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Hop Crisis | 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by sloejams on 04-08-2008

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Photo of moundbz
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice color with nice head, terrific dank smell. Smooth taste with a bit too long bitter aftertaste for me. Overall good beer. Come on, sell it in six packs!

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Photo of topofthehops
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled into a can of this a couple of weeks ago at a bar and it knocked me out (not literally, although at 9.7% it could certainly have that impact). Bought a four-pack last night and my initial impression was confirmed: This is my new favorite beer. It's got exactly what I love: HUGE hops, citrus (grapefruit), and bracing bitterness. Can claims it's "aged on oak spirals." I'm not quite sure what that means. Can't say I detected oak, nor do I care. Quite light in color compared to most DIPAs I've poured. It would fun to pour this for someone who thinks all bold-flavored brews are darker and then watch his/her reaction when drinking it. Anyway, this just assumed a place in my personal beer pantheon along with Lagunitas Hop Stoopid and Flying Dog The Truth.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. can.

A: Pours a clear goldenrod with two fingers of creamy white head. Retention is solid and leaves behind a fair amount of lacing.

S: Smells strongly of tropical fruits and citrus, most notably grapefruit, and tangerine. Sweet malt scents provide the nostrils with a great backbone. There are some big oak notes, and piney grass like aromas from the hops present as well.

T: Subtlety sweet malts grace the tongue, followed by citrus flavors of grapefruit and orange. Piney hops provide a nice bitterness and subtle spice. The oak serves as a nice background flavor. There is some noticeable alcohol on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nice creamy, and smooth mouth feel with some slight warmth and alcohol fueled sensations. Very pleasant and drinkable considering the abv.

O: In the endless flood of hopped up ales for the ravenous hop heads, this brew pokes fun at the "Hop Crisis". The other thing this brew does is stand out in the endless crowd of IPA's out there. I really enjoyed this brew as it captures everything I want in an Imperial IPA, while also providing it's own unique vibe.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, enjoy by 10/9/15

Pours a golden color, decent sized head but fades quickly, no lacing on the glass except for a thin ring near the top of the pour.

Smell is a bit strong in the sweet malt but hops do make an appearance in a slightly piney aroma, bit of a vegetable scent, specifically onion, but it's not overwhelming like it has been with another beer I've had.

Taste is much stronger in hop flavor with a piney/citrus front, sweet malt does balance things in the aftertaste, a bit strange since it's usually the other way around, carbonation is medium with a fairly resiny body without being too sticky.

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Photo of beermeplz
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty solid DIPA. Smooth and well balanced, but not particularly complex. The booze is surprisingly well hidden beneath the predominantly sweet citrus flavor and mild bitterness. The oak-aging is not obvious to me in any way but perhaps it helped to smooth the beer out. Recommended but nothing to rave about.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear golden amber color, white head, decent amount of carbonation, lots of lacing from the creamy white head, looks pretty good.

A: Piney, citrusy aromas, picking up some malt on the backend, slight onion, garlic aroma, alcohol is well hidden.

T: Very malty, sweet, some bitterness on the citrusy side, slight piney notes, but definitely more malty than it is bitter.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, pretty chewy, slightly dry bitter finish.

O: This is a big malt forward IIPA, slight bitterness with some pine and citrus notes, then a big, sweet malt backbone, lots of flavor but I prefer a IIPA with less malt backbone presence.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First tasted in a snifter from draught at Firkin on July 22, 2015. Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz can on August 7, 2015 for this review. Look is more dark golden almost light amber, two finger head and decent lacing. Smell is citrus hops and I sense a little honey sweet malt. Tastes of caramel malt and mildly bitter citrus hops. Feel is a little sharp at first, but finishes smooth and creamy.

