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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,289 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,289
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 71
Gots: 103 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sloejams on 04-08-2008)
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Photo of steve8robin
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%

Got this can at Julios. Figured I'd give it a try. 12oz can...

A: A perfectly clear golden color with a small 1/2 inch white head that fades quickly to a bubble lace on the brew. Good.

S: A very nice earthy hop with some balanced citrus blended in. A grassiness in the middle with some mild iced tea hints on the backend. Good.

T: I get a nice balance of mild bitter hop and oak upfront. Some mild alcohol in the middle and some grassy citrus with a bitter lemon peel flavor on the back. Decent.

M: Full body with a heavy carbonation. A bitterness on the backend.

O: All in all, this is a decent beer. Not great, but decent. Give it a try if you're a fan of DIPA's or 21st Amendment. Otherwise, there are many better in the style.

steve8robin, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +0.8%

12 ounce can. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly pine and citrusy (tropical fruit, grapefruit) hops, along with a bit of sweet malt and oak. I think the taste is the same as the aroma, I don't pick up any differences at all. It's mostly pine and citrus hops, with some oak and sweet malt flavors noticable too. This is still a pretty hoppy brew. The can says this beer is aged on oak spirals, but I don't think the oak is very strong. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and is well carbonated. I think this is a good beer, it's definitely worth trying.

bluejacket74, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Duffman929
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a golden color with minimal lingering white head .

Tasted of pine with hints of citrus, lemon.

Initial taste is bold and hits the tongue nicely. Great, flavored but lingering feel and taste leaves a bit to be desired. I enjoyed this beer as a whole but the aftertaste was not great. I would have it again if available, but still prefer a dreadnaught.

Duffman929, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +0.8%

A good DIPA, not particularly remarkable but that shines rather well in the way it comes together.

Presentation: 12 oz. can. Dark blue, yellow and red pop design with a comic-book narrative of two inmates planning an escape from Alcatraz and an ensuing hop heist. The narrative is relatively legible if convoluted on the boxed 4-pack, on the can itself it does not work so well… Shows an illegible canned date, and notes Alc. by Vol. (9.7%) Served on a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold to pale amber pour with a good frothy head, fair retention, nice surface memory and lacing.

S - Soft hoppy nose, shy citric and grassy touches with a malty sweet tone in the back.

T - Taste amplifies the nose somewhat with a nice generic hoppy sense over caramel malt notes. Resin, grass, grapefruit… Soft woody oak notes, hint of vanilla, and an added depth to the sweetness.

M - Medium-full mouthfeel with medium-soft carbonation. Works well with a bit of an oily feel as it flows towards the sealing bitter bite.

O - Actually, all things considered, it flows rather well, and comes together surprisingly nicely.

Notes: Quite recommendable, a bit gentle and subdued at some points but overall it is well worth trying. Among the top offerings I´ve tried from 21A.

Daniellobo, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of jamie2dope
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

21st Amendment Hop Crisis IPA pours out a clear orange color, with about a finger of white heading, looks just about right for this style. Nose has some pineapple and papaya notes, not unlike the Brew Free or Die, and a certain level of tobacco smell as well. The hops and alcohol are well balanced here in that the nine percent is well hidden, and the hops still impart a good dose of flavor. Mouthfeel is about medium. Drinkability isn't too bad either, a couple cans of this was not a challenge. Nothing earth shattering here, but a solid DIPA. I also enjoyed the little comic strip showcased on the can. Cheers

jamie2dope, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of TheDudeRules
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%

Poured into my Darkness snifter.

A deep golden honey color with a solid two fingers of off white foam. The lacing is literally 1/8" thick and cemented around my glass. Never seen anything like it. Sweet citrus on the nose. Hop as well. Immediately it's dry and bitter. Hop oil coats my tongue. A lot of pine in the hops. No sweetness in the mouth. A lot of hop resin in the finish. Lingers quite awhile.

I'm really torn on this beer. Feels very west coast, which I like. I was just hoping for a bit of citrus sweetness to liven this beer up. Sandpaper dry in my mouth. It's better than average, but the lacking sweetness I had to downgrade the taste. This is a one and done for me. I'll never buy this again unless it's on tap to compare.

TheDudeRules, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +2%

Serving glass: Poured from can into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear golden amber with thin stark white head. Slight lacing.

Smell: Spicy, citrusy and piney.

Taste: Lots of toasted malts with a hint of oak. Hops are more spicy and piney than citrusy, although some grapefruit adds complexity. Ends with a light spicy bitterness.

Feel: Body is fairly light for a DIPA, which is good, but still fairly full bodied compared to other styles. Moderate carbonation with a dry, slightly boozy, finish.

Overall: Nice malt heavy DIPA, while still having a dry finish, which is a great accomplishment. The oak is minimal but adds a nice touch.

bsp77, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of caskstrength
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%

Fresh batch, came in last few days at Heritage in Maplewood. Canning date (Julian) at bottom is 1157. which I think means 2011, 157th day, which means this is around 2 weeks old.

"Hand crafted and canned in Cold Springs, MN" on the can. West coast IPA home grown in MN, I guess.

