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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,356 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,356
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 75
Gots: 111 | 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 seeswo
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
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
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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...

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

Pours a pale orange yellow with a two-finger milky white head. Solid lacing and retention throughout. Great bursts of citrus aroma coming off of this one. Freshly cut mango, grapefruit and sweet orange. Hoppy, bitter brew. The fresh citrus aroma doesn't translate into the flavor profile much. Touches of grapefruit. This one is more about the earthy and pine hops. Bitter pine and woodsy flavors follow the slight citrus starting point. A touch of a sweet bread and caramel malt before a hop takeover to finish. Dry, bitter pine hops once again and a hint of alcohol close this one out.

Photo of ef88
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 ounce can into a snifter.

A: Nice almost-copper-but-still-orange (it makes sense, trust me) color that's left undisturbed by the minimal carbonation. White, 2 1/2 finger head that holds around the edge of the glass as I drink. Some lacing hangs around for a bit, too.

S: Hops, what seems like apricot or apple, and a little bit of alcohol.

T: Hops are the order of the day here. The bitterness hangs around for a while, but that shouldn't be a surprise I guess. What's also nice is the grapefruit and apricot that occasionally fights through the hops in the end. And despite its 9.7% ABV, there's no smack of alcohol here like there was in the smell. One downside, however, is that I'm not tasting anything that would suggest it was "aged on oak spirals," as the can says.

M: Really chewy and sticky in the corners of my mouth, but other than that (which I wasn't crazy about), this was a refreshing big beer.

O: Really interesting taste, but I wasn't into the mouthfeel so much. Not the best imperial I've ever had, but glad I tried it and might even grab another can again one day.

Photo of bootlegger1929
2.53/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

From a can. Not a favorite of mine.

Looks awesome actually. Great lacing and nice clear copper color.

Smell is medicinal with some citrus and wood.

Taste is much the same as the smell. Hopefully I just got a bad can or it might not be fresh. Idk.

Mouthfeel is fine for a DIPA.

Not my favorite beer overall. Not a fan. Oh well.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into tulip, interesting can design with inscriptions haha. Pours crystal clear light orange amber color with a dense 2 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap. Thick lacing sticks to the glass as well. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, caramel, pineapple, and pine. Big sweetness in the aromas, with little spiciness from hops. Taste of tons of orange, pine, orange zest, caramel, oak, and a bit of spiciness. Big sweetness up front with a decent amount of bitterness on the finish, but not as much as I was expecting. Some lingering bitterness on the finish with citrus and pine notes. Much more malt forward DIPA here. Low-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied with a bit of a sticky and slick mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed at all surprisingly. Overall, a damn nice DIPA, with easy drinkability and all around good flavor.

Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can.

Pours an unbelievably clear golden orange with tons of bubbles streaming to the top and feeding a thin soapy white head that leaves some delicate lacing.

Aroma is fantastic and dominated by bright fruity citrus, pineapples and grapefruit rinds come to mind. Complimenting the citrus is a very subtle oaky character which is surprisingly well integrated.

Taste has a bit more barrel than the aroma. The initial taste is sweet caramel and oranges, less juicy than the citrus in the nose. But the longer I let the taste linger, the oak and alcohol really start to come out and there is a solid burn on the tongue after each sip.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation and the spiciness of the oak really pops on the tongue.

I'm not normally a fan of barrel aged DIPAs but I really like this one. The aroma is excellent and, despite the oak coming out more heavily, the taste is nice as well. Probably the best beer I've had from 21st Amendment.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass. This ale, which the can proclaims was aged on "oak spirals", has a clean filtered amber color, with a two finger head that slowly reduces over time, leaving decent lacing down the sides.

I approached this beer expecting a hop-forward aroma, and was not disappointed. Pine boughs, buttery resin, pineapple, and sweet citrus combine for a complex aroma that makes me wonder, how does this come from a can?

Evergreen hops greet me as I sip this hop bomb down. Tobacco, leafy oak, and cask wood mix with sweet with hints of sweet fruit and mild malt. Grapes, pineapple and tangerine meld together with an intense hop bitterness to bring this brew to a surprisingly smooth finish.

Medium to full bodied, Hop Crisis has a smooth, even creamy mouthfeel with abundant hops leaving the mouth rather dry.

It would be an insult to say this is a good DIPA for a beer poured from a can. Better to say this is a fine DIPA, one which I look forward to having again. Hoppy, bitter, sweet and smooth, this beer has a nice combo of flavors that I look forward to having again.

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

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Light golden yellow/brown, nice creamy 1 inch head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Hops, floral aroma. Pineapple, pear, grape, lemon, banana, some yeast.

Taste - Hoppy, perfume like oak flavor. Some yeast adds some earthy,grassy flavor. The alcohol comes lightly at the end with some warmth. Malts are pretty masked under the hops, oak and spices.

Mouthfeel - This is pretty thin and light. Mouth gets the first shock of hop bitterness and oak. Tounge is coated, palette is bittered, but not crushed. Aftertaste is a little bitter but not long lasting.

Overall - If you like oaked ales, then you should enjoy this hopped up version. Its really easy to drink for being so high in alcohol. I can see were this would turn people off expecting a hop monster, instead its really hoppy but the addition of oak and spices makes this something different.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,356 ratings.