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 pwoods
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can poured into a snifter. Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this one with me.

21st Amendment - Brew Free or Die IPA

A: Pours a peachy copper with perfect clarity. Shortish head on the pour with little retention. Some decent lacing.

S: Definitely West Coast. Lots of fresh, acidic citrus fruits. Lemon, grapefruit, pineapple. Some minty qualities. Some sweet, candy like malts. Like on the oily resins.

T/M: Nice bitterness level that slowly builds. The sweet malts lightly balance the big hops and matches up its sweetness very well with the fruity hops. More of the citrus hops from the nose. A touch of alcohol comes out and adds a nice depth to the minty notes. Body is medium light with average carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink. 7.2% is just barely noticeable in the taste but it drinks rather well. Tasty.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber in color. A very nice four inch of head forms on the pour. Took a couple seconds to make room in the glass to finish the pour. Smell is floral hops. Taste is creamy, well balanced hops. Not very assertive, over the top hops, but well put together. This is a very malty IPA. I've had several canned beers and this is the first one where I swear I get a metallic hint in the beer. Very good nonetheless.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as a bonus beer in a recent trade with slayer3604 - thanks man! Shared this can with pwoods at my place, typing my review on the fly.

A: Pours clear, light copper and orangy. Nice off-white head with a mix of small and large suds with big sticky lacing up the legs of my tulip glass. Gorgeous in the glass.

S: Smells of sweet malts, orange, pine resides and a light mintiness.

T: Tastes much like the nose, lots of citrus up front with a pine and resin, drying finish. Pine flavors definitely take the majority of this beers flavor profile. Crisp and refreshing with a long, trailing dryness in the end.

M: Light bodied and crisp. Easy to put down. I wish this guy was available locally. This could be a "must have" in the fridge at all times.

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Photo of corey0212
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from raiser in the New Trader BIF Redux!!

Pours a clear golden-orange with a loosely-formed white head, very little lacing left in the glass. The smell of grapefruity hops hits you as soon as you open the can, and it's awesome! Also plenty of honeyed malt aromas in the nose. Taste throws a lot of piney hops into the mix, slightly bitter grapefruit taste, and a borderline-sticky/sweet maltiness. Medium-bodied, sticky, with some nice lingering bitterness here. Very quaffable IPA.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

fun cans!!! Grab your road-sodie and let's hit the beach!

Appearance> dark yellow, clear, not very lively. Big head with good retention. Lacy!

Smell> Sweet grass, hops, slightly too alcoholic.

Taste> Pretty decent. Clearly not as nice as being at the Amendment and getting this on draft. Full flavored, complex. Heavy resin hang.

Mouf> Okay. A little too foamy

Drinkability>I do love the cans and its one of the best beers you can get in a can, so yeah.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pop Pop goes the weasel the weasel. Just felt like saying that

Pours a one finger foamy head, some lacing, some ring around the collar. A pale golden yellow color, not lots o bubbles.

Smells very sweet, some citrus hops, the malt smell of a DIPA.

Tastes like it smells, smells like it tastes? sweet, hoppy but not overly hopped. Sweet.

Excellent IPA, very smooth, resiny aftertaste.

This is a DIPA in IPA clothing...

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm pretty sure this excellent extra came from swnicholson. Please correct me if I'm wrong, and thanks!

Pours a deep ambery golden color, clear with a sudsy white head that leaves a smooth coating of lace but settles down to only spotty film on top rather quickly.

Nice hop smell, peachy and sweet, with a little caramelly malt backbone and sticky resin.

Coarse grainy malted middle supports a nicely hopped brighter end. Some more notes of juicy citrus and nectarine, with just a little spice before the resiny funk builds slightly at the finish. Not overly flavored, resulting in a much more drinkable, yet slightly thinner tasting IPA than some.

Feel is a lighter medium body. Very nice carbonation feel, enhancing the overall beer. Slight resiny coating at the finish, but staying mild enough to remain somewhat light and clean.