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Photo of citizencane
2.46/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Gave this an entire meal to warm and rid itself of overwhelming rubbing alcohol taste. It helped slightly but this ended up being a drain pour. Very disappointing coming from 21st Amendment, of all breweries.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours exceptionally lovely with bright clarity a bone white head of creamy foam that lasts well enough. Nose is muted citrus fruits. They are in there but the wood is up over them to the extent that you feel like they would have been stronger without it. There is plentiful citrus though. The thing that the wood really comes over is the fruit peel. The brightness of it. Grapefruit and a bit of fresh orange. As the beer warms you will find vanilla and a bit of spice. The wood is airy and smells fresh. There si a very bright floral. Taste is succulent. Smooth, Creamy biscuit rolls over the palate bringing all that fruit tempered by that wood. Juicy and then finishes with a perfectly sublime bitterness. It's so gracefull. It literally clears the palate to show you the malt. Perfect! I liked this beer better the second time around so give it a good chance. =)

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.76/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tropical fruits, big oak and sweet malt notes. Very smooth and sweet with the tropical fruits and oak flavor melding in so well together with the malt its very delicious. I can''t believe how drinkable it is too! Wow, that totally took me by surprise. Its light but heavy at the same time and its complex without being too complex. Its definitely a sipper and has some alcohol notes but its still extremely drinkable. The hops round out with everything else in the aftertaste leaving behind an oak, sweet malt tropical bitterness. Definitely a great beer!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear dark orange, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells like dank grapefruity citrus and a bit of sweet malt.

I get maybe a little bit of vanilla, but I don't really feel that the oak aging did a whole lot for the flavor here. Otherwise, there's ton of grapefruit and orange here, with some malty sweetness- kind of a sugary syrupy feel that's luckily not too overpowering. The alcohol is not noticeable at all.

This is medium bodied, with- as stated above- a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. This has a moderate level of carbonation.

Definitely a solid effort from 21A here- if the finish was a bit drier, this would be a lot better.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by 10/9/15.

Appearance: Much lighter in color than expected, the color of straw. Great clarity and a big foamy off-white head.

Aroma: Spicy/earthy hops and just a dash of honey.

Taste: Quite a bit maltier than I was expecting given the light color. Maybe the oak is playing up the maltiness a bit. Apart from a mild bitterness and overripe orange flavor, the hops really aren't playing much of a role here. There is a heavy caramel/honey flavor in the finish that is overly sweet but leads to a dry aftertaste. The can states 9.7% ABV and 94 IBUs but that's very hard to believe since the bitterness is quite understated and the flavor is nearly watery at times. I don't know whether to be impressed or disappointed. Based on the description I'm disappointed.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body. The carbonation is more noticeable than other beers of the style because this one lacks the body to go with it's ABV. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Such a confusing beer here. It probably tastes best fresh out of the bright tank sans oak spirals. Would I drink it again? Probably not.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A big brash DIPA sipper this is. The oak gives it a nice edge. Somewhat dry, peppery in the finish. Caught this on NJ vacation after seeing it in sold in a small box in a local bottle shop (after remembering seeing this brewery's ad(s) in this web sites mag).
Nice sweetness to the malts makes this a bold hop-full beer to be able to sip through with fair ease. Good beer. Great that it's canned. I'll bring one home with me.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Not sure when it was canned, but it says "Enjoy by 10/22/15.

LOOK: A slightly hazy gold with a small bubbly white head.

SMELL: Tons of tropical and citrus fruit. Peach, pineapple, papaya, passionfruit, mango, grapefruit, and lemon. It's got that resinous bittersweet tropical fruit smell very similar to the Stone Ruination 2.0 I just reviewed, as well as Stone Enjoy By. There's some faint honey sweetness as well, but it's kept in check by onion and citrus pith bitterness.

TASTE: This is a juicy tropical fruit bomb. Pineapple, peach, grapefruit, and melon are most prominent, but tangerine, white grape, papaya, and passionfruit are also there. The malt tastes of crackers, biscuits, and honey, yet remains far in the background for the showcasing of juicy hop flavors. The alcohol exists as a slight warmth near the swallow, but for being nearly 10%, it's remarkably well hidden. This drinks like an 8 percenter. Finished dry and hoppy with grapefruit, pineapple juice, onion, pine needles, and perhaps a faint hint of vanilla from the oak.

FEEL: Somewhat between medium and heavy in body. Almost creamy and syrupy, yet very drinkable. Carbonation is medium-light and keeps it smooth.

