Toaster Pastry | 21st Amendment Brewery

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
India-style Red Ale that uses Calypso & other experimental hops.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 08-07-2015

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Reviews:
150
Ratings:
611
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.91/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of CleSpartan57
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
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

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Photo of jwc215
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of 98green
3.87/5  rDev -3%
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

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Photo of Sabtos
2.03/5  rDev -49.1%
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.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of cwalter
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of gotzilla
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.67/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of BigGold
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can

Amber red color, white head, decent lacing. Fruity strawberry aroma. Taste is a bit fruity too, some caramel. But the aftertaste is a little earthy, not as good. Medium bodied, smooth feel.

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Photo of thecraftbeersocial
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer!

L - Pours a cloudy amber with a very light tan head that dissipates relatively quickly
S - Piney, spicy, biscuity, toasted malt, pear, dough, tropical fruit
T - Roasty, sweet, biscuity, rye, woody, bready, tropical fruit, well balanced with hop additions
F - Medium body, slight sticky on the mouth, well carbonated, sweet start with a nice bittering finish
O - I love the aroma of this beer and it tastes nearly exactly how it smells! One of the best red ales I've had

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Photo of Strike00
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: pours a cloudy amber red with a minimal white head
S: a roasted smell with some sweetness underneath. The alcohol is prevalent in the smell.
T: well balanced between sweetness and roast bitterness. the alcohol comes on the back end. A lingering bitterness as well.
F: pretty creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O: I love the red ale style and enjoyed this. Nothing earth shattering here, but have had a lot worse red ales for sure.

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Photo of Omnium
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

120z Can > Tulip Glass

A - Clear amber red with a finger of soapy khaki colored head, medium lacing.
S - Wonderful aroma! Light rye and pepper spice, hop resin, nice floral notes, even some cedar, then you get some orange and toasted caramel, light citrus, grassy, even some fig and black cherry underneath.
T - I guess there's a slight hint of this tasting like a toaster pastry, lightly toasted caramel and some sweet cherry are there, but you do get some nice woody cedar tones from it, the rye is really light which is great, just adds the right amount of spicy bite, light strawberry in the aftertaste, which is cool.
M - A little on the thin and fizzy side, but dangerous at 7.6%, its hidden well, finishes dry and a little effervescent, mild bitterness hanging around.
O - This was quite enjoyable, its not in the realm of novelty, because I'd certainly have it again and again, kind of like a toaster pastry, but thankfully not overly sweet!

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Photo of Parmesan
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark Amber color with a small creamy head and a little lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of Piney hops with a hint of Cherry fruit, and some toasted grain.

T: Lots of pine and pine bitterness, a hint of stone fruits and toasted grain.

F: Fuller body and medium carbonation.

O: Doesn't remind me too much of a toaster pastry but still an awesome red IPA

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Photo of Stevem68
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper Amber color that looks like pastry filling. Aroma piney hops with a little fruity sweetness. Flavor is hoppy and balanced with a pine aftertaste. There is a subtle pastry filling like flavor in the finish. Drinks really well and overall a solid beer. This is an IPA first and has notes of the pastry but it's not overly sweet or too gimicky.

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Strawberry jam aroma. IPA taste. Reddish copier color. Strawberry and passion fruit aroma is fantastic. Think Citradelic with strawberry instead of tangerine and 25%higher alcohol.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a single can for around 2 bucks into a mason glass pint.

A - Frothy 1/2 inch of head atop a deep red amber beer clear with some carbonation bubbles in the glass.
S - Some doughy bread malt and some tropical fruity hops.
T - Well it's quite good the hops and malt are in pretty good harmony and the finish is rather sweet wouldn't really call it a pastry but it is a fruity IPA.
M - Quite smooth its light to medium in body but drinks quite well.

Overall an interesting malt forward IPA that has a good balance of bitterness.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark ruby red with a two finger white head. Smell is floral and piney with slight tropical fruit. I definitely get a "jammy" quality. Taste is similar to nose. More of that tropical fruit comes through. I can definitely see why they call it Toaster Pastry. Sweet malts, but not overly sweet. Bitterness is moderate. Mouthfeel is pretty dry. Overall, a very tasty beverage. I like the change to 12oz cans too. Those 19oz ones were too much.

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Photo of strohme2
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A great, ruby red color on this pour. Solid 1 finger that sticks around. Bright nose, lots of citrus and a doughy smell. Taste is almost nothing like the nose. Starts out sweet and malty, lemon and oranges and grapefruit, finishes with a touch of biscuit. Finishes dry. Really a unique beer. A solid drinker too.

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