Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Reviews: 458
Hads: 1,473
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 85
Gots: 160 | 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 JayQue
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A strong DIPA, not necessarily with enough flavor to back up the high abv. Pours a hazy dark gold color with a big (with a hard pour) slightly off-white head. Abundant lacing and good head retention.

Smell is amazingly weak for a beer of this strength. A little grassy hops bitterness and a whiff of the oak. That's it!!!

Taste is fairly subdued...like a powerful English IPA. There is a good deal of bitterness and a biscuity malt presence. Good balance, but not what I was expecting in a big beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp, rich and bitter. There is some alcohol harshness, but it is not that bad.

Overall, this is an ok DIPA but there are so many that are better. (664 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Light sweet pear-like aroma up front. Swirling the glass lends to flower and orange blossom accents. Slightly woody background aroma. Fermentation character is clean.

Appearance: Murky amber pour with a thick batter-like off white cap.

Flavor: Juicy citrus hops up front. Powdery resin-like hop flavors. Very pithy and orange/lemon zest-like. Candy orange sweetness is quickly beaten down by the pithy bitterness. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. Slight warmth on the back of the palate. Slight hop derived astringency.

Overall impression: Dangerously drinkable. Glad the oak is muted and almost non-existent. Nicely done! (703 characters)

Photo of Jas45678
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip

Pours a lightly hazy straw orange color with a one finger white head that fades fairly quickly, good lacing. Smell is very resinous with a little pine and citrus, don't really get any oak. Taste is a little sweet with pine and a little bit of orange. A touch of oak, but not overpowering. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Overall a very interesting DIPA, definitely worth trying. (405 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a hazy complexion and a dark golden straw color. A short white head sits on top. Pretty dense and leaves some nice lacing.
Aroma is hoppy of course with a bouquet of pineapples, peaches and apricots.
I dont smell any oak.

The taste is real bitter, an oaky dry bitterness from tannins. Hardly any hop flavor mainly bitter. Sweet caramel malts but take a back seat on this one.
Another thing is that it has a big alchol bite, too big.
A desent DIPA but way way....way too much alcohol in the taste. It takes away from the flavor. (543 characters)

Photo of IPAdams
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a bright golden orange with half inch head that lingers and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell- not very strong, citrus and a bit of old oak.

Taste- very good. Strong citrus and grapefruit then as it warms it starts to display the malts with some vanilla and wood notes. Sweet, hoppy with just a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel- fairly thick and creamy for an IPA, good carbonation.

Overall- really good beer, the oak accents the hops well. Very drinkable, dangerous as this is 9% Abv. (498 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy medium golden with a frothy cream head that dissipates slowly.

Resin, muted citrus, dank hops, fresh cut grass, and a fairly sweet, bready malt character form the initial aroma. Smells like fresh dough and a resiny bowl met a grapefruit.

Flavor is disappointingly sweet. There's decent hop bitterness and resin at the finish, but the sweetness is cloying. Notes of grass and citrus are somewhat overwhelmed by the malt. The oak blends well into the flavor profile, so much so that I don't know if I'd know it were there if I weren't told.

Body is fairly full, with moderate carbonation, and moderate alcohol warmth.

If the malt were dialed down a bit or attenuation were better, this would be a great beer. It's only 2 months old, so age isn't to blame. (779 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden yellow with a one-finger white head.

S - Not much going on here. Some hops and faint tropical fruit.

T - Sweet with strong citrus right upfront. Hops bring a nice bitterness in the finish. The oak an vanilla only appear when the beer warms.

M - Thick and creamy with a medium carbonation.

O - Nice DIPA. Extremely drinkable at 9.7%, which makes it dangerous. (379 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice golden yellow color that is transparent, a nice white head at the top that leaves some nice lacing around the glass the whole way through.

S: Lots of citrus and tropical fruit on this one with nice fresh hops and slight hints of roasty malts that subside the bite on the bitterness.

T: A biscuity taste up front that leaves behind the bitterness of the hops and some nice smokeyness on the tail end.

M: Medium bodied and a good amount of carbonation on this one.

