Hop Crisis | 21st Amendment Brewery

Hop CrisisHop Crisis
1,644 Ratings
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: 1,644 |  Reviews: 498
Photo of grittybrews
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich gold with a thin slick of head. Sweet aroma of caramel, orange, and pine.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, sticky mouthfeel. Juicy citrus up front with lots of caramel sweetness and some pine bitterness mixed with a hint of oak on the finish.

Nice IIPA, but the sweetness and booze cover up the subtler hop/oak elements.

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Photo of HopBrain
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of mecmd
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of droomyster
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellowish body with a bright white frumpy head with excellent retention and lacing. The hop-dominant aroma is strongly resinous, floral, and tropical fruity. I don't get the oak on the nose so much as the tongue, where its presence is slight but perceptible. On the front palate, candied orange peel hits first before the hop level rises higher and higher before breaking in a long and lingering grapefruity finish. This is a fantastic beer and warming burn. But for the price, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice light golden color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Light citrus and minor oak. A little weak for what I was expecting out of such a potent IIPA

T: Caramel upfront which transitions to a nice orange peel, light grapefruit, oak, a nice juiciness backed with plenty of IBU's and little boozey finish

M: A little bit of hop oils, medium body.

O: Good but for some reason it just didnt shock me.

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Photo of deesfrank
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Chaney
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

94 IBUs and aged on oak. Let's have it!

Served in an Olde Hickory shaped glass.

A: Poured from the can pretty much a crystal clear apricot color, with a 1-2 finger head that didn't budge for quite a while.

S: Sweet-hop-mallow flair, with the sweet fruit winning out slightly. This sucker was fairly potent.

T: Sweet, candy-like, and definitely a sipper. To be honest, I wish there was more leafy, hoppy goodness in this one.

M: Thick and kinda syrupy, but still pretty drinkable. I must add: The sugar element is much more like you might get from a can of fruit + syrup.

O: While it wasn't great and a bit too sugar-infused for my tastes, I though it was drinkable and a really nice entry into the DIPA lore....

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Photo of NicAutry
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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

Pretty good taste but the aftertaste is definitely characterized by the oak aging. It's not a bad aftertaste, but nothing to write home about. Overall pretty good beer.

Drinking an expensive beer out of a can is awesome and I appreciate both the container and the design on it.

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Photo of Kopfschuss
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Momar42
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into Duvel artist tulip

A - deep hazy yellow with moderate and quickly fading white creamy head.

S - sweet citrus rinds and grapefruit esters. Fairly strong hop aroma and quite delightful on the nose.

T - sweetness and hops are the profound flavors. pretty high citrus bitterness that lingers through most of the drink. This one is a heavy hopper indeed. This one would do nicely in a blind tasting I bet.

M - medium to full. Quite sweet and nears cloying but never exceeds it. It sticks with you and finishes heavy too.

O - had zero expectations as this was purchased on a whim. Not my favorite DIPA but damn it was pleasant to drink. The bitterness lingers wonderfully. I'm becoming more and more of a fan of 21st. This one is one to seek out if you havent had it yet.

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Photo of beastie_bob
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, y'all -

I drank this from the can, because I think 21st Amendment does a hell of a job and I wanted to pay homage.

The brew itself is quite delicious. Is it hoppy? Yes, quite. There is definitely a citrus-y, grapefruit-y flavor to the hops. . That is why I love it so. I've yet to find another beer that provides this rewarding bitterness coupled with such ease.

Aroma - The citrus is blatant. You know what you're getting into with a name like Hop Crisis.

Mouthfeel - The tongue gets coated with the initial hoppiness. Malt sticks around, but doesn't overstay its welcome. The alcohol stays for the weekend.

Appearance - I drank from the can, like the philistine I am. 21st Amendment has transformed the aluminum can into a work of art...a work of art that I am proud (and humbled) to drink from.

I care not for the rest of the typical reviewing standards; this is a beer that any hop-head will find refreshing. It tastes great, it packs a punch, and it is easy to drink, both from a can or a glass. What more do you need?

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Photo of Bockerdoppel91
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BeerTwigs
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a imperial pint glass

Pours a hazy to clear golden color with a two finger white head. Very good head retention and lacing. The nose has a sweet malty/citrusy smell whih isnt too overpowering. I would call this beer almost more malty than bitter because of the oak dominance. This beer has good carbonation with medium body.

Overall this is a decent beer. After searching it out for some time I wouldnt wait for it. Its more malt than IPA and its ok. I would recommennd it atleast once.

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Photo of Gehrig13
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a golden colored beer with a one finger white head. The head faded rather fast to leave a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a nice blend of citrus and floral hop aromas - the citrus is of a slightly bitter grapefruit. These hop aromas are mixed with a very light malty aroma, some tropical fruit, and a somewhat caramel sweetness that help to balance the hop aromas, creating an overall, not overpowering and quite nice smell.

Taste – The taste began a bit on the sweeter side. Some light biscuit flavor with caramel and tangerine are up front. A grapefruit hop then comes to the tongue and bitters it out a bit. Some sweet seems to come back however as some tropical fruit flavors of papaya, mango and pineapple come to the tongue. Toward the end the citrus hop grows stronger and when mixed with a light herbal hop and alcohol flavor one is left with a nice semi-sweet yet bitter flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The brew was of average thickness and carbonation. A little more thickness may have helped to make the hop flavors more potent on the tongue. But none the less it was still a nice overall feel.

Overall – A very delicious beer with some rather smooth hop flavors that are complemented by a good malty body. While dangerous at 9.7 % abv, it is one to try and go to when looking for something hoppy, but rather balanced.

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Photo of JustinQ
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of djschnabel
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy gold head was originally about. 1/4" coming off white settled to nada after a sip.

Smell: light floral, soft hoppy feel. It smells bitter but soft on the nostrils.

Taste: complex in the motion that you feel how bitter it can be but with a honey feel that you will absolutely love.

Mouth: Very good carbonation for this tyPe of IPA, exceptionally smooth and very hard to dislike.

Overall: you're missing out if you if you didn't have one shame on you. Salud!

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Photo of 3Hops
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of jurbanik
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ms11781
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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

12oz can served in a snifter.

pours a clear, burnished golden tone while yielding a frothy finger and a half of off-white head. very nice retention and lacing. really nice looking beer. aromatic nose leads with citric hoppiness; the next wave is caramel malts. it's apparent that this one will pack a sturdy malt backbone.

flavor follows the aroma. citrus and herbal/floral hops, sweet malt (maybe a touch overdone on that count), and a touch of pine. tasty. well hidden 9.7% ABV. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i thought this was very good; probably doesn't distinguish itself enough to make it something i would actively seek out, but i sure wouldn't turn one down.

(originally reviewed: 07-20-2011)

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Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,644 ratings
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