Hop Crisis | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Hop CrisisHop Crisis

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by sloejams on 04-08-2008

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.21/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of ordybill
4.17/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of gotzilla
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of threeviews
5/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
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

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Photo of Professor_Frink
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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.


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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, enjoy by date 10/09/2015 printed on the bottom of the can. 'Ale aged on Oak spirals'. Intriguing can art and unique 4pk packaging markets this one well.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a hazed golden orange, a bit brighter than expected, with 3 fingers of frothy fluffy white head of good retention for the high abv. Looks very nice for what it is.

S - Aroma is fresh & floral. A bit of fresh citrus / orange rinds, pine, a bit of floral alcohol fumes. The aging from the Oak spirals doesn't come off strong, and adds only a touch of earthy / woodsy notes, but no overt notes of oak or vanilla.

T - Taste follows the nose: light oak flavor at best, nothing too extreme. Again, no overt notes of vanilla or oak / earthiness. Bitter piney hoppiness, & some smooth caramel malt.

M - A smooth and creamy mouthfeel with mild alcohol warmth. Easy-drinking for the high abv.

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Photo of d0nald
4.76/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

AMAZING! Just finished a can and can't wait for the next. Wish i had grabbed more than one 4pk. Goes down soooo easy for an ipa with such a high abv. not as complex as expected but absolutely delicious!!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours clear light golden with an orange hue, finger white head with good retention and some lacing. I get mostly bready malt and citrus in the smell, a little dark fruit. When cold, the bitterness and wood/alcohol presence really hit hard. As it warms the flavors really come together nicely. Sweet pale malt with piney hops shining through, the wood adds another layer with a little vanilla and then a lasting earthy end. The alcohol is definitely present in the finish, but not overly. Mouthfeel is pretty thick n soft. Overall a very good oak aged DIPA, wanna crush it, but better sip it.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden straw color with a nice sweet smell of hops and slight malt. This is an extremely drinkable IPA. The 94 IBU's and 9.7% abv is well-hidden! Another home run by 21 Amendment!

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Photo of hman43
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours golden. It has aromas of citrus, and caramel. It has flavors of ctirus, caramel, floral and dark fruits. It has a high bitter kick on the palate.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy straw color with a foamy white head that leaves lots of lace. Beer clears as it warms a bit.
Lots of tropical fruits in the aroma as well as hints of peach and candy fruit slices, some grapefruit as well.
The taste is juicy, bitter and sweet. Tropical and citrus up front followed by some nice sweetness and a finishing pithy bitterness. A little boozy as it warms. Didn't really pick up any oak. Maybe a hint of vanilla?
Mouthfeel is medium and slightly sticky.
Quite good, if second-tier, double IPA

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Photo of ohmayer
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light golden imperial IPA with a white frothy head and a floral peach aroma. Peach, pineapple and orange fruit with rich caramel malt. Finishes with an apricot wheat flavor with a hopsy bitterness that rounds out the profile. Rich and beautiful.

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Photo of Michaelsterns
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I honestly was looking for a lot more from this beer. I love oak aged IPA's in general, and I think this is a fantastic beer. I just wish that it hadn't said that it was oak aged. It's such a stellar DIPA that it doesn't need to say that it's oak aged. The oak is muted at best, but it is definitely worth the buy.

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Photo of ksimons
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear bright golden color with a fingers worth of white head. Smells of tropical fruits and citrus. Taste is similar to the smell with pale malts, citrus, tropical fruits, and light pine hops. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Overall a very drinkable beer even with the high ABV, nice amount of tropical fruits.

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