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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,322 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,322
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 73
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 Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Brenden, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of david18
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

david18, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Goblinmunkey7, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jeffjeff1, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

laituegonflable, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of henrysunset
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

henrysunset, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

PDXHops, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ReelBigwigFish, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of Mississipping
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.  

Mississipping, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

DrDemento456, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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..


drinkiusmaximus, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

BrewCrew2010, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

ArrogantB, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of CHADMC3
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CHADMC3, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of 20ozmonkey
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this back in February on tap at the Rogue Pub in San Francisco. I remember it being pretty interesting and quite tasty. I’m glad they’ve canned it.

I poured it into a Stone Old Guardian glass and I have to say, this might be one of the best looking beers that I’ve seen. It looks like clear, molten gold. There is absolutely nothing floating in this.

Smells wonderfully of orange and hops. Maybe a hint of lychee in the smell as well. I think I can pick up on a small tinge of oakiness.

The key aspect that I remember about this beer was that it was very sweet. This doesn’t seem to be quite as sweet as when I had it on tap, but it is definitely still there. This isn’t a hop-bomb IPA and what hops are there mesh well with the oak flavor on the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp with a medium to low amount of carbonation.

I’ve never been a huge fan of 21A stuff. I always like it on tap, but every time I’ve had their hopper stuff in cans I’ve been kind of disappointed. That’s not true for this beer. I’m liking this quite a bit and I’ll probably buy at least another 4-pack of it.

20ozmonkey, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of SpaceMadness
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear amber color with a 1-1.5 finger, white head that persists fairly well. Decent lacing.

S- Floral and sweet. Pretty neat to crack open a can and have such a pleasant smell hit you.

T- Just like the smell, the floral sweetness seems a tad more prevalent than pure hop bitterness. The hops are definitely there; it tastes like the oak aging has rounded them off slightly. There is none of the pine resin flavor that some DIPA's have. If I were to guess, I'd say that Simcoe and Amarillo are the stars of the show. The alcohol flavor seems completely masked although a pleasant warming occurs.

M- About what I'd expect from a brew in the high 9% range. Slightly sticky. The hop bitterness and alcohol level are enough to balance it for me, but due to the fact that I've been drinking my homebrewed Belgian Dubbel all week, I might have a higher sugar tolerance right now (not to mention probably on the verge of becoming diabetic).

O- I love bitter beer; even though this isn't as bitter as some DIPA's, I don't feel like I'm missing anything here. It tastes like it should taste having been aged on oak chips. Is it my favorite DIPA of all time? No. However, it tastes great and the fact that it is canned makes it a successful brew in my book. This will taste great on the golf course and at $9 a four pack (you don't need more than four when golfing, silly) it is still cheaper than paying $14 for a six pack of fizzy piss water.

SpaceMadness, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Bfarr
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear straw orange with moderately frothy off-white head with great retention. Pine, citrus and just a hint of oak. Moderately high hop w little malt to back it up. Strong alcohol lends sweetness. Resinous pine and floral with light grapefruit finish, even hints of vanilla at a warmer temp. Light and smooth with enough support and a decent bite.

Hops have a pleasant long linger creating a great showcase for the hops. Complex flavor with nothing taking over at any point making an easy drinking and occasionally surprise here and there. Once accustomed to the strong bitterness, a pleasant sweetness comes through despite the apparent lack of a big malt backbone. Although more subtle flavors come out at a warmer temperature, cold or warm, this is a fantastic beer.

Bfarr, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of thick white head. Good retention with a lot of lacing left. Color is a golden orange.

Aroma: Very hoppy. Floral, earthy, and citrusy. A lot of bitterness. Very fresh. I am surprised this is oak aged for how hoppy it is.

Taste: Much like the nose. Just a super fresh and hoppy iipa. Floral and piney. Earthy. A lot of fruit and citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends bitter and sticky.

Overall, this was a solid iipa. I really didn't pickup on the oak aging because of fresh and hoppy it was and normally oak aged ipas show more malts. This was a tasty beer.

mothman, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I CAN say without fear of CANtradiction that this is the busiest CAN I have encountered on The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "During the hop crisis, some brewers were forced to skimp on hops, depriving the people of their right to hoppy, aromatic beer."; "Demand hop justice!"; "The hop syndicate is hoarding hops in a remote warehouse. THIS IS NOT COOL. We have to do something."; "Absolutely, it's our duty and out right."; "We have to break out of Alcatraz. And fast."; "No worries, brother! We're gonna surf out! On ironing boards!"; "No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz! ... Except in the movies."; "No one has ever had a good reason before. Free the hops!"; "Free the HOPS!!"; "Ale aged on oak spirals".

