Friday, December 11, 2015

21st Amendment Toaster Pastry

Beer Name: Toaster Pastry India Style Red Ale
Brewery: 21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, CA)
ABV: 7.6%
How sold: 19 oz tallboys
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $4.98 for 19 oz tallboy

Date Purchased: October 18, 2015
Date Opened/Drank: October 24, 2015
"Best By" Date: February 2, 2016
IBUs: 74
When brewed? Limited-time/seasonal beer.

Awards: Silver medal, 2015 GABF

Where distributed: 21st Amendment ships to several states. Click here for their beer finder!

What's on the Can/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." Read more here!

Appearance (5%): Poured a clear amber color with reddish hues into a pint glass. Several millimeters of tan head that leaves a sudsy surface. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Wonderful tropical and piney aroma. Slight dank notes. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Tropical, fruity, and slightly malty qualities. Generally balanced but complex, with emphasis on the more tropical West Coast IPA style. More of the alcohol is detected after several sips. Delicious. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium, malty body. Velvety on the tongue. Some carbonation. 4/5

Overall (20%): A great Red IPA. Loved the tropical aromas and flavors, and the alcohol is fairly well-masked here. I have not seen many 19.2 oz tallboys, and I like the fairly simplistic design of the can. Real cool that the brewery paid homage to the brewery space itself. A successful beer here. 4.25/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.288/5

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