Hop Crisis | 21st Amendment Brewery

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,643 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
21st-amendment.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by sloejams on 04-08-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,643
Reviews:
498
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
95
Gots:
233
For Trade:
2
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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 scottspencer
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SebastianOwl
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of slipperysoup
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 ryanhooks81
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kaos
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SadMachine
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Twal
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZEB89
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rawkazols
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 mhs413
2.64/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not a fan.

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

Photo of MasterRigger
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

APPEARANCE -

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 dgmirelli
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look was lighter and more yellow, smell not much in a way of floral or citrus, taste was strong and full of alcohol, feel again strong.

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Photo of WolfStOner
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeromedepot
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of midlifec
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justin82
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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