Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Ratings: 1,414
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 83
Gots: 129 | FT: 2
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California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sloejams on 04-08-2008

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Photo of Greencoat
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of Avantyawn
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Photo of xnicknj
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of sirdillon
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of chodinheaven
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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.

Photo of ShogoKawada
2.59/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled can into a glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange-amber body with a finger of off-white head. The Duvel tulip etching produces a great stream of bubbles up the center, adding a small bulge to the center of an even cap.

S: A green, slightly dank blend of grapefruit peel, apricots, peach, and oak. Remarkable. 21st Amendment made this?

T: To complement the pungent, billowing hop aromas, the beer brings waves of lush citrus (grapefruit, apricot, peach). It segues into grapefruit rind, which in turn progresses smoothly and evenly into an oak-driven finish. Despite the oak, there isn't much astringency. Mild bitterness that is offset by some residual sweetness. The exhalation carries flavors of citrus once more. Well done. 21st Amendment made this?

M: It's a bit oily, leaving some residue. But there isn't much sticky bitterness, which I appreciate. Medium-plus bodied, with ample carbonation. Fairly good for the style. 21st Amendment made this?

O: 21st Amendment made this? Mind = blown.

Photo of projectflam86
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can.

A- Pours a clean golden color with a huge foam head that leaves many rings of lace.

S- This is one fine smelling IIPA! Huge grapefruit and pine aroma with some floral and just a touch of sweetness. I could sniff this one for a long time.

T- Quite bitter upfront with a huge dose of alcohol in the finish. Very boozy (expected due to the near 10% ABV) with some pine needles and a slight catty flavor coming through. It says aged on oak spirals but I'm not getting that as much (maybe I'm mistaking that for pine needles).

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O- I think this might be the first IIPA i've had from a can. Cheers to 21st for a very solid IIPA that I can bring to BBQs :)

Photo of doughanson78
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into snifter.

A: Light golden color with touches of orange in the light. Very clear. Fluffy white two finger head. Great lacing.

S: Citrusy hops. Pineapple. Light grapefruit. Light apricot. Very light pine. Just the faintest bit of oak hiding in the back of the hops. Light touch of caramel.

T: Faint caramel mixed with pineapple sweetness at first. Orange & grapefruit hoppiness next. Hops taste a little washed out. Maybe from the aging? Light grassy notes. Sweetness and bitterness kind of blend together then give up to a very light oak aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied. Kind of creamy/oily. Leaves your mouth feeling slick.

O: A decent IIPA. From what I've read IPA's aren't usually supposed to be aged. Cool their doing something different with the style but I would've liked the hops to taste fresher.

Photo of MikeyMikee
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on 6/25/11. Served at fridge temp into a pint glass.

A- Very clean and clear.. burnt yellow in color with a tight, off-white head. Good retention and a descent lacing.

S- Citrus rind, orange zest and a lot of sweetness in there.

T- VERY citrusy, orange being dominant and lemmon and grapfruit comming in second. There is some pine as well but barely noticable to me. The cirtus is followed by sweet caramel that is cut by oaky-woody notes and mint. yea, mint. It took me 3/4 of the can to pick out that odd flavor and I'm pretty sure thats what I am getting. It has a very clean, but dry feel to it and lingers for a while even after the taste of enthanol comes in. And yes, you can taste all 9.7% of this beer. Alcohol taste is very strong and that is reienforced by that mint.

M- Carbonation was a little high for a DIPA in my opinion. The body however, was light-medium bodied. There is a slight oaky-bitterness to the beer but that is cut by the mint and alcohol which seem to team up in the most bothersome way possible. And it lingers, which is uncomfortable.

O- Its not a bad beer, but not one that I could reccomend. The bitterness that I love in IPA's and IIPA's just isn't there for me in the hop crisis.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear orange-gold color. The head is one of bubbly foam that recedes quickly into chunky lacing. The aroma is of tangerine, grapefruit, flowers, and a very faint hint of pine. This is a very bright aroma. The taste isn't nearly as bright, as the aroma. I can detect all the same things in the taste that I did in the aroma, but it is all muted by a dulling wood taste that permeates the whole of the sip. There is also an unpleasant alcohol presence in the finish. This is one bad tasting DIPA. It doesn't taste off, just bad. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, I really like the smell of this beer, but I really dislike the taste. I can't see myself drinking this again.

Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out of the can as a really nice looking golden copper color. The head was big and foamy at first, as it settles it leaves a really nice lacing. The smell is of grapefruit and citrus hops. The taste was awesome off the first sip. It was hoppy and then it actually changed into something else equally hoppy but different. Very interesting, only happened on the first sip. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, and very well carbonated. Overall I found this beer to be pretty freaking awesome! Would totally drink it again.

Photo of schoolboy
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not the first time that this brewery has impressed me, but it is the most impressed I have been by one of theirs. I think I may have said it before about one of theirs, I think this is the best beer I have ever had out of a can.

The hops is out there.it is strong and dark. Dark is not usually one of my favorite things but the barrel taste is way low, below everything else. this is a definite repurchase.

Photo of BB1313
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a goblet. Pours a beautiful shiny, transparent golden color with a nice white fluffy head and sticky lacing. The aromas are very nice, lots of fruitiness and a pungent alcohol scent, which is actually pretty pleasant; floral aromas. It tastes similar to what the nose indicates. Very hoppy and fruity.. there's a nice mix of tropical fruits being balanced by the oak. Now the oak is slightly noticeable, but mostly goes untraced. I would've liked to see more of an oak presence, but it's all good, it didn't effect the flavors. There's a slight warm sensation, which is normal for style. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. The mouthfeel is very nice, rich, creamy, and smooth. Easy drinking DIPA w/ a bite.

Overall, this is a nice Imperial IPA, just shy of being something really amazing. At times it's really impressive, and at some points it seemed average.. but I'm pretty impressed this came from 21A, which is usually a big letdown for me (besides Back In Black). Like I said, the oak goes unnoticable for the most part, but it still remains an enjoyable DIPA.

Photo of mikereaser
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear golden orange with a 2 fingers of foam rising up the glass then slowly fading leaving a layer of sticky lacing
S - there is a mix of citrus hops and some sort of floral soapiness
T - nice citrus bitterness hits you up front, then a soapiness creaps in along with a bit of malty sweetness. There are floral notes throughout and finishes with a slight alcohol feel and a bitterness that holds on longer than the dry finish
M - smooth and silky mouthfeel, nice carbonation, a bit of alcohol feel
D - Its enjoyable, but i'm not a fan of the floralness of it.

Photo of Yagman3000
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter.

Appears an orange gold. Thick head that rests down to a thin creamy film.

Smells sweet like apricot and peach. No wood detect... Oak?

Tastes sweet up front from same fruits and finishes with a bready bitterness. Nice malt flavor. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel is fresh up front with a gentle dismount of bitter hops.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and I accept that 21st amendment can be undependable but I have to subtract a little for not getting enough wood from this if it's supposed to be oak aged.

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a light brassy amber color. Half a finger of off white head that quickly recedes.

S- hoppy aromas of hop resins and yellow grapefruit peel at first. Balancing malts with a sweet syrupy character. Finishs with a hint of oak and a leafy hop note. Note overly complex but a solid IPA aroma.

T- starts of with a powdered sugar sweet maltiness acts as a balance to the hoppiness. Definitely More of a focus on balance. Hoppy flavors come out with a leafy character and a hint of grapefruit peel. Dry oaky character gives the beer a slight astringency on the finish. Overall a solid interpretation.

MF- slick oily mouthfeel. Average carbonation with a medium body.

D- drinkability is pretty good. My only qualm is the slight astringency from the oak. Overall very sold oak aged DIPA

Photo of DaveHS
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear amber with over 2 inches of foamy, off white/cream colored head. Reduces to a small cap of foam, with lots of sticky lacing.

S-Grapefruit juice, fresh cut lawn clippings, tangerine skins. Hints of biscuity malt.

T/M-A little phenolic up front, which mutes the hop profile. Grassy bitterness, but almost none of the lovely citric notes that came through in the nose. Carbonation is low. Can't help but feel this would have been more successful had there been some carbonation holding it together. Body is full and soft with a dry, lingering finish.

