Hop Crisis | 21st Amendment Brewery

very good
1,642 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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of dbl_delta
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite DIPAs. It's a crowded field nowadays, but Hop Crisis is right up there with Heady and Sip of Sunshine, IMHO.

Can dated 10/11/14, so this puppy is 5 months old. Pours a hazy gold with a thick white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation. Really citrusy; really, REALLY hoppy. But the hoppiness doesn't bite - it blends perfectly with the oak and malt to produce an exceptionally flavorful ale. Very easy (too easy?) to drink - the 9.7% ABV is masterfully camouflaged.

21st Amendment puts out some good stuff, but this is by far their best offering. Highly recommended.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Doc_Hops
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Nice lightly hazy yellow/orange with a frothy eggshell head that's not going anywhere

S-Big, robust hop smell with a little bit of sweet orange

T- A warming hop character bites from the start giving way to some sweet fruit with a little oakyness. The oak aging does not help to balance out the alcohol tastes however. It is quite boozy. It's a little off balanced with a slightly weaker malt backbone.

M- Bright bubbles almost leave my mouth tingling on my palate. I like it but unfortunately the heavy alcohol content is still a little overpowering

O- I've always liked this beer. It's definitely not a session beer and it doesn't try to be. It robust, full bodied, and delicious!

Serving Type: 12oz can poured into a Sam Adams pint glass

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Bierman9
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I snagged a 4-pack of this at the Georgetown Deli last week. Think it was around $9.99 or so... Rough day today at work, so some DIPA will attempt to unwind me a bit....

Poured can 1 (of 2) into a small DT tulip. Color was a muted, medium golden; quite hazy in general. Head was frothy and a smidge off-white. Bubbles were fine and tight, and the head slowly ebbed from 1/2" to 1/8" or so... Lacing was nice, overall. Aroma is a fruity, hoppy mix. Has some sweetish aspects, like tangerine and apricot, plus some pithy characteristics. Body is medium-plus, and it has minimal prickle on the tongue.

Flavor is interesting. Has some sweetish aspects along with a little toasty malt. Sort of like some marmalade on a slice of toast. Also mixed in was some hopping, which was somewhat pithy and rindy, with hints of pine. Not too sweet, not too bitter, and the 9.7% ABV is, scarily, well-hidden. Pretty good stuff.... Prosit!!

3.95/5 rDev -1%look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a can with a light hazy amber color. Just over one finger of white head. Some spotty lacing

S: Pine, booze, apricot, biscuit and sweet orange. A lot going on here and it took a few whiffs to pick it all up.

T: Pine, orange, woody/earthy flavors, and some lemon zest on the way down. A hint of oak. This is all backed by a big malt backbone to balance out a good helping of bitter hops.

M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel that is chewy and oily. Carbonation is mid range.

O: A solid DIPA. I like that there is some oak in there to mix it up and make it a bit different. It gives it some nice body without being overbearing.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Can at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Canned on 8/06/12 (roughly 5 1/2 months old, so not the freshest)

Pours out a nice hazy deep golden orange color, a nice looking, retentive white head that slowly fades. Leaves some really nice sticky lacing. Cloudy appearance.

Bright citrus peel, lemon and grapefruit. Pithy citrus fruit and not much else, some light candied malt in the back. The hops definatly smell a bit faded.

The taste is only slightly better than the aroma suggested. Grapefruit citrus, a bit pithy, some faded tasting light woody hops with a hint of lemon. very light caramel malt tries to balance. Finishes with a dry resinous bitterness.

Medium bodied and no alcohol detectable. Comes off much lighter than it actually is.

Overall, a less than stellar DIPA. Perhaps this would be better much fresher, but there's just not enough here for a real hop head to get off on.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,642 ratings.
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