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

Live from the friendly skies!!

A: Poured deep golden with a stark white foamy head. Awesome lacing and head retention.

A: Honey and pale malts, medium herbal and piney hop aroma. No diacetyl / off aromas. No yeast aromatics.

F: Honey malt upfront, mid body pale malts, and finishes with the herbal hops. Long bitter finish. Balance is proportionate to the malt and hops, malt upfront and hops in the back. Pretty Harmonious and pleasant.

M: Medium body and mouthfeel, high carbonation without the carbonic bite. Drinks smooth and creamy. No alcohol warmth.

O: Great IPA to style. I love the creaminess. Best canned IPA I've hard so far. If I was going camping, definitely would want to bring this one along. No defects, brewed very well.

Brew Free or Die Indeed!!

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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 Cellach
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Transparent, rich golden-amber color with lively effervescence. Aromas include tropical fruit, lemongrass and grapefruit, and some bright toffee malt notes. This transitions well to the palate, with a beautiful array of bright fruit and subtle malts. The mouthfeel is somewhere between 'clean' and 'light,' with great concentration of flavor but little substance in the mouth; I suppose this is typical of the style.

Overall, a very stylish and well-made American IPA. If you like palate-blasting IPA's that are hopped to absurd, atmospheric levels, look elsewhere. This one has balance and complexity such as I rarely find (though highly covet) in American-style IPA's.

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Photo of da_beers
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to buy this on the 4th of July. Brew free or Die!!!!

A - Pours a nice coppery orange color with two fingers of white, frothy head. Decent carbonation coming up. Not crystal clear, but has somewhat of a haze.

S - Has a combination of piney and citrusy scents on the initial nose. You definitely get some sweetness from the malts in there as well. The citrus is something tart, like a grapefruit or bitter orange. Some hops hit the nose at the end as well.

T - Taste is great. Starts out with an initial bitterness from the hops (cascades?), followed by a caramel sweetness from the malts. The citrus dances around a little, but is not huge. Quite fresh and bright on the palate, nice summery IPA that can hold its own.

M - Decent carbonation, light/medium body, although closer to medium. Very drinkable.

O - I really enjoyed this one. My first from 21st Amendment Brewery, but will be going back to try more for sure. I would definitely recommend.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st Amendment is relatively new to the MA beer scene. A welcome addition for sure. Heard mixed reviews of this one but I'm really glad I picked it up because it's a damn fine tasty beverage. I see why some people would let themselves be let down by this - it's not a straight up west coast IPA. Much more subtle, which I happen to dig. Don't get me wrong, I love me some wrenchingly bitter hop bombs from the left coast, but it's nicely refreshing to see a well rounded drinkable beer for once coming from California. Popped the top and poured into an imperial pint, the massive head clears the top of the glass like a snowy peak. Nice. Super retention and lacing all the way down. Nose is a touch fruity with hops but there's quite a bit more going on. Lots of subtle goodness. Plenty of Noble-ish dusty earthy hop flavors and nice herbal notes. Substantial pale malt backbone. Smooth full mouthfeel. Dry and musty finish. Wow, really impressed with this beer. Well rounded, full of flavor, yet subtle and tasty all at the same time.

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Photo of MistahBeah
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear copper with two fingers of dense foamy pearl white head. Mild carbonation. Lots of lace. Looks like a lot of sediment too

Aroma: Mellow fruit esters. Red apples and some melon. Juicy grapefruit and citrus notes. Faint pine. Some grassy scents too. Very good

Taste: Very mellow indeed. Apple and citrus but more sweet than bitter. Some caramel. Faintest hint of oily pine. Surprisingly low-key for a west coast IPA

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied

Overall: Impressed by the restraint on this one being from California and all. An excellent introduction to IPAs but probably won't please the diehards. Very good regardless and worth getting

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Photo of taylocd
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on tap 01/18 at a Taco Mac restaurant; reviewed from notes

A - nearly perfect clear medium-amber hue, but very little head and lacing (perhaps a result of a sloppy pour?)

S - Lemon and caramel aroma with ever so slight a whiff of alcohol

T - citrus bitterness is present and noticeable, but not potently bitter; lemony presence in flavor as well as aroma

M - almost unbelievably smooth and creamy, but finishes with a nice zip from carbonation

O - outstanding spin on IPA, bitterness is present, but subtle; beer is smooth (almost too much so)

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Photo of jhartley
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on July 10, 2012. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a standard pint glass. Bottom of can imprinted: Canned on 06/04/2012 0843.
Poured a golden amber with a frothy off white colored 1 finger head that left ad decent amount of lacing. Smells of tropical fruits and pine. Mango and pineapple.
Tastes the way it smells with some bready malts, but the citrus is the dominant taste. A nice clean finish and a orange citrus tang on the tongue.
Overall this is a great IPA one I definitely will try again many times.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a a stemmed glass.

