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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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very good

1,373 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,373
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 79
Gots: 114 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Philousa
2.71/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of tastybeer
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
1.62/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Canned on Aug 6th 2012. More than 2 months old, which I didn't know because the bottle on date wasn't visible on the outside package. Only way to know is by opening the box. Thought it was a local brew (SF) but turns out it was canned in MN. Makes sense/sarcasm.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a 2.5 finger head. Looks inviting enough.

S: Has a very unique smell. Picking up a floral scent along with a tad bit of citrus and malt. Not a huge fan of the smell, getting rank cardboard or something. VEry off putting.

T: Hops have faded, my own fault for picking up a 4 pack that's 2 months old. Would really like to try this fresh, but with their current packaging it will be hard to tell. This was fresh out of a shipping box as well, which I thought meant it would bre fresher as the store had just got it. Its a hop faded malty IPA with floral notes. Some chalky elements as well which is something I've never picked up in a beer before.

Edit: overly sweet and malty mess. Bleh just terrible, couldn't finish.

M: Avg medium bodied, medium carbonation, and malty taste.

O: Meh, wouldn't shell out the $10 for a 4 pack again. Plenty of better options out there, but overall if this were fresher I could see it being pretty good. Wish there was a way considering its a "Local" brewery to get this fresh.

Editing my rankings after finishing the 4 pack and bringing the last one to a beer club I'm in. Down right terrible. Perhaps I got a bad batch but 3 of them were a drain pour for me and no one in beer club liked it. Ranked it as the worst beer brought to the club thus far.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.19/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hop Crisis is surprising out of the gate! It’s a lighter gold color. That’s impressive. It certainly suggests there isn’t much caramel malt in the house. I like that. It’s very clear and backlighting gives it a brighter, almost yellow look. A fluffy white crown sits on top. It stands nearly two fingers tall and takes a while to completely disappear. Lacing was sticky and quite thick. Looks good! Excellent, in fact!

The nose is just okay. It’s honestly very average. It’s not very aromatic at all. That’s disappointing given the appearance. It smells rather sweet and sugary. It’s a little breadlike. There are some hoppy notes, but they’re subtle and not nearly as strong as they should be. Smells like some citrus grapefruit and perhaps some light pine notes. There are some light oak and vanilla notes. Alcohol is in the mix, but is blended rather well for approaching 10%. Eh. Just okay.

The flavor is a little better, but not enough to warrant a score bump. The good news – there’s not a hint of caramel malt in this DIPA! That is excellent! The malt base is a bit breadlike and is very sweet and sugary. A bit too sweet and sugary. The bad news – the hops are very subtle to the point of being almost unnoticeable. There are some very light citric grapefruit and light pine notes, but they’re largely buried in a mix of sugar, oak, and vanilla. More bad news – it’s not very bitter at all. It’s actually very balanced and approachable. Alcohol is there, but isn’t warming or hot. Finishes sweet and sugary with a mix of oak and vanilla.

Hop Crisis has a medium body. Carbonation is relatively soft and light. It honestly feels pretty smooth. Its feel might be its strongest attribute.

I’m not sure if Hop Crisis is a great name for a DIPA that tastes deficient in the hop department, especially if that’s not the intention. I’m also not a big a fan of barrel-aging DIPAs. Just doesn’t seem to work well. It’s okay. It’s not overtly terrible, just not very good.

Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,373 ratings.