21st Amendment IPA | 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment IPA21st Amendment IPA

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by oggg on 11-17-2004

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A copper and amber appearance, light amber, 1/2" white head, the lacing is upper echelon. Aroma has a fruity impact that is almost lager like yeast wise instead of hop derived.

Its a pretty normal ipa, there's 60ibu level bitterness, 6% abv, hops, clean but not insubstantial malt bill. One of the first breweries to start the canned craft movement.

What it lacks in complexity it makes up for in convenience and consistency.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This IPA pours a slightly opaque, murky tannish orange color with a medium foamy white head. The scent is not too strong, but definitely hop oriented with some pine and citrus character. The taste is pretty hoppy also, but actually more balanced then I thought it would be. In the initial taste there are some nice grapefruit and orange notes balanced by a fairly hearty toasted bread malt flavor. In the aftertaste the hops take over imparting a pretty strong piney bitterness. The finish is semi-dry. The body is medium, maybe even slightly on the higher end of medium. This is a solid both hop and malt forward IPA. I appreciate the boldness of it. Its complexity may be slightly lacking, however, and it has a pretty standard IPA flavor profile. Still an IPA worth trying out though.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can. Light orange body, mostly clear, with a small, white, soapy collar. Aromas of grain, malt, earthy, resinous hops. Pine, bread, alcohol. Light to medium bodied. Unremarkable.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear orange color with off-white head. Aroma has sweet citrus fruits like oranges, tangerines and a slightly dank note. Taste starts with the sweet citrus fruits backed up my some malts, gets more floral in the middle and finishes with medium bitterness. Medium body with soft carbonation. Overall it's a really well made IPA.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Huge, foamy white head. Clear, yellow colored beer with a burnt orange tinge. Blubbly carbonation is apparent. Leaves tons of lace
S: Mild buttery bread smell. Strong malt nose, very toasty and grainy. Hops are vegetal and floral, with a bit of that dank, wet grass smell and notes of pepper and clove
T:Ver malty, grainy, and fresh. Malt comes through like toast with butter, maybe a tiny bit of diacetyl but it works. Hops are present, give a very dank and wet plant and garden flower presence. Bitterness is minimal, very smooth
F: Creamy, smooth with a full mouthfeel. Balanced out by just the right amount of bitterness.
O: Pretty solid IPA. Can see myself crushing cans of this during the summer huddled around a fire while camping. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of CommonSense
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can into glass.

Beautiful golden amber color with great head retention. Lacing never went away.

Smells like a brown or a dark pale. Can tell this is going to be a malt bomb.

Just about. I taste bread and caramel followed by bitterness with little flavor from the hops.

Feels perfectly carbonated with a slight creaminess.

Overall, a decent beer. Not much hop flavor. I would classify this as a malty IPA. Not my style, but nonetheless a respectable brew. Probably could've been fresher and maybe that's the reason I didn't get much of a hop profile. Amazing cover artwork. Try this unique IPA and pair it with a hearty meal.


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Photo of Wiffler27
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours dark gold with a thick white head.

smells like caramel malt and fruit.

taste is clean, nothing overpowering but nice fruit finish. not an overly bitter IPA but still has a hop bite to it. goes down easy, not bad at all.

overall this is a pretty good IPA. it's not mindblowing but it's not bad. not overly bitter for an IPA but is still well balanced. picked this up in the 21st Amendment seasonal variety pack.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at 21st amendment on tap In a pint glass before a giants game.
celebration of an important event for all beer drinkers with the 21st amendment in such a great setting and with a very good beer. Recommended fresh from the tap. When I have had out of the can something was a little off.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear light amber, with a thick, off-white head. Carbonation clings to the sides of the glass, as do sticky rings of lace.

Smell: Sweet and juicy, with strong notes of tangerine and apricot mixed with hefty helpings of caramel malt. It's a delicious, well-balanced fragrance.

Taste: The taste does well in echoing the smell, as sweet stone fruit plays nicely against a strong foundation of soft, yet complex malt. The beer's description promises an IPA that has a malty backbone without compromising bitterness, and this promise is definitely delivered. The caramel melanoidins continue to add to the sweet factor, but it all comes into balance via a medium-high earthy bitterness which lasts well into the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium and just a bit creamy, while medium-high carbonation contributes to a slightly dry finish. Gentle alcohol warming adds to the satisfaction.

