Hop Crisis | 21st Amendment Brewery

very good
1,643 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by sloejams on 04-08-2008

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Ratings: 1,643 |  Reviews: 498
Photo of lpstar
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of davemathews68
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is a one finger off-white shade. Retention is pretty decent, and it also has a nice texture, as well. A good amount of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Not as hoppy as I wanted it to be. I do get some solid grapefruit tendencies, but this seems to be more about the sweet malts and faint alcohol presence. I even pick up a hint of oak. Quite nice for a malty DIPA, at least.

T: Okay, this is very grapefruit forward, actually. The sweetness I feared from the aroma meshes well with the citrusy hop tones on the back end; hell, I'd even call it juicy. Finishing bitterness is slight, and keeps within the general vibe of the flavor profile. There is a small oak presence, as well - granted, it's subtle at best, but I'm glad it only adds a bit of vanilla to the finish rather than clash with the grapefruit flavors. My only real complaint is that over time, the sweetness is a tad much. Otherwise a super-solid DIPA.

M: Very smooth in its texture, though a little heavy. It's dry enough on the back end to help give it decent (though not spectacular) drinkability - the only reason it's not even better is because it's a bit too sweet. Fits the flavor profile quite well, though.

O: This is a really solid DIPA that honest-to-Jebus reminds me of drinking straight-up grapefruit juice at times. If the sweetness was a little lower, with all other aspects kept the same, this would be among the best in the style. Still quite good, and still worthy of purchase.

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Photo of Nobcefus
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, canned on 6/7/13

A- pours crystal clear bright golden color, as clear as apple juice. Huge foamy and pillowy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving patches of lace all around e glass as it settles. Long head retention

S- bright citrusy hops with notes of grapefruit and orange zest, sweet doughy and yeasty malt, can't really pick up any of the oak

T- citrus hop flavors follows the aroma with more of a grapefruit emphasis, bright and fresh. Some grassy notes transition into a sweet and bready malt with just a trace if oak flavor to compliment a sweet finish

M- medium-heavy body, yet creamy and not viscous. Smooth mouthfeel ends with a silky finish with lively carbonation. Alcohol makes a small appearance on the finish

O- my favorite beer from 21st thus far, well balanced and easy to drink for the ABV. Would have liked a little more oak presence though.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of MAJ85
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of KYGunner
3.11/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bright gold to almost sunny yellow this IPA served a bright white head that had good consistency and heavy lacing.

Just a month old and with a name like Hop Crisis I would expect to at least smell some hops but instead smell strong malt and oak.

I'm confused as again the taste follows the nose with a hefty malt flavor and a back of alcohol tinge. Maybe the date is an expiration and I got this late by a month but there's no hop flavor at all. Major disappointment!

According to what I've read the date at the bottom of the can is a canned on date so this is just a month old.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into a pint glass

Ap- pours a dark yellow with a white head about 1/2 inch that has really good retention

Ar- the usual suspects here...piney hops, citrus, grapefruit, grass, some oak, sweet biscuit malt

T- hmm, the first thing I notice is the alcohol, at 9.7% its not hidden that well (not a bad thing just an observation) the rest kinda follows the nose. I get grassy, earthy, piney characteristics first and then the blend right in to the biscuit malt. I can ever so slightly taste the oak exerted from the spirals. This is a well balanced beer.

M- medium bodied, sticky, decent carbonation for the style

O- a really good beer, just not great. It is very well balanced though, with all the other offerings I would probably not buy this again though unless it was on sale.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of Thishops4u
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of h2oamay
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of rxthree
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Evan
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of KingEdward
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of markgugs
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ridgeline23
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into sam adams custom glass, color is copper and gold on the edges, head is 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to rings and froth, very dense; color is transparent.

Smell is subdued at first when chilled, a good blend of lighter malt flavors and hop bitterness, mostly pine with some fruitiness, pretty resiny. malt scents are clean, maybe some biscuit or toast.

Taste is not overly sweet, very solid bitterness and enough malt presence to compensate. Hop flavors are very resinous, piney; malt flavors are clean, pale malt and hints of toast. no oakiness noted, but the lighter sweetness could be a result.

Mouthfeel is very well done for a dipa, not cloying or over bitter.

Overall, a very, very good dipa, nice and dry, not too sweet. I don't pick up the oak barrel taste, but i think it mellows the sweetness. another tasty brew from 21st amendment

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of TheSSG
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a HUGE, dense, white head is sticky with resin and laces as if there is no tomorrow. Warm, floral hops in the nose have a very nice citrus character that is muted (but in a good way). Turbid, straw color. Starts surprisingly hoppy with a MASSIVE Booziness and sweet malt dripping with assertive oak notes that dominate before it moves into a poignant, resiny, citrus rind hop bitterness. The bitterness here sits on the tongue, lingering. The finish becomes citrus rind with a slight sweetness from malt, with hints of wood hiding in the back. A nice, hefty mouthfeel.

Overall, not bad. I was really surprised how assertive and up-front the oak was in this one. The hoppiness is restrained enough to allow the oak and malt to hit in the front (with that booziness), and THEN the hops take over about the middle. Quality stuff. I'd heard a lot of good things about this brewery, and this didn't disappoint.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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