Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Reviews: 482
Hads: 1,557
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 19.14%
Wants: 87
Gots: 200 | FT: 2
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21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: sloejams on 04-08-2008

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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).

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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

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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.

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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

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear caramel with a nice three fingers of white head that is very sticky.

The nose is tropically citric and a touch woody with sweet bread malt and hints of alcohol warmth.

A sip is lightly carbonated with a smooth medium to full body - Citric and resinously piney, an undertone of earthy oak and a sweet citrus finish all come together very well. Very little hint of the strong abv.

This is a very mellow DIPA - the oak is nicely subdued. Not a bold, in-your-face DIPA, but makes for a very drinkable beer; I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of ZAP
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Chill hazed golden color...light head..

S-Vanilla, oak, tropical fruits...bready malt

T-Big juicy citrus flavor of oranges, tangerines, pineapple, and peaches...bready malts...oak adds a vanilla like dimension that fits nicely and does not overwhelm.

M-Full bodied but more dryish than cloying despite all the sweet fruitiness and vanilla notes...

O-I really like this..reminds me of a bigger "Rumble IPA" from Great Divide. This has a little less oak/barrel notes than that one. Perfect blend in my opinion. Well done

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Photo of movingtrain
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can sampled from a 12 ounce snifter.

With a delicate pour, almost to the brim of the glass, the beer hangs onto about a finger-width white head. Carbonation seems abundant. The color is a usual IPA color, copper yellow, with perhaps some reddish notes throughout.

The aroma is hoppy, for sure. There are sweet notes in the nose, honey, orange blossom, lemon peel, tangy fruit. There is pine, too, as well as some fresh soapy notes.

There is a bitter, metallic taste to the beer. Perhaps this is something in the balance between malt and hops, which heaps this beer up to 9.7 percent ABV. In fact, the bitter flavor is so present, it knocks out some of the more pleasant hoppy notes in the aroma. It is almost cracker-like, with lemon juice to make you pucker.

One of the main things from the nose that is sticking around is a soapiness. This isn't in the flavor, so much as it is in the mouthfeel. Perhaps the aging on "oak spirals" has caused this? There isn't much wood flavor in the beer, just a rather tart and astringent mouthfeel.

Overall, this beer seems unbalanced. By the looks of it, the beer seems like a standout...and that carries through with the fairly decent aroma. And, perhaps this was the goal, the final taste of the beer is too over the top, shedding balance and leaving behind a high alcohol beer with lots of hops packed in and little to leave me wanting more.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a DFH snifter. Beer is about a pretty as a beer can be, seriously beautiful. It is copper and completely clear, nice off white soapy head of small and medium bubbles, lacing on the glass, moderate carbonation. Way to nail the appearance.

Aroma is mildly hoppy, some alcohol, and a lot of malt. Hmmmm....at this point I read the can. "Ale Aged on Oak Spirals" What the hell?

Beer is medium in body, sweet from alcohol and malt up front and the finish is mildly dry with some bitterness. Probably about 70 IBUs. Interesting overall but not a great IPA. I don't get much oak, and if I hadn't read that there was oak in there I would have missed it entirely. I don't think I'll bother with the one again. STOP AGING IPAS ON WOOD PEOPLE.

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Photo of muttyd
3.19/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured gently into a tulip glass. Clear amber body with a well pronounced white soapy head. The head clings to all over the glass as I swirl it around.

Aroma is big on the resiny / piney hops. Some citus and floral hop aroma as well. Flavor is very sweet up front; caramel and toffee that is then followed by the sweet fruity hop character. The citrusy and floral hops come through more in the flavor. Oak chips give this beer some more depth than your average DIPA. Very bitter throughout. Creamy, sticky body with about average carbonation for the style. Alcohol makes its presence well known in the finish as well; warming and noticeably boozy.

Was really hoping for more with this one as I actively sought out this beer.

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Photo of soze47
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep brownish golden in color. A lot of sticky lacing with some slow dancing bubbles. Looks big and thick

Aroma: There is heavy hop tones, but this is mostly sweet off the bat. Malt is substantial enough to make this guy give more notes of orange flesh, yet there is a substantial floral and resinous hop notes too. Odd duck.

Taste: Really sweet off the bat with the hops from the nose giving it some balance initially (note that drinking this beer straight from the can would really throw off its flavors), but a very strong pine and lemony rind bitterness quickly move in. The hops could be too much, but that is where the oak comes in. Considering how heavy this beer is and how harsh the flavors are that it plays with, it finishes without a significant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Dense is a good word for this beer. It is full bodied, especially for the style, and packs a wallop, but it isn't cloying in the least. Actually, it is remarkably clean. Flavors are rich enough to make this guy a one and done brew.

