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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
Editor’s Note: Contract brewed for Stienhaus Brewing Co. / Trader Joe’s by August Schell but more recently by River Trent Brewing in Ukiah, CA; which is assumed to be Mendocino Brewing as River Trent Brewing is not a true entity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - FEB 25, 2004
Yellow gold with a smallish head, aroma is malty with yeast. A bit thin, with a non-offensive but non-distinctive overall flavor. The malt presence is there but has no real character and the hops just kinda shows up in the finish. Nothing to rave about, but it's light and drinkable and could have a place during a session - plus you can find it at Trader Joe's for a real bargain price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Clear dark yellow with a thin white head. Malty nose, with some hop flavor on the back end. not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Clear, light golden appearance, decent head formation. Clean malt and grain aroma. Very light palate, mild biscuity maltiness with a fair amount of hop bitterness in the second half.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jazz88 (2625) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2004
Bottle. Light golden yellow color with a white head. A wet musty aroma with a cardboard flavor. A little sticky on the palate a slightly harsh malt flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2004
A golden medium bodied ale. Well hopped, sweet malty balance. Better if drunk a bit colder to keep the alcohol from showing up too much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
r464 (2091) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Cloudy golden color. Malty and strong like a Belgian ale. Not bad, but would not be one of my first choices for an ale...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Golden color, malty alcohol taste with some bitter hops at the finish. Kinda tin can tasting (in a bottle).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Not too much flavor to cover up the 7.1. Does have a nice amber maltiness to it up front, but a bit watery and not too much too this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Got this at Trader Joe's - is this contract brewed for them? Anyway, golden bodied, small head with multi-sized bubbles, great lacing. Taste was thick and malty sweet - almost reminded me of a maibock in character. On the other hand, the 7.1% alcohol shows up stronger as it warms, making me think of a typical 40 of malt liquor. Not too bad, actually.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Bottle. I would swear they've changed the recipe to this one over the last few years. The beer is fairly non-deScript. A few hops add to the overall flavor, but it's a little thin and doesn't stand out. We've included this in 2 blind beer tastings. years ago it finished fairly well (tied with Sierra Nevada), but the last time it finished near the bottom.

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