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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with nice lacing on a cloudy golden body.

S: lots of citrus hops with mostly orange and some lemon.

T: spicey, orange sweetness and tartness from the hops. malt base is noticeable but doesnt dominate. Finishes very herbal and with metallic notes.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: The hoppiness is there, just not the hop flavors I really enjoy. Definitly worth trying and a good beer overall.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by: 10/9/15.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great citrus and tropical hop characteristics, but I am not getting any wood qualities from the oak spirals in either the smell or taste.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 11/13/2010 at -bal fest 2010.

Pours orange/red, hazy, white head, pretty good lacing.

Aroma is pine and bitterness with some apricot.

Flavor is hoppy, like a fresh batch of Hop Crisis with peach and earthy hops, but not overbearing on the oak.

Body is light/medium, quite nice for an IPA. Surprisingly high levels of drinkability present in this beer.


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Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out of the can as a really nice looking golden copper color. The head was big and foamy at first, as it settles it leaves a really nice lacing. The smell is of grapefruit and citrus hops. The taste was awesome off the first sip. It was hoppy and then it actually changed into something else equally hoppy but different. Very interesting, only happened on the first sip. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, and very well carbonated. Overall I found this beer to be pretty freaking awesome! Would totally drink it again.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrusy hops and oak in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell with flavors of grapefruit and oak but is also very well balanced and has initial notes of malty sweetness along with hints of caramel and vanilla. There is a light amount of accompanying bitterness; however the flavors in the finish are more reminiscent of a barleywine instead of an IPA.
M: It feels medium-bodied and both smooth and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a bit of dryness and some notes of alcohol warming and stickiness.
O: This beer is extremely drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste and the bitterness isn’t that strong.

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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 WillieThreebiers
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey gold with a finger & a half of head that settles to a thick collar leaving lots of sticky lacing. Strong pine and less strong citrus aroma. Taste follows nose with a nice bitter tail. Crisp and almost juicy. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ever so slightly hazed bright yellow with a thin whisp of a white head. Sticky legs on its way down. Smell is a tad bit muted--especially compared to the taste. Initial impression is quite hoppy with some citrus rind. Not too much depth, but excellent bitterness level. Mouthfeel is fantastic...light, dry, well carbonated, and quite bitter. Superb drinkability. Glad this made its way out to DC.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of thick white head. Good retention with a lot of lacing left. Color is a golden orange.

Aroma: Very hoppy. Floral, earthy, and citrusy. A lot of bitterness. Very fresh. I am surprised this is oak aged for how hoppy it is.

Taste: Much like the nose. Just a super fresh and hoppy iipa. Floral and piney. Earthy. A lot of fruit and citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends bitter and sticky.

Overall, this was a solid iipa. I really didn't pickup on the oak aging because of fresh and hoppy it was and normally oak aged ipas show more malts. This was a tasty beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into tulip, interesting can design with inscriptions haha. Pours crystal clear light orange amber color with a dense 2 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap. Thick lacing sticks to the glass as well. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, caramel, pineapple, and pine. Big sweetness in the aromas, with little spiciness from hops. Taste of tons of orange, pine, orange zest, caramel, oak, and a bit of spiciness. Big sweetness up front with a decent amount of bitterness on the finish, but not as much as I was expecting. Some lingering bitterness on the finish with citrus and pine notes. Much more malt forward DIPA here. Low-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied with a bit of a sticky and slick mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed at all surprisingly. Overall, a damn nice DIPA, with easy drinkability and all around good flavor.

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Photo of nickfl
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on a hazy, golden body. The head settles pretty quickly but leaves decent lace.

S - A pungent aroma of floral and pine hops with clean malt in the background.

T - Sweet mat and fruity hops up front. Some pine and citrus notes in the middle with a touch of toffee. Finishes with turpentine, grapefruit, and a strong, somewhat medicinal bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - It has a lot of potential at first with a great aroma, but things fall apart in the finish. Harsh bitterness and an odd hop profile in the flavor hurt the drinkability and leave me disappointed.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a lighter golden with a well formed half finger white head that left a full ring of lace behind as it settled into a soapy-like mass.Aromas were pretty light with some toasted oak and mild resiny hops,as it warmed some sweet alcohol notes came through as well.The flavors don't really wow you but there is a nice resiny hop profile with some drunken fruit,the mild oak flavors seem to keep everything together pretty well hence a good taste score.I like this beer, it's not overly sweet and alcoholic like way to many of the style and the oak is not over done.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yay, IPA in a can, Tasty crack cans!

