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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Photo of mdr4669
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App: Gold and amber body color with about two fingers of thick foamy head that leaves a thick lacing.

Smell: Hoppy and citrus with a grainy breadiness.

Taste: Starts off with a grainy taste that's followed up by a warm kick of alc. then mellowed by a hoppy aftertaste.

MF: Creamy and easy going, a pleasure to drink.

OA: Though this will never find the regularity in my cooler as Live Free Or Die and Back in Black, it is an excellent addition to the 21A lineup, great work Shaun and Nico!

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

A: Apricot in color. Crystal clear with a nice pillowy white head.

S: A touch of pine, but otherwise overwhelmingly citrus. Most notably grapefruit. A touch of syrupy sweetness in the back.

T: Malty sweetness comes out right away. Notes of caramel and raison, which meld into a pine and grapefruit flavor, and a hit of bitterness. Quite tasty. Perhaps just a hint of oak in the finish, though it is rather tiny.

M: Fairly thick, and a bit chewy, there is a creaminess to the body that I like. Carbonation seems appropriate for the style.

O: In general I think this is a nice effort on 21A's part. Good solid bitterness, a nice malt profile, and darn tasty. I would have liked to see the oak take a bigger role in this, as it is almost imperceptible, and that's sad.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A CAN into a Weyerbacher Tulip on the late.

A- Hop Crisis comes out the CAN very clean looking with bright gold as the main color and some faint burnt bronze in between. A stealth pour yielded a thin bright white cap leaving some nice spots.

S- Smell is not oaky in the least bit, the apparent aging has given off a sweet scent under a nice array of aroma hops leaving a nice grassy scent with very faint tropics. Reminds me of a lighter version of Double Jack in the nose so the malting is up there.

T- A decent double here. Hops are hitting the tounge but dont impart much if any bitterness. The time aging on oak has faded the hop bite and has given this a sweet vibe. Tastes of bitter hops, grass, Dry hoppings, and a touch of mango and orange. Not too shabby, yet not all that impressive either.

M- If it were not for the dry hopping, this would fall very short. The bitterness barely registers on the tip of my tounge and doe not invade the mouth. Malty over hoppy. The body is a healthy medium and the carb is kinda low and lacking. Needs more bubbles.

D,O- This is a good drinker, I cant knock it too much. I enjoyed it and while it says oak aged, I say, don't believe everything you here. I would like to see a regular non aged version of this to see how it compares and jut what 21st Ammendment brewery has in it' brewing chops. I could drink a can or two of this easy and like it, I just would not go over board and pick up a case of it.

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Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear honey color with a dense off-white head that settled into a light cap with some lacing.

The aroma is sweet and fruity. There are some candied tropical fruit notes from the hops; some apricot and pepper as well. The malt is lightly bready.

The flavor is a good balance between the malt, hops, and oak. Starts off with some pine and peppery hop notes which mixes well with a solid oak flavor. The oak brings a light tartness but not much; the flavor is a nice offset to the hops. Some pineapple hops provide additional sweetness and the beer finishes with some resin.

Moderate body with soft carbonation. Well balanced between the malt and hops. Finishes slightly bitter. ABV well hidden.

The hop presence is a bit disappointing in this beer. I didn't pick up much in the aroma and it is more bitter than flavorful. That said, its a nice beer, well balanced for the style.

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Photo of ardeano
4.95/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man this stuff is good...

Poured from can (at work) into a tulip

A- clear shiny goodness
S- pretty amazing hopiness with a hint of oak
T/M- light carb, smooth feel with some warmth going down

I have to say that this is pretty amazing, it's a bit spendy but worth the try ($3 for a can at Newport Market in Bend OR) if you really enjoy the IIPA (I love the stuff). I've had a few under my belt and I'm calling this an 'IPA session starter' because you can feel it after one 12oz can and then move on to a subtle IPA bomber IPA...


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Photo of rootbeerman
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours clear gold, a finger of white head that slowly fell to a
thin halo.
S: floral and pine hops, with some light malt sweetness.
T: hops are pine, floral and light grapefruit. Hops aren't that powerful, even as it warms. There is a nice caramel sweetness on the back-end.
M: hops are coating but overall seems a bit light on the back end.
O: I'd almost say this is a beginners DIPA, not too hoppy but not light either.

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Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Crystal clear light amber with a creamy white cap. Head retention and size are decent. Good coat of thick lace.

S- Initially I only get big hop notes, citrus fruit, floral and earthy. Some caramel malt kicks in with time.

T- Starts out with a big hop blast, citrus (lemon, orange zest) and floral. A bit herbal and earthy as well. Finishes off with some caramel, bread and light sweetness.

MF- Creamy light-end body with foamy carbonation. Finishes heavily bitter as well as warming.

Solid Double IPA but not on the level of the great ones. Just not the amazing hop use some of the others employ, still a good canned beer worth trying.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, huge head.

