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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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
1.62/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Canned on Aug 6th 2012. More than 2 months old, which I didn't know because the bottle on date wasn't visible on the outside package. Only way to know is by opening the box. Thought it was a local brew (SF) but turns out it was canned in MN. Makes sense/sarcasm.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a 2.5 finger head. Looks inviting enough.

S: Has a very unique smell. Picking up a floral scent along with a tad bit of citrus and malt. Not a huge fan of the smell, getting rank cardboard or something. VEry off putting.

T: Hops have faded, my own fault for picking up a 4 pack that's 2 months old. Would really like to try this fresh, but with their current packaging it will be hard to tell. This was fresh out of a shipping box as well, which I thought meant it would bre fresher as the store had just got it. Its a hop faded malty IPA with floral notes. Some chalky elements as well which is something I've never picked up in a beer before.

Edit: overly sweet and malty mess. Bleh just terrible, couldn't finish.

M: Avg medium bodied, medium carbonation, and malty taste.

O: Meh, wouldn't shell out the $10 for a 4 pack again. Plenty of better options out there, but overall if this were fresher I could see it being pretty good. Wish there was a way considering its a "Local" brewery to get this fresh.

Editing my rankings after finishing the 4 pack and bringing the last one to a beer club I'm in. Down right terrible. Perhaps I got a bad batch but 3 of them were a drain pour for me and no one in beer club liked it. Ranked it as the worst beer brought to the club thus far.

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Photo of hopsbreath
2.34/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to MADhombrewer for hooking me up with a can of this.

A: Crystal clear golden yellow, a finger of white head receding to nothing, no lacing. 3/5

S: Big sweet malt with a big tropical hop presence. Notes of peaches and mangoes are most prevalent. 4/5

T: Youch, that's a little astringent. In fact, it's really astringent. Green onions and big sweet malts are noticeable. More bittering than flavoring hops don't really work. 1.5/5

M: Heavy body with a sticky finish that just doesn't do it for me. 2/5

O: As far as DIPA's go, this is toward the bottom of my list. I'm not a fan, and won't be returning to this. 2/5

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Photo of citizencane
2.46/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Gave this an entire meal to warm and rid itself of overwhelming rubbing alcohol taste. It helped slightly but this ended up being a drain pour. Very disappointing coming from 21st Amendment, of all breweries.

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Photo of bootlegger1929
2.59/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

From a can. Not a favorite of mine.

Looks awesome actually. Great lacing and nice clear copper color.

Smell is medicinal with some citrus and wood.

Taste is much the same as the smell. Hopefully I just got a bad can or it might not be fresh. Idk.

Mouthfeel is fine for a DIPA.

Not my favorite beer overall. Not a fan. Oh well.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
2.59/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Orangey glow to this one with a wsip of head. Actually, a lot less head than I'd associate with a DIPA, and it was somewhat of an aggressive pour. Beer has a nice color to it though. Tiny head does decent job at lacing.

S- Lots of orange rind and grapefruit juice. Very aromatic- inviting.

T- Zippy, minty, weird. Lots of fruit with the hops but it's got a lot of sugar behind it. Weird leafy greens. Can't get past the mint/basil combo. Really detracts from the delicious fruit component.

M- Solventy, astringent, weird chlorophyll element that really throws things off kilter for me. High carbonation despite low head. Booze is noticable in the finish.

O- Finished one can, did not want to open any more. Has a twinge to the flavors that I just don't like. I won't be buying any more of this.

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Photo of jzeilinger
2.66/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a medium gold color with a thick, creamy, foamy layer of head sits, stays, and doesn't subside!

S - WEAK nose for a 9+% beer. Very light malt, mildly earthy, and smells pretty much like flavored water to me. (sorry to say)

T - Sweet crackery caramel malt up front, miniml hop character, maybe a little lemon rind, grapefruit, and oranges (and I'm really digging for that description).

M - Smooth and creamy but feels totally DEAD on the tongue.

O - I'd love to give this beer another opportunity with a fresher batch because I can detect it's potential.

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Photo of Philousa
2.71/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a somewhat hazy pale yellow with a thick, creamy white head sitting one inch above the beer. Great lacing. Aroma is a little biting with the oak and it's backed up by piney, syrupy hop aroma. The malt is definitely no second fiddle, though, and comes across with a strong cereal and unbaked bread aroma. It reminds me of a very mealy dough. Some sharp lemon citrus comes across with a big whiff. The malt is very prominent as expected. Under-cooked biscuits and wheat bread accompany a woody, somewhat grainy flavor and feel. The bitterness comes slowly and gently, but stays prominently. Hops and wood linger and blunt the senses somewhat. The feel is balanced with a dry finish.