OVERALL: This is an extremely double (or is it triple?) IPA, and is probably my favorite brew from 21st Amendment thus far. Buy it whenever you get the chance.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright golden color and is very light for a 9.7% DIPA. Head is a bright white, big and soapy. Good retention and lots of lacing. Smell is outstanding, dank, tropical fruits and orange peel. Taste is much the same with a complex hop profile and a sweet malt backbone. Also a decent amount of hop bitterness. Feel is a little oily and resinous. Absolutely cant taste any of the 9.7% abv. Overall this is a great IIPA and definitely my favorite offering by 21st.

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Photo of I_imbibe
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This DIPA has an excellent balance of citrus juiciness along with malt backbone. Very drinkable at 9.7. I like the comic book style can, I will definitely be displaying one! The oak is not strong but you can taste it as you inhale and it balances well with the hoppy aftertaste. Any stronger would probably offset this balance. They nailed this one, my favorite offering from 21st for sure.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quick review. This is an exceptional example of the style, to my taste. No too viscous, decent hop-bitterness to counteract some of the inherent big-malt sweetness. More carbonated than the typical Imperial IPA. I definitely detect the oak, which is a huge plus.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that fade down to a thin ring of lace

S: Juicy, citrusy hops up front along with hints of the oak spirals and some pine. Some fruity alcohol in there as well. Definitely hop forward

T: Follows the nose. Juicy hops come out first, with notes of citrus and pine. The oak is lighter in the taste, but does provide some of the classic oakiness. Malts are mostly on the caramel side and provide a nice balance to the hops, although the hops are still very bitter. Finishes with lingering bitterness and some fruitiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice, hop-forward DIPA with a good oak twist. The 9.7% flies under the radar and can really sneak up on you quite quickly if you aren't prepared. Great for those who love bitter DIPAs that keep some semblance of juiciness

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by: 10/9/15.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great citrus and tropical hop characteristics, but I am not getting any wood qualities from the oak spirals in either the smell or taste.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of hotpauko
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From can but 6 months past exp date. Don't think it affected taste too much. Very easy drinking double but no too strong in flavor. High ABV not very noticeable. Flavors were good, malt hop citrusy mix was easy in the mouth. Would really like to get this fresh next time.

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Photo of DeanWormer
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I love hoppy Imperial IPAs and I love malty barleywines. I especially love IPAs that can balance the hops and the malt so that they're both present and apparent, but they play nicely together. That's Hop Crisis. Half IIPA; half barleywine - just about perfect. I found it when I was out of town and only bought a single can to give it a try. Now I'm the one having the hop crisis. How am I going to get more of this great stuff???

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Photo of Braz
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Wow this is really good. citrus notes an aromatic s.the bitterness is there but underlying in the background. I don't recall seeing this but I am glad I bumped into it.

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Photo of BrewChatKen
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

This has officially become one of my favorite double IPAs. Big tropical fruits on the nose like pineapple, peach, orange/tangerine, mango, a little oak, dash of vanilla and booze. Yeah, this is gonna be a big beer. Poured golden with a fluffy white head, excellent retention. The color surprised me, it looked like a light bodied beer and it drank like one too, dangerously easy drinking is how I'd describe it. The big hop bitterness is well balanced by the malts and oak aging. Those fruits are present as well as subtle vanilla coming off the oak, that was very nice. It was a little boozy, but that didn't detract from it for me. I'll be having this again and I wish they would make it available year round.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At first I didn't think this beer was going to be all that great but wow, I was impressed. The hops and so forth are pretty basic but what I loved about it was the woodiness smell and taste. It really sweetened it up and ended up being pretty good.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev +0.8%

12 oz. can poured into a Burley Oak snifter (enjoy by 10/11/14)

A: Not much of a head on the swirl, but a decent one on the pour. Recedes quickly and only leaves a bit of lacing.
S: Nice down-to-earth malty hop smell, that is singular but strong and hoppy.
T: This is a damn good
M: Unbelievably smooth with just a whisper of carbonation.
O: My AL EAST O's beer, and what a good one. A great IPA for a great time.

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Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.