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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Ratings: 1,364
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 77
Gots: 113 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: sloejams on 04-08-2008

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Photo of biegaman
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Crisis is a definite eyegasm for beer drinkers; it is pristinely clear, with only the condensation on the glass distorting its complexion, and lustrous golden beams, kindled in small part by amber highlights, lit up as if they were museum relics on exhibit. The little bit of head present only succeeds with a little bit of help (swirling).

The aroma reveals a dog-eat-dog world of oak, hops, honeyed malt and alcohol. Competition is stiff, but I think the wood ultimately wins out, supplanting the pithy, leafy hops with lush notes of vanilla. (Although alcohol makes a push once the beer warms.) It's interesting to note so much naked oak wood without having the flavours of bourbon masking it.

Indeed, the wood goes yard on this thing. The palate is treated to plenty of vanilla and oak and more vanilla yet again. The hops are in ample supply, mind you, seeping through with vivid leafy and herbal notes. In true west coast fashion, the hops are very damp and oily but their bitterness is nulled by a smooth, mellowing oak. Alcohol esters add complexity.

Between the hops, the oak and the alcohol, this beer hardly has two grains of barley to rub together; funds in the malt department have been bankrupted to afford such a woody presence and leafy, herbal notes. Rightfully so - 21A delivers the goods on what they've advertised. This is simultaneously one of the most hoppy and oak-y DIPAs I've tried.

American craft brewers need DIPAs like dogs need lampposts; big, bitter beers are almost like some kind of savage ritual, used as an alpha-male provocation and territorial claim of their spot in the craft beer revolution. And that is exactly what 21A have accomplished with Hop Crisis. This is a unique but decadent beer sure to please (and impress) hop heads.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear golden hue, with tons of sticky lace on the glass and nice head retention until the end

A - Wow, holy hops! Love it! The anti-hop crisis beer. Some fruity and citrus are apparent as well

T - Very hoppy, as expected. Citrus notes. The oak aging adds an awesome flavor at the end!

M - Highly carbonated, and smooth. Bitter and dry at the end.

O - A damn good imperial IPA. And out of a can? Never had an imperial IPA oak aged out of a can. Nice concept! If I am at a tailgate and everyone is drinking Bud, I can go with the flow, but have an amazing beer!

Photo of warbird07
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into my New Belgium Globe..

appearence is good...pours a nice orange..generous head..real sticky lacing..looks good..

Smell is deceent but a bit of a let down..when I frist poured I got a bit of a soapy aroma...as it warmed a touch I got lots of malt, vanilla, and hops..pretty sweet smelling but not the hop bomb I was expecting..

taste is good but again not what I expected..good hop presence, but real big on malt,oak, vanilla...not real bitter to any degree..doesnt seemed real balnced ..but still a good tasting brew..

Mouthfeel is medium..a tad sticky..decent carbonation..

This beer is good, p;retty drinkable..I wold pick it up again..

Photo of nickd717
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review dated 2/15/2009.

On tap at 21st Amendment in SF. What hop crisis? They sure were able to find a lot of those little lupulin bombs for this beer. Deep golden amber with a nice creamy head. Aroma is fresh piney hops and malt. Flavor is sweet caramel malt and lots of piney, citrusy west coast hops. Syrupy on the palate. Really nice DIPA overall.

Photo of dgilks
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark golden colour with a small, off-white head. Poor head retention but great lacing.

Pine aroma with a touch of orange. Mild mango. Very good.

Well balanced malt sweetness with caramel and a distinct pine note. Astringent bitterness.

Medium full body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine but a bit prickly on the tongue.

A decent but middle of the road IIPA whose flavour doesn't quite cut it. Not worth the price when compared to Pliny.

Photo of hoplover82
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-WOW, this beer is a thing of beauty! CRYSTAL CLEAR light copper color with a solid two fingers of off white creamy head that has great retention and lacing! And not to mention the really cook art work on the can. I love it!
S-And it smells really really good, on the hoppy side as any IIPA should be with dank piney hops, with some very pleasant oak notes of wood and vanilla and I also get some light coconut notes as well. The malt bill lets the hops shine and makes you really have to look for the grain notes but there are some sweet caramel notes way in the back. Very nice and complex aroma indeed.
T-The flavor is much like the aroma along with a warming alcohol presence that lets you know this beer ain't playin' around. The oakiness comes through a lot more in the flavor. Very woody and vanilla like.
M-Big in body and creamy on the palate, you can almost chew it, it's that thick. But the bitterness from the hops keep it from being like a barleywine and is a true IIPA. And the bitterness lingers for ever on the palate.
O-Overall I really enjoyed this beer and very glad I bought it.

