Hop Crisis | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Hop CrisisHop Crisis

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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of santomark
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Alright, this thing is great. It's not malty at all. Very mellow in terms of a double IPA. Not sugary either. This one is a keeper forsure. Highly impressed.

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5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slowly but Shirley I'm turning into an IPA WHORE.
This beer was surprisingly delicious. Golden .Clear . Hoppy. Floral. Good head and very drinkable. Smooth and not offensive in any way. This beer is right up there with world class stuff. .
Presently surprised how nice it really was.

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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 hippityhophead24
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Two finger width head. Went down after about ten minutes. Nice golden color. Very clear.

Smell: On the nose, the malts bring a sweet aroma. Hops bring a slight floral aroma, with a hint of some sort of fruit in the apple/melon category.

Taste: At first sip, you get a little bitter, mellow wood notes. Slight booze bite on the tongue. Fruity notes linger afterwards, followed by another small slam of alcohol. Very well built. Lots of flavors going on with this beer. Not too bitter like lower ABV brews.

Mouth feel: Nicely carbonated, not to fizzy on the tongue. Medium body. Not too thick and syrupy like some high alcohol IPA’s can tend to be. Very smooth on the tongue.

Overall: Overall, I think this beer is great. For 10 bucks a four pack, I could not afford to buy this often. However, if I was ballin’ like Lil’ Wayne, I would purchase this whenever I could get my hands on it. A good brew for people who enjoy not too hoppy big beers. At 9.3% ABV, and called “Hop Crisis”, it does not contain the bitterness that lower ABV beers contain, but definitely has the notes and hints that are well balanced with a well built IPA.

Glasswear: Can poured into Snifter

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Photo of ardeano
4.95/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man this stuff is good...

Poured from can (at work) into a tulip

A- clear shiny goodness
S- pretty amazing hopiness with a hint of oak
T/M- light carb, smooth feel with some warmth going down

I have to say that this is pretty amazing, it's a bit spendy but worth the try ($3 for a can at Newport Market in Bend OR) if you really enjoy the IIPA (I love the stuff). I've had a few under my belt and I'm calling this an 'IPA session starter' because you can feel it after one 12oz can and then move on to a subtle IPA bomber IPA...


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Photo of alexk307
4.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Normal IPA color, yellow/goldenish with a white head.

S: Really unique smells going on here. Lemon cake, vanilla, lemon peels, citrus, lemonade.

T: Tastes exactly like a slice of lemon poppyseed cake...if it was baked with a ton of hops. Really getting a sour citrus flavor which is balanced really well with strong hops.

M: Carbonated and light

O: Pleasantly surprised; one of the better IPAs I've had in a while. 21st Amendment is turning into my favorite brewery.

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Photo of kchannel9
4.88/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer. Imperial IPAs are my favorite, and this brew hits my favorite flavor profile and ABV strength perfectly. Its citrusy, crisp, delicious, and wonderful. Thanks so much to 21St Amendment in SF for creating this masterpiece of taste and smoothness. Love it.

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Photo of DeanWormer
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
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???

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.76/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tropical fruits, big oak and sweet malt notes. Very smooth and sweet with the tropical fruits and oak flavor melding in so well together with the malt its very delicious. I can''t believe how drinkable it is too! Wow, that totally took me by surprise. Its light but heavy at the same time and its complex without being too complex. Its definitely a sipper and has some alcohol notes but its still extremely drinkable. The hops round out with everything else in the aftertaste leaving behind an oak, sweet malt tropical bitterness. Definitely a great beer!

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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 BrewChatKen
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

This has officially become one of my favorite double IPAs. Big tropical fruits on the nose like pineapple, peach, orange/tangerine, mango, a little oak, dash of vanilla and booze. Yeah, this is gonna be a big beer. Poured golden with a fluffy white head, excellent retention. The color surprised me, it looked like a light bodied beer and it drank like one too, dangerously easy drinking is how I'd describe it. The big hop bitterness is well balanced by the malts and oak aging. Those fruits are present as well as subtle vanilla coming off the oak, that was very nice. It was a little boozy, but that didn't detract from it for me. I'll be having this again and I wish they would make it available year round.

