Toaster Pastry
21st Amendment Brewery

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #21
Ranked #10,412
3.95 | pDev: 8.86%
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
Very Good
Toaster PastryToaster Pastry
Notes: India-style Red Ale that uses Calypso & other experimental hops.
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Modern Times 16-oz. Willi Becher glass
From: Gregg
Price: n/a
Purchased: n/a; Received Nov. 12, 2019
Consumed: Nov. 19, 2019
Reviewed as: American Amber/Red Ale
Misc.: Canned on Sept. 7, 2019 at 11:05 a.m. PT

Thanks, Gregg!

Got this and a bunch of other beers from Gregg. Most of them weren’t that fresh, especially the IPAs. Thought I had this one before, but had not checked in on Untappd or reviewed on Beer Advocate. Had one over the previous few days, giving it a 4 on Untappd and writing, “Well done for the style. Full review another time. No surprise Chad gave this a 4.25. Right up his alley.” Online description on their website read, “Our first beer out of our new brewery is a homage to our building's former life as a Toaster Pastry factory. Biscuit malts give the beer a slightly nutty, crust-like flavor, complementing the fruity, jammy character of the hops. The toasty-sweet aroma, balanced by a bite of hops, makes this one of our favorite brews yet.” Hops mentioned were Centennial, Cascade, Amarillo and Mosaic for flavor, Citra, Mosaic, Centennial, Simcoe, Azacca and Calypso for dry, and Warrior for bitter.

Poured a copper semi-clear color with three fingers of off-white frothy head. Vaguely could see some bubble streams coming up along the sides of the glass. Good spotty lacing. World-class foamy retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled biscuit, rye, iced tea, nutty malts, earthy pine, light dank resin, herbal, menthol, hints of caramel, red apple and strawberry jam. A little better out of the can. If I had to guess one of the hops, I would lean toward Azacca or Warrior. A little better out of the can. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted a little better than the smell overall. Got biscuit, pecan, nutty malts, unsweetened iced tea, rye (?), earthy pine, herbal, menthol, red apple, floral and toasted caramel. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, slightly bitter finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Just an excellent amber/red ale overall. Glad I got to try a couple of these. (Overall - 4.25)

4.09 | 91 | A-

Dec 31, 2019
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Red IPA or PA is little understood, but I surely appreciate it as my first love craft was made in Mendicino called Red Tale Ale. I'm further biased by having lived at Clocktower a block from this brewer which also pioneered SOMA, and is backed by a start up buddy.

a/ Mostly clear pretty amber body caps with a thick off-white head that laces and lasts my tulip.
s/ Toasty sweet as promised with caramel, and fruit essence of apple, lemon and pear.
t/ Boldly caramelized, adding hops, cinnamon, toast, bread crust. This abundance requires letting it come to cask temp. Even pine and sunlit coastal sage in the finale.
Cask is cash, Cask is king.
f/ Likewise the feel, teases the tongue with sweet without any cloy in a white like, dessert wine like weight. Finishes crisp. o/ sum is greater than the parts. I'd buy cases of this and drink at 55.

Sep 16, 2019
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with a Sep07 [assuming 2019] stamp pours a mildly hazed amber color with a small cap of tan head. Not much for retention but the lacing is pervasively curtain-like.

Nose is caramel, burnt biscuit bottoms and resiny hops. Brings me back to the mid 2000's or so with a typical Red IPA aroma.

Taste is piney and bitter with a dark malt that is somewhere in between toasted rye bread and the blackened crust when your marshmallow catches on fire. The bitterness is there aplenty and is accentuated by the toasty malt flavors.

It feels a bit nostalgic to me and fits in with a Red IPA style that was pretty popular a decade ago. That said, I dont think Id reach for another sixer anytime too soon.

Jul 28, 2019
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jkrich from Florida

4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. can: deep amber to red with golden highlights and a beautiful, foamy and sustained off-white head. One most attractive pours I have seen in quite some time.

There is a blast of refreshing, piney aromas followed by some distinct perfumy sweetness.

This fits the "red IPA" style perfectly: the flavor begins with strong resiny hops with a very nice sweet and fruity taste of mild raspberry and faint strawberry and plum. The bittersweet flavor teases the tongue and lingers long on the palate.

Another great example of a hoppy red ale or IPA; however, the ABV percentage is dangerously high for such a drinkable ale!

