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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,058 Ratings
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Ratings: 1058
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%

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:
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(Beer added by: sloejams on 04-08-2008)
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Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I snagged a 4-pack of this at the Georgetown Deli last week. Think it was around $9.99 or so... Rough day today at work, so some DIPA will attempt to unwind me a bit....

Poured can 1 (of 2) into a small DT tulip. Color was a muted, medium golden; quite hazy in general. Head was frothy and a smidge off-white. Bubbles were fine and tight, and the head slowly ebbed from 1/2" to 1/8" or so... Lacing was nice, overall. Aroma is a fruity, hoppy mix. Has some sweetish aspects, like tangerine and apricot, plus some pithy characteristics. Body is medium-plus, and it has minimal prickle on the tongue.

Flavor is interesting. Has some sweetish aspects along with a little toasty malt. Sort of like some marmalade on a slice of toast. Also mixed in was some hopping, which was somewhat pithy and rindy, with hints of pine. Not too sweet, not too bitter, and the 9.7% ABV is, scarily, well-hidden. Pretty good stuff.... Prosit!!

3.95/5 rDev -1%look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Serving type: can

01-29-2013 22:46:16 | More by Bierman9
Photo of mpedara429


4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a can with a light hazy amber color. Just over one finger of white head. Some spotty lacing

S: Pine, booze, apricot, biscuit and sweet orange. A lot going on here and it took a few whiffs to pick it all up.

T: Pine, orange, woody/earthy flavors, and some lemon zest on the way down. A hint of oak. This is all backed by a big malt backbone to balance out a good helping of bitter hops.

M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel that is chewy and oily. Carbonation is mid range.

O: A solid DIPA. I like that there is some oak in there to mix it up and make it a bit different. It gives it some nice body without being overbearing.

Serving type: can

01-27-2013 01:23:33 | More by mpedara429
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Can at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Canned on 8/06/12 (roughly 5 1/2 months old, so not the freshest)

Pours out a nice hazy deep golden orange color, a nice looking, retentive white head that slowly fades. Leaves some really nice sticky lacing. Cloudy appearance.

Bright citrus peel, lemon and grapefruit. Pithy citrus fruit and not much else, some light candied malt in the back. The hops definatly smell a bit faded.

The taste is only slightly better than the aroma suggested. Grapefruit citrus, a bit pithy, some faded tasting light woody hops with a hint of lemon. very light caramel malt tries to balance. Finishes with a dry resinous bitterness.

Medium bodied and no alcohol detectable. Comes off much lighter than it actually is.

Overall, a less than stellar DIPA. Perhaps this would be better much fresher, but there's just not enough here for a real hop head to get off on.

Serving type: can

01-26-2013 22:08:19 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of colts9016


3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A monster three finger head with great retention. The color of the head is white with some serious lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is medium yellow with some light orange hues. The clarity of the beer is cloudy, probably due to the yeast. Some carbonation bubble exist on the side of the glass. overall a great looking beer.

Nose: A bright hop aroma with major citrus overtones. The hops aroma is grapefruit, pine, oranges, lemon, and floral esters. The malt is lightly toasted with biscuit, grain and grass. Phenolic overtone dominates in the background.

Taste: A medium strong hop flavor, not near as strong as the nose. The hops flavor is grapefruit, pine, oranges, floral, and lemon. The malt is light toasted with biscuit, and toast. The background of the beer is phenolic, yeasty, grassy, and grains.

The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, astringent, and dry.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is semi full. I was expecting a more aggressive West coast style hops, but it was in-between a west and east coast hops. I really good beer overall.

Serving type: can

01-21-2013 02:02:56 | More by colts9016
Photo of TMoney2591


3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Thanks to johnyb for this can!

You can't spell "crisis" without the goddess Isis. Think about it. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, light lime zest, and a light touch of mild biscuit. The taste holds notes of light pine sap, lemon rind, and sweet caramel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice DIPA, one that doesn't go crazily overboard with the hops and hides the alcohol decidedly well.

