Hop Crisis | 21st Amendment Brewery

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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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Added by sloejams on 04-08-2008

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1/5  rDev -74.9%

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
1.62/5  rDev -59.3%
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 Austin_Cohen
1.75/5  rDev -56%

Photo of gafferjohn
2/5  rDev -49.7%

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2/5  rDev -49.7%

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2/5  rDev -49.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -43.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of hopsbreath
2.34/5  rDev -41.2%
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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2.44/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of citizencane
2.46/5  rDev -38.2%
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 MrMeerbill
2.47/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

To malty and to much vanilla from the oak very sweet should not be labeled an ipa does hide the booze well but not the best

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of bootlegger1929
2.59/5  rDev -34.9%
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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2.59/5  rDev -34.9%
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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2.64/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not a fan.

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2.66/5  rDev -33.2%
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 -31.9%
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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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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 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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