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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by oggg on 11-17-2004

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Photo of woodychandler
4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Woody does the CAN-CAN ...

In pouring it from the can into a glass, I got a cascading action not terribly unlike what Guinness prides itself on. Once it settled out, I ended up with two fingers of thick, marshmallow Fluf-like head with great retention. The color was an orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. The nose smelled like the floor of a pine forest! For me, this was Nirvana. Love dem hops! The mouthfeel was medium, which is right for the style, but not exceptional. Great hoppy bitterness in the mouth, up front, but not overpowering. The finish left my mouth feeling lip-smacking bone-dry. I wish that it were more widely available, since the portability of the cans, coupled with the great taste of the beer makes it a strong choice for a picnic or other outdoors activities where glass is frowned upon.

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Photo of sml505
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 21st Amendment (San Fran)

A - Amber golden. Foamy off-white lace head. Good retention.

S - Very strong hops. Pine and Grapefruit nose.

T - Strong hops (grapefruit/ pine). Nice bitterness thruout. Moderate caramel. Bitter finsh.

O/ M - Great IPA! 7.2%ABV; 78 IBUs. Were sold out of cans... Need to go back next time in SF!

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

1" off-white head -- good retention at 1/2". Golden IPA with good clarity. Grapefruit and citrus tones, weedy -- sweet malt shows after the aroma opens up. Pine and sharp grapefruit up front -- some honeyish malt tones in the middle and then the bittering hops go to work. Long, floral, bitter finish. Medium bodied, low to mid carb. Good drinkability - brewery fresh IPA in a can.

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

Thanks to Rzzz for this can.

This one pours a clear, lighter shade of amber. There was about a fingers worth of of white head before it faded to a ring. Some decent lacing circles the glass.

I could smell this one from the moment I cracked the can open. Yum. Once I got it into my glass a took a deeper more focused sniff. I picked up some caramel up front, although it was very short lived. Fruity, citrus hops dominate this one. There is a touch of pine meandering in and out. Yankee should make a candle out of this one.

The flavors mimic the smell. Semi-sweet in the beginning before the citric hops make an appearance. Nice bitterness and enjoyable, lingering hop flavors.

Medium body with spot on carbonation. Slight bit of hop oils coat the mouth. Drying, sorta bitter aftertaste makes me want another sip. This is another great example of canned beer. Now if they would distribute out this way I would be set. Thanks, Russ!

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Photo of BadRockBeer
4.92/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was shipped to me courtesy of Shaun O'Sullivan - Co-Founder/Brewmaster of The 21st Amendment.

This beer pours a beautiful light amber in color with a great 3+ finger rocky head. The very slightest of haze.

Grapefruity, citrus and mild pine in the nose.

Mildly sweet, malty followed by and wonderful bitterness that is quite pleasant, not harsh. Very nice pronounced hop flavor.

Well carbonated, medium in body.

This is a perfect example of a west coast IPA. Very nice! RAT PAD!!!

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

Poured this one from a can into a pint glass, and almost didn't make it--head of foam couldn't wait to get out of that can. I don't remember that happening with any of my usual lawnmower beers.

Appearance: clean and golden, wonderful head.

Aroma: Hops, hops.

Taste: Hops, hops, malt, maybe some citrus, hops.

Mouthfeel: pleasantly smooth.

Drinkability: refreshing. Just as good from the can as it is from the tap.

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Photo of d0ggnate
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First stop on the Bay Area Brew Trip of 2008 was 21st Amendment. It was on tap there and I took a few cans home.

A: 1 finger white head leaving blotchy lace down the glass. Orange/amber in color.
S: Piney hops with sharp citrus notes.
T: Sharper hops and bold flavor. Hops reisin is noticable.
M: Coating and bitter. Somewhat dry.
D: A great brew with impressive hop character.

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Photo of m1ked
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on our NorCal Brew trip at the brewpub, on the upper loft.

A- Light golden clear pour, with a faint white head, moderate lacing.

S- Straight hops. Citrus sweet & floral notes.

T- More hops, but not overly intense.

M- Smooth and clean. Consistent carbonation

D- Not an intense hops for an IPA. Very sessionable for me.

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Photo of kleffman
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a can of this last night after dragging a six pack back from SF with me about a month ago. Pours a golden orange color with a nice half inch of head. Pine and citrus hop aromas with some subtle malt character blending in. Tastes are about the same. A wonderful array of hop flavors with a decent sweet malt base make for a very well balanced and enjoyable IPA. The mouthfeel seemed a little thin last night but had medium carbonation and a smoothness that makes it extremely easy to drink. Highly enjoyable.

Wish I could get this in San Diego, I would buy it easily as often as a Stone IPA or Green Flash West Coast. Just super enjoyable and no real flaws.

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

great ipa, I was in sf for a business trip walked over to 21st and this was the first beer i tried, it was really good probably to second best ipa i had in sf while i was there.

served in a pint glass at around 10 pm, great auburn color.

a little bitter but on the mild side. I would highly recommend this beer and location for drinking and tasting.

