Toaster Pastry | 21st Amendment Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
616
Reviews:
153
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
8.79%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
160
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 616 |  Reviews: 153
Reviews by woodychandler:
Photo of woodychandler
4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Urk1127
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-garnet red, off white finger head
-Like strawberry preserves, and sweet malt
-sweet malts up front, then ripe fresh berry, and a citrus hop
-Creamy, smooth, cant believe this this over 7% abv

-very good. I loved this beer

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Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stovepipe can, with Best before dating marked on the bottom

Dark ruddy/reddish amber, lasting and heavy lace leaving medium khaki froth.

Malted up nose, with whole wheat malts and bright sweet fruit notes.

Sweet malts, caramel, more bright fruit notes. Pleasantly sweet, with a nice hoppy tang on the back side.

Flavorful,sweet/hopped up, heady and quite pleasant stuff...all in an oversized can...God Bless America...and all the other countries in the world..

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Photo of Botulizard
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a rich amber color with a foamy, white head.
S: Toasty bread and sweet fruit, a lot like the eponymous toaster pastry, maybe a mixed berry variety.
T: Follows the nose. Warm, toasty bread and sweet fruit, followed by a crisp hop finish that's not too overpowering.
M: Hearty but smooth. A little thick, sort of like jam. Not overcarbonated- goes down easy.
O: Excellent. A truly beautiful beer. I love it. It was everything I'd hoped it would be.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber red , frothy lacing ring, crystal clear with no sediment.

S - Citrus and some sweet roasted toffee malt.

T - Resiny, citrus, pine, lemon.

M - Light medium body.

O - I'd definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 12/18/15.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, earth, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance between the malt and hops all around.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, brownish-red, with an orange hue around the edge of glass. Has a thin! White head. A hoppy, funk smell with a quite sweet malt. Tastes of juicy hop with a nice malty balance. Slowly the malt works it's way in where I get the subtle graham cracker, then strawberry finish. A definite smooth, balance mouthfeel. A nice balance of hop funk and darker malts. I really like.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
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 oberon
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A cool concept and a damn cool beer.Poured into an impy pint glass a hazed lighter amber shade with a large fluffy off white head atop.A great mix of floral and citric hops to go along with buttery toast and sweet fruit.Sweet jammy fruit and deep biscuit malt upfront on the palate than a melding of sharp citric and leafy hops finish a very appetizing palate.A mix of everything that just comes together really well for me,really nice stuff.

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Photo of Marklaker
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SanFranJake
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thecraftbeersocial
4.34/5  rDev +9%
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 dandaugherty1221
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear cherry amber color. There was a minimal head to it.
Aroma of toast, sweet malt, and some floral hops.
Taste of toast, caramel, and a little pine.
Medium-bodied. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be.

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Photo of Jcorn
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, amber, with 1 inch head. Taste is herbal hops, light pine, and light pale malt. Taste of strawberry lingers at the end. Interesting beer that gets better as it warms. I will most likely get this one again.

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Photo of ledouge
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of virinow
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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 Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of briandaube
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of takusan1000
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tilly
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Red amber with a huge bubble head. Fair lacing.
A: Floral hops, strawberry, malt.
T: Fruit, hops, strawberry jam, fresh basket biscuit, malt.
M: Light to medium body, very nicely balanced, mild effervescence, clean finish.
O: Well made IPA. Not an over powering IPA. Well constructed. I like this one.

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Photo of Beersilio
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Toaster Pastry from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.98 out of 5 based on 616 ratings.
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