Drinks very nicely, goes down flavorful and smooth. Lacking some intensity or depth of flavor found in some other IPAs, it makes up for it in ease of consumption. Wishing I had another to follow this one up with.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear orange/light amber color with a good fluffy white head. Nose is sweet malt and hop resin. Taste follows, good hop resiny profile with grapefruit citrus and a nice pine presence as well. The malt backbone is solid here, and there is a little bit of spice as well. Mouthfeel is just a bit too thick, but it is heavy for an IPA, and could use just a touch more carbonation. Drinkability is quite good. Overall a great standard IPA, unique flavor, and a good representation of the style. Awesome to have these at shops in town now, as the portability is great for fishing and hunting. Craft in a can baby! sweet.

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

And again, thanks go out to BrewerB for this beer.

12oz can poured into a Duvel tulip glass

A: Pours a clear golden amber topped with a half inch head that fades into a cap and leaves some lacing but not much.

S: Good and malty actually with a mild piny earthy background

T/MF: Honeyed, earthy and malty with a very clean finish. On the fuller side of medium bodied. This is a very interesting brew and doesn't seem to fit the bill of most IPAs Ive tried in the past. This one is very malty and in a good way in that it really works with what is going on with the rest of the beer.

D: Not bad, not great, very drinkable and easy as well, but to be fair I've had better IPAs.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful dark gold with a nice foamy head. I don't think I've ever seen an IPA lace the glass like this one.

S- It smells like really intense hops with a caramel-like sweetness. A sweet grapefruit smell also comes through.

T- I've never had an IPA like this! It's ridiculously hoppy, but NOT bitter. The hops are primarily grapefruit with a very faint pine flavor. How is there so much malt in this IPA? It's really malty, caramelly, and rich.

M- This is the thickest IPA I've ever had, but at the same time, has a really crisp finish. I never thought I would have a beer so crisp that's actually sticky!

D- This is the most drinkable IPA I've ever had...and certainly one of the best.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a light gold, with just the slightest orange tinge to it, pretty clear with a nice foamy, fluffy cap that sits there a really long time. It leaves GREAT lacing too. Not just lacing but sheets of foam on the sides of the glass.

S- The smell is sweet, juicy hops. Not really any pine in this, hard to find any citrus, unless it's more of a sweet citrus. Overall I get the same kinda of smell that I find in some sweeter DIPA's.

T- The taste is kind of a resinous and bitter combination. It's good as far as delivering that strength of bitterness you want in an IPA but I think it lacks a little overall in flavor. It's actually quite fruity as it warms. With a little bit of light malt behind it, it comes across more as an English IPA.

M- It's nice, light, nothing too overbearing though a bit of slickness comes out that is expected at 7.2%.

D- It's not bad but it doesn't stand out as far as my tastes. For me it doesn't really have the flavor profile I'm looking for in an IPA.

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Photo of oggg
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixpack from Bevmo.

I poured this beer into a pint glass. It is golden yellow -- surprisingly yellow, with a nice stiff foamy white head. Hop aroma is floral and piney -- present but not very strong. On the tongue this beer starts smooth but strong piney hops (chinook?) attack the palate. Flavor is pretty strong, and initial bitterness is significant but appropriate. The hop bitterness is very clean in that it it is all pine and christmas tree (resiny?). It lingers for hours. Only a hophead could make headway against this lingering bitterness, which I associate with Chinook hopping. It's great to see a well made IPA that isn't all about grapefruit hop flavors (of course, that grapefruit flavor is so common in IPAs because it's addictingly delicious). No metal or aluminum off tastes.

Overall: well made IPA made for hopheads only.

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Photo of oldham79
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pint glass
(I'm still trying to be accepting of this "can" business"

A- Golden/Amber, small head

S- Nothing too strong, mostly a hoppy/nutty smel

T- Typical IPA taste, decent hoppiness and 7% alcohol is not overpowering

M- Lighter than average mouthfeel, makes drinkability better but I like a stronger heavier IPA mouthfeel

D- (see above) alcohol is not overpowering and is a lighter than average IPA so you can drink these cans down

My own new column repeatability: 2.5
R- less than likely to purchase again

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Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can.

Clear orange copper body with golden edges. Finger of dense, creamy, cotton white head. Great lacing and head retention. Fresh hop nose with notes of pineapple, marmalade, and grapefruit. Big malt balance with buttery toffee and candied fruits.

Toasted malts and herbal hop bitterness up front. Sweet fruit and toffee malt backbone add some malty depth. Hint of powdered sugar. Piny, herbal hop bitterness comes on strong. Some citrus and resin as well. Finish stays bitter for a while with lingering sugary fruits and some aspirin bitterness. Medium-bodied with a creamy, smooth feel. Glad to see another good IPA in a can!