Pours a foamy sticky 1 finger head that sticks all over the glass with nice lacing over crystal clear nectar orange color.

Nose has some nice hops, a combination of fresh citrus, sweet candy like hops, a bit earthy, hint of tropical fruit, with a slight aromatic malt hidden under that.

taste comes with a sweetness at first, some malts but pretty much all pale malts, a touch of booze with the sweetness, as well as hints of candied oak and hint of vanilla. With that is a fair amount of bitterness, bringing some earthy hops, again with the sweet candy like juicy hop flavors, hints of citrus and fruit. Finish brings a bit more bitterness but it never seems to get crazy bitter, a bit of citrus and orange peel on the finish, hints of more fruits like tangerine, a bit sticky and still semi sweet, and some light musty flavors.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, hint of booze, sticky, and decent enough carbonation.

Overall not bad, nothing special, pretty typical for a West Coast style DIPA, just enough malts and sweetness to hold the bitterness down and the oak barely comes through but there, perhaps a bit drier finish would be nicer, and more dominant hop flavors, but it had it's moments of peaks and valleys.

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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can a little past BB date stamped on bottom but stored cold.

Pours with a very hazy, light amber body topped by a large, frothy white head that has very good retention and leaves ample sudsy lacing.

Fruity aroma with hints of oranges, pineapple and soft ripe fruits.

Flavor: fruity hops dominate. Hints of oranges, pineapple, vanilla, oak and caramel. Nice moderately bitter finish with plenty of hops.

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium carbonation and a mild bite from the ample alcohol and hops.

Overall: an excellent, easy drinking DIPA.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a brilliant clear copper, with several rich and foamy fingers of bright-white head. This is a bit of a foamy pour, but not overly so, as this settles down into a frothy finger that drenches the sides of the glass in a sticky latticework of lacing. The aroma is floral, spicy, and resinous up front, which then quickly segues into some bright citrusy character. This all in turn mingles with an underlying mix of sweeter fruit, malt, and a LOT of vanilla and oak flavors.

The taste is once again bright citrus bitterness and pine up front but this is pretty quickly blunted by a sweet wave of tropical fruit, vanilla, and grainy malt. Deep pine, spice, and a strong lingering pithiness hang tough in the finish while some woodiness hangs on the edges of the profile. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a good bit of oiliness to the body up top, but there is a bit of underlying crispness here as well. I guess ultimately this is coming off a bit too chewy in the mouth. There is some light warmth coming out of this but it’s honestly pretty well hid for a close to 10% beer.

While I appreciated what the dry-hopping brought to this, that combination of the heavy sweetness here (especially vanilla) and the beefy feel just got to be a bit too much at times. These oak-aged IPAs really aren’t my thing but this one was at least one of the more tolerable ones that I’ve had. I still don’t think that I’d go for a second can of it though.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel up front. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark golden yellow to copper in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a couple of small thick patches of large bubbles, a thin film covering the remainder of the surface, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel/toffee malts, grapefruit/citrus hops, and oak.

T: Starts out with some moderate amounts of caramel and toffee malt sweetness followed by strong flavors of grapefruit/citrus hops. There are also moderately strong flavors of oak and vanilla. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which do not linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and sticky with light to moderate amounts of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Easier to drink than I expected with the big ABV and the name hop crisis - the alcohol is fairly well hidden and there is not a ton of bitterness. Enjoyable but this is a sipping beer and definitely not sessionable. Well balanced - feels like a hybrid of a barleywine and an IPA.

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Photo of mactrail
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden amber in the Crooked Line narrow tulip. Big aroma of canned pineapple is odd but likable. This is so fruity and orange peel flavored it's crazy. Strong and alcoholic tasting. A scratchy, dark hop intensity rises up amid the mangos and fruit cocktail. A brief biscuit flavor.

Rich and tart with hop oils. Yeasty and kind of a stew of hop flavors. The bitterness threatens to take over, but it's so goofy you have to like it. Overall it's very sippable, fragrant, and full of fruit flavors. Bought a four-pack of cans at the Jug Shop in San Francisco.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can - Olde Crabapple Bottle Shop in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, deep yellow body with a very tall, very aggressive, near white head. Already this beer is beset against me. Gobs of sticky lace on the descent.

Smell: Nicely aromatic with fragrant notes of pineapple juice, lemon peel, ruby red grapefruit, sweet oranges, and papaya with a backing of oak wood well encrusted with sugars.

