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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,256 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,256
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 70
Gots: 99 | 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  rDev +0.8%

11-04-2012 16:36:23 | More by mctizzz
Photo of PatDugan


4.55/5  rDev +14.6%

Hops Crisis is literally the equivalent of someone taking a bat and smashing you in the face. I mean that in the best possible way. This beer is strong as hell, and has a kick that will quite literally knock you off your feet.

If you can grab this off a tap somewhere, by all means go for it. Not bad in a can either in a pinch.

11-04-2012 00:56:08 | More by PatDugan
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-02-2012 09:01:13 | More by frank12
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

11-01-2012 04:38:27 | More by astrobomb
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on a hazy, golden body. The head settles pretty quickly but leaves decent lace.

S - A pungent aroma of floral and pine hops with clean malt in the background.

T - Sweet mat and fruity hops up front. Some pine and citrus notes in the middle with a touch of toffee. Finishes with turpentine, grapefruit, and a strong, somewhat medicinal bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - It has a lot of potential at first with a great aroma, but things fall apart in the finish. Harsh bitterness and an odd hop profile in the flavor hurt the drinkability and leave me disappointed.

11-01-2012 04:05:33 | More by nickfl
Photo of kylehay2004


4/5  rDev +0.8%

A: single finger head with nice lacing on a cloudy golden body.

S: lots of citrus hops with mostly orange and some lemon.

T: spicey, orange sweetness and tartness from the hops. malt base is noticeable but doesnt dominate. Finishes very herbal and with metallic notes.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: The hoppiness is there, just not the hop flavors I really enjoy. Definitly worth trying and a good beer overall.

11-01-2012 04:04:02 | More by kylehay2004
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

10-31-2012 03:34:24 | More by eorwar
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Orange clear body with 1 finger head. Lots of lacing.

S: Pineapple. Smells like canned pineapple. Sweet malt, some pine, sugar.

T: Pineapple, some woody-ness, sweet malt, some alcohol notes. Quite tasty.

M: Low carbonation, but quite smooth. Dry finish.

O: Very unique IPA. It's a lot maltier than my liking, but it's quite good.

10-30-2012 06:24:49 | More by sukwonee
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

10-30-2012 01:11:51 | More by desperado28
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-29-2012 15:02:31 | More by dunix
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4.05/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a brandy snifter. This can is a month or two old and not nearly as tasty as it was when fresh. My review might be (slightly) biased due to numerous earlier excellent experiences.

A: Tight white head, golden-murky body. Good lacing.

S: Not nearly as powerfully hoppy as in the past. Mellow, fruity, and alcoholic, with a touch of oak aging apparent.

T: Big, bitter, and woody. Smooth and robust, with a solid bitter-fruity base. The oak aging has definitely become more pronounced with age (as hops diminish, I suppose). Heavy malts that used to offer balance now offer a heavy mouthfeel. Lemon zest, alcohol, and malty tannins.

O: Great DIPA, but be sure to drink it fresh. Recommended. Have had several and would have again. Complex and delicious.

10-29-2012 04:32:57 | More by AgentMunky
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

10-28-2012 23:40:23 | More by mweso2000
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-27-2012 01:03:33 | More by Aewachiw
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

10-26-2012 14:30:19 | More by Envelopes
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2.7/5  rDev -32%

Pours a somewhat hazy pale yellow with a thick, creamy white head sitting one inch above the beer. Great lacing. Aroma is a little biting with the oak and it's backed up by piney, syrupy hop aroma. The malt is definitely no second fiddle, though, and comes across with a strong cereal and unbaked bread aroma. It reminds me of a very mealy dough. Some sharp lemon citrus comes across with a big whiff. The malt is very prominent as expected. Under-cooked biscuits and wheat bread accompany a woody, somewhat grainy flavor and feel. The bitterness comes slowly and gently, but stays prominently. Hops and wood linger and blunt the senses somewhat. The feel is balanced with a dry finish.

The oak is definitely too prominent and distracting. Let's make it more about the hops and malt with a bit of oak to make it different. Not a fan.

10-26-2012 04:55:28 | More by Philousa
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-26-2012 00:08:21 | More by yankhawk
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-22-2012 16:48:25 | More by sendbeer
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North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

A: Murky orange, off white bubbly oily head. Head is medium-large and eventually settles as a ring around some thin patches.

S: Smell is loaded with fragrant hoppy goodness. Very smooth too. Big but soft. Its like piles of hops soaked deep into fresh caramelized bread. The usual duo of orange and pine, but in a super sweet, tangy, juicy (smelling) format. Fresh apples are also apparent.

T: Big juicy piles of orange and resinous pine cones. Whisky barrel-like woodiness is lightly woven throughout. Certainly not overwhelmingly 'oaky.' Other flavors that surface are tangy cherries, pineapple, caramel granny smith apples, all with fresh hop pellet bitterness.

M: Very smooth, almost silky with an underlying grittiness.

O: I'm enjoying this very much. Surprisingly drinkable for the strength and aroma/flavor intensity. I'd certainly get this again.

10-22-2012 00:12:28 | More by tastybeer
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4.58/5  rDev +15.4%

A: This beer pours a light, golden-orange color with a solid 2 in, soapy, bright white head. Very hazy in appearance. Retention is slow in my IPA glass, so I dont see any lacing, though im sure its heavy.

S: Strong amounts of citrus hops and grapefruit jump out at me off the first smell. I also get some apricots, a dry biscuit aroma.

T: Very strong hop bite, very citrusy and piney in the initial taste. I get a subtle honey and apricot flavor through the middle,followed by that dry yeast that coats your mouth.

M: Very hoppy, but not too bitter. Nice mouthfeel and a good balance of flavor make this a very drinkable IPA. Alcohol is not noticeable and has minor carbonation.

O: This is a very hoppy IPA and is up there with some other great ones I have had. I always compare a good IPA to Samuel Adams Whitewater, and this one come pretty close. High ABV and the quality that this beer was brewed make it well worth the price if you can find it. Cheers!

10-21-2012 21:57:06 | More by SouljaSaia17
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-21-2012 21:19:42 | More by HattedClassic
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

10-20-2012 18:48:49 | More by dumptruck81
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark golden yellow to copper in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a couple of small thick patches of large bubbles, a thin film covering the remainder of the surface, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel/toffee malts, grapefruit/citrus hops, and oak.

T: Starts out with some moderate amounts of caramel and toffee malt sweetness followed by strong flavors of grapefruit/citrus hops. There are also moderately strong flavors of oak and vanilla. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which do not linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and sticky with light to moderate amounts of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Easier to drink than I expected with the big ABV and the name hop crisis - the alcohol is fairly well hidden and there is not a ton of bitterness. Enjoyable but this is a sipping beer and definitely not sessionable. Well balanced - feels like a hybrid of a barleywine and an IPA.

10-20-2012 03:01:08 | More by dbrauneis
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-19-2012 01:01:17 | More by pdxbeerdrinker
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3.93/5  rDev -1%

A- Big glowing orange body with a huge sticky white head that leaves behind bubbles and lacing.

S- Piney hops up front with a rich biscuity malt aroma. A slight grainy wood smell is present too.

T- An oaky, bready malt flavor is noticeable from beginning to end. Hops do not overpower, but do compliment nicely. I was expecting more of a hop punch from beginning to end, but the malty flavors come through a little more.

M- Medium carbonation with a medium to full body. Drinkability is high, but meant to be a sipper.

O- Solid oaky, balanced IIPA, but not the hop presence I expected.

10-18-2012 23:39:57 | More by stephenjmoore
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

10-16-2012 04:41:06 | More by mhaugo
Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
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