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Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding DIPA.

Strong resemblance to Myrcenary, a favorite of mine.

Very well-balanced DIPA, nice hazy light golden color on pour, great meringue-like head, 3-4 cm, nice lacing.

Taste a perfect mix of hops, grapefruit, hint of pine and earthiness mixed with malty sweetness, but the hop finish is well pronounced and provides a solid finish without being overly bitter.

Not at all boozy - nowhere near tastes like it's 9.7%.

Overall, this has rapidly risen to my must have list. Not very "west-coast-ish" - more "east-coast-ish." Highly enjoyable and drinkable DIPA.

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Photo of mjl21
4.74/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a 2010 SF Strong Beer Month Belgian tulip glass. Comes in at 10.8% and 85 IBUs.

A-Pours a clear lighter amber color. It has a one finger off white head that dissolves to a decent sized ring. Does not leave a lot of lace.

S-It has a great hoppy nose. There is lots of dank on the surface and a large amount of citrus as well. There is some caramel malt which imparts a little sweetness, but in no way prevents the hops from dominating.

T-The taste mirrors the nose. Lots of dank and resiny pine flavor immediately coat the tongue. Orange citrus flavor is also upfront. It has a sweet malt backbone that briefly halts the bitterness of the hops. The pine and citrus flavors return at the end. The booze is very contained, especially compared to the 2009 version.

M-Thick, resiny, and sticky.

D-A great big IPA. It falls into the dangerously drinkable category.

I always enjoy this each February. This is by far the best batch that I have tried. Would love to see this return on a regular basis.

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Photo of bret27
4.69/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

fresh on tap

A: Dark amber w/thick fluffy white head

S: Hops and more hops, (Multiple citrus fruits, piney) w/some bready malt thrown in

T: A hop bomb for sure. So much fruit at the beginning. Oranges, tangerines, followed by a malty punch, then a bitter finish. Not really boozy but you can feel that warmth.

M/D: Full mouth but not too full, just enough to handle all the citrusy bitter hop flavor. Insanely drinkable. Almost no noticeable etoh presence whatsoever. I'm baffled.

Overall: This is an amazing beer. I couldn't believe it. So well balanced and so freakin' big. The only crisis would be if 21st Amendment stopped making it because it's by far the best beer of theirs I've ever had. (only had a sample, not a full glass)

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Photo of topofthehops
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled into a can of this a couple of weeks ago at a bar and it knocked me out (not literally, although at 9.7% it could certainly have that impact). Bought a four-pack last night and my initial impression was confirmed: This is my new favorite beer. It's got exactly what I love: HUGE hops, citrus (grapefruit), and bracing bitterness. Can claims it's "aged on oak spirals." I'm not quite sure what that means. Can't say I detected oak, nor do I care. Quite light in color compared to most DIPAs I've poured. It would fun to pour this for someone who thinks all bold-flavored brews are darker and then watch his/her reaction when drinking it. Anyway, this just assumed a place in my personal beer pantheon along with Lagunitas Hop Stoopid and Flying Dog The Truth.

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Photo of david18
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer made an unfortunately very brief appearance at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I had about three over a two day period and then it was gone, which was too bad because I really liked this beer.

Appearance was a copper/amber color with a nice amount of carbonation which stuck around for a while. Very enticing.

Aroma was probably the best part. Very refreshing hops, almost sweet. Fruity, with a nice malt aroma as well.

Flavor was also great. Great mix of hops, malt and heat, with a very west coast hop bent. Great bitterness, great flavor.

I really hope to see this beer again because I really liked it. One of the better double IPA's that I've had.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$3.00 can from Abe's.

Rich golden color, terrific clarity, plenty of carbonation, topped byfour fingers of bubbly snow white foam Good lacing.

Exceptional strong clean and enticing pine aroma, easily noticeable across the table.

A quick flash of sweet malt splashes on the tongue, and then its all hops. Juicy fruit tingles all over the mouth. Then the bitterness bomb buids up and explodes at the swallow, with a firestorm burning through a long, long aftertaste.

Good firm mouthfeel delivers it all squarely.