O-Disappointing.Almost no oak, not enough carbonation. Still, there are things about it I like. Mostly the aroma. Glad I tried it, but happy I didn't get the whole 4 pack.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a beautiful clear golden with a thick, fine-bubbled, off-white head that sticks around and leaves some respectable lacing. Aroma is seriously hoppy with a firm undertone of grapefruit and more than a hint of sour orange. Flavor is about half strongly hoppy and half grapefruit, and fairly bitter but having just a whisper of honey sweetness. Texture is ragged and fizzy, leaving behind a hop-bitter tingle. If you love hoppy beers, this will help you deal with any crisis!

Photo of elgiacomo
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz canned June 6th. Very fresh. Served at around 45F.

Pours clear golden amber with a two finger off white head that leaves some rings of lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is peach, apricot, pineapple, citrus such as tangerine and grapefruit, as well as some caramel, bread, oak and vanilla. Very good strength.

Flavor is citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon, some peach and a bit of tropical fruit, oak, vanilla, bready malt, and some noticeable alcohol. Minimal sweetness with strong finishing bitterness. Nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Damned good oak-aged DIPA. Very aromatic with the hops really shining through but the oak aging adds some subtle complexity.

Photo of hreb
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cold 12oz can served in geometric (10-sided) tumbler. Beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow, perhaps slightly orange in the glass, with a thick stack of white head. If it wasn't quite so pale colored, along with the intense, sweet and fruity aroma (I'm thinking red grapefruit), it would be pretty breathtaking.

While the smell is gentle and elegant the taste is another matter. Thin body and light carbonation ally with a heavy dose of bittering hops to result in one serious IPA. The oak flavor is strong but oddly, I had a hard time identifying what it was under all those hops. Overall the beer just has a solid, neutral flavor and a bitter aftertaste. Though there's no alcohol "burn" the ABV is readily apparent masked by the IBUs rather than complemented. Drinkability really suffers. Although I was initially intrigued now I hardly feel like finishing the can, yet I feel my palate has been ruined for anything else (don't worry though, I'll make it).

Photo of hopsbreath
2.34/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to MADhombrewer for hooking me up with a can of this.

A: Crystal clear golden yellow, a finger of white head receding to nothing, no lacing. 3/5

S: Big sweet malt with a big tropical hop presence. Notes of peaches and mangoes are most prevalent. 4/5

T: Youch, that's a little astringent. In fact, it's really astringent. Green onions and big sweet malts are noticeable. More bittering than flavoring hops don't really work. 1.5/5

M: Heavy body with a sticky finish that just doesn't do it for me. 2/5

O: As far as DIPA's go, this is toward the bottom of my list. I'm not a fan, and won't be returning to this. 2/5

Photo of jhughes23
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can (of course)

Pours a big thick off white head, very sticky. Stuck around for the first couple sips, then disipates down to a thin layer. But still laces nicely

Nice aroma. Grapefruit citrus, resiny, hint of maltiness. Not an overpowering hop bomb of aromas like I was anticipating. But nice aromas none the less

Nice full hop characteristics. Orange sugar coated hops. Resiny with a nice maltiness too it that reveals itself more as the flavors go by. As you continue to drink this I think the Malts come out alot more than when it stars. Bitterness at the end lingers on the tongue for a bit, but in a good way. Chewy. Would like the hops to be a bit more "in your face" (sorry, Hangover quote not inteded).

The Malt to bitterness ratio is well balanced making this easy to drink. I think the 9%+ is well hidden. Chewy and Juicy. For a canned DIPA this is gotta be up there, but not all the way up there.

Photo of MADhombrewer
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a guinness glass.

Appearance- In my glass is a deep, clear, sunny day with a stark white cotton candy cloud. Some lacing down the sides of the glass. 4.5/5

Smell- Earthy and fruity hop aroma. Some caramel malt smell as well. 4/5

Taste- Fruity hops and lots of them. Nice malt sweetness to even out the hops. The can says this is aged on oak spirals. I don't taste any oak flavor, but that is good in my opinion. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied tending on the lighter side. For a 9.7% abv beer this is a little thinner than I would have thought. I would rather that than a thick mouth feel. 4/5

Overall- I may be buying this over the summer more than once. Summer is IPA season for me and I would be glad to put this into the rotation. 4/5

Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,414 ratings.