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

P: Red amber with a huge bubble head. Fair lacing.
A: Floral hops, strawberry, malt.
T: Fruit, hops, strawberry jam, fresh basket biscuit, malt.
M: Light to medium body, very nicely balanced, mild effervescence, clean finish.
O: Well made IPA. Not an over powering IPA. Well constructed. I like this one.

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Photo of jpearce4
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Note: Editing my review to lower the scores, as the last couple I've had haven't impressed as much as the first times, although I'm still quite a fan.
Looks great, nice full head over the deep red color.

Smells great, bready with a hint of sweetness and great hop character.

Taste is an interesting mix between malt and hop character. Bready, caramel, with bitterness. Delicious!

Feel is crisp, not over-carbonated, pleasing.

Overall a great beer and one that I've already re-visited a couple of times. Hoping to see it stick around for a long time!

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Has a beautiful white laced head (inch and a half to an inch) with a dark red hue. Mild carbonation.

Smell: The aroma is the best part. It's literally as advertised; a toasted pastry. Vanilla and caramel with toasted bread smells. Yummy.

Taste: Delicious, but almost a let down for how amazing it smells. The taste is similar to Ninkasi's Dawn of The Red, but with much more malt. Still, very yummy.

Mouthfeel: A nice smooth texture as it flows over the tongue and hits the back of your throat. Not a lot of acidic or carbonation to scrub the palate (what I want).

Overall: A yummy smell but average taste. What a weird combination =/ Still, definitely an above average brew.

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

Very solid, very tasty IRA—but a bit of a ding on "taste" and "overall" categories because I just don't think the beer satisfies its stated premise of melding "slight nutty, crust-like flavor" with the "mouthfeel and flavors reminiscent of strawberry jam" to create the eponymous effect. Instead, 21st Century has produced an upper-quintile Red IPA, but one that fails somewhat in the realm of homage.

The aromas are nice and crisp—breezy, even, with notes of wet hay, strawberry, passion-fruit, and orange-flower, along with pâte à choux and rhubard—with the Calypso obviously doing a lot of work. Likewise, in the flavoring, the Calypso is the work-horse, with pithy tropical juiciness resounding: lemongrass, more passion-fruit, dry pineapple, wild sage, and rich palm-sugar from the red malts. Very nice mouthfeel, as well, with good refreshment with such a big beer (7.6%; 74 IBU; sticky red Caplypso brew).

Overall, very nice beer—but just not quite true to its name.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-02-01 in Columbia, PA. I've also had it fresh many times since the initial release.

A - Clear amber with a 1.5 finger white head and mild lace

S - Strawberry, graham cracker, citrus, hop bud and hop floral.

T - Moderately hop forward, graham cracker, strawberry, red grapefruit flesh, herbal tea. Fairly bitter finish but restrained by some malt sweetness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Quite dry and a bit prickly.

O - Somewhat like a Surly Furious with an English malt approach. I definitely get the toaster pastry flavors but they are secondary to the more-typical Imperial Amber flavors; albeit on the English side of the pond. Quite enjoyable although too expensive in PA at $75 per case.

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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 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 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 Gajo74
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber and red color, decent frothy head with good lace retention. Caramel malt and fruity aroma. The taste was similar; malt forward, mostly sweet, some mild hops bittering in the finish. Smooth and easy to drink. Overall, it is medium bodied, but the caramel tones give it a fullness at times. I thought this was pretty good and I wouldn't mind having again.

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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 TheSixthRing
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by date of 02/12/16

Appearance - Pours somewhat clear and ruby amber in color with an off-white, near two finger width head. Good retention, then dissipates to reveal a thin, broken layer of suds. Chunks of lacing cling to the glass, along with a few spots here and there.

Smell - Aroma consists of citrus hops with lesser floral character and hints of caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose. Citrus hop flavor, with lesser floral notes (jasmine and rose?) upfront and throughout. Malts sit beneath, but add a light caramel underbelly with a faint, toasted edge. Finishes with a bit of orange sweetness and distant pithy bitterness. Aftertaste also adds a bit of stone fruit pit nuttiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with soft, moderate carbonation. Somewhat silky texture quickly gives way to a mostly dry finish.

Overall - This is a very solid RIPA. It doesn't break the mold, but it does add to the credibility of this very much 'deserving to be recognized' style. Given the price tag and the relative life span on this beer, this is likely the first and last time I'll drink it. Prost!

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Photo of hophugger
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent look and average head. Aroma is of bread, berries and pine. Taste is awesome with strawberries and other berries with a lot of hop bite. Overall, as close to a toaster pastry of any other beer I have had. I like it !

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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 brewaddict
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - This pours a redish amber with a thick white head.
S - As soon as I opened the can I got the initial smell of berry jam. When I got my nose into the glass it mostly turns to citrus and malty sweetness.
T - This beer is very hop forward with a heavy malt back. I never did get the berry smells and flavor back. I tasted lemon and pine up front. On the finish, I can taste their attempt at a bread flavor.
F - Ther is good mouth feel with a little dry finish.
O - I would almost two beers in front. It's an Ipa up front with more of a nut brown finish. Could use a little more balance.

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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 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 NolaHopHead
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

19.2 oz can. Bright amber with tall fluffy head, great retention and lace. Sweet toasted malt taste with bright pine n floral hops. Little medicinal character in the taste. Thin mouthfeel but semi-slick.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 Dragginballs76
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep copper color very thick cream colored head, head lasts forever finally goes away leaving some lacing and about a 1/2" head.
Smell notes of citrus and grapefruit sweet malt hints I swear a smell a pop tart
Taste mild hoppiness citrus peel and little piney taste pretty juicy flavor, no pop tart taste maybe a good thing or bad.
Very clean feel smooth little tang of the hops at the end
Overall I like this beer very good.

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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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Toaster Pastry from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.99 out of 5 based on 610 ratings.
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