Overall: The goal of creating a malty IPA was achieved with delicious results. This is a round, enjoyable beer, which, while sweet, still maintains typical IPA bitterness with rich malt and hops that bring sophisticated balance to the otherwise fruity flavors. Solid.

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Photo of TomChiari777
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A= Amber with a bit of haze, pure white foamy head, settles and rings the glass. Fine lacing clings.

S= Pine and citrus hops at first with more tropical notes hiding deeper.

T= Lots of big hop flavor pushes to the forefront. Good level of bitterness and hop flavor balance, grapefruit, earthy pine, and tropical bits.

M=Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O= I think many have had this, and I would assume could agree this is a nice representation of the style. Doesn't push the envelope, but does not make any mistakes (they have plenty of other IPA's that can try and push the envelope).

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Photo of Reema
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 12 oz can into a shaker pint

Pours a clear amber honey color. Smells of light fruit, toasted biscuit, slight pineapple, and slight hops dank. Taste reflects the smell, small fruit notes into an average hops bitterness, that ends on a malty sweetness. Feel is thin yet oily, it's odd but it isn't favorable to me. Medium light carbonation throughout. Overall, this is a good beer that has an odd mouthfeel but the flavors are good.

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Photo of Dikfour
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Look: Three fingers of dense, creamy, off-white with hints of tan head has beautiful retention. Hazy copper-orange in color. Medium lacing.

Smell: Sweet candied malts. Lightly toasted bread. Slight lemon/orange zest. Distant pine.

Taste: Sticky sweet caramel and lemon drop up front with toasted bread mid palate and a rising tide of piney bitterness through the sip.

Feel: Coarse and sticky. Two sips in and my tongue feels like I've been sucking on a lemon Jolly Rancher to hard. This one beats the tongue up pretty quickly.

Overall: Pretty dang complex. Not balanced in an absolutely crazy way. Way more malt than a lot of American IPAs I've tried. It certainly is different and interesting. Worth a shot if nothing else than to experience a different take on the style. Despite going off book, there is a lot of stuff that works about this brew.

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Photo of duncanranger
4.82/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not too hoppy. Nice carbonation. Good ABV!! Gets me where I need to be without filling me up too much. Love this beer! I recommend it to go with food.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft at Hudson 29. Nonic pint.

A: light orangey amber; 1/2 finger white head; little visible carb. Little retention, nice lacing.

S: resiny and slightly floral. Not too much citrus or tropical on the nose.

T: light citrusy arrival, light malty mid palate; clean finish; bitterness doesn't linger. No simcoe here(to my taste, at least).

M: heavier side of light; crisp as all get out. Light effervescence. Very drinkable.

O: not a really memorable IPA, but perfectly satisfying. Definitely would buy again.

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Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the can marked Enjoy by 09/09/15. Sampled on July 4, 2015.

Living in New Hampshire I am surprised that I have not had this one before given its title and the NH State logo (Live Free or Die). But it did not arrive in New Hampshire until Spring 2015.

Orange-yellow, foamy heady pour. Good clarity.

Nice floral, citrus, and grass notes in the aroma.

The taste has a quick toasted malt character but then the floral and pine hop bitterness roars in and brings this to a dry finale. It is a nice IPA.

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Photo of lowers87
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Golden, light carbonation
Smell: Flowers, very light hop, more like a meadow, doesn't smell like the standard IPA, almost sweet
Taste: Very floral, again light hop, sweetness comes out, very drinkable.
Feel: Doesn't taste like the ABV is 7%, again very drinkable and light, not super filling
Overall: Not what I was expecting but that isn't bad. Surprised how drinkable and tasty it is. I enjoyed it and would recommend.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, with enjoy by date 07/03/2015 printed on the bottom of the can. Another new one to me from 21st Amendment, this one their year-round IPA offering.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a lightly hazed golden, coppery orange body with about two fingers of frothy soapy off-white head. Scattered lacing. Looks nice for what it is.

S - A crisp, fruity, floral, and fresh aroma, but there is definitely something missing. Green apples, grass, bready malts, and an earthy yeast presence dominate. Nothing I would describe as piney, bitter, grapefruit, or resinous smelling

T - The taste follows the nose: more malt forward than I would have expected. Bready malts, green apples, a slight hint of tart even on the finish. Dry and bitter on the end. Much more bready than expected, though.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Medium-bodied and very easy-drinking for the moderate 7.00% abv; it feels more like 5 to 5.50% abv. Mildly bitter finish.

