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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Photo of mikeg67
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours amber with fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and caramel malt. Body is full and slightly crisp. Enormous amount of citrusy hops is balanced on the palate with caramel malt and tropical fruit. Finish is long, dry, and very hoppy. Excellent brew.

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Photo of threeviews
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz can (multiple cans consumed b/w 7/13/14 & 8/30/14, Best By Date: 10/11/14) into a Rastal Teku 2.0 stemmed glass

A- Pours a slightly hazy, golden yellow with a 1+ finger worth of a soapy white head with moderate retention. Being a fan of light-hued DIPA's, this a benchmark for the style and joins the ranks with other highly respected offerings in Enjoy By IPA and Founders Double Trouble. (5.0)

S- Being that another oak-aged IPA in Burton Baton stands to be my favorite of all time (simply due to availability), Hop Crisis does not disappoint. Vanilla and coconut from the oak is at the forefront and blends beautifully with the hoppy notes of citrus (orange, tangerine, grapefruit) and tropical fruits (pineapple and mango). (5.0)

T- Vanilla and coconut are the first to strike followed by a a quick shot of malt sweetness. However, the hops never play second fiddle and end up engulfing the palate into a dry citrus rind and piney finish. The 9.7% ABV (as labeled) goes absolutely undetectable thanks to the modest malt bill and a low percentage of residual unfermentable sugars. (5.0)

M- The labeled 94 IBU's are tamed by the silky texture imparted from the oak spirals. Despite the 9.7% ABV, the body is as light as its appearance, treading the cusp between heavy/light bodied and light/medium bodied. (5.0)

O- Simply put, this is perfection...and perfection in a can! Although I've had this before, I have been remiss in composing a proper review for Hop Crisis. Despite nearly a year passing since my last can, this is everything I remember (and perhaps even more). It possesses every quality of a world class DIPA (appearance, aroma, flavor, mouthfeel, high drinkability)...then add to that the time on oak spirals is what sets this one apart from the ranks. If it were more readily available, this would trumpet Burton Baton as my favorite DIPA (if not beers) of all time. Heady Topper...what's that?! (5.0)

UPDATE: 2016 version (Best By 15 October 2016) is the best since I became privy to this beer way back in 2011. Not only did they update the hops, they also tweaked the malt bill.

The new (and aggressive) hop varietals used somewhat trumpet the oak influence but the combination are a match made in heaven. The tropical, citrus and stone fruit characteristics along with the subtle vanilla and coconut imparted by the oak spirals is better integrated than the 2015 version which had a stronger oak presence and a much less interesting hop bill. This beer has varied from year-to-year and vintage 2016 stands to be the best of since its initial release in 2011...two words: Orange Creamsicle!

Along with my original and proper review from 2014 (and my memory from the initial release back in 2011 which was a game changer for me), Hop Crisis maintains as my favorite DIPA and look forward to it every year. I just wish it was available year-round as its balance of hop bitterness, flavor and infusion of oak makes this a perfect 5 for me.

Update: 10/08/2016
Cans are screened as "Best By 10/15/2016" and they are drinking wonderfully. Although the hop aroma is clearly fading (almost 4 months from canning), the vanilla and coconut aromas are revealing themselves with assertion. Although I wish the oak presence was stronger when "fresh," the spoils of a DIPA almost "past its prime" is maturing into beautiful amalgam of flavors. If I can find some more lingering on the shelf, I will purchase, as this is a beer that will showcase flavors unimagined when fresh. I certainly don't advocating aging this beer in the proper sense...yet I think another month or two will afford the 2016 batch to morph into a much more flavorful DIPA. That said, if you want hops "in your face" then that ship has sailed for Hop Crisis 2016.

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Photo of stevoj
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

You won’t be able to tell the high ABV. Nice but not overpowering aroma leads to a sharp, biting flavor that is pure DIPA. Clear golden body with nice creamy head, tons of clumpy lacing. All around winner

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Photo of Professor_Frink
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oak and you can taste it. And that's not a bad thing. Good flavor, but very strong. Smooth, flavorful, somewhat sweet. A sipping beer. I would drink again.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5


AROMA/SCENT - Hops, pine.