Jun 01, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high dark beige head that left a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts and fruity hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit and caramel malts along with notes of fruity hops, the latter of which contributes a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This amber ale had a nice amount of crispness and bitterness from the hops. It is rather easy to drink.

Serving type: can

Apr 27, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

21st Amendment Brewery "Toaster Pastry"
12 fl. oz. can coded "SAN LEANDRO, CA SEP07 1110"
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So what is this? Red IPA or something else? It's poured a clear deep copper body beneath a full head of off-white foam. The head retention appears to be excellent. The aroma is hoppy and malty with bready and toasty notes. Not surprisingly, the flavor follows. There's definitely some high-kilned malt in here, some biscuit. It's grainy, toasty, nutty, and caramelish but not overdone. The hops are threaded throughout the malt quite nicely. It reminds me a lot of some of the east coast IPAs made back in the late '90's that were a bit heavy on biscuity and caramelish malts, and seemingly with a blend of English and American hops which would most likely have been Cascade and/or Centennial back then. In fact, now that I think about it, this reminds me very much of a beer I brewed back then that took a medal for English IPA at the World Beer Cup - it shouldn't have because it had too many American hops to it, but it did. The bitterness is nicely balanced against the firm maltiness, probably clocking in around 50-55 IBUs, and it allows a little bit of sweet malt to linger in an otherwise dry and bitter finish. It's medium bodied with a little bit of a dextrinous feel to it, and lightly crisp-then-creamy and smooth. Looking back the head has held up really well, and the lacing is quite good but not great. I like it. I think the "Toaster Pastry" name is a little misleading because there's not really that much fruit to it, just some apple/pear and light citrus, but I can live with that; and now that I think about it, maybe that's actually right as toaster pastries never really do give you enough fruit, do they? I could drink a few pints of this, and I'll suggest it's certainly worth trying.
Review #6,552

Apr 23, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. Canned 3/14/19, so 5 weeks old.

Bright reddish amber body, with a thick creamy head. Leaves excellent lacing. Decent carbonation.

Biscuits and lightly hoppy on the nose.

Fruity jammy biscuits on the taste. A decent hop bite. A little sour bitterness at the end.

Mouth close to full. Lingering sour bitterness which spoils the beer a little.

Overall, a nice amber ale offering. Happy to have another 5 in the fridge.

Apr 21, 2019
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abinferno from California

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice color, amber with a reddish hue. Not quite as red as a standard imperial red, more of a balance between a traditional red and an IPA, which fits the flavor profile. A hint of maltiness that could have been stronger, but recently balanced with the underlying bitterness and citrus flavors of the hops. Decent representation of the style. Would drink again if I came across it.

Apr 06, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can to becher pint glass, the appearance was a sturdy dark amber color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Lacing was sliding.
The aroma had a nice blend of bread crust/biscuits, some resinous hops, sly earthiness, some fruit jam (strawberry-like?, hmmmmm....somewhat but extremely low).
The flavor was moderately blended the sweetness of the bread crust/biscuit-like contour to the fruit jam-like quality. Aftertaste was the blend of the bread to the jam, somewhat sweet yet quaint.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, seemed just a touch under with a pretty good sessionably smooth aspect flowing along my tongue. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt good.
Overall, wondering if they used Barbe Rouge hops in this to create that "strawberry jam-like" character in this. Me, I don't know and don't see anything on the can anywhere. I'd have this again, pretty good stuff.

Jun 24, 2017
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VeganUndead from Virginia

3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid offering, but one that would have been rated higher if it at been labeled more appropriately in my opinion. More so of a solid red ale, than anything truly representing an IPA

May 25, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose starts with big resiny hops and some pine and wood aromas but a definite nutty, slightly sweet pastry crust aroma floats around behind the hops. The hop aromas are medium to medium high while the toasty malt aromas are medium low. It pours brilliant copper amber under a 2.5" cream colored foam cap with a slight copper tint. The cap is lacy and persistent. The palate starts with sweet toaster pastry crust with biscuit, hints of caramel, traces of stone fruit and nuts but quickly gives way to a an assertive bitterness that rides right through the finish. The flavors are complex and layered but nicely balanced. The malt is medium to medium high but the bitterness is medium high to high. Toaster Pastry leaves a long bitter finish that lasts and lasts. High praise to the brewer for concocting a beer that evokes toaster pastry with big hops and having it work so well.