O: This is a nice refreshing DIPA, from 21st amendment, very well balanced and leaves a good taste in the mouth when done. (601 characters)

Photo of Moyman
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured it from a can into. Tulip glass.

Smells and looks great, light lacing from the head that dissipated rather quickly.

Unfortunately the flavor profile doesn't really do it justice. It tasted a little boozy and too strong to properly enjoy. I prefer the Brew Free or Die IPA instead. (289 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can from Arbor Place Bottle Shop (Douglasville, GA). 9.99/ 4 pack. Canned 6/7/13. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours clear, pale gold with two fingers of thick white foamy head which lingers and leaves large sheets of lace.

Aromas of piney and floral hops backed by an oaky sweetness.

Bitter robust hops lead. Flavors of orange peel, pine, sweet bready malts, oak, floral notes, peppery spice and a little alcohol. A favorable balance of hoppy and sweet.

Oily medium body with subtle yet present carbonation. Coats the tongue for a prolonged hoppy, oaky finish.

My favorite from 21st Amendment and one of my favorite IPAs in a can. I've always enjoyed the balancing sweetness provided by the oak. When it's in season I'll pretty much always have some in the fridge. Definately worth a try if you've never had it. (827 characters)

Photo of andyfrancis
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, like most of 21A's cans, the design is cool as shit, maybe their coolest. Pretty eggshell head sitting on a pale golden body that looks light and inviting for an Imperial IPA.

As I cracked the can and transferred the contents into a large tumbler, a blossom of grapefruit juice hit my nose without me even trying to smell it. Some pine and sweeter notes as I bring it closer.

The taste lives up to the hoppy aroma, but the malt and alcohol make themselves known as well.

It's an Imperial no doubt, lighter on the palate than most. Bitter waxy finish.

Not my favorite of their cans but I'll always get at least 1 pack when they come around. (656 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.14/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - pours a pale marigold. Slight bit of chill haze but it clears up fairly well as it warms. Thick mouse- like snow white foam. Leaves lots of spotty lacing as it recedes.

S - aroma is muted. What i can tease out is notes of orange pulp, fresh grain, hay, and resin.

T - sweet and grainy. Bright, bitter orange peel. Resin/hemp oil. Lemon pith. Noticable alcohol heat. Peppery. Medicinal cherry.

M - super crisp. Light side of medium bodied with a creamy full carbonation.

O - big ipa. Decent enough but not something i'd ever crave or actively seek out. Just did not fall in line for me. (593 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a snifter. The brew appears a perfectly clear golden orange color with 3 fingers worth of pillowy off-white foam that is slow to fade.

The aromatics are that of grapefruit and neutral citrus zest to herbal rind elements with a hint of catty quality. It is quite dank and overall displays a weedy feel with trace alcohol inclusion also felt in the nose.

The taste includes a bit more caramel malt than you might think based off the aromatics blended with a soft vanilla aspect. Plenty of citrus to fruity hops with a mild floral accent. There is a lot of hop flavoring present with mild bitterness being well tamed by the residual sweetness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is quite a drinkable brew with the alcohol being well surpressed. The combination of oak and high hopping rates can sometimes lead to a brew that is disjointed. I think the oak is subtle enough in this that it doesnt distract from the brew and overall it works. I would drink this again. However, I would enjoy it even more if it was a bit more on the dryer side instead if heavy and sweet. (1,124 characters)

Photo of SerialHiker
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep golden color…hazy center, I see a few bubbles along the edge…head is just off white and thins rather quickly…it’s almost non-existent after a minute in the glass…(2.5/5)

Smell: Tons of hops bitterness, this thing is emanating IBUs…it’s a blend of piney resin, earthy, woodsy, citrus hops bitterness…I do pick up a pale malt and some yeast when I fight past all that hops bitterness…light wheat notes…all those hops are watering my mouth! (3.75/5)