Pours golden yellow, frothy head, more than usual for my careful pours.

Smells are strong. Wasn't expecting such an onslaught of pineapple and pine. Citrus too. All of it sweet and gooey. Pretty pungent.

Didn't taste as good as the smell. Sweet pineapple and citrus, but not the intensity it has on the nose. I didn't get any of the aging on oak spirals thing either. Gimmicky and doesn't add anything.

Mouthfeel is average. Flavors disappear quickly on the tongue, and an odd bitterness shows up on the aftertaste. I expect bitterness with a good IPA, but this was more astringent than bitter. It somehow manages to start off syrupy, then quickly transition to a thin astringency. Quite a brewing feat there.

My scores kept trending down as I worked through the glass. After the smell, there wasn't really anything interesting here. A decent beer, nothing to seek out again.

caskstrength, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of silentjay
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

pours a clear pure, copper, the color of a brand new penny, with a sizable almost pure white head that retains and laces well.

lots of piney, resiny hops and a good amount of citrus, as well as a woody quality on top of some light malts.

grapefruit and orange juicy hops come first with a bit of toasty and sweet malt behind and accented by a bit of oak that adds some woodiness and vanilla extract. alcohol present throughout, but not harsh.

medium bodied with some prickly carbonation and a bit of resin left behind along with a slight alcohol warmth.

overall, a very nice beer. reminds me a bit of burton baton, but with a bit more hop flavor out front.

silentjay, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.13/5  rDev +4%

A-Pours a brilliant amber color with no haze. Big off-white head leaves some nice lacing. Looks pretty.

S-Big citrus notes with some very rich malt. Light oak aroma as well. A fairly pungent brew. Quite sweet, but there are some piney whiffs too.

T-Very bright citrus wallop. A bunch of pine comes into play too along with a good dose of sugary sweet malt. The beer is still cold so I am not detecting too much oak so far but this is definitely a powerful brew. Alcohol is detectable in the taste too.

M-Big bodied. Slick, resiny feel. Lively carbonation. Clearly a pretty large beer. Big feel goes with big flavor.

O/D-A big booze hit but this one is still pretty drinkable. I like how bold this beer is. Would love to try the un-oaked version. The oak is not as prevalent as I would have expected but I am okay with it. Would not spend 12 bucks for another four pack but I guess I am happy with the result. This beer is tasty but pretty harsh on the throat and tongue. Good time but a sipper in my book.

VelvetExtract, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev -3%

12oz can with no freshness date.

Clear weathered golden color. Off-white bubbly head sticks to the glass like a champ. Soft resin, floral and slightly fruity hops with substantial edge of citric ... alcohol is clean and so is the malt, a pleasing aroma. Smooth and creamy fullish body. Hop bitterness is there, slow moving but it eventually tries to take over the palate. Alcohol is certainly there with a warmth that starts up on the first sip. Big herbal push unfolds into more of a tobacco and citric juice and rind flavor. Oak? Yeah there is a slight pull from the oak which adds a complexity within. Maltiness struggles to make its mark but does come through with some nutty toasted graininess. Finishes bitter with some residual malt underneath.

A good run at the style, not many canned craft beers of this strength in the market so Hop Cirsis has that going for it. Hopheads have another option when cans are the only choice.

Jason, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours golden with a nice lacy head. Smells of sweet malt and sweet summit hops. Very juicy in both the nose and taste, with a nice long bitterness that underpins the sweeter flavors. A little grainy on the finish, which jolts a little bit after the prior juiciness. Overall a solid beer.

Georgiabeer, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, oaky, alcohol and dry pine hops. In the taste, dry pine hops, oaky, and a taste of alcohol with no burn. A small hop bitterness and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry oak and pine hop in the aftertaste. Line smell to taste, but nice. Nice small oak presence, and a small alcohol presence, wi=hich is somewhat hidden.

OWSLEY069, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Appears a semi transparent gold with an orange hue and a fluffy white cap that slowly goes away. Scattered bits of lacing cling to the glass.
Smell is of resin, pine, citrus, herbs, and ripe fruit.
Taste is of the aromas with a flavorful white grape punch that I wasn't expecting but certainly welcome. Lots of hoppy bitters balanced by sugary malt.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, pine sap lingering, and decently.

weeare138, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

Appearance: orange in color with a nice big 2" head. Thick lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: grapefruit and a big floral and piney hop aroma is wonderful. Some booziness is picked up by the nose.

Taste: big caramel profile. Loads of grapfruit, grass, and a pine flavor are well balanced. Alcohol is quite noticeable and warming. Bitterness is sharp but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish with some drying late. Medium-heavy in body. Long lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: this is down a notch with the high alcohol levels despite the fact this can be consumed fairly quickly. One a session make sense, but I can see reaching for a second pint.

Gavage, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

Had this in Pittsburgh PA, was pretty excited to see it as I have had some of their cans and been very pleased. Usually I don't like a beer that has been near any barrels. This poured nicely with a very small head and didn't have that barrel smell that sets me off.
Taste wise it just got better. It was in no way cloyingly sweet. Really tasty, good balance of hops and malt. The alcohol was hidden very nicely too. Would seek out again and adds to my growing opinion of the brewery

SwiftyMcBeer, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

On-tap @ Library Alehouse; served in a 5oz taster.

