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Hop Crisis - 21st Amendment Brewery

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very good

1,343 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,343
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 72
Gots: 111 | 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%

Jovian00, May 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

standardcherry, May 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

ksiazewski, May 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

IpeeA, May 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

CheapBeerBuzz, May 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

hayesjw, Apr 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Craftonly23121, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of flayedandskinned
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned on 6/07/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass

Appearance: (4.25)
pours a lately hazed, lovely straw gold with a 2.5 finger white head that lasts for quite a while. As the head slowly recedes, it leaves some nice lacing along the edges of the glass. The is a consistent stream of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: (3.25)
Juicy grapefruit, faint peach with plenty of pine and light garlic playing a nice supporting role in the hop aromatics of the beer. A sizable sweet, bready malt presence is readily detectable. behind the hops. There is an overly sweet, woodsy, vanilla character imparted by the oak spirals that unfortunately covers up the more bright, lively hop characteristics. Some alcohol phenols become apparent as the beer warms.

Taste: (3)
Bitter pine resin slaps your palate right away with pungent grapefruit and light peach following shortly behind it. There is a sizable, sweet malty back bone before the off dry bitter finish. The finish leaves sweet notes of pine resin, bitter grapefruit pith and more of the overbearing woodsy vanilla notes from the oak spirals. light alcohol becomes apparent as the beer warms in it's glass.

Mouthfeel: (3)
full bodied with moderate to carbonation. The body leaves a bit too much malt on your palate for liking in an IPA.

Overall: (3)
A halfway decent Imperial IPA. I am just not a fan of introducing wood to IPAs, I'm not completely opposed to it, but I've yet to have an IPA that has had wood in it's life that has blown me away. I feel like the oak just covers up the brighter characteristics that I look for in IPAs. Its shame that they changed this recipe from it's days as "Double Trouble Imperial IPA" because that was one picture perfect example of what an Imperial IPA is supposed to be; It could have rivaled Pliny as my go to Imperial IPA. That said, if you like oaked out IPAs, you'll love this one.

flayedandskinned, Apr 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

tln13, Apr 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce can into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy, orange-tinged amber color with a two-finger thick head of off-white foam that left a slight ring of clingy, soapy carbonation.

S: Lots of muted, citrus hop resins, a whiff of alcohol and some bourbon-soaked wood chips go along with a tobacco-leaf, earthy malt aroma.

T: Sweet, juicy malts hit up front with a bit of earthy, roasted grains that throw hints of tobacco and raisin before becoming quite bitter. The bitterness ranges from mild and earthy to astringent and citrusy-herbal. The oak-aged essence imparts a hint of vanilla and mature spices before subsiding with a smooth, boozy finish.

M: Full-bodied IPA with a smooth, vanilla-oak characteristic. A lot of heat from higher ABV and hop resins.

O: A very tasty and diverse DIPA resting at a lofty 9.7% ABV, the oak manages to sneak enough character in while making sure not to step on the toes of malts and hops alike. A very nice sipper that drinks a little too well for a beer just south of 10%. I'd get again, for sure.

Gambrinus1184, Apr 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

FreshHawk, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

amnesia85, Apr 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

miked234, Mar 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

AlCzerik, Mar 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

KevdoggNasty, Mar 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

bmur112, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of beer2day
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey gold pour with 1 finger medium cream head. Decent head retention and medium lacing.

Oak and pine dominate the nose, with some flower power underneath.

Mild oak flavor. Light pine hops, with a syrupy estery mix. Hides the abv very well.

Rather light in body for a DIPA.

Not bad, but not one I'd have again.

beer2day, Mar 16, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Review from 7/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear orange amber. Nice two finger head dissipates slowly to leave massive lacing and foam. Citrus and pineapple aroma with light fresh hops. Dry hops and oak up front with moderate mild malt. Spicy, but not aromatic hop finish with a oak aftertaste. Quite different and nice to drink. I would like to see a bit more fresh hop flavor, but this works nicely.

LiquidAmber, Mar 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

JobyBroBeerski, Mar 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

kdown, Mar 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

DrFunkenstein, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

DiscGolfRobot, Mar 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

mikeywtc, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Clydesdale
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a faintly hazy orange color. A fairly tall, orange-tinted head pops up with medium-dense frothy texture. Retention is good, and some nice concentric rings of lace stick to the glass as the head recedes.

S: Only the faintest maltiness in the nose, with some light sugar cookie notes. Hop notes are brash and vibrant, with big citric and resinous character. A bit of tropical fruitiness and a sort of candied/perfumey vibe. Alcohol is noticeable.

T: Some pale malt and cookie-like sweetness up front. Slight caramel hint. Hop bitterness is strong and fairly blunt. Citric flavor is prominent, followed by loads of tropical (think fruit cocktail), resiny, and candied flavors. A bit of oaky/woody character, but it's relatively minor. Alcohol is quite present, adding heat and a minor bite into the finish.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is smooth and very supple, lending a nice mouthfeel. Hop bitterness and rather aggressive alcohol contribute to a dry and somewhat boozy finish.

D: This is a nice DIPA, but it is flawed. I like the hop profile a lot, and the malt bill allows the hops to shine through impressively. I also dig the first 2/3 of the mouthfeel, before the alcohol kicks in. It's still enjoyable, but the alcohol is a bit more apparent than I'd prefer.

Clydesdale, Feb 24, 2012
Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,343 ratings.