Smell: Citrus, hint of wood.

Taste: Mild sweetness backed with citrus. There's an underlying wood/oak flavor but nowhere near as strong as a beer like oaked arrogant bastard.

Drinkability: Went down easy for a strong beer. Yea for cans.

Picked up a 4 pack cube of 12oz cans. Brewed and canned in MN for 21st Amendment. Oak aging takes a little sweetness out and seems to dull some of the hop bitterness while adding its own flavor. I wonder if they make a non-oaked version.

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Photo of IronLover
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright copper in color with a slight haze. Poured with a strong, healthy off-white head with unusually good staying power for a DIPA. Foam slowly reduces to a thick cap that leaves sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Big citrus hop aromas, pineapple, lemon, orange, grapefruit. with a underlying malt sweetness. Slightly resinous up front, but smooth and lightly creamy through the middle and end. Pretty much just tropical citrus hop flavor from beginning to end with a hint of pine and a light maltiness beneath. Finishes a bit dry with a long lingering hop bitterness. The hops and malt nicely mask the high abv. Very smooth, tasty (if you enjoy lots of hops) and easy to drink.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a pint glass

A- Poured a clear golden orange color with a two finger frothy head and leaves minimal lacing.

S- Huge tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange peel, and pine. There is something else here though that I can't quite put my finger on, I am thinking it is the oak. This is very aromatic.

T- A little unusual for a Double IPA. Some nice tropical fruit, peach, orange citrus, lemon zest, grassy notes, some oak, maltiness, and pine. The alcohol is present and provides some warmth and a slight burn on the finish. A lot of sweetness going on but a lot of bitterness too, works well together.

M- This beer finishes super dry, starts off sticky and has a slightly oily mouthfeel, and the alcohol provides some warming. The bitterness lingers long after each sip.

O- This is a big beer in every way from the alcohol presence to the complexity in the taste and aroma. 21st Amendment is changing my perception on what kind of beer can come from a can with this one and Monk's Blood.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden-amber color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent hoppy with a nice amount of oak, vanilla, citrus, and just a hint of cat piss. Taste is initially very oaky with nice vanilla and wood flavors. Then I get a bit of alcohol, immediately followed by citrus hops and some floral notes. Finishes with a little more wood and bittering hops. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with a bit of stickiness. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a nice, tasty DIPA. Don't think it's as good as Burton Baton though.

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Photo of ToddT
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden yellow topped with a fluffy off white head. Head sticks around and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S- Notes of floral hops and some grapefruit as well.

T- Big solid note of hops right away, profile shifts back and forth between pine, floral, and grapefruit. The grapefruit wins out in the end and leaves a nice bitter final note at the finish. As this warms the malt character starts to show up a little more, not over powering just a nice counterpoint to the hops.

M- Medium in body and carbonation. The finish is pretty clean for a beer that is this hoppy, but there is a hint of hop oil residue in the mouth and a little heat of alcohol.

O- Nicely done the 9.7% ABV is pretty well hidden, just a little bit of heat, and the malt adds a nice balance to the hops. The real beauty of this one is the shifting hop profile.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of rapidsequence
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Got it at Neds.

Appearance: Clear gold. Nice looking off white head. Brief retention. Good looking lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus hops, grass, pine, and a green oakiness. The oak is not strong in that it overpowers, but it is sharp on the end of the sniff.

Taste: Big and hoppy with nice sweet orange and bitter citrus as well as pine. The oak flavor mostly gives a nice mild vanilla flavor until the finish when it becomes stronger. This is a quite bitter one, with some balancing caramel malt sweetness. Hint of spicy maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Non intrusive carbonation. Dry, bitter finish with some tannic feel.

Overall: This is a pretty darn good DIPA that would be way better without the oak.

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Photo of ATPete
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can

Pours a brilliant copper yellow, amazing clarity. A small sticky off white head sits on top and hugs the glass with every sip. Honey sweet malts, rich, piney resinous hops, apricot, white raison, and the faintest aroma of maple sugar and vanilla. Rich, full bodied and warming, very balanced. Im actually very impressed, by far the best I've had from 21A. Great job.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into Delirium snifter. Bottom of can is labeled with the following code: 1102 1643.

A: Honey gold with a thick bright head that recedes quickly to lace at the sides of the glass.

N: Pine and resin and earth with a defined sweetness in the background.

T/M: A citric flavor of pine and spice backed by a solid sweetness which is delivered in the solid and beautiful malt profile. The body feels very oily and thick with a lingering bitterness.

Not sure why I like this beer so much--it is a very good beer; I find it more similar to the Mid-West style IIPA, which I experienced while in CO. I really like how the beer features the often under-appreciated piny hop characteristics. I will definitely be enjoying another of theses rather soon.

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Photo of justiceavocado
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into an imperial pint glass.