Photo of Morey
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden-orange color with nice clarity and about a half of an inch of off white foam which has quickly settled to a thin lace with a few larger sized bubbles still hanging around. Pretty good head retention.

Smell is both woody and earthy like some of the other malty/earthy Ipa's that I've had, but not so much that the oak jumps right out at you.

Nice light wave of hop bitterness and carbonation hit you up front, and then the earthy malts and woody flavors start making themselves known. Oak flavor is a bit on the mild side. Again, I've had Ipa's that weren't oak-aged that tasted almost as earthy as this (ex...Titan, Big Eye).

Medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Wood-like flavors linger a bit.

Not bad overall (and it's worth mentioning that the ABV is well hidden), but not something that I'll be searching out again.

Morey's Bottom Line: My third be by 21st Amendment, and I've yet to be wowed. It's good, but nothing I would rush out to get again.

Photo of huhl23
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of can into a DFH snifter. Light orange apprearance, with two-finger head. Head stays around for the life of the beer. Mouthfeel is good. Little creamy feel. Taste is very good. Not bad for an imperial IPA. Probably won't seek out in the future but overall not a bad beer.

Photo of seeswo
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light clear copper with a big white head into a LA stem. Floral and tropical hops, an average amount of malt and a touch of oak. The oak is nice in there. The bitterness is more substantial in the flavor, with an oaked malt balance. The hops are mostly floral and that slight bit of crystal malt sweetness sneaks in there and molds with some tropical flavors. It's alright even though the foam tasted horrible. The mouthfeel is right, good body, exceedingly drinkable for the ABV, nice medium carbonation. Overall, it is kind of an odd beer that doesn't do a whole lot for me until it warms. Even then...I won't probably pick up another even though they are cheap and available.

Photo of EkimGram
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 12oz can poured into a Duvel tulip. Colour is a rich golden wheat with a thick two-finger head. A constant, heavy stream of carbonation is visible. Head leaves a patchy lacing.

Smell: Lots of sweet, citrus hops. Not too heavy, very balanced with a nice backing support of malts.

Taste: Starts out nice and balanced, hoppy. The hops grow into an explosion of floral citrus with a touch of malt and a lot of bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with an exciting amount of carbonation. Very silky, finishes slightly sticky.

Overall: There is almost no alcohol presence, it's impressive. The taste is wonderfully balanced and complex. I could drink this all night if I wasn't going to end up on the floor.

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. can into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Bright and glowing golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two finger white head fades into a thin layer. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Bright burst of citrus hops with grapefruit, orange, mango, lemon, and tangerine. Hints of bready malts and honey. A very subtle hint of oak. Bright and fruity.

Taste: Burst of citrus fruits including orange, mango, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. Decent bready malt backs things up. Hints of vanilla, oak, toffee, and honey. Orange flavor has a marmalade like character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy for a DIPA. Alcohol heat is hidden very well.

Overall: A very solid version of a double IPA. Good mix of citrus flavors and a solid malt backbone making for a pretty smooth and tasty DIPA.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Forgot I reviewed this one earlier this year. This time from a can, poured into my Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a clear deep golden with a two fingered white head that drops fairly quickly. Leaves a nice cap and some lacing.

Aromas of pungent citrus, orange, pink grapefruit, grapefruit zest, some sweet malt way, way, way in the back.

Flavors of big citrus hop bitterness, orange zest, grapefruit zest, sweet caramel malt. A little grassy and some oniony flavors (Summit?), but not aggressive. Finish is medium with a citrusy orange zest flavor lingering.

Mouthfeel is medium, sticky maltiness, mouthcoating hop bitterness. Good level of carbonation.

Overall and excellent example. Actually a little subdued based on the "hop hype" on the four pack packaging. Worth trying and worth coming back to.

Photo of justintcoons
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold/amber with 2 fingers of fluffy, white head that dissipates slowly. Moderate carbonation. Foamy lacing clings to the side of the glass.

N: Vanilla, orange, lemon zest and toffee. The nose is rather subtle.

T: Orange and lemon zest are upfront. The oak then rushes in after that along with toffee and hints of vanilla. There also seems to be some lemon meringue flavor in there. Finishes with lingering oak and sugar.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, creamy and dry.

O: An interesting IIPA. Although the hop aromas seem to be a bit subdued, the oak spirals give this beer a nice balance. Lemon meringue flavors fill this out along with nice hints of vanilla. Easy drinking and no alcohol presence.

