Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Reviews: 459
Hads: 1,479
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 85
Gots: 162 | FT: 2
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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 TheDudeRules
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
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 +2.5%
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 -13.9%
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 +2%
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 +5.1%
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 -1.8%
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 +5.1%
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 +1.3%
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 +1.3%
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 +8.9%
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 +0.5%
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)

Photo of augustgarage
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
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). (884 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of jmfc8237
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
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 (438 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of AventinusCam
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (897 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (933 characters)

Photo of IHC
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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 (332 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of letsgopens
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (1,695 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (651 characters)

Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.