The color is a really cloudy orange with three big fingers of foamy white head that are leaving a bit of lacing on the glass.

The smell is up front hoppy with some grapefruit and a bit of a tart lemon flavor. There is a serious punch of orange that comes and stays in the middle of the aroma.

The taste is has a good orange peel at first, once the orange goes down there is a tart lemon flavor that hits on the back end. Hop bitterness is all over this beer with a little of what might be Columbus hops and it really pleasing for a hop head.

The feel is well laid back and and does not feel like things are too hard on the pallet. There is a bit of an aftertaste that does linger but does quickly dissipate off the tongue. A really good IPA.

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Photo of MaxBrewell
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A pleasant golden color with a thick, head and plenty of lacing.

S - Citrus hops, mostly orange rind and hint of lemon combined with slight caramel malt.

T - Bitter up front, but finishes with a nice balance between the hops and malt, with the hops slightly edging out. Definitely improved as it warmed.

M - Flows very smoothly. Nicely carbonated.

D - My first offering from 21st Amendment, and my second in my Craft-in-a-Can Series. It is very nice to know that such beers are now available for can-friendly locations. I will certainly buy this beer again.

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Photo of rstone57
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 21A can into a pint glass.

Head is almost non-existent and the color is golden.

Smell is hops.

Taste is hops and citrus with a crisp carbonation.

Overall this is a great IPA and my favorite of the San Francsico craft breweries. Plus it is in cans which makes it great for the outdoors- camping, beach, concerts, cookouts, softball etc.

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Photo of dmamiano
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden hue with a big, bold head and laces thick.
Smells of hoppy goodness. Orange rind lemon and pear perhaps mingled with sweet caramel malt and possible a bit of breadyness.
Taste was very nice. Fist off, thinck on the palate. Great mouthfeel. Viscous. Oily almost.
great balance of hops to malt but of course the hoppiness stands out.
Great round bitterness mixed with base graininess.
Have to say I really liked this beer.

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

Can art on the new run is quite amazing. An Adobe Illustrator-esque take on Mt. Rushmore with Lincoln popping out ready to punch someone. Ostensibly for trying to take away his right to drink. Anyway, I love this beer. What a good IPA should be, balanced with enough bite to know theres hops around, but not so toothy as to slash your tongue's throat. My first beer from 21stA, but certainly wont be my last.

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Photo of topofthehops
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little background: While I've been a beer aficionado for over 30 years, my experience with true craft brewing is nowhere near that of most reviewers here. My "go to" brew for at least a decade has been Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and I still thoroughly enjoy SNPA. Recently I've been happily downing numerous cans of Dale's Pale after spying it at my local store. And I've been experimenting with a number of more assertive, hop-oriented styles, including Double and Imperial IPAs.

I found this particular IPA quite tasty. Beautiful golden color, nice citrus notes, plenty of hops (but not overbearing), and eminently drinkable. Look forward to doing a head-to-head with this and Dale's.

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Photo of VaterRoss
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle into tumbler, bottled 11/14/11

The beer pours a clear amber/copper with a nice white head. Lookin’ good so far. The smell is surprisingly malty for an IPA with some nice biscuity/bready tones. At the end of the nose, some earthy pine-like tones emerge from the hops. Taste is deliciously hoppy and bitter with the mellowing malt coming in midway to chill things out. Hops are mainly citrusy with grapefruit tones. I’m really digging the maltiness of this (caramel) which almost leans it towards an English Style IPA but the hops bring it back across the pond. Ends with the nice clean IPA bitterness I’ve come to expect. After a few sips there is some very strong lacing coming from the ring that has replaced the head. Mouthfeel is medium weight with a certain hop oil presence and a mild alcohol presence.

An excellent IPA that stands out from the crowd with its DIPA strength malt, definitely something I’d pick up again. Only downside I can find is that the hops are a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of beertooth
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Bell's pint glass.

Thanks to madorb for this one.

It's our second week of Midwest vs. West coast beers.

This is my first craft beer out of a can and it's a little freaky, but I'm really enjoying it.

Lovely dark golden color with no lacing and a nice white ring of head following the beer down to the bottom of the glass.

Smells like a typical West coast IPA. Reminds me a lot of Racer 5. Sweet and bitter, but not too bitter.

Taste is the same as the nose. Nice malty sweetness and bitter hop taste that follows through to the finish.

Decent mouthfeel, nothing mind blowing, but it's not bad at all.

I would really like to get a six pack of this and go smallmouth fishing or something.

A great beer from 21st Amendment.

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Photo of Mark
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber topped by a nice thick white head, good lacing all the way down. Great hoppy aroma that could have been double like. Piney hoppy taste with decent malt balance. Was smooth at the same time, really enjoyed it. Drinkable, very drinkable. A top IPA.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

21st Amendment IPA poured light cloudy gold, with a two-finger head that disappeared almost immediately. There were rings of sticky lace left on the glass. The color was a bit too light.