Photo of eclipse54
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce can from barfdiggs; thank you!

Translucent gold with three finger’s width head that is off-white in appearance and consists of large, foamy bubbles that generate a frothy look as they pop and settle. Generous quantities of sticky, wet lacing are left behind. The body of the beer is very bland in appearance, but the head is truly gorgeous. Smells of peppery oak, citrusy hops, a faint malt presence, and some pine. All are balanced very well. Taste consists of muted hops, some citrus, clove, strong caramel malt, a touch of burning alcohol, and some spicy oak notes. A very interesting combination that keeps one coming back for more. Mouthfeel it smooth for the majority of the drink, and finishes with a warming bitterness from the alcohol and hops, respectively. Overall, a great DIPA that I would love to have again, especially on tap. This one was in a can, and would surely be a great outdoors beer for any occasion!

Photo of Klym
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a lost abbey tulip. Can't remember specific date, but the can was from around mid-july.

A: Pours a deeper honey gold with a nice 1 finger white head that leaves spotty lacing.

S: Big hops with some oak taking them down a notch in intensity. Mango, nectarine, and some smooth honey sweetness supporting the hops. Very nice, well-balanced smell.

T: Much like the nose with the same sweetness coming through, but major hop character. Hops do a little bit of a flashburn in transition from the middle flavors and hit quite a peak in intensity. For balance purposes maybe the hops should be toned down a bit but I find myself really liking it.

M: A medium body that leaves a little thin honey like feel in the mouth after sipping. Hop burn hits the top of the mouth, but like the taste, no heat to be detected in the mouthfeel.

O: I feel very confident in saying that this is an underrated DIPA. Great hop and malt character, enjoyable, and easy to drink

Photo of popery
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 1/1/11. Draft, Beer Revolution. Despite its silver medal at the last GABF, I expected to be a bit disappointed by this beer, after hearing it was an oak-aged DIPA with a pretty big malt backbone. However, I was happily surprised. This beer had a wonderful hop aroma, mostly floral with some grassy and pine/ctirus in a supporting role. Taste was very balanced, which is normally a descriptor that I associate with too much malt flavor for DIPAs, but it works here. I can see why this beer would go over well with judges. It’s balanced but still has some good bitterness and lots of hop aroma. There’s a touch of oak in the taste, but I think it mostly serves to make the malt flavor gentler and rounder. The malt has a honeyed flavor - very nice. Mouthfeel is thick and full. Very good DIPA.

Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

714th Review on BA
Can to Tulip
12 oz

Thanks to afrokaze for this one

App-  A medium colored orange with a two finger head.  Low bubble activity with a good cling.

Smell-  A well done aromatic beer with a nice big hop profile and a paired citrus note and a little bitter.

Taste-  A great mix of malty and citrus.  A little damp orange and a little grapefruit with like the nose a little hop bitterness.

Mouth-  Medium bodied and medium carbonated with a damp citrus aftertaste.

Drink-  A very nice DIPA with nice taste and a good balance.  A good mix of grapefruit and hops. Glad I got a four pack of cans on this.

Photo of hippityhophead24
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Two finger width head. Went down after about ten minutes. Nice golden color. Very clear.

Smell: On the nose, the malts bring a sweet aroma. Hops bring a slight floral aroma, with a hint of some sort of fruit in the apple/melon category.

Taste: At first sip, you get a little bitter, mellow wood notes. Slight booze bite on the tongue. Fruity notes linger afterwards, followed by another small slam of alcohol. Very well built. Lots of flavors going on with this beer. Not too bitter like lower ABV brews.

Mouth feel: Nicely carbonated, not to fizzy on the tongue. Medium body. Not too thick and syrupy like some high alcohol IPA’s can tend to be. Very smooth on the tongue.

Overall: Overall, I think this beer is great. For 10 bucks a four pack, I could not afford to buy this often. However, if I was ballin’ like Lil’ Wayne, I would purchase this whenever I could get my hands on it. A good brew for people who enjoy not too hoppy big beers. At 9.3% ABV, and called “Hop Crisis”, it does not contain the bitterness that lower ABV beers contain, but definitely has the notes and hints that are well balanced with a well built IPA.

