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 hopphead31415
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This Red IPA has 7.6% ABV and 74 IBUs.

Look-It pours a mildly hazy appearance with a brownish-red copper color that almost looks like a crème soda.

Smell-It smells like cotton candy and caramel covered apples. I also get some pear and melon.

Taste-I get a surge of hops, but the bitterness isn’t overdone. The Warrior bittering hops are the most noticeable. There is a strong malt base that is caramel and bready. I also pick up on some strawberry which I didn’t expect. This Red IPA is probably one of the best Reds that I’ve tried so far. The malts pair nicely with the floral hops. This is
definitely medium-bodied and also has a sticky but slick mouthfeel.

Overall-This is an excellent Red IPA and I think you’d enjoy this.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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

This brewery has been the producer of many amazing products. This, the first brew out of their new facility, is a great new beginning. It is a new and exciting taste.

It starts deep brownish red with fine head. The aroma really grows on you. Very sweet and pungent smelling. The taste is a nice balance of mountains of hops and malts, bitters and sweets. The aftertaste lingers nicely.

I would never recommend a toaster pastry but I definitely recommend Toaster Pastry. Long live 21st Amendment (brewery).

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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 FickleBeast
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Best by 6/7/16.

Pours a clear reddish color with a finger of off white soapy foam. Aroma is fairly hoppy, mostly tropical fruit and citrus, with a munich malt sweetness behind it.

First sip has a nice rush of hop flavor, medium body and caramel like sweet finish. Substantial hop presence with grapefruit, papaya, and pine flavors. This is a malt-forward IPA, reminds me a lot of Nugget Nectar.

Very enjoyable. All around good beer.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Deerin
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: huh. Brown? Orangey golden brown? Opaque. Nice head.
S: yum. A bit sweet, decent hop presence. Smells kinda like the name might suggest. Good
T: malty bready sweet, hops. Not bad. Tastes a bit like a red and a bit like a sweet strong ale. I like what they did here. Quite solid. Interesting flavor.
F: a bit sticky sweet, a bit syrupy, but not too much- it's smooth, good. Perhaps alternate to something a bit thinner after this one, though. Matches the 7.6%

This one is a bit interesting; I don't know that I've had something quite like it before. Give it a shot.
Side Note- reds are generally red, right? Maybe tweak the look on this one a little, and clear it up?

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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 hman43
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours amber with red hues throughout.

Smell: It has a toasty, biscuit malt aroma with fruity, strawberry like smell.
Taste: The flavors are of toast, floral hops, some roast, with a moderately bitter pang on the palate.

Feel: It is a medium textured beer with a bitter finish that lasts quite long.

Overall: This is a somewhat easy drinking IPA that features a bit more malts, like the English versions, and a moderately bitter finish.

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

19 oz can

Pours a solid one finger width of head into my pint glass. Head is pretty pillowy. Slightly off white in color. The body is a dark, hazy, burgundy in color. Hues of red, brown, and orange. Visibility is zero. Looks like I'll get some decent lacing, the head is still hanging around, but we'll see about that. A good looking beer so far.

Rich malts on the nose. Sweet. Perhaps a little caramel. A little biscuity. Hops smell slightly bitter, a little fruity, not tropical though. Overall a very solid smelling beer. A little sweet for me, but I think that's what they're going for. It could be a 3.5 because the aroma is begging for a little more in the way of hop character. But it's good, so 4.

The flavor is nice. Really more of a hoppy red, than a red IPA. It's doesn't taste like 74 IBU'S, which is a little bit of a bummer. Starts off with a very clean, not overly sweet malt flavor. Maybe a little grainy on the malt flavor, not super rich on the taste. Just a hair of that caramel malt at the finish, but overall just a very clean (dare I say pale malt) malt profile. Really a very small bitterness. Bitterness is in the background from start to finish, but very small. This is a super sessionable beer, so simple and sessionable that I feel like I'm digging for things to say about it. A tiny bit watery and crisp on some sips. A hair of that fruity flavor (raspberry/strawberry maybe!?). I mean it's a good beer, but very light on flavor as far as red IPA'S go. I just don't know if I can give this a 4, but I don't think it deserves a 3.5 either. I’ll call it good, 4 is fine.

The mouthfeel is...not bad. Depends on what style you want this beer to be. It has more of a mellow, medium-low carbonation, with a little thickness in the body. Works for an IPA, also works for a session beer.

