Hop Crisis
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,944
Ranked #7,443
3.99 | pDev: 10.53%
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
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Rubicj from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Looks pretty standard, with a great aroma that you can smell from pretty far away. Taste is a pretty standard IPA, hoppy with faint citrus and pine. Doesn't deliver on the impressive smell.

Nov 04, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper filtered, medium carbonation and 4 fingers of white head.

Smells of pineapple, pine and creme brûlée’.

Tastes of creme brûlée, pine needles and a hint of oak.

Medium syrupy body with little carbonation.

I got this in Reno and am drinking it in Redding, July 31st, 2019. Tuition paid tonight!!!

Aug 01, 2019
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whitewizard from Arizona

2.65/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I usually enjoy big beers and this just wasn't doing it for me. Dating on bottom of can was smudged but it did taste older than it should. Would not revisit even with fresher product.

Jun 14, 2019
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martya3 from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For a hopped-up brew with a high alcohol content this is one of the smoothest I've tasted. There is hardly any bite even though it's a 94 IBU. Overall just a great Brew. Definitely a sipper and one to be enjoyed. For Duty and Humanity drink up. Free the Hops!!

Jul 13, 2018
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Can poured into a Duvel chalice
Ale aged on oak spirals 9.7 % abv. 94 ibu

Pours out looking like sparkling clover honey with amber and golden highlights. A tight, creamy white foam stands tall, bubbly center, creamy edges. Slow dissipation.

The nose has several layers of creamy caramel and honey scented malty notes. The vanilla, creamy, oak aging brings in a sweet, old furniture type aroma. Pretty unique to what is an otherwise hop dominated brew. The hoppy aromatics are seriously dense, with sweet candied fruits, citrus, pine and funky herbs. The oak spirals add a level of dense sweetness that seems to engance the heady hop aroma.

First sip reveals the nature of the oak, wood aging process, flavor's of old wood, vanilla and leather seem to jump out of the malty complexity. A fine, creamy, oakie malt flavor provides some fine low-end style flavor's. The boozy heat is pretty high...as to be expected. A crisp and clean, light to medium bodied feel overall with a smooth malt textureband pkenty of dry, earthy and bitter tones to give a nice dry finish.

The hops have serious depth; The flavor really covers tge entire spectrum of hoppy possibilities. Seriously dry-earthy tones of dried wheat, high grasses and crunchy leaves, bitter and prickly hop cones, super dry hopped taste and feel, metalluc citrus and even a series of tropical fruits like grapefruit and starfruit pop out of the hops. Between the oak and malty depth and mega hop effects this thing is seriously complex, a true sipper.

Overall, a high level of complex flavors, limit this beast, as it's appetite is ferocious but the blood is in limited supply. Go slow and enjoy.

Apr 28, 2018
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

1/20/18...pours hazy cloudy bronze, dark to light top to bottom. Fluffed white foam. Woody burnt nose. Sharp oily bitter. Pine revs up and then rolls off the tongue. Touch of sweetness at the close. Interesting.

Apr 08, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Duvel tulip

L: Cloudy golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Spotty lacing around the glass.

S: Dank tropical fruits... juicy pineapple, mango, and citrus.

T/F: Sweet malt backbone... sweeter booze. The high ABV is not well hidden... but fortunately melds into the juicy tropical fruit hop profile and is somewhat balanced by some aggressive IBU's. Oddly balanced... good flavor. Pineapple and citrus dominate. Light lemongrass, melon, and green tea. Zippy carbonation. Sticky/oily on the tongue.

O: A big barrel-aged IPA. A bit boozy to be super drinkable... more of a sipper. Great flavor... really enjoyed it... won't be a regular drinker.

