Double Trouble IPA
21st Amendment Brewery

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American Imperial IPA
4.27 | pDev: 7.03%
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 28 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Originally consumed at the 9th dipa festival, and subsequent to that a few times.

Very dark orange almost brown color to this one. Lots of those bittering hops used for dry hopping, something I'm not at all against.

Carbonation was lacking. Contributed to the very viscous and thick mouthfeel. That malt bill here was definitely not dry. This is one of those gargantuan bitter, sticky malt beers as opposed to the newer drier fruitier hop bombs. Simcoe was all over this one.

It hid the alcohol amazingly well, but at a bit of a cost of heaviness. This shit will wreck your insides without you knowing it.

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Photo of nickd717
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review dated 12/2008, just now posting. Have had this several times since.

A very good double IPA, although was "Palin" like Sarah in comparison to Bear Republic Racer X, which I had next to it. Hazy orangish-golden with a very small white head. Good sweet malt, piney citrusy hops, yada yada yada it is a west coast double IPA. Some minor off-flavor I could not put my finger on, but that was not a deal-breaker. This was still a great beer.

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Photo of katan
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at home base

a- pours a light brown color with some amber hints. A bit hazy, perhaps unfiltered. Light film for the head.

S- incredibly potent orange and grapefruit hop note. Not at all west coast grassy. Sweet through hopping.

T- starts off with a hint of some caramel malts, slightly roasted. Comes into balance with a nice hit of floral hops. Gets grassy in the finish. Very bitter aftertaste. Overall has a slight sweet lean to it.

M- very creamy and thick while having tongue grabbing bitterness. Carbonation bite is light. Oily finish.

D- scary drinkable. Abv is head removing, but very hidden. Not filling. The bitter beer lovers might find this just too sugary.

An awesome dipa.

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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the pub. A hazy copper body is topped by an inch of white froth that retains well, slowly receding to a soapy film.

Fresh citrusy hops are smelled from a foot away. Grapefruit, fresh herbs, orange, weed and pine aromas are in the forefront; malt is barely perceptible, lending just a hint of sweetness somewhere in the distance. Simcoe and Amarillo hops are my guess.

On the tongue it's dry, crackery and bitter with a massive grapefruit flavor, both flesh and peel. There's a trace of tropical fruit as well, pineapple predominantly, and a bit of juicy ripe orange. Bitterness clings to the tongue after a few sips and doesn't let go, but it's a clean bitterness that doesn't overwhelm the palate; rather, it invites the next sip. The body is surprisingly full, though there's little sweetness or malt character despite the caramel color and substantial mouthfeel. It finishes bitter, dry, resiny, signature West Coast IPA and utterly satisfying.

21A has a trend of quality with their IPAs, and this doesn't disappoint. Very good stuff.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, in preparation for the 10th double IPA festival, we have broken out our notes from the 9th double IPA festival.

This is a massive beer. Deep brown and orange. Very bitter as well. A little flat, make up your mind, cask or keg!

Mouthfeel, hop clings and resonates, a thick malt accompanyment, goes down great. Very enjoyable, check it out if you get your hands on it.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at the brewpub. I really like 21A's regular IPAs and was excited to finally see Double Trouble on the board during my recent visit. Orange with a sticky off-white head. The aroma is just a blast of sticky, fruity hops emphasizing floral, grapefruit, and peach qualities. At first sip, DT shows you no mercy. I enjoy plenty of DIPAs out here in California, but this was one of the strongest hop kicks that I have ever had. Despite this, the flavor manages to be relatively balanced with a subtle, but firm malt character. Sweet and almost syrupy, but with so much hop oil and acid that the beer only leaves a brutal bitterness in the aftertaste. The hop flavor retains the juicy citrus of the aroma and carries it all the way through the finish. More along the bigger, burlier IIPAs with a lot of body and malt, but also one of the hoppiest beers that I have ever experienced. A true work of hop-art in liquid form.

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Photo of taxguyjase
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Whenever I can find an IPA with over 100 IBUs, I gotta try it and this beer comes in at 120 IBUs and a 9.8% ABV. Yikes! Fortunately, this was a masterfully blended beer. The hops go extremely well with each other, providing an extremely smooth taste with that sharp bitterness one would expect from a potent double IPA. The hops were very fragrantly fruity and enjoyable to just smell. Of course, you want to drink the beer, so can't just smell it all day. The beer was really clean on your tongue, with the taste oddly on the upper palate.

Taste - 5.0/5.0 - Wonderfully blended hops, deliciously smooth, lingering flavor, clean but sharp hop bitter taste
Smell - 4.5/5.0 - Fragrant fruity hops
Appearance - 4.5/5.0 - Nice solid head, amberesqe color
Feel - 4.5/5.0 - Smooth in mouth, lingers to back of mouth, clean on tongue (more on upper palate)
Drinkability - 5.0/5.0 - This beer was delicious - just dangerous to have a lot of.