Serving type: can

01-19-2013 07:54:38 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy honey blonde with rimming, steady bone white foam that leaves lacey trailers.
Grapefruit peel, lemon curd, tropical flowers and a bit of dank on the nose.
Honey on fresh baguette and some toffee sauce with lots of tangerine, some lemon Fruit Pastilles, and pine needles.
Slightest hint of vanilla on the finish and Seville orange rind linger.
Salty, light to medium, creamy, some burn.

Columbus, Centennial and Cascade; dry hopping with Simcoe, Ahtanum, Amarillo, and Cascade.

There's a lot of promises here not being kept: Simcoe, 94 IBUs, oak... There's a surprisingly amount of sugar, which both blunt the hops and adds to the body which, with hints of wood, buries the hops that should be in a DIPA. Brings neither Ruination pure chalkiness nor big Lagunitas citrus. Nice, and handy in cans, but not what I need in a crisis.

Serving type: can

01-12-2013 23:22:03 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of TheBrewo


4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from the can at Coals in Port Chester, NY into a couple of Blue Point pint glasses. It appeared a pale goldenrod yellow coloring, holding a two finger head of foamy white bubbles. This showed great retention, leaving sticky, patterned lacing down the glasses. A definite haze shone through, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared minimal. The aroma gave pale and caramel malts against sweeter citric and herbal hops, toffee sugars, and warm lactics. With warmth, earthy and muddy mineral added bite and depth, while faint oak added a light astringency. Our first impression was that the hop freshness was excellent, with much more hearty oakiness in the flavoring than in the nose. The sip opened with fresh pale bitterness, yeast, and a wheaty wash. This bittered the initial flavoring, making room for cutting caramel malt depth, and toffee sweetness. The peak came with grapefruity hop bite, wheaty sourness, phenolic plastics, fusel alcohols, and an additional cutting flash of white sugar sweetness. Lemon flesh and pale malts mixed with lemon peel bitterness, and bittered earthy and herbal hops for the finish. The aftertaste breathed with fresh citric wash, peppery booze, medicinal phenols, minerals, and lemon zest. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. There was nice froth, slurp, sip, cream, and finishing pop to each sip, with a decently crisp coating, and mild astringency. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the creaminess of feel, and the solid flavoring. There was excellent slurp and cream to the lip, making for a refreshing and inviting beverage. The flavoring saw through fresh greenness to the hops, again, keeping the sip refreshing, and you coming back for more. We do, however, wish that the oak spirals were more prominent throughout the entire sip, as they get easily lost if the beer isn’t being held in your mouth for assessment.

Serving type: can

01-10-2013 02:18:58 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of IDontBelieveYou

3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Points for the concept and reference. Is brewing the new farming? grow/ buy / support local? Yep. It is. Get in now before the market saturates and no one cool wants to drink beer / live in brooklyn anymore. But in all seriousness, a hop famine, as the potato famine, is not a laughing matter

Serving type: can

01-10-2013 01:46:23 | More by IDontBelieveYou
Photo of atr2605

New York

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy golden orange color with a white head with good retention
S-grapefruit and orange, malty pine aroma lingering in the background
T-grapefruit and orange flavor up front, followed by strong malt profile and bitterness with a bit more citrus in the finish
M-medium-full bodied
O-Not a bad imperial ipa but some of the flavor seemed muddled together. Still quite enjoyable, but ive had better examples of the style

Serving type: can

01-09-2013 02:19:49 | More by atr2605
Photo of GilGarp


4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 8/6/12.

Served cold into a goblet, Hop Crisis is a copper color with considerable haze. The head is thick and sticky leaving lace as it settles.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy with some nice oak aging elements.

