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 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 q33jeff
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

** 11/15/2016
On tap at blend. Aroma is Apple,barley. Taste is slightly sour apple, grape brandy, malt. Smooth feel. Reddish brown color. Good beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear red colored ale with a small light tan colored head.

Smells is strong with the hops. Hoppy, Woody and Herbal. Scent of pine and cedar wood. Caramel malt and the scent of raw tobacco. Slight bitter orange scent.

Starts out sweet and malty with a cedar chest after taste. Tastes woody with candy, close to caramel on a pine stick. Slight smoky taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK beer.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright red, crystal clear, into an IPA glass. Thin foamy head forms and recedes almost immediately to a ring. Almost no lacing to speak of but there his just a hint. The color is pretty.

Nose is light, malt. Comes off like an IPA well past its prime. Can says "Enjoy by 6/15/2016" so I'm thinking this isn't anywhere near old. Still not getting much of anything past "malt".

Flavor is okay - very much comes off like a typical over malted IPA. There is definite hop bitterness but no discernible hop profile. It's bitter, but no floral/dank/citrus/tropical notes at all. This just about as bland as it comes but it is not bad per se. It is certainly better than the nose would have indicated. The malt here is fine. But when it's more or less supposed to be the star I feel it's a let down - it looks like it was crafted for its appearance more than its flavor profile. It's a malt bomb, but I'm not getting roasty/spicey notes at all. Still, it isn't cloying like it could be, but it's not jammy or fruity like the name here would indicate.

Feel is fine. It's actually really nicely rounded. No rough edges, no lingering off notes on the finish. It does have a decent body and a really nice mouthfeel, especially for a red. This isn't exactly my favorite style to begin with. I have had worse, but it's not something I plan to seek out again.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 19.2 oz royal pint can into a dimpled mug. Enjoy by 1/30/16.

Appearance: dark amber-orange hue with a moderate haze and a finger of frothy tan foam that leaves a nice lace on the glass. Pretty attractive!

Smell: sweet, bready malt with a bit of caramel character and a somewhat earthy, fruity hoppiness. Not too bad.

Taste: bready and sweet like the aroma with a green, earthy hop character. Something about the hops, the breadiness and the alcohol are combining to make this beer not a great treat for me. Objectively, it's not terrible, but it rubs me the wrong way.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a pretty big carbonation and a decently good creaminess.

Overall: an interesting beer, but it just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can purchased somewhere in Rochester, I don't honestly remember.

This one pours a tawny red, mostly clear, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like pine, caramel, toffee, and maybe some faint strawberry. Could just be my imagination, too.

This is kind of a good tribute to toaster pastries, with the faint strawberry note, but as a hoppy amber, it's fairly boring. The hop character is generically piney, with a simple malt backbone of caramel and toffee. This is nothing I haven't seen a million times before, unfortunately.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp mouthfeel, good bite.

Not really my thing, it's just feels a little lazy.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy amber with a two finger off white head. Retention is minimal and there is no lacing. Smell is very sweet malt and earthy and spicy hops. Taste is the same, but the malt kind of dominates. And it is a weird malt sweetness, undesirable. The beer is almost 2 months before it's best buy date so I'm not really sure why it is so malty. Feel is medium and resinous. Overall not for me. It's OK I guess, but the $5.99 price tag for a 19.2oz can makes it even more hard to swallow (pun intended).

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, I'm not sure the nose invokes Pop-Tarts, but it does bring something unique to the table. Namely, the fruity hops come across with some juicy berry notes. It's almost Mosaic-esque at times, but with more of the good and less of the bad. The malt backbone is standard-issue red ale with notes of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. The flavor starts off toasty and slightly bitter, but the promised berry flavors do appear near the finish. A flourish of post-swallow pine flavors compliments this beer quite well. This seems to be very well carbonated, cutting through the full body nicely. Having said that, the fizz is slightly overbearing. Drinkability is excellent for a 7.6% red ale, though. Red/amber ales are never quite my thing, yet this manages to carve out a niche for itself - ironically enough, by not tasting like a Pop-Tart.

3.48/5: This is not a can of liquid Pop-Tarts; that's a good thing, folks

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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 Jwale73
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz. can served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours a translucent amber with a loose, quarter inch, cream-colored head that sizzles and pops as it disperses into a large bullseye dollop and a tight band around the shoulders. Malty nose with a hint of caramel, big piney hops notes and a light earthy/spicy character. Taste consistent with nose; however, more earthy than piney with almost a character of coffee grounds to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to medium) with a crisp carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Overall - not really my thing. The flavors come off a bit too disjointed.

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Photo of tigg924
3.59/5  rDev -10%
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 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 dank203
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours amber/brown. decent sized head. cystal clear body. fruity, juicy, and perfumey hops in the aroma. flavor is pretty straight forward, spice and fruity hops. a little bit sticky and dank. mouth feel is medium-thick with heavy carbonation. I really like the can size (I believe it's 19.2oz), it really allows more of the beer to be enjoyed

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Photo of beantown_hopster
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber... good looking beer on pour. I don't know if maybe it was my expectationsas I was looking for this beer for a long time before I found it but it fell a bit short on taste for me. It tasted like it was trying to be too many things but it couldn't quite tie them together. Almost a great red ale, or IPA, or novelty beer, but it ends up being good altogether. I have another can and will enjoy it, it's an admirable effort to combine a bunch of styles and flavors but it didn't blow me away.

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Photo of BB1313
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 6/7/16. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent copper with solid clarity. The aromas have lots of citrus with some very subtle strawberry notes in the background. Some caramel malts and cracker notes, but the hops shine. The flavors seem to follow the nose. Lots of citrus. Lemon, lime and grapefruit. Some fresh pine needles. Hints of caramel to give it a touch of sweetness. Solid bitterness. I'm not really picking up much strawberry at all. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very light and fluffy. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a very nice hoppy beer, but the strawberry notes seem to go unnoticed.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"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 hip back for a toasty-sweet aroma." Brewed in the style of an American Red Ale, available in single 19.2 oz. tallboy cans, as a one-off release.

Poured from a 19.2 oz. can to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy, crisp foam head of a biscuit cream complexion over a deep copper body with mild haziness and light carbonation. Retention is above average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Hop aromas of lemon citrus, herbal teas, soft pine and delicate fruit complimented with moderately grainy caramel syrups and a biscuit malt body. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Flavors of caramel grain and biscuit malts with a light sweetness and a pinch of toasted bread on the back end meets a bold hop profile of moderate pine, mild citrus and fruit with an assertive bitterness. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly residual, clean, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly hoppy bitter over sweet and earthy bitter. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) More of an homage in the name (and possibly the appearance) than in the flavor, Toaster Pastry India Style Red Ale is a reasonably priced pickup that doesn't really have much in the way of distinctive "Toaster Pastry" flavor outside of the occasional toasted bread malt that peeks in on the finish. To be honest, I would not have looked out for "Toaster Pastry" flavor if It had not been suggested. I wasn't sure a fruited IPA would have panned out as well, although the mild fruitiness generated from the hops may leave you craving one possibly, I'm glad that the hops do all of the suggestive work, with the somewhat interesting malt character contributing to what I may consider to be a crispy toasted pastry shell. All toaster pastry comparisons aside, this beer is quite enjoyable as far as Red Ales go, and at a reasonable price is worth giving a shot. 3.75

21st Amendment Brewery's
Toaster Pastry India Style Red Ale

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Photo of puboflyons
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 16 oz. can with a stamp saying Enjoy by 2/11/16. Sampled on December 18, 2015.

The pour is a medium amber-copper color with a lingering, soft and frothy cream colored head. Lots of lacing.

Wow. Check out those floral, pine, and deep forest aromas with an undercurrent of toasted bread and caramel.

Medium or better body but it has a kind of acidity to it too.

The taste has the same hop presence as the nose suggests with a lingering bitterness to finish. But also there is a toasted crust thing going on as well. The hops are about 60-40 to the malts but in a way seem subtle.

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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 scottfrie
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at THG.

A: Pours an deep iced-tea color with a thick, greasy, light tan head and took forever and a day to fade into a thick film leaving a network of lace.
S/T: Toasted grains and biscuits on the nose, with bitter and resinous hops and a sweet syrupy sugar poking through. Flavors are much the same with bitter hops hitting first immediately followed by super malty red ale flavors. Sweet, but I was expecting sweeter given the description. There is a heavy syrupynes to it, but the hops seem to take over. Very toasty, bready, and biscuity overall.
M: full body, greasy and slick mouthfeel, fuzzy and smooth carbonation.
O: A well-hopped and aggressive imperial red ale, which to me tastes more like a malty dipa than it did a breakfast food.

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Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

.5l can from Brewers Haven. Hazy orange amber body with tight creamy head. .Fruity, but not citrusy, hoppy nose, taste brings a bit more astringency. But underneath it all, you can detect the Strawberry Pop Tart flavor they were trying for. Nice.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large can poured into ale glass.

Big foamy head with good retention and lots of lacing. Amberish red.

Not a lot to the smell. Mostly bready malts and some piney hops.

A lot of biscuit malt up front and some bitterish hop action. Tries to get in a strawberry finish, but it has to get pretty warm to get there.

No alcohol burn. Light carbonation. Balance improves as it warms, but malts really dominate.

I always admire the attempt at new tastes. This could have been better.

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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 scotorum
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


No visible canning date. Purchased a week ago.

Poured from the 19.2 oz. can into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Clear ruby/copper with a huge two inch thick offwhite head which receded to rocky surface foam and fairly dense to patchy lacing.

s: Slight sugary sweetness.

t: Mainly metallic notes over a medium biscuit malt base. Significant bitterness. Dominant flavor reminds of drinking out of a copper kettle. Later it mellows out to a pretty decent Red IPA, but still lacking much flavor.

m: Medium, good body and plenty of carbonation tingle.

o: Can't figure the name or the claim of "strawberry jam" taste announced on the can, although the aroma is unusually sweet. Mainly metallic notes in the taste at first, reminiscent of early craft. Tastes more like a toaster than pastry. Eventually it comes around to being an OK red IPA.

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Photo of Bob_Tooth
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall boy into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Appearance is very clear reddish amber in color with a frothy tannish white head. Head is wide in bubbles with moderate lacing. Aroma fills your nostrils with earthy and welcoming hop varieties. Taste begins with a mild sweetness and rolls into a mouthful of hop filled flavors ending smoothly with minimal bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium in body.

Overall a solid IPA with an unusual malt bill producing an attractive coloring. However for a beer titled Toaster Pastry it really only provides yet another IPA to a market already crowded with IPAs, perhaps providing some flavors truly relevant to its title would make this beer a more memorable one.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a deep amber with an off white head that dissipates nicely.
The aroma has some tropical fruity, pine, biscuity, breadiness.
The taste was basically the same yet coming across with a jam-like taste and I do get a light strawberry sweetness in the flavor.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium bodied with a decent sessionable feel about it. Carbonation ran good.
Overall, its a good American Amber ale, I'm pretty sure I could have again.

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