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RATINGS: 273   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64/5   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
rumproasts (5050) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2014
bottle. golden with small head. thin body with off flavors abounding -- especially a metallic unpleasantness. not good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
johnnymusky (889) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2014
this beer was terrible...from the start it was bad....smell is awful taste is awful....yuck....i did not like!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
trapped (2249) - New York, TURKEY - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle. Yellow with slight haziness and light beige spongy head, doughy aroma with a hint of hops, medium carbonation, slightly bitter taste with a metallic tinge at the end, longish finish. A bit thin bodied and bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
pkbites (867) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle. Cloudy yellow pour. Yeasty metallic aroma. Rather malty palate. Moderate bitter hoppyness. Not horrible but not really very good. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
stevoj (3943) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 11, 2014
This batch was contract brewed at River Trent Brewing co., Ukiah, CA via Trader Joes. Bland and uninteresting amber ale. Malt is primary feature here, metallic finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tmoreau (3714) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2013
12 oz. bottle poured to a fest goblet showing a hazed, amber color, with a quickly diminishing layer of off white head foam, but decent persistence to the doily-like lacing. The nose was sweet grain & caramel, with some metallic scent. The hop bitterness in the taste was lingering, earthy, rind-like, and somewhat over done. Medicinal hints followed, with some malty sweetness, and noticeable alcohol. Medium bodied, with lively carbonation, but a finishing aftertaste that was a continuation of the bitterness, rind-like astringency, with a little sweetness & booziness, and not all that favorable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wrbeith (2) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
12 oz longneck bottle. Unusual but not unpleasant aroma. Pours a cloudy amber with very little head. Not a beer I would buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
GIJOE (1082) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a thin finger of foamy, white head. Moderate lacing. Nose is grain and a little funky yeast. Taste is mild bitterness, sort of grapefruity. High ABV comes through in medicinal booziness. Fuller than I expected in mouthfeel. Not bad brew, but not particularly good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DialSquare (4300) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2013
12oz bottle from Trader Joe’s in Tally. Gold pour with thin white head. Aroma is medicinal, grain, caramel. Tastes are a vast improvement on the aroma, though not saying much - sweet malt, overripe fruit, grainy, tea vibe. Kind of a mess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PorterPounder (7335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - Trader Joe’s - 12 oz bottle. Hazy medium orange pour, soft white head that sticks around a while Aroma leans to the sweet side with some scuppernong grapes, a light touch of dates. Flavor is just a tad muddled with some light molasses notes, a touch of orange marmalade, some coriander spice. Not sure where this one is going. Mouthfeel has a decent thickness to it.

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