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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,338 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,338
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 73
Gots: 109 | 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 MetalHopHead6
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

21st Amendment Hop Crisis poured light amber with a short-lived one-and-a-half finger head. It left a strong wall of lace on the glass.

The smell was sweet, like vanilla or honey, with a metallic finish. The flavor was fantastic, with hints of caramel, vanilla, honey, and the slightest hint of wood. It was a bit sweet for an Imperial IPA, but it tasted great, with many layers of flavor. For this style, the feel is where it falters--it was very smooth, with almost no disernable bitterness and nothing staying behind.

I had two cans of Hop Crisis before this review. The first one was from the can, poolside, and I was extremely impressed. The vanilla and oak flavors really came through and I found myself thinking this is the best canned beer ever. The second one, I poured into a tulip-shaped glass to more easily perceive the apearance and smell. To my surprise, I preferred it from the can. The oak and vanilla really came through and the smooth feel wasn't as prominent. Overall, I loved this beer--loved the flavor and loved the high ABV on a hot day. It just didn't have the aggressive feel of a great IIPA.

MetalHopHead6, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of joshuaseresse
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass:

A - Pour produces a really nice creamy, thick, cake foam head that sticks around for quite a while. Lacing is splotchy and webbed across the glass. Color is light golden hay. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S - Rich pineapple and orange rine. Bready caramelized malts with a hint of yeast. Just a touch of red apple and a bit of grape skins. Some grapefruit and lemon.

T - Usually I don't like my IPA/DIPA malty and overly bready, but the maltiness/breadiness this one has is really rich and thick and back come those caramel notes. A touch of booziness but pretty well done for nearly 10%. Notes of pineapple and orange. Pine bitterness toward the end.

M - Somewhat heavy body and thick. Carbonation is pretty creamy but not overly done where it fizzes in my mouth.

O - Not too bad. Although I did like this one, I liked the Brew Free IPA a bit better. This one has a great appearence but that is the best thing going for it. Considering the price (8.99 a 4pack) I'd considering buying this again.

joshuaseresse, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden orange color with golden yellow hues and a two finger white head.  Good retention slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Glass left coated with soapy lacing.

Floral hop aroma with subtle earthy pine and lots of sweet tropical/citrus notes.  Hints of mango, grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel.  Subtle alcohol sweetness.  Really nice citrus presence.

Medium bodied with a blast of bitter earthy hops that provide a nice dryness that's countered by a ton of sweet citrus/tropical fruit notes.  Lots of mango, grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel.  Slight sweet booziness toward the end of the palate but the abv is well masked for 9.7%. Slightly dry finish with pine bitterness.

corby112, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Natural510
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can

Pours a light gold with nice residual head & lacing.

Strong scent; heavy on tangerine and orange citrus.

Very sweet flavor, ripe with tangerine and apricot. Heavy malt presence somewhat overcome by hops, though I've certainly had more bitter DIPAs.

Body is full, thick, but still easy-drinking with s certain amount of crispness.

Good but not great double IPA. I prefer mine more bitter, and the sweetness is a little much, otherwise enjoyable.

Natural510, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Domed head that leaves a lot of webby lace. Nearly clear broth. Solidly amber color.

There's a sourness to the otherwise pine-like hop aroma.

Strong bitterness with very little malt base. Almost oily from the alcohol, so there's a thickness to the mouthfeel. Mild tight-bubbled carbonation makes the brew seem richer than it really is. Long, strongly bitter aftertaste.

smcolw, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint. Moderate pour produces just under an inch of eggshell head, it dissipates pretty quick but remains just on the surface for a good amount of time. Mild lace. Very light orange hue with moderate visible carbonation.

The smell has a pale malt and earth start with a touch of citrus. Maybe some floral hops as it warms.

Pale malts and citrus (lemon rind, orange peel) start off the taste. A slight sweetness follows along with a touch of alcohol spice. I taste some pine in the aftertaste, but it's slight. Goes down pretty easy for it's size.

Not great, but a four pack was worth it. I had a good time, my friend enjoyed two, a good night and a good enough DIPA for sure.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of stercomm
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pourd from a neat looking can (usual case for 21st)

A - Light golden in color, very clear, slight off-white head, good glass lacing

S - Very nice, pine notes, grapefruit.

T - Very well balanced, some malty sweetness up front, pine notes continue, some citrus, hops hit you on the back end in a very good way.

M - mild body, slight carbonation

D - A nicely balanced IPA, a good session beer, has enough hops to please the hopheads yet is an easy drinking beer.

stercomm, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of sdsurfer217
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a tulip glass.

