Saturday, November 07, 2015


Toaster Pastry, an India-Style Red Ale by 21st Amendment Brewery.

19.2 ounce can served in tulip glass.

7.6% alcohol by volume.

The pour is a light ruby red body, almost an intense pink, with a finger-thick tan head.

The nose is “fuzzy” and strawberry. Behind that I smell some graham cracker maltiness and piney resin and floweriness.

The tongue is bitter pine resin, orange peel, strawberry fruit, biscuity malts.

The mouthfeel is medium. The finish is longish—the pine lasting quite some time, and orange peel peeking through here and there, but all of the bitterness slowly and eventually replaced by strawberry. And there is a warming quality from the higher alcohol content.

As it warms, the flavors become more complex and shift about a bit, which is rather welcome.

This is really good stuff. Excellent and inviting. I don’t really see this as being a “toaster pastry” beer, but it contains all the elements that would go into such breakfast fare.

It’s like an amber/red ale meets an IPA and manages to mix and maintain the best of each style.


I paired it with some sea-salted dark chocolate and some Tillamook cheddar cheese. The chocolate was an okay match, but the cheddar was a great pairing. This is a great cheese ale.

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