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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

473 Reviews
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Reviews: 473
Hads: 1,532
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 87
Gots: 185 | 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 MikeWard
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can into a pint glass. Enjoy by 10/11/14.

Looking very nice after a somewhat agressive pour. Clear golden yellow with a thin white head. light carbonation, with some decent lacing.

Only getting a faint wiff of hops on the nose, and a syrupy sweetness.

A wash of bitterness throughout the mouth. Alcohol burn in the back of the throat (9.7). slightly syrupy sweetness, which cleansed out the bitterness. Was getting a touch of the wood on the front of the tongue. Not unpleasant....just overall not quite what I expected. Seemed unbalanced toward the malt end.

Mouth was a little above medium, due to the syrup.

One of those more difficult beers to review in that it was quite a pleasant slow drink over about an hour, just didn't seem to be the beer advertized on the can. Age not an issue as due by date is 3 months off. Would likely try again to see if this was just an of night or can. (896 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light clear golden color similar to a pale ale or lager.

I could smell the aroma just from the pour.
Citrus,mostly tropical fruit, some vanilla and very different than other double IPAs.

The mouth feel is relatively smooth for an American double, it's not very carbonated, although I did see carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

The taste is excellent, a distinctive tropical, fruit and very different than other West Coast double IPAs.

The finish is hoppy but not overwhelming like a Stone brewery finish.

Overall, very different double IPA. The fruit is different in this double IPA, smoother drinking and worthwhile checking out. (660 characters)

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

Poured from a 12oz can best by 10/11/14 into a tulip
A: Pours a gold color with a solid 1+ finger head
S: Grain, caramel, orange and a hint of oak
T: Full of grains up front then citrus/pine come through on the finish
M: Fairly full bodied; viscous but not hot
O: Doesn't just hit you in the face with hops but they're definitely there, more on the palate than nose. Overall quite tasty and the alcohol is hidden; recommended overall (433 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz (best by 10/11/2014) into a tulip. Pours a clear straw color w/ a soft white head that leaves behind a thin film, like soap suds, on the glass.

Aroma is floral and a little bit cat pee-ish, maybe some onion too. I've heard references to this aroma before but only noticed it in a few beers. Hard to place but I'm not wild about it. There's some mango and other tropical aromas in here too.

Taste is likewise bready, floral and fruity with a similar taste as in the aroma. The high ABV is certainly well hidden though.

Mouthfeel is soft and delicate, probably what I like most about this beer. Almost feels like a Belgian on the palate, but with a sharp hop bitterness on the finish.

Overall, I'm not sure what to make of this. It's certainly a different DIPA but I don't think it's for me. Too fruity, maybe too malty. (827 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks BJ for sending this awesomeness. Opened to celebrate the completion of an exam. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep amber, frothy white head. Aesthetically pleasing. Nice citrus and grapefruit with lots of piney overtones. Refreshing, crisp, and delicious. (259 characters)

Photo of Legend_of_Troybrau
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly wrinkled can poured into pint glass:

A (3.5): Beers pours a transparent deep wheat color, that clouds with sediment addition. An eighth inch of head forms and hugs the glass. Fine bubbles seem to be trapped along the surface, as if in amber or rendered sugars and fats.

S (3.25) : Lemon, pineapple, Dole, sucrose.

T (4.25) : Huge bitter blast in contrast to the nose. Searching for oak spirals like a prize in a cereal box. Citrus flavor(orange this time), a sweet flash and a lingering bitter make for an excellent finish.... alcohol mixed with a small amount of oak is noticeable in the long finish

M (4) : Super smooth light in body, alcohol flavor is well contained, not overly sweet or sticky, the citrus experience is like that of the spritzing of an orange as it's peel is forced backward.

O (4) : Overall seems to be a category defined by personal stubbornness, of which I am king.

CRISIS AVERTED!

Also: Insta-buzz! (941 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful hazyish orange with a short, slightly tan head.

S: Pineapple, orange and oak in a great nose.