Mar 21, 2018
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jameswaldo from New York

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the prettiest IPA you'd ever want to watch: fun 12-oz can from 21st Amendment, with an Alcatraz breakout surfing on ironing board providing good label reading experience, then the San Leandro can poured high into a Spiegelau glass for thick head up to glass rim that subsides gracefully. Ale makes a turbid white-orange SRM 5 with tiny floating flecks of tasty-looking gunk suspended artfully. Lacing is a wee bit anemic for such other excellent optics. Smell not as amazing as the looks, but offers a fruity, hothouse florist funk with hint of comfy gym socks. Maybe that's the oak? Taste is wonderfully bittered and well-rounded, with a mouthfeel richly enveloping the tongue, righteous lingering bitter aftertaste that makes my tongue sweat the way I like it. I didn't notice the high ABV till about half-way through sipping, when the 7th ounce brought a bit of ethanol buzz to my ears: a sort of head-feel that the mouth and nose missed. For sure this aging "on oak spirals" does something well worth doing to an excellent IIPA. Makes me want to stock a box of oak toothpicks to munch while drinking other IPAs not oaked.

Feb 07, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE: February 6, 2018... OCCASION: impending Wednesday day off begs for a substantial ale... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... pours a hazy, sediment-filled, effervescent golden yellow body--light but slightly opaque--with a head that sports a two-finger white head...it clusters into clouds as it settles... strong grapefruit and melon, damp, dank basement, pepper, tea, and big resin... the first sip is bitter, strong but respectful, soft and creamy on the tongue, enticing the next like a temptress... the finish is bubbly, lively and lingering... little here suggests 9.4% ABV... big spruce, mango, grapefruit, aromatic tea, thick resin, dripping with an imperial swagger that requires a bit of chewing... flowery too--this beer unfolds with a layering of flavor that releases lemon, light bread malts, and peach... all in all, what a case of IPAs this finds itself in--the Blah Blah Blah may be a bit more citric, but this one brings a roundhouse kick of hops crunch, worthy of a snifter...

Feb 07, 2018
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Canned on (10/15/16). Malt and floral hop bitterness. Some Black tea flavor. Oaky dryness. Fairly balanced for a bigger imperial IPA. It's not bad for a close to 6 month old imperial ipa. Tastes closer to an american barleywine.

Mar 13, 2017
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Lonborgski from Maine

4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz can to a tulip glass. Can marked "Enjoy by 10/15/16" -- oh well, it takes a while to get cans from San Francisco to Maine.
Look of slightly cloudy deep amber with a nice head that fades and laces.
Slightly fruity hoppy smell--ripe oranges.
Taste balanced between ripe fruit and home-made bread.
A bit of tart bite in the feel.
Overall, pretty good canned double.

Jan 30, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Cigar City El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Hazy gold, with a finger's worth of white head that fades fairly quickly. Fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Citrus – orange and grapefruit. Sweet toffee malts, vanilla, and mild oak tannins. Some sweet caramel, and maybe hints of oxidation, both suggestive of some age in this IPA. Mild resin and tropical fruit notes.

T: Oranges and toffee, biscuit malts and vanilla. Mild caramel and age again. Tropical fruits, mild oak and resinous bitterness. It finishes with sweet malt and sweet orange-vanilla mix.

M: Medium body, with good carbonation sensation and low alcohol presence.

O: Sadly, this is old. The stamped “best by” date is on the bottom is 10/15/16, I’m drinking it on 12/5/16. The only reason I decided to still post a review - this was just purchased in the last week from a local bottle store. The bottle shop just got it in from the distributor 3-4 days before (J.J. Taylor in Tampa, if someone is wondering).
I checked with two other bottle shops in the area. All three of the shops received packs of this beer with the same “Best By” date from the same distributor.
While I’m not in the habit of reviewing outdated IPAs, I think the brewery needs to have some responsibility with the distributor they choose to work with – and the ball was dropped here big time. I don’t know if the hiccups occurred between brewery-distributor or distributor-shops, but either way it’s unacceptable. As it is, it’s a barely acceptable IPA. The wood aging just adds to the sweet toffee and caramel flavors that have developed with age. Either way, it doesn’t hold a candle to Cigar City's White Oak Jai Alai. I will update this if or when I find an acceptably fresh four pack.