A: Orange/straw color, super clear/clean looking. 2 fingers of off white head and hangs around. Laces the glass very nicely.

S: Holy hops batman. Grapefruit, and pine accost my nose. I detect a little bit of wood aromas.

T: Not as much grapefruit in the taste as the aroma, but has some subtle citrus notes. A lot of oak comes through to compliment the pine-y aroma. Clean taste, plenty of hops on the finish.

M: A little creamy texture, bitter, refreshing. I have no idea where the 9.7% is hidden because it doesn’t taste “hot” at all.

O: Dang good Imp. IPA. It’s dangerously sessionable at 9.7% and I could easily drink the 4-pack without thinking about it. Kind of bummed that the citrus aroma doesn’t come through the taste. It’s a well balanced IPA that at 97 IBU’s is very drinkable.

sdsurfer217, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of pzrhsau
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very strong rich clear golden color with a robust soapy head.
S: Breadiness from the malt and some nice fruit aromas like berries and mangos/pineapple. Some pine wooded notes.
T: The flavor is really a lot more mild in a good way. The flavors balance and give you that pine needle flavor while imparting some nice fruit flavor coupled with the sweetness of the malt The flavor is very smooth and drinkable without the real presence of alcohol.
D/O: Extremely drinkable (which is a problem given the weight of the beer) but it doesn't have a crispness that I was expecting the the effervescence of the flavors The beer maintains a good balance of the hop flavors and the fruit notes.

pzrhsau, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of gatornation
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 oz can

A- pours a clear light golden amber with a nice but quickly dissipating
head a little bi of lacing

S- was tropical hops first ..with mango and tropical citrus smells,sweet malts follow with some baked bread

T- very nice with loads of tropical hops some nice floral tastes with sweet caramel malts nice hop explosion

M- was medium carbonation with a smooth and easy drink ability..nice hop profile with a very tropical fruit/hop taste ABV well hidden

O- very good if you like tropical hop forward 2ipa's.. i thought this one was very good, and will be buying more

gatornation, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of Sensaray
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange amber tone with audible fizzly small off white head with big bubbles that dissipates fairly even paced. The can was entertaining.

Hoppy, sweet citrus, grapefruit, tropical aromas with slight hints of vanilla oaky, caramel. Alcohol is present and welcome.

Spicy, hoppy, bittersweet malt hoppy citrus, pine. Then finishes with a somewhat oaky flavor leading into a bitter close. Fairly bitter close, like the can says 94 ibus. Even though it's hoppy, its got a nice balanced taste surprisingly.

Good mouthfeel. Smooth carbonation medium light.

Pretty good. Then I drank more and thought, very good. The taste gets better with every sip.

Sensaray, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of PerHops
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Great looking double IPA. Everything about it looks tasty

S- Not super impressed. Smells kind of sickly sweet

T- Better than it smells. Darker than it looks. Some citrus and pine with a heavy carmel resinous sweetness with some tropical fruit maybe even elderflower....

M- Well balanced, but maybe slightly less carbonated than I would hope

O- Not my favorite imperial ipa, but I would definitely buy another pack

PerHops, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of DoctorDog
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: From a 12 oz. can into a nonic.

A- Pours a clear, light amber/golden hue. Pours with 2+ fingers of white head, which fades quite slowly to a thin cap. Fair amount of sticky lacing left behind.

S- Grapefruit, tropical fruits, and pine hop notes. As the head fades and the hop rush fades, a light caramel sweetness comes through.

T- Pine resin and herbal / tea-esque hopiness provide a nice amount of bitterness...caramel sweetness, and the oak character lingers on the finish.

M- Moderate carbonation and a medium-to-slightly full feel. Creamy and smooth.

O- Very good. Nice aroma...nice flavor...nice feel....good beer. Quite an easy drinker that well conceals it's substantial ABV pop.

Future outlook: Good stuff...I'll be getting it again.

DoctorDog, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of indiapaleale
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour - rather viscous and golden in color with a rather thin, wispy head. This has some legs running down the inside of the glass. You can see that this has some strength behind it.

Aroma - lemon cream, it's like someone mixed citrus and vanilla together with some faint resiny hints. A little boozy with some astringent aromas. Candied orange peel, cotton candy and simple sugar.

