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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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very good

1,059 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1059
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%

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 andyfrancis


4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, like most of 21A's cans, the design is cool as shit, maybe their coolest. Pretty eggshell head sitting on a pale golden body that looks light and inviting for an Imperial IPA.

As I cracked the can and transferred the contents into a large tumbler, a blossom of grapefruit juice hit my nose without me even trying to smell it. Some pine and sweeter notes as I bring it closer.

The taste lives up to the hoppy aroma, but the malt and alcohol make themselves known as well.

It's an Imperial no doubt, lighter on the palate than most. Bitter waxy finish.

Not my favorite of their cans but I'll always get at least 1 pack when they come around.

Serving type: can

08-06-2013 03:25:02 | More by andyfrancis
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - pours a pale marigold. Slight bit of chill haze but it clears up fairly well as it warms. Thick mouse- like snow white foam. Leaves lots of spotty lacing as it recedes.

S - aroma is muted. What i can tease out is notes of orange pulp, fresh grain, hay, and resin.

T - sweet and grainy. Bright, bitter orange peel. Resin/hemp oil. Lemon pith. Noticable alcohol heat. Peppery. Medicinal cherry.

M - super crisp. Light side of medium bodied with a creamy full carbonation.

O - big ipa. Decent enough but not something i'd ever crave or actively seek out. Just did not fall in line for me.

Serving type: can

08-02-2013 03:25:21 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of stakem


3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a snifter. The brew appears a perfectly clear golden orange color with 3 fingers worth of pillowy off-white foam that is slow to fade.

The aromatics are that of grapefruit and neutral citrus zest to herbal rind elements with a hint of catty quality. It is quite dank and overall displays a weedy feel with trace alcohol inclusion also felt in the nose.

The taste includes a bit more caramel malt than you might think based off the aromatics blended with a soft vanilla aspect. Plenty of citrus to fruity hops with a mild floral accent. There is a lot of hop flavoring present with mild bitterness being well tamed by the residual sweetness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is quite a drinkable brew with the alcohol being well surpressed. The combination of oak and high hopping rates can sometimes lead to a brew that is disjointed. I think the oak is subtle enough in this that it doesnt distract from the brew and overall it works. I would drink this again. However, I would enjoy it even more if it was a bit more on the dryer side instead if heavy and sweet.

Serving type: can

07-29-2013 17:25:38 | More by stakem
Photo of SerialHiker


4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep golden color…hazy center, I see a few bubbles along the edge…head is just off white and thins rather quickly…it’s almost non-existent after a minute in the glass…(2.5/5)

Smell: Tons of hops bitterness, this thing is emanating IBUs…it’s a blend of piney resin, earthy, woodsy, citrus hops bitterness…I do pick up a pale malt and some yeast when I fight past all that hops bitterness…light wheat notes…all those hops are watering my mouth! (3.75/5)

Taste: Bam! Tons of hops bitterness hits my tongue…pine resin, citrus (orange, pineapple), woodsy, earthy – all the colors of the rainbow…and in large quantities…I have to say, there is a pale maltiness that is noticeable but definitely loses an uphill battle…first phase is hops, second phase is rich luscious hops, third phase is more hops bitterness and a touch of malt…oak flavor isn't overly strong, but does bring a smoothness and a refined taste that really works well here...fantastic! (4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…tons of carbonation fluffs up bringing a sharp, rich bitterness bite that completely tingles my tongue…this is a true palate wrecker…rich, smooth, luscious…it finishes with tons and tons of piney/woodsy bitterness that lingers well into the following morning…(4.5/5)

Overall: This is one of my favorite brews out right now…the bitterness, while being a runaway train, is mixed fantastically and delivers superb flavor…the higher ABV makes this a beer worth curling up to while watching your favorite show on Hulu or playing the game of global domination...definitely one of the better double IPAs I’ve had, this is a must try for hop heads and beer aficianados…YUM! (4/5)

Serving type: can

07-26-2013 00:11:05 | More by SerialHiker
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is a one finger off-white shade. Retention is pretty decent, and it also has a nice texture, as well. A good amount of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Not as hoppy as I wanted it to be. I do get some solid grapefruit tendencies, but this seems to be more about the sweet malts and faint alcohol presence. I even pick up a hint of oak. Quite nice for a malty DIPA, at least.

T: Okay, this is very grapefruit forward, actually. The sweetness I feared from the aroma meshes well with the citrusy hop tones on the back end; hell, I'd even call it juicy. Finishing bitterness is slight, and keeps within the general vibe of the flavor profile. There is a small oak presence, as well - granted, it's subtle at best, but I'm glad it only adds a bit of vanilla to the finish rather than clash with the grapefruit flavors. My only real complaint is that over time, the sweetness is a tad much. Otherwise a super-solid DIPA.

