Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,398 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,398
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 83
Gots: 126 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: sloejams on 04-08-2008

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Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange in color with a nice big 2" head. Thick lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: grapefruit and a big floral and piney hop aroma is wonderful. Some booziness is picked up by the nose.

Taste: big caramel profile. Loads of grapfruit, grass, and a pine flavor are well balanced. Alcohol is quite noticeable and warming. Bitterness is sharp but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish with some drying late. Medium-heavy in body. Long lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: this is down a notch with the high alcohol levels despite the fact this can be consumed fairly quickly. One a session make sense, but I can see reaching for a second pint.

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

Had this in Pittsburgh PA, was pretty excited to see it as I have had some of their cans and been very pleased. Usually I don't like a beer that has been near any barrels. This poured nicely with a very small head and didn't have that barrel smell that sets me off.
Taste wise it just got better. It was in no way cloyingly sweet. Really tasty, good balance of hops and malt. The alcohol was hidden very nicely too. Would seek out again and adds to my growing opinion of the brewery

Photo of augustgarage
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap @ Library Alehouse; served in a 5oz taster.

Butterscotch/lemon-curd color liquid - very cloudy with a rich persistent sno-white crown. Cakey lacing. Thin viscous legs.

Light floral hop aroma with clean malt and a hint of sugar - subdued.

Lemon zest, tangerine, biscuity malt, and a clean lasting bitterness mid-palate. Very citrus forward, though finishes dry, faintly bready, and with a faint twist of marijuana and additional fruit in the aftertaste.

Well carbonated, just barely medium-bodied, and somewhat spritzy. ABV is completely hidden!

Very flavorful and fruity (though not in a tropical SoCal IPA way). Drinks like an IPA more than a "Triple IPA" (remarkable).

A superior example of the style - and just as well crafted as everything else I've sampled from 21st Amendment (their "Black Beauty IPA" was a tasty contrast to this, but I neglected to review it).

Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a vibrant golden orange in color with pale yellow highlights and had a tight finger worth of bubbly head leaving some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of citrus upfront on the nose consisting of orange and tangerine with a good. Hop variety, hints of candi sugar, piney, and grassy notes but with some malty sweet as well.

T: the hop profile was really nice with some citrus grapefruit that helped out on the bitterness factor alongside grassy piney accents and a decent amount of sweetness from the malts.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, hoppy, grassy, and bitter finish that did linger on the palate.

D: it was drinking pretty decent but had a nice hop bite to it. Definitely worth trying cause it was a solid DIPA.

Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - VERY clear, nice near white head that has staying power. Lace is in the same category. Medium honey color.

S - Balanced well between hop and malt. I LOVE good malt in an IPA and this one performs without being tight on the hops.

T - Matches smell. Caramel core wrapped in bitter hops.

M - Good carb and great balance.

D - One I could drink all night.

Photo of jmfc8237
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear tangerine light caramel color with sticky lacing and fluffy head info a 12 oz snifter. Smelled of sweet tangerines and a slight tinge of oak and vanilla. Taste had a wonderful hop bitterness that was as close a marriage of flavor I can imagine for a double IPA. Great intense earthiness and floral citrus tastes are backed by significant malt balance. Overall this is indeed a winner in my book and I love all things in 2's

Photo of nrbw23
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Head has little retention and left some spotty lacing.

S- Smells of piney and tropical fruit hops. A bit of sweetness in here too maybe honey.

T- Quite a bit of hops here. Tropical fruit flavours seem to dominate. A bit of heat from the alcohol and a tiny bit of sweetness.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not terrible or anything. I'll probably hit this one up again down the road.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

01/27/11- Had this one on-tap at Dirty Franks in Columbus.
A: Clear amber, very sparse cream film and collar.
S: Sweet rum cake. Musty and cheezy almost cannabis hops, caramel and toffee and bananas.
T: Rum cake, green slightly piney earthy mild cheese, OK.
M: Thicker, slightly frothy.
D: OK.

I'm not overly impressed with this. Not bad, but nothing special.

Photo of AventinusCam
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I usually prefer regular doubles as opposed to ones oak-aged, but I found myself really digging this brew.

Appearance was slightly darker than most doubles. Had a slightly burnt amber color with residual yeast floating around the bottom of the glass

Smell: Very aromatic. Not just the grapefruity and piney flavor from the hops, but a big oak kick towards that end that really mellowed the alcohol.

Taste: Like the smell, the hops came through initially, but as you went on it faded into almost an oakey barleywine taste. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Big. Almost a syrup quality.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed it and I had 2 in one sitting, but could not see myself drinking anymore than that on a given occasion.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 1/19.

