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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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very good

1,300 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,300
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 71
Gots: 103 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sloejams on 04-08-2008)
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

JMBSH, Dec 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Pigpen, Dec 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of phiberoptik
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

phiberoptik, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of kevanb
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

kevanb, Dec 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

alpenglocken, Dec 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

mttdls, Dec 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

rheimbro, Dec 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

haddyhustle302, Dec 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Jspriest, Dec 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

gleemonger, Dec 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

JimmyFlatRock, Dec 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

TheRuss9585, Dec 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

redfox405, Dec 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

HKUSPC40, Nov 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

JennieKoeper, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of JupiterJesus
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

JupiterJesus, Nov 27, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

StoneTSR, Nov 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

LiquorsInc, Nov 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

InfernoBoss, Nov 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Kevlee722, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

ferrettman687, Nov 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Dirtinabottle, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

gshackles, Nov 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

archi348, Nov 22, 2012
Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,300 ratings.