M: Very smooth in its texture, though a little heavy. It's dry enough on the back end to help give it decent (though not spectacular) drinkability - the only reason it's not even better is because it's a bit too sweet. Fits the flavor profile quite well, though.

O: This is a really solid DIPA that honest-to-Jebus reminds me of drinking straight-up grapefruit juice at times. If the sweetness was a little lower, with all other aspects kept the same, this would be among the best in the style. Still quite good, and still worthy of purchase.

Serving type: can

07-22-2013 21:18:38 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, canned on 6/7/13

A- pours crystal clear bright golden color, as clear as apple juice. Huge foamy and pillowy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving patches of lace all around e glass as it settles. Long head retention

S- bright citrusy hops with notes of grapefruit and orange zest, sweet doughy and yeasty malt, can't really pick up any of the oak

T- citrus hop flavors follows the aroma with more of a grapefruit emphasis, bright and fresh. Some grassy notes transition into a sweet and bready malt with just a trace if oak flavor to compliment a sweet finish

M- medium-heavy body, yet creamy and not viscous. Smooth mouthfeel ends with a silky finish with lively carbonation. Alcohol makes a small appearance on the finish

O- my favorite beer from 21st thus far, well balanced and easy to drink for the ABV. Would have liked a little more oak presence though.

Serving type: can

07-21-2013 23:02:44 | More by Treyliff
Photo of KYGunner


3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bright gold to almost sunny yellow this IPA served a bright white head that had good consistency and heavy lacing.

Just a month old and with a name like Hop Crisis I would expect to at least smell some hops but instead smell strong malt and oak.

I'm confused as again the taste follows the nose with a hefty malt flavor and a back of alcohol tinge. Maybe the date is an expiration and I got this late by a month but there's no hop flavor at all. Major disappointment!

According to what I've read the date at the bottom of the can is a canned on date so this is just a month old.

Serving type: can

07-20-2013 23:42:44 | More by KYGunner
Photo of BeerNutz324


3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into a pint glass

Ap- pours a dark yellow with a white head about 1/2 inch that has really good retention

Ar- the usual suspects here...piney hops, citrus, grapefruit, grass, some oak, sweet biscuit malt

T- hmm, the first thing I notice is the alcohol, at 9.7% its not hidden that well (not a bad thing just an observation) the rest kinda follows the nose. I get grassy, earthy, piney characteristics first and then the blend right in to the biscuit malt. I can ever so slightly taste the oak exerted from the spirals. This is a well balanced beer.

M- medium bodied, sticky, decent carbonation for the style

O- a really good beer, just not great. It is very well balanced though, with all the other offerings I would probably not buy this again though unless it was on sale.

Serving type: can

07-20-2013 02:14:13 | More by BeerNutz324
Photo of mvanaskie13


4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into sam adams custom glass, color is copper and gold on the edges, head is 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to rings and froth, very dense; color is transparent.

Smell is subdued at first when chilled, a good blend of lighter malt flavors and hop bitterness, mostly pine with some fruitiness, pretty resiny. malt scents are clean, maybe some biscuit or toast.

Taste is not overly sweet, very solid bitterness and enough malt presence to compensate. Hop flavors are very resinous, piney; malt flavors are clean, pale malt and hints of toast. no oakiness noted, but the lighter sweetness could be a result.

Mouthfeel is very well done for a dipa, not cloying or over bitter.

Overall, a very, very good dipa, nice and dry, not too sweet. I don't pick up the oak barrel taste, but i think it mellows the sweetness. another tasty brew from 21st amendment

Serving type: can

07-17-2013 22:28:41 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of TheSSG


3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a HUGE, dense, white head is sticky with resin and laces as if there is no tomorrow. Warm, floral hops in the nose have a very nice citrus character that is muted (but in a good way). Turbid, straw color. Starts surprisingly hoppy with a MASSIVE Booziness and sweet malt dripping with assertive oak notes that dominate before it moves into a poignant, resiny, citrus rind hop bitterness. The bitterness here sits on the tongue, lingering. The finish becomes citrus rind with a slight sweetness from malt, with hints of wood hiding in the back. A nice, hefty mouthfeel.

Overall, not bad. I was really surprised how assertive and up-front the oak was in this one. The hoppiness is restrained enough to allow the oak and malt to hit in the front (with that booziness), and THEN the hops take over about the middle. Quality stuff. I'd heard a lot of good things about this brewery, and this didn't disappoint.

Serving type: can

07-16-2013 23:52:57 | More by TheSSG
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Pours a straw yellow color/hint of gold with 2+ fingers of near white head. This beer has fantastic retention and very near perfect lacing. Slow steady carbonation continuously rising from the bottom of the glass.

S – Some lighter sweet fruit aromas (pears) with a nice easy sweet malt aroma. Decent bitter, mildly resinous orange aroma. A little faint.

