Hop Crisis | 21st Amendment Brewery

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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

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Added by sloejams on 04-08-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,852
Reviews:
504
Ratings:
1,674
pDev:
10.55%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
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Photo of Ronl12
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Can poured into a Duvel chalice
Ale aged on oak spirals 9.7 % abv. 94 ibu

Pours out looking like sparkling clover honey with amber and golden highlights. A tight, creamy white foam stands tall, bubbly center, creamy edges. Slow dissipation.

The nose has several layers of creamy caramel and honey scented malty notes. The vanilla, creamy, oak aging brings in a sweet, old furniture type aroma. Pretty unique to what is an otherwise hop dominated brew. The hoppy aromatics are seriously dense, with sweet candied fruits, citrus, pine and funky herbs. The oak spirals add a level of dense sweetness that seems to engance the heady hop aroma.

First sip reveals the nature of the oak, wood aging process, flavor's of old wood, vanilla and leather seem to jump out of the malty complexity. A fine, creamy, oakie malt flavor provides some fine low-end style flavor's. The boozy heat is pretty high...as to be expected. A crisp and clean, light to medium bodied feel overall with a smooth malt textureband pkenty of dry, earthy and bitter tones to give a nice dry finish.

The hops have serious depth; The flavor really covers tge entire spectrum of hoppy possibilities. Seriously dry-earthy tones of dried wheat, high grasses and crunchy leaves, bitter and prickly hop cones, super dry hopped taste and feel, metalluc citrus and even a series of tropical fruits like grapefruit and starfruit pop out of the hops. Between the oak and malty depth and mega hop effects this thing is seriously complex, a true sipper.

Overall, a high level of complex flavors, limit this beast, as it's appetite is ferocious but the blood is in limited supply. Go slow and enjoy.

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Photo of Octoberist
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of KTCamm
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

1/20/18...pours hazy cloudy bronze, dark to light top to bottom. Fluffed white foam. Woody burnt nose. Sharp oily bitter. Pine revs up and then rolls off the tongue. Touch of sweetness at the close. Interesting.

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Photo of generalraider
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DrBass
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Duvel tulip

L: Cloudy golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Spotty lacing around the glass.

S: Dank tropical fruits... juicy pineapple, mango, and citrus.

T/F: Sweet malt backbone... sweeter booze. The high ABV is not well hidden... but fortunately melds into the juicy tropical fruit hop profile and is somewhat balanced by some aggressive IBU's. Oddly balanced... good flavor. Pineapple and citrus dominate. Light lemongrass, melon, and green tea. Zippy carbonation. Sticky/oily on the tongue.

O: A big barrel-aged IPA. A bit boozy to be super drinkable... more of a sipper. Great flavor... really enjoyed it... won't be a regular drinker.

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Photo of edthehead
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dextermcgurk
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KevinSirWilliamGus
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

strong at 9.7, enjoyed

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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

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Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,674 ratings