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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64   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.


2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
pkbites (724) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
stevoj (2952) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tmoreau (2979) - 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.

2.3
   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

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
GIJOE (968) - 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.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DialSquare (3515) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PorterPounder (6284) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aurelius (4677) - 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.

1.9
   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

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
AirForceHops (4680) - 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?


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