The oak is definitely too prominent and distracting. Let's make it more about the hops and malt with a bit of oak to make it different. Not a fan.

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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 beertunes
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a medium light-gold color with about a 1/4 inch of barely off-white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The scent was surprisingly subdued, sure it was hoppy, but in a relatively quiet way. There was enough of a malt aroma to provide a nice foundation. The taste was also typical, although the hop flavor was on the sharp side, and the beer had a sort of sticky finish.

The body was a bit thin and, again, a bit sticky. Drinkability was OK, but not special. Overall, this was an OK brew, but not worth any particular effort to try.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.01/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Canned on
08/06/12 0622

A= Pours a hazy light orange color with a nice finger of head on it that holds some decent retention and lacing.

S= Pineapple aroma. This is among the most pineappley of beers I've smelled. A little booze comes through as well. Unfortunately the aroma isn't as pungent as they make it sound on the can. A dominate hop aroma for sure but not as powerful as most IPAs.

T= The taste is a great pineapple hop flavor. Again strong fruity hops and a little malt sweetness to back it up a little bit. The flavor again is somewhat lacking for an IPA. Great flavor for what is there but it's not the pungent power I enjoy in many many other IPAs.

M= Truthfully the mouth is a little light.

O= This isn't a bad beer by any means. I've been sort of avoiding this for a few years now since it's been available. It isn't close to being among the best IPAs I've had but it's not a bad beer either. I've had much worse than this. Solid but it didn't meet my expectations for an IIPA.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear orange-gold color. The head is one of bubbly foam that recedes quickly into chunky lacing. The aroma is of tangerine, grapefruit, flowers, and a very faint hint of pine. This is a very bright aroma. The taste isn't nearly as bright, as the aroma. I can detect all the same things in the taste that I did in the aroma, but it is all muted by a dulling wood taste that permeates the whole of the sip. There is also an unpleasant alcohol presence in the finish. This is one bad tasting DIPA. It doesn't taste off, just bad. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, I really like the smell of this beer, but I really dislike the taste. I can't see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can into a pint glass. Dark amber body capped by a large, persistent head. Nose has a lot of oak, caramel malt and pine. Smells pretty sweet and heavy, unabashedly oaky and malty for a DIPA. It hides the alcohol well, at least. Taste follows the aroma: very oaky and malty with piney, somewhat herbal hop flavors coming in beneath. Oak contributes a little vanilla, and there's plenty of caramel malt flavor. Finish exhibits light to moderate bitterness and tannins, not much bite for the style. Pretty boring stuff, nowhere near as good as the original recipe for this beer, which was delicious. A shame that 21A is screwing with their old recipes.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.11/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bright gold to almost sunny yellow this IPA served a bright white head that had good consistency and heavy lacing.

Just a month old and with a name like Hop Crisis I would expect to at least smell some hops but instead smell strong malt and oak.

I'm confused as again the taste follows the nose with a hefty malt flavor and a back of alcohol tinge. Maybe the date is an expiration and I got this late by a month but there's no hop flavor at all. Major disappointment!

According to what I've read the date at the bottom of the can is a canned on date so this is just a month old.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
3.12/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned on 6/07/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass

Appearance: (4.25)
pours a lately hazed, lovely straw gold with a 2.5 finger white head that lasts for quite a while. As the head slowly recedes, it leaves some nice lacing along the edges of the glass. The is a consistent stream of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: (3.25)
Juicy grapefruit, faint peach with plenty of pine and light garlic playing a nice supporting role in the hop aromatics of the beer. A sizable sweet, bready malt presence is readily detectable. behind the hops. There is an overly sweet, woodsy, vanilla character imparted by the oak spirals that unfortunately covers up the more bright, lively hop characteristics. Some alcohol phenols become apparent as the beer warms.

Taste: (3)
Bitter pine resin slaps your palate right away with pungent grapefruit and light peach following shortly behind it. There is a sizable, sweet malty back bone before the off dry bitter finish. The finish leaves sweet notes of pine resin, bitter grapefruit pith and more of the overbearing woodsy vanilla notes from the oak spirals. light alcohol becomes apparent as the beer warms in it's glass.

Mouthfeel: (3)
full bodied with moderate to carbonation. The body leaves a bit too much malt on your palate for liking in an IPA.

Overall: (3)
A halfway decent Imperial IPA. I am just not a fan of introducing wood to IPAs, I'm not completely opposed to it, but I've yet to have an IPA that has had wood in it's life that has blown me away. I feel like the oak just covers up the brighter characteristics that I look for in IPAs. Its shame that they changed this recipe from it's days as "Double Trouble Imperial IPA" because that was one picture perfect example of what an Imperial IPA is supposed to be; It could have rivaled Pliny as my go to Imperial IPA. That said, if you like oaked out IPAs, you'll love this one.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.14/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - pours a pale marigold. Slight bit of chill haze but it clears up fairly well as it warms. Thick mouse- like snow white foam. Leaves lots of spotty lacing as it recedes.