Glasswear: Can poured into Snifter

Photo of THECPJ
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange yellow with a 1 finger off white head

smell: citrus, pineapple, caramel, malts

taste: pineapple, grapefruit, caramel, malts, alcohol

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a decent double IPA. the fruits play well with the caramel backbone. Glad I got to try it.

the cpj

Photo of PicoPapa
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can. Pours a semi translucent amber color with a big, creamy head. Very little lacing. Aromas of citrus hops, oak, vanilla and some pine. Taste is some of the oaky and vanilla flavors with some nice bitterness. Not a lot of citrus but more pine in the flavor. Resiny pine at the end. Damn drinkable for having an ABV of almost 10, but you do get the right amount of alcohol flavor. Creamy mouthfeel. I love the idea of an Oak Aged Imperial IPA in a can. Glad I picked this one up. Overall, a solid choice. Worth buying often.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Duvil Tulip:

A: Pours a dark golden orange/copper with just over a finger of white frothy head. Leaves lots of lacing as the head slides down the glass.

S: Pungent hops: Herbal with a little dankness, floral, and a little candied fruits. Oak and vanilla are definitely present. Has almost of a sweet pureed mango desert aroma going on. Slight alcohol notes in the background but not offensive.

T: Tip of the tongue is a rush of warmth from the alcohol (not burn, and not really any unpleasant flavors) and very earthy (pine included) and herbal hops. It's pretty intense up front. Not a whole lot of dankness associated with the herbal hop quality, pulls more of a pine and wood quality from the wood aging. Candied fruits with a sweet mango is there in the mix. Middle of the mouth smooths out with a fairly sweet toasted malt base with a little caramel (mostly the candied fruit taste) and a whole lot of vanilla and oak. Finish really shines with the vanilla and oak, semi dry finish with a bit of lingering bitterness (mostly pine).

M: Medium to full body (for the style) with moderate to slightly low carbonation. Extremely smooth and creamy for a DIPA, especially after the initial warmth as it transitions to the finish. The oak aging really did wonders on the mouth feel.

O: This is definitely not your normal DIPA. The wood and vanilla integration with the hop profile is really the focus. I love how creamy the mouthfeel is. While the 1st half of this beer really can't compete with the big boys (in terms of balanced hop profile) the 2nd half is friggin' awesome. I almost feel like this should be a subcategory because I really do enjoy these beers an awful lot and have trouble rating them side-by-side to a standard DIPA. It is a little warm/hot some boozy notes I generally don't like in pale ales, but overall, it's a solid brew I'm really enjoying.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a almost clear copper-orange color with a thick covering of frothy off-white head. the head fades down slowly revealing lots of lacing.

S - Aroma is bursting with pine hops. There is quite a bit. There is also a nice background of oak and citrus smells.

T - Starts off with some strong pine hops and bitterness. The oak flavor joins in not far behind and balances nicely. Through the middle, a mix of citrus hops and sweet caramel malts come through. The finish is a mix of oak and hop bitterness with just a touch of booze flavor that lingers.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer fees smooth and a bit resiny. The bitterness throughout creates a nice dry mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. The hop profile is quite strong and very nice from start to end. The oak flavor is also extremely well incorporated here and works very well.

Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a brilliant clear copper, with several rich and foamy fingers of bright-white head. This is a bit of a foamy pour, but not overly so, as this settles down into a frothy finger that drenches the sides of the glass in a sticky latticework of lacing. The aroma is floral, spicy, and resinous up front, which then quickly segues into some bright citrusy character. This all in turn mingles with an underlying mix of sweeter fruit, malt, and a LOT of vanilla and oak flavors.

The taste is once again bright citrus bitterness and pine up front but this is pretty quickly blunted by a sweet wave of tropical fruit, vanilla, and grainy malt. Deep pine, spice, and a strong lingering pithiness hang tough in the finish while some woodiness hangs on the edges of the profile. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a good bit of oiliness to the body up top, but there is a bit of underlying crispness here as well. I guess ultimately this is coming off a bit too chewy in the mouth. There is some light warmth coming out of this but it’s honestly pretty well hid for a close to 10% beer.

While I appreciated what the dry-hopping brought to this, that combination of the heavy sweetness here (especially vanilla) and the beefy feel just got to be a bit too much at times. These oak-aged IPAs really aren’t my thing but this one was at least one of the more tolerable ones that I’ve had. I still don’t think that I’d go for a second can of it though.

Photo of harrymel
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been drinking the shit out of this all summer.
A: honey ale with brilliant clarity. No head. No lace.

S: oak, citrus, pine, resin, light and spritely malt.

T: lemon malt oak. Nice. Hardcore. Enamel removal. Like a lemon starburst.

M: medium body with hi carb. Slight slickness.

O: great beer. Would drink again in a heartbeat.

Photo of mdvatab
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,364 ratings.