flavor, though not with the presence I would prefer. I honestly don't perceive much, if any, of the oak. I'm not terribly fond of oak-aged IPAs anyhow. The beer is medium bodied, with a lasting bitterness in the finish. Alcohol presence is there throughout, but not overpowering. A decent brew, I would have it again.

Huhzubendah, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of jmerloni
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

A - Bright vibrant yellow-orange color. Sticky sticky white head that laces wonderfully.

S - Citrus hops, a lot of them. Some strange spice in there with some pineapple.

T - Sweeter than I thought it would be, big malt backbone that isn't entirely kept in check with the hoppy bitterness profile. Flavors = orange, nectarine, pineapple, sage.

M - Sticky and pretty full. Pretty dry for a pretty hoppy beer.

D - Solid beer. One of the best I've tried from 21st. I'd try it again, although it's a bit expensive.

jmerloni, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of cavedave
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%

Live review

A huge billowy off white head tops a clear golden beer. Plentiful lace snakes gracefully on the tulip's inner wall.

Not a strong aroma, but full of dank hop goodness. I get pine, spicy herb, ganja, floral, and a bit of citrus over a sweet grainy scent.

Nice burst of flavor in this brew, it stomps out of the gate with some sweet and pine, maybe a bit less of a burst than some, but plenty of taste here. It quickly gains complexity, though not balance, with some bready and citrus, and spicy alcohol joining it as it rounds the clubhouse turn, really pouring it on down the straightaway, with some whip cracking dry pine and herbal bitter running the late charge to the finish.

Med. carb., full bodied while easy drinking, but a bit of metallic to the cling, and a finish that is a few degrees south of clean.

This is a good beer in a land of the finest IIPA ever made. It ends up judged overharshly if judged fairly. I recommend it,especially to hop lovers, but I recommend first trying the many better IIPA out there.

cavedave, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

Clear amber color with a massive white head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Large amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Citris rind hop aroma with some sweet malt in the background. The oak lends some faint vanilla aroma.

A lot of sweet malt and citrus hops in the flavor. Kind of sticky and cloying. Bitterness is high and tries to take over. Alcohol is very much evident in flavor and warmth. Hard to pick out any of the oak but there is just a faint hint of vanilla. Just too harsh to warrant a higher score.

Plenty of body here and is nicely carbonated.

Not my favorite malt/hop profile. The oak seems to be of a gimmik to put on the packaging than any flavor addition.

morimech, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of teromous
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%

A: It's a bright and crystal clear amber. The head is a very large frothy, foamy monster! Lots of lacing.

S: The hop smell is slightly subdued. It has a lot of citrus smell to it. There is a slight smell of what I can only describe as buttermilk, which is a bit off.

T: It has more of a pine flavor, even though is smells more of citrus. There's a slight hint of oak or bark. It leans more towards hop bitterness than hop flavor.

M: It has a really great mouthfeel. The head and carbonation feel awesome. It has a refreshing wet feel and is not dry or puckering. It has a pretty creamy mouthfeel.

O: Overall it's a pretty good beer. I would drink it again, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

teromous, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of mdr4669
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

App: Gold and amber body color with about two fingers of thick foamy head that leaves a thick lacing.

Smell: Hoppy and citrus with a grainy breadiness.

Taste: Starts off with a grainy taste that's followed up by a warm kick of alc. then mellowed by a hoppy aftertaste.

MF: Creamy and easy going, a pleasure to drink.

OA: Though this will never find the regularity in my cooler as Live Free Or Die and Back in Black, it is an excellent addition to the 21A lineup, great work Shaun and Nico!

mdr4669, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of Beejay
4.13/5  rDev +4%

A: Apricot in color. Crystal clear with a nice pillowy white head.

S: A touch of pine, but otherwise overwhelmingly citrus. Most notably grapefruit. A touch of syrupy sweetness in the back.

T: Malty sweetness comes out right away. Notes of caramel and raison, which meld into a pine and grapefruit flavor, and a hit of bitterness. Quite tasty. Perhaps just a hint of oak in the finish, though it is rather tiny.

M: Fairly thick, and a bit chewy, there is a creaminess to the body that I like. Carbonation seems appropriate for the style.

O: In general I think this is a nice effort on 21A's part. Good solid bitterness, a nice malt profile, and darn tasty. I would have liked to see the oak take a bigger role in this, as it is almost imperceptible, and that's sad.

Beejay, Jul 10, 2011
Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,285 ratings.