A – Good head, at least an inch, the closest to pure white I've ever seen. A light orange color with a tiny bit of brown where the liquid is thickest, not super-light, just a bit light. Effervescence is pretty strong, and the lacing is doing its darndest to stick around.

S – I'm a little sick, so it's hard to smell much, but I'm getting a lot of citrusy and piney hops. Not much earthiness at all.

T – Follows the nose. Citrus and fruit right up front, not in the belgian sense, just a little lemony and orangey. The body is a smooth pine needle. I might be drinking this beer a bit too thirsty.

M – Again, these aren't ideal circumstances. Just came in from a few hours of frisbee, got some pollen in me. That said, it's a much thicker mouthfeel than I expect from your average DIPA, and that's nice. I like the thickness.

O – Pretty damn good. I don't often re-buy beers within a few weeks, but I'm looking forward to getting another four pack.

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Photo of rchristensen
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint

A - pours a light golden amber with about one inch of a short lived head leaving decent lacing

S - mix of bread and citus aromas - intriguing

T - starts with a nice malty flavor an the the hops take over. Citrus and pine notes dominate. The alcohol is well masked

M- carbonation levels are good yet the brew comes off a bit thin

O - a good IIPA. I enjoyed the malt/hop balance. Will give this another try. Bonus points for the can

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Al's of Hampden.

A: The DIPA is an amber color, plenty of yellow adding a Central PA in fall look. A thin head, white, comes along.

S: The nose has citrus hops but generally the maltiness stands out. Balance levels things out, adding malty breads.

T: A moderate hop profile not as much as a DIPA should have. Citrus is present but the breadiness seems to overpower it. The pairing seems to be more IPA than DIPA, breadiness taking the place of bold hops.

M: Too balanced to be a DIPA. That seems to be par for the course for 21st Amendment, balance at the expense of the green gold. I enjoyed the ale but it didn't feel like a double IPA.

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Photo of mntlover
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a nice two finger off white head that falls to a ring and laces well.

Aroma is sweet malts almost like bread and honeysuckle nice floral notes with some underlying fruity citrus notes. Oak notes are very light seem to add dryness to the smell. Aroma is very nice sweet and pleasant not big in your face hops like most IPA's but find myself constant sniffing it.

Taste is vastly different then the nose i was getting. Malt is still bready but lots of oak in the flavor with some vanilla hints. Hops are slightly floral but more grapefruit rind bitterness dominates. Along with a dry woody finish with lingering spice, and a light boozy quality that is nice.

Mouthfeel is solid medium with medium level of carbonation also.

Overall it is pretty good brew little different then most I2PA's out there, which is always a good thing. Still wish my mouth was tasting what my nose was smelling.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled into ale glass

A: clear, dark yellow; beautiful thick head; half-sheet of lacing
S: fresh pine; hoppy aroma; really nice
T: very, very hoppy, piney, complex; flavor is deep and intense, lingering quite a while; the cask flavor provides a really nice accent.

This is a very fine IIPA.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass. Clear, copper/gold in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Sweet toasted malt and citrussy hops
Taste-Spicy oakiness, sweet toasted malt and just enough hops to balance it all out. A bit on the sweet side, the 94IBU's are muted, and the 9.7ABV is not evident as this brew is very smooth and drinkable. Caution! Do not shotgun this little can of whoopass! Instead, sip slowly and enjoy with a spicy plate of hot wings or a peppery Blue cheese salad.

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Photo of chumba526
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears solid orange with a small off white head.

It smells of caramel malt, mild toffee, oak and citrus like and slightly grassy hops.

It tastes of grassy and citrusy hops. I get a mild vanilla like oaky flavor to the beer as well. There is a solid semisweet caramel malt bill for this beer. The oak smoothes out the beer and tones down the hop bitterness. This tastes good though I would prefer a dryer malt bill.

This has ample carbonation with a somewhat thick mouthfeel.

Overall a pretty nice mild double IPA.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

21st Amendment Hop Crisis poured light amber with a short-lived one-and-a-half finger head. It left a strong wall of lace on the glass.

The smell was sweet, like vanilla or honey, with a metallic finish. The flavor was fantastic, with hints of caramel, vanilla, honey, and the slightest hint of wood. It was a bit sweet for an Imperial IPA, but it tasted great, with many layers of flavor. For this style, the feel is where it falters--it was very smooth, with almost no disernable bitterness and nothing staying behind.

I had two cans of Hop Crisis before this review. The first one was from the can, poolside, and I was extremely impressed. The vanilla and oak flavors really came through and I found myself thinking this is the best canned beer ever. The second one, I poured into a tulip-shaped glass to more easily perceive the apearance and smell. To my surprise, I preferred it from the can. The oak and vanilla really came through and the smooth feel wasn't as prominent. Overall, I loved this beer--loved the flavor and loved the high ABV on a hot day. It just didn't have the aggressive feel of a great IIPA.

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Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,640 ratings.
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