Toaster Pastry | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Toaster PastryToaster Pastry

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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

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.

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Photo of Botulizard
5/5  rDev +25.3%
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 thebrood1987
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great! beautiful reddish goldish hues with a huge smell of tropical sugary frutyness reminiscent of strawberries. Huge bitter piney notes up front clashing with a doughy toasted caramel sweetness and a tropical fruitiness with the strawberry flavor comes out in the aftertaste.

I love the fact they came up with a perfect name for the taste so you can finally sum up the flavors instead of just deconstructing them into a description. It really does taste like a toaster pastry at times with a strawberry filling. Very delicious beer and impressive for having no fruit. Great choice of hops in this one! Thanks 21st amendment this may be one of your best beers.

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Photo of rob99er
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The best Red Ale so far. This is the perfect taste of a lot of malt and a medium bitter hop at the end. Awesome from begging to end. I will be buying again.

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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 beersday
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Shockingly tasty! I heard about this brew on a video - and they hate everything! But they liked this one. Pop-Tart beer, I thought, gross! But the accolades from the vid got my attention and within a week I was belly at the Bar at 21st Amendment with a CAN of beer in front of me. I don't love the color, it feels a little festive and a little phony, but I loved the roasted grain and hops medley. Still, I was disappointed that 21st Amendment didn't have it available on tap.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a reddish brown with a thick white head.

smells like citrus. clearly a hoppy red ale. caramel malt and sweet hops.

tastes like sweet fruit with some slight caramel. hard to put my finger on it. has a nice hop zip to accompany the red ale-ness of it.

goes down very smooth, has a different kind of finish but not in a bad way. it finishes sweet and dry.

overall this is pretty good! nice hop bite for a red ale, something i could drink a lot of. would not guess this is 7.6%. will also admit i don't get the "pop tart" taste, i do taste strawberry jam though. i can see that for sure. pretty good beer, would love this in a 6 pack!

my first 21st Amendment beer and i will definitely try more from them. totally impressed, and i'm able to buy a good amount of their beers in my go-to store.

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Photo of TriggerFingers
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Golden Reddish...perfectly clear.
S: Grainy, slightly vinous (fruity), C' Hops
T: Grainy and caramel meets hops. This is really a tasty beer!
F: Nice and smooth!
O: Really solid Red Ale/IPA. I really liked it a lot. The one knock is the price point. If it were lower, it would be a regular buy. Overall, worth a shot.

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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 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 Urk1127
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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 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 trygelski1
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

19.2 oz can poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours a nice deep red and amber color with about an inch of head with lacing present

Smell: Pine, hops, and maltiness with hints of either strawberry or some sort of berry

Taste: Pine, hops, malts, fruits, this beer is rockin

Feel: Medium bodied

Overall: My first beer from 21st Amendment and it is very tasty. I will look into other beers from this brewery. Very worthy of the silver medal it won at GABF in my opinion. This beer is hoppy and piney but also malty and is just downright dank. A very solid double/imperial red and I would drink this again!

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Photo of pkalix
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a 19.2 oz can.... okay.....
slightly creamy head with very minimal carbonation.
tinny, slight hop aroma.
sweet flavor! very nice! smooth and consistent, slightly bitter; nice malt presence.... so smooth and easy to drink.....
overall, almost a malt bomb, but not quite. excellent balance and super nice flavors.

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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 ordybill
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear reddish color with a small off-white head. The aroma is all strawberries and malt. The taste is a nice blend of malt and fruit. Overall, an excellent beer from 21st Amendment.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is exactly as advertised, fresh baked sweet grahm cracker goodness. Floral, resiny, woody hop aroma manages to poke through as well. Taste is of quality malts and sweet doughy, bready character. Resiny, dank fresh hop flavor. Great malt showcase of a beer with a fresh and delicious hop backdrop.

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Photo of Moose90
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stovepipe can poured into 20oz Becher glass, can encoded "Enjoy by 01/30/15"

A — Pours out of the tall can with a nice and fairly vivid red hued body. There is a lightly toasted white colored head that forms and leaves behind some fairly consistent and sticky lacing.

S — Aroma is quite pungent and bright, lightly sweet notes of pastry malts, as well as some really juicy notes of strawberry, blackberry, and some light pineapple and melon sweetness. This sounds strange, but is does smell like strawberry preserves.

T — Taste is lightly hoppy and quite bitter, light notes of pine, lemon, and sweet malt character, develops into a really sweet and delicious strawberry field of flavor. Nice notes of juicy hops are balanced by a dry and sweet crackery malt back bone.

