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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Added by sloejams on 04-08-2008

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Ratings: 1,674 |  Reviews: 504
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +4.8%
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 Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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 djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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 oline73
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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 mothman
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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 chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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 vfgccp
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Edit: later versions haven't held up to the original review.

A – Solid, crystal clear, gold. White head with ok lace but great retention.

S – Bright apple, hint of woodiness, sweet molasses, dark honey, currents, golden raisins, and a lace of booze.

T – Really nice. Sweet honey and pear roll into soft woody notes of pine and oak. The sweetness recedes in the center letting the bitterness show its muscle, then reasserts itself in the finish pairing honey and pine.

M – Incredibly smooth with a medium body.

O – Bold, complex, and well integrated profile.

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Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -23.1%
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 jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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