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Photo of ncvbc
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glowing golden amber, great steady carbonation and a big old frothy head with nice retention and serious lacing down the glass. A looker, for sure. Smell is a mix of pine and grapefruit, dalloped in malt. Taste carries a little much malt flavor for the hops to come through. Sweetness covers the hops. Caramel and some biscuity flavors. Also a clear touch of booze. Pretty good bitterness, not so dry in the finish. Drinkability is good, it's not really offensive, just more malty than I'd expect for a West Coast IPA. You can tell it has the character of the big boys, just slightly blanketed by malt.

Thanks to jhenry04 for the chance to try a few of these.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this can in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

It pours in to my NB Imperial Pint glass a clear perfect gold colour with a 2 finger head of billowy foam.

The smell is hop driven with both grapefruit and some pine hitting my nosebuds.

The taste is has the grapefruit up front and I find the initial taste quite bitter with little to no malt presence. Further sips in and I find a caramel malt sweetness hiding in the background and it *does* become more obvious the more sips I take. The pine I mentioned in the smell doesn't show up for me until the finish and it is also quite bitter but nice. Hmmm, I see this one tips the scales at 7.2%abv and that's bordering on DIPA territory but I can't say the alcohol is noticeable. Good job of hiding it, for sure.

Good medium mouthfeel here and the carbonation is on the light side for the style, me thinks. Also, great head retention and there's plenty of lacing.

Overall, not the typical west coast IPA ..this is a solid IPA that doesn't exactly reach out and grab you but it kind of grows on you and in the end, it sure is tasty and very drinkable. I like it and I'd drink it again so the Brewer's intentions are accomplished.

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Photo of joe1510
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can

Thanks goes out to BrewerB for giving me the opportunity to try this freshly canned beer, thanks again Brian. Brew Free or Die IPA fills my pint glass a tarnished golden with big copper hues when backlit. The body has good clarity as an abundance of carbonation rises to the surface. A one finger dirty white head formed on a standard pour and left nice sized chunk lacing on its way down. After the head settles it sits on top the brew as a slim cap and tends to leaves chunks of itself after each drink.

The smell of this IPA leads me to believe it is of the more balanced variety. The hops present show a citric and somewhat honey like nose while the maltiness keeps its pace. Lemon is the citrus that comes to mind right when I stick my nose in the glass and a touch of honeydew is close behind. There is a big dripping caramel nose on this beer that just won't allow the hoppiness to pull away. The nose even brings forth some of that tea leaf like hoppiness that you find in IPAs that have been on the shelf for awhile but this one was canned within the last three weeks. The nose is enjoyable but I much prefer a hop forward IPA and this just doesn't fit the bill.

The flavor brings forth the same qualities. Caramel abounds on the malty side of the spectrum and adds a nice sweetness to things. The lemony hoppiness runs even with the caramel but pulls away at the finish line. The honeydew flashes here and there along with honey but they don't really amount to much. The finish isn't really hop bitter, when the lemon hoppiness comes forth, it's tangier like there's a squeeze of actual lemon juice in this beer. I enjoy the qualities of this beer but it's just not made they way I prefer my IPAs. It could use a few more shovelfuls of hops.

The carbonation is alive and snappy. The body is moderately light and feels very nice for a higher abv IPA. There's some prickliness from the carbonation that keeps things moving and helps quench the thirst. There is a soft lingering bitterness along the sides of the tongue as I drink this beer.

This beer does go down awfully easy and the carbonation is part of the reason. The thirst quenching nature of this IPA gives the drinkability a bump. I believe I'll pour myself another after this glass is empty, and it's getting there quickly.