TASTE - Hops, malts, sweet, nutty.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Carbonation, dry, smooth, clean, light, crisp, refreshing.

VALUE - $4 for a 12-oz can, affordable.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Tasty and quaffable.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the can in a pint glass. This nice ale pours a very bright yellowish amber with a very nice head of white foam that settles to a thick layer of rocky foam with excellent lacing. Nose of sweet caramel malts, juicy hops or pine, subtle oak, and light citrus notes. Flavors exceed the nose with a good malt backbone that mingles with a nice woodsy note from the oak on the middle, and notes of orange peel, light pineapple, and moderate amounts of spruce from the hops. Great mouth feel is lifted high by ample carbonation that keeps it lively with a bitter sweet hops finish with a warming alcohol to the back and a moderately piney bitter finish. Very nice.


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

12 fl oz. can, enjoy by date 10/09/2015 printed on the bottom of the can. 'Ale aged on Oak spirals'. Intriguing can art and unique 4pk packaging markets this one well.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a hazed golden orange, a bit brighter than expected, with 3 fingers of frothy fluffy white head of good retention for the high abv. Looks very nice for what it is.

S - Aroma is fresh & floral. A bit of fresh citrus / orange rinds, pine, a bit of floral alcohol fumes. The aging from the Oak spirals doesn't come off strong, and adds only a touch of earthy / woodsy notes, but no overt notes of oak or vanilla.

T - Taste follows the nose: light oak flavor at best, nothing too extreme. Again, no overt notes of vanilla or oak / earthiness. Bitter piney hoppiness, & some smooth caramel malt.

M - A smooth and creamy mouthfeel with mild alcohol warmth. Easy-drinking for the high abv.

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Photo of d0nald
4.76/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

AMAZING! Just finished a can and can't wait for the next. Wish i had grabbed more than one 4pk. Goes down soooo easy for an ipa with such a high abv. not as complex as expected but absolutely delicious!!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours clear light golden with an orange hue, finger white head with good retention and some lacing. I get mostly bready malt and citrus in the smell, a little dark fruit. When cold, the bitterness and wood/alcohol presence really hit hard. As it warms the flavors really come together nicely. Sweet pale malt with piney hops shining through, the wood adds another layer with a little vanilla and then a lasting earthy end. The alcohol is definitely present in the finish, but not overly. Mouthfeel is pretty thick n soft. Overall a very good oak aged DIPA, wanna crush it, but better sip it.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden straw color with a nice sweet smell of hops and slight malt. This is an extremely drinkable IPA. The 94 IBU's and 9.7% abv is well-hidden! Another home run by 21 Amendment!

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Photo of hman43
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours golden. It has aromas of citrus, and caramel. It has flavors of ctirus, caramel, floral and dark fruits. It has a high bitter kick on the palate.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy straw color with a foamy white head that leaves lots of lace. Beer clears as it warms a bit.
Lots of tropical fruits in the aroma as well as hints of peach and candy fruit slices, some grapefruit as well.
The taste is juicy, bitter and sweet. Tropical and citrus up front followed by some nice sweetness and a finishing pithy bitterness. A little boozy as it warms. Didn't really pick up any oak. Maybe a hint of vanilla?
Mouthfeel is medium and slightly sticky.
Quite good, if second-tier, double IPA

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Photo of ohmayer
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light golden imperial IPA with a white frothy head and a floral peach aroma. Peach, pineapple and orange fruit with rich caramel malt. Finishes with an apricot wheat flavor with a hopsy bitterness that rounds out the profile. Rich and beautiful.

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Photo of Michaelsterns
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I honestly was looking for a lot more from this beer. I love oak aged IPA's in general, and I think this is a fantastic beer. I just wish that it hadn't said that it was oak aged. It's such a stellar DIPA that it doesn't need to say that it's oak aged. The oak is muted at best, but it is definitely worth the buy.