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Photo of watchnerd
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap and got a 64 oz growler to take home. Great aroma, with the usual citrusy notes of a west coast IPA. Appearance was good, with decent head and lacing. Mouthfeel was very fresh, to be expected coming straight from tap to growler. A bit too high ABV to be used as a session beer, unless you've been training yourself on Belgian strong ales, but otherwise a fun beer. As nice as the growler was, it's still better straight from the tap.

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Photo of drseamus
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewpub. It was a bit light for an IPA being somewhere between straw and amber colored. The aroma is filled with citrus hop aromas but with some caramel pushing through. The flavor is a blast of hops but not as much in the citrus department as the aroma would have led me to believe. The bitterness is high, but not harsh. I'd like to see a bit more of the citrus in the flavor and a bit less bitterness but it still tastes good. Medium bodied.

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

On tap at the brewery.

A- Golden orange with a nice 2 finger off white head.

S- Piney, sweet and citrusy.

T- Taste was very well balanced, hopped up without being overly bitter, sweet citrus fruits and a bready flavor.

M- Crisp, clean and fairly viscous with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This beer goes down smooth and easy for something with 7 percent abv. Very non offensive for an IPA without being boring.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It may be that the clearest grapefruit aroma you'll ever find in a beer will come from a can of 21st Amendment's IPA. It's bright and citrusy, lightly tangy, and very rind-like as well. Beyond that, the hazy deep amber body and creamy off-white head suggest that there's more than enough malt there to round it out, and sure enough it's true. It's bready and biscuity at the outset, revealing a hint of dark caramel, and then a burst of hop flavor that takes you over the middle and splashes you down in a piney, citrusy, and bitter finish. It's quite a ride, but it's not an over-done, bombastic beer - it's just well-balanced, really nicely rounded, and full-flavored. Quite enjoyable!

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

12 oz. Can poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy orange in color with copper hues. Fluffy white head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Sheets of lacing cascade down the sides of the glass.

S: Floral hops. Citrus juce. Big malts. Bread. Raw earth.

T: This brew starts off with a rich caramel malt base that gives way to floral and citrus hops that zap the tongue with a pleasent bitterness. Tastes of grapefruit and orange zest are followed by a biscuty or buttery flavor. The flavor of wet grass permiates the palate. Refreshing.

M: Smooth and slightly slick. Moderate carbonation. Refreshing and clean.

D: I was surprised that an IPA of this caliber could actually come from a can. Big hops and rich malts without the high ABV. A true hophead's session beer. Recommended.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Appears a hazy, orange toned amber with streams of large CO2 bubles quickly rising to the top. A thick, 2 finger head of off-white foam that slowly fades into a rocky cap. Streaky lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of mild spice, orange rind, sugary grapefruit, melted caramel, and vanilla.
Taste is sweet and spicy up front with grapefruit and pine melding with caramel. There's more of an herbal-like, sort of chamomile flavor coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly herbal, and very smooth with a mild CO2 sting of a slightly overcarbonated brew.

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

A not-overly-aggressive pour resulted in a huge soapy head that lasted forever, on top of a slightly hazy rust color.

The aroma is a dream for hopheads, a really big, fresh, floral nose. Just beautiful.

What the aroma doesn't tell you is that there's plenty of malt backbone to this IPA. A lot in fact. Tons of hop presence too. This is just a big tasting beer, without necessarily qualifying as a Big or Extreme beer. Hops and malts aplenty, with the hops sticking around in the astringent and grass-sour finish. (I can see some people having issues with the powerful aftertaste, as it coats and sticks and hangs around forever. But if you really really love hops, it will be nirvana.)

The mouthfeel is incredibly buttery, with the carbonation only coming on mildly.

This is a really great IPA. It completely hits the spot. Thanks a ton to melbatoast93 for hauling some back from California.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer came my way as part of Secret Santa 06. Fartingdog you are the man for sending this beer my way! This beer was served in the handy Haufbrau stein that Fartingdog sent my way.

Appearance: This beer pours a very delicious looking golden amber coloration. The head of the beer is a creamy biege coloration. The head has perfect retention and leaves thick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a sweet grapefruit juicyness that joins well with pine cone hops.

Taste: The beer delivers a very smooth sweet grapefruit juice and zest combo with excellent pine oily hops. Dam good stuff!

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is velvety smooth. The body is just shy of medium and lightly carbonated. The pleasant oilyness of the hops last a long while. This beer is super easy to drink. At 7% this beer is dangerously drinkable. This may be the finest IPA I have drank this year.

Thanks! Fartingdog for sending this very tasty and pleasing beer my way. I must have more!

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Photo of mitchfor3
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the 21st Amendment in SF.

I was expecting a good IPA and what I got was a great IPA. Gosh, I love it when that happens!

First of all, this was one of the freshest beers I have ever had. According to the bartender, this batch was just brewed and some of it is currently being canned.

Pours a transparent golden color with visibly rising carbonation, thick creamy white head and ridiculous lacing.

This beer does not screw around - it is beginning, middle, and end, all about the hops.

Smell is predominantly citric. No malt whatsoever detectable.