Taste: Bam! Tons of hops bitterness hits my tongue…pine resin, citrus (orange, pineapple), woodsy, earthy – all the colors of the rainbow…and in large quantities…I have to say, there is a pale maltiness that is noticeable but definitely loses an uphill battle…first phase is hops, second phase is rich luscious hops, third phase is more hops bitterness and a touch of malt…oak flavor isn't overly strong, but does bring a smoothness and a refined taste that really works well here...fantastic! (4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…tons of carbonation fluffs up bringing a sharp, rich bitterness bite that completely tingles my tongue…this is a true palate wrecker…rich, smooth, luscious…it finishes with tons and tons of piney/woodsy bitterness that lingers well into the following morning…(4.5/5)

Overall: This is one of my favorite brews out right now…the bitterness, while being a runaway train, is mixed fantastically and delivers superb flavor…the higher ABV makes this a beer worth curling up to while watching your favorite show on Hulu or playing the game of global domination...definitely one of the better double IPAs I’ve had, this is a must try for hop heads and beer aficianados…YUM! (4/5) (1,732 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is a one finger off-white shade. Retention is pretty decent, and it also has a nice texture, as well. A good amount of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Not as hoppy as I wanted it to be. I do get some solid grapefruit tendencies, but this seems to be more about the sweet malts and faint alcohol presence. I even pick up a hint of oak. Quite nice for a malty DIPA, at least.

T: Okay, this is very grapefruit forward, actually. The sweetness I feared from the aroma meshes well with the citrusy hop tones on the back end; hell, I'd even call it juicy. Finishing bitterness is slight, and keeps within the general vibe of the flavor profile. There is a small oak presence, as well - granted, it's subtle at best, but I'm glad it only adds a bit of vanilla to the finish rather than clash with the grapefruit flavors. My only real complaint is that over time, the sweetness is a tad much. Otherwise a super-solid DIPA.

M: Very smooth in its texture, though a little heavy. It's dry enough on the back end to help give it decent (though not spectacular) drinkability - the only reason it's not even better is because it's a bit too sweet. Fits the flavor profile quite well, though.

O: This is a really solid DIPA that honest-to-Jebus reminds me of drinking straight-up grapefruit juice at times. If the sweetness was a little lower, with all other aspects kept the same, this would be among the best in the style. Still quite good, and still worthy of purchase. (1,530 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, canned on 6/7/13

A- pours crystal clear bright golden color, as clear as apple juice. Huge foamy and pillowy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving patches of lace all around e glass as it settles. Long head retention

S- bright citrusy hops with notes of grapefruit and orange zest, sweet doughy and yeasty malt, can't really pick up any of the oak

T- citrus hop flavors follows the aroma with more of a grapefruit emphasis, bright and fresh. Some grassy notes transition into a sweet and bready malt with just a trace if oak flavor to compliment a sweet finish

M- medium-heavy body, yet creamy and not viscous. Smooth mouthfeel ends with a silky finish with lively carbonation. Alcohol makes a small appearance on the finish

O- my favorite beer from 21st thus far, well balanced and easy to drink for the ABV. Would have liked a little more oak presence though. (904 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bright gold to almost sunny yellow this IPA served a bright white head that had good consistency and heavy lacing.

Just a month old and with a name like Hop Crisis I would expect to at least smell some hops but instead smell strong malt and oak.

I'm confused as again the taste follows the nose with a hefty malt flavor and a back of alcohol tinge. Maybe the date is an expiration and I got this late by a month but there's no hop flavor at all. Major disappointment!

According to what I've read the date at the bottom of the can is a canned on date so this is just a month old. (581 characters)

Photo of BeerNutz324
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into a pint glass

Ap- pours a dark yellow with a white head about 1/2 inch that has really good retention

Ar- the usual suspects here...piney hops, citrus, grapefruit, grass, some oak, sweet biscuit malt

T- hmm, the first thing I notice is the alcohol, at 9.7% its not hidden that well (not a bad thing just an observation) the rest kinda follows the nose. I get grassy, earthy, piney characteristics first and then the blend right in to the biscuit malt. I can ever so slightly taste the oak exerted from the spirals. This is a well balanced beer.

M- medium bodied, sticky, decent carbonation for the style

O- a really good beer, just not great. It is very well balanced though, with all the other offerings I would probably not buy this again though unless it was on sale. (789 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into sam adams custom glass, color is copper and gold on the edges, head is 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to rings and froth, very dense; color is transparent.