T: Pineapple, pnie, mango, oak and malt, deliciously dry.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Well worth a try. This is my favorite 21st amendment beer. They're an excellent brewery. (297 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a dogfish head IPA glass.

A: Cloudy lemon yellow color. A massive fine-bubbled white head retains extremely well. Clumpy and sticky lacing clings everywhere.

S: Pithy lemon with sugar, tangerine, pineapple, and pulpy tropical fruit juice. Malt body has a big honeyed aroma. Sweet bud. Faint wafts of oak.

T: Tropical fruit juice. Pineapple in a big way. Tangerine. Sweet bud and 'green' planty flavors. Hefty sweet honeyed malt base underneath. Oak rides in with a drying effect and brings woody vanilla flavors. Oak carries into the drying finish along with some oily hop spice.

M: Full medium body. Rounded and cloud-like in the mouth. Low carbonation. Moderate astringency from both hops and oak. Very nice texture.

O: My expectations were rather low here, as I'm always dubious of oak-aged IPAs. This one grew on me though. Without the oak I think it would just be much too sweet. The texture really boosts the drinkability factor, and there's no way you would ever guess that this was 9.7% abv. (1,026 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Draft service into a half-pint nonic glass at Tilia in Minneapolis.

A: Clear, medium golden color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Sweetness is suggested, although the aromas do nothing to presage the coming hops assault of the early flavor. Smelling this beer is like smelling the packing liquid of canned mandarin orange wedges.

T: Begins very off-dry, with bold and juicy tangerine citrus and honeydew melon hops aromatics. Soft and refined base malt gains some traction in the middle as fruit turns more toward apricot. Bitterness is mild for the style in the finish, where savory herbs--thyme and coriander, perhaps--emerge before being replaced by a heavy spirituous presence.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, very syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: An immense IPA--it would be difficult to overstate its size--but it chooses a path and stays faithfully to it. Too large a serving of this beer would surely overwhelm the palate. (1,013 characters)

Photo of alexk307
4.9/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Normal IPA color, yellow/goldenish with a white head.

S: Really unique smells going on here. Lemon cake, vanilla, lemon peels, citrus, lemonade.

T: Tastes exactly like a slice of lemon poppyseed cake...if it was baked with a ton of hops. Really getting a sour citrus flavor which is balanced really well with strong hops.

M: Carbonated and light

O: Pleasantly surprised; one of the better IPAs I've had in a while. 21st Amendment is turning into my favorite brewery. (473 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"During the hop crisis, some brewers were forced to skimp on hops, depriving the people of their right to hoppy, aromatic beer." Hop Crisis? Is brewed in the style of an American Imperial India Pale Ale aged on oak spirals. This is one of 21st Amendment's imperial releases, being released in the summer. Available in 4 packs of 12 oz. cans and in limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a tulip glass. Served north of 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy eggshell white head over a very hazy amber yellow body. Fine specked sediment aids in convoluting the appearance. Retention is excellent, lacing is light and draped. Carbonation is moderate and brisk. I am intrigued by the general yellowness and lack of clarity that this beer has, as both happen make this beer visually unique. 4.25

(Smell) Biscuity malts, fruity hop and yeast character, mild herbaceous notes, moderate drying oak aroma is certainly perceivable. Hop flavor is focused on a few simple hop aroma notes, there is nothing crazy or notably complex about the hop aroma in this beer. Bitterness is moderate. The yeast generates a great deal of aromatic density to make a beer that hints Belgian influences with some vinous, mildly acidic fruits, light peppery spices and floral undertones. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor has even less hop draw than the aroma suggested, a thin floral breath with a touch of dry resin. The focus, it seems is drawn from a moderate dose of oak and malt impact, both which come together for an impactful dryness and a strong sweet, oaky character that does more for the texture and finish than anything else. Hop bitterness remains notable, although a lack of hop character in general questions whether this beer has been appropriately categorized amongst Imperial IPA contenders. Regardless of style, I was underwhelmed in some areas and hoped for something a bit more rounded. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Slick texture, mild pale chewiness, peppery, mildly oily and resinous texture. Carbonation adds a edgy crispness to keep the beer from venturing off too close to Belgian styles. Body is a medium+ for the style, medium/high overall. Alcohol presence is medium+, a bit too many esters called out against a mild malt and hop profile and sits all too cozily amongst an oak profile. Balance is bitter over sweet, yeasty over clean. A muddy, confused mouthfeel. 3.25