Overall, a big thumbs up and a IIPA that exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: This beer pours a light, golden-orange color with a solid 2 in, soapy, bright white head. Very hazy in appearance. Retention is slow in my IPA glass, so I dont see any lacing, though im sure its heavy.

S: Strong amounts of citrus hops and grapefruit jump out at me off the first smell. I also get some apricots, a dry biscuit aroma.

T: Very strong hop bite, very citrusy and piney in the initial taste. I get a subtle honey and apricot flavor through the middle,followed by that dry yeast that coats your mouth.

M: Very hoppy, but not too bitter. Nice mouthfeel and a good balance of flavor make this a very drinkable IPA. Alcohol is not noticeable and has minor carbonation.

O: This is a very hoppy IPA and is up there with some other great ones I have had. I always compare a good IPA to Samuel Adams Whitewater, and this one come pretty close. High ABV and the quality that this beer was brewed make it well worth the price if you can find it. Cheers!

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

Hops Crisis is literally the equivalent of someone taking a bat and smashing you in the face. I mean that in the best possible way. This beer is strong as hell, and has a kick that will quite literally knock you off your feet.

If you can grab this off a tap somewhere, by all means go for it. Not bad in a can either in a pinch.

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

This smells so good that I got closer, and closer, until I literally inhaled some of the foam. Big big tropical fruits here: mango, pineapple, papaya, and cherries. It smells like the most delicious fruit cocktail on top of shortcake that has ever graced my nose.

Wonderful hazy dark straw color gradient topped by a crisp white head with lacing that looks like a pictograph of ocean waves.

Solid, but not intrusive bitterness from start to finish. Hop Crisis brings it with the taste of the tropics. Pineapple, lemon, light mango, and peaches on the palate. A soft bready background holds it together. Medium, smooth carbonation and a medium-light body. The alcohol isn't just hiding in this beer, it's completely undetectable. Great job to 21A and cheers!

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Photo of BeerNotes
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow with a 1/2 inch head — dissipates to about 1/8 inch — and laces all the way down.

S: Lots of citrus, bits of oak and earth, slight malt.

T: Surprisingly biscuity up front. Quickly gives way to grapefruit and hops. Oaked smokiness masks some of the alcohol flavor near the back. Ends very bitter.

M: Moderate thickness and carbonation.

O: It’s a really nice beer. Not too heavy-handed on the oak flavors, but enough to cover some of the booziness and add a nuanced finish. And you’re never confused about what you’re drinking; definitely a DIPA all the way through. Very drinkable for the high alcohol content, and pretty refreshing, especially near the end of summer. 21st Amendment continues to deliver on the off-the-beaten-path excellence I’ve come to expect from them.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a pint glass

A- Poured a clear golden orange color with a two finger frothy head and leaves minimal lacing.

S- Huge tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange peel, and pine. There is something else here though that I can't quite put my finger on, I am thinking it is the oak. This is very aromatic.

T- A little unusual for a Double IPA. Some nice tropical fruit, peach, orange citrus, lemon zest, grassy notes, some oak, maltiness, and pine. The alcohol is present and provides some warmth and a slight burn on the finish. A lot of sweetness going on but a lot of bitterness too, works well together.

M- This beer finishes super dry, starts off sticky and has a slightly oily mouthfeel, and the alcohol provides some warming. The bitterness lingers long after each sip.

O- This is a big beer in every way from the alcohol presence to the complexity in the taste and aroma. 21st Amendment is changing my perception on what kind of beer can come from a can with this one and Monk's Blood.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite DIPAs. It's a crowded field nowadays, but Hop Crisis is right up there with Heady and Sip of Sunshine, IMHO.

Can dated 10/11/14, so this puppy is 5 months old. Pours a hazy gold with a thick white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation. Really citrusy; really, REALLY hoppy. But the hoppiness doesn't bite - it blends perfectly with the oak and malt to produce an exceptionally flavorful ale. Very easy (too easy?) to drink - the 9.7% ABV is masterfully camouflaged.

21st Amendment puts out some good stuff, but this is by far their best offering. Highly recommended.

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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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