Smell is subdued at first when chilled, a good blend of lighter malt flavors and hop bitterness, mostly pine with some fruitiness, pretty resiny. malt scents are clean, maybe some biscuit or toast.

Taste is not overly sweet, very solid bitterness and enough malt presence to compensate. Hop flavors are very resinous, piney; malt flavors are clean, pale malt and hints of toast. no oakiness noted, but the lighter sweetness could be a result.

Mouthfeel is very well done for a dipa, not cloying or over bitter.

Overall, a very, very good dipa, nice and dry, not too sweet. I don't pick up the oak barrel taste, but i think it mellows the sweetness. another tasty brew from 21st amendment (859 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a HUGE, dense, white head is sticky with resin and laces as if there is no tomorrow. Warm, floral hops in the nose have a very nice citrus character that is muted (but in a good way). Turbid, straw color. Starts surprisingly hoppy with a MASSIVE Booziness and sweet malt dripping with assertive oak notes that dominate before it moves into a poignant, resiny, citrus rind hop bitterness. The bitterness here sits on the tongue, lingering. The finish becomes citrus rind with a slight sweetness from malt, with hints of wood hiding in the back. A nice, hefty mouthfeel.

Overall, not bad. I was really surprised how assertive and up-front the oak was in this one. The hoppiness is restrained enough to allow the oak and malt to hit in the front (with that booziness), and THEN the hops take over about the middle. Quality stuff. I'd heard a lot of good things about this brewery, and this didn't disappoint. (912 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Pours a straw yellow color/hint of gold with 2+ fingers of near white head. This beer has fantastic retention and very near perfect lacing. Slow steady carbonation continuously rising from the bottom of the glass.

S – Some lighter sweet fruit aromas (pears) with a nice easy sweet malt aroma. Decent bitter, mildly resinous orange aroma. A little faint.

T – Surprising slightly resinous orange hoppy bite up front. The resinous hops are strong but I’m still getting a lot of malty caramel and fruity (pear) sweetness. Aftertaste is mostly sweet with a calm underlying slightly dry hop flavor.

M – Lightish bodied, decent carbonation, slightly thick on the palate but refreshing

O – Pretty solid overall. Nice balance of sweetness and hop bite, definitely more sweet though. (793 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear pale golden color. A fluffy two finger off white head sat on top. Aroma of sweet malts and vanilla oak. Still it has nice earthy tones from the cascade and Simone, some citrus and bright fruits. Taste is sweet, lots of roasted malts and some orange peel. Smooth vanilla-like flavors from the oak, followed by an unexpected hop aftertaste. The bitterness lingers like grapefruit and resinous pine. (411 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can > Pint Glass

A - Pours out a nice gold, thick foamy two finger white head, medium lacing.
S - Orange juice, white grapes, some sweeter candy kinda malt, a little dankness from the hops.
T - Lots of juicy hop flavor that fades to a nice bite with some sweet malt, a little like cherries.
M - Cloyingly sweet, but not boozy for 9.7
O - Best thing Ive had from 21st, and the only thing I'd get again from them as well. (423 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Sweet, citrusy hop aromas with notes of pineapple, orange, apricots, and nectarines. There are notes of caramel and vanilla toward the finish.

T: Sweet citrusy hops here as well, mostly with flavors of oranges and pineapples. There are notes of grapefruit in there as well. Stronger caramel, vanilla, and oak flavors come through before a light alcohol warmth on the finish.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a bit sticky sweet feeling.

O: An enjoyable IPA overall, though a bit different than most. More complex and like a barleywine than a huge hop bomb. Still, it's tasty and drinkable. (726 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Oak spirals? What are those? Is that like an oak slinky?

As is usually the case, the wood kind of sucks some life out of the ipa-ness of things here. Gets muddled. The hop character does seem to show better than I recall from the last time I had it. A nice drinker. Don't think I'll go for this again. (That's twice now. Which is damn near a record for me.) (358 characters)

Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
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