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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 Beeradelphia
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Ego
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2 full fingers of head rise up from da' can, hazy golden hue with a fair amount of carbonation shooting up towards the moon, lacing is particularly clingy, definitely a lighter hue than most DIPAs but that is just observation, not a knock, overall it looks real nice, the head is also hanging out at around half a finger for some moments now.. nice.

dry and bready malt, the hops are slightly herbal, almost reminds me of english hops like fuggle etc. the oak notes are in there, over all this is very subtle, interesting

taste etc...
juicy fruit ? the bitterness comes in at the end in a strange way, the body is medium light and spot on, the abv is well hidden, this just has a very strang taste for a DIPA... it has a sweetness that is slightly off, not sure what to make of this one, it isn't spit worthy but it is confounding to see what the brewer was going for.

off for the style, should some latitude be allowed ? sure, but this travels even outside those lines, it iw worth trying just because it is markedly different from other DIPAs, maybe it is your bag baby ?

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Photo of mscudder
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint.

A - For an imperial IPA of this ABV, the hue is heavily on the cloudy straw side. There is a touch of that deeper orange, but not what I am used to seeing. A finger off-white head with good retention and poor lacing.

S - A strange nose for an imperial. Mostly sweet with some warm hops on the rear. Caramel malts, perhaps a bit of honey and big time pineapple!

T - Big and lush as it hits the palette. Lots of flavor here: tropical fruits, hops and a nice bit of stickiness. Not what I expected but the balance is spot on.

M - Almost a full body, I will deem it medium-plus. Creamy with a massive malt backbone. I like how the hops are noticeable while maintaining big malts.

O - This beer is pretty awesome. Nice concealment of the booze, big malts, explosive hops and fruits all over the place. Great job 21st.

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Photo of ChopsMeister
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Lordkrystic
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of rajendra82
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear body, and pale golden color were nice to look at, as was the two finger thick head crowning above the rim of the pint glass. The aroma was very green and fresh, with smells of pine, hay, and lemon rind on the nose. The taste was quite lemony and tangy, and not quite as bitter as other DIPAs. There was a tinge of booziness coming through mid palette, and the aftertaste was warm as well. A little more stickiness would have helped make this feel more substantial. I liked it as a diversion, but there are better bees in the style IMO.

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Photo of MikeConklin
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of philbe311
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two plus fingers worth of billowing cascading fluffy head with a bit of rocky top whose color is light khaki with a slight orange tinge... Excellent retention... Loaded with micro-bubbled carbonation which starts with a sluggish to moderate paced before quickly accelerating towards the top of the glass... The color is a vibrant medium amber with an ever so slight haziness...

S - The nose is quite pleasant but a bit understated... Tangerine... Mango... Orange zest... Perhaps even a touch of pineapple... A minimal malt base dominated by biscuit lies beneath the surface...

T - The hops are much more pronounced on the palette... They also take on an additional grassy and slightly piney component which was not present on the nose... The citrusy goodness of the nose take back seat... The malt backbone also intensifies... Lots of doughy bread notes...

M - Light to medium bodied... Clean... Smooth... Refreshing... A bit creamy... Nice carbonation...

D - This is a very nice DIPA from 21st Amendment... I find both their Brew Free or Die IPA and this DIPA to be excellent brews... Seems sessionable even given the near 10% AB... Delicate and well crafted... A job well done...

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Photo of foureyedgeek
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Falcone
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of mattdbh
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Well carbonated pale gold body with slight haze, topped by a foamy one finger white head that retains and laces fairly well.

S: Some pungent citrus...hint of spices...faint oaky notes with an earthy/spicy edge. Not as aromatic as I was hoping it would be.

T: Oak is a touch more prominent on the palate as it smooths out some of the serious citrus pith bitterness...grapefruit rind, a bit floral, with a bitter earthy/herbal/spice finish...light hint of alcohol.

MF: Creamy smooth bitter body with a dry bitter finish.

