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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2011
The aroma is rather innocuous. The beer has a vague malty-yeasty character with a light spiciness. Finishes with a light alcohol note. An ok take on a strong ale, but nothing I feel like seeking out again. This one was brewed at Mendocino.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Lightish color in glass. Nose and taste is strong alcohol and bitter. Rated 8/21/03

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
bhensonb (14178) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Sort of a light spicy, citrus aroma. Golden color like a lager, with a frothy white head that almost laces. The spice becomes definitely noticeable as the glass approaches the lips. Thin. Fizzy. Nice floral notes, something of breadiness, and a bitter that is mild but florally attractive. Not really all that citrusy, but the spice notes appear in the finish. It is rather light, especially for an amber, but it is rather tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tmoney99 (13622) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Bottle 12 oz from TraderJoe’s. Cloudy golden amber with a medium white head that diminshed quickly. Soft malty sweet aroma. Light to medium body. Medium malt and hop flavor with a small bitter finish. Tasted once.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2006
(12oz bottle) Clear golden body with white head. Aroma is medium sweet, fruity. Taste is moderately sweet, cereal, some peach syrup, alcohol laden. Medium body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
DSG (12189) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 17, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at troubles’s place. Thanks Stas. Clear golden. Oxidized aroma with malt, honey, caramel, cardboard, alcohol. Sweet flavor, oxidized, with malt, cardboard, honey, caramel, and a bitter stale hops finish with a bit of alcohol. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11961) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2008
12 ounce bottle from Trader Joe’s in Short Pump/Glen Allen, VA. Pours a clear orange-ish pale amber with a medium head, low retention and moderate lacing. Grainy malt aroma with some slight caramel and fruity notes. Taste is caramel, pear and some stone fruits. Not much bitterness. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (11681) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2007
12oz bottle acquired in trade with ughsmash (thanks!). Poured a medium and clear golden/amber color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of spiciness, citrus, and biscuity. Tastes of the same. Thinner body. Boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dogbrick (11654) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Thanks to Darkover for the trade. Orange-amber color with a very thin off-white head and very little lacing. Light caramel malt aroma. Thin-bodied with astringent hops and alcohol at the forefront with not enough malt to balance it out. The finish does contain some sweetness but the underlying bitterness throws the whole thing off. Overall this is pretty much the same quality as the other Trader Joe’s beers I have tried.

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