S - aroma is muted. What i can tease out is notes of orange pulp, fresh grain, hay, and resin.

T - sweet and grainy. Bright, bitter orange peel. Resin/hemp oil. Lemon pith. Noticable alcohol heat. Peppery. Medicinal cherry.

M - super crisp. Light side of medium bodied with a creamy full carbonation.

O - big ipa. Decent enough but not something i'd ever crave or actively seek out. Just did not fall in line for me.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can thanks to harrymel, thanks man! Bright orange color with sticky lace and a good head. Smell is sugary malts, pineapple, a little too sweet smelling. The flavor was really dominated by the oak as far as I'm concerned. It also had a lot of sweetness and while it was hoppy it was also syrupy. Overall, not my preference as far as a DIPA but then again I don't believe in oak aging IPA's.

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Photo of prototypic
3.19/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hop Crisis is surprising out of the gate! It’s a lighter gold color. That’s impressive. It certainly suggests there isn’t much caramel malt in the house. I like that. It’s very clear and backlighting gives it a brighter, almost yellow look. A fluffy white crown sits on top. It stands nearly two fingers tall and takes a while to completely disappear. Lacing was sticky and quite thick. Looks good! Excellent, in fact!

The nose is just okay. It’s honestly very average. It’s not very aromatic at all. That’s disappointing given the appearance. It smells rather sweet and sugary. It’s a little breadlike. There are some hoppy notes, but they’re subtle and not nearly as strong as they should be. Smells like some citrus grapefruit and perhaps some light pine notes. There are some light oak and vanilla notes. Alcohol is in the mix, but is blended rather well for approaching 10%. Eh. Just okay.

The flavor is a little better, but not enough to warrant a score bump. The good news – there’s not a hint of caramel malt in this DIPA! That is excellent! The malt base is a bit breadlike and is very sweet and sugary. A bit too sweet and sugary. The bad news – the hops are very subtle to the point of being almost unnoticeable. There are some very light citric grapefruit and light pine notes, but they’re largely buried in a mix of sugar, oak, and vanilla. More bad news – it’s not very bitter at all. It’s actually very balanced and approachable. Alcohol is there, but isn’t warming or hot. Finishes sweet and sugary with a mix of oak and vanilla.

Hop Crisis has a medium body. Carbonation is relatively soft and light. It honestly feels pretty smooth. Its feel might be its strongest attribute.

I’m not sure if Hop Crisis is a great name for a DIPA that tastes deficient in the hop department, especially if that’s not the intention. I’m also not a big a fan of barrel-aging DIPAs. Just doesn’t seem to work well. It’s okay. It’s not overtly terrible, just not very good.

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Photo of muttyd
3.19/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured gently into a tulip glass. Clear amber body with a well pronounced white soapy head. The head clings to all over the glass as I swirl it around.

Aroma is big on the resiny / piney hops. Some citus and floral hop aroma as well. Flavor is very sweet up front; caramel and toffee that is then followed by the sweet fruity hop character. The citrusy and floral hops come through more in the flavor. Oak chips give this beer some more depth than your average DIPA. Very bitter throughout. Creamy, sticky body with about average carbonation for the style. Alcohol makes its presence well known in the finish as well; warming and noticeably boozy.

Was really hoping for more with this one as I actively sought out this beer.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by 10/9/15.

Appearance: Much lighter in color than expected, the color of straw. Great clarity and a big foamy off-white head.

Aroma: Spicy/earthy hops and just a dash of honey.

Taste: Quite a bit maltier than I was expecting given the light color. Maybe the oak is playing up the maltiness a bit. Apart from a mild bitterness and overripe orange flavor, the hops really aren't playing much of a role here. There is a heavy caramel/honey flavor in the finish that is overly sweet but leads to a dry aftertaste. The can states 9.7% ABV and 94 IBUs but that's very hard to believe since the bitterness is quite understated and the flavor is nearly watery at times. I don't know whether to be impressed or disappointed. Based on the description I'm disappointed.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body. The carbonation is more noticeable than other beers of the style because this one lacks the body to go with it's ABV. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Such a confusing beer here. It probably tastes best fresh out of the bright tank sans oak spirals. Would I drink it again? Probably not.

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Photo of ccrida
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught at the Beer Stein, Hop Crisis is dark gold with an off-white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is pretty hoppy (I'm shocked, considered this is oak 'aged'), a little earthy/woods/stemming note as well (I mean woods=forest, not oak barrel). Mostly citrus, accentuated by the sweetness of the malt.