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Photo of mjl21
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a 13 ounce tulip glass. Comes in at 100 IBUs and 9.2%.

A-Pours a really nice looking red amber with a very thin white head.

S-Awesome hop nose. Pine, citrus, and kind bud hit my nose. Smells a lot like Marin Brew Co's White Knuckle. Sweet malt is also detected.

T-Tastes a lot like it smells. Plenty of pine, citrus, and ganja notes. The hops wallop the mouth, but do not result in it being overly bitter.

M-Thicker bodied, but still very dry and smooth.

D-The high abv is very well hidden. Goes down way too easy.

This was my first time having this one. I love their single IPA and the Hop Crisis and this one has joined the ranks. As previously mentioned, this one is a lot like White Knuckle but not nearly as sweet. Great stuff. Please can this now!

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Photo of jwolfie70
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery/restaraunt.

Poured into a tulip glass. It was a deep, reddish copper color, with a thin white head. This beer was on the sweeter end of the DIPA spectrum, but had a ton of hops to balance it out. The hops were more reserved (or perhaps better balanced with malty sweetness) than the Anchorage Vaction, which I drank immediately before the Double Trouble.

The beer had a great mouthfeel, with a very hard water like texture and smooth carbonation. Perhaps one of the better mouthfeels of a beer that I can remember.

A recommended beer.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a fresh (1-2 hours old) growler from the brewpub.

A: Pours a clear amber with slight copper highlights when held to a lamp. Has half an inch of foamy head that dissolves into a light film on the brew and a collar around the glass. Nice rings of lacing as I drink. Slow carbonation up the glass, giving it a beautiful syrupy appearance.

S: Grapefruit, orange, and pines blast the nose at first, with a later component of nice caramel malt and mango. Very pungent and ready to embrace the nose.

T: This is more sensitive to temperature than expected; when it's too warm, as the first glass was, it consists primarily of bitter floral hops with little balance. After some chilling and pouring into a second glass, the balance really stands out. The up front taste is citrus hops in grapefruit and orange rind flavors. But there's a clear backbone of sweet caramel malt and fruity mango. The finish is largely pine hops, with a small component of floral hops producing a sticky aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied to full-bodied, with slightly low carbonation. I doubt that's the growler, as it is fresh. Well-masked ABV, nice and sticky (even slightly oily) mouthfeel.

D: Jesus, very high. Except it's $25 to fill a growler, which is roughly equivalent to $24 a 6-pack. A little nuts. Pliny is a slightly better value. But I consider this nearly in, or about the same, class.

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Photo of ccrida
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draught at the brewpub, 9.2%, 100 IBUs, $7/13 oz.

Clear dark, ruddy copper with a creamy off-white head that leaves heavy sheets of foamy lace.

Smell is a big blast of American hops, lots of cedar and pine notes.

Taste is incredibly bright hops, pine resin and bubble gum, really loving the sweetness and huge hop flavor. And, in spite of their tag line about over the top bitterness, it's really 90% hop flavor, which I love. Wow, this is the bomb, I can't believe how good it is, unique fruity profile to the West coast style hops.

Mouthfeel is dry and on the lighter side

Drinkability is high, this a killer DIPA. Huge hop flavor, countered by a nice malty sweetness, not to bitter, ABV totally hidden. Total winner, one of the best DIPAs out there.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double Trouble served on Tap at 21st Amendment an hour ago tonight and I can't get it out of my mind.

My all time favorite beer Pliny the Elder but this Double Trouble DIPA nothing like it. It had it's own uniquness and character for the style.

Pungent hop smell but not of pine and citris. I can't put my finger on it or explain it. It was like candied (candy -ed) hops balanced with malt / just unique. Not like Pliny, Racer 5, Hop Stoopid, or Ruination...just a class of it's own that you will have to experience for yourself. (Well worth it when you do)

TASTE the same, like hop candy balanced with light pine. Perfect 1 inch head and the appearance and taste both the same, creamy perfect hops and more candy flavor than citris / Grapefruit. Did I say Creamy? Wow!

At 9.5 percent the alcohol tastes more of 8.0 -8.5 TOPPS!! A bit more bite than Pliny (NO Complaints)

No doubt a top 3 - 5 of all DIPA's out there. Very hard to find, so lucky enough to find this on tap....don't be an idiot. Order one and go from there...a cab home.

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Photo of kasper
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a vibrant shade of orange amber with a single finger tight off white head.

S: Aromas of sweet citrus, grapefruit, mango and passion fruit. Tropical fruit salad. Sweetness.

T: Almost exactly what would be expected from the nose. Sweet tropical fruits with thick malt backbone and mild hop bitterness

M: Full bodied, thick and syrupy.