This thing smacks your tastebuds around. Yeah, there's some hints of malt in there, but there's also what tastes like entire chunks of grapefruit and pine cones.

Remarkably drinkable at 7.2%ABV. Delicious.

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

Obtained a 6-pack of 12 oz. cans at the 21st Amendment Brewpub on my recent San Francisco trip. The cans are silver with black, white, and green graphics.Unfortunately, during my visit, they were out of the IPA on tap, but I did sample their tasty porter and pale ale.

Pours a stightly hazy amber-gold with a decent amount of spongey tan foam. Leaves some lace on the glass.

Aroma is fresh, grapefruity and piney hops.

A bit of sweet, bready malt in the flavor, but the hops are the focus here. Clean, citrus and pine notes. A solid, but not overly agressive bitterness.

Pretty good mouthfeel and drinkability. A very good IPA that I'd gladly drink again!

I took some of this to a gathering of Kansas City area homebrewers, and it was well received there.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"I begged her not to go and I begged her on my bended knees,
You're only fooling around, you're fooling around with me.
I said move over once, move over twice
Come on baby don't be cold as ice.
I said I'm trav'ling on the one after 9.09..."

With apologies to the late, great John Lennon.... yes, this is my review # 910...

After having just one TBN Blonde Bock on visit # 1, on 19JUN, I opted to venture into more familiar territory - a westcoast IPA... Menu said it currently checks in at 7.2% abv.... Pours medium golden and clear, with minimal carbo rising within. Head was steady at 1/4", creamy and white, with top-shelf lacework lining the glass. Produces a large citrus aroma; quite pungent and welcoming! Yes, come to papa!! Medium bodied, it was fairly solid as well as being smooth on the tongue. So far, so good!

Light, toasty malt comes forth, with huge, heavy, heavenly hop flavors attacking the palate. Citrussy grapefruit and resiny/piney notes support the assault. Now we're talking! Though not light on the lupulins, 21A doesn't really stick too long in the mouth. Nonetheless, it has a top-shelf flavor profile which really hit the spot. Upon returning for another lunch on 23JUN, this is what I went for right off, to the tune of 2 pints....


Note: current bier info from the 21st web: "Deep golden color. Citrus and piney hop aromas. Assertive malt backbone supporting the overwhelming bitterness. Dry hopped in the fermenter with four types of hops giving an explosive hop aroma. Many refer to this IPA as Nectar of the Gods. Judge for yourself. Now Available in Cans!
7.2% alcohol/vol. - 80 IBU's"

overall: 4.45
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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

Presentation: Silver can with black silhouettes and a green square with the words ‘IPA India Pale Ale’. Holds 12 ounces of beer and is listed at 7.0% ABV.

Appearance: Nig off-white head, creamy with a distinctive lacing that produces a rocky head. Copper colored body is perfectly clear. Solid conditioning. Great pour and an awesome looking Pint.

Nose: Grapefruits and lots of citrus pine in the nose. Incredibly fresh smelling with a deep rooted West Coast IPA aroma that entices and excites.

Taste: The hops are all dominant here, the malts only ever back up the pine oils and grapefruits. Sharp hops with a fruity angle, minimal bitterness and lots of fruits with pine oils. Finishes clean and begs the next mouthful to be sooner rather than later.

Mouthfeel: Nicely balanced, malts support the hops but the soft conditioning also lends a creamy texture to the touch.

Drinkability: Incredibly drinkable offering but not that low on ABV at 7%, as such this is a seriously quaffable brew which sinks far too easy and could be dangerous.

Overall: Lugged all the way down from San Francisco and gifted to me by Gentleman BA Barleypop along with the Watermelon Wheat Beer, but the IPA was by far the best of the two. Probably the first real IPA that I have had from the Can and I would certainly go for this one again. Super stuff!

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely Killer IPA. Light and fruity taste, mainly grapefruit but other citrus as well, with plenty of pine and juniper in the nose. Great appearance. Huge frothy khaki head on top of a bright copper/yellow-orange body. Minimal visual carbonation but decent bite. Extremely drinkable. Sessionable? Hell yes. Bare bones malt presence but not unbalanced.

Board said 7.2% ABV, 78 IBUs.

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

Pours a pretty clear amber with a thin head receding quickly to thin film, and great lacing down the glass. Very hoppy nose, and a bit of malts in there after searching for them. Tons of hops in the taste, with the malts kicking in in the middle to balance things out nicely. Mouth is nice, and at 7% I'd have expected it to be a little harsher, but it didn't bite as such. A very drinkable beer, and very much enjoyed. Favorite beer from this excellent brewpub.

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

Reviewed from notes taken at the brewpub on 3/2/06. It was listed on the chalkboard as 7.5% ABV and 85 IBUs.

Pours a clear, light amber/gold with a very thin head. Good lacing on the glass.

Dominant aroma is fresh citrusy hops. No malt to be found here.

A very light maltiness upfront followed by a wave of citrusy hops. Tastes very fresh. The hop bitterness is very well balanced. Finishes dry with a lingering hoppiness.

Full body, well carbonated.

An easy drinking, solid example of a West Coast IPA.

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