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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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483 Reviews
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Reviews: 483
Hads: 1,576
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 19.14%
Wants: 94
Gots: 211 | 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: 483 | Hads: 1,576
Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured a light golden body with two finger head and lace ring.
Hoppy aroma that is citrusy but not too powerful with tiny bits of sweet malt.
A lot of hops in this one with a citric flavor but there is also some smooth oakiness in this beer and the hops are balanced with touches of sweet malt and possible grapefruit.
Pretty solid DIPA that was better than expected.

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Photo of Analog_kid
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Since this is the last Hop Crisis I'll be able to enjoy for a while, I thought I'd give it a proper review.

I first had this beauty at Olga's in Coudersport, PA on a steamy, August night. The first taste made me fall in love with it, and I couldn't wait to get back to State College to get a 4-pack. I did just that, but sadly, it was the last one on the shelf at my local Wegman's. At least for the foreseeable future.

Appearance: A lovely, hazy golden hue. After a smooth pour, the lacing is still present after about 10 minutes. The head wears off shortly.

Smell: Citrus, piney aroma. I just can't stop smelling it.

Taste: Just like all the others I've had, this sample of Hop Crisis is just delicious. It has plenty of hops and citrus flavor. Call me crazy, but I detect a very slight sweet flavor, like bubble gum.

Feel: Bright and crisp, but with a slight density.

Overall: I'm not sure what time of year this IPA is released, but I can't wait. This is going to be one of those beers that I'm going to buy in bulk and store in my fridge while I wait for its return. Simply enough, this beer is wonderful.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours slightly hazy golden amber with a creamy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces beautifully.

S: Citrus, orange and grapefruit, some herbal dankness, a little pine, hints of tropical fruit, and caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus, orange and grapefruit, a little tropical fruit, more kinda herbal dankness, some caramel malt sweetness, and a little alcohol on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This one is better than I remember, but still not my favorite. I little too boozy and dank for my taste.

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Photo of jellikit
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

A: mostly yellow with a tint of orange. Medium, light foamy white head.
S: tangerine. Sweet candy. Orange.
T: sweet maltiness. Citrus, flower and bitter orange peel.
M: medium carbonation. Medium-high body.
O: pretty good double IPA. Not stellar, but good. Would buy again.

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Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with a finger of head that enjoyed good retention. The nose has some hoppy notes but not a potent as I would expect in a DIPA. The malt is a but muted and, as a result, the hoppiness really stands out. There is also a touch of alcohol in the finish that got more intrusive as this offering warmed.

This is a good beer but really reminds me of a poor man’s Dirt Wolf.

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Photo of rangerred
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy light gold; way lighter than I was expecting. Half finger white head that sort of quickly fades away. Just a scant hint of lacing left on the sides of the glass. The lightness of the beer is quite surprising.

Aroma has hints of wood letting you know this is oak aged along with some overripe fruit such as pineapple and kiwi. A touch of caramel thrown in there as well. It is definitely English IPA-smelling.

Flavor of mild oak throughout combined with pineapple, orange, and just the faintest touch of pine. There is considerable maltiness that is predominantly caramel but the sweetness remains restrained. The flavor profile is more English than American with the oak just adding an additional layer of complexity making this one interesting. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden and it isn't too sweet.

Overall, a good beer but not Earth-shattering by any means. I like the character imparted by the oak but really it is just a bit boring overall.

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Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding DIPA.

Strong resemblance to Myrcenary, a favorite of mine.

Very well-balanced DIPA, nice hazy light golden color on pour, great meringue-like head, 3-4 cm, nice lacing.

Taste a perfect mix of hops, grapefruit, hint of pine and earthiness mixed with malty sweetness, but the hop finish is well pronounced and provides a solid finish without being overly bitter.

Not at all boozy - nowhere near tastes like it's 9.7%.

Overall, this has rapidly risen to my must have list. Not very "west-coast-ish" - more "east-coast-ish." Highly enjoyable and drinkable DIPA.

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Photo of Act25
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I lived 10 years a block from this brewer, a good friend is an investor, and I love their work. But, as solid as this is, it's not as good as the DIPA from my home town.

All the same: A must try and a great place to visit.

a - Pours a clear apricot amber with 2 fingers of fluffy white head, lots carbonation, and lots of lacing.

s - Smell is too subtle! What's here is of hops pine and citrus hops, tropical fruit, malts, and a bit of alcohol.

t - Taste follows smell. Hops forward! It's puckering as it zings your palate with pine and citrus hops, resiny, sweet malts, and tropical fruits. Long, heavy, peppery, zingy finish.

m - Clean finish. Nice feel! Medium bodied DIPA w low carbonation. Much bitterness, long finish, and pretty easy to drink. A bit too strong though for me.

o - Great mouth feel. SOMA San Francisco must enjoy this great, and growing, home town brewer.

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Photo of CTaylorBrew
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Russian River Belgian-style stemmed glass. Clear gold color with a big fluffy white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Didn't get much lacing as I drank it down.
Honey sweetness on the nose with oak and citrus fruit notes
Beer warmed quickly (since I'm sitting in a 90 degree apartment)
Very high bitterness, and not much masking of the alcohol right away. Both linger quite a while. Tasting the oak, honey, and citrus I was getting on the nose. Not much complexity, just pretty straightforward hoppy bitterness.
Average carbonation. Makes the sides and back of my tongue want to curl in.
I like this beer. Wouldn't call it a top tear Imperial IPA, but a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a nonic pint glass, golden amber colored with a short thick white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: heavy on citrus and fruit hop scents, slightly sweet, grapefruit, pineapple, honey

T: very sweet up front, fades into a warming alcohol fruit sweetness, papaya, pineapple, guava, honey, very sweet finish, hop bitterness is restrained, oak wood flavor comes through after a few sips

M: heavy and sticky, alcohol present

O: Sweetest example of the style I've had to date, fruit heavy on flavors and malt sweetness

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Photo of MikeWard
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of brureview
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of draheim
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Legend_of_Troybrau
3.89/5  rDev -2%
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.


Also: Insta-buzz!

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Photo of BierJager89
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.85/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of alexk307
4.9/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
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

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Photo of dwren89
4.01/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.77/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of bizweasel
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.