Jan 22, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can a little past BB date stamped on bottom but stored cold.

Pours with a very hazy, light amber body topped by a large, frothy white head that has very good retention and leaves ample sudsy lacing.

Fruity aroma with hints of oranges, pineapple and soft ripe fruits.

Flavor: fruity hops dominate. Hints of oranges, pineapple, vanilla, oak and caramel. Nice moderately bitter finish with plenty of hops.

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium carbonation and a mild bite from the ample alcohol and hops.

Overall: an excellent, easy drinking DIPA.

Jan 04, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass at the Taco Mac in Atlanta, GA. The appearance is a clear copper color with a large white head. The aroma is a nice blend of citrus and pine hops. The taste is very close to the nose. A very good beer.

Oct 26, 2016
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Best by 10/9/15"; drank 7/14/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from a can into a glass.

Semi-opaque light orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big white head; a frothy curtain of lace.

Pineapple & faint vanilla notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Pineapple & mango flavors up front; mild vanilla & faint grapefruit notes on the finish. A fruity, balanced DIPA with no booze heat; nicely done!

Oct 19, 2016
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Meyers1023 from New York

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden straw color, slight haze to it and a fingers worth of bubbly head. The nose has plenty of hop smell to it with citrus but the barrel comes through with oak and vanilla. The taste is a great interplay between the juicy hops, the oak barrel vanilla, and biscuity malt. The feel is slightly thick, almost syrupy. This is an excellent oak aged IPA. Too many get it wrong. I will be comparing this to Burton Baton, my favorite beer in this style.

Oct 15, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This mixed up the light brown and dark orange colors into one caramel appearance. This one looks sticky. The aroma had lots of citrus hop notes and some of that malt stickiness.

The taste was big, it was barleywine level thick maltness, plenty of caramel as already noted. They don't skimp on the hops, I get a lot of Simcoe and C hops here. Lots of bitterness. The oak is a nice touch and imparts that aspect quicker than barrel aging, allowing the hops to still be fresh. While it does great at covering the alcohol, it comes as the expense of a dry malt bill, as this one is thick to absorb some of that abv.

Sep 22, 2016
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gotzilla from California

3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Foamy suds like laundry soap that died quickly.

Urine colored.

Smell is ok except not strong enough to identify.

Taste was nice at the beginning, but turned into something that burned a little. I'm moving on.

Sep 03, 2016
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can

Pours clear rich golden, sudsy white head is coarse and retains as a lacing.

Smells of honey, biscuit, grapefruit, and floral hops.

Flavor is very rich and malty, honey and buttered biscuit with oak undertones. Finishes with fruity and piney hops.

Full, slightly syrupy body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth. Slight boozy warmth going down.

Very rich and tasty, and very malty. The hops are strong and certainly make their presence known, but these feels more like a barleywine than a DIPA. In that regard it's very enjoyable and is a slow drink. Worth trying if that sounds good to you.

Aug 01, 2016
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours amber with fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and caramel malt. Body is full and slightly crisp. Enormous amount of citrusy hops is balanced on the palate with caramel malt and tropical fruit. Finish is long, dry, and very hoppy. Excellent brew.

Jul 25, 2016
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threeviews from Florida

5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz can (multiple cans consumed b/w 7/13/14 & 8/30/14, Best By Date: 10/11/14) into a Rastal Teku 2.0 stemmed glass

A- Pours a slightly hazy, golden yellow with a 1+ finger worth of a soapy white head with moderate retention. Being a fan of light-hued DIPA's, this a benchmark for the style and joins the ranks with other highly respected offerings in Enjoy By IPA and Founders Double Trouble. (5.0)

S- Being that another oak-aged IPA in Burton Baton stands to be my favorite of all time (simply due to availability), Hop Crisis does not disappoint. Vanilla and coconut from the oak is at the forefront and blends beautifully with the hoppy notes of citrus (orange, tangerine, grapefruit) and tropical fruits (pineapple and mango). (5.0)