Brew Free or Die isn't in the mold of the IPAs that I prefer but it is an easy drinking summer brew with a good flavor. I expected a much more hop driven beer but that just wasn't the case. I was a little disappointed at first but did grow to like this beer with the more I drank. It's worth a shot. A good beer to bring to the beach or picnics being that it's canned. Thanks for the taste Brian.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great to see this stuff in cans. I've never managed to make it over to the Brewpub, but after trying their stuff in cans, I'm going to try to hit it up soon. Pours a dark golden with thick, off white, slightly grainy looking head that sticks around and leaves some very nice lacing. Lots of citrusy hops and biscuity malt, married together nicely in the aroma. The taste is quite dry with lots more of that biscuity malt and citrus and pine in the hops department. Quite good, but there is a thickness in both the taste and the mouthfeel that hides the hops a bit. Great beer in a can, and something that has been lacking on the West Coast. Interesting how so many of the canned beers are East of the Rockies. This may be one of the firts out this way. Ideal for camping and the beach.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can, listed as 7.0%,

A: Pours a light orange with a medium white head, with good retention and light lacing.

S: Burst of caramel malt, with bitter melon, pine and grapefruit.

T: Has a lot of malt bitterness at the front, toasty malt matched with a bitter pine hop bitterness. Sweet hops come in later, grapefruit and orange, finish out the flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, relatively light in carbonation, creamy, resiny.

D: A good IPA, at times I thought I loved it, overall it is well above average. Nice to see a CA IPA in a can.

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Photo of redneckchugger
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to brewerb for a great extra
poured into a pint glass
light amber color, huge fluffy wihte head
smell is citric hops, more lemony than grapefruit i think
taste is all lemony hops, malt is very faint which is fine by me, more hop flavor than bitterness, again perfectly fine.

mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but is goes down great. i can't believe this is a 7.2% beer, can't taste it at all poured it after my daily run, excellent thirst quencher.
never heard of this brewery foefore but i will be looking for them when i move to california next year.

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Photo of rallison
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber body with a 1 finger white head that leaves lacing.

Smells nicely hoppy with a touch of sweetness.

Lots of citrus hops in the flavor with a fair amount of fruitiness. Juicy. Relatively crisp. Lingering bitterness. Slight bit of astringency that doesn't quite work for me mid-palate. All in all though, good.

Mouthfeel is just carbonated enough. Clean but rich.

Overall, recommended. Not my favorite IPA, but still a very solid one.

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Photo of bbothen
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into standard pint glass.

Pours gold/straw color with a small soapy head.

Smells of flowery hops & a nice sweet maltiness. Slight citrus & pine aromas.

Has a nice light approachable taste. Nothing overwhelming. Just a nice balance of citrus hops & caramel malt sweetness. Refreshing.

Medium bodied & nicely carbonated.

Session beer if there ever was one. For me at least. Although 7% may slow me down a bit. Nah, maybe not.

Had this plenty of times at the brewpub. First time in a can. Wish they sold this by the case. My new favorite camping brew. Ice cold out of a cooler I say.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can courtesy of brewerb, thanks a bunch man. Super clear, light orange with a decent head. It smells fruity like mangoes or something. The flavor is very nicely balanced between the malts and hops which really makes this easy to drink. No hint of the 7% alcohol. Another winner in a can!

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Photo of tpd975
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BrewerB for the try.

A: Pours a nice golden hue with a nice thick two finger head. The head dies to a solid collar and lingers for the duration. Nice combination of chunky and sheet lace exhibited.

S: Nice smelling brew. Perfect combination of grapefruit and pine with some spice mixed in. Hints of caramel and biscuit malt peek thru. Nice, bold, and pleasant.

T: Wonderful balance. Big blast of grapefruit hops right up front. Waves of flavor then rush thru. Hints of sweet pine, and toasty malt. A bit of floral hops come thru in the finish with just a touch of grass. I realllly like this beer.

M: Medium in body with great carbonation.

D: Uber... I usually like the aggressiveness of the West Coast IPA's, this one is not that. What 21st Amendment has accomplished is perfect balance. There is such a wonderful combination of hops that the flavors just radiate thru. There is a good deal of malt to mute things though. The drinkability and enjoyability are off the charts. Perfect beer to drink a sixer of, and the ABV will let you know you did it, once you are done.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a minimal creme head. Nose is soapy hops with a minor floral tone. Overall its fairly one dimensional. Flavor is smooth. It's earthy and a bit bright. Citrus is there, but it has a pretty consistent sweet tone. That and the minor citrus stays as an aftertaste. Feel is smooth on both ends. Overall this is a nice enough IPA. It seems more pale ale to me, but who am I to judge style guidelines. Nice to drink.

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21st Amendment IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery
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