This was a highly refreshing and drinkable IPA that smelled and tasted equal parts citric and earthy. Most IPAs tend to one way or the other, but this one is loaded with flavor and perfectly balances sweet and bitter, with a thick slightly bitter feel. If there is one (possibly) back-handed compliment, it's that this could very well be the best-ever pale ale, rather than an IPA.

21st Amendment IPA is a delicious, always-have-on-hand-for-those-times-your-just-in-the-mood-for-a-beer beer.

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Photo of rodlavers
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 06/22/2012, poured into a perfect pint glass. Fluffy light tan head, about three fingers. Some sudsy retention. Golden or light orange color. Smell is sweet and malty, with citrus aroma as well. Flavor however is a citrus blast, with more prominent features from the smell (sweet and malt) coming through after the up-front citrus. The malt and sweetness are still noticeable, but definitely behind the citrus. Somewhat carbonated but light at the same time, with a wet and juicy finish. Overall I like this beer quite a bit.

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Photo of Keffa
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bell's Oberon 2010 pint glass.

A: HOLY GOD. I didn't pour very vigorous out of the can, and it resulted in a 4 finger eggshell head topping a golden yellow, almost copperish color beer, and the head stayed around and left lacing all over the glass. Settled into a nice 1/8" cap and leaves sticky lace after every drink. This one is off to a fantastic start.

S: This is nice. A little bit of a caramel sweetness to the malt, fresh bread, and dry yeast. And hops. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, hops. A little pine, but mostly citrus rind and grapefruit. Also a little bit of an alcohol booziness, but it stays hidden pretty well by the hops.

T: Really nice. Grapefruit, caramel, pine, orange, fresh bread, crackers, a little spiciness, grapefruit. Did I mention grapefruit? This one is an absolute monster IPA. Every flavor you could possibly ever want out of an IPA, and then some.

M: A little thin for the flavors that are present, decent carbonation, and finishes very abruptly. Meh, this lets the flavor down a little.

D: Very drinkable. I will be picking up a 6 pack or more of this the next time I head up to Beverage Source. This is one of the best standard IPA's I've had. Matter of fact, I'd put this right there with Two Hearted any day of the week. Absolutely fantastic.

This is a PHENOMENAL IPA. If you see it, try it. No joke, this one in a can is better than 90% in bottles, if not more. Great job from 21st Amendment.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of off white head. Retention and lacing are both fantastic.carbonation rising to the surface at a slowish but steady pace.

S - definitely smells like a citrusy explosion, grapefruit, pineapple and lemon with a hint of spicy pine aroma subtle toasty malty. The more I smell the less citrusy and more sweet mellow fruits I smell, the bitterness hides as well.

T - quite bitter up front with sweet juicy and also citrusy fruits follow (peach pineapple and grapefruit). Piney/peppery flavors kick in along with toasty sweet caramel and a slight alcohol kick. Slightly grainy and bitter aftertaste. Palate adjusts quickly bitterness becomes less pungent :/

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp bitter and refreshing!

O - very tasty, piney and citrus bitterness. Medium bodied but still super drinkable and refreshing. Thanks No1Smitty!!

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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 Mosley1212
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can (with what may be the greatest logo ever--the presidents add a lot to the experience) into my DFH Snifter.

A--Dark orange with a sticky white head that had period lacing throughout the beer.

S--Grapefruit and other citrus on a musty hop background. Not the greatest smell for the IPA, hopefully the taste doesn't follow the nose.

T--It doesn't. I do not taste the must at all. It has a nice grapefruit taste up front, but the back of the sip is all hops. This beer is nice and fresh and has a great IPA flavor.

M--The tongue is abused by the hops, but that's not an unpleasant thing with this beer. There is a slight watery taste and a mild carbonation, but nothing to complain about.

O--As my first 21st Amendment brew, it makes me really anxious to try others by them. I really like this IPA. It is not my favorite, but I would have no problem drinking this one whenever I am out.

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

12 oz can serving. Name is clearly labeled as Brew Free or Die IPA from the 21st Amendment Brewery, NOT 21st Amendment IPA. I disagree with the naming convention chosen for this beer by this site. Sorry...

Beautiful appearance. Golden body, massive lacing.

Nose is crisp, tart hopitude with a bit of residual sweetness.

Flavor is very, very nice. A crisp bite like a hop-infused apple crossed with a pine cone. Pine and mint-like notes dominate, rather than the usual W.C. citrus. Malt is there to carry the hops through.

Mouthfeel is tart and asprin-esque. Pucker factor is high, but in a good way.

Drinkability is outstanding. Great beach beer, great all around IPA.

I was completely surprised by how great this beer is, purchased in Massachusetts, no less. Another wonderful beer in a can!

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