Overall, a fairly average IPA offering from 21st Amendment. Not a likely contender for repeat drinking, but well worth a try, especially for fans of the style.

21st Amendment Brew Free! Or Die IPA -----3.5/5

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Photo of barnzy78
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, Enjoy by 06/12/15. New to the Chicago area - I grabbed a few different offerings, but I'll start with this IPA
A - creamy, persistent off-white head stands tall atop a golden colored body; all kinds of thick lacing is left down the sides of the glass
S - zesty orange, lemon, and grapefruit rind, a little piny, faint toasty caramel malt
T - very zesty with the above citrus fruit rinds, sharp pine, caramel and bready malt help to keep a nice malt backbone
M - medium body, pleasant carbonation, finishes dry and bitter with pine lingering
O - I really dig this west coast style IPA! Solid flavors, well crafted. I'll buy this from time to time - it's not my favorite but it's a good one.

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Photo of hoppyface_jerk
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Slightly hazy, bright gold. Pretty. Moderate head hangs on delicately even after a few minutes.

Smell: Fresh, a little grassy, flowery. It could just be the on-coming spring talking though. A little yeasty malt. A little citrusy grapefruit. Appealing.

Taste: Balanced, rich, nothing off in the long finish. Less citrusy than some hoppy beers, a little more pine resin? Maybe lemon without the tartness? Palate-coating creaminess. A bit of cereal backbone. My initial impression is grassy and herbal, but that could be just a tidy dryness. I likes it.

Feel: Full, creamy, filling gives way to ample carbonation and cleans up nicely. Long, satisfying finish.

Overall: My gracious, it's full and harmonious. Eschewing the bombastic elements of the style, it favors hoppy elegance over IBU bravado.

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Photo of metal_91
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is definitely a perfect beer. I've heard of 21st Amendment since I live in San Francisco but I didn't try it until I was at my friend's house in Sacramento last week. It's smooth and the taste is just wonderful. Although it is light for an IPA but after one beer I definitely felt it kicking in.

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Photo of spoofer
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This IPA is great. Well balanced. Not over the top hoppy, and the perfect amount of carbonation. I really didn't expect it to be this good. I highly recommend if you're looking for a lighter bodied IPA but not light on flavor or alcohol content.

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Photo of shucklak
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty unique beer I think. The color is very gold, and quite clear (too clear!). The smell is really amazing, lots of hops but also lots of malty sweetness, a great balance. Taste is definitely more hops than malt, but still a good balance. Feel is crisp, can definitely tell it's 7%. abv though. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

Bonus - the packaging is fantastic. A 6 pack of cans in a box where Abe Lincoln dismounts from Mount Rushmore to kick ass? It is literally why I bought it in the first place.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy By: 01/01/15

A: Pours a golden color with 2+ fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves sticky lacing down the glass

S: Some earthy and citrusy hops balanced out by a sturdy maltiness. A bit of fruity yeastiness as well

T: Follows the nose. Balanced from the start, with a mix of citrus, fruitiness, grassy/earthiness, and a bit of breadiness. Bitter throughout

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little on the prickly/abrasive side

O: A solid IPA that is very well balanced and extremely easy to drink. The IBUs definitely smack you around a little towards the end, as there is almost no residual sweetness to counteract the bitterness. If you're really into juicy IPAs, stay away. Otherwise, pick some up

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +4.7%

a great ipa, paler golden in color, light for its strength, and not at all weighted down or crowded out by any darker crystal malts. the clear honey colored beer is frothing from the can, accumulating several inches of bone white head that never really settles out. what i love here is the nose, fresh almost vegetal herbaceous hop profile, with all the resinous oily intensity of standard west coast ipa, but a step below that in overall bitterness, which lends to drinkability, even in a beer thats 7% abv, it goes down awful quick and clean. hops dominate the flavor too, as they should, but again they seem more welcoming than abrasive, like a cool pond on a hot day rather than fire for a dry mouth. longer finish keeps me tasting the sticky hops as for awhile, and i see this as a great gateway ipa with mass appeal for the style. versatile with food too, it works with everything from funky english cheese to grilled meats and veggies. a worthy offering.

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Photo of Whoviant
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clean drinkable IPA.
Clear color, almost lager-like. Definite Cascade Hop taste without the grapefruit-like pucker mouth feel.
Influence of German hops smoothing the finish.
Enjoyable with barbacue food or on its own in contimplative mode. Frisco makes a good beer that travels well.

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