Taste: Pale malts with a 50-50 helping of light-colored caramel and simple syrup glazed over faintly toasted grains. I'll admit, the sweetness present caught me a bit off guard, not that I'm displeased at all by it. Mild inclusion of vanilla here and there. Pleasing myriad of citrus flavors with some more tropical elements like red papaya pulp and mango juice. While it does start a bit surprisingly sweet, it closes out dry in shot at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Nice job, 21st! Goes does with surprising ease for being nearly 10% ABV and it was very hoppy without simply being wretchedly bitter without any hop flavor.

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Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into my Mad Fox glass. Amber in color with a huge frothy head filling the top third of the glass. Good head retention with some good lacing as well.

The aroma has a juicy hoppiness to it. I get some notes of mango and pineapple to it mixing with some of the woody oak spirals. The hops are very nice but I'm still not sure I love how oak interacts with hoppy beers.

The taste shows more of the woody oak flavor to it throughout the beer. I get more of a bitter, citrus rind quality out of the hops with just a little bit of that juicy, fruity flavor. Dry and bitter in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a cool and interesting beer. The oak seemed to overshadow the hops just a little though for me. I liked it, but I still can't say I love the oak in hoppy beers nearly as much as other styles. It was an enjoyable beer overall though.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 1/19.

A: Pour a clear orange/amber with a white one finger head which stuck around for a little bit then dissipated to a layer of small bubbles on top. Very nice sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, orange rind, and a little mango. There is a nice biscuity malt aroma to balance it out (well, as much as a DIPA should be).

T: The hops hit right away, extremely floral and citrus forward. The same fruits from the nose come through on the flavor profile, as well as a bit of grassiness. The biscuity malts again show up to balance things a little, but the hops dominate as they should.

M/D: Medium bodied with a smooth feel to it. Dangerously drinkable considering the abv. It is on the sweeter side, so I am not sure how many I would ultimately want in a night. It would be a battle of the sugar vs. the abv in determining that one.

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Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Domed head that leaves a lot of webby lace. Nearly clear broth. Solidly amber color.

There's a sourness to the otherwise pine-like hop aroma.

Strong bitterness with very little malt base. Almost oily from the alcohol, so there's a thickness to the mouthfeel. Mild tight-bubbled carbonation makes the brew seem richer than it really is. Long, strongly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this can up at Thirsty's, poured chilled into a tulip, shared with octopus87.

The color is golden with amber hues and a thick 1/2 inch rocky cap of white, the lace clings tenaciously and bead is fine. The smell is fruity right off the bat with some slight tropical odors and mild citrus from the hops with a gentle alcohol odor. The feel is good with a high dose of resinous hop oils and moderate carbonation which brings some of the bitterness to the forefront, subtle grassiness and a light astringency mid taste and the beer finishes more dry than sweet with a slight alcohol tinge and lingering bitterness.

The taste has a slight citrus flavor which is sort of rind-like with a light pine and mellow apple accent. The yeast gives a hint of tropical essence with mild grassiness. I think the oak flavor is there, but provides more in the way of tannic element to the feel than the taste which is good since it doesn't detract from the hops which are the focus. The hop flavor becomes more grassy and and bitter as it warms with mild astringency level and a flavor that borders on spicy w/ a hop acidity that seems sharper near the end. the alcohol is showing more as it warms w/ some citrus still clinging w/ a light grassy note and mellow malt in the finish. Overall I enjoyed this the oak and high alpha hops make this a pretty intense ride, but the flavors still work together and the only thing holding it back is the fact you get a bit more alcohol in the flavor than I like.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can with no freshness date.

Clear weathered golden color. Off-white bubbly head sticks to the glass like a champ. Soft resin, floral and slightly fruity hops with substantial edge of citric ... alcohol is clean and so is the malt, a pleasing aroma. Smooth and creamy fullish body. Hop bitterness is there, slow moving but it eventually tries to take over the palate. Alcohol is certainly there with a warmth that starts up on the first sip. Big herbal push unfolds into more of a tobacco and citric juice and rind flavor. Oak? Yeah there is a slight pull from the oak which adds a complexity within. Maltiness struggles to make its mark but does come through with some nutty toasted graininess. Finishes bitter with some residual malt underneath.

A good run at the style, not many canned craft beers of this strength in the market so Hop Cirsis has that going for it. Hopheads have another option when cans are the only choice.

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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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