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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,290 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,290
Reviews: 436
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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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
Photo of JennieKoeper
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
Photo of StoneTSR
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
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

duracell, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of papat444
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

papat444, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of MEsoJD
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

MEsoJD, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Greywulfken, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

SawDog505, Nov 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Jawz1300, Nov 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Dizzy242, Nov 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

chippo33, Nov 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Pensfan0782, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of freystout17
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

freystout17, Nov 15, 2012
Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,290 ratings.