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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,058 Ratings
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Ratings: 1058
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:
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(Beer added by: sloejams on 04-08-2008)
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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
Photo of deeznuts420


3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

nice lookig beer sunset orange.big malty sweetness with alot of tropical fruits pineapple, papaya ,and orange juice a little bit of booziness. a tiny bit of the oak coming through. tropical fruits hit first then the woody oak aspects come in, then tropical flavors hit again with some booziness and floral flavors. very juicy. not super bitter.mouthfell medim to full.
a good twist on a dipa highly recommended if you don't like super bitter dipas. wood could be a littlle more pronounced though. but still a damn good beer .

Serving type: can

03-29-2013 10:46:28 | More by deeznuts420
Photo of mactrail


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

Hazy golden amber in the Crooked Line narrow tulip. Big aroma of canned pineapple is odd but likable. This is so fruity and orange peel flavored it's crazy. Strong and alcoholic tasting. A scratchy, dark hop intensity rises up amid the mangos and fruit cocktail. A brief biscuit flavor.

Rich and tart with hop oils. Yeasty and kind of a stew of hop flavors. The bitterness threatens to take over, but it's so goofy you have to like it. Overall it's very sippable, fragrant, and full of fruit flavors. Bought a four-pack of cans at the Jug Shop in San Francisco.

Serving type: can

03-20-2013 05:49:42 | More by mactrail
Photo of MaddMatt639


3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted on December 10, 1012:

A: Pours a rather mucky orange color, kind of like a hefeweizen, but darker. Medium head of foam, disappears rather quickly, about a minute.

S: Smells of hops and something very sweet, but can't put my finger on it. Also, a slight whiff of pine.

T: Not nearly as hoppy as I was expecting. Somewhat piney and very dry and malty in the finish.

M: Very smooth and not much of a long lasting aftertaste. Just a slight maltiness on the tongue. Very light.

O: Not a bad beer at all. I really enjoyed this. It was a nice change from other Imperial IPA's that focus all on the hops.

Serving type: can

02-21-2013 07:58:36 | More by MaddMatt639
Photo of tut2528


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

Thanks to Jaap for this one!

Canned on 8/6/12, poured into a Teku

A: pours a nice light orange color that has pretty high transparency. it created about 1/2 fingers worth of head formation

S: bready biscuit, malt, citrus and fairly nice hop profile. fairly basic here and I'm thinking that this is past its prime

T: malt, biscuit, hops and a bit of oak here. nothing really stands out. there is a slight dry bitterness in the finish that I find rather enjoyable.

M: lighter side of medium bodied, there is a slight lingering oak and hop presence that is left on the palate.

O: would love to see what this is like at its freshest because I think this would be a completely different brew. With that being said, it still is decent. And I must say that the alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Serving type: can

02-20-2013 03:10:08 | More by tut2528
Photo of Doc_Hops


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

A- Nice lightly hazy yellow/orange with a frothy eggshell head that's not going anywhere

S-Big, robust hop smell with a little bit of sweet orange

T- A warming hop character bites from the start giving way to some sweet fruit with a little oakyness. The oak aging does not help to balance out the alcohol tastes however. It is quite boozy. It's a little off balanced with a slightly weaker malt backbone.

M- Bright bubbles almost leave my mouth tingling on my palate. I like it but unfortunately the heavy alcohol content is still a little overpowering

O- I've always liked this beer. It's definitely not a session beer and it doesn't try to be. It robust, full bodied, and delicious!

Serving Type: 12oz can poured into a Sam Adams pint glass

Serving type: can

02-06-2013 00:47:44 | More by Doc_Hops
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