T – Surprising slightly resinous orange hoppy bite up front. The resinous hops are strong but I’m still getting a lot of malty caramel and fruity (pear) sweetness. Aftertaste is mostly sweet with a calm underlying slightly dry hop flavor.

M – Lightish bodied, decent carbonation, slightly thick on the palate but refreshing

O – Pretty solid overall. Nice balance of sweetness and hop bite, definitely more sweet though.

Serving type: can

07-15-2013 22:36:34 | More by MacQ32
Photo of jbaker67


4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear pale golden color. A fluffy two finger off white head sat on top. Aroma of sweet malts and vanilla oak. Still it has nice earthy tones from the cascade and Simone, some citrus and bright fruits. Taste is sweet, lots of roasted malts and some orange peel. Smooth vanilla-like flavors from the oak, followed by an unexpected hop aftertaste. The bitterness lingers like grapefruit and resinous pine.

Serving type: can

07-14-2013 12:07:58 | More by jbaker67
Photo of Omnium


4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can > Pint Glass

A - Pours out a nice gold, thick foamy two finger white head, medium lacing.
S - Orange juice, white grapes, some sweeter candy kinda malt, a little dankness from the hops.
T - Lots of juicy hop flavor that fades to a nice bite with some sweet malt, a little like cherries.
M - Cloyingly sweet, but not boozy for 9.7
O - Best thing Ive had from 21st, and the only thing I'd get again from them as well.

Serving type: can

07-12-2013 23:12:44 | More by Omnium
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Sweet, citrusy hop aromas with notes of pineapple, orange, apricots, and nectarines. There are notes of caramel and vanilla toward the finish.

T: Sweet citrusy hops here as well, mostly with flavors of oranges and pineapples. There are notes of grapefruit in there as well. Stronger caramel, vanilla, and oak flavors come through before a light alcohol warmth on the finish.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a bit sticky sweet feeling.

O: An enjoyable IPA overall, though a bit different than most. More complex and like a barleywine than a huge hop bomb. Still, it's tasty and drinkable.

Serving type: can

07-09-2013 04:36:29 | More by n2185
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Oak spirals? What are those? Is that like an oak slinky?

As is usually the case, the wood kind of sucks some life out of the ipa-ness of things here. Gets muddled. The hop character does seem to show better than I recall from the last time I had it. A nice drinker. Don't think I'll go for this again. (That's twice now. Which is damn near a record for me.)

Serving type: can

07-09-2013 02:13:18 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of AdamBear


3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-dark gold with a fairly thick and foamy white head

S-sweet sugary hops. Slightly herbal but not too much. Good strength

T-sweet and boozey. The hop resins really coat the tongue. The overall taste is only a muted flavor of how it smells. It has quite a bite.the after-taste is matching.

M-medium creamy caronbation with a dry finish.

O-has quite a bitter kick to it. This hit me by surprise. The flavor itself is okay but it's definitely something to check out if you're in to hops.

Serving type: can

07-07-2013 04:29:28 | More by AdamBear
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned on date of 06/07/13

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange with an off-white finger's worth of head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin layer of suds. Lacing is thin and racy, with fair stick.

Smell - Juicy citrus/tropical aroma, backed by lesser notes of bread and sweet, woody oak notes.

Taste - Follows the nose. Pineapple, orange, grapefruit, cut by the sweet and woody oak character. Traces of caramel. Light to moderate orange pith bitterness and some alcohol heat in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full body with moderate carbonation. Almost syrupy. A little rough around the edges.

Overall - A really nice DIPA from 21A. One of the few beers in their line-up I find rather enjoyable. A little thick in body, but an inviting flavor makes that rather moot. If you find it, buy it.

Serving type: can

07-05-2013 18:24:26 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of patpbr


4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a surprising light orange to golden color with a nice head.
S - A really nice nose loaded with hops. Citrus, Fruit, pine and oak.
T - Strong citrus hops jump out with orange peel. Juicy and strong fruit flavors. The malt is sweet and sugary. The oak is slightly noticed and has vanilla taste. Bitter.
M - Medium body with a crisp semi creamy feel. Carbonation is at the right level.
O - Canned on 6/7/13. It was fresh and good considering the oak barrel. Nice can graphics.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 01:21:38 | More by patpbr
Photo of jamisonspitzer


4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer poured with a thick viscous head that settled into a fine film that leaves very heavy lacing on my glass. It has a hazy brassy color. The smell is pleasant--a little floral, mostly citrus. The taste is very bold, very hoppy. There's a lot of pine and grapefruit present. It's not overly carbonated but it does have a bite to it. Despite it's rather high ABV, there's really no hint of its alcohol--either in the smell or taste. It's a bit creamy and lingers on the tongue. This is definitely an above average IPA. I'm glad there are 3 more of them in the fridge.

