Toaster Pastry
21st Amendment Brewery

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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #21
ABV:
7.6%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,857
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 8.86%
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
643
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21st Amendment Brewery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  37
Gots
  168
SCORE
88
Very Good
Toaster PastryToaster Pastry
Notes: India-style Red Ale that uses Calypso & other experimental hops.
Reviews: 162 | Ratings: 643 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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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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Urk1127 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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

Oct 12, 2015
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Nov 26, 2015
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Billolick from New York

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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..

Nov 18, 2015
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Dec 14, 2015
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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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-Andrew- from Michigan

5/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Mar 01, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Oct 07, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall boy into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, ruby-tinted caramel coloring with a sparse, clingy, low, white head. Aromas of strawberry tart and sweet, with a toasty backbone, and subtlehops bitterness. Flavors are rich, roasted, and sweet forward, with a blend of nut, strawberry, and roasted caramel. Solid bitter, grassy hops ribbon throughout. Very balanced, on a smooth, slightly dry, solid body. The aftertaste is more hops than anything, bitter, resinous, and dry, lingering on past the smooth, dry finish. Tasty.

Jan 08, 2016
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MonkeyBread from Nevada

3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 12, 2015
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of herbal hops, caramel malt and red fruit. Body is medium and smooth. Herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and very bitter. Very tasty brew.

Mar 30, 2016
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice clear amber pour. Cream colored head. Plenty effervescent.

Very pleasant aroma. Pear, lemon, melon. Soft florals with hint of mint.

Over carbonated for my liking. Firm feel and medium body.

Malty flaked biscuit, lemon zest, some vegetals, green around the edges. Not too sweet. I kinda still want my pop tart though. Really not my fave style, but this is something I might have again.

Apr 14, 2016
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johnnyboy76 from Oregon

3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 21, 2015
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kalosjakar from Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber/burgundy color with a white head.

Smells of bread/biscuit, citrus/piney hops.

The head doesnt really appear creamy but it is and compliments the beers thick, chewy mouthfeel.

Tasting malt upfront with a hop finish which lingers.
Good beer.

Dec 23, 2015
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spark3148857 from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 10, 2015
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WasupBeerQueen from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 17, 2015
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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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rawfish from California

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oct 29, 2015
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chrismattlin from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mar 06, 2016
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aleckpa from North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 08, 2015
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Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 12, 2016
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Giant can poured into chalice

Reddish brown with two finger off white frothy foam , good lacings

Aroma of sweet malts , biscuity

Taste of malts , slight bitterness

Medium sudsing , slight lingering bitterness

Nice beer

Nov 15, 2015
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hozersr from Pennsylvania

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

Jan 12, 2016
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Budinetz from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 02, 2015
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RyanK252 from California

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours ruby red with a frothy khaki head that settles to a nice layer and laces well.

S: Fruity, kinda tropical, light citrus, hints of pine, toasty, and dark caramel sweetness.

T: Kinda toasty bready malt, big time fruity, strawberry, peach, pear, tropical notes, a little melon, citrus, spiced orange, backed with pine, and some caramel toffee sweetness.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, pretty smooth.

O: Pretty solid, they hit their goal pretty darn well.

Oct 29, 2015
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 643 ratings