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Photo of ksimons
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear bright golden color with a fingers worth of white head. Smells of tropical fruits and citrus. Taste is similar to the smell with pale malts, citrus, tropical fruits, and light pine hops. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Overall a very drinkable beer even with the high ABV, nice amount of tropical fruits.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, enjoy by 10/09/15
A - creamy off-white head, amber colored body
S - juicy grapefruit and orange zest, a bit of pine, bready malt, caramel, vanilla, and oak
T - sweet yet bitter, but a mellowed bitter from the oak aging. Tastes are complex and similar to the aroma: caramel, bread crust, toasty grain, grapefruit & orange zest, vanilla, oak, pine
M - fuller body, moderate carbonation, alcohol present and warming, finishes semi-bitter with a lingering zesty-ness.
O - I'm usually not a fan of oak aged IPA/DIPA's, but this was a good one. It's very well balanced and nicely complex.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. can with an enjoy by date of 10/23/15. Sampled on August 29, 2015.

The look is pale yellow with some haze and a long lasting white foamy head.

Aroma: Floral and fruit hops mostly. Pale malts.

Body: About medium

The taste has a much more sugary and sweet taste than the aroma would suggest. Not super bitter. More malty and sweet with a subdued bitter finale.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I thought this was a very good IIPA. The oak added a subtle amount of smokey character while the hops did the rest. At 9.7% the alcohol is barely noticeable. Drinks really well. My only gripe is they used the three most common "C"s of hops, Centennial, Columbus, and Cascade. Guess they figured they could load this thing with cheaper hops so they could use more of it.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale gold with a white head that hangs around like a champ leaving some nice lace.

Smells of resinous pine, big citrus, and slight toasted grain.

Taste is pine and citrus bitterness up front with some sweet tropical fruit followed by bitter herb and ending dry with nutty toasted grain touch.

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks. Nice mellow golden hue, medium to small head.
Smell. Mildly beery, mildly yeasty, mildly citrusy.
Taste. Soft sweet malty start, peachy/raisiny middle, slightly dry slightly hoppy finish. Good stuff.
Feel. Medium full body, but feels very rich and substantial, little bit of smackers, tad bit of sparkle.
Overall. Delicious drinking ale for me. Good body great full taste. Don't see no hop crisis here.

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Photo of vikinggary28
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz can into my trusty glass mug. Nice golden colour. Aroma hits your nostrils like a hop hammer. Hoppy, citrusy, hoppy, piney, and did I mention hoppy? Taste much like it smells with just a hint of a malty oak flavour creeping in. Goes down smooth for a high ABV. Prost!

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Photo of WeedWolf
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like clear liquid gold in a glass! With minimal white head and little retention but decent lacing.
Smell is a bit subtle but resinous and slightly oak-like with mellow tropical hop notes.
Taste is similar but slightly more intense. Hops in the front with malt dancing in the background with hints of oak.
Feel is almost sticky but with a dry-ish finish.
Overall very enjoyable! Kind of mellow, for the style, but beautifully balanced. Three months before it's best by date so fairly fresh I guess? Would definitely drink again and would love to try of tap!

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Photo of Beer-vortex
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can.

It pours a very clear light orange color with a 1 finger head that fades quickly. Plenty of bubbles. The nose is sweet with citrus and hops, but not real strong.

Taste is sweet citrus and sweet malt, with some hops in there. I’m not getting much bitterness despite the noted 94 IBUs. Very little of the 9.7% ABV is present; maybe some on the back-end.

Excellent carbonation. Ok lacing. This is a decent beer. Not spectacular but a solid offering. Can had an enjoy by date on it.

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Photo of santomark
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Alright, this thing is great. It's not malty at all. Very mellow in terms of a double IPA. Not sugary either. This one is a keeper forsure. Highly impressed.

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5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slowly but Shirley I'm turning into an IPA WHORE.
This beer was surprisingly delicious. Golden .Clear . Hoppy. Floral. Good head and very drinkable. Smooth and not offensive in any way. This beer is right up there with world class stuff. .
Presently surprised how nice it really was.

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Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,643 ratings.
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