T- Vanilla and coconut are the first to strike followed by a a quick shot of malt sweetness. However, the hops never play second fiddle and end up engulfing the palate into a dry citrus rind and piney finish. The 9.7% ABV (as labeled) goes absolutely undetectable thanks to the modest malt bill and a low percentage of residual unfermentable sugars. (5.0)

M- The labeled 94 IBU's are tamed by the silky texture imparted from the oak spirals. Despite the 9.7% ABV, the body is as light as its appearance, treading the cusp between heavy/light bodied and light/medium bodied. (5.0)

O- Simply put, this is perfection...and perfection in a can! Although I've had this before, I have been remiss in composing a proper review for Hop Crisis. Despite nearly a year passing since my last can, this is everything I remember (and perhaps even more). It possesses every quality of a world class DIPA (appearance, aroma, flavor, mouthfeel, high drinkability)...then add to that the time on oak spirals is what sets this one apart from the ranks. If it were more readily available, this would trumpet Burton Baton as my favorite DIPA (if not beers) of all time. Heady Topper...what's that?! (5.0)

UPDATE: 2016 version (Best By 15 October 2016) is the best since I became privy to this beer way back in 2011. Not only did they update the hops, they also tweaked the malt bill.

The new (and aggressive) hop varietals used somewhat trumpet the oak influence but the combination are a match made in heaven. The tropical, citrus and stone fruit characteristics along with the subtle vanilla and coconut imparted by the oak spirals is better integrated than the 2015 version which had a stronger oak presence and a much less interesting hop bill. This beer has varied from year-to-year and vintage 2016 stands to be the best of since its initial release in 2011...two words: Orange Creamsicle!

Along with my original and proper review from 2014 (and my memory from the initial release back in 2011 which was a game changer for me), Hop Crisis maintains as my favorite DIPA and look forward to it every year. I just wish it was available year-round as its balance of hop bitterness, flavor and infusion of oak makes this a perfect 5 for me.

Update: 10/08/2016
Cans are screened as "Best By 10/15/2016" and they are drinking wonderfully. Although the hop aroma is clearly fading (almost 4 months from canning), the vanilla and coconut aromas are revealing themselves with assertion. Although I wish the oak presence was stronger when "fresh," the spoils of a DIPA almost "past its prime" is maturing into beautiful amalgam of flavors. If I can find some more lingering on the shelf, I will purchase, as this is a beer that will showcase flavors unimagined when fresh. I certainly don't advocating aging this beer in the proper sense...yet I think another month or two will afford the 2016 batch to morph into a much more flavorful DIPA. That said, if you want hops "in your face" then that ship has sailed for Hop Crisis 2016.

Jul 18, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

You won’t be able to tell the high ABV. Nice but not overpowering aroma leads to a sharp, biting flavor that is pure DIPA. Clear golden body with nice creamy head, tons of clumpy lacing. All around winner

Apr 27, 2016
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Professor_Frink from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oak and you can taste it. And that's not a bad thing. Good flavor, but very strong. Smooth, flavorful, somewhat sweet. A sipping beer. I would drink again.

Jan 09, 2016
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Homers_Beer_Odyssey from New York

4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5


AROMA/SCENT - Hops, pine.

TASTE - Hops, malts, sweet, nutty.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Carbonation, dry, smooth, clean, light, crisp, refreshing.

VALUE - $4 for a 12-oz can, affordable.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Tasty and quaffable.

Dec 08, 2015
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the can in a pint glass. This nice ale pours a very bright yellowish amber with a very nice head of white foam that settles to a thick layer of rocky foam with excellent lacing. Nose of sweet caramel malts, juicy hops or pine, subtle oak, and light citrus notes. Flavors exceed the nose with a good malt backbone that mingles with a nice woodsy note from the oak on the middle, and notes of orange peel, light pineapple, and moderate amounts of spruce from the hops. Great mouth feel is lifted high by ample carbonation that keeps it lively with a bitter sweet hops finish with a warming alcohol to the back and a moderately piney bitter finish. Very nice.


Oct 28, 2015
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