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RATINGS: 259   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CaliWill (19) - - FEB 10, 2013
This is a decent beer, its flavor is mostly bitter but not much hop aftertaste, it does have some hop aroma though, and its a little sweet, and there’s a tiny bit of hot alcohol taste. It’s an average tasting IPA-Amber.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Golden orange pour with a white head. Lemon, grass, and sweet grain on the aroma. Some hints of yeast, metallic notes, and some damp straw. Tastes of bread, grain, lemon peel, and grass. Lightly metallic on the palate, some weak floral hop notes, and very light bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DCLawyer (1429) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Bottle->SA. Light orange gold with frothy white head. Aroma: grains, some malt. Taste: hops and bitter malt. Fairly unpleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
MattH (649) - California, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Aroma of spicy hops. Taste is sweet and hoppy up front with a a heavy bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tgncc (2830) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2012
The aroma is weak, caramel, noble hops. The appearance is a clear amber, fluffy white head. The flavor is weak also, caramel, light fruit. The finish is noble hops, also weak. Medium in body, creamy mouthfeel. The aroma, flavor and finish are low in intensity. But overall, not objectionable, and not terrible.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
brewer2 (2) - - AUG 26, 2012 does not count
Bottle from Trader Joes. Light color for amber ale. Aroma is malty/bready with some toast highlights. No hops or esters. Alcohol is quite evident for a 7.1%abv beer. Flavor is lightly toasty with no hop flavor. Finish is dry from alcohol. Cleanly fermented. Medium body and carbonation. Alcohol is far to dominating as a flavor characteristic. Bittering just keeps it from being sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
rubbishystuff (1864) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Trader Joe’s contract from Trent Brewing. Lightly colored for an amber. The main thing I noticed is an undercurrent of some kind of fruit in the sweetness that was out of place. Strength is somewhat hidden. Not really that wonderful. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Scrapersnbeer (1490) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Fat Weasel? I couldn’t resist picking one up. Malty lagered aroma with some grass. Also looks like a well carbonated golden lager. The beer is bitter in the way a bitter hard candy is: profound but undefined. It isn’t hoppy, all the while stinging of alcohol. Light bodied, but not quaffable. Mine cost one dollar and seventeen cents and is labeled as River Trent Brewing, Ukiah CA, which seems to be a contract front for Trader Joe’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chudwick (2173) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 8, 2012
12oz bottle - pours clear caramel with white head. Nose is grassy with caramel and some floral hops. Flavor adds citrus hops with a malty base. Pretty tasty. taste is more bitter than sweet. Noticeable alcoholic burn on the palate. tastes a little like port. Somewhat unique but probably won’t have another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
radagast83 (4753) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2012
12oz bottle. Poured a golden color, foamy white head. Aroma was malts, yeast. Flavor was malts, yeast notes. If ABV here is to be believed, this may be one of the only reasons to pick it up - cheap and it may get you drunk.

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