Mar 22, 2017
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really like this beer, particularly when fresh. Really balanced with just enough bitterness to balance the cookie-like malt. Moreish- I can keep drinking these, particularly with the nice little burst if fruit on the finish. Definitely a beer I pick up from time to time.

Mar 03, 2017
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vladdswrath from Washington

3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper, as advertised. Not much in the way of a head, but what is there laces nicely. Smell is hop forward pine but with a notable strawberry jam undercurrent. Taste is not nearly as fruity as I expected, although it's plenty sweet and malty. The back end is super bitter and swampy, which is a surprising turn of events considering the light breezy aroma. It's a nice contrast that makes for a complex, tasty sip. Mouthfeel starts like a red ale and then drifts into something heavier, but again, I find it a nice and complex experience.

Dec 16, 2016
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CleSpartan57 from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L. Deep copper red with thin off white head that coats the glass

S. Hop forward bready and slightly sweet

T. Solid toasty malt backbone but plenty of bitterness to balance it out. Bitterness lingers.

F. Viscous mouthfeel lingers on tongue

O. Bitterness limits it's drinkability

Dec 10, 2016
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 pint, 3.2 oz. can - Canned on 10/12/16 (stamped on bottom):

Pours penny copper with a fluffy lasting head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with citrus and a hint of pine. A whiff of strawberry comes through on subsequent smells. It has a pleasant aroma.

The taste is of a malt character that reminds me of an Irish Red ale. It mixes with tropical and citric fruit bitterness. A hint of strawberry gives it an interesting, pleasant unique twist. Malt and hops tied together by a doughy character. Complex, yet approachable, it's a pleasantly enjoyable brew.

Some alcohol shows, but not too sharp or raw.

A unique, nicely hopped, with a solid malt character, red ale. Unique and enjoyable.

Nov 22, 2016
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Caveworm from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Toaster Pastry | 21st Amendment Brewery. Poured from the can into a pint glass, this brew's got a two finger thick light tan head, with solid lacing, and a clear deep reddish brown body.

I smell caramel malts with citrus and tropical hops.

Tastes like a bitter strawberry Pop Tart, straight up.

The mouthfeel medium with mild carbonation.

I'll give Toaster Pastry | 21st Amendment Brewery a rating of a 4.5. I'd definitely pick this up again.

Nov 13, 2016
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98green from Michigan

3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can. Nice red IPA. I don't get the biscuit side of the pastry, but the strawberry comes though lightly at the end. It doesn't overpower a very nice hoppy red. I'd be happy to have this one in the fridge

Nov 07, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.03/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Dark amber with a tan, moderate head.

Lots of bready caramel, tons of pine both in taste and smell, super bitter and spicy, finishing harshly dry.

Just yuck.

Oct 16, 2016
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a solid red ale. I expected more fruity hops and more sweetness based on the name but what I got was a strong tasty red ale. Fairly bitter with toasty caramel malts. I do get a hint of berry if I'm really looking for it. yb

Oct 16, 2016
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Toaster Pastry brewed by 21st Amendment Brewery, with an ABV of 7.60% This brew pours out nice light brown color with a nice off white head. The head to this brew sticks around. Really liking the look of this red ale. The smell of Toaster Pastry is rich with hops and roasted sweetness. There are some nice roasted grians and malts in the smell of this brew. The look and smell of this Red Ale are very inviting. Nothing bad so far, now on to the taste. The taste of Toaster Pastry is Bold but , rich with flavors. You first pick up on hops, then the roasted grians and malts. There is also a mild sweetness to the taste of this brew. You also get a nice amount of lacing in the glass. Toaster Pastry has a lot going on in it. I really like how smooth goes down, there is nothing overpowering about this brew at all. This is one red ale has a real nice balance to it. It is also hard to pick up on the 7.60%ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The mouth feel of Toaster Pastry, is Bold , Rich Hoppy , smooth and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Toaster Pastry a 4.50 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. If you are looking for a hoppy Red Ale look this one up . 21st Amendment Brewery, did a super nice job with this one.

Oct 02, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored with an inch of creamy tan on top. This beer has little opacity partially due to the darker color and partially due to a bit of cloudiness. Light lacing. I smell amber malt with hints of caramel. I'm tasting some amber malt, caramel, a subtle nutty note, and some piney hops. The mouth lightly oily and dry.

Sep 25, 2016
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cwalter from New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber color with a frothy off white head that is 2 1/2 fingers in depth.