Overall: Not bad for what they were going for here. I think there will always be some trade-off when you age an IPA. You gain some unique flavors, oak in this case, but you lose some of the vibrant, fresh flavors of hops right out the tank.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this can at Julios. Figured I'd give it a try. 12oz can...

A: A perfectly clear golden color with a small 1/2 inch white head that fades quickly to a bubble lace on the brew. Good.

S: A very nice earthy hop with some balanced citrus blended in. A grassiness in the middle with some mild iced tea hints on the backend. Good.

T: I get a nice balance of mild bitter hop and oak upfront. Some mild alcohol in the middle and some grassy citrus with a bitter lemon peel flavor on the back. Decent.

M: Full body with a heavy carbonation. A bitterness on the backend.

O: All in all, this is a decent beer. Not great, but decent. Give it a try if you're a fan of DIPA's or 21st Amendment. Otherwise, there are many better in the style.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly pine and citrusy (tropical fruit, grapefruit) hops, along with a bit of sweet malt and oak. I think the taste is the same as the aroma, I don't pick up any differences at all. It's mostly pine and citrus hops, with some oak and sweet malt flavors noticable too. This is still a pretty hoppy brew. The can says this beer is aged on oak spirals, but I don't think the oak is very strong. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and is well carbonated. I think this is a good beer, it's definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Duffman929
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with minimal lingering white head .

Tasted of pine with hints of citrus, lemon.

Initial taste is bold and hits the tongue nicely. Great, flavored but lingering feel and taste leaves a bit to be desired. I enjoyed this beer as a whole but the aftertaste was not great. I would have it again if available, but still prefer a dreadnaught.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good DIPA, not particularly remarkable but that shines rather well in the way it comes together.

Presentation: 12 oz. can. Dark blue, yellow and red pop design with a comic-book narrative of two inmates planning an escape from Alcatraz and an ensuing hop heist. The narrative is relatively legible if convoluted on the boxed 4-pack, on the can itself it does not work so well… Shows an illegible canned date, and notes Alc. by Vol. (9.7%) Served on a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold to pale amber pour with a good frothy head, fair retention, nice surface memory and lacing.

S - Soft hoppy nose, shy citric and grassy touches with a malty sweet tone in the back.

T - Taste amplifies the nose somewhat with a nice generic hoppy sense over caramel malt notes. Resin, grass, grapefruit… Soft woody oak notes, hint of vanilla, and an added depth to the sweetness.

M - Medium-full mouthfeel with medium-soft carbonation. Works well with a bit of an oily feel as it flows towards the sealing bitter bite.

O - Actually, all things considered, it flows rather well, and comes together surprisingly nicely.

Notes: Quite recommendable, a bit gentle and subdued at some points but overall it is well worth trying. Among the top offerings I´ve tried from 21A.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

21st Amendment Hop Crisis IPA pours out a clear orange color, with about a finger of white heading, looks just about right for this style. Nose has some pineapple and papaya notes, not unlike the Brew Free or Die, and a certain level of tobacco smell as well. The hops and alcohol are well balanced here in that the nine percent is well hidden, and the hops still impart a good dose of flavor. Mouthfeel is about medium. Drinkability isn't too bad either, a couple cans of this was not a challenge. Nothing earth shattering here, but a solid DIPA. I also enjoyed the little comic strip showcased on the can. Cheers

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Photo of TheDudeRules
3.37/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my Darkness snifter.

A deep golden honey color with a solid two fingers of off white foam. The lacing is literally 1/8" thick and cemented around my glass. Never seen anything like it. Sweet citrus on the nose. Hop as well. Immediately it's dry and bitter. Hop oil coats my tongue. A lot of pine in the hops. No sweetness in the mouth. A lot of hop resin in the finish. Lingers quite awhile.

I'm really torn on this beer. Feels very west coast, which I like. I was just hoping for a bit of citrus sweetness to liven this beer up. Sandpaper dry in my mouth. It's better than average, but the lacking sweetness I had to downgrade the taste. This is a one and done for me. I'll never buy this again unless it's on tap to compare.

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Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear golden amber with thin stark white head. Slight lacing.

Smell: Spicy, citrusy and piney.

Taste: Lots of toasted malts with a hint of oak. Hops are more spicy and piney than citrusy, although some grapefruit adds complexity. Ends with a light spicy bitterness.

Feel: Body is fairly light for a DIPA, which is good, but still fairly full bodied compared to other styles. Moderate carbonation with a dry, slightly boozy, finish.

Overall: Nice malt heavy DIPA, while still having a dry finish, which is a great accomplishment. The oak is minimal but adds a nice touch.

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Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.