Monday, August 10, 2015

21st Amendment Hop Crisis

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1427) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2015
It seems like it’s been a while since I had a true “imperial” IPA. You know the kind that are intensely sweet, boozy and dank with hops? 21st Amendment Hop Crisis is the epitome of that style, especially as done by West Coast breweries with its citrusy taste, sweet smell and big body.

I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. It had an enjoy by date of 10/22/15 and cost $5.99 ($0.50 per ounce).

Appearance: A very hazy shade of traditional orange; perhaps a bit brighter than most of the style. Pours to a fairly large, white, foamy head which laces and retains quite well.

Smell: It’s not often a sweetness is the first scent I get from a hoppy beer, but there is a strong vanilla, almost candy-like aroma that’s noticeable as soon as the can is opened. There’s a dank citrusy smell, too; akin to orange juice concentrate and flowers.

Taste: There’s a taste I associate with the IIPA style which is a little different from an ordinary DIPA. This beer exemplifies it pretty well. Much like the aroma, the first thing I notice is sweetness. Nearly sugar-like in its delivery with a taste of orange juice or sherbet (not spicy like orangepeel). There’s a vanilla character as well probably due to the fact the beer is aged on oak spirals, though it’s not confectionery-like and it’s not particularly woody, either. An intense bitterness through the middle and on the backend is coupled by a strong alcohol presence. Delectable to be sure, this is what I want in a strong hoppy ale.

Drinkability: It’s pretty obvious right away that 21st Amendment Hop Crisis is a hefty beer. The mouthfeel is weighty with noticeable viscosity. The texture is soft and smooth, though there’s an alcohol warmth that’s difficult to overlook – even at colder temperatures. That 9.7% ABV does make itself known. The hops do too as they linger on the tongue, but are more sweet than dry. This makes a good standalone beverage for the IPA drinker.

RATING: 8/10

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