Flavor is more balanced than I was expecting from an imperial IPA. Good sweetness upfront leads to oaky vanilla character. It finishes citrusy, hoppy and bitter with a nice dry alcohol burn but without being hot.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a very well done oaked IPA. One of the best of this style.

Serving type: can

01-04-2013 02:55:30 | More by GilGarp
Photo of Durge


4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy grapefruit-amber color with a decent white head that settles to a modest layer and leaves a respectable cascading lace. The aroma is a loveable blend of nutty malt and piney hops. Simply delectable! The flavor comes on with a similar theme though a bit thinner than what the aroma suggested. There's some citrus blended with the pine hops and slightly yeasty oat grain with crisp hay-grass. It's solidly medium bodied with a polite spritz of carbonation and a clean, fluid feel. This a great, high quality entry to the DIPA world...in a can no less. Big kudos to 21st Amendment!

Serving type: can

12-30-2012 07:42:05 | More by Durge
Photo of phiberoptik


4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hue with just a touch of copper to it. Mildly cloudy with a splotchy, frothy head.

Maybe its because I just finished a glass of Stone Enjoy by 12.21.12, but the hop character in this doesnt match its name. Tropical fruit, trangerine, lemongrass, slightly buttery, pronounced cereal malt aroma.

Orange, tangerine, slight grapefruit pith, and cereal grains. A pleasant bitter finish with a noticeable, yet enjoyable alcohol taste.

Slightly thin, with smooth carbonation

In all fairness I need to try this on another occasion on a clean palate. A good, drinkable, big beer, with a nice meld of flavors. Verdict: I suggest a try of your own.

Serving type: can

12-12-2012 03:11:24 | More by phiberoptik
Photo of kevanb


3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a Russian River pint glass.

21st Amendment Hop Crisis

The beer pours a light copper color, very golden with hues of peach, orange and light amber, very hazy with a few bubbles rising to the top. A nice frothy white head, almost two fingers high rises out of the glass and has great retention and leaves behind a great amount of webbed lacing. The aroma is of sweet oak, piney bitter hops with mild citrus with a lot of soft cereal grains at the finish, definitely malt forward as expected. The flavor is nice, chewy oak, very sweet with a touch of clementine and blood orange, strong cereal malt with some bristly pine on the tongue, it's somewhat simple and not very exciting, the bitterness is surprisingly tame for 94 IBUs but there is a pretty heavy dose of alcohol as it goes down. The body is good, big and almost creamy, very smooth with a bitter alcohol laden finish.

Verdict: It's a decent offering from 21st Amendment but I've only encountered a few oak aged IPAs that have really held their ground with the more hop forward fresh IPAs coming out around the country and this is certainly not one of them.

Serving type: can

12-11-2012 02:34:08 | More by kevanb
Photo of JupiterJesus


3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the closest beer I've ever had to a carbonated orange or tangerine 'drink'. A little overly sweet. Hazy. Has a slight spicy,medicinal, phenolic 'bite' that comes up in the aftertaste - something I associate with Belgian or infected beers, but can also come from the oak Very subtle, though. The oaking comes through more in the aroma than the taste.

Focus is definitely on a massive mound of late hops, with a pretty restrained bitterness. I think the orange-y, fruity flavors make this beer come off as sweeter than it is. Decent, and definitely a unique one to try at least once. Could grow on you, but at $3 per can and limiged release it probably won't have a chance to.

Serving type: can

11-27-2012 00:41:31 | More by JupiterJesus
Photo of StoneTSR


4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: This beer pours a little light for a DIPA, more on the yellowish side, but it still has some orange in it. The oversized head is foamy and fluffy, but it dies very quickly, leaving some scattered splotches of foam sticking to the glass.

SMELL: This is a big, aromatic beer, but not quite as big as I would have expected after reading the description on the can. Lemon zest, grapefruit and a touch of pine are the big components here.