A: Pour a clear orange/amber with a white one finger head which stuck around for a little bit then dissipated to a layer of small bubbles on top. Very nice sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, orange rind, and a little mango. There is a nice biscuity malt aroma to balance it out (well, as much as a DIPA should be).

T: The hops hit right away, extremely floral and citrus forward. The same fruits from the nose come through on the flavor profile, as well as a bit of grassiness. The biscuity malts again show up to balance things a little, but the hops dominate as they should.

M/D: Medium bodied with a smooth feel to it. Dangerously drinkable considering the abv. It is on the sweeter side, so I am not sure how many I would ultimately want in a night. It would be a battle of the sugar vs. the abv in determining that one.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap served in a 10oz glass. appears a golden orangish color, with some haze, slightly fluffy white head. decent lacing as I drank. aroma was of mostly citrus hops.

taste is actually fairly balanced, which I enjoy. good malt balance to the strong hop profile. not bitter, and complex, not just a one-note hop blast.

fairly smooth mouthfeel, and easy to drink. no hint of the abv.

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

Hop Crisis has a copper colored body and a small off-white head. Lacing fairly blankets my glass, and retention is good.

The aroma has some bitterness, and a good deal of fruity hops, with hints of both orange and lemon. Only a bit of pale malt lingers in the background.

Hop Crisis begins with some grassy hops and a good bit of bitterness. Next comes a good bit of citrus flavor from the hops. Lots of orange mixes with some lemon and pineapple. Not a lot of grapefruit in this one, which is a nice change. The finish has just a hint of pale malt in it, but not enough to really compete with the hops.

Fiarly good mouthfeel; moderate in both body and carbonation.

At first I wrote that Hop Crisis' drinkability is "not bad at all," but then when I went to post this review I noticed that the ABV on this beer is over 11. That blew me away, as I would never have guessed that this beer was so powerful. Well done 21st amendment.

Photo of IHC
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draught at penguin pizza in boston mass!

Appearance: It is a golden copper color, with a decent head that fades rather quickly.

You can smell the citrus hops for sure!

Its a good strong representive of the style! A nice ipa that finishes smooth.

It is in deed both bitter sweet

I' could easily drink more than a few

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

Pours clear golden orange with a good amount of white foamy head. my only complaint is there is no lacing. Smells like citrus hops up the wazoo. A hint of oak underlying. Tastes sweet and bitter at the same time. Pine and citrus in the hops with a background of oak. Well carbonated with a thick and solid mouthfeel. A very drinkable DIPA especially for the alcohol percentage.

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

Another big beer reviewed on-tap at Poor Richard's Wexford Ale House (or rather 'The Ale House' as locals call it) in Wexford, PA. This big 'ol DIPA pours semi-clear orange with golden highlights. The soapy, off-white head sticks around for a while then recedes to some spotty lacing.

Tons of citrus in the nose right away: grapefruit, tangelo and sweet/bitter orange zest. Piney, resinous hops abound. Dry husky malt as well with some toasty biscuit undertones that help to provide balance to this big beer. Despite its best efforts how ever, this brew is shaping up to be quite the hop grenade(not an intentional BN reference but whatever, they are awesome so I'll keep it).

Bitey citrus hops with some spicy/floral notes to accompany all the citrus character. Lemon zest and some peppery booze notes as well. Some honey and biscuity malt characters float around in the middle; not enough to balance substantially but enough to make it palatable. In fact, it's very palatable for the style and high ABV. Some of the earthy oak notes mingle well with the substantial sweetness and help to finish clean with lingering bitterness.

Lush and smooth on tongue with mild carbonation and a slick feel throughout. Borderline dangerously drinkable considering the booze in this one. The only think that hold me back from slamming about 8 of them is the sweetness that becomes challenging after a couple...and my rapidly diminished motor skills. One question I have is that the ABV listed is 11.8% but I believe the tap handle said 9.4% or maybe 9.7? I forget, but considerably different than what I'm finding online. In any case, a nearly world class DIPA in my opinion. Right up there to be sure.

Photo of Murchmac
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I guess ill be reformatting how I review beers in order to make it fun again. If you scroll back a year or so I lost interest. However, this beer out of the growler makes me re-invigorated, that and this is the third pint of it.

Beers looks like golden orange sun god on the mountain with long flowing white lacy locks that wisps in the wind.

Smells amazingly citrusy but slight piney.

Tastes with bitter bolus in your mouth sweet. Triple IPA sweet.

Most good DIPA are resiny, most good IIIpa's are so hoppy they arent citrus or piney anymore. Just sweet. This one does that.

