Hop Crisis
21st Amendment Brewery

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,982
Ranked #7,501
3.99 | pDev: 10.53%
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
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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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mawenzi from California

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

Hoppy. Deadly alcohol content (in a good way).

Jun 03, 2015
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4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer, doesn't drink like an Imperial. Best offering I've had from them. Recommend for sure.

Jun 27, 2015
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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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hotpauko from South Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From can but 6 months past exp date. Don't think it affected taste too much. Very easy drinking double but no too strong in flavor. High ABV not very noticeable. Flavors were good, malt hop citrusy mix was easy in the mouth. Would really like to get this fresh next time.

Apr 03, 2015
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DeanWormer from Georgia

4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I love hoppy Imperial IPAs and I love malty barleywines. I especially love IPAs that can balance the hops and the malt so that they're both present and apparent, but they play nicely together. That's Hop Crisis. Half IIPA; half barleywine - just about perfect. I found it when I was out of town and only bought a single can to give it a try. Now I'm the one having the hop crisis. How am I going to get more of this great stuff???

Feb 18, 2015
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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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Jason from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can with no freshness date.

Clear weathered golden color. Off-white bubbly head sticks to the glass like a champ. Soft resin, floral and slightly fruity hops with substantial edge of citric ... alcohol is clean and so is the malt, a pleasing aroma. Smooth and creamy fullish body. Hop bitterness is there, slow moving but it eventually tries to take over the palate. Alcohol is certainly there with a warmth that starts up on the first sip. Big herbal push unfolds into more of a tobacco and citric juice and rind flavor. Oak? Yeah there is a slight pull from the oak which adds a complexity within. Maltiness struggles to make its mark but does come through with some nutty toasted graininess. Finishes bitter with some residual malt underneath.

A good run at the style, not many canned craft beers of this strength in the market so Hop Cirsis has that going for it. Hopheads have another option when cans are the only choice.

Jun 16, 2011
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Billolick from New York

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

Growler fill from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours clear lighter amber, fluffy off white head, thicker collar and leaves way better then average sheeting and lacing all the way to the top of the glass.
Pungent citric and pine infused nose. Fresh sniffer.
Bold and flavorful DIPA, with waves of citric hops with tropical fruit notes also floating around. Also picking up some mint in this bright and densly flavorful brew.
Prolly the best 21st Amendment offering I've had to date.

Nov 24, 2010
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BeerArchivist from California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Nov 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Sep 07, 2012
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Hoptoudrop from Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Aug 01, 2013
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Poloplaya from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aug 07, 2015
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kirok1999 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a nice chunky head and sticky lacing.
Smells sweet and of caramel and grapefruit hops. The taste really matches the smell. There is a lot of caramel and lots of citrus hops. There's some grass and pine as well as some dark malt to lend some sweetness.
Feels smooth and creamy, not at all bitey or unpleasant on the palate. Nice carbonation level and a very smooth sipper.

Jul 13, 2011
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap served in a 10oz glass. appears a golden orangish color, with some haze, slightly fluffy white head. decent lacing as I drank. aroma was of mostly citrus hops.

taste is actually fairly balanced, which I enjoy. good malt balance to the strong hop profile. not bitter, and complex, not just a one-note hop blast.

fairly smooth mouthfeel, and easy to drink. no hint of the abv.

Jan 22, 2011
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biglobo8971 from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from can into a pub glass. Beautiful pour, color almost glowing golden yellow, great head, great lacing. Smell is of balanced hops and sweetness, with a hint of pine resonance. The taste rides a wave, first is the hops, then the citrus sweetness, then the pine. Decent mouth feel, easy to drink, with the pine resonance lasting almost until the next drink. Solid beer, get this brewery distro'ed to MN, just never had this one. Solid brew, would mos def drink again.

Nov 11, 2011
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Celtics76 from Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 28, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Sep 09, 2012
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BrandonOakes from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6%

Dec 14, 2013
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Fievel from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aug 04, 2015
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JMBSH from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -6%

Dec 16, 2012
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wethorseblanket from California

3.97/5  rDev -0.5%

Nov 29, 2014
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peacebone116 from California

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into Delirium snifter. Bottom of can is labeled with the following code: 1102 1643.

A: Honey gold with a thick bright head that recedes quickly to lace at the sides of the glass.

N: Pine and resin and earth with a defined sweetness in the background.

T/M: A citric flavor of pine and spice backed by a solid sweetness which is delivered in the solid and beautiful malt profile. The body feels very oily and thick with a lingering bitterness.

Not sure why I like this beer so much--it is a very good beer; I find it more similar to the Mid-West style IIPA, which I experienced while in CO. I really like how the beer features the often under-appreciated piny hop characteristics. I will definitely be enjoying another of theses rather soon.

Jul 05, 2011
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kuhndog from New York

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 15, 2017
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Sanchezrox23 from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Sep 16, 2014
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