O: A good beer and one I'm glad made it into the Boise market this year. Its not great, and I'm not sure how I feel about oak in IPA's yet, but it is a solid DIPA.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st Amendment Hop Crisis is a nice beer. It seems more like a strong ale than a DIPA.

A: Yellow colour with an excellent 1 cm head that last very well. 4.5

S: Strange bready aroma. I don't smell hops. Chlorine and.... fish? 2

T: Malty with some nice sweet bready flavour. Some brown sugar too. The maltiness is very nice and complex. The hops aren't strong, but it's still nice. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4

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Photo of Amalak
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Dull gold/orange color that is opaque. Big foamy white head with a ton of lacing.

S. Extremely pungent orange scent. Some hops underneath.

T. This has a strong orange and banana fruity taste to it. The hops are mild. It is quite sweet.

M. It is smooth and has limited carbonation.

O. It's a very good beer, but the sweetness is a bit much. Might do even better with some aging.

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Photo of sweisel80
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BeezNeezy22D
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into a snifter

A - Thick white bubbly head. Clear yellowish/orange. Good lacing.

S - I pick up the oak right off the bat. Syrupy hops. Pineapple.

T - Bitter hops up front with some mellow oak on the way out

M - Medium mouthfeel with a bitter oily layer lingering. Carbonation is right on the mark.

O - I enjoyed this more than I thought I "wood". Not really a fan of wood aged IPA's but this was more balanced than the others I tried.

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Photo of cfinch2
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of JCrandall
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Horbar
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of dave73ok
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a pint glass. Nonic.

Appearance is lovely. Fluffy head, crystal clear, nice carbonation on display.

Smell is the biggest letdown here. I assume the oaking muted some of the hop presence, but what's left isn't bad at all, I was just expecting more.

Taste is lovely. A mellow start, with a nice piny kick of bitterness on the end, with a bit of oak.

Mouthfeel is respectable for a beer this big. Not overly hot, cloying, or sweet.

Overall, I like it! A solid beer from a solid brewery.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into Globe glass.

A. Pours 3 finger head. Color is a vibrant golden orangeish yellow. Great retention. Thick lacing.

S. Lemony citrusy hops, and some nice woody vanilla hints. Interesting aroma. Definitely an inviting aroma that makes you want to take a drink. Has that characteristic resiny hoppy aroma of most DIPAs, but has that oakiness going on in the background. Not as oaky/vanilla as most oak aged IPAs, which I think is to its benefit.

T. Taste is a bit of a let down. Not a whole lot of hop flavor going on. Get the bitterness, but not a lot of flavor. Got this a little over a month after it was canned. Pretty sweet, and you get some of that oaky goodness in the flavor. Pretty easy drinking. Very little alcohol presence.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes with some lingering sweetness.

O. I like oaked IPAs. I love DIPAs. Who wouldnt like an oaked DIPA. This is a pretty solid brew. Would have liked some more hop flavor, but I can see how some of that would fade after aging on oak spirals. Another good offering from 21st Amendment.

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Photo of LexShaw89
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of IPAFrankieH
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of jjanega08
3.01/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Canned on
08/06/12 0622

A= Pours a hazy light orange color with a nice finger of head on it that holds some decent retention and lacing.

S= Pineapple aroma. This is among the most pineappley of beers I've smelled. A little booze comes through as well. Unfortunately the aroma isn't as pungent as they make it sound on the can. A dominate hop aroma for sure but not as powerful as most IPAs.

T= The taste is a great pineapple hop flavor. Again strong fruity hops and a little malt sweetness to back it up a little bit. The flavor again is somewhat lacking for an IPA. Great flavor for what is there but it's not the pungent power I enjoy in many many other IPAs.

M= Truthfully the mouth is a little light.

O= This isn't a bad beer by any means. I've been sort of avoiding this for a few years now since it's been available. It isn't close to being among the best IPAs I've had but it's not a bad beer either. I've had much worse than this. Solid but it didn't meet my expectations for an IIPA.

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Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,649 ratings
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