Hop Crisis | 21st Amendment Brewery

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3.98/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
21st-amendment.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by sloejams on 04-08-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,416
Reviews:
501
Ratings:
1,662
pDev:
10.55%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
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Photo of NodakEric
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good balance with bitter and sweet. Something not quite right though.

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Photo of hypnotoad1
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jameswaldo
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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...

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

Photo of BeerAndFilm
2.85/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ccryder
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkrug5
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mickyge
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjohns73
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kuhndog
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mfigueroa713
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lectric10
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DuncanBishop24
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
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 craftaholic
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sharp bite up front. Strong alcohol and wood finish. Nothing remarkable but tasty nonetheless

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Photo of JPadilla
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lonborgski
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
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 -26.4%
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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Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,662 ratings