(Overall) Really unimpressed with the flavors and textures of this beer. As estimated by the can design, hop presence was very low in this beer, instead drawing some bitter character from oak spirals and combined with a very potent and dominant yeast profile that generates bold peppery spice, mild fruity esters and a parching dryness. I really find it difficult to classify this as an Imperial India Pale Ale as I didn't get much that plays to the style at all, despite how widely the flavors can vary. I probably won't get this again in light of other tried and true Imperial IPA recipes on the market. Proceed with caution. 3.5

21st Amendment Brewery's
Hop Crisis? Imperial IPA
3.45/5.00 (3,076 characters)

Photo of dwren89
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden orange with white 1 inch head and very cloudy

Aroma: citrus and pine, biscuit pale malt aroma, not a ton of aroma though

Taste: definite alcohol bite but an interesting pineapple taste that is very different from other citrusy beers. Biscuit notes provide backbone. A very fresh and clean taste that has a little oaky green-ness to it.

Mouthfeel: biting, full bodied, medium-high carbonation, bracing

Overall; other than the cloudy appearance and low aroma notes, this is a great DIPA. Interesting pineapple notes play off an oaky green-fresh flavor. Biscuit malt notes provide the backbone. (616 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy light gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like lemon and unripe apricot, with a little sweet honey and biscuit.
T: It tasted like citrus hops and lemon zest, with some sweet honey and biscuit malt. It had a bittersweet aftertaste with some alcohol.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a nice double IPA. I didn't pick up much oak character, although maybe that was the biscuit I noticed. The scent and taste were good, but the body was weak and the finish was fairly harsh. So it want super easy to drink, but it certainly wasn't a bad beer either. (613 characters)

Photo of bizweasel
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am always on the lookout for a distinctive beer that you can take on a hike, suck right out of the can, and once you reach the bottom of that can, you can lean back and think to yourself: "Life is good." For me, this is that beer.

The oak spirals process gives it that oaked flavor without the caramelness of some of the other barrel aged beers out there. That and the high IBU hoppage in combination give this beer a truly unique flavor.

You don't see it when sucking it out of the can (as it is meant to be enjoyed) but this beer has a really nice color to it, a nut brown.

High ABV sneaks up on you because there is so much else going on with the flavor of this beer.

Along with Oakshire IPA and Fremont Abominable, one of my troika of Best Beers That Come In A Can. (775 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

- Ale aged on oak spirals. 94 ibus. 9.7%.

A: Pale lemon-straw pour from the can appears a tarnished brass color in the vessel with a healthy dose of effervesce. The head is 2 inches of diary cream foam, showing a length rate of retention. Lacing is a full sticky band, with a generous rate of coverage.

S: Aroma had a bit of pear-apple fruitiness, hint of fresh wet tropical nature but briefly. Touch of warm apple pie filling, sweet, spicy, golden hops, with some orange juice lemon hints. Everything is fresh and wet, a nice break from traditional offerings.

T: Sweet flavor, alcohol laced fruit, apple-pear, bready, with a alcohol warmth. Sweet spiciness of apple filling, cinnamon, warm lemon-pine, baked cookies. Lemony viscose hop oils and warming alcohol finish.

M: Slippery syrupy mouthful with a lemony alcohol warmth and moderate degree of carbonation.

O: The alcohol is a bit prevalent here, tastes more like a belgian golden, sweet, spicy, fresh, refreshing fruitiness rather the usual dry west coast citrus. Warming glow of alcohol. different. (1,065 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
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 +6.3%
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 +5.1%
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 -3%
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 -2.5%
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 -3%
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 +0.3%
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 -11.6%
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 -13.9%
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 +2.8%
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)

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