Butterscotch/lemon-curd color liquid - very cloudy with a rich persistent sno-white crown. Cakey lacing. Thin viscous legs.

Light floral hop aroma with clean malt and a hint of sugar - subdued.

Lemon zest, tangerine, biscuity malt, and a clean lasting bitterness mid-palate. Very citrus forward, though finishes dry, faintly bready, and with a faint twist of marijuana and additional fruit in the aftertaste.

Well carbonated, just barely medium-bodied, and somewhat spritzy. ABV is completely hidden!

Very flavorful and fruity (though not in a tropical SoCal IPA way). Drinks like an IPA more than a "Triple IPA" (remarkable).

A superior example of the style - and just as well crafted as everything else I've sampled from 21st Amendment (their "Black Beauty IPA" was a tasty contrast to this, but I neglected to review it).

augustgarage, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

A: poured a vibrant golden orange in color with pale yellow highlights and had a tight finger worth of bubbly head leaving some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of citrus upfront on the nose consisting of orange and tangerine with a good. Hop variety, hints of candi sugar, piney, and grassy notes but with some malty sweet as well.

T: the hop profile was really nice with some citrus grapefruit that helped out on the bitterness factor alongside grassy piney accents and a decent amount of sweetness from the malts.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, hoppy, grassy, and bitter finish that did linger on the palate.

D: it was drinking pretty decent but had a nice hop bite to it. Definitely worth trying cause it was a solid DIPA.

Gobzilla, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

A - VERY clear, nice near white head that has staying power. Lace is in the same category. Medium honey color.

S - Balanced well between hop and malt. I LOVE good malt in an IPA and this one performs without being tight on the hops.

T - Matches smell. Caramel core wrapped in bitter hops.

M - Good carb and great balance.

D - One I could drink all night.

srandycarter, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of jmfc8237
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured a clear tangerine light caramel color with sticky lacing and fluffy head info a 12 oz snifter. Smelled of sweet tangerines and a slight tinge of oak and vanilla. Taste had a wonderful hop bitterness that was as close a marriage of flavor I can imagine for a double IPA. Great intense earthiness and floral citrus tastes are backed by significant malt balance. Overall this is indeed a winner in my book and I love all things in 2's

jmfc8237, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

A- Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Head has little retention and left some spotty lacing.

S- Smells of piney and tropical fruit hops. A bit of sweetness in here too maybe honey.

T- Quite a bit of hops here. Tropical fruit flavours seem to dominate. A bit of heat from the alcohol and a tiny bit of sweetness.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not terrible or anything. I'll probably hit this one up again down the road.

nrbw23, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of ne0m00re
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%

01/27/11- Had this one on-tap at Dirty Franks in Columbus.
A: Clear amber, very sparse cream film and collar.
S: Sweet rum cake. Musty and cheezy almost cannabis hops, caramel and toffee and bananas.
T: Rum cake, green slightly piney earthy mild cheese, OK.
M: Thicker, slightly frothy.
D: OK.

I'm not overly impressed with this. Not bad, but nothing special.

ne0m00re, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of AventinusCam
3.73/5  rDev -6%

I usually prefer regular doubles as opposed to ones oak-aged, but I found myself really digging this brew.

Appearance was slightly darker than most doubles. Had a slightly burnt amber color with residual yeast floating around the bottom of the glass

Smell: Very aromatic. Not just the grapefruity and piney flavor from the hops, but a big oak kick towards that end that really mellowed the alcohol.

Taste: Like the smell, the hops came through initially, but as you went on it faded into almost an oakey barleywine taste. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Big. Almost a syrup quality.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed it and I had 2 in one sitting, but could not see myself drinking anymore than that on a given occasion.

AventinusCam, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Review from notes 1/19.

A: Pour a clear orange/amber with a white one finger head which stuck around for a little bit then dissipated to a layer of small bubbles on top. Very nice sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, orange rind, and a little mango. There is a nice biscuity malt aroma to balance it out (well, as much as a DIPA should be).

T: The hops hit right away, extremely floral and citrus forward. The same fruits from the nose come through on the flavor profile, as well as a bit of grassiness. The biscuity malts again show up to balance things a little, but the hops dominate as they should.

M/D: Medium bodied with a smooth feel to it. Dangerously drinkable considering the abv. It is on the sweeter side, so I am not sure how many I would ultimately want in a night. It would be a battle of the sugar vs. the abv in determining that one.

mdaschaf, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
4.13/5  rDev +4%

on-tap served in a 10oz glass. appears a golden orangish color, with some haze, slightly fluffy white head. decent lacing as I drank. aroma was of mostly citrus hops.

taste is actually fairly balanced, which I enjoy. good malt balance to the strong hop profile. not bitter, and complex, not just a one-note hop blast.

fairly smooth mouthfeel, and easy to drink. no hint of the abv.

jmdrpi, Jan 22, 2011
Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
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