Hop Crisis | 21st Amendment Brewery

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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 prototypic
3.19/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hop Crisis is surprising out of the gate! It’s a lighter gold color. That’s impressive. It certainly suggests there isn’t much caramel malt in the house. I like that. It’s very clear and backlighting gives it a brighter, almost yellow look. A fluffy white crown sits on top. It stands nearly two fingers tall and takes a while to completely disappear. Lacing was sticky and quite thick. Looks good! Excellent, in fact!

The nose is just okay. It’s honestly very average. It’s not very aromatic at all. That’s disappointing given the appearance. It smells rather sweet and sugary. It’s a little breadlike. There are some hoppy notes, but they’re subtle and not nearly as strong as they should be. Smells like some citrus grapefruit and perhaps some light pine notes. There are some light oak and vanilla notes. Alcohol is in the mix, but is blended rather well for approaching 10%. Eh. Just okay.

The flavor is a little better, but not enough to warrant a score bump. The good news – there’s not a hint of caramel malt in this DIPA! That is excellent! The malt base is a bit breadlike and is very sweet and sugary. A bit too sweet and sugary. The bad news – the hops are very subtle to the point of being almost unnoticeable. There are some very light citric grapefruit and light pine notes, but they’re largely buried in a mix of sugar, oak, and vanilla. More bad news – it’s not very bitter at all. It’s actually very balanced and approachable. Alcohol is there, but isn’t warming or hot. Finishes sweet and sugary with a mix of oak and vanilla.

Hop Crisis has a medium body. Carbonation is relatively soft and light. It honestly feels pretty smooth. Its feel might be its strongest attribute.

I’m not sure if Hop Crisis is a great name for a DIPA that tastes deficient in the hop department, especially if that’s not the intention. I’m also not a big a fan of barrel-aging DIPAs. Just doesn’t seem to work well. It’s okay. It’s not overtly terrible, just not very good.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a hazy, dark gold with a 2" white head. Big trails and colonies of lacing.

S- mmm. Big sweet citrus just how I like it. Caramel, oranges, grapefruit, slight pine.

T- bitter orange peel, caramel, sweet oranges, grapefruit, pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Has some syrupy feel and also slightly dry from the bitterness.

O- really good dipa. I love a sweet citrus dipa that has a nice bitterness to balance it out, which I think this beer does nicely. Would know this beer is over 9% either.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of ericj551
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up on a recent trip to Portland. Hop Crisis pours a hazy light gold with a nicely laced head. Tons of hops in the aroma, citrus, pine, grapefruit and a hint of oak. The 'C' hops dominate the flavore with more citrus and pine. There is a decent malt sweetness, very light, but plays its roll before the oak flavor dries out the finish. The resiny bitterness shares the finish with the nice light oakiness.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of smcnulty1981
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: bright golden yellowish orange color with a 1 to 2 finger bright white head that goes away after a littl e bit with some lacing

S: lots of citrus and resin on the nose with a hint of vanilla and honey no alcohol on the nose however the only hint of the oak was the bit of a vanilla scent however the oak smell isn't prevalent

T: honey vanilla and again citrus on the taste but with the fairly high alcohol content there is no alcohol on the taste with is always a plus the aftertaste has a little bit of hop bitterness

M: fairly heavy the feel on the beer is very sticky

O: great overall west coast ipa the adding the oak spirals t the fermentation adds a great touch to the beer it adds a but of complexity to an otherwise standard ipa

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of rangr514
5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jminch
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a cloudy yellowy orange pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head, great lacing throughout the glass.
smells of sweet malt, grass, grapefruit, pine.
the taste is up front with the alcohol, which goes subtle once the hops kick in. a nicely balanced blend of grassy/floral and bittering hops go perfect with the sweet malty backbone of this beer.
medium body, nicely carbonated - very creamy.

halfway through the glass i started to notice an almost bourbon-like taste.. one look at the can and i'll be! it's aged in oak spirals.. as if it couldn't get better - it DID. this beer is delicious. $10 seemed a bit steep for 4 12oz cans - but then i remember paying $11 + shipping for 2 cans of heady topper - so i took a chance and i'm glad i did.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of cjoc83
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw/amber color into a tulip glass, with a billowy 2 finger head that recedes to a layer after a few minutes. Excellent lacing.

Fruity and floral hops mix with some sweet, bready malt in the nose, with an undertone of oak.

Big, juicy hops come out on the front end, segueing nicely into some floral hops mixed with the sweet malt. There is some subtle oak character that brings out sweet vanilla with it. Good bitterness in the finish, along with some alcohol warmth. The flavors mesh well. Not overpowering with the hops, and the sweetness is at just the right level.

On the fuller side of medium-bodied, but smooth as hell. Pretty easy drinking for the high abv.

Definitely a fan of this. A nice blend of citrus/floral hops and malt sweetness with some added flavor points for the oak and vanilla. As far as oak-aged DIPA's go, I still like DFH's Burton Baton a little better, but I'll definitely be picking up another 4-pack of this sometime.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Jimmys
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

canned on 08/06/2012. 12 oz can into 2012 SAVOR glass.

A: a very hazed pale orange hue. head retention is great. frothy and white. lacing is thick.

S: fruity for sure. very bubblegum. a decent amount of woody notes that linger on the nose.

T: the fruit from the hops are strong but are still overshadowed by the vanilla oak notes. you can tell this thing as been in some wood. strong but yet smooth. the vanilla is stong.

M: mild carb on a seriously full body.

D: pretty serious brew. lots of oak flavor, lots of flavor. a little hot and muddy though. no need to mix fresh hops and oak imo. not my favorite from 21st.

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3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,674 ratings