Taste is more malt forward then the nose, with a little spice from the alcohol, which is rather noticeable, but clean. The hops are still certainly there, a nice citrus bite in fact, and again with the stemmy note as well. Really not getting much from the oak, apparently a very short aging period, explaining the fact that the hops still have some freshness.

Mouthfeel is oily, medium bodied, on the dry side but not overly so.

Drinkability is okay, it's a bit thick, not really satisfying my hop cravings, and to strong to session. I've only ever had one oaked DIPA that I really liked, but for the most part, the fail because the concept is a fail. DIPA should be brite-tank fresh. Aging it kills the hops, period.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.21/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass

A - Your typical IPA color with the typical IPA head. Very clear and a good amount of carbonation is present.

S - Not enough hop aroma for me to be deemed an IIPA and the malts do shine through more than normal for the style. Slight hints of citrus and sap.

T - A little bit of a cloying sweetness as the start but has a very strong sour grapefruit taste, almost artificial. I'm guessing they went very heavy on the ahtanum and cascade hops for the dry hopping to achieve such a flavor. Not a lot of malt backbone and finishes with a citrus tartness.

M - A little flat for my liking but nice medium body. Resins are too sappy and malt not too chewy. Finishes dry and clean on the palate but not too bright. Easy to drink other than the sour citrus notes.

O - Not the best DIPA I've had and certainly not the most aromatic or flavorful. Not a bad brew from a can and it makes me wonder why it says it's canned in MN when the brewery is from San Fran.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce can poured into a tulip. Hazy orange/amber capped with a modest bright white foamy head. Decent retention with lazy scattered lacing.

Smells roughly of equal parts citric hops, oak and sweet malt, with a few stray toasted notes. Tastes more or less as advertised, but thankfully with a more powerful bitter streak than is common for wood-aged IPAs. Still, the best this beer can manage is giving the hops equal prominence to the oak (admittedly, an improvement from the typical overshadowing that wood aging brings to the style). On a positive note, it's not particularly boozy, even at this hefty ABV. Decent, not memorable. Give me a DIPA that pimp slaps the tongue over a neutered wood-aged version any day.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I absolutely loved the early version of this beer which was closer to 11% IIRC, and am curious to see how the reformulated recipe is. 9.7% ABV, 94 IBUs.

A clear orange copper with a dense, off-white head, rather creamy, the retention and lacing are pretty good! The nose, however, isn't what I remember it being. Moderately caramel-like with a strong oak presence, there's vanilla, a woody tannin character along with the hops. There's citrus and pine character to the hops, quite aromatic and very enjoyable. As it warms up, the oak character grows, eating into the hop and malt backbone.

The palate is a little messy here. It shows promise but a nice balance between flavor and bittering hops, with pine resin and citrus pith to go with a moderate juicy, fruity character. However, that's when the oak and alcohol come in. Hot, with some vanillin, there's some caramel and candy sweetness that makes this seem all the messier. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer finish with a tannic bite, a tame bitterness and all too much booze. Solid stuff, but ultimately, a beer I'm not in a hurry to revisit.

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Photo of deapokid
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on 8/28. Reviewed from notes.

Golden yellow color liquid with a noticeably low amount of carbonation. The head is thin, as is the lacing. Visually, this is a bit flat.

Hmm... The hop aroma is rather interesting. Initially, the scent is sweet and fruity, but it gradually becomes saltier, dare I say garlicy. I don't dislike the smell, but I can't really tell what they're trying to convey with this battle of polar opposites.

The taste is sweet, like a Jolly Rancher, with a light touch of warm buttered toast and a hint of tart pineapple. There's also a certain muskiness that tastes a bit like raw onion and hickory smoke. Don't fret, this isn't GUBNA territory.

Mouthwise, the smoothness in the conclusion is probably best attributed to the oak barreling, which adds that nice, woody flavor. Savory notes in the flavor weaken as the beer warms.

Admittedly, I expected more from this oak-barreled DIPA and I think that weird juxtaposition between sweet and savory is the issue.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at 21A

A: The pour is an orange-amber color with a dense, soapy white head with great lacing.

S: Perhaps not surprisingly, this is pretty sweet on the nose. Lots of sweet fruity hops giving a grapefruit and citrus aroma to the beer. There is a lot of caramel and sugary sweetness, though, which isn't really what I like in an IPA.

T: Very sweet, way too much for me. Brown sugar, caramel, and toffee provide a sugary base to the beer. There is hop character to it, but it's sweet as well. Tropical fruits, sweet oranges, grapefruit, and perhaps a negligible amount of pine.

M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: This is definitely leaning toward the barleywine side of things. Not sure why this one gets talked up so much...I was not a fan.

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Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,641 ratings.
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