As already stated, the drinkability on this guy is very high, very crushable beer.

The appearance turned out pretty nice on this guy, almost perfect lacing, with some lingering film on top of the body. The body was a very nice color to start out with. 4.5 might be a little high, but the only thing it's really missing from being a 5 is a lasting head.

Overall this is a good beer, but that's it. Nothing amazing, but good. It's gonna get a high grade overall because, well, it didn't falter in any areas. Every part of this beer was at least good. Anyways, good beer, not great. One thing I should note is that this beer does a nice job of bringing that red malt profile, and a 7.6% ABV while not getting overly sweet or gross at all. Even though the flavor isn't huge, it gets brownie points for being a hybrid beer that drinks as smooth as a run of the mill style.

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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 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 ricke49
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Massive head is an understatement. Best, most complex head I've ever witnessed. At 7.6 abv and 74 ibus and a category like India Red Ale, I was expecting a bit more of a palate scraper. Pleasantly surprised by the smooth balance of hop / malt and the hidden alcohol aspect. Nice accomplishment by 21st Amendment! Not to mention the very cool stovepipe 19.2 oz can. I'll pick up a few more on my next trip to beer store.

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Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Massive head, easy three fingers plus, tan color, the surface pocked by craters, retention is excellent, the lacing has average thickness and could stick better. The liquid is an orange-brown hue, dark and translucent without getting filmy, hard to see the bubbles but they are there and show activity. The nose starts off with a piney, floral freshness yet is truly anchored in orange reduction, honey, caramel and pie crust flakes, the peach, nectarine, pineapple fruit scents muted, more earthy than herbaceous, a few accents of tar of cigarette ash, lacks staying power in the nostrils. Full-bodied, flattens on the tongue, the carbonation not doing much to provide lift although there is a fizziness through the finish. The pine sap, orange juice, and floral musk add to the gluey texture. The biscuit, dough element gives it additional volume and leaves one unsure if it adds to sweetness or savoriness. Molasses and caramel are there without dominance. If you allow yourself to be suggestible you may get the advertised strawberry flavors but mostly it’s peach, yellow apple, apricot and an intimation of pineapple. There’s a lot of flavor packed in there, however, its sheer density and weight diminish the drinkability.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a beautiful red amber with a very thick head and some lacing.

Nose is grapefruit, Rye, red candy, lemon, dry hops.

Taste is mild with orange rind, plenty of hop bitterness, cherry juice, buttercream biscuit.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with mild carbonation and some sickness.

Overall, a unique, very drinkable red ale.

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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 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 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 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 BWood
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: deep amber red with big fluffy head that lasts with good lacing. Exceptional look.

S: malt, hint of strawberries. But not fresh strawberry. More like jam. Crisp hop.

T: as it smells. Hint of the strawberry and sharp hops.

F: smooth and not over carbonated. Average here. Nothing special.

O: glad this caught my eye. Definitely worth the buy and I will be purchasing again. Not my go to style but I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of Beers-es
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16 oz can, pours a clear red with a light beige head. Smell is sweet malts and some piney hops, though more malt than hops. Taste follows--a decent amber ale with a little more hops than usual. A decent tasting beer, but that's about it.

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Photo of MostlyNorwegian
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Class beer for the pack and go / brown bag session. i.e. Lunch beer.
A Red ale with some woodsy fruity berry hops to a malt biscuit interplay that occasionally melds and smells like a pop tart. Finish is a little sweet and spicy and also lingering with a mild astringency. Good beer for sandwiches and some sort of potato related item.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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 mothmanscott
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber producing a huge beige, long lasting, frothy head that leaves chunky splashes & webs of lace. Aromas of toast & biscuit, fruity, caramel, faint pine & floral earthiness. Overall the nose is a little thin. Taste is robust for such thin aroma: toast, biscuit, caramel, fruit, plastic, pepper, hints of cocoa, citrus, pine resin & floral earthiness. Finishes toasty & wet with less hoppiness than in the middle with the pine & floral earthiness becoming dominant in the dry, bitter & lightly drawing aftertaste. Nicely balanced for a high IBU amber ale with a complexity of flavors. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with medium carbonation, juicy, wet through the finish, lightly chewy, peppery, tongue coating slick; dry & astringent in the aftertaste.

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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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Toaster Pastry from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.99 out of 5 based on 611 ratings.
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