TASTE: Oooh, that’s nice and hoppy. I’m going to work backwards in my description here, but the balance is provided by some sweet toffee and caramel in the background. It is really only noticeable because this is so drinkable yet there is so much hop bitterness, so it is the first flavor I was able to single out. Some tropical fruits also provide some further balance on the sweet side. This beer is about the hops though and the hoppiness is from that lemon zest and grapefruit of the nose, but also from a subdued and very pleasant grassiness.

MOUTHFEEL: As I mentioned above this is extremely drinkable. There is no cloying sweetness from too much malt, nor is there an overwhelming bitterness; balance in a Double IPA at its best. Creamy and smooth with a nice, dry, but easy finish.

OVERALL: This is a very well done beer. Technically, this may be one of the soundest DIPAs I have tried, ranking right up there with Pliny. It happens to not be quite as complex however.

Serving type: can

11-26-2012 07:27:29 | More by StoneTSR
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. can, canned 08/06/12.

Appearance: A clear gold body appears with a nice bubbly white head and solid lacing.

Smell: Fresh citrus, tangerine slices, some pine, nice and heady.

Taste: Pine, sweet, tangerines, fleshy fruit, quite nice.

Mouthfeel; Low carbonation, bitterness is definitely felt but has a smooth edge. The middle feels a bit too light though.

Overall: Very good. A bit like Chaman but less sweet. My only knock is the price. 4.49$/can is a bit much. If i had known it was that much per can, might not have picked it up.

Serving type: can

11-21-2012 00:48:47 | More by papat444
Photo of MEsoJD


4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[Poured into a mason jar]

I: Another from user: zackcamp. Saw this one on a beer show awhile back and became interested in tasting it. I never had a piece from this brewery so I hope it leaves a nice impression.

B: [9.7 ABV 12 FL. OZ. Canned on 08/06/12] This can is quite loud in terms of presentation. The info is kind of all over the place, but the message is clear. There is a good amount of hops in this brew. A good amount of information on this can. Canned date, abv, back story about brewers depriving people of hops, title and brewery name is big and visible. Overall it's nice, but it maybe too extreme in terms of presentation and may intimidate some novice beer drinkers.

A: An orange slightly hazy transparent body with a bubbly white/fluffy head (moderate to slow dissipation), and good lacing.

S: Orange/grapefruit citrus, earthy/piney hops, sweet/bread malt, boozy, and some caramel.

T: Good all round presence of citrus/piney hops with grapefruit, sweet bread malt, toasty, caramel. Good balance of alcohol and hop presence that lingers.

M: slick/oily finish, medium bodied, medium carbonation, apparent warming alcohol.

O: This damn fine DIPA. Nothing jumps out for a hop head, but everything has a good presence, giving you a sense of balance which gives a very nice finish. The sense of the barrel aging is not totally apparent, but give it some time to warm. The only area I would say had some disappointment was the yearning for a more prominent aroma, but that's a small gripe considering how drinkable this stuff is. This is some great stuff and it's a shame that you can't get in California. Another good can beer with good hop presence would be Dale's Pale Ale. I would recommend to hop heads and would buy again(if I could). Savor Good Beer!

Serving type: can

11-19-2012 04:27:29 | More by MEsoJD
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Partial side/partial center-poured into into tulip. Consumed @ 40-45+ degress F.

A: slightly hazy medium gold body with a couple of fingers of ivory head; left nice lacings

S: dry and crisp pale and Munich malts, the citrusy smells of Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade blended with an oaky woodsy aroma

T: a classic IPA, slightly chewy pale malts, with a dry, crisp edge - both from aging on wood spirals, but also the bittering hops mentioned above, as well as Simcoe and Amarillo hops, among others. Grapefruit-ish-style citrus notes, some fresh herbal and earthy flavors

M: medium-weight, slightly chewy, drying finish; takes on more wine-like character as it warmed; very drinkable despite Imperial-size abv

O: defintiely a good DIPA - I'm still impressed when I pour something this good from a fairlt unassuming-looking can. I really enjoyed this beer. It's only detriment is that it has no particularly distinguishing characteristic in a very popular and varied style. Absolutely worth a buy. This is actually my third time returning to this beer.