Still a little thin too hoppy but good.

If you see it, order it.

Photo of ryantaussig
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Good color and head. Decent lacing, but low on retention.

S: Very strong hop aroma. It's blissful.

T: It's good, but not has bitter as I had hoped. There's enough hoppiness for the style, but I wanted more.

M: Typical of the style. Nothing special.

O: Good for the style.

Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at 21A

A: The pour is an orange-amber color with a dense, soapy white head with great lacing.

S: Perhaps not surprisingly, this is pretty sweet on the nose. Lots of sweet fruity hops giving a grapefruit and citrus aroma to the beer. There is a lot of caramel and sugary sweetness, though, which isn't really what I like in an IPA.

T: Very sweet, way too much for me. Brown sugar, caramel, and toffee provide a sugary base to the beer. There is hop character to it, but it's sweet as well. Tropical fruits, sweet oranges, grapefruit, and perhaps a negligible amount of pine.

M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: This is definitely leaning toward the barleywine side of things. Not sure why this one gets talked up so much...I was not a fan.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the Mohawk House in Sparta, NJ, into a tulip it poured a transparent copper with one finger of white head; great retention and lacing, but little visible carbonation. The nose was of big pine and citrus/grapefruit peel. The taste mirrored the nose, with a somewhat dry finish, but the finish also revealed a little more sweetness (and alcohol abundance) than I had been expecting. Medium thickness, slightly carbonated feel. Good double ipa, but nothing standout about it.

Photo of steelerguy
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Extremely clear copper color, nice head, but fades to just a covering quickly, although leaves nice lacing.

S - Surprising amount of sweet hop smell along with a lot of citrusy hops and a touch of pine.

T - A hop blash similar to what was detected in the aroma, lots of citrus with a bit of pine. The malt sweetness definitely is there are is able to stand up to the hop presence. Delicious bitter finish counted by sweet malt and a touch of kilned malt balances it out well, especially with a little alcohol kick at the end.

M - Smooth, moderate body, but attenuated well for such a big beer. There are definitely some sugar left in there though to help balance the huge hop and alcohol.

D - Big, powerful, but balanced. Almost to the point of not standing out, but it makes for an extremely drinkable IIPA.

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

Pouring at Mad Mex Robinson and other scattered locations across the Burgh...this one pours a pale copper hue with a thin white head, forms fine speckled lacing down the sides of the 12 ounce tumbler. Aroma has citric pine, sugary malt content and a touch of alcohol in the nose. This isn't your standard booze ridden DIPA. Tropical fruit sweetness with citrus/pine tree, and floral hops galore. A bit boozey but it doesn't override the hop profile. Never seems to hot or brash with bitterness this beer really serves up a balanced version of a west coast DIPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slight oily texture from the hop resins, smooth carbonation flows making it a nice texture experience. Drinkability is solid in the sense that it's solid in flavor and high on drinkability for the style by not hitting you over the head, but it's probably one of the highest DIPA brews I've had without even realizing it while drinking the beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hop Crisis poured into a 12 oz glass appears clear orangish, with a white lasting head and some lace. Aroma comprised of citrus, floral and pine notes. Very bitter in the taste, almost rediculously so. Fresh grapefruit, pine and honey are all present along with an earthy bitterness. Also has a bit of an alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is a little thin coupled with a lingering hop bite. A beer that I am glad I got to try, but too intense in bitterness and alcohol to be considered easy drinking.

Photo of ArrogantBastage
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Frisco Taphouse in Columbia, MD

Color was a brownish orange with a thin head that dissipated quickly. The aroma had nice traces of oak, citrus, and malt. The taste reminded me more of tropical fruit like papaya or mango that finished with a touch of oak. The hops came out more in the finish but didn't linger too long.

Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a medium light-gold color with about a 1/4 inch of barely off-white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The scent was surprisingly subdued, sure it was hoppy, but in a relatively quiet way. There was enough of a malt aroma to provide a nice foundation. The taste was also typical, although the hop flavor was on the sharp side, and the beer had a sort of sticky finish.

The body was a bit thin and, again, a bit sticky. Drinkability was OK, but not special. Overall, this was an OK brew, but not worth any particular effort to try.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Union Ale House Weymouth

Appearance: no head, clear, golden-brown

Smell: pine and citrus hops as well as a bit of bread.

Taste: bread, big pine hops, some citrus hops, and honey

Mouthfeel: sweet start- bitter dry middle--slightly bitter finish, light body, low carbonation

Drinkability: I like this a lot. The alcohol is well masked. The hops are present but not overly bitter or stinging. A really good IIPA.

Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,398 ratings.