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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

473 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 473
Hads: 1,530
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 87
Gots: 183 | 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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Reviews: 473 | Hads: 1,530
Photo of hopsbreath
2.34/5  rDev -40.9%
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 (625 characters)

Photo of jhughes23
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (919 characters)

Photo of MADhombrewer
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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 (763 characters)

Photo of OldIronLungs
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
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 (524 characters)

Photo of movingtrain
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (1,398 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of muttyd
3.19/5  rDev -19.4%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of soze47
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (1,327 characters)

Photo of steve8robin
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +1%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of Duffman929
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,256 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
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 (614 characters)

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of caskstrength
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fresh batch, came in last few days at Heritage in Maplewood. Canning date (Julian) at bottom is 1157. which I think means 2011, 157th day, which means this is around 2 weeks old.

"Hand crafted and canned in Cold Springs, MN" on the can. West coast IPA home grown in MN, I guess.

Pours golden yellow, frothy head, more than usual for my careful pours.

Smells are strong. Wasn't expecting such an onslaught of pineapple and pine. Citrus too. All of it sweet and gooey. Pretty pungent.

Didn't taste as good as the smell. Sweet pineapple and citrus, but not the intensity it has on the nose. I didn't get any of the aging on oak spirals thing either. Gimmicky and doesn't add anything.

Mouthfeel is average. Flavors disappear quickly on the tongue, and an odd bitterness shows up on the aftertaste. I expect bitterness with a good IPA, but this was more astringent than bitter. It somehow manages to start off syrupy, then quickly transition to a thin astringency. Quite a brewing feat there.

My scores kept trending down as I worked through the glass. After the smell, there wasn't really anything interesting here. A decent beer, nothing to seek out again. (1,165 characters)

Photo of silentjay
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear pure, copper, the color of a brand new penny, with a sizable almost pure white head that retains and laces well.

lots of piney, resiny hops and a good amount of citrus, as well as a woody quality on top of some light malts.

grapefruit and orange juicy hops come first with a bit of toasty and sweet malt behind and accented by a bit of oak that adds some woodiness and vanilla extract. alcohol present throughout, but not harsh.

medium bodied with some prickly carbonation and a bit of resin left behind along with a slight alcohol warmth.

overall, a very nice beer. reminds me a bit of burton baton, but with a bit more hop flavor out front. (660 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a brilliant amber color with no haze. Big off-white head leaves some nice lacing. Looks pretty.

S-Big citrus notes with some very rich malt. Light oak aroma as well. A fairly pungent brew. Quite sweet, but there are some piney whiffs too.

T-Very bright citrus wallop. A bunch of pine comes into play too along with a good dose of sugary sweet malt. The beer is still cold so I am not detecting too much oak so far but this is definitely a powerful brew. Alcohol is detectable in the taste too.

M-Big bodied. Slick, resiny feel. Lively carbonation. Clearly a pretty large beer. Big feel goes with big flavor.

O/D-A big booze hit but this one is still pretty drinkable. I like how bold this beer is. Would love to try the un-oaked version. The oak is not as prevalent as I would have expected but I am okay with it. Would not spend 12 bucks for another four pack but I guess I am happy with the result. This beer is tasty but pretty harsh on the throat and tongue. Good time but a sipper in my book. (1,009 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can with no freshness date.

Clear weathered golden color. Off-white bubbly head sticks to the glass like a champ. Soft resin, floral and slightly fruity hops with substantial edge of citric ... alcohol is clean and so is the malt, a pleasing aroma. Smooth and creamy fullish body. Hop bitterness is there, slow moving but it eventually tries to take over the palate. Alcohol is certainly there with a warmth that starts up on the first sip. Big herbal push unfolds into more of a tobacco and citric juice and rind flavor. Oak? Yeah there is a slight pull from the oak which adds a complexity within. Maltiness struggles to make its mark but does come through with some nutty toasted graininess. Finishes bitter with some residual malt underneath.

A good run at the style, not many canned craft beers of this strength in the market so Hop Cirsis has that going for it. Hopheads have another option when cans are the only choice. (934 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a nice lacy head. Smells of sweet malt and sweet summit hops. Very juicy in both the nose and taste, with a nice long bitterness that underpins the sweeter flavors. A little grainy on the finish, which jolts a little bit after the prior juiciness. Overall a solid beer. (287 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, oaky, alcohol and dry pine hops. In the taste, dry pine hops, oaky, and a taste of alcohol with no burn. A small hop bitterness and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry oak and pine hop in the aftertaste. Line smell to taste, but nice. Nice small oak presence, and a small alcohol presence, wi=hich is somewhat hidden. (398 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a semi transparent gold with an orange hue and a fluffy white cap that slowly goes away. Scattered bits of lacing cling to the glass.
Smell is of resin, pine, citrus, herbs, and ripe fruit.
Taste is of the aromas with a flavorful white grape punch that I wasn't expecting but certainly welcome. Lots of hoppy bitters balanced by sugary malt.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, pine sap lingering, and decently. (418 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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 (482 characters)

Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.