S: Lots of tropical fruits in the aroma; papaya, mango, pineapple as well as strawberry preserve.

T: The sweetness of the the pineapple, mango and papaya come through first in the taste. Then you get a wave of strawberry preserve/jam. The beer finishes with the same tartness/funkiness that you would find in a flanders red ale. There is a very slight presence of biscuity malts which helps to moderate the sweetness of the strawberry preserve and the tartness at the back end.

O: Very interesting and well crafted beer.

Sep 03, 2016
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gotzilla from California

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color of candy caramel

Consistent resilient head

I'm really trying to taste anything sweet or sugary. The best I can do is a dark strawberry. Mostly I'm tasting a woody something that I appreciate but don't love. If someone bought this for me, fine. Otherwise, I'm moving on.

Sep 03, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I love being the CANmander of The CANQuest (tm)! Miller Lite now speaks of doing what you want when you are an innovator & I have certainly been innovative as far as CANned beer is CANcerned. Tonight, I have the same beer, but in different serving sizes, both in a CAN. Does size make a difference? We shall see.

From the wee CAN: "Our first beer out of our new brewery is an homage to its former life as a toaster pastry factory. Biscuit malts give the beer a slightly nutty, crust-like flavor, while Pale and Dark Crystal malts create the mouthfeel and flavors reminiscent of strawberry jam. Calypso and other experimental hops give this ruby ale a welcome bite, plus a few more in the hop back for a toasty-sweet aroma."

I Crack!ed the little guy open and CANmenced an inverted Glug. This got me two fingers of puffy, foamy, tawny head with decent retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had both a minty, piney hoppiness and an emerging caramel sweetness. Did I just catch a whiff of strawberry jam in there? Mouthfeel was medium. It was like a riot of flavors in my mouth! It truly was truth-in-advertising as I got a light nuttiness, some strawberry, a little pine, biscuity/breadiness and light mint. The cool dryness of the finish was utterly refreshing. Every inhalation following the swallow felt cool and minty. Mmm mmm mmm. Good stuff!

Now, let's bring out its big brother in a tallboy and see what he has to say. Sumbi**h is like a slimline tallboy! 1 pint, 3.2 oz. Hmmm.

Samey-same verbiage.

I truly love a good Crack!, but this one inspired me to actually attempt an inverted Glug! S**t! It came rushing out at me like it was under pressure from behind, forcing me to back off. The result was two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head that glared at me, defying me to make another move. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose was really pronounced here, with notes of mint, strawberry, rising dough & pine needles. Drool! OMFG. If you are a hophead & this does not rev your engine and peg the tachometer, you may need to CANsult your physician at the first opportunity. It was as exciting to me as the first time The Doll gave me an amateur prostate screening/finger wave mid-stroke! Whee! Mouthfeel was medium. Is "pungent" a taste descriptor? Jeeezus H. Keeerist, but this tasted like everything that the CAN mentioned, plus a bag of dank, some onion & garlic, a slice of dark bread and the lattice off of one of my grandmother's pies. Ever have a lattice-topped pie? The lattice dough bakes very differently from the rest of the pie. Seasoned bakers know how to really get a beautiful golden-tan from it, but I am not one to reveal trade secrets. Hint: buy a paintbrush. Back to the beer. Man, this was the shizzznit! The mélange of flavors lingered well after the swallow & I simply sat back & let the experience wash over me. It was reminiscent of the first time that I drank Victory B.C.'s Hop Devil & had an epiphany - I am a hophead! This was so much better than being a chipping, maintenance drinker. This was tie off, cook up, mainline kind of hophead drinking. The cool mintiness of the finish was so mellow that I could hardly think. What was it that Lewis Carroll wrote about "a diet of treacle"? I am becoming a navel-gazer off of this one. Dig the groovy scene, daddy-o. Hey, man, CAN I snag a ride to the nearest CANmune? Dig it, baby! Hop on my sled & let's moooove! C U rill soon, kats & kitties.

Aug 07, 2016
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had at Pismo Beach, Cal., poured from 12-oz. can into clear plastic wine cup. Toaster Pastry wins the label-beer color-matching contest, both being reddish-amber and the can featuring lettering to match the light-tan head. More importantly, the major hop additions more than balance the many sweet flavors of this beer, preventing it from becoming a sticky, sweet breakfast-pastry mess of a beer.

Jul 10, 2016
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