M — Medium bodied, nice lingering finish.

O — Very nice, one of the best IRA's I've had, tis hits all the right notes.

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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 HorseheadsHopHead
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the silo can into a pint glass. "Enjoy by 2/11/16."

Comes in a slightly hazy amber with a finger of creamy, off white head. Looks good.
Smells of ruby red grapefruit, orange juice, pineapple, caramel, blueberry and strawberry, mango, and pine. Sweet and hoppy and tropical. My mouth is already watering.
Delicious up front. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, almost full-bodied. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and blueberry. Lots of sweet caramel in the middle. Black tea. Mild but lingering bitter aftertaste of pineapple, grapefruit, and pine. The only disappointment is that it turns watery before the finish.

This is an excellent red IPA. One of the best I've had besides Troegs Nugget Nectar. Juicy and tropical, sweet and hoppy. One of the best offerings from 21st Amendment.

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Photo of Bear1964
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a Pint can into a basic beer glass, great color and a nice off white head that left wonderful lace. Aroma was a whiff of Strawberry and a little biscuit thanks to a mix of malts and hops, the taste is very hoppy but well balanced with a strong malt backing so hints of Toaster Pastry do seem to come through at times...nice. Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation to bring this India Style Red Ale home with flags waving, got this in a gift basket and was looking forward to it and it came through nicely.

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Photo of jpro
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can picked up at CBX... Pours a slightly hazed copper, with about an inch of almond hued head which leaves very little lace. Smell is of citrusy hops and light caramel malt. Lighter malt profile in the taste, especially with a slightly darker IPA... Citrus hops and some light pine resin. Mouthfeel is about what you'd expect for the style and drink ability is superb. Overall a great beer that is gladly have again!

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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 aceseth13
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep hazy red, with a 1 inch head that dissipates slowly. 4.25
Smell: biscuit, leads into intense strawberry jam. Smells like a strawberry pop tart. 4.5
Taste: A very slight biscuit taste leads into the heavy hops you would expect from and India style, the bitterness lingers on the tongue and at the very end the strawberry begins to show through. 4.25
Feel: Juicy, good body. 4
Overall: the strawberry pop tart flavor is subtle but existent. A smart move and a good beer. 4.25

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This red IPA is a good-looking beer: a giant creamy head the color of ancient ivory caps a hazy, effervescent deep amber beer; head retention is decent, and lacing is good, consisting of sticky ladders and splotches. The aroma is big: a nice blend of bright pineapple, green pine and bitter grapefruit over caramelish malt, spicy florals and hints of dark fruit and blackstrap molasses. The flavor is pretty consistent across the palate; it's a seamless blend of darkish bready malt and bright citrus, with more modest pine notes and hints of bittersweet nuttiness and IPA soap. A mild hoppy bitterness provides an excellent counterbalance to the malt. The finish is slightly malty, showing a bit of the nutty character, followed by a strong carbonation bite and the onset of a moderate grassy/floral bitterness that lingers for quite awhile. Retrogustative olfaction is strongly grassy/floral as well. The mouthfeel is on par with the medium body, and the texture is very peppery, creamy, and surprisingly viscous- lovely, all told. This is a very drinkable beer, and the alcohol is well-hidden, so caveat bibitor. (19.2 oz can, 40 days before best-by)

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Photo of teromous
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottom of the can says "Enjoy by 03/15/16" so I'm not sure when it was canned but I'm well within the "enjoy by" date.

Appearance: The body is a slightly hazy orange-brown with a thick fluffy eggshell colored head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma: It has a very large fresh hop aroma. The hop aroma is reminiscent of grapefruit and orange. It smells wonderful. I want to reiterate how fresh the hop aroma is like smelling raw hop pellets in the bag.

Taste: There is a bread crust flavor...a bit like a a rustic rye bread. It has a light bit of pith flavor and just a nudge of bitterness at the end. It tastes mellow but very present in the a very well brewed batch of light tea. There is a bit of caramel flavor while drinking the beer.

Mouthfeel: As mentioned with the flavor, the beer has a presence on the palate that is light but I would say overall it has a medium mouthfeel. It is extremely drinkable. It would be very easy to drink multiple cans of this. The mouthfeel is also nice and smooth with a touch of bitterness at the end.

Overall: What's in a name? When I saw "Toaster Pastry" I thought this was going to be a beer flavored somehow. The can explains that the name stems from what the flavor profile of the ingredients. This is an outstanding beer and I highly recommend it. I would drink it again.

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