Taste - sweet, citrusy, astringent and bitter. This has some potency and a sh*t ton of hops to boot. The oak spirals impart some vanilla flavors as well as some possible smoothness to this strong brew. What really stands out in this brew is the balance, yeah, its sweet and yes it's hoppy but those two are fairly equal. The strong hop flavor lends to an astringent bitterness that I kind of like. There is plenty of sweetness behind it all. Certainly warming and a sipper that gets better as it settles and breathes. The sweet, tingly bitterness this leaves on the back of your tongue after every sip should leave a lot of people happy - or maybe that's just the fact that this beer is almost 10% alcohol!

Overall - I really enjoyed this beer. Sure, it's sweet but there is a lot of other things going on if you give it some time and let your taste buds explore without getting too overwhelmed.

indiapaleale, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of Franz4
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a clear golden with a rocky foamy head that settles to a finger and leaves lacing down the side of the glass

S-nice mellow citrus with a touch of vanilla in there as well, very pleasant nose, almost has a little bubblegum to it as well.

T-I was expecting a strong hop presence, what I got was a lot of the vanilla present in the nose. Some lemon, you definitely know the hops are there, but there is very little hop bitterness.

M- lightly carbonated, medium juicy body to it, this drinks way too easy for its ABV... way to easy.

O- This brew was a very pleasant surprise, I expected it to be good based on who recommended it to me, but this was simply an amazing example of a hoppy beer that had subdued bitterness to it. This went down way to fast and I may have to pick more of this up for the weekend.

Franz4, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of nandemo1
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours well from 12oz can. Nice clear golden color with medium carbonation.

Smell is somewhat grapefruity, not overwhelmingly so. Taste has a mix of grapefruit and oak, emphasis on the latter. I don't find it to be that bitter, very well balanced by the malt and aging. (Interestingly, I had a small taste last weekend from a can a buddy picked up from another retailer and it was far different. Lots of grapefruit in that one and we really couldn't find the oak. Still not bitter though). Can somewhat taste the alcohol, but its not strong.

Body is good, definitely sticks to the tongue for a while.

Overall, I'm very impressed with the balance.

nandemo1, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Bierguy5
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can, 9.7% abv. Pours a clear darker gold color. Great white rocky head holds very well, and leaves some great patches of lace. Good looker.

Big citrusy hop notes up front. Sweet malt, an a hint of spicy wood. More ripe fruit as time goes by.

Sweet, clean, lighter malt up front. A nice blast of citrusy hops, with a good amount of bitterness. Drying oak tannins play along with the bitterness and linger for a while. Some heat felt in the chest.

Medium body, ample carbonation. I like what the oak adds to this beer, it seems to compliment the hop flavor and bitterness well.

Bierguy5, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter, pours a golden color with a fluffy cap of foam that contributes some nice lacing and retains very well.

Plump and juicy hops, pineapple juice and tropical fruit. Very inviting. It's just a little bit light however. Still, a very nice nose.

Much like the nose, but with more malt sweetness to even things out. Some honey notes to go along with the tropical fruit. Very nice taste with little bitterness, but a touch of alcohol.

Very soft and smooth feel in a medium-full body.

This is a very nice DIPA. I would have to say that this is the best beer I've had from 21st. Very drinkable for a DIPA as well. I would recommend giving this one a shot.

jera1350, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Greencoat
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This sucker pours to a crustal clear light amber with an enormous, everlasting white head. Lots of bubbles racing to the top of an already bloated head.

S: Some nice citrus hop aromas rounded out by a it of sweet malts. The nose isn't a hop bomb by any means, but it absolutely wonderful.

T: This is delicious. Not a hop-bomb of a IIPA, the balance makes this beer. And, unlike so many other beers in it's class - it isn't a sweet mess. Lots of grapefruit and citrus going on, and maybe just a kiss of oak. It isn't super complex or extreme, just a very tasty brew.

M: A nice medium body with enough carbonation to keep it lively.

O: Color me impressed. If you're looking for an over-the-top "look at what we can do" IIPA, keep looking. If you're looking to have just one, give this a shot. It's a big boy that you don't need to nurse. Two thumbs up.

Greencoat, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle n Hum, 12 ounce pour ...

A: Nice clear light orange yellow color. Very standard looking.

S: The aroma is where this beer really shines. Luscious tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, peach. The hop scent is alluring and wonderful!

T: The taste doesn't quite match the wonderfulness of the scent, but thats no dig. It's a great tasting beer as well. It has a nice sweet fruity hoppy flavor, a strong but not overly sweet malt backbone, and a nice dry puckering bitter hop finish. this beer does the west coast DIPA on point. The taste is nothing sublime or jaw dropping, but it is really quite tasty and drinkable for the high APV.

