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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
GIJOE (730) - 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 (3111) - 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 (5871) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aurelius (4524) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2013
A weird, but not really unpleasant aroma - reminded me of toasted artificial coconut, powder and dry malt. OK label, but a little clip-arty. Standard US longneck, clear, light orange-yellow beer, thin white head. Nothing: I get nothing. I can best describe this beer in terms of what it is NOT, rather than what it is. Not sweet, not hoppy, not unpleasant, not fruity, not astringent, not toasted/roasted/dark, not syrupy, not boozy. The only thing I can come up with to describe it is ’slightly tangy’. Medium body, next to no finish. Probably best used as marinade. Glad it was cheap. Trader Joe’s, Tallahassee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
rdenney18 (109) - Lawton, Iowa, USA - SEP 27, 2013
12 oz bottle. Not very good. Has a creamy almost vanilla taste to it. I wouldnt get again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
AirForceHops (3927) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 22, 2013
12 oz. bottle from local Trader Joe’s. No bottle date. Hazy amber/ gold color with real small head. Nose is light caramel and toffee malt tones. The flavor is really odd. Old malt flavor with an Earthy bitterness and a fizzy carbonation. If you are looking for cheap beers at Trader Joe’s, grab a different one. Not really amber like at all. What the hell is this?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hershiser2 (1289) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2013
$1.09 bottle from Trader Joe’s Charlottesville. Looks like murky apple cider in the glass. Dusting of froth for a head. Smells of sweet malts and caramel. Tastes of an overpowering fake candied caramel, glue, grass, and metal.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beergeek23322 (2587) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2013
November 2012 from bottle. Amber color, white head. Caramel aromas with malt and yeast. Medium carbonation, not a whole lot going on in terms of flavors. Bland and boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaltOne (253) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Cool name, average beer. Pours yellow gold. ample white head. Not much aroma,. Taste is slightly bitter with a slightly malty center, and a little funky. Palate has a nice body. As others have noted, has a nice kick at 7.1 ABV. Just OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Mild beer with a medium body. Not very distinctive. Slight apple flavoring.

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