Thursday, November 12, 2015

21st Amendment Brewery Toaster Pastry India Red Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.
Tonight’s featured beer is 21st Amendment Brewery Toaster Pastry India Red Ale. I picked this can up (along with the commemorative “tube” and a cool 21st Amendment Brewery San Leandro flag) at the 21st Amendment Brewery Grand Opening Party on August 29th, 2015.  Although I drank this beer a while ago (and have purchased more since) I hadn’t gotten around to writing the review so here goes…

From the 21st Amendment Brewery website: “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.
* Toaster Pastry won a Silver medal in the Double Red Ale Category at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival®”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a dark copper color with a large ivory head and leaves excellent lacing.
Aroma: Fruity, citrus, pine and tropical hops, strawberry, caramel, bready, toasty and biscuit malts.
Taste: Grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, strawberry, mango, peach, pear, berries, pine…there’s a lot going on…toasted bread, caramel malt, toffee and crusty biscuits.
Overall: Juicy, hoppy and perfectly sweet, 21st Amendment Brewery Toaster Pastry India Red Ale is solid.  This 7.6% ABV offering is excellent and a great example of the style.  A triumphant release from one of my favorite breweries!


Mark Harvey
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