Serving type: can

06-30-2013 02:06:26 | More by jamisonspitzer
Photo of HoppySailor


4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Twelve ounce can poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A- Pours a hazy gold with a bright, white, fluffy head that slowly backs off to leave heavy lacing on the glass.

S- light citrus and oak. Subtle, fruity notes mixed with faint oak and bread. Sour, yet inviting.

T- heavy hop bitterness followed by soft, tart malts. The oak is there, but only enough to balance out the heavy hops. Almost palate-wrecking bitterness, but the oak and malts invite me to each next sip.

M- medium to light bodied. Soft carbonation on the tongue follows through the finish. Slightly oily with only a notion of carb burn. Probably perfect in this category for this taste profile.

O- this is a great alternative to DFA Burton Baton. The oak is subtle enough that the hops can remain center stage. The hops are tasty enough to keep the palate interested and open to new flavors with each sip. Very well done indeed. Will purchase again.

Serving type: can

06-28-2013 20:11:12 | More by HoppySailor
Photo of countrocula

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely gets points for originality.

First thing that shocked was the straw yellow that this poured. I was really expecting a more orange orange or almost red color for some reason. The color certainly made sense later on in the tasting.

As everyone says, there is a very prominent tangerine peel aroma. That almost "candy orange"/Bubblicious/Now and Later smell. I also get some musty basement/old oatmeal coming through. Not getting any acrid piney or cedar notes here.

Taste is in line with the appearance. Slightly corny/biscuit/lemon shortbread cookie. A really oily/buttery quality is there but not an unpleasant diacetyl bomb.

Mouthfeel is slippery and highly poundable.

Overall I liked the boozerate and could probably hammer a sixer. Wouldn't hunt this down and buy myself through...

Serving type: can

06-28-2013 17:17:59 | More by countrocula
Photo of schwemjw


3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy light yellow pour with (initially) a big three finger head. It went down to about 2 fingers though and lingered nicely for the high abv. Not the prettiest DIPA though, the color is reminiscent of a macro lager actually.

S: Lemon grass up front. a little astringent with some nice pine characteristics. A touch of vanilla to go with more citrus.

T: Very hoppy. More so than the aroma suggests. Up front is a blast of citrus. Lemon juice and lime rind hit you hard. Its followed closely by a nice caramel/vanilla malt that is just sweet enough to balance the hops. The finish though is great. Nice and dry. it lingers one. Lots of pine and just enough oak presence to leave you wanting more.

M: Its a medium bodied DIPA. It goes down pretty easy. A touch of booze in there but not too much. Greay dry, bitter, piney finish.

O: Very enjoyable brew. Its definitely unbalanced but there is a nice roller coaster of citrus, sweet malt then dry pine. While the finish is great the beginning is the standout for me. i was disappointed in both the appearance and aroma but the flavor was great! I wish there was a little more oak but this is not a DIPA to turn down (why would you turn down a DIPA in the first place? :P) /85

Serving type: can

06-24-2013 04:34:47 | More by schwemjw
Photo of greenengineer


4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can into my Nerax pint glass, served right out of the bag from the store refrig case.
A - cloudy yellow appearance, big yeasty head with lots of lacing.
S - hops are with you from the moment you crack open the can
T - hop bitterness upfront, but a decent malt sweetness. Considering the high ABV, not tasting a lot of alcohol
M - a little chewy
O - nice, well balanced imperial IPA. Compares well with Deviant Dales.

Serving type: can

05-18-2013 17:48:24 | More by greenengineer
Photo of Flounder57


4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a snifter. Canned 8/6/12.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. More lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus hops, boozy alcohol, caramel malts, and a little oak.

Taste: grapefruit and tangerine, caramel and toffee, mild hop tingly bitterness, and a little oakey.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little boozy, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, and very drinkable.

Overall: Pretty solid DIPA. I would grab another can.

Serving type: can

05-06-2013 02:15:58 | More by Flounder57
Photo of BeerNotes


4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow with a 1/2 inch head — dissipates to about 1/8 inch — and laces all the way down.

S: Lots of citrus, bits of oak and earth, slight malt.

T: Surprisingly biscuity up front. Quickly gives way to grapefruit and hops. Oaked smokiness masks some of the alcohol flavor near the back. Ends very bitter.

M: Moderate thickness and carbonation.

O: It’s a really nice beer. Not too heavy-handed on the oak flavors, but enough to cover some of the booziness and add a nuanced finish. And you’re never confused about what you’re drinking; definitely a DIPA all the way through. Very drinkable for the high alcohol content, and pretty refreshing, especially near the end of summer. 21st Amendment continues to deliver on the off-the-beaten-path excellence I’ve come to expect from them.

Serving type: can

04-21-2013 18:27:49 | More by BeerNotes
Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,059 ratings.