D: A nice, fruity, enjoyable double IPA.

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Photo of marcpal
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the SF brewpub. Poured into a tulip glass. Had a sample of it first and it had me at hello.

Everything that the IPA didn't deliver, this one did in flying colors. Completely textbook in what I want in a DIPA: its got balls and its got balance.

A: Beautiful looking in that glass. Off orange/gold picturesque pour with thin head and patchy lacing.

S: Citrus and malt, the sweetness to balance the boatload of hops is there. Power of the hop bitterness tickled the deepest olfactory senses. Sweet sugar drenched fruit- great stuff.

T: Bitterness reigns supreme with a perfect malt balance. There was a certain uniqueness to the hops, not what Im used to or would usually crave but I would sign for this anytime. This is one of those beers you know a lot of thought and care went into.

As it warmed it tasted so closely to the flavor of the orange peel that can be left in a good marmalade. I loved every sip. The alcohol was there but not a deterrent.

M: Sweet, bitter, spicy, warming. Four traits that are what a good DIPA should have. Not quite a palate destroyer but still intense.

D: I am a little bit sorry I wasted time on some of the others. I like trying new beers but if I get there again on this trip, Im not going to let this one leave my side.

Still waiting to try the watermelon and will pick up some cans but this brewery batted 1 of 3 in my visit with a home run here. You bat .333 for your career, you're going to the Hall so do not be unhappy with that.

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Photo of JDV
3.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Upon trying this for the 1st time, I thought this was simply a beer snob beer, but it was also one of the first couple of double IPAs I had tried. Looks and smells nice, with a medium amber pour and very floral juicy apricot, hoppy aroma. But taste is overwhelmingly bitter for somebody new to the style. Big Grapefruit rind flavored bitterness, and more so than something of the cailber of DFH 90 minute IPA. Somewhat unbalanced and hoppy even for a DIPA, but not bad.

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Photo of rgrace99
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the 21st Amendment Brewery cafe. Came to me in a tulip glass- gotta love it when the beer is served in the proper glassware. Wonderful amber color with a small head and moderate lacing. Very citrusy aroma with some pine and malt coming through. Strongly hoppy flavor without being overwhelmingly bitter. Wonderful ale that goes down almost too easily. The only negative I saw was that the bar had a limit of two per customer, although after two I was plenty happy.

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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh man this beer is heavenly. I had it on tap during the strong ale month in SF.

It was served in chalice and had a deep amber-orange color that seemed to glow. A creamy eggshell white head graced it's top and left a nice dance of lace.
The aromas were of sharp citrus, sweet malt undertones and pine all mixed together in goodness. The taste was superb. A blend of a pulpy orange mixed with more pine, more citrus and a sweet malt backbone. I couldnt really taste the alcohol. This is one finely balanced DIPA with good carbonation and quite thirst quenching. Actually, you're going to want more... treat yourself and do get more!

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Photo of tjd25
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice thin collar of foam on an orange and slightly ruby color body. The smell's amazing: a fresh bouquet of red fruits and grapefruit with hints of watermelon. The taste shows more round fruitiness than othe beers of the style. Oily too, with an impression of taking a bite of a grapefruit. The mouth drying experience appears right after but in a gentle manner; it felt like sucking on straw in the spring. Really well balanced for an extreme beer.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the lovely the 21st Amendment pub during the 2004 Strong Ale celebration.

Beer arrives with a low head, light bubbles on top of a bright orange body with a light hop haze. The head laces and sticks to the glass like spider webs.

Aroma is all things domestic citrus hops. The flavor is fruity with an intense sweet orange oil and a spicy malt character hiding just below the surface.

Flavor is a start of intense hop followed by a strong caramel and a biscuit malt. The bitterness pulls a fading act, but considering the mountainous heights from which this beer starts that's a good thing.

The finish is spicy and warm with a growing alcohol warmth that comes straight on down the throat and all the way to your toes.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.52/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the 2004 Bistro Double IPA Festival. Medium gold color. Large white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. A medium bodied Imperial India Pale Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and citrusy. Nice strong malt backbone, Nicely balanced, but tending to the malt side a little bit. Somewhat bitter and crisp finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter.

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Photo of Shaw
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(My first review)

This is a great IPA. A deep amber color. Very powerful, both in alcohol content and in hop aroma. This is what I think of when I think of West Coast-style ales. At 9.5 percent, though, I wouldn't recommend drinking a lot. I had it as part of their beer sampler.

I asked the bartender at 21st Amendment what hops were used. He didn't know, but went and asked a brewer! How nice. They use Warrior, Cascade and Tomahawk, if memory serves me.

Too bad I was just visiting San Francisco. If I lived there I'd drink this ale frequently.

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Double Trouble IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 28 ratings