M: Nice balanced medium mouthfeel, pleasant carbonation. No problems here. Well done.

O: Overall, this is not an elite beer, but it is much better than your average DIPA. I can think of tons of DIPAs I have disliked for lack of balance or being overly boozy or astringent tasting. This beer is not one of those beers. Purchase this beer with confidence, you will not be sorry you tried it! I found the experience quite enjoyable! If there was such a thing as the everyday DIPA, this would be it in my book!

Avantyawn, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into tulip

Pours a clear deep orange color with burnt edges and some reddish hues. A thick, frothy white head rests on top, retaining well and leaving patches of lacing on the glass.

Pungent nose, riddled with pine hops and thick caramel malts. A bit sweeter than I expected, but maintains bitterness. Some hints of tropical fruit and booze as well.

Nice bitterness up front with pine and some resiny edges. Fairly intense on the palate, prickling against the senses while drinking. Thick, beefy malt backbone lurks underneath, balanced by roasted malts, syrupy caramel and some hints of toffee. A touch of tropical fruit sweetness. Some intensified smoothness from the oak spiral aging, but still pretty aggressive. Finishes bitter, dry, and boozy.

Medium body, decent carbonation, somewhat creamy and smooth on the palate. A little boozy but the oak spirals seem to have added a nice creaminess to the feel, which helped to temper the more aggressive flavors.

xnicknj, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of sirdillon
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear light orange color with a bright white frothy three finger head. Not too much for lacing.

Smell: Really great actually. Quite simply it just smells like really fruity hops. Tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, etc. But really the amazing thing is that it smells distinctively of hop cones. It has all the fruitiness, but maintains that herbal pungent green aroma that hops have. Lovely.

Taste: Some oakiness, plenty of fruitiness and citrus from the hops, and some very mild malt flavors, maybe a bit of caramel. A little bit on the sweet side, and no really distinctive flavors that reach out and punch you. Not a lot of bitterness, I feel.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation, and seems a little bit heavy. Not as bad as a lot of IIPAs I've had though, so I can't fault it too much. I think the oak is helping the mouthfeel the most, it's very soft and coats the mouth in...oakiness?

Overall: Way better than I was expecting, but lacks the crisp, distinctive flavors I love in these ipas. I think the aroma is spot on though, really nice.

sirdillon, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange color with a big frothy white head that sticks around in patches. Good clarity and carbonation visible, and very nice lacing all the way down. Very aromatic with nice smells of grapefruit and pine hops, combining into a sweet and spicy nose that is oh-so-enticing.

Big yummy hop flavors shine on the palate, both sweet and bitter, grapefruit and pine. Nice oaky flavors mingle in with the combination of hops, giving this beer a really full and satisfying body. Almost none of the 9.7 abv is noticeable except just a small zest in the mouthfeel, which is welcoming. The mouthfeel isn't overly dry, crisp or creamy, but works well right in the middle. I'm really enjoying the balance of all the flavors, as each has its own equal stake in how the end taste turns out. This is one of the better IIPAs I've had in a while. I definitely reccommend.

chodinheaven, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 06/25/11 notes. Shared by jslot38; thanks Justin. Poured from a 12 oz. can into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a clear, orange amber color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident. No lacing on the glass and head retention lasts for a minute or two.

s - Smells of light sweet fruits, citrus hops, caramel malts, wood, fruity malts, and pine hops. Enjoying the notes the wood is giving to the normal IPA citrus and pine.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, wood, pine hops, fruity malts, caramel/toffee, and a tiny bit of sweet, almost maple syrup. Again. I like the flavors that have come in from the oak spirals.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with some nice sweetenss to it.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot. I haven't been the biggest fan of DIPA's aged in oak but this is the best one I've had. Would like to have it again.

mdfb79, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
2.5/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Orangey glow to this one with a wsip of head. Actually, a lot less head than I'd associate with a DIPA, and it was somewhat of an aggressive pour. Beer has a nice color to it though. Tiny head does decent job at lacing.

S- Lots of orange rind and grapefruit juice. Very aromatic- inviting.

T- Zippy, minty, weird. Lots of fruit with the hops but it's got a lot of sugar behind it. Weird leafy greens. Can't get past the mint/basil combo. Really detracts from the delicious fruit component.

M- Solventy, astringent, weird chlorophyll element that really throws things off kilter for me. High carbonation despite low head. Booze is noticable in the finish.

O- Finished one can, did not want to open any more. Has a twinge to the flavors that I just don't like. I won't be buying any more of this.

ShogoKawada, Jun 27, 2011
Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,338 ratings.