Serving type: can

11-17-2012 23:19:06 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, canned 8/6/12. Pours a cloudy orange yellow, with a one inch head that leaves a thick collar of foam coats the sides. Smell is grapefruit, apricot, pine, hard candy, and cutt grass. Taste is all that, with some oak flavors and dominated by apricot and grapefruit. Body is medium for the size, plenty of life, not overly dry, and easy going down for its hefty ABV. Wish I drank this a little fresher, but a nice example of this style.

Serving type: can

11-17-2012 22:51:55 | More by SawDog505
Photo of freystout17


3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just bought a 4 pack of these. Like the overall taste, but a little bit "alcoholic", and began to lose the "hops" taste as I got further into it. It is not nearly as hops-intense as I had originally predicted. If you like a good kick from your IPA, but not a lot of bitterness, this is the one.
My favorite IPA's are Dogfish 90's, and the cheaper more mundane Sierra Torpedo's. This brew very much reminds me of the latter, but with more alcohol.

Serving type: can

11-15-2012 00:04:07 | More by freystout17
Photo of PatDugan


4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hops Crisis is literally the equivalent of someone taking a bat and smashing you in the face. I mean that in the best possible way. This beer is strong as hell, and has a kick that will quite literally knock you off your feet.

If you can grab this off a tap somewhere, by all means go for it. Not bad in a can either in a pinch.

Serving type: can

11-04-2012 00:56:08 | More by PatDugan
Photo of nickfl


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

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on a hazy, golden body. The head settles pretty quickly but leaves decent lace.

S - A pungent aroma of floral and pine hops with clean malt in the background.

T - Sweet mat and fruity hops up front. Some pine and citrus notes in the middle with a touch of toffee. Finishes with turpentine, grapefruit, and a strong, somewhat medicinal bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - It has a lot of potential at first with a great aroma, but things fall apart in the finish. Harsh bitterness and an odd hop profile in the flavor hurt the drinkability and leave me disappointed.

Serving type: can

11-01-2012 04:05:33 | More by nickfl
Photo of kylehay2004


4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with nice lacing on a cloudy golden body.

S: lots of citrus hops with mostly orange and some lemon.

T: spicey, orange sweetness and tartness from the hops. malt base is noticeable but doesnt dominate. Finishes very herbal and with metallic notes.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: The hoppiness is there, just not the hop flavors I really enjoy. Definitly worth trying and a good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 04:04:02 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of sukwonee


4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange clear body with 1 finger head. Lots of lacing.

S: Pineapple. Smells like canned pineapple. Sweet malt, some pine, sugar.

T: Pineapple, some woody-ness, sweet malt, some alcohol notes. Quite tasty.

M: Low carbonation, but quite smooth. Dry finish.

O: Very unique IPA. It's a lot maltier than my liking, but it's quite good.

Serving type: can

10-30-2012 06:24:49 | More by sukwonee
Photo of AgentMunky


4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a brandy snifter. This can is a month or two old and not nearly as tasty as it was when fresh. My review might be (slightly) biased due to numerous earlier excellent experiences.

A: Tight white head, golden-murky body. Good lacing.

S: Not nearly as powerfully hoppy as in the past. Mellow, fruity, and alcoholic, with a touch of oak aging apparent.

T: Big, bitter, and woody. Smooth and robust, with a solid bitter-fruity base. The oak aging has definitely become more pronounced with age (as hops diminish, I suppose). Heavy malts that used to offer balance now offer a heavy mouthfeel. Lemon zest, alcohol, and malty tannins.

O: Great DIPA, but be sure to drink it fresh. Recommended. Have had several and would have again. Complex and delicious.

Serving type: can

10-29-2012 04:32:57 | More by AgentMunky
Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
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