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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Ratings: 1,373
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 79
Gots: 115 | FT: 2
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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 feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

21st Amendment Hop Crisis, Imperial IPA, aged in oak spirals. 9.7% ABV, 94 IBUs.

Clear, bright, reddish amber hue; huge head, lush and long-lasting, creamy-toned.

Aroma: oak notes hit the nose immediately, covering the harsher aspects of this Imperial IPA. Citrus and pine lurk beneath. Grapefruit meets mango, lighter lemon and lime. Slightly soaked in oak, not necessarily smothered, though. Still showcases a beautiful bouquet of hop notes.

Taste: Lush in the mouth, full and forward with flavor. Hops are high, here, big, bracing bitterness, but nicely coated by the touches of oak. It's an extra dimension, it's nothing intrusive or reductive, in the least. You're still smacked around with hops, and high alcohol levels, two things you want in your imperial IPA, but x-factor of oak brings a comforting element, something that subdues the harsh bitterness ever slightly, and ushers in a crisp, satisfying something else.

It hangs in the air, and it hides in your head. This has an electric hop buzz that cradles the cranium, and sizzles, the senses, without killing anyone, or ruining anything. Boom, and, yum, and boom, and, ahhhh!!!

Photo of Tucquan
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-09-05 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear, light orange with a 1.5-finger, white head and moderate lacing.

S - Big aroma of pineapple with some floral. Not much malt but a very pleasant smell, even from a distance.

T - Definitely some pale malt here. Fairly sweet. Pineapple and significant grapefruit and orange zest bitterness. Alcohol is apparent but not off-putting. The oak initially is barely present but makes itself known in the aftertaste. Never fully dries out but the sweet malt and pineapple linger and compliment the bitterness.

M - Medium-heavy body and light carbonation give a creamy and syrupy feel that is moderately prickly and resinous.

O - A nice DIPA and it's great to have a canned beer of this quality. It's a little too sweet and not bright-citrus-enough tasting to rocket to the top of my list but I quite enjoyed it.

Photo of vfgccp
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Solid, crystal clear, gold. White head with ok lace but great retention.

S – Bright apple, hint of woodiness, sweet molasses, dark honey, currents, golden raisins, and a lace of booze.

T – Fantastic. Sweet honey and pear roll into soft woody notes of pine and oak. The sweetness recedes in the center, letting the bitterness show its muscle, then reasserts itself in the finish; pairing honey and pine.

M – Incredibly smooth with a medium body.

O – Bold, complex, and well integrated profile.

Photo of thain709
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The body poured semi-clear with a yellow-orange hue to it...two fingers worth of white head formed and never really went away...great lacing

S - Wow, pineapple galore...other citrus flavors reign supreme (grapefruit, papaya, lemon, orange)...there is a light caramel malt presence...alcohol can be detected as well

T - There is a sweetness up front that is coming from all of the glorious citrus hops...those citrus flavors are a big player throughout the entire beer...pineapple is the biggest flavor but bitter grapefruit comes in at a close second...there is a trace of alcohol as the beer warms...the hops finish very bitter with some slight, mellow oak flavors coming through too

M - Medium bodied...sweet, sticky, bitter with a warming alcohol presence

O - I've enjoyed the two IPA's from 21st Amendment, but this one was really good...an oak-aged double IPA? YES! The hops are not lacking in this one, but I could have asked for a little more oak presence

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can - Olde Crabapple Bottle Shop in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, deep yellow body with a very tall, very aggressive, near white head. Already this beer is beset against me. Gobs of sticky lace on the descent.

Smell: Nicely aromatic with fragrant notes of pineapple juice, lemon peel, ruby red grapefruit, sweet oranges, and papaya with a backing of oak wood well encrusted with sugars.

Taste: Pale malts with a 50-50 helping of light-colored caramel and simple syrup glazed over faintly toasted grains. I'll admit, the sweetness present caught me a bit off guard, not that I'm displeased at all by it. Mild inclusion of vanilla here and there. Pleasing myriad of citrus flavors with some more tropical elements like red papaya pulp and mango juice. While it does start a bit surprisingly sweet, it closes out dry in shot at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Nice job, 21st! Goes does with surprising ease for being nearly 10% ABV and it was very hoppy without simply being wretchedly bitter without any hop flavor.

Photo of thatruth
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can from the Beer Junction in West Seattle poured into pint glass.

Pours a weak 1/8" white head with minimal, slippery lacing. Body is root beer gold in color with a slightly lime tint.

Smells of pine, oranges, grain and apples.

Hoppy, slighty spicy and a touch of apple on-bringing with a clean, dry finish.

Bright, hoppy, fritzy on the palette.

Crisis must be from the lack of potent hops, weren't too apparent here.

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden hue with a touch of haze and a nice effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam. An attractive brew.

Smell: the smell hit me the instant I cracked the can. First and foremost I'm hit by the sweet, strong malt. A melange of piney and resiney hops backs up the malt and, while not extremely strong, seems to work well with the sweet malt. I like how it comes together.

Taste: wow, this has a very dynamic flavor. At first we get the strong malt, some alcohol and some bitterness, which fades into a slightly tart, citrusy type flavor, and finishes with a combination of sweetness and very smooth bitterness. All throughout the theme is earthiness. I'm not sure what the oak is contributing, but overall this is a smooth and well-composed beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a moderate level of carbonation. It's bordering on a creamy beer, but it's not quite there. Still, it's pretty smooth.

Overall: this has got to be one of the easiest-drinking double IPAs I've had. It has got some really solid characteristics, and I like the dynamism in the flavor and the super-smooth bitterness. Great stuff.

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

Golden color with a nice foamy white head. Much better head than others are describing. Settles to a nice soap bubble cap that deposits sticky lace the whole way down. Pine hop aroma with a distinct bourbon oak backbone that becomes more prominent as it warms. Bitterness dominates the taste. Alcohol comes in a close second. Bitterness and alcohol become cloying after a while. This is a one or two a night at the absolute most kind of beer. Besides the heavy buzz from the high abv, your taste buds surrender after being bombarded. Still can't figure out how I feel about 21st amendment. All their beers are solid (except the watermelon fiasco) but I can't say I really love any of them. They are solid enough to keep me coming back for another try. Maybe the next one will be the one.

Photo of minterro
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Custom six pack from Ross’ Deli Lakewood Ohio

-Really, really sweet can design.

A & S: straight white head that has a fingernail worth of head when poured and dissipates fairly quick. The beer is a clear straw color. Classic citrus (grapefruit) hoppy smell, not super aromatic.

T & M: the flavor is oaky, citrus and of course it’s pretty darn hoppy (seems like it has a nice mixture of different hop profiles). Shockingly hoppy even for a double, the hops are very robust. Very bitter and dry finish. Medium body, tongue tingling carbonation. Alcohol not masked (and it still tastes great).

O: Really, really sweet can design. Overall a super respectable beer, no real blemishes, d*mn strong.

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.

Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,373 ratings.