The Crack & Glug was another marvel, producing two thick fingers of French Vanilla-colored head with good retention, especially in the face of the mounting humidity. Color was a deep-gold with NE-quality clarity, a shade that would have made both Croesus and Midas envious. Nose was both piney and oaky, but not overwhelming in either case. I love an IPA as much as anybody else, but sometimes the oak-aging CAN result in an over-the-top beer. Mouthfeel was medium and the oak character was prevalent in the mouth. I got pine and oak on the finish, but it was oak that was really dominant in this beer. I am not a huge fan of the big oak flavor and given its high ABV, I am not putting this in a cooler any time soon. It might be nice on Hula in the Coola Day (01 February), but not on a hot, humid mess like today.

woodychandler, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of Snamnoum
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - clear pinkish orange color with 3/4 of a finger of soft white head. Low retention

Smell - Lots of cascade hops deliver a very fresh citrusy aroma of oranges and grapefruits. Some piny notes as well. Malt smells graham cracker-like.

Taste - very round and well balance Imperial IPA aromatic citrusy and bitter hops with a gentle backbone of pale slightly caramelly malt guiding the hop bitterness to the finish which is dry and slightly woody.

Mouthfeel - feel is slightly creamy with a slick oily finish that coats the back of your mouth. Carbonation is moderate and well suited to the style.

Overall - a drinkable and refreshing double IPA despite the high ABV which is hidden very well. Not mind blowing but who cares.

Snamnoum, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of loren01
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice clear yellow/orange color. Nice head with good lacing down the glass
S: Smell is malty/sweet, brown sugar. Citrusy hop scents at well
T: Brown sugar sweetness followed by pineapple and citrus. Finish is earthy.
M: Medium to full bodied but not overly syrupy.
O: Pretty good DIPA but not anything I'll seek out in the future...nothing really stands out about this beer compared to the many other great west coast DIPA's out there.

loren01, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of CHickman
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold in color with a massive 2 finger frothy off white head that sits like a cloud with tons of bubbles in it and then fades very slowly, leaving great foamy lacing clinging to the sides and leaving rings; a great looking beer out of the can.

Smells of orange peel, grapefruit, citrus hops, sweet malt, brown sugar, molasses and/or syrup, flowers, floral hops, spices like cinnamon or nutmeg and light grains; citrus hops are dominant and smell great.

Tastes of orange peel, grapefruit, citrus hops, sweet malt, brown sugar, molasses and/or syrup, flowers, floral hops, spices like cinnamon or nutmeg and light grains; wow, the taste is delicious and well balanced, but I could not pick up the oak aging listed on the can.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, with a medium body, little to no carbonation and a slight bitter finish.

This beer goes down easy considering the ABV, as the alcohol is very well hidden. A high recommendation for this very tasty beer which I will seek out again. This was a very pricey 4 pack of cans, but well worth it.

CHickman, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of litheum94
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Golden body with a decent bone-white head. Thick and foamy. It takes its time settling down, leaving a dense cover and some great lacing on the glass.

A: Very floral hop profile, like a spring garden. Some tropical fruit sweetness. Cleansing lemon aromas, like a wet nap. Good dose of caramel malts to help balance the hop aromas.

T: Floral hops at first mingle with white pepper spicing and honey sweetness. Oaky and very subtly smokey mid-palate. Some peachy flavors lead into a smooth, slightly bitter finish. Pretty creamy for an IPA.

Great flavors, and the oak imparts a very unique flavor for the style. And it's canned!

litheum94, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of mikul93
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Nice clear gold with a good finger head. Nice lacing.

S Citrus, Pine and malt. Not as aromatic as I was hoping.

T Sweet malts hit the tongue immediately followed by grapefruit and bitter hops. Was hoping for a better balance.

M Medium to light body. Nice carbonation.

O Was a little disappointed but I still enjoyed it. There are a lot better Imperial IPA's and worse.

mikul93, Jul 25, 2011
Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,322 ratings.