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 UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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 BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In commemoration of the former life of their current brewery, a true American red ale is born- one with radiant hop character and a dry toasty malt backbone for a true sense of Toaster Pastry's namesake.

Its hazy bronzen amber appearance caps with a sturdy off-white froth and tremendous staying power. Its scent is toasty sweet like granola along with a sharp citrusy counterpart with elements of apple, lemon and pear. Its taste is boldly caramelized, taking on a robust sweetness with a rounded taste of toasted pecan, bread crust and soft graham cracker.

The middle palate shows a stead recession of sweetness and the toasted edges of malt persist with flavors that hint toward light char and coffee. The rise of hops share their dominant citrus flavor with the common pink grapefruit and tangerine flavors. A complementary background note is of peardrop, apple, white wine and herbal sassafras tea. The late bitterness is of soft pine shavings and citrus peel, pretending to be an IPA.

Medium-bodied, the beer's creamy toast character provides a smooth balance and an effortless sense of drinkability while finishing crisp, semi-dry and with the same clean toasty taste found in granola and graham cracker.

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
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 jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow gigantic can, could be an interesting beer or could flop with the concept of this one. Best by 1/21/16

The huge can forces a big chugging pour which yields a big foamy fluffy creamy 3 finger head that fades at a med pace, only this big due to the chugging pour, crystal clear cranberry red maroon color, nice soapy lacing.

Nose is interesting, a mildly sweet reddish caramel candy malt, toasty malts but not a ton, into big hops, fruity hops all over, a little citrus, some tree fruits and stone fruits, like a candied apricot, and some spicy chewy hops in there.

Taste brings a creamy reddish malt, a little candy like, caramel, toasted reddish malt, semi sweet but a candy apple like candy character. Then hops and fruits, hint of a tropical hop note with mild citrus, candied apricot and pear, a little kumquat, strait blended stone fruit and tree fruit with a hint of citrus and a growing tropical note, mango flesh in there. Fair bitterness, as it dries on the finish it stays sticky and a little sweet but gets quite bitter, and hops turn a bit spicy and chewy, hint of creamy reddish toasty malt, caramel like, but more tropical and fruity hops with the spicy version lingering.

Mouth is med bod, touch creamy syrupy sweet, nice carb.

Overall this was a very interesting beer, they brought some neat flavors and aromas with the candy reddish malts, a little creaminess, some nice fruits all over from hops, I think only hops, but lots of really neat fruit characters for a nice toaster pastry, but still a well done imperial red ale.

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

On-tap 10/30/2015 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character breadiness that is quickly followed by a nice strong earthy hops bitterness. Then some caramel and citrus sweetness comes in to create a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice hoppy red ale to drink for a long time.

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Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a big malty kind of red brew with a lot of malty balance for the hops. They call it an India Red Ale. Plenty of hops but not excessive bitterness. Warm and a little sweet. Such a nutty roasted malt flavor they call "biscuity."

Very aromatic with honeysuckle and a rich roasted cereal smell. Big orange marmalade taste. Modest bitter edge with a pleasant musty, woody note. From the tall can purchased at Barons Market in San Diego.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium to dark reddish brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate garnet red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a large mottled patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/papaya/mango/pineapple and earthy hops over the top of toasted biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted biscuit malts with a hint of grainy sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of hops - citrus/grapefruit juice, tropical/papaya, tropical/mango, tropical/pineapple, and earthy. The hops contribute a slightly stronger than moderate amount of bitterness which lingers for a short while.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially smooth, almost creamy with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and pretty easy to drink. Nice fruity hop flavor which combines with the toasted biscuit malts gives a similar type of flavor profile to a toaster pastry. Definitely worth grabbing.

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Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good head that leaves rings of lace. Cloudy, amber color.

Dark, earthy aroma of deeply roasted malt with no notable sugar. Some evergreen hop smells on the second whiff.

The beer has strong grapefruit bitterness to it, a perfect compliment to buffalo wings. The aftertaste lasts and lasts. Leans to fuller body but with an above average carbonation level. Overall, the body is smooth which belies the harsh, biting bitterness.

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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 johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from the Lazy Dog
Deep amber with a good sized bubbly off white head. Tropical fruity, pine, biscuity, bready, with bits of sweet fruitiness. Interesting beer, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Toasted Pastry is a quality beer. It offers a bitter scent mixed with touches of pine and bread. The taste is evenly balanced with bread up front and bitterness in the back. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. The beer poured clear amber with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. Overall...nice!

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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 Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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..

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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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 LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont pint glass. Pours a medium to dark orange-red amber with a novel two finger white and light khaki head; the surface is white, but as it dissipates (slowly), small pits are formed revealing light khaki foam underneath and leaving an odd but interesting mottled surface. Extra points for novelty. Aroma of caramel malt, orange citrus, berries, citrus hops with a mild pine. Looks and smells like a hoppy red ale. Flavor follows with caramel and bready malt supporting a nice dose of citrus and piney hops as well as orange citrus and berry flavors. Finishes with lingering citrus rind bitterness and residual berry and malt flavors. Medium bodied with light creaminess; nice mouth feel. Delivers what it promises: a hoppy classic red ale with a hint of jammy berry flavors, although fortunately not cloyingly insipid like a pop-tart. The hop selection is nice but with light herbal components. I like a little more malt character in my red ales, but this one supports the hops quite well. I like it. Can is a very odd size, though.

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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 tone77
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Even though I am snowbirding and far from home, the legacy of woodychandler lives on in the trunk of my car. This beer included. Poured from a 19.2 oz. can?!. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of piney hops, malts, some citrus. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, pine, citrus, tasty. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall a good example of this style.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Delicious and very approachable IPA. Full of flavor with great blend of malts accented but not dominated by hops. Smooth and easy drinking at 7.6%. "My" kind of session beer

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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 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 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 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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy amber body with brown tints and a 2 finger head that left lace patches down the glass. Citric hops and bits of bread and sugary sweetness come through in malts. Fuller bodied beer, bready but not chewy, that has an almost watery slick smoothness that delicately balances sweet malts (my default setting settles on caramel but I really can't tell) and floral, almost